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Pandora's Promise and the Problem of "Solutionism"

dcmcilrath Not a silver bullet, but a hold-over tactic (293 comments)

If Fukashima has not occurred, we would be currently looking at a global uranium shortage in the next 5 years as existing major sources (re-purposing from old warheads) dry up and are not replaced with new mines.

Whenever production of power plants comes back on track, we will once again be facing such a shortage.

Yes there are limited reserves of uranium like everything else on the planet, but there is a lot more than 5 years... more like 200 according to this article. This is important because it buys us time to get technologies which are actually clean (looking at you, solar energy researchers) up to the speed of our current energy sources. Or find something else

about 10 months ago
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Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce

dcmcilrath Not suprised (188 comments)

Welcome to capitalism, If you do nothing but make shitty games and piss people off until you get voted worst company in America two years running, you are going to suffer losses, or go bankrupt. (Personally, I keep my fingers crossed)

I do feel really bad for the people who work there though :(

about a year ago
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"Lazarus Project" Clones Extinct Frog

dcmcilrath Cautionary tale (154 comments)

As long as they aren't cloning any Raptors, or giving them hover-boards, I think we're OK.

1 year,30 days
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Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal

dcmcilrath Re:Samesung should rush out a sWatch product (239 comments)

Even if Apple win's billions in compensation the fact is Samsung has created an empire suitable to dethrone Apple, which was Steve Jobs greatest fear, for Apple to become a runner up again.

Thank god for that, the last time Apple did something truly interesting was when they were a runner-up to Microsoft. I feel like being top dog is bad for just about any company. Look at the aforementioned Microsoft, they've been the OS leader for 20 years and haven't made anything nearly as good as the people desperately trying to compete (ex: Linux & Apple)

If Apple has to start trying again, it will make the market far more interesting, and probably better. Capitalism works best on fierce competition

about a year ago
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If Video Games Make People Violent, So Do Pictures of Snakes

dcmcilrath Increasingly Silly Debate (161 comments)

The fact that we're still arguing about this is kinda depressing. I admit that there are some violent, awful games, but I personally could state a list of incredibly good games, games which carry a more powerful message than a lot of books or film, and simply could not achieve that without being at least a little violent and visceral.

This article does bring up the interesting point, that violent media has equal potential to make people violent, no matter what form of media it is (the 2-minutes hate from 1984 springs to mind)

But that said, the debate is still ridiculous because Video Games fall under free speech, and therefore should not be banned, whatever their content, just like we treat books, movies, and tv.

about a year ago
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Global Temperatures Are Close To 11,000-Year Peak

dcmcilrath Scary and scarier (416 comments)

First reaction: How are people still denying this???
Second reaction: We are so screwed

After spending a significant amount of time studying the data and politics surrounding this issue, I concluded that global warming is a baked cake at this point (no pun intended) The US contains a little over 4.5% of the worlds population says Google yet we are responsible for the majority of world emissions. Now consider that we are trying to cut back, meanwhile China is rapidly industrializing, increasing its footprint with every passing day. When you think of the footprint China will have when it is as industrialized as the USA, any hope of avoiding serious global damage is tiny at this point.

about a year ago
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Clues of Life's Origins Found In Galactic Cloud

dcmcilrath Fermi Paradox (80 comments)

The Fermi Paradox, this thing, says that we should not only have encounted "life" by now, but we should have encountered life at least as complex as ours over and over again by now.

Kinda creepy to think about the endless possibilities out there. To quote Douglas Adams: "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space"

about a year ago
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Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

dcmcilrath Re:Not only that... (217 comments)

Yeah, disabling javascript is generally a pretty good practice and can save one quite a bit of money, and make browsing less hazardous. Also wow "iCopyright"? I'm trying to decide if the name makes me dislike them more than the practice of charging $150 for quotes

about a year ago

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US to deploy ballistic missile interceptors in response to NK threats

dcmcilrath dcmcilrath writes  |  about a year ago

dcmcilrath (2859893) writes "Thom Shanker, David E. Sanger, and Martin Fackler of the New York Times write:

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will spend $1 billion to deploy additional ballistic missile interceptors along the Pacific Coast to counter the growing reach of North Korea’s weapons, a decision accelerated by Pyongyang’s recent belligerence and indications that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is resisting China’s efforts to restrain him."

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