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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

cusco Re:Wrong conclusion: not "unintended consequences" (118 comments)

Not many fish live-birth, you would need a male to fertilize those eggs. Normally the fertilized eggs are carried on plant matter stuck to ducks, or occasionally the eggs stick to the birds themselves.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

cusco Re:Just like the economy (118 comments)

Has the situation of any native species ever improved because of the magical market forces? Ever? I can't think of one. Buffalo, beavers, wolves, condors, redwoods, otters, etc. would all be extinct if the top-down management had allowed "actors look out for their own interests". Individual people are myopic short-term actors, only when we band into larger organizations is anything worthwhile ever accomplished.

about two weeks ago
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How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

cusco Re:Fear the Asian carp (118 comments)

Carp and suckers are fairly fatty fish, you don't want to fry or bake them really. They're OK grilled, but they're outstanding in a smoker. The fat drips down and burns and everyone in the neighborhood knows that something delicious is about to be available. You may become very popular for an afternoon . . .

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

cusco Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

They are the same, everywhere in the Universe.

Not even Einstein would have claimed that. We have barely crossed the heliopause, and you can claim that we know that physics works exactly the same everywhere? (I'm assuming you mean physics, because nothing anyone has said would entail numeric systems being invalidated.) Rather arrogant, isn't it? As far as we can tell there are somewhere between 7 and 29 dimensions, of which we have only very limited knowledge of three (four if you consider time a dimension). Try reading 'Flatland' for a hint at how some of those other dimensions might interact with ours.

 

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

cusco Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

Nearly everything we see falls neatly in the ranges predicted by scientific theories.

That is at least in part because the ranges predicted by the theories are what we're monitoring. CERN for example automatically discards 99.many-9s of the data generated by their tests without even analyzing it, just because of the sheer volume of data created. For 70%-90% of the mass and energy in the universe we don't even have a way to detect it yet, much less analyze anything more than the galactic-level properties of it.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

cusco Re:Paradoxes Be Damned (334 comments)

So the fact that it's just been in the last 20 years that we've realized that we can't even detect 70-90% of all the matter and energy in the universe except at the galactic level doesn't humble you at all? We have it all figured out? Up until a few centuries ago we had 50 millenia of "hard science" showing that the oceans could not be crossed by mariners. Today we have 15 year-old girls who do it single-handed. I hope you like surprises, the future is full of them.

about two weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

cusco Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (433 comments)

I take it you aren't actually old enough to have been politically aware when Ronnie was president. At one point he publicly "remembered" being in the trenches at Iwo Jima.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

cusco Re:too complicated (127 comments)

I was just going to post the same, except to mention AOpix (haven't used a Morpho system).

about three weeks ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

cusco Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

I believe it was Arthur Clarke who I heard speculate that we may have already encountered other sentient life and just not recognized it. If something lived so slowly that it took decades or years to form a coherent thought we would never have the patience to talk to it (even if we could figure out how). If something lived so quickly that it was here and gone in a day it wouldn't have the patience to talk to us. For some long-lived species a trip between stars that lasted a thousand years, to us essentially an impossibility, might be the equivalent of an evening parking on Lover's Lane.

about a month ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

cusco Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

One of my favorite mouse-over comments on XKCD goes to the effect of, "There is no logical economic reason to go to the stars. The universe is full of civilizations and species that lived and died on a solitary planet, discovered and recorded by the species which did the illogical thing."

about a month ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

cusco Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

The Anti-Humans-In-Space Nutters seem to have descended in force on this topic. Two centuries ago they would have been busily shouting down anyone who predicted that someday humans would travel faster than 35 miles an hour.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

So the Teabaggers should be allowed to violate tax laws because Obama doesn't like them? Interesting concept. They could have registered as any of several other types of non-profit and not had any issues, instead they decided to register as one of the two classes that are NOT allowed to do political campaigning while openly doing just that. This is the exact same issue that got the Moral Majority's tax exempt status revoked at one point. They later re-registered as the correct type of non-profit and had no further issues, except that now they have to reveal their financial patrons.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re: The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

It's one thing for a test to destroy a few tickytacky houses thrown up in the middle of the desert and burn some mannikins. Actually seeing the devastation is an order of magnitude different. I know from testing that the full-choke barrel on my 16 ga will create a shot pattern a foot wide at a certain distance. Actually seeing the mess it makes of a rabbit that far away is something else entirely.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

Mostly because "We're being oppressed by the government!" resonates much better with their base than "We're sleazy douchebags who want to conceal our funding sources but the rules won't let us!"

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re: This already exists (316 comments)

I suspect that was a bad attempt at sarcasm. He says "Quoting a bad Stallone movie" as though there were some other type of Stallone movie, for example.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re:Gvmt didn't try to suppres OWS? Where've you be (316 comments)

Earlier this year? That's been public knowledge since at least 2003. People were posting on Blogspot as early as 2004 about how they had been paid to disrupt online forums, we had several on the Alternet and Utne forums. For that matter there were FBI trolls disrupting BBS and IRC discussions back in the '90s.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

Summary: You are actually free to shout "Fire" in a crowded theatre, just be prepared to go to jail for the resulting damage/injury /death.

Simple enough?

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re: The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

In actuality the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki did save lives in the long run. The two cities were chosen for their geographic and demographic profiles, to test the effects of terrain and building types on bomb effectiveness with a future clash with the Soviet Union in mind. What they found was that the effects of nuclear weapons were so horrible that even the lunatics in the Pentagon and Kremlin hesitate to use them. If the nukes had just been used at some remote location to demonstrate to the Japanese what we could do it's very likely that they would have been launched at some point during the 1950s and the highest life form left on the surface of the planet would be rodents.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

They were harassed for violating the terms of the tax-exempt status that they had applied for. That's what the IRS is for, enforcing the tax law. If the teabaggers hadn't been so interested in hiding that their movement is entirely financed by billionaires and mega-corporations they could have applied for a different tax-exempt classification and not had any problems, just like all the other political action groups.

about a month ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

cusco Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

The IRS went after groups that were very blatantly and openly violating the rules that they are supposed to enforce. The teabaggers could have chosen any of the tax exempt classifications, they chose the one that would let them hide their donors. That classification prohibits political activity, but they were already involved in political campaigning before filling out the application. Should the IRS have just pretended to not see?

about a month ago

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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

cusco cusco writes  |  about a year ago

cusco (717999) writes "Creation Museum Founder and AiG President/CEO Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye at the Creation Museum on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 PM. According to the Washington Post, 'Ham had been hoping to attract the star of TV’s “Bill Nye The Science Guy” to the northern Kentucky museum after Nye said in an online video last year that teaching creationism was bad for children. The video was viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube.'"

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