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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

i kan reed Re:Stop blaming the Soviets (139 comments)

Oh, well, I do get those messages about once every other day. So you'll forgive me seeing you as Yet Another Person Doing It, right?

7 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

i kan reed Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (496 comments)

And how does your model play out if "now" is today, and "then" is tomorrow? I've got to feel it doesn't do a great job as a template for applying ethical considerations.

10 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

i kan reed Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (496 comments)

No, I'm saying that pretending the future is some non-thing to us current humans is frankly stupid. We can and should be concerned with the consequences of our actions.

11 hours ago
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

i kan reed Re:Stop blaming the Soviets (139 comments)

Luckily I'm aware that people who sometimes agree with me do so for simplistic reasons.

I think I already addressed concerns like yours in my post.

11 hours ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

i kan reed Re:I call BS on this one.... (443 comments)

No one doesn't call BS on this one.

11 hours ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

i kan reed Re:And still nothing in the US (95 comments)

...that it's still cheaper to fly jets like buses for the same kinds of routes a bullet train would cover.

No way. You can buy a 90 day pass on Tkaid Shinkansen(run by a private for-profit company), for the price of a single round-trip airfare in the US of similar distance. I mean, it's a nice argument, but it isn't true. There were huge infrastructure costs in setting up the lines in the first place, but this "it's not cheaper than airfare" thing is completely made up.

11 hours ago
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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

i kan reed Re:And still nothing in the US (95 comments)

That we put multiple robots driving around on other planets since then?
That our scientific knowledge of space has expanded dramatically?
That we've put satellites in space that help all of humanity navigate, communicate, and understand our world?

12 hours ago
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iOS Trojan Targets Hong Kong Protestors

i kan reed Re:How is this complicated? (61 comments)

Great firewall, etc. It's almost certainly the case that Apple operating in China is contingent on their software distrobution channels going through some layer of official interference.

I don't know the details because
A. I'm not Chinese
B. The Chinese government isn't big on letting the technical details of their great firewall go public

12 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

i kan reed Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (496 comments)

Absolutely true. Evolutionarily, we're only a millionish right now. Not actually sure what that has to do with anything.

12 hours ago
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

i kan reed Re:Stop blaming the Soviets (139 comments)

You know I get one of these "Hey! You're acting sane for once." posts almost every day, right? You can see why that might not help shape the impression you're so clearly striving for(i.e. getting me to ask myself why I don't always act sane), I hope.

12 hours ago
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iOS Trojan Targets Hong Kong Protestors

i kan reed How is this complicated? (61 comments)

1. You grab your protestor-beating-nightstick.
2. You walk down to the phone distributor's HQ
3. You say: "You know that software update system you built for your phones? Let us borrow it for a while"
4. If you run into any problems, gesture vaguely at the nightstick from step 1.

Problem solved.

12 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

i kan reed Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (496 comments)

Abstract and potentially meaningful depending on their ethical system.

Oh wait, were you asking a rhetorical question? Sorry, because of fucking course the future matters.

12 hours ago
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

i kan reed Re:I call bullshit.. (139 comments)

We're talking about the very divided urban/rural China here, not the US where we have widespread suburban recreational agriculture like you're describing. Urban Sprawl is a monstrosity caused by all sorts of poorly reasoned policies, and in the US it's probably the single biggest source of unnecessary environmental harm.

As for a general scientific citation about the costs of microfarming versus organized industrial scale farming I'm going to have to say I don't have one. For multiple reasons, the first people that "environmental harm" is a subjective measure that only appears in aggregate for an entire eco system, and also because I'm not aware of anyone trying to study any of the more objective measures specifically with respect to it.

As an argument by example, however, I'd point at the economic and environmental differences between Haiti and the Dominican republic as an example. Just look at the border on google maps

12 hours ago
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

i kan reed Re:The water wars are coming (139 comments)

Not in volumes necessary to both do agriculture and keep the area sea basin wet.

yesterday
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

i kan reed Re:Stop blaming the Soviets (139 comments)

As an environmentalist, that's so incredibly simplistic, I'd almost call this post an attempt at parodying environmentalist positions. Luckily I'm aware that people who sometimes agree with me do so for simplistic reasons.

Organized, structured, large scale farming does less ecological and environmental harm than the people those farms would feed instead scrounging for food or running ad-hoc microfarms. Not to mention the human costs to those changes, like malnutrition and economic loss.

Now, if we pave every forest, turn every grassland into grazeland for cattle, and net every fish in the ocean, we've fucked up. We've fucked up badly. Good environmentalism is about being stewards who recognize our planetary ecosystems are irreplaceable and providing incredible value to us as a species, as well as the unique and unmeasurable quality that each species and ecosystem represents that can never be replaced once gone.

No one is saying you can't worship nature as some manifestation of perfection, just that we'll take it as seriously as we take any other religion.

yesterday
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

i kan reed Re:Chicken Little Global Warming nuts (207 comments)

Oh, yeah, they're absolutely shit about intellectual honesty in the general course of events. I was just trying to helpfully clarify.

yesterday
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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

i kan reed Re:The water wars are coming (139 comments)

Turns out huge amounts of farming doesn't do much good if there's not a large population to feed. Humanity has had plenty of water wars in the past, and it's quite reasonable to say they will in the future.

But on the technological horizon, there's altered graphene based desalinization. It may be possible to efficiently generate drinking/farming water from the oceans, which will end this problem.

For now this is an artifact of the whole "China is growing unsustainably" phenomenon, and not some huge trend about the world.

yesterday
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

i kan reed Re:The last sentence in the summary... (207 comments)

You misread sarcasm. I was absolutely arguing that point sarcastically.

The serious point is that we can and do measure temperature increases, and while they aren't evenly distributed, there's only a tiny spot where it's not getting warmer.

yesterday
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

i kan reed Large Vehicles (246 comments)

It might just be that they have a lower top speed, but all the vehicles on the bottom of the list are physically quite large. I'd conjecture that they seem proportionately slower to the eyes of enforcement, since their size messes with your sense of scale.

yesterday

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Ozone hole growth finally negative

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about three weeks ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "While the production and release of CFCs have been reduced for a couple decades now, the ozone hole had continued to grow through the 80s and 90s, and in the 2000s and 2010s it has been stable in size, with trends towards shrinking just beginning to show.

Some concerns do remain, as not all CFCs have shown reductions in atmospheric concentrations."

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El Niño is Back

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about a month ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "After having very small cycles since 1998(when hurricanes wracked the east coast, and flooding the west), experts predict a 75% chance of a weak to moderate el niño by the end of the year. Some climate models (though not others) predict a continuing resurgence of the Pacific-based phenomenon for the next several years.

The differences in the models will also help shape which act as the best predictors of future climate behavior."
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Human altruism has early roots

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about a month ago

i kan reed (749298) writes "According to Hillary Clinton, "it takes a village to raise a child".
And new research suggests that it's exactly this attitude that created an evolutionary push towards higher cooperative functions within our species, such as language and altruism. One of the earliest evolutionary distinctions between the apes that became humans and our nearest relatives, chimpanzees, is the apparent evolution of cooperative breeding. The term cooperative breeding is defined as

the caring for infants not just by the mother, but also by other members of the family and sometimes even unrelated adults

The team's research found

a close linear correlation between the degree to which a species engages in cooperative breeding and the likelihood that members of the group would help fellow animals get the food treat.

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Would a boycott of dice.com help?

i kan reed i kan reed writes  |  about 8 months ago

Dice holdings gets most of its money through its main website, and the employees they can provide. Would it help convince them we're serious if we boycott this site next time we need a job?

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