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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

khallow Re:Different era (172 comments)

Union breaker

Amazing how putting this on the front of your list just discredited your entire post instantly. Public labor unions are a particularly nasty parasite. The union in question, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Union got overly greedy and demonstrated an epic level of hubris.

The results were not so good. Not only did they get burned permanently (the strikers weren't only fired, but banned permanently from employment with the Federal government), but they also set back all labor unions by swinging public opinion massively against labor unions in general.

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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

khallow Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (253 comments)

And zero evidence of any of the prior roughly 100 billion (your estimate again, going with your thought experiment) having gotten out alive.

Well, there's not much evidence that they got out dead either. It's not like anyone's counted the bodies to make sure we got everyone.

yesterday
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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

khallow Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (168 comments)

If it's not bending metal, it's not pretty thorough. And a big problem with the study that you mention is that it is written by people with a huge conflict of interest to present solar and wind power as being sufficiently reliable that they can drive most of an electric grid without a lot of expensive infrastructure like energy storage and transmission.

I thought we would need storage temporarily.

I thought we would need storage permanently in a situation where we're relying heavily (80%) on variable sources of power.

The "smart grid" just throws the cost of energy storage and brown outs (when supply can't meet demand) onto the end user.

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The American Workday, By Profession

khallow Re:Seems good to me. (144 comments)

So we make it more efficient to buy a lawnmower at 3am by making it a moral wrong? I'm not seeing the connection here.

yesterday
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

khallow Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (172 comments)

Executive orders are merely relatively formal written orders from the person in charge of the executive branch, the US President. If you do away with executive orders then no one is in charge and the only meager control you have is via Congress's power of the purse.

yesterday
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

khallow Re: It's OK to attack mythology and superstition.. (253 comments)

You are willing believe in aliens from other worlds, time travel and the idea all this can be kept hidden but a person being able to witch a well is a bridge too far?

Where's the evidence? If the Greys land in front of the White House in a flying saucer and ask to be taken to our leader, then I would allow that there's something to this UFO stuff. Who knows? You might too.

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The American Workday, By Profession

khallow Re:Seems good to me. (144 comments)

It doesn't seem that way to me. I think a lot of people here on Slashdot have figured out the life-work balance that's good for them in their current situation. Maybe we could do an "Ask Slashdot" thing here.

yesterday
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

khallow Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (253 comments)

You know I'm not speaking of UFOs in the literal definition, but of the social phenomenon. And who knows, there may actually be aliens, humans from the future, beings from alternate dimensions, or whatever. That doesn't mean much since we don't have actual evidence of these guys, but rather a huge load of hysterical tales and remarkably poor and often doctored photographic evidence.

yesterday
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

khallow Re:Agreed (253 comments)

So what about that "gets" you? Supernatural by definition needs not be observable. What gets me are the natural conclusions supposedly justified by this supernatural being, like that God considers homosexual behavior to be a sin (not to mention the concept of sin in the first place) or that humanity can continue to multiply exponentially because God will end the game before too many people become a serious problem.

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The American Workday, By Profession

khallow Re:Seems good to me. (144 comments)

Maybe we shouldn't be able to buy a lawnmower at 3am?

Any reason why shopping for a lawnmower at 3am somehow is a moral quandary? What is so magical about that time that we should keep people from shopping for lawnmowers?

yesterday
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The American Workday, By Profession

khallow Re:Seems good to me. (144 comments)

A good economy is one that maximizes productivity while helping workers find a work-life balance.

Real life is way ahead of you. The reason most workers don't have "work-life balance" is because they don't want it as much as they want other things.

yesterday
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The American Workday, By Profession

khallow Re:Seems good to me. (144 comments)

Greed drives extra hours, plain and simple. If it was a shopkeep deciding to keep his store open to let folks buy stuff on his own time that's one thing but that's now how it is, it's some employer deciding to keep doors open all the time to get that extra X percent of revenue. The people who decide the hours don't work them.

Something has to keep those shops open to provide us with valuable services. "Out of the goodness of their hearts" doesn't work.

I make it a point not to patronize businesses open when they shouldn't be

And I make it a point of not having my code of morality decree when a shop should be open.

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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

khallow Re:That's not how science works (140 comments)

Because a hypothesis (plural hypotheses) is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon.

Here's the phenomenon is "Guy" seeing a bunch of white swans and not (yet) seeing a black swan. If you're going to be a pedant, please be a correct pedant.

yesterday
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Western US Drought Has Made Earth's Crust Rise

khallow Re:Time to relocate? (90 comments)

I find your supposed observations about "denialist logic" particularly absurd, since I supported my original argument with evidence while you have yet to present anything other than weak insults.

yesterday
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

khallow Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

We're done.

Seriously, learn to research and debate. You wouldn't have presented the argument you did, if you had done even a little research and questioning.

The bit about oyster spat (the young) die-offs due to ocean acidification is particularly bad since seriously, it's probably been going on for millions of years. We just haven't noticed it until fairly recently. The problem here is not that the ocean is acidic, but that it is far more acidic than can be explained by human CO2 emissions.

But what does explain suddenly acidic ocean waters? Undersea volcanism - which has probably been causing local ocean acidification for millions of years.

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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

khallow Re:That's not how science works (140 comments)

There's no hypothesis involved, for one thing, just a statement which happens in this example to be false.

So why do you think the hypothesis, "All swans are white" is not a hypothesis? And "simple observation" is how you go about evaluating hypotheses though they usually are a bit more rigorous and take more effort to carry out than in the example of the grandparent.

yesterday
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Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering

khallow Re:Thing is, we know what we have to do (140 comments)

There already is climate change. Acidic oceans making shell formation difficult to impossible for baby clams in the NW coastal areas, species migration to higher elevations, entire forests decimated by insects that don't die due to global warming.

Acidic oceans has been a problem in the pacific northwest of the US long before someone thought to blame climate change for it. Species have been migrating to higher elevations for ten thousand years. And there wouldn't be that decimation of forests without those invasive species - which is not a climate change-related issue.

This is a typical case of confirmation bias. Find a bunch of bad things happening (some which have happened probably for millions of years as in the case of the local ocean acidification) and blame it on a nebulous "climate change".

But keep denying it, if you want.

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Cheap airship sets new record for altitude

khallow khallow writes  |  about 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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