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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

dryeo Re:The only good thing (500 comments)

Long term use of heroin doesn't actually do very much.

Don't lie, it's a well known fact that opiates, including heroin, have a tendency to make people constipated, much worse then destroying your liver or your heart and lungs which is why it is illegal while alcohol and tobacco are legal.

2 days ago
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SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

dryeo Re:don't have money to waste (113 comments)

Life style choices start with being born in a good environment. If someone is stupid enough to be born in a toxic dump. well tough.

2 days ago
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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

dryeo Re: The DEA and CIA are both rogue agencies. (120 comments)

If you want to go that route, then rather then Canadians, we can refer to the province. Instead of the United States of Mexico we can refer to the individual Mexican States. Likewise for India where the culture differences are much more extreme then the USA and all the other Federal Republics and Federal Monarchies.
The truth is that from the outside, we don't care what State the drone came from and we don't care what State pushed for the latest unfree trade agreement. The USA is represented by the Federal government to us outside your country and that's the way it is.

3 days ago
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When Spies and Crime-Fighters Squabble Over How They Spy On You

dryeo Re: The DEA and CIA are both rogue agencies. (120 comments)

Lots of cultures consider America as one continent, even as recently as WWII that was the common view in the United States of America. To quote wiki, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

North America and South America are treated as separate continents in the seven-continent model. However, they may also be viewed as a single continent known as America. This viewpoint was common in the United States until World War II, and remains prevalent in some Asian six-continent models.[13] This remains the more common vision in Latin American countries, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Greece, where they are taught as a single continent. From the 19th century some people used the term "Americas" to avoid ambiguity with the United States of America.[citation needed]

and the citation

^ Lewis, Martin W.; Kären E. Wigen (1997). "1". The Myth of Continents: a Critique of Metageography. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20742-4, ISBN 0-520-20743-2. "While it might seem surprising to find North and South America still joined into a single continent in a book published in the United States in 1937, such a notion remained fairly common until World War II. [...] By the 1950s, however, virtually all American geographers had come to insist that the visually distinct landmasses of North and South America deserved separate designations."

Seems there are quite a variety of ways to classify continents and just because you were raised with the 7 continent model does not make it correct.

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

dryeo Re:maybe (499 comments)

Perhaps the OP is Roma, the culture/race that suffered 2nd to the Jews during the holocaust, and are still suffering in many countries. My glorious leader has himself stated that the only reason to criticize Jews is anti-semanticist while it's still open season on the Roma. The persecution is also quite heavy in some Eastern European countries.
Personally my wives family has been prosecuted for generations, by an alliance of government and the Catholic church ending with her forcible removal from her family at birth and given to a WASP family so she has no knowledge of her culture. Previous generations were tortured, starved and even used for medical experiments to wipe out their culture.

3 days ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

dryeo Re:Yeah (100 comments)

sudo xterm or sudo mc is how I get a root prompt under Ubuntu

3 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

dryeo Re:Stability (86 comments)

It had to be an orbit that came with a climate that allowed complex life to evolve, about a billion years for Earth. Even the really primitive life would probably need close to ideal conditions to flourish long enough to oxygenate the atmosphere and lay the foundations for complex life.
Of course with only one sample it's hard to say if there are different routes to complex life.

3 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

dryeo Re:Stability (86 comments)

I'd think that the planets orbit would be perturbed enough that it would no longer be in the Goldilocks zone, or at least the ideal considering its atmosphere (amount of CO2 etc)

3 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

dryeo Re:Stability (86 comments)

Actually the story assumes that Kalgash existed in a stable orbit long enough for technological life to evolve, something that likely takes billions of years with our one example needing a planet that was fairly stable for close to 4.5 billion years.

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

dryeo Re:But what IS the point they're making? (322 comments)

Depends what you call a tree farm. Some intensely grow popular or other fast growing wood for pulp, others replant, do a bit of silviculture and wait 80 years to re-harvest.

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

dryeo Re:But what IS the point they're making? (322 comments)

All those are good uses for genetic engineering, which I think the poster was talking about with chestnuts.

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

dryeo Re:But what IS the point they're making? (322 comments)

Actually in many cases it is the best cooperator that wins, humans are an example where long term the tribes that work together survive the longest. The biggest jerk might do good for a while but once he drives away everyone else and finds himself alone, that's it for long term survival, at least with a social species such as Homo sapiens.
Even in other primates often it looks like the biggest jerk is winning but meanwhile all his females are screwing the other males and it is their genes that mostly continue the species.

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

dryeo Re:But what IS the point they're making? (322 comments)

Species that have a population explosion and use up all their resources usually eventually crash. Seems like they're the fittest for a while until they outstrip the food or other resources and then it becomes obvious that limitless expansion is not a long term survival strategy.
So far humans have only been around for a blip of time.

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

dryeo Re:But what IS the point they're making? (322 comments)

If you look closely a lot of those 2x4s have finger joints where they've built an 8 ft 2x4 from a couple of pieces of tree. Around here it used to be that they didn't bother with any wood that was smaller then 16 inches at the small end. Now I see trees leaving the bush that are barely bigger then my pecker.

4 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

dryeo Re:But what IS the point they're making? (322 comments)

Wonder when jerking and similar technology started? Seems that every primitive peoples that I can think of that lived in favourable climate dried meat as well as fruits and sometimes fish.

4 days ago
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Preparing For Satellite Defense

dryeo Re:space junk (118 comments)

The agreement, not treaty consisted of

Respect Ukrainian independence and sovereignty within its existing borders.
Refrain from the threat or use of force against Ukraine.
Refrain from using economic pressure on Ukraine in order to influence its politics.
Seek United Nations Security Council action if nuclear weapons are used against Ukraine.
Refrain from the use of nuclear arms against Ukraine.
Consult with one another if questions arise regarding these commitments.

Now while it can be argued that America broke the first condition by spending billions inside the Ukraine to destabilize the government leading to the resignation of its democratically elected leader, the only country that the USA promised to ensure the Ukrainians safety from was America.

Full text, https://www.msz.gov.pl/en/p/wi...

5 days ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

dryeo Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

Supposedly some of the early betas (or alphas) were NT based and then they realized that making it DOS based would be more compatible with DOS (especially games) and use less resources, in particular memory.

about a week ago
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Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

dryeo Re:The good news is that he's mortal (63 comments)

This is the scarey thing about immortality, rich old fuckers living forever.

about a week ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

dryeo Re:Not on Arrakis (97 comments)

It's complex. Note that Venus has lost most of its hydrogen and like the Earth, its helium. For the Earth, much of the atmosphere losses is probably hydrogen liberated by photo-disassociation of water which is where much of our hydrogen is tied up. Heavier molecules such as CO2 get held by gravity.
One future scenario for the Earth is to become Venus like, perhaps as soon as a billion years. The Sun gets hotter over its lifetime due to increasing percentage of helium from fusion increasing density, eventually the oceans boil which means lots of water vapor causing a runaway greenhouse effect. Limestone and other carbon sinks liberate their carbon due to the heat which combines with the oxygen which is released by the water vapor being photo-disassociated causing lots of CO2 and adding to the greenhouse effect. Plate tectonics stop due to no water to act as lubricant. Internal heat becomes more equal and convection stops around the core which shuts down the magneto. Eventually the interior heat melts the crust, lots of volcanism which releases more carbon and we're now Venus like.
One possible way that Venus became the way it is now is the above. Possibly life existed before the run away greenhouse effect kicked in and it is also possible the magneto starts up periodically on Venus after a resurfacing event cools down the upper mantle and convention restarts. Be interesting to know more about the interior of Venus.
There's also Titan, closer to the Moon in size and slightly higher atmosphere pressure (mostly nitrogen) then Earth, lots of variation out there and much we don't know.

about a week ago

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