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The Truth About Solar Storms

CrimsonAvenger Fewer English Majors? (58 comments)

the potential dangers to both humans and humanities infrastructure

If the humanities infrastructure suffers, no doubt there'll be fewer English majors, and more CS majors, so it'll be a good thing, right?

Or did someone mean "humanity's infrastructure"? Yes, I know, "my people don't do editing"....

9 hours ago

SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

CrimsonAvenger Re:Kill SLS (121 comments)

We'll get more results by using 20% of the money to expand SpaceX contracts, and applying the other 80% toward deficit reduction.

80% of SLS devoted to deficit reduction is a trivial change in the deficit (Better to split it between SpaceX and Orbital Sciences and mission development. Allowing $3B per year for mission development, that leaves enough to pay for development of Falcon9R, Falcon9 Heavy, and Orbital's equivalents.

Or just buy Dragon flights from SpaceX - $5B per year would pay for a Dragon launch every couple weeks.

Or an equivalent number of Falcon9R launches for unmanned missions. Or a Falcon9 Heavy every other month....

10 hours ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

CrimsonAvenger Re:I take offense! (156 comments)

Or problem is we put people into positions of power who developed their sense of morality at a time when "The Nazis" were still a valid political party and we didn't generally allow African Americans into the military yet.

And in 50 years, we'll be putting people into positions of power who believe something that is a very fashionable idea in 2014. No idea what it will be, but since we pick our leadership from among the elderly, and develop our ideas of what's good, right and proper during our youth, it's inevitable.

Note also, for reference, the "Buffalo Soldiers". They were around from the end of the Civil War (formed in 1866). There were Negro regiments during the Civil War as well.

It should be noted also that the 9th and 10th Cavalry, as well as other Negro regiments existed through WW2 until the military was integrated during the Korean War (considerably before the rest of US society).


Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

CrimsonAvenger Re: Not news (256 comments)

and we're not really an apex predator either.

Yes, actually we are.

A very efficient one, at that, being omnivorous and all. It lets us get past that boom/bust cycle that so many predatory species have to live with....


Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

CrimsonAvenger Re: Not news (256 comments)

one of the tenants of punctuated equilibrium

I had no idea that punctuated equilibrium was renting out its spare rooms.

Or did you mean "tenets"?


Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

CrimsonAvenger Re:no problem (256 comments)

I had no idea we were supposedly responsible for the extinction of mammoth.

Why not? We've had evidence that we ATE them going back to the 1800's.

The early 1800's


Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

CrimsonAvenger Re:Missing Key Information (137 comments)

1/20th of one percent of their annual budget.


Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

CrimsonAvenger Re:Just wow. (107 comments)

If we attach penalties for violation of the UN bill of rights governments would be forced to hold a much higher standard of behavior.

I suggest you take a quick look at the UN Veto Powers. Then ask yourself: "how likely are ANY of these countries to want real penalties attached to the UN Bill of Rights?"

If your answer to the question above was "why, all five of them would give the UN Bill of Rights some teeth in a heartbeat, if only someone would suggest it to them", then go right ahead and do so.

Then report to your psychiatrist and tell him you need stronger meds....

2 days ago

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

CrimsonAvenger Re:Vaccine in the 2030's? (167 comments)

was known to be effective by '97

From your link, it was known to have "great potential" by '97.

Which is NOT the same as "known to be effective".

2 days ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

CrimsonAvenger Re:Biden is talking coding?? (222 comments)

Success in life in not measured by how well you know coding.

Agree completely.

Alas, talking in public about things you know nothing about tends to make you look like an idiot.

Not that Biden needed "One More Thing" to help him look like an idiot - he's had that down for years.

2 days ago

Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

CrimsonAvenger Re:Advanced? (94 comments)

Assuming life favors a single-star system when in reality it favors a twin-star system.

I'm assuming you are a native of a twin-star system who happens to be doing anthropology work among the savages in this system.

Because otherwise, I can't figure out how you'd know that life favors a twin-star system, given that we know of zero twin-star systems that support life.

2 days ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

CrimsonAvenger Biden is talking coding?? (222 comments)

Joe Biden knows less about coding than my daughter.

Hell, he probably knows less about coding than he knows about guns...

Hint, Joe: firing a shotgun THROUGH your front door violates pretty much every rule about target identification that there is.

2 days ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

CrimsonAvenger Evil Corporations... (348 comments)

So, the Evil Corporation decides to not make its employees work Saturdays?

And you're complaining about this?

I gather that this means that it's only evil if a corporation makes YOU work Saturdays, but if they make the people who provide you services work Saturdays, that's just fine?

3 days ago

States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

CrimsonAvenger Re:Short-Lived? (777 comments)

Job growth in one year means there are more jobs. Forever.

What an intriguing theory you have.

Note that if self-driving trucks were to become available, truck driver jobs would all disappear...forever. In other words, new technology sometimes makes jobs disappear.

And job growth last year doesn't guarantee the existence of jobs next year. Otherwise, the Great Depression would never have happened.

5 days ago

$10 Million Lawsuit Against Wikipedia Editors "Stragetically" Withdrawn

CrimsonAvenger Re:Typo (51 comments)

human beings with worthwhile ideas and commentary are not always absolutely perfect typists or rhetoricians.

So, it's your theory that people who don't know the difference between "their", "there", and "they're" have "worthwhile ideas".

Seems to me that in order to learn enough to develop a worthwhile idea, they'd have been exposed to enough schooling to not make the sort of mistakes one expects of seven-year-olds.

about a week ago

Chicago Red Light Cameras Issue Thousands of Bogus Tickets

CrimsonAvenger Re:Looks ok to me (229 comments)

Monitoring the three people in the cockpit of a plane carrying 300 people is hardly "mass surveillance".

about a week ago

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

CrimsonAvenger Re:But Does It Scale (63 comments)

why don't we have kangaroos or elephants in the Americas?

We ate them?

about a week ago

Preparing For Satellite Defense

CrimsonAvenger Re:space junk (117 comments)

there should be some treaties in place that would only allow space warfare if

Useful hint: first thing that happens when you decide to start a war is that you junk the Treaties.

Or do you really think all it takes to prevent war is a Treaty of Eternal Chumship between all nations on Earth?

about a week ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

CrimsonAvenger Re:meanwhile overnight... (503 comments)

What sort of "rebels" would have the training an ability to set up and operate a crew served weapon?

The "military veteran" kind. Off the top of my head, I don't know whether either Russia or Ukraine still has mandatory military service, but even without that, it's extremely unlikely that no civilians in Ukraine know how to use the weapon system.

As to who actually used the weapon, I'll go with the "rebels" who reported shooting down an AN-76 (?) about the right time yesterday, before deciding they hadn't really had the hardware or training to do so.

about a week ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

CrimsonAvenger Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

The USA and Germany were sinking each others civilian boats around the Atlantic during WWII

There were German civilian ships in the Atlantic between 1941 and 1945?

about a week ago


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