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Rep. Bill Posey Introduces 'Back To the Moon' Bill

Praseodymn Re:Umm... (562 comments)

who exactly would they sell their products to?
Corporations aren't -IN- the US anyway, they're all multinational, based somewhere that doesn't tax them.
Look at GE.

We have the market, they want access to that market. They have bases of operation and employ people here simply for that reason.
This whole fear of corporations is utter crap. It's not true, it has no basis, it's propaganda.

more than 3 years ago

Is Science Just a Matter of Faith?

Praseodymn TFS is a troll (1486 comments)


more than 3 years ago

New Dinosaur Species Found In China

Praseodymn Pronunciation (139 comments)

For those of you struggling to figure out just exactly how you're supposed to pronounce this creatures name..

Zh is a tough sound to make for English speakers. The h represents aspiration of the z, and the z is pronounced as a 'ds' sound. Mix ds with a j, and you're pretty much there.

Fucking hell, why did they have to name this thing with -the- most difficult sound in the entire Chinese language?!

more than 3 years ago

Common Traits of the Veteran Unix Admin

Praseodymn The God complex lives! (592 comments)

Well, I'm glad /. has confirmation that 'veteran' unix admins are superior to all other users. What a pathetic group of people. I thought chefs were egotistical..
Keep on trippin'.

more than 3 years ago

Sciencey Heroes For Young Children?

Praseodymn Burt Rutan (614 comments)

I know he's not young, but he sure does span many of those categories and is doing something quite heroic.

When I was young, my hero was Nikolai Tesla..

more than 3 years ago

Record-Breaking Galaxy Found In Deep Hubble Image

Praseodymn How does this work? (196 comments)

A question that I've always had about this, 'the light took J billion years to get to where we are now, so it's this close to the big bang!" thing is: wouldn't that assume that where the earth is now is where it would have been had it existed at the time of the big bang? The matter that now makes up the earth was a part of the big bang and so moved outward away from the site at a speed lower than that of light in a vacuum, no? So no matter how far back you look, you're NEVER going to see the beginnings of the universe, because the light from everything that happened around the time of the big bang radiated out past us and is already gone. The only things we can see are things that happened far enough away that the light has not yet reached us until now. Considering how slowly the universe must have expanded in real terms (unless they're saying it expanded near c), how is it even possible that it's anywhere close to 600m years after the big bang?
Someone please explain.

more than 3 years ago

When automating everyday tasks with robots, the line must be drawn...

Praseodymn Re:Voting options out of order (465 comments)

Could you not forsee a time when computers and robots have become so advanced that they contain all the knowledge, experience, and wisdom of several human doctors, thereby being programmed with theoretically hundreds of years of real world experience?

Unfortunately, a good deal of the things learned by experience are extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, to explain. I know that there are many things in cooking that I know how to do but can't explain because at a certain point chaos is operating such that I can't understand what's happening logically, I just have to 'feel' it out. Teach that to a robot.

more than 3 years ago

Frustration and Unhappiness In the Games Industry

Praseodymn Restaurant industry (422 comments)

You could have replaced almost every single word that corresponded to the gaming industry and replaced it with the restaurant industry. Same thing.

more than 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

Praseodymn Re:Still alive (763 comments)

Sorry, false. :(
I cook kobe steak just about every day, and it'll hold up just fine. Intramuscular beef fat isn't the most quickly rendering stuff in the world, and the heat doesn't get high enough even in a well done situation to render it to 'shred apart.' You'd have to braise it to do that, and then any soft cut would shred after a braise.
There are various grades of kobe, so the amount of fat you get in a cut will depend on the cut itself and then the grade. If you want some seriously fatty beef.. check out grade A5 Chiba beef.

more than 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

Praseodymn Re:Still alive (763 comments)

he's not your chief. he's the chief of the kitchen brigade. the chief cook.

more than 4 years ago

A delicious steak should be ...

Praseodymn Re:Still alive (763 comments)

I'm sorry, but that's not an upscale restaurant. That's a restaurant that gives the rest of us a bad rap. A great restaurant sells one thing above all else: hospitality. It's the customers food, we want them to enjoy it. If they enjoy a kobe rib eye steak well done, fine. We'll wince, moan, and parts of us may die in the process, but we'll do it. Why? Because it's our job.
Any "chef" that can't get over his own damn ego to please his customer needs to go back down the ladder and relearn the basics. The customer is always right. I don't give a damn if they're an idiot. They're right. Make them have a good time, not a bitch of a time because the chef has a stick up his ass.

more than 4 years ago

China Moving To Restrict Neodymium Supply

Praseodymn Re:not so green, huh? (477 comments)

the first is just the irony of the country touted as having "A Bad Human Rights Record" (when in fact they are just using common sense to keep control over 1.3 billion people)

What the...?
People don't say that China has a bad human rights record because of the One Child Policy. They say that for, among other things, the One China Policy. Did you hear about the unrest of the Tibetans and the slaughter they endured as a result? Did you hear about the Uyghur towns in XinJiang Province wherein the government went in one day saying that everyone needs to be in their homes tomorrow or be shot and then coming through the next day and killing everyone on the streets?
You seem like a relatively informed person, did you hear about the rocket tests that destroyed entire towns?
How about the supremely corrupt officials covering up reports of lakes polluted to the point of poisoning absolutely every last person in the bordering towns?

Don't get me wrong. I love China. Wonderful place, great people, amazing food, and a beautiful land. But that government is abhorrent when it comes to treating its people right.

more than 4 years ago

I'd prefer to allocate my work hours ...

Praseodymn 5 x 11 (287 comments)

When working a 50 hour work week, 5 x 10 is much better than 6 x 8..
Sure, the 10 might turn into 11 or 12, but it's better than the 8 turning into 10 and never finding a day to recover and then getting slowly run down until you have to find a new place to work because you're exhausted every day from not being able to be off.
Of course, those working 7 day work weeks have me beat. How people pull that off I have no idea.

more than 4 years ago

Comcast Finally Files Suit Against FCC Over Traffic Shaping

Praseodymn Re:Not traffic shaping! (353 comments)

Time Warner does it.. my p2p traffic almost always requires multiple router resets and much hand wringing. No one else in the apartment uses p2p, and none of them experience difficulty with the internet connection. How should I deal with this? I have no idea.

more than 5 years ago

NASA Wants To Fund Space Taxis

Praseodymn Re:Direct benefits, no; indirect, yes (136 comments)

Every time any NASA proposal has come up, people always make your point. Just because you can't imagine what useful thing will come from this proposal does not mean it won't exist. It just means that it's beyond your imagination. Furthermore, one could reasonably suppose that your argument had been brought up before any of the missions that yielded the useful technologies listed on this list; had those arguments been listened to, we would have none of the technologies, thus the oc's point.

more than 5 years ago

Spurned Chinese Publisher May Create WoW Knockoff

Praseodymn Re:Good, then we can get Pandaren (111 comments)

Panda ren.. only after learning to speak Chinese do I finally get it.

more than 5 years ago

Quantum Setback For Warp Drives

Praseodymn Re:We already have faster-than-light communication (627 comments)

Say I had 50 electrons, all of which I chose x, and you measure those 50 electrons, 70% of which come up x.. pretty good measure of x, no?
Just because we haven't figured it out yet doesn't mean its impossible.
I thought that was a core principle of science, that we can never really know anything with certainty. Especially in such a young field.

more than 5 years ago

Quantum Setback For Warp Drives

Praseodymn Re:Causality (627 comments)

Where's all that heat gonna go? Seems like if things spread out infinitely, there's gonna be quite a bit of heat, and things attracting to each other via gravity, things absorbing heat..

more than 5 years ago


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