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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Dorianny Re:actually it is quite clear, but who RTFAs? (246 comments)

Once again, you can state facts and make arguments but according to the Constitution only SCOTUS has the authority to pass judgment. You can cry about it all you want but that's a fact!

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Dorianny Re:actually it is quite clear, but who RTFAs? (246 comments)

However the point is that Microsoft is a victim of unconstitutional, illegal government system that usurped power and is stealing people's money. Income taxes are illegal and are collected illegally for a wide range of reasons. [slashdot.org]

I love when people make these long concise arguments about the constitutionality of income tax and declare the matter settled, conveniently forgetting the part of the constitution that empowers and tasks only the Supreme Court with judging a laws validity under the constitution. Until such day as the Supreme Court decides that your arguments have merit and the law invalid under the constitution, it shall remain enforceable law.

about two weeks ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

Dorianny Re:Far, far away (80 comments)

You clearly have no idea how far apart galaxies are.

My comment says nothing about the time it takes our heat signature to reach beings in another galaxy observing ours, only that we currently we do not generate enough of it to be detectable.

about three weeks ago
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Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

Dorianny Far, far away (80 comments)

An alien civilization using this technique, would certainly not be able to spot us in our current level of development. In a few millennium perhaps.

about three weeks ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Dorianny Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

>Scientists in general and especially climate scientists and the IPCC, need to stay out of the public/political debate yeah, let's leave the important decissions to lawyers and economists, and not to scientists and engineers. Now THAT would lead to a great society !

Lawyers and economists are very good in their respective fields, it would be foolish to believe that scientists and engineers would be better at matters of law or economy.

about a month ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Dorianny Re:Every week there's a new explanation of the hia (465 comments)

I know you're just smacking down a troll, but climate models have been over-estimating warming for years, as demonstrated by this science. That's not to say that climate models are bad science, they are good science investigating the nature of the earth; but people who put too much faith in them without evidence were performing bad science.

There is a large movement of scientists, many not involved in climate science at all, urging meaningful action on climate change based on the worst case scenarios set by these incomplete/unreliable models. So what we end up with is backlash by people completely rejecting the entire field, and "feel good" projects and treaties that have minimal impact at best, all of which will only serve to delay the meaningful action they urge. Scientists in general and especially climate scientists and the IPCC, need to stay out of the public/political debate, it only undermines the public's faith on their impartiality.

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Dorianny Re:Makes sense I guess. (185 comments)

I can see such in reproduction-related cells, but not regular body cells because those are not passed on.

More likely cancer is simply the result of the trade-offs between efficiency versus duration. In a competitive world efficiency guarantees genetic success more than life duration. After all, the alpha male is in almost a winner-take-all role. To be the alpha male you have to have a high metabolism and an efficient metabolism (get big without having to find extra food).

The research seems to suggest that the cells intrinsic ability to mutate developed early on in the evolution of life, certainly long before sexual reproduction.

This means that entropy (errors in cell division) builds up faster. There are generally two solutions to entropy: slower metabolism or error correcting mechanisms. Being slower means you'll never be able to be the alpha male, and error-correcting means you are less efficient during your prime because such mechanisms consume resources. (Some bacteria have such.)

Note how female mammals typically have lower metabolism and live longer. This is because they are not in the winner-take-all position of males.

Not sure about all mammals but this is certainly the case in humans, however the reason why are not very clear. At least some of it can certainly be explained with higher rates of risky behavior, excessive drinking, smoking, bravado, etc. as well as a reluctance to get check ups, among males of the species.

about a month ago
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New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

Dorianny Makes sense I guess. (185 comments)

The mechanisms of evolution, like natural selection and genetic drift, work with the random variation generated by mutation. It would make sense that cells have have an intrinsic ability to mutate would have a higher chance of developing a beneficial mutation therefore would have a evolutionary advantage.

about a month ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Dorianny It did just fine before ads (611 comments)

Perhaps the internet reverting to a state where there were less grumpy cat videos, or viral ice bucket challenges, wouldn't be such a terrible thing.

about a month ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Dorianny fear (152 comments)

Public skepticism about GMO's has been growing in China and the government there is extremely concerned with anything that can enrage popular discontent. They know and are very fearful that a movement or protests against GMO's can quickly snowball and morph into anti-government protests. China is extremely mindful of protests because its reliance on global trade and the internet means that they way it can respond is much more limited. Another Tienanmen Square would be a complete disaster with severe repercussions for the government.

about a month ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

Dorianny Re:Why such paranoia ? (299 comments)

So your situation is something you saw on 24?

Before Snowden we would have said the same thing about mass government surveillance.

about a month ago
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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Dorianny Re:Easy, India or China (303 comments)

I can think of a certain group of American Republicans who would do exactly that...

Privately there are many Republicans that do believe in the scientific method and would like to see action on climate change but are reluctant to admit it because of fear of being labeled as traitors. On the Democratic camp there are many that realize that cap and trade, and so called "renewables" cannot be a complete solution to halting global warming but are simply afraid to support low or 0 carbon, but uncool power generation technologies, such as Nuclear for fear of being labeled the same.

about a month ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Dorianny Re:Drop solar heat for direct conversion (521 comments)

Solar to heat to mechanical to electricity as already reached its maximum efficiency.

Photovoltaic has still many recent discoveries for great efficiency improvements, and more are likely to come.

Using heat for conversion is degrading the energy to its worst and less usable form, direct conversion is the way to go. Halting those heat projects is good news.

The big advantage heat-conversion plants have is that you can heat slow cooling material such as salt which can continue production electricity long after the sun has set, effectively turning it into a electricity storage medium. The big problem large scale use of Photovoltaic has, is that we do not have a cheap and scalable way to store generated electricity for use when needed, not just when the sun is shining.

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Dorianny Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

Next time my kids ask for food, I will take them to South Sudan to witness starvation instead. I am sure that will cure them of hunger!

about a month ago
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UCSD To Test Safety of Spinal Stem Cell Injection

Dorianny Re:Another Trade Vanishes (43 comments)

That super expensive Hep C medicine has shown that you can have an overpriced miracle cure and make a ton of money.

What they demonstrated is that by overpricing a miracle cure you can effectively limit its use and keep it from lowering the the infection rates, thereby safeguarding the drugs future profits, all while making insane amounts of profit.

about a month ago
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UCSD To Test Safety of Spinal Stem Cell Injection

Dorianny Fingers crossed (43 comments)

Lets hope this trial ends better than that of the poor woman who had tissue containing olfactory stem cells taken from her nose and implanted in her spine, and 8 years later had to have surgery to remove the nose that grew on her back!

about a month ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

Dorianny "matter of national pride " (186 comments)

The whole trip was a "matter of national pride " and little more than a PR stunt in response to China's space program. She spent 11 days on the ISS on what amounts to space tourism, the average stay for real astronauts is 2-7 months. After returning to earth her job has been little more than to be paraded around and to give speeches.

about a month ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

Dorianny back to the future (107 comments)

The only "flying cars" possible today are airplane-automobile hybrids that can get neither the driving nor the flying right. In the 50's and 60's the promise of science seemed unlimited, discoveries that would lead to a entire new method of flying, not relying on lift and drag, seemed not only possible but just around the corner. 50+ years later we still don't have a quantum theory of gravity and the mystery has only deepened.

about a month ago
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Floridian (and Southern) Governmental Regulations Are Unfriendly To Solar Power

Dorianny Re:Yeah, whatever. (306 comments)

Unfortunately rooftop mounted solar power on private residences is just a "feel good about doing your part" project that only makes sense to homeowners thank to generous subsidies but unfortunately really doesn't make any economic sense at all when it comes to it being part of the replacing fossil fuels solution.

about a month ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

Dorianny Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

It won't. The F35 is the classic "it tries to do 255 things, so it does none of them well" thing. It needed rethinking for all sort of other reasons already, but by now it has too much political inertia. You'd have to get too many people to admit they made a mistake.

Everyone seems to not understand that that's exactly what the F35 requirements were. Unlike previous so called multi-role aircraft, which typically were designed for the Air Force and then poorly adapted to other roles, the F35 is a true Swiss army knife. The criticism seems to be heaviest for the Air Force version, probably because as I mentioned, multi-roles it replaces were initially designed for them. It cannot take on air-superiority fighters in combat, penetrate or evade advanced air defenses but that is not its role, we have specialized fighters and bombers to do that. The role I see for the Air Force F35 is to support the specialized aircraft, mop up remnants and to take over as front line fighter only when air superiority is achieved. It seems terribly expensive for that role now, but this is a Aircraft that's being designed to have the largest and longest production run in history.

about a month ago

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U.S. will not provide financing for new International Coal-Fired Power Plants

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes "The Treasury Department declared it would no longer support any new coal-fired power plants around the world. By leading a coalition of like-minded countries including several European ones that have already announced similar intentions, they will effectively be able to block the World Bank and other international development banks from providing financing for new coal-fired plants. The policy is unlikely to amount to any real change as 75 percent of proposed coal-powered plants are in China and India, which do not rely on outside financing. It seems to me that the poorest, most underdeveloped nations that contribute the least to global emissions are the ones getting the short end of the stick from this policy."
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Talking on the phone while driving not so dangerous after all

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes "New research which takes advantage of the increase in cell phone use after 9pm due to the popularety of "free nights and weekends" plans showed no corresponding increase in crash rates. Additionally, the researchers analyzed the effects of legislation banning cellphone use, enacted in several states, and similarly found that the legislation had no effect on the crash rate. "One thought is that drivers may compensate for the distraction of cellphone use by selectively deciding when to make a call or consciously driving more carefully during a call" Score this a -1 for common sense."
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Europe needs genetically engineered crops, scientists say

Dorianny Dorianny writes  |  about a year ago

Dorianny (1847922) writes ""Failing such a change, ultimately the EU will become almost entirely dependent on the outside world for food and feed and scientific progress, ironically because the outside world has embraced the technology which is so unpopular in Europe, realizing this is the only way to achieve sustainable agriculture," said Paul Christou of the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center and Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats in Spain."
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