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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

CrimsonAvenger Re:Mod parent to infinity (118 comments)

The US spends a trillion dollars per year on gasoline alone

Umm, no.

In 2013, the USA used 134.5 billion gallons of gasoline. Which works out to about $450-500 billion.

12 hours ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

CrimsonAvenger Re:Mandatory panic! (411 comments)

Comparatively, the world has had a large decrease in military force, where world wars were a 20-year occurrence. But those mostly ended after WWII. And yes, lots of wars in the 1800s that weren't world wars were still world wars because Spain, England, and France were battling behind the scenes in lots of "local" skirmishes.

Two things:

1) one of the reasons world wars went out of style was the US's overwhelming military dominance. World Wars were fashionable when the "great powers" (note the plural) had comparable military strengths.

2) Before the 20th century, "world wars" were mostly impractical because it took so damn long to get anywhere. Months to cross the Atlantic, more months to cross the Pacific, much less to do the fighting when you got across, that sort of thing....

2 days ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

CrimsonAvenger Re:why can the world (326 comments)

why men often avoid female dominated jobs such as primary school teaching

Because the pay is terrible, and you can't support a family as a primary school teacher?

2 days ago

For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

CrimsonAvenger Re:tax by transaction (314 comments)

What if we had a 1 penny tax on transactions, any transaction. For example there are 300 million bank transactions in the country a day. thats 30 million in taxes per day, JUST on bank transactions.

Alas for your theory, we don't have ten cents to the dollar in the USA. 300 million bank transactions is only $3 million.

Note, by the by, that $3M is about enough money for 25 seconds of Federal spending....

3 days ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

CrimsonAvenger Re:Probably all too plausible (411 comments)

Or maybe they're up to date enough to realize that the Blue Jay I'm looking at out in my backyard is a dinosaur.

As is the neighbor's parakeet....

3 days ago

Students From States With Faster Internet Tend To Have Higher Test Scores

CrimsonAvenger Re:Correlation is not causation (175 comments)

I bet they have crazy high infant mortality, shitty health in general, and a high per-capita crime rate too.

Per capita violent crime in MS ranks considerably below the national average (299 per 100K as opposed to 474 nationally (2006 figures)).

Massachusetts, New York, and California all have violent crime rates rather higher than the national average....

As does the District of Columbia (over three times the national average, nearly twice that of the highest State).

4 days ago

How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

CrimsonAvenger Re:Yeah, so? (143 comments)

what if there ended up being two elements with the same number if protons

Since we define elements by the number of protons, that would be basically impossible.

5 days ago

Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

CrimsonAvenger Re:BooksKindleAudiobooks (105 comments)

Say what you will about those old paper-and-board book things, at least you knew exactly where you were, and could get some mental image of the progression of the narrative arc.

Seems to me I get the same effect by glancing down to the bottom of my Nook's display and noting the "page ## of ####".

Seriously, if that's your only problem with a Reader....

about a week ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

CrimsonAvenger Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

warning, mild misogyny ahead:

Was what followed really misogynistic?

If so, I need to go in for recalibration re cultural norms, since I saw nothing even faintly misogynistic...

about a week ago

No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

CrimsonAvenger Actually... (121 comments)

Everything I've read said it's very unlikely to hit Earth in 2880. One chance in three hundred does not "likely" make.

On the other hand, 1 in 300 is pretty close to the chance of a Straight coming up without a Draw....

about two weeks ago

Figuring Out Where To Live Using Math

CrimsonAvenger Re:Check your arithmatic (214 comments)

I lived in Atlanta many years ago. Problem with "walkability" wasn't the distances from groceries/restaurants/etc, it was temperature during the summer months. Walking four blocks with groceries at 85+F (30C) would not be fun after a few weeks....

about two weeks ago

Leaked Documents: GCHQ Made Port-Scanning Entire Countries a Standard Spy Tool

CrimsonAvenger Re:We are surprised because... (58 comments)

A phrase you might be searching for (or not) is "national technical means".

It's the enforcement mechanism in a great many treaties involving things like, oh, nuclear weapons development, for instance.

In case it's not obvious, "national technical means" is more or less synonymous with "spying". Yes, we can't actually count on people we make treaties with abiding by the treaties absent some enforcement mechanism. So we spy on them to make sure they do.

And yes, this may involve spying on perfectly innocent civilians in the process. It's not like the other fellow's secret projects are going to be marked after all....

about two weeks ago

How Drones Entered the FBI's Spying Toolkit

CrimsonAvenger Re:Proves their stupidity (39 comments)

Because using a small, cheap, high-velocity, can-move-in-3D, expendable drone is more expensive than using more agents?

Federal agencies don't get a budget that consists of "here's a pile of money, have fun spending it".

They get a budget with line items for specific things. Like agent payroll. Or drone aircraft.

Congress drawing a line through the "drone aircraft" line item is a budget cut....

Though it's more likely that they asked for $XXX extra to pay for some drones plus staff to operate same, were told "No, we can't give you that much extra", and described it as a "budget cut" (or do you not remember the period of "budget cutting" a couple decades back which consisted of not giving various agencies as much MORE money this year as they had expected to get, but still giving them more than last year (and more than inflation)? Those were "budget cuts" as defined in Washington....

about two weeks ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

CrimsonAvenger Re:meh (164 comments)

For that you need to know how big an acre is :) or what it actually is, certainly it is not 'similarà to a german 'Ar' even if the name is similar.

True. Fortunately, I do know what an acre is - 1/640th of a square mile. If it helps, a mile is 1609 meters (approximately).

To figure if your proclaimed 2% is correct I need a calculator.

I used a calculator to verify the accuracy of the numbers. Feel free to check me - it's always possible I mistyped something.

about two weeks ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

CrimsonAvenger Re:meh (164 comments)

The problem are square feet versus square meters or acres versus hectar (german measure, 100 ars, where an ar is 100 square meters [10x10] ... or square miles versus square kilometers ... )

About ten square feet per square meter is a pretty good approximation.

And 2.5 acres per hectare, as I recall.

Note that both of those estimates are within 2%.

about two weeks ago

Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

CrimsonAvenger Re:meh (164 comments)

A foot is 296.904mm but that wouldn't apply here since we are talking about Greek imperial units so we should probably use the Greek foot (pous) of 308.2 mm.

Last I checked, a foot was 304.8mm (25.4mm per inch, 12 inches per foot).

about two weeks ago

NASA's Greenhouse Gas Observatory Captures 'First Light'

CrimsonAvenger Re:How is CO2 leading cause of warming? (143 comments)

2.0mm/ year or rise means 8 inches in 200 years... Why does that panic you?

No, 2mm/year means 16 inches in 200 years.

Or is an inch 50mm where you come from?

about two weeks ago

About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

CrimsonAvenger Re:The elephant in the room. (227 comments)

BLOCKQUOTE>but I think we need to argue what he said and not how he said it.

We should argue about both.

How he said it affects whether people even finish reading what he said.

I think he was trying to make complex points.

You can make complex points using paragraphs, rather than just stringing ideas together with commas till your readers can no longer follow your points.

In my case, I hit that sentence I quoted, and by the time I figured out what he was saying, I was no longer interested in continuing to read his comment.

So, even if his ideas were enough to revolutionize several sciences, they're not presented clearly enough that people will work their way through even the three paragraph summary.

about two weeks ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

CrimsonAvenger Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Second, I am not adding to a fund that Congress can "borrow from" whenever they want.

Actually, they've always borrowed against it. The "Social Security Trust Fund" consists of a bunch of intra-governmental (zero interest) T-Bills (essentially IOU's) because any income surplus to actual needs is automatically lent to the General Fund.

about two weeks ago

Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

CrimsonAvenger Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

IN dogs, cats, horses, and cows, we call them "breeds". Means the same thing - a collection of common traits....

about two weeks ago


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