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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

Charcharodon How's the weather? (435 comments)

If only all the slaves.....er regular people did as they were told then us smart people would be happy.

That's not how it is supposed to work.

If scientists discover that sticking a fork in your eye is bad for you and might hurt, he has a duty to report especially if he is paid by public largess, but the public at large has a right to keep on sticking said forks in their eyes if that's what they want to do.

Global warming...got it. I don't live close to the water and frankly don't like the people that do. You say the ocean is going to come up and get them? Sounds good to me. Fuck the idiots that build that close and no I'm not going to give up my lifestyle and 23% of my paycheck to help "prevent" it.

yesterday
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

Charcharodon The internet will route around (123 comments)

In further news various governments have dropped all attempts at regulating the internet after the 15th successful kicker starter campaign has created yet another global network outside of their control....

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

Charcharodon The bottom line (426 comments)

The bottom line is that the Bolt is a Chevy, and a Chevy is a GM, and GM is the auto production arm of the Federal Government that should have gone bankrupt and broken up a dozen times over in the past 50 years.

From which I will never buy a vehicle from. The End.

about three weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

Charcharodon What have you done for me lately? (187 comments)

I'm thinking more along the lines of....what have you done for me lately? Shitty call centers.....got it.

Spend less time on something that happens a long time ago and worry more about things like those call centers and your nifty new space program.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Charcharodon Re:Free? (703 comments)

he said "if it wasn't subsidized" the price would go down.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Charcharodon Re:Who controls the thermostat. (319 comments)

300,000,000 roommates. Don't much care about the rest of the world.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

Charcharodon Who controls the thermostat. (319 comments)

Fighting over the thermostat with 2 room mates, now imagine having 300,000 room mates.

"We are now able to engineer the climate. Weather in Florida will be even nicer year round.....North Dakota...sorry...but you are fucked"

about three weeks ago
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NASA Update Will Deal With Opportunity Flash Memory "Amnesia"

Charcharodon and I thought BF4 map load times were bad... (52 comments)

Wow talk about lag, sending the data all the way back to earth. Ouch. Maybe they should just make a big orbital server to put around Mars so the surface probes can upload to it.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Charcharodon Re:Dupe (840 comments)

The reason you think it is hard is because you don't have the dealer repair manuals. Spend a few bucks and you will have step by step instructions on how to fix just about anything on your new car. And yes you can order them. Just tell the dealer that tells you no to fuck off and go to another one for both the books and the car. It's amazing how quickly they will change their tune and order you the books.

about a month ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

Charcharodon The future was yesterday (578 comments)

Yes by all means let's keep it difficult to communicate with one another that always helps groups of people to get along.

"I'm sorry but I don't speak your Booga Booga language" says people all of the world when they encounter a frustrating situation with a person speaking a miss-matched dialect

It is time for the SciFi language of "standard/common" to get out there. We already have the communicators and they are finally getting close to flying cars. Standard would probably just be English, but people object to English purely for marking reasons. (Western culture coming to destroy our local one.) Call it something else and clean up the last of the junk letters/rules and make it a purely phonetic language and it'll be truly global in 20 years.

People can still have their local lingo, but it's time we moved on.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

Charcharodon Re:Article pretty much is off in left field. (279 comments)

Tesla is doing some very neat stuff on a very fast timeline. They did just release a hardware and software update for the Roadster that bumps its range 40%.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

Charcharodon Re:One word. Jamming! (279 comments)

All the new drones aren't actually flown by pilots. Sure they have a manual mode, but 99% of the time they are simply told where to go. You don't even need a radio link unless you need to update parameters.

Input mission: Take off, goto Spot A do an action, goto Spot B do an action, turn around and fly home, land, turn off engines/shut down systems.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

Charcharodon Re:Huh (279 comments)

They are modular and there is an insane amount of money in it. Never heard of the military industrial complex?

The reality is that good enough is good enough. Unlike in the movies the reality is that the military doesn't upgrade everything just because something new and shiny came out. The computer that you are typing on is more advanced than the computers in even the latest fighters. The difference is the ones in the aircraft are rarely fail and can operate in very harsh environments.

Combat drones don't need to dogfight, that is also Hollywood nonsense. They are small, impossible to see, and will shoot you down before you even know they are there, and they are already building them.

The JSF is the last project of the old guard who still think a man needs to be at the stick of the aircraft. Once the over 50 crowd in congress dies/retires you see a drastic move away from manned aircraft.

about a month ago
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Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets'

Charcharodon Article pretty much is off in left field. (279 comments)

Duh, people are pretty ignorant of how aircraft development works. The latest and the greatest planes are nearly 30 years old. The F-22 was prototyped when I was in high school (80's) and the F-35 was in proto-typing in the 90's. You aren't just developing an airframe, but all the systems inside and outside the aircraft along with training people to operate said systems. It takes a long time to shake all that out.

Even things like cars are like that too. The models for 2015 will have parts on them that haven't been upgraded since the 80's.

about a month ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Charcharodon Re:Stop it with this crap. (448 comments)

He's dating himself. Tyson's Punch Out came out in 1987. Zoobas in 1988. I was playing Space Invaders when your parents were not even born yet.

As far as the morally superiority that would be the Baby Boomers in the 60's. Considerably earlier than even Space Invaders. Of course the Boomer's moral superiority has done nothing but cause problems. Cant' wait to see what damage the Millennials does in another 10-20 years.

We used to think only White people are racist, but now we know better.

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Charcharodon Re:Easier method (448 comments)

Yes, so are the black people in Africa, unless they are white, which confuses things because they too would be African Americans.

about a month and a half ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Charcharodon Re:Tired of this shit (448 comments)

Yep that about sums up how I feel.

about a month and a half ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

Charcharodon Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (202 comments)

You must have been in the Marines or Army. In the Air Force junior members question everything.

Of course we don't have much in the way of soldiers, but we do have all the planes.

about 2 months ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Charcharodon Re:Bullshit Stats. (496 comments)

Generalizations can only be argued with other generalizations. Neither citing exceptions nor name calling are logical or valid arguments.

Your mouth is moving, but nothing is coming out.

about 2 months ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

Charcharodon Re:Bullshit Stats. (496 comments)

I would back you, but then women by the simple virtue of having boobs get paid a heck of a lot more than men as food servers/bar tenders and make an absolute killing in strip clubs, so cry me a river about no skill jobs paying dick all.

There is the simple fact the women tend to gravitate towards professional jobs that are physically comfortable and safe, which tend to pay less. People that work in McDonalds and in Amazon warehouse represent less than a few percent of the total labor market.

At my time at UPS unloading trucks. There were a grand total of 4 women that worked with us out of 100+ people. The other dozen women that worked in the same unit were auditors, where the heaviest thing you had to lift was a clip board and a pencil. In 1989 the truck unloader started at $8 and could get up to $10 after the first year. The auditors made minimum wage, if I remember was around $4 at the time. They might see an extra 50 cents after a year. As soon as the "little girls" are willing to step up and do the hard dirty work, they will get paid more.

about 2 months ago

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