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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

Orleron Re:Carry the one (201 comments)

You know, you can also strap two or three dozen of these thrusters to the back of of the potato to make it go faster. Accounting for the mass of the engines and the mass of the potato would still make a faster trip.

about a month and a half ago

Researchers Develop DNA GPS Tool To Accurately Trace Geographical Ancestry

Orleron Warning: Do not waste your money (69 comments)

Taking the science for what it is, I plunked down the $42 for the super test and have received nothing yet. It has been 2 days and my screen still says "90% done". When you go onto the forums and ask about it, you see there are numerous people with the same problem. The company has replied simply saying, "This is because of some person's DNA files have exceptional features.", but noting more. Calls for support go unanswered, even though the "super" test is supposed to give you priority support.

For the people that HAVE gotten results, all you get for the money is a point on a Google map. If you are a pure-bred ethnic whatever, that point means something. If you are the child of a parent from Fiji and an aborigonal Australian, the point on your map will be halfway between those locations: useless information. Considering that a lot of us are children of parents from quite different locations these days, the odds of you getting a point on your map that means anything are not high.

If they don't get back to me by this coming Tuesday (2 business days), I'm charging it back via PayPal.

What a bunch of crap.

about 4 months ago

Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

Orleron Going up. (330 comments)

I'm sure they will do this as soon as a space elevator becomes available. I probably wouldn't hold my breath.

about 7 months ago

VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

Orleron Re:I agree with the guy (683 comments)

I'm not remarking on the industrial/economic/political aspects of the Nazis so much as their racism. Racism, hatred of people for their biological makeup, is analogous to the hatred of people solely for their financial makeup. The same kinds of generalizations are made based on a small number of stereotypical individuals, and then applied to the whole population. It's wrong, whether it's racism or discrimination against rich/poor.

Better to rage against the system that created the imbalances in opportunity than to go after the character of those people.

about 8 months ago

VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

Orleron I agree with the guy (683 comments)

He does have a point if you think about it (even though he automatically loses his argument through Godwin's Law.) The media has a habit sometimes of picking on the money and the people, and not the system. It demonizes these rich folk as if making them rich automatically makes them bad people who got their money through illegal means. Most of them are guilty of nothing except success. They are just people like us. If you can't accept that thought, you are guilty of the whatever-the-term is..... It's sort of analogous to racism, in a way. Hating someone simply because their skin is a certain color, versus hating someone simply because their bank account has a certain balance. It's just as pointless. Again, the problem is the hate. If the media would focus on the problems with the system, and not the "evil rich people", they might have the moral high ground, but they don't. They could pick on the existence of lobbying, and tax breaks, and unequal opportunity.... and sometimes they do, but often they don't.

about 8 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

Orleron Here's another thought (559 comments)

Stop making the same Mario game over and over and over and over..... Make some new games.

about 8 months ago

The First Phone You Can Actually Bend: LG's G Flex

Orleron Lame (92 comments)

Sorry but that's not flexible. If I can't fold it into quarters and stick it in my pocket, don't tell me it is.

about 10 months ago

US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

Orleron Looking at this all wrong (745 comments)

First of all, I am not saying the data is wrong, but it looks in the wrong place. I'll explain. If the AVERAGE American takes a test and does more poorly than the AVERAGE European or the AVERAGE Zimbabwean, that is one thing. However, America is not run by its average people. The average people do the work, sure, but they are directed by the above-average, and I will tell you something about them. These people are the engineers, the scientists, the lawyers, the doctors, etc. While our average people don't stack up to the average people in other countries, our above-average people crush the above average people in pretty much every other place. Our engineers, our scientists, our doctors are light years better than the ones in most other countries. Why do you think so many come from abroad to study in our higher educational institutions? Because the education is GOOD, and among those above-average people in those schools there is an elite crop. It is they who run the country. So these silly comparisons do not bother me. Our average people can be less average than the others, so long as we continue to excel among our elite.

about a year ago

Colorado Town Considers Drone-Hunting Licenses

Orleron I read it wrong.... (341 comments)

I thought they were saying a license to hunt animals using drones. THAT would be awesome! :P *pew pew* *deer falls down*

about a year ago

The Canadian Government's War On Science

Orleron Wait... (474 comments)

Who let Canada do Science??

about a year ago

Beer Drone Delivery Service For South African Music Festival

Orleron Which begs the question.... (61 comments)

What is the airspeed velocity of a beer laden drone?

about a year ago

Fusion Rocket Could Take Us To Mars

Orleron Re:Yuh huh (171 comments)

Oh yeah, and what do you use for powering the magnetic field to contain the plasma?

about a year and a half ago

North Korea Declares a State of War

Orleron Yawn... (628 comments)

Actually there isn't a big enough yawn to encompass the boredom I have with N. Korea's threats in the news. Wake me up when they decide to commit national suicide by actually doing something.

about a year and a half ago

Salt Linked To Autoimmune Diseases

Orleron The bottom line.... (308 comments)

Don't eat or you will die.... oh wait.

about a year and a half ago

Does the Higgs Boson Reveal Our Universe's Doomsday?

Orleron Boring universe? (421 comments)

Huh, interesting. Well if the universe is going to turn into a larger version of my bedroom, I hope I at least get to keep the Interwebs.

about a year and a half ago

Embry-Riddle To Offer Degree In Space Operations

Orleron Re:Rather risky (79 comments)

That's a function of the job market, not the useful(-less)-ness of the degree. In good times, the sci/eng major will get a job right out of school. The same cannot be said for this degree if the space companies are all filled up already, which is likely in good times if the school cranks out hundreds of these kids a year. At least if I'm a Chemical Engineer, and the oil companies won't take me, I can work for the drug companies, and if not them, the chemical companies, and so on.

about a year and a half ago

Embry-Riddle To Offer Degree In Space Operations

Orleron Re:As if (79 comments)

Nope, a PhD is not relevant to the point I am trying to make here. What I am saying is that if 300 kids get this new Bachelor's degree, the chances that every single one of them will be a technical AND cultural fit for places like SpaceX and Bigelow are not good. So if a kid blows the interview at these places, what then? At least with a degree in ME or EE, you can try a completely different field.

about a year and a half ago



Orleron Orleron writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Orleron writes "Christopher Roller of Burnsville, MN is apparently trying to corner the market on deific abilities. He has submitted a patent application for "Godly Powers". It can be found here. In yet another example of how the US Patent system is broken, this submission actually made it through the entire process for application issuance. How much farther could it go?"


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