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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

CaptainLard We can see exo-comets now?! (23 comments)

Most posts are attacking a typo (and rightfully so, this being /.) but I'm amazed that we can now see comets in other star systems! Are these comets more like planets (or destroyed planets as the summary says) or what we'd normally think of as dozens to hundreds of km in diameter? Whats special about this system that we can see it? The star isn't bright/dense enough yet?

2 days ago
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Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

CaptainLard Re:Wrong distance away (23 comments)

Don't worry, I stopped reading halfway through your original post.

2 days ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

CaptainLard Re:Dear Canada.... (522 comments)

Speaking of facts, what I find most shocking so far is "This comes a day after Canada raised its domestic terrorism threat level". I'd like to know more about a terrorism warning system that might be based in reality and not propaganda/lazyness (ours was "orange" for most of its existence IIRC).

3 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

CaptainLard Re:That's great and all but... (396 comments)

No need to drag sexism into the fight when there are perfectly logical rationals for crew selection.

This study was essentially how to maximize the brainpower/resource ratio for a mars mission and group W was consistently higher than group M. Why is it sexist to identify group W's common characteristic? Your "right way to post this" leaves out the results...and turns into clickbait! To me this is about as close as you can get to "the most qualified person for the job" that /. is always clamoring for whenever race or gender come up.

5 days ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

CaptainLard Re:An algorithm to end BH posting (341 comments)

... just a weird form...

Don't you mean "one weird trick"? Its the first option in the current poll on clickbait for crying out loud! Why'd you all vote for that option!?

5 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:Not what they said (566 comments)

Better than 20 years!

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:Ten years (566 comments)

This is great news...for those who will survive the Ebola epidemic.

Great news indeed...for a rag-tag bunch of about 7.2 Billion survivors. The greater news is for their grand kids who might also enjoy a moderate climate.

Your sig is hilarious in context of your post btw....

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:wow (566 comments)

Humans are a peaceful civilized race. There is no way we would ever try to weaponize and deploy atomic fusion like we did a couple times back in the 1940's.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:wow (566 comments)

I share your enthusiasm. If this is true it will be a major turning point in human history. Kinda like the transition from hunter/gathering to farming....

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CaptainLard Re:We need cold hard facts. (566 comments)

The word "cold" does not appear in the article or the LM website. The word is "compact". This comes from the same research department that produced stealth aircraft, the lifting body, and the highest flying and fastest human piloted aircraft ever. Granted this isn't airplanes but given their history I'm not going to bet against them. This could be really freakin awesome...

about two weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

CaptainLard Re:Oblig. xkcd (103 comments)

Sounds like the new malware model is:

1. Write great software that everyone wants
2. Profit!
3. Break everything
.....
5. Go to Jail?

about two weeks ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

CaptainLard Dr. Evil (103 comments)

So black hats are going to spend a bunch of resources making something useful that a lot of people are going to want...and then break their system? Reminds me of when they defrosted Dr. Evil and right after he made his demand for ONE MILLION DOLLARS his minions were telling him their legitimate businesses generated $2billion last year.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

CaptainLard Re:I'm all for hating Comcast but... (742 comments)

has a lot to do with working for a shitty company

Yeah its the guy's own fault. Doesn't he know how easy it is to just switch to a company that treats its employees great with all other things (salary, location, etc) being equal? In other news: The kid wouldn't have his lunch money stolen and get stuffed in a locker if he wasn't a nerd, and, She asked for it by dressing sexy and not watching her drink.

about three weeks ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

CaptainLard Re:Capture it (54 comments)

Act quick. From TFA: Earths gravity is pushing it away. Within 200 years it'll be just another asteroid.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

CaptainLard Re:uhh (549 comments)

No way man, he's just becoming Tesla. He didn't just name his car company after the guy, hes following him down the rabbit hole to full blown mad scientist! Tesla was limited by the technology of the day, imagine what he could have done with super colliders and rocket ships. In 20 years Musk is going to make all of our sci-fi dreams come true!

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

CaptainLard Re:Americans are smart. (460 comments)

Fair enough. No one is forced to trust any scientist. But the least a "non-truster" can do is not be a hypocrite. If you don't want to "believe in" climate change, vaccinations, evolution, the age of the universe, etc. then fine, you have that choice. But to be consistent you should stop using the internet, cell phones, airplanes, cancer treatments, MRI's, and hell even fucking oil because extracting it now requires extreme geological engineering and materials science since all the easy to get to stuff has been burned up.

Science made your daily life possible and here is the thing people apparently don't get...all those same physical principles that let you tweet (quantum mechanics, wave theory etc) are applied in all the other areas of study that they apparently don't trust. But tweets get fucking tweeted all the time! The proof is in your pocket!! Americans should realize that for the past hundred years or so they've been trusting science with their lives. If they don't trust scientists maybe they should move to a sustenance farm in kansas (which may only last a few decades since the ogallala aquifer has been draining at alarming rates but thats science for you again...)

about a month ago
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2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

CaptainLard Re:huh? (269 comments)

I'd put a sticker on the window "car has recording technology installed"

I sure as hell wouldn't put a big ugly sticker on the window when a big reason I just paid $80k for it is how it looks. A notice on the dash during valet mode is acceptable.

about a month ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

CaptainLard Re:It's time to fire samzenpus (299 comments)

Dice should be ashamed of it.

Why? We're all here posting and pumping up the page views...

about a month ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

CaptainLard Re:Solution (410 comments)

No one is going to see this anymore but you're hardly correct. I got a spreadsheet of tax return data from 2012 on the IRS website. Here are some gross assumptions....The spreadsheet has a row for the $200k - $500k bracket. I'm going to assume that row and all the lower brackets make their money mainly on salary and get taxed at the normal rates (up to 35% at the highest bracket). Being generous, everyone above that is making all their money on captial gains and getting taxed at the 15% rate. If you add up these two groups contributions, the less than $500k put in about $765B and the more than $500k group put in $423B. Thus,

Their 15% goes a LOT further than some people's 100%.

is only true if you count the under $50k tax brackets. The vast majority is coming from the upper middle class, not the super rich.

Now to handle those assumptions. The table also shows the effective tax rate and it peaks at $1M-$2M so the balance is actually skewed much more against the capital gains crew.

Other interesting facts: The $10M or more tax bracket's effective rate is less than the $200k-$500k. The lower group paid out well over twice the amount the super high end group did. If the $10M+ bracket paid the same rate as the highest group (28%, an increase of 6%) they would owe an extra $30B. If you put the same 6% increase on poor people (everyone making less than $40k) you'd only get an extra $27B and likely put a shitload of them on the street since at that income you're probably living paycheck to paycheck.

Until the economy runs on percentages and not dollars, the fact that "rich" people pay a smaller percentage is irrelevant.

There are 33M returns in the under $40k bracket and 17000 in the above $10M. If you were running a country that needed an extra $30B, would you take it from the 33,000,000 that are struggling or from the 17,000 who came out with an average of $24,000,000 after taxes last year? If you're not a psychopath, the fact that the "rich" pay a smaller percentage is quite relevant.

Source: http://www.irs.gov/uac/SOI-Tax...

about a month ago

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