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Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

RJBeery Emergency brake. (1176 comments)

What car doesn't have one?

about a year and a half ago
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Does All of Science Really Move In 'Paradigm Shifts'?

RJBeery I read this book... (265 comments)

I'd say the rule is: the more subjective the field, the more the field will cling to arbitrary paradigms waiting for the next generation to replace the current. Pure mathematics suffers from this the least (logic with little room for speculation, interpretation, etc), but all of Science suffers from paradigm inertia even in the face of contradictory evidence because it is practiced by humans with egos and careers and belief systems.

about a year and a half ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

RJBeery Re:Then you support a carbon tax? (771 comments)

Yes, I would support a carbon tax if it was applied to the ENTIRE market (and not just the "responsible" ones)

about 2 years ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

RJBeery Re:So... (771 comments)

Yes, it's a complex world and we must work with limited information. You seem quite smug about the banning of CFCs; do you feel the same way about the banning of DDT? This has killed an estimated 100MM people via malaria. The point is that Chicken Littles may occasionally be right but that doesn't mean that we should overreact out of panic and fear. This study also suggests that we should consider the political motivations of those presenting the evidence (and I'm pointing out that this is a two-way street)...

about 2 years ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

RJBeery What this ACTUALLY exposes... (771 comments)

If you're a Socialist, you find data on problems which apparently require Socialist solutions to be very convincing and meaningful. If you're a Free Marketer, you find data on problems which apparently require Free Market solutions to be very convincing and meaningful. Don't confuse yourself into thinking that the Socialists are "more scientifically minded" than the Free Marketers: oil shortages, food shortages, mass starvation, global cooling, the hole in the ozone, The Population Bomb, The Silent Spring. Those were all phony manufactured crises from the 60's, 70's and 80's that were exposed before they could "make much social progress" with them.

The issue of Climate Change is WAY BIGGER than supposed rising tides and erratic weather, people. It's a fundamental battle between global political agendas. (All that being said, I'm a Free Marketer who is not a Climate Change denialist; I will fight against Socialist solutions to the problem though)

about 2 years ago
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Search Tracking Purports To Show Effect of Racism On '08 Election

RJBeery Re:Tea Party racists (511 comments)

Fair enough. Calling me (or whomever) an "ignorant twit" doesn't offend me, only because it doesn't seem to have any traction in the media. It's the presumption of racism that pisses me off because that seems to get echoed, with minimal substantiation, by many sources with little effort.

Did you know that 25% of people who identify themselves as Tea Party members are non-white?

more than 2 years ago
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Search Tracking Purports To Show Effect of Racism On '08 Election

RJBeery Tea Party racists (511 comments)

And yet the Republicans and specifically the Tea Partiers were supporters of Herman Cain...ergo the Tea Party and Conservatives are RACISTS because they don't vote for DEMOCRATS...

more than 2 years ago
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What To Do About an Asteroid That Has a 1 In 625 Chance of Hitting Us In 2040?

RJBeery Strange probability observation... (412 comments)

"The asteroid 2011 AG5 is 140 meters across: football-stadium-sized. Its orbit isn't nailed down well enough to say yet, but using what's currently known, there's a 1 in 625 chance it will impact the Earth in 2040. It's behind the Sun until September 2013, and more observations taken then will probably reduce the odds of impact to something close to 0. "

Let me guess...the odds of that happening are approximately 624/625?

more than 2 years ago
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Book Review: Liars and Outliers

RJBeery we're all defectors (68 comments)

I don't like the idea that either you're a defector, or trustworthy. It's really a matter of degree, which is determined by our ethics AND our current situation. Have you ever parked at a meter without plugging it, "hoping" that you'd not get caught? How is that different from stealing from society in other, larger ways, such as robbing a bank (beyond severity of the betrayal)?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Seeks To Plant Antenna Farm In Iowa

RJBeery Re:kansas? (98 comments)

By attempting to give a reasonable answer you're kind of legitimizing the parent troll's point...that the local market's (supposed) political views should be considered when "honoring" them with high speed internet. This is offensive on many levels.

more than 2 years ago
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Chinese Hackers Had Unfettered Access To Nortel Networks For a Decade

RJBeery Chinese hackers == Chinese Govt? (178 comments)

When I hear about Russian hackers, for example, I don't instantly conclude that the Russian Government was involved, but that isn't the general sense I get from people when discussing Chinese hackers...and please know that I'm not condoning or excusing this behavior, and I'm also not saying the Chinese Government is innocent here...just making that observation.

more than 2 years ago
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Climate May Be Less Sensitive To CO2 Than Previously Thought

RJBeery Excellent... (413 comments)

...let the rational, even-handed and emotionally detached debate begin!

more than 2 years ago
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William Shatner On Star Trek Vs. Star Wars

RJBeery Re:Sliding scale of hope vs realism (511 comments)

Hmm, you seem to have a preconception of Republicans there, and an imbecilic one at that.

about 3 years ago
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UK ISPs To Make Voluntary Net-Neutrality Commitment

RJBeery It's a good idea (75 comments)

This is the first resolution that I feel is a good idea. LET THE MARKET DECIDE, not politicians and not CEOs. If a company signs up for Traffic Management Transparency, and is subsequently throttles their bandwidth based on data content, the lawsuits will make the cost savings of their throttling irrelevant. If another company publicly refuses to adhere to the TMT guidelines while remaining economically viable then the market has spoken. PLUS, since it's a voluntary code of practice it can be implemented IMMEDIATELY ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Also, net neutrality is a little more complex than "Big Corporation wants to charge me MORE for access to [political website]!!!!". While I personally find that possibility to be remote, I think that the possibility of 911-type emergency VOIP calls to be dependent upon a reliable connection to be in the very near future. Ask yourself if you want to be in a situation wherein you cannot connect to a 911 operator because the 13 year old fapper next door is downloading pr0n! Just sayin, it isn't necessarily as black and white as many seem to make it out to be.

Random thought...in the recesses of my mind, I believe I recall a "priority bit" in the TCP/IP spec...

more than 3 years ago
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Universe 250+ Times Bigger Than What Is Observable

RJBeery Definition of Infinite (506 comments)

From TFA:

"They say that the curvature of the Universe is tightly constrained around 0. In other words, the most likely model is that the Universe is flat. A flat Universe would also be infinite and their calculations are consistent with this too. These show that the Universe is at least 250 times bigger than the Hubble volume. (The Hubble volume is similar to the size of the observable universe.)"


So...the Hubble volume is roughly 1/250th the size of infinity?

more than 3 years ago
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Genghis Khan, History's Greenest Conqueror

RJBeery Green Movement == Kill Yourself (279 comments)

Nothing illustrates the connection between being "anti-human" and being "green" more than this story. No matter what thoughtful precautions you can take to preserve Nature, the better alternative is that you never existed at all. In other words, kill yourself so that the world may remain a pleasant place for the animals. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Patents Bad Gift Protection

RJBeery Re:Isn't this illegal under consumer protection la (210 comments)

It seems there is no fraud if the gift's intended recipient acknowledges "receipt", ownership and transfer of the bad gift back to Amazon in exchange for a gift certificate, right? Except in this case the "receipt" part is just kind of skipped over...

more than 3 years ago

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