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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

Sperbels Re:Moire expensive car, richer driver, that's FINE (252 comments)

I had a Audi TT convertible for a while back in the early 2000s. For some reason the pickup truck guys used to fuck with me too. Can't figure out why. It's not exactly an expensive exotic. Maybe they just do it whenever they see a guy in a convertible. Or maybe they all thought it was an expensive car. I got called rich boy. I got coal rolled. I had people key my car. I had people tag my car. And I had some local red neck kids setting my alarm off every night for a week before I remembered you could turn off the impact sensor. In the same parking lot I had kept a Golf, a Porsche 914, and a Bronco II, Audi Quattro Coupe, various other Japanese economy cars.... without any issues.

yesterday
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Sperbels How about lighting? (475 comments)

Surely the widespread switch to CFLs or LED bulbs is a hit to their business too. Are they trying to stifle growth there too?

2 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Sperbels Re:Should we? (266 comments)

Not if we're talking about a comet. New comets are constantly being discovered because we can't see them and establish their orbits like we can with asteroids. If we're talking about a comet, we might not even have a year.

3 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Sperbels Re: Should we? (266 comments)

Excitable children colonized the planet and brought us from caves to space travel. The majority of our culture, and technological innovations was made by brilliant excitable children. The old guard doesn't innovate. The old guard would have us stay in the outlying trees of the serengeti instead of moving into the grassland. The old guard would have us stick to scavenging food rather than utilizing untried technology like the club or spear to actively pursue food. The old guard would have us stay on earth and make new infrastructure and babies to support the war machine to take land and oil from others with the same goals. I am not interested in fighting the wars of the old guard. I want to wander into the serengeti and find a new way to live and a new place to call home and build a new society. Fuck the petty wars of my ancestors. I'm not gaining a damn thing by strengthening their society. At the end of the day I'm still a lower-middle class computer jockey who will be tossed aside and left to die when I've lost my usefulness.

3 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Sperbels Re:Should we? (266 comments)

What is the difference between sending humans, with all their implications, vs. instruments and engines to get them there? Why is the human part so important to science?

Because the desire to explore is an instinct most of us possess. It's not necessarily about science, although it's certainly something we will do. Exploration is in our genes. So why not send robots instead of humans? It does not satisfy. For the same reason we don't live in purely utilitarian houses, or have purely utilitarian cars, or eat tasteless nutritional gruel. That kind of thing is for oppressive socialist governments who try to fit square pegs into round holes. Forcing us all to exist in the same dull repetitive manner is contrary to human nature.

And at what cost, to everyone who must pay real money for the expedition, (...never minding the folks who volunteered their 'free time'/lives to go up first)?

No. I don't expect governments to do it. They're far more interested in maintaining their own strategic interests in orbit. But it would be nice if they got out of the way to let the rest of us do it instead of trying to get their pound of flesh out of the investors. They can impose their crippling bureaucracy on their own go nowhere space program.

4 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Sperbels Re:Should we? (266 comments)

Because space is mostly empty, and extremely hostile. There's no rational reason for anybody to go there.

So is the ocean. But hey, we got over it and now we have a global society. Every new area we haven't established ourselves yet is empty and extremely hostile. And I already gave you a very rational reason for going there.

4 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Sperbels Re:Should we? (266 comments)

Perhaps. But this urge has driven the human race out of Africa and brought us to the edge of space. We're only going to stagnate here as we fill up the planet with people and fight each for the remaining resources. We're even better at killing each other than we are at exploring. Why not direct that energy to kill each other toward expanding our territory into space.

4 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Sperbels Re:Should we? (266 comments)

An interesting twist on that is that post-human machine intelligences are actually the best suited for space exploration. The need power and raw materials to renew their bodies. They don't need an ecosystem and a gravity well to maintain their health. As long as there's a sending and receiving station, they can travel at the speed of light. Long voyages to other stars would not be an issue for them. In fact, I'd image they'd be far more prosperous off of the planet.

4 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Sperbels Re:Should we? (266 comments)

We are all aware of that. Exploring the ocean floor (or space) with robots, simply does not satiate the desire to explore.

4 days ago
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

Sperbels Re:Should we? (266 comments)

The Earth is thoroughly mapped, explored, photographed, populated, and exploited. There are no frontiers or mystery here any more. There's an enormous unexplored solar system out there vastly bigger and more interesting than Earth. We can all see it up there, but we can't get there. I honestly don't understand the mentality of people who aren't curious about it and don't want to go explore it.

4 days ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Sperbels Re:Population issue? (308 comments)

Human nature: Religious differences, racial differences, ideological differences, cultural differences and greed.

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Sperbels Re:Population issue? (308 comments)

Well, the first step is at least bringing attention to the problem. Whenever I mention it, people dismiss me as a neo-Malthusian (as if invoking the name dismisses everything I say), or just say something to the effect that prosperous societies self regulate their population by having fewer children (as if that global prosperity could ever be achieved).

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Sperbels Population issue? (308 comments)

Combating the Global Food Crisis

So we enable everyone to have more offspring...and then they need an even greater amount of food. Then we just end up back where we were. How long can we keep ignoring the fact that population is the problem. Global warming, peak oil, antibiotic resistant diseases, ozone hole, etc. All of it will just keep getting worse if we don't do something about our population.

about a week ago
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Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

Sperbels Re:China screws foreigners (191 comments)

You could actually replace China with US and still have a true statement.

about two weeks ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

Sperbels Re:.info (178 comments)

The hardware upgrade comes after somebody joins. Only need one person. Guys? Anyone?

about two weeks ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Sperbels Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

You're right, respect and canonization are different...I was just being smart ass. And maybe you're misunderstanding me. I don't disrespect people for joining the military. But I'm not going to give someone automatic respect for joining the army. I'll give them more respect for their deeds, but not for their intentions (at least not much more) because I know most kids join the military not because of an intention to die for their nation, but for their future careers or just to make a living after high school.

about three weeks ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Sperbels Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

Well, I registered for the Selective Service when I turned 18. I agreed--up front--to go into harms way as needed. I also pledged allegiance to the country every day for years as a child in America's public schools. I think I meet your dubious criteria for canonization.

about three weeks ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Sperbels Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

Most people joining the military do so to "defend the US", just like all the TV commercials claim their job will be. Just like most police officers join the force to defend the public.

Bullshit. Most people join the military and/or become cops to earn money.

Regardless, intentions don't make you a hero, actions do. If a politician sends you into another country to support a coup to oust some leader who's hostile to American business interests...you're not a hero...you're a mercenary.

about three weeks ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

Sperbels Re:Not all contributions / sacrifice are equivalen (121 comments)

The point is still valid. You're arguing that because one puts himself in the position (by joining the military) where he can be easily forced to fight, that makes him a hero. That right there pretty much belittles those people who actually have participated in combat. No, I'm sorry...joining the military doesn't automatically give you a cape.

about three weeks ago

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