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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

hawkfish Re:Or maybe it's because (235 comments)

That could indeed be at the heart of one of the solutions to the paradox. As a civilization becomes more individualistic and inward focusing, breeding might drop off to the point of extinction. Think about it, if you could live 10,000+ years and have all of your needs (including emotional) met by synthetic means, would you bother having children? How many people would give any thought to the species as a whole continuing if we were not forced to deal with each other?

This sounds remarkably like C.S.Lewis' description of hell in The Great Divorce.

2 days ago

"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

hawkfish Re:Weather is unpredictable (394 comments)

If the threat of bad whether justifies a travel ban, just think of the other threats that can be used to justify such a ban or even worse. It's just a bad precedent. There needs to be a concrete threat to safety and infrastructure, while that may not be most efficient or ideal, it's a free country and it stays free until no other options exist. It's hard to say we live in a free country when the government can take such drastic measures on a whim.

It's also hard to say you live in a free country when you expect the government to bail out your sorry ass whenever you do something stupid like try to drive 500 miles in blizzard. (And yes, I grew up in update NY and central NH and I do know what I'm talking about...)

2 days ago

"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

hawkfish Re:Record Highs (394 comments)

We are having record highs in the Puget Sound area. Highs in the upper 50s and even into the 60s.

Yeah, I've been biking in sandals all winter. About 10F warmer than usual except for a week or two (one of which I was out of town!)

2 days ago

Best Cube?

hawkfish TimeCube! (266 comments)

Nuff sed.

about two weeks ago

Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

hawkfish Re:Baby Translator (122 comments)

If only they could translate what my 18 month old is saying!

When my younger son was about a year old, I asked his (2 year) older brother what he was saying. I figured that maybe being close in age he could remember or something. Older son looked at me like I was from Mars and said "I don't know!" and went back to his blocks.

about two weeks ago

Seismological Society of America Claims Fracking Reactivated Ohio Fault

hawkfish Re:Good luck with that. (168 comments)

In the industry paid-for response TruthLand they admit that it was due to fracking, but claim that the particular well in question was not properly protected with a concrete barrier. They claim that it should not happen elsewhere if the wells are constructed properly and steps are taken to avoid contamination.

Fortunately, that doesn't cost anything. And even if it did, the nice people in the fossil fuel industry are always willing to pay extra for public health.

about three weeks ago

2014: Hottest Year On Record

hawkfish Re:noooo (560 comments)

But the net is hugely negative. 1/3 of the world's people are close enough to a coast that they will have to do something when sea levels rise.

So why don't people move now before they're underwater?

Um, because a lot of them are not in 'merica?

Have a look at Bangladesh some time. Most of the country is near sea level and the people have nowhere to go except... India (which they broke away from rather violently.)

about three weeks ago

The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

hawkfish Re:New law. (391 comments)

Also, you have failed to show that human brains are usefully non-deterministic (they may have non-deterministic random noise, but random noise is not useful).

Oh, really?

about a month ago

Game Theory Analysis Shows How Evolution Favors Cooperation's Collapse

hawkfish Re:Obvious (213 comments)

(Slashdot's Keynesian group think shows through strong in the moderation here.)

Situations where the tax loss is smaller than the cost saving are rares. Most of the time, austerity just kills the economy without any benefit.

I challenge your assersion of that claim.

Additionally I submit that government spending causes the players in the economy to act in a way that benefits them the most in receiving that government spending while supressing their drive to be purely efficient and productive. In the end, we end up with a bunch of players chasing the freebies from the government just because they're free rather than being productive and sustainable.

But you probably won't believe this until this spending kills the host, as the GGP post called it.

I don't know about groupthink, unless you call empirical evidence "groupthink". Herbert Hoover's response to the great depression, Europe's current austerity programs, Japan's "lost decade", Kansas' economic explosion under Brownback: all of these are evidence - from multiple cultures, time periods and scales - that your theory doesn't work in real life.

Let me guess: Your response will be a variant of the "No True Scotsman" fallacy...

about 2 months ago

What is your computer most often plugged into?

hawkfish Re:dem poles yo (236 comments)

My computer has a built in batter backup (it's a laptop).

Wouldn't want to lose your cookies!

about 2 months ago

Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

hawkfish Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (106 comments)

I think there are serious questions about accountability, undue influence and private priorities that can be raised without touching how he made his money:

Research by Devi Sridhar at Oxford University warns that philanthropic interventions are ‘radically skewing public health programmes towards issues of the greatest concern to wealthy donors’. ‘Issues,’ she writes, ‘which are not necessarily top priority for people in the recipient country.’

about 3 months ago

Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

hawkfish Re:left/right apocalypse (495 comments)

I guess I see your point, replying to a comment that we've never had economic disaster due to climate change. But aren't most of your examples irrelevant, given that they occurred prior to the industrial revolution, and therefore had nothing to do with man-made climate change? If anything, those examples point out that climate disasters are a regular occurrence, regardless of human activity. I'm not sure that's the point you were trying to make.

People get shot all the time, so I guess it doesn't matter if I take a M-16 down to my local mall and start shooting people?

about 2 months ago

Canada Will Ship 800 Doses of Experimental Ebola Drug to WHO

hawkfish Re:Tax dollars at work. (102 comments)

Ummm -- that patent troll was a typo - is not natural - many here identify any non-practicing patent related entity as patent trolls.

Take your head out of your own arse and realize that your mistake is and was your's not mine. I can admit the twit of the week nomintation is now undeserved because of an honest error, can you admit that you did not correct your mistake until you were called out on it?

Sorry, you get twit of the week for not being able to figure the typo out from the original context...which was pretty bloody obvious.

about 3 months ago

No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

hawkfish Re:That's nothing! (276 comments)

Not to mention they gave the same prize to Arafat, but not to Gandhi.

Well Kissinger got the nobel peace price. What a joke, the greatest mass murder in modern history right after Stalin.
Kissinger should be rotting in a prison alongside his prize.

"Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize."
    -- Tom Lehrer,

about 4 months ago

Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

hawkfish Re:What 20 years of research on pot has taught us (263 comments)

Awesome find! Thanks!

LOL, marijuana is just as "deadly" as potato chips. That will make it easy to remember. :-)

Really? Even with that short term memory loss?!

And we can't ignore the fact that pot leads to the munchies which leads to excessive consumption of... ...potato chips!

about 4 months ago

Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

hawkfish Re:Which bacteria? (308 comments)

It's helpful if you read the fucking article

Who let you in here?

about 4 months ago

Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

hawkfish Re:This is huge (308 comments)

It rains a lot in the hot tropics. More heat, more evaporation, heat rises, cools, rain falls. Pretty simple, really.

Um, you do know that most of the world's deserts are on the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer?

about 4 months ago

Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

hawkfish Re:Well of course. (356 comments)

Why is this marked +1 informative? It should be +1 funny.

Learn about meta-humour, grasshopper...

about 4 months ago


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