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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Ralph Spoilsport I have a better idea (169 comments)

How about we just stop dumping CO2 into the atmosphere and see how that goes? If not, why not? Then the real priorities are revealed.

3 days ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Ralph Spoilsport Dear Premier League, (226 comments)

Fuck You.

about a week ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Ralph Spoilsport Re:once we get back to the Moon.... (157 comments)

based on Energy Return on Energy Invested. Our civilisation is doing a fantastically poor job of switching away from fossil fuel.

about three weeks ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Ralph Spoilsport I still don't get it. (227 comments)

Why is everyone so uncomfortable with the idea that something can be lost forever? How is that a problem? I'm perfectly sanguine with the idea that information can be lost or irretrievable. I'm perfectly sanguine with the idea that the universe will die of heat death. I'm also down with the idea that the Big Rip will swallow everything up in several billion years - talk about information loss... It just strikes me as fatuous and arrogant that humans think the universe has to work a certain rational, logical, way - like the universe gives a shit one way or the other.

about a month ago
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NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts

Ralph Spoilsport once we get back to the Moon.... (157 comments)

Um, no. We're not going to the moon or anywhere like it. The economy will likely collapse again before the end of the decade. There won't be the money or the resources. Sending robotic missions makes more sense. Sending people is a dumb idea. We evolved to live here. We are expensive to travel and hard to settle. Machines are constructed to do certain things in certain environments. They are more capable than humans in that regard. Send them to get fried by coronal mass ejections.

about a month ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

Ralph Spoilsport Re:"different approach to international diplomacy" (389 comments)

No shit. I would have put it more like this:

"different approach to international diplomacy"

in other words: Ain't Gonna Happen.

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt and Entourage Pay a Call On Cuba

Ralph Spoilsport I live in Canada (190 comments)

We go there for vacation whenever the fuck we want. Americans need to get fucking clue and get over themselves. It's just fucking Cuba. No big deal. America has relations with China, and they've executed WAY more political prisoners than Cuba has, and you;re probably reading this on a Chinese built computer. So bag the anti-communist BS and grow up.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

Ralph Spoilsport Re:Corporatization? (325 comments)

um, yes. corporatisation means academia feeds the interests of neoliberalism. Education is not a business. It is a social service and a fundamental right.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

Ralph Spoilsport Or how about this: (325 comments)

BAN for profit universities and require more tenured faculty teach classes.

about 2 months ago
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Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

Ralph Spoilsport Re:I don't get the mystery. (147 comments)

They don't have to be that hot. They just have to be in a super tight orbit and be there for ELEVEN BILLION YEARS.

about 2 months ago
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The Sci-Fi Myth of Killer Machines

Ralph Spoilsport BLAME: (222 comments)

Frankenstein.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Ralph Spoilsport Re:Dear Microsoft (187 comments)

I use Windows 7. I am waiting for Windows 9. I'm not interested in a GREAT start menu - I just want one that works really well. IT doesn't have to be perfect - it has to be good enough.

about 3 months ago
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Strange New World Discovered: The "Mega Earth"

Ralph Spoilsport I don't get the mystery. (147 comments)

It's a large planet orbiting a star. It has no massive hydrogen/helium atmosphere, and that's a mystery, WHY? Well, let's see, park a planet about 20 million miles from its host star for ELEVEN BILLION YEARS and see how long the atmosphere hangs around, in the face of ELEVEN BILLION YEARS of stellar evolution, coronal mass ejections, and all the rest of it, and they're PUZZLED as to why it's not hte size of Neptune?WTF? I'm surprised it still exists at all...

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Ralph Spoilsport Dear Microsoft (187 comments)

What did we want in Win8? Win 7 that WORKED. That's all, really. Simple stuff, like, maybe automatically calculating the size of folders. That would be nice. And maybe a scheduler that didn't have its head up its ass. Seriously. All this touch this and wooshy that WE DON'T CARE. WE NEVER DID.

we just want a computer that works. Perfectly and easily. Hard to do? Well, you CHARGE for your OS, so it's not like you don't have the green. But, no. You dreamed up Win8 and Metro and it sucks balls. No one wants it. It's bullshit. IF we want a tablet OS, WE'D BUY A FUCKING TABLET. Capeeeesh?

Now, kindly go back to the drawing board, fix Win7,and call it Win9, and we will all be happy and for a little while forget you're a bunch of assholes extracting wealth from a supine audience.

about 3 months ago
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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

Ralph Spoilsport Re:prosecutions are done on law in place at the ti (519 comments)

Snowden could have chosen to leak his documents anonymously through a Congressman.

Sure, and two weeks later the NSA / CIA would have given him concrete boots to go talk to the fishies off the coast of Hawaii.

about 3 months ago
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NASA's Test Bed For Mars Chute: Kauai

Ralph Spoilsport Sounds like a trip to Hawaii (40 comments)

Rather than Ridgecrest, California. I can practically hear the discussion now...

Scientist 1: So, we need to test this thing. I suppose we could talk to the folks at China Lake. It's nearby and cheap. We can stay at the Motel 6 in Ridgecrest.
Scientist 2: Yeah, we could do that, or have the Pacific dudes fire it over HAWAII and we get to hang out in Kawaii!!!!
Scientist 1: But that's expensive.
Scientist 2: Fuck that - it's HAWAII!!! It's in the USA! Good enough!
Scientist 1: Yeah, but...
Scientist 2: But nothin' dude - have you even been to Kawaii?
Scientist 1: No, but....
Scientist 2: but nothin' it's awesome. And it beats the living fuck out of Ridgecrest. You ever been to Ridgecrest?
Scientist 1: Yeah. It's hot. Out in the desert.
Scientist 2: Yeah, AND IT SUCKS! They have earthquakes like every other day out there. It's a miserable hell hole that's only rivaled by Barstow and Needles.
Scientist 1: Well, its not pretty, but it is nearby, and I don't think the test cares if we shoot it over Kawaii or Death Valley, really.
Scientist 2: The test won't but everyone on the team will. Kawaii is fucking AWESOME DUDE!
Scientist 1: We can meet budget.
Scientist 2: We can SURF!
Scientist 1: OK, let's ask another team mate. What do you think?
Scientist 3: What, do I look stupid? Fuck Ridgecrest - YOLO baby - let's go to Hawaii!!!
Scientist 1: Sigh....

about 3 months ago
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Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

Ralph Spoilsport Re:what's wrong with public transportation? (190 comments)

Agreed. But then all these Internet Addicts would have to actually SIT NEXT TO SOMEONE!!! Eeeew! The KOOTIES!!!!

Public transport is the answer, but the entitled class confused nature of the California Ideology squanders forward movement for the sake of narcissism. The collateral damage is massive. Example: the asshole renting a 2 BR apt at 19th and Valencia for $10,500 a month. That comes out to about $350 a day. Someone who has that kind of dosh isn't going to want to spend time rubbing shoulders with someone who pays $1000 a month to share a flat in the Sunset. It just isn't going to happen. They're both fucking peasants (one is an extremely well paid peasant) but the well paid peasant thinks he's something special. Besides, every racist knows poor people have kooties.

about 3 months ago

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Aaron Swartz, suicide.

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "Aaron Swartz committed suicide. As a teenager, he helped create an early version of RSS and later played a key role in stopping a controversial online piracy bill in Congress. He also downloaded zillions of articles from JSTOR. JSTOR declined to press charges. MIT, where it happened, gave less of a clear signal, so the Feds went after him. They wanted him bad for his efforts re: RECAP, a system that gave Americans access to their own (public domain) case-law. He was arrested and charged with felonies. He committed suicide two years to the day of his arrest. Lessig gives his testimonial here and Cory Doctorow gives tribute to this young tragic genius here. This is an enormous tragedy and blow to Access To Knowledge activists the world over."
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library.nu and ifile.it shut down

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "A coalition of 17 publishing companies has shut down library.nu and ifile.it, charging them with pirating ebooks. This comes less than a month after megaupload was shut down, and SOPA was stopped. If the busting of cyberlockers continues at this pace and online library sharing dismantled, this under-reported story may well be the tip of a very big iceberg — one quite beyond the P&L sheets of publishers and striking at basic human rights as outlined in the contradictions of the UN Charter. Is this a big deal — a grim coalition of corporate power? Or just mopping up some scurvy old pirates? Or somewhere in between? Those concerned with the future of file sharing should watch these events closely."
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Facebook blocks addverts for Pot Legalisation

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "Proponents of marijuana legalization, which is on the California ballot in 2010, have hit a Facebook wall in their effort to grow an online campaign to rethink the nation's pot laws. Facebook initially accepted ads from the group Just Say Now, running them from August 7 to August 16, generating 38 million impressions and helping the group's fan page grow to over 6,000 members. But then they were abruptly removed. Should the phone company prevent phone calls on pot legalisation? If not, then what makes Facebook so special?"
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less than $1 per watt Solar Cells

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "Major annoucement from First Solar: $1 per watt solar modules. The entire announcement is HERE. This is an extremely important price barrier breakthrough. Inexpensive PV solar is critical to maintaining an industrial society in a postCarbon context, and is a great example of how green tech can and will be central to business plans over the next few decades as we transition out of the age of fossil fuels. Solar has its obvious problems (doesn't work in the dark, etc.) but finally cost is becoming not one of them."
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Electronic Bank Run Helped Spark Downturn

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) writes "One of the recurring fears in a digitally linked global economy is the scenario where there is an electronic "run on the bank", a scenario that would make the run on banks of the early 1930s look like a pocketful of change. Even Bill Maher in his broadcast of 20.FEB.09 mused to the effect of "What would happen if the Chinese took all their money out?" Well it seems that Doomsday Scenario passed already, on 15.SEP.09. It seems that in a period of minutes, $550 billion dollars disappeared electronically from the Federal Reserve System in the form of liquidated money market funds. This story was told by Rep. Kanjorski (D-PA). Now, whether this was the Chinese doing a panic withdrawal or the major banks pulling out all stops to cover their bad debts is unknown at this time, but it does show one important thing: technology permitted a panic sell-off of unprecedented proportions that could have been completely catastrophic. What is also distressing is that there has been ZERO media coverage on this."
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11,000 year old temple found in SE Turkey

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport writes "In Southeast Turkey, the archeologistKlaus Schmidt has discovered an 11,000 year old temple. Normal civilisation theory suggests that agriculture created cities, and cities created monuments. This discovery suggests just the opposite — people got together to build a huge monument to their religion, and in order to sustain it, communities were formed and agriculture (already in development) quickly followed on to sustain the population. Truly a startling find with significant implications."
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Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ralph Spoilsport writes "AP reports: NASA may be going to the same old moon with a ship that looks a lot like a 1960s Apollo capsule, but the space agency said Monday that it's going to do something dramatically different this time: Stay there.

The goal is to have a base at the South Pole permanently staffed by 2024. Why the South Pole? It get more Sun, making solar power more doable. The cost? Expensive. From TFA: "The tooth fairy is not going to drop $500 to $800 billion on NASA," McCurdy said. "Being creative on the moon can sometimes get you confined to the moon."

Can we/should we do it? 800 billion bucks buys a boatload of pretty little probes — how much science can we get out of an $800 billion moon base compared to hundreds of probes of ever increasing sophistication? Is putting a half dozen hairless apes on the moon a good idea? Come on slashdotters! Where are we with this issue?"

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This is a test. It is only a test.

Ralph Spoilsport Ralph Spoilsport writes  |  more than 10 years ago This is a test as to how this works. I normally don't keep a journal exceppt on my own horribly neglected blog.

I have found that I have Friends and Fans. I don't know hw that works or why these people are my friends and fans, but I feel flattered nonetheless.

For those who wonder, Ralph Spoilsport is a car salesman / drug dealer character from the record How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All? by the Firesign Theatre.

best to all.

HW

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