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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

khallow Re:Not a problem... (286 comments)

Well if you manage to move a few million people to Antarctica and the resultant increase in sea level means a few million people have to leave coastal areas then yes, it is.

But that's not the case. There's nothing magical about living in Antarctica that would cause millions of people to lose their homes elsewhere.

Many colony based species are, such as ants and bees work for the interests of the colony rather than for the individual

No, those species are quite notorious for exhibiting behavior that strongly favors their own species at the expense of pretty much everything else aside from a few symbiotes. Even honeybees only help plants pollinate because they get in exchange food and building material (for their beehive wax).

3 hours ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

khallow Re:Why so much fuss? (133 comments)

Unless of course, they'll go bankrupt faster if they don't. But then I guess that would be a case of more incentive to change than you would allow for.

3 hours ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

khallow Re:Why so much fuss? (133 comments)

Only as long as those franchise agreements continue to exist. Ford or Toyota didn't agree to uphold car dealership franchises till the end of time. If Tesla is able to turn this into a competitive advantage, and I think they will, then most of the car companies will have to follow suit or lose market share.

13 hours ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

khallow Re:Why so much fuss? (133 comments)

Because once there is a leak in the dike, it will grow. The existing car companies will be prevented from selling directly, only if the existing franchise agreements remain in place.

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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

khallow Re:No, It Won't (286 comments)

Take the greed of the 1% down a few notches, and sustainability might be far easier than previously thought without tactics like disease or bloodshed thinning the herd.

It's not the 1% who are making all those people.

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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

khallow Re:Assuming we find a hydrocarbon energy substitut (286 comments)

One that's as cheap, energy dense and as easy to handle at room temperature as oil, coal, natural gas and so on.

Well, there is coal. That's not going away by 2100 despite your assertion.

Like all species, we simply consume resources until the population crashes.

Which is incorrect. As the paper notes, most of the population growth comes from Africa and Asia. The developed world actually is a population sink - the overpopulation problem has been fixed there. What responsibility am I supposed to have for population growth elsewhere in the world? And what power am I supposed to have to fix that?

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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

khallow Re:Africa (286 comments)

A couple of remarks here. First, there are 3000 dead now from Ebola, which is more than it has infected in all previously known infections (though obviously, it may have killed more in the past before we were aware of it). What it has done in the past is not necessarily what it will do in the future, and we're already in uncharted waters with Ebola having reached large urban areas.

WHO is projecting hundreds of thousands of infections over the next year and a half. If it's lethality doesn't go down, then that's a lot of deaths too.

Second, Europe didn't lose a quarter of its population to the 1918 influenza pandemic. A better guess is 2%.

yesterday
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

khallow Re:Not a problem... (286 comments)

but it becomes almost a zero-sum game

No, it doesn't. Just because there is a disadvantage to a choice, doesn't mean that it is "almost" zero sum. You still have to consider the advantages.

Of course, I suspect none of it will matter- the rich will live where they desire to live and any knock on impact on anyone else? well they can go fuck themselves, because humans are an inherently selfish species.

What species would not be a selfish species in your sense? And this overpopulation problem isn't being caused by the rich. It's being caused by the teeming masses of non-rich.

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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

khallow Re:As a hobby yes, as a job NO (207 comments)

That's certainly something a lot of people are finding out. In times of economic troubles, fields like astronomy are the first to suffer.

Even in good times, astronomy as a career choice will suffer due to the considerable overproduction of PhDs in the field.

yesterday
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

khallow Re:Won't solve the real issue. (64 comments)

You can both have profits and create jobs at the same time.

Again, I see no evidence for the "create jobs" aspect or why it's even worth discussing.

Exactly. When this VC funds companies that serve government, those companies become unavailable for more productive work, like serving the private sector and the free market

No, when the government funds the companies that serve government, then a lot of resources, not just the companies themselves, become unavailable for the private sector, "free" markets, etc.

yesterday
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

khallow Re:Worse than it seems. (217 comments)

Sadly, I think that if it happened now, we would be in a situation where people staying home would end up causing them to loose their home due to a lack of income, and any calls to help those people would be met by Neo-Con hate.

I guess you ought to leave the thinking to grown ups. So why would "neo-cons" want to foreclose on a zillion underwater (in the sense that the debt owed is more than the price the home can be sold for) home loans? That turns a temporary shutdown of the loan repayment revenue stream into a large permanent loss. They haven't bankrupted themselves enough that month?

2 days ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

khallow Re:Won't solve the real issue. (64 comments)

If people don't fleece him enough and he actually turns out to be successful, that just means the make-jobs program worked.

Again, that's not what he's doing. Public funding is potentially a huge profitable gravy train. This has little to do with creating jobs except incidentally. The only people who would be fleeced are taxpayers, which is already rather easy to do.

Further, while I haven't brought it up before in this discussion, what is supposed to be the benefit to just "creating jobs"? Hiring people for make-work means that they aren't available for more productive work.

2 days ago
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NASA's Manned Rocket Contract: $4.2 Billion To Boeing, $2.6 Billion To SpaceX

khallow Re:I hate to be this guy... (184 comments)

Well, you have a plan? Because right now, taking over the bad countries and making them good countries that don't starve their citizens doesn't seem to work. I suppose we could create a dependent, exponentially growing dependent class of people who need our continued munificence to survive. But last I checked our resources weren't similarly exponentially growing over the rest of eternity.

Or I suppose we could just kill the starving people. But that's not in the spirit of the thing.

Ultimately, it's going to be those starving people who have to help themselves. And they are, depending on location. The developing world is in a far better state than it was in 1950, which seems to be a low point for what was at the time, the Third World.

2 days ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

khallow Re:Won't solve the real issue. (64 comments)

What he is trying to do is make jobs.

Ugh, that's a terrible characterization especially he actually has a valid business model, invest in start ups whose business model is doing highly profitable services for government. It's not about "making" jobs, but hoovering up public funding for profit.

I think the spin about returning tech to government is an attempt to evade the opposition to government expenditures. It may also be an attempt to portray the VC fund he represents as being one of a few players in that sector, even though it probably isn't IMHO.

"I have money. Do this job and you can have some of it. I don't care how valuable this job actually is. I just want to see people doing this job"

That's not what he's doing. It's a standard VC fund with the expectation of profit. They just happen to specialize in start ups providing government services.

If you were accurate, he'd be fleeced in short order (your last sentence in other words) and life would move on, but with one significantly poorer and wiser entrepreneur.

2 days ago
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Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry

khallow Re:Won't solve the real issue. (64 comments)

And it sure won't solve the government completely changing the contract at the last moment.

3 days ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

khallow Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (154 comments)

I see you can learn something from this example.

The original post indicates he didn't go in uninformed. A classic negotiation tactic is to let the other side go first. Asking a salesman to show you something is a good opening move for an expensive purchase even if you know exactly why you are there and what you want to buy. When the salesperson went immediately to the product of the day, that gave away that they were acting in bad faith.

3 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

khallow Re:protesting downmod (607 comments)

No, you do not need a control to draw conclusions.

What control do we use for the conclusion we have about gravity?

Please, be ignorant somewhere else. It's not that hard to do gravity experiments with controls. For example, a good example is the Cavendish experiment. Here, there are two heavy movable weights which pull via gravity on two smaller weights. You can move the heavy weights around so that they pull on the small weights in the opposite direction or remove them altogether, giving you a control.

Further, we can observe dynamics of regions of low density space and see how those are far less dominated by local gravity that the surface of Earth is. This is another study of gravity that gives you a control.

OTOH, the ozone hole is in tiger-repelling rock territory. We don't know how often or under what circumstances ozone holes have formed over the past few million years. Is it a regular thing or is it very unusual? Your assurances aren't worth the effort of making them. We need actual evidence instead.

3 days ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

khallow Re:Misdirection (200 comments)

And we're speaking of an organization that gets a free pass to lie to Congress.

3 days ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

khallow Re:Time for new terminology (607 comments)

And warming, while accurate, doesn't really define what the real problem is. Warming isn't the problem. It's what happens as a result of the warming that's problem. The additional energy into the climate system shifts the climate, which we, as a civilization, depend on. Also, warming gives the impression that every place on Earth is going to get warmer, which is not the case.

In other words, because the innumerate can't quite grasp what "global warming" and its implications mean, we're going to use a far less accurate term for propaganda purposes. "Global warming" as a label does not given the impression you claim it gives. I think a huge part of the problem is this ridiculous doublethink and cognitive dissonance.

Especially the cognitive dissonance that goes into claiming as you do that we have very accurate models of how the Earth's climate is changing - via global warming - yet still claim that we're ignorant enough of the situation that we have to use an all-encompassing label "climate change" that means by definition any sort of climate change possible.

Since then, the science has only improved. We've gone from basic physics models to complex integrated global climate models. And they all show the same thing.

Namely, that we've still haven't been able to improve a bit on the original estimates of Arrhenius about the temperature forcing effect of a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Despite a century of work on the most important parameter of so-called "climate change" now has the same error estimate as Arrhenius's original estimate.

3 days ago

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Cheap airship sets new record for altitude

khallow khallow writes  |  more than 2 years ago

khallow writes "Last weekend, we saw balloons beat records for the highest amateur balloon and longest latex balloon flight by distance and duration, but another record was broken as well. JP Aerospace, a team operating out of Sacramento, California (but supported by members all over the world) launched an operating airship to 95,085 feet (almost 29 kilometers high). Space.com had this to say:



Crewed stations floating high above the Earth with huge balloons could someday act as waypoints for human astronauts headed into space. That's the vision of a DIY space program that has smashed world altitude records by sending a drone airship flying up 18 miles into the sky. The Tandem airship soared almost four miles higher than any past airships during its record-breaking flight on the morning of Oct. 22. Its flight to 95,085 feet above Nevada's Black Rock desert marks a first step toward plans for an "Airship to Orbit" program that would fly humans into space using existing technology.

"The big aerospace firms have been trying to do this for decades, spending hundreds of millions of dollars," said John Powell, president of JP Aerospace. "We've spent about $30,000 and the past five years developing Tandem."

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