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NASA Looking At Nuclear Thermal Rockets To Explore the Solar System

CrimsonAvenger Re:OMG (130 comments)

Wrap the quarter liter of Uranium in a 20cm thick steel shell. That'll be about 400 kg of steel and uranium, and be pretty much immune to explosions that aren't directed energy booms (shaped charge would be bad, accidental boom, ignorable.).

10 hours ago
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ESA: No Conclusive Evidence of Big Bang Gravitational Waves

CrimsonAvenger Re:Thus confirming existing opinions: (80 comments)

Of course, if you're being a real scientist, presumably you don't announce spectacular results till they've been peer-reviewed....

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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

CrimsonAvenger Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (409 comments)

We can call it Cash for Clunkers.

Unless the "cash" is enough to replace the "clunker" with a reasonably new car, it's not going to work. $5K more than the clunker is worth gives you enough money to buy another clunker, and not much else....

yesterday
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US Army Releases Code For Internal Forensics Framework

CrimsonAvenger Re:Trust (36 comments)

So, read the code and decide for yourself whether it's safe. I thought that was the point of Open Source.

2 days ago
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

CrimsonAvenger Re:Photosynthetic efficiency vs Photovoltaic effic (211 comments)

Please note that 5.5% of our arable land covered in solar panels (with the necessary auxiliary systems to buffer the energy till we need it) could supply ALL energy (not just electrical) needs of the USA.

It should further be noted that only 17% of the USA is "arable". Which means less than 1% of our total land area needs to be covered in solar panels to get the desired result*.

*Assuming that the "desired result" is energy independence and elimination of fossil fuels (which are much more valuable for making plastics than burning).

2 days ago
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

CrimsonAvenger Re:Vast... Tracts of Land (211 comments)

like perhaps feeding the starving billions

What "starving billions"?

Lack of food hasn't been a major issue anywhere for more than 20 years now (last significant famine was in '92).

And most of the famines of the last century were engineered by local governments or local wars (note that the three largest famines of the 20th century were engineered by the governments in question to remove "politically unreliable" citizens).

2 days ago
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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

CrimsonAvenger Re:Majority leaders home district (173 comments)

Thank 3 mile island, chernoybl, and even the non nuclear deep water horizon.

Thank the Soviet propaganda machine. They spent a lot of time in the 50's and 60's pushing an anti-nuke message that spread from its intended target (bombs) to a completely unintended victim (power).

2 days ago
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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

CrimsonAvenger Re:Blame politics (488 comments)

Didn't we just see the Doomsday Clock adjusted? Tell me, what was the "process" that they used? Or did they just go with "we're Atomic Scientists (tm), we know this shit"?

2 days ago
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FDA Wants To Release Millions of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes In Florida

CrimsonAvenger Re:Won't anyone think of the dengue and chikunguny (260 comments)

The hippies worked really hard to bring measles back from the brink of extinction,

**sighs**

Measles has never been on the brink of extinction. It's still endemic in much of the Third World.

Note that the latest US outbreak is about one percent of the normal number of annual cases in the UK alone.

And it's not like CA isn't well above the 90% immunized rate that's considered "fully immunized"....

2 days ago
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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

CrimsonAvenger Re:Blame politics (488 comments)

The "general public" can't possibly be expected to actually understand or evaluate the study's findings or methodology let alone the implications of the findings, which may actually raise more questions than they answer, especially if they contradict or raise questions about previous findings. There's a reason it's called "peer review" -- because it takes people with equivalent knowledge and skills to actually validate the findings, otherwise the guy that writes movie reviews could review them.

While I don't disagree with your points, you're basically asserting that the general public should just accept the wisdom handed down by the Priests of the Great God SCIENCE! and do what they're told.

Alas, when the Priests of the God SCIENCE! spend much of their time telling people they shouldn't have faith in older God(s), it's unlikely that they'll convince people to have faith in the new God....

2 days ago
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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

CrimsonAvenger Re:Blame politics (488 comments)

I'm not surprised at all when that happens.

However, I also don't take what someone says as gospel truth when they're pushing an agenda, even if they're a scientist....

2 days ago
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Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

CrimsonAvenger Re:What? (98 comments)

Really?

To all intents and purposes, they required the companies involved to take money out of their left hip pocket, and move it to their right hip pocket in the name of net neutrality.

I mean, "we're required to charge ourselves for data usage by us" is a bit bizarre, when all is said and done....

2 days ago
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

CrimsonAvenger Re:It'll never happen (295 comments)

Sufficiently intelligent beings who have learned to travel faster than the speed of light

FTL isn't necessary for interstellar travel.

Hollow out Ceres, put a few million people on her, send her off toward Alphacent at 0.01c. In 430-odd years, it'll arrive, the descendants of the original inhabitants will colonize that star system.

Lather, rinse, repeat. Fill up a star system, then send off a few colony ships to nearby stars. Even at 0.01c, you fill the galaxy in 10 million years or so. Which is an eyeblink in the lifetime of Earth, much less the Universe.

2 days ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

CrimsonAvenger Re:Zone of lawlessness: The U.S. government (423 comments)

Not really, because if they were determined enough the majority could push through a constitutional amendment to make it happen.

Supermajority. A simple majority isn't sufficient. 2/3 of the Congress plus 3/4 of the States are required to amend the Constitution.

2 days ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

CrimsonAvenger Re:Fifth amendment zone of lawlessness (423 comments)

Isn't a signed document just a collection of letters and numbers and symbols?

3 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

CrimsonAvenger Re:I prefer a tablet for some things to a smart ph (300 comments)

Or read a book - you could use a Kindle which works, except when you need color

Got to admit I haven't looked at a Kindle in a while, but my Nook, which is several years old now, does color.

Of course, my Nook (and I'm pretty sure Kindle these days) is basically an Android Tablet when all is said and done....

3 days ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

CrimsonAvenger Re:Some Nobody On Earth: Who Started? (423 comments)

If I were guessing, I'd say J. Edgar Hoover, FDR's FBI chief. Hoover was apparently pretty bad about thinking that bending the rules was just fine as long as the FBI (read: J. Edgar Hoover) got good publicity out of it.

3 days ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

CrimsonAvenger Re:Really? (227 comments)

Slashdot in particular can't stop fellating Uber over what is probably a largely illegal operation.

Hmm, "largely illegal operation"...

I think "arguably" is a better term than "largely", but let that go.

The notion that people should automatically oppose "illegal operations" is interesting. Mostly because so many precedents come to mind.

For instance, assisting slaves to escape from the South was quite illegal. Did its illegality make it wrong?

Or there was that whole hiding Jews from the Nazis thing....

Yah, those are rather incendiary examples, but history makes clear that opposing bad laws is a necessary prerequisite to getting them removed.

Disclaimer: Do I think that Cab Medallions are a good idea? No, I think they're designed to limit competition (just like franchises for cable or internet do). Do I think Uber should be legal? Yeah, because I'm opposed to buying legislation to limit competition in general....

3 days ago
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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

CrimsonAvenger Re:"Let me ask you.... (77 comments)

Also, shouldn't Minneapolis' club being removing the franchise for the unpaid franchise fee? If I don't pay Comcast, they turn off my cable.

And if Comcast doesn't pay Minneapolis, Minneapolis turns off everyone's cable, right?

3 days ago
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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

CrimsonAvenger Re:Not really. (236 comments)

So, basically, the aliens are the kind of assholes who would watch someone get into trouble and do nothing to help them get out? Gotcha.

4 days ago

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