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WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

king neckbeard Re:Niche energy (89 comments)

We don't really need to have a one-size-fits-all power generation supply. Geothermal is great if you are in Iceland or certain parts of the Ring of Fire, but for the most of the world, it's not an option at all. Solar power is going to work better in places with lots of sunlight, wind power in places with lots of wind, etc.

2 days ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

king neckbeard Re: Yes! (178 comments)

In this context, safety and security are much more hollow. Cops kill more people than terrorists, and we are so bad at stopping terrorists that their own idiocy is more effective than throwing countless billions and manpower at it.

3 days ago
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Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

king neckbeard Re:Keys to the kingdom ... (178 comments)

A slippery slope argument is only a fallacy if it cannot be demonstrated that the slide down the slope isn't inevitable or at least highly likely. This progression of using terrorism and protecting children has been demonstrated to be true on numerous occasions, so it isn't a fallacy.

3 days ago
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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

king neckbeard Re:Military defines "edge" differently than we do (117 comments)

If you want to conquer, that is true, but if you want to defend yourself, you only need to be able to do enough damage to not be worth attacking.

3 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

king neckbeard Re:Let's do the math (306 comments)

To anyone currently alive, an infinite universe and one with 100 billion galaxies are indistinguishable. We were previously weighing a practically infinite universe with a practically infinitesimal chance of life, but the numbers seem to have been getting better overall, and the conditions in which life can exist have also expanded considerably.

4 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

king neckbeard Previously thought... (306 comments)

'Previously thought' has varied quite a bit over time. Since it has been thought to be 1, it's going to be quite difficult for it to be lower than it has ever been previously thought, and 1 in 10 galaxies is higher than most estimates. Skimming TFA, it seems to suggest the problem is that it can't support life if you are too close to a giant explosion in space, and that our universe isn't even in one of the 10% mentioned.

So, to recap, 90% of galaxies have big explosions that could wipe out life as we know it except for the parts of that galaxy that aren't too close to the explosions. So, what we can really gather is that most of most galaxies isn't hospitable to us.

4 days ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

king neckbeard Re:Problem? (185 comments)

The average amount of CO2 would be about the same, but if there were greater parity of crops between the hemispheres, there would be less of a swing. That might be advantageous if there are negative effects to a big swing such as health problems or extreme weather (although I have no idea if there are any such ill effects).

4 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

king neckbeard Re:Training? (474 comments)

The more productive method would probably be external oversight that actually has teeth instead of internal wrist slapping followed by a high five.

4 days ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

king neckbeard Re:Corn Subsidies (185 comments)

The paleo diet seems to usually be pretty ill defined, and often has no real relationship to what humans ate during that period.

4 days ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

king neckbeard Re:Corn Subsidies (185 comments)

I'm not sure if any of those claims have actually reaching anything close to scientific consensus. In fact, I was of the impression that we were or are near a point at which we will have to take active steps to control greenhouse gases, never mind the greenhouse gases that 7 billion human corpses will release. You seem to be using absolutely nothing but absolutes, which is a very strong indicator that you have no clue what you are talking about.

5 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

king neckbeard Re:that's because (373 comments)

Every generation everywhere has been a generation of fucktards, the internet just makes it more transparent.

5 days ago
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Leaked Documents Show EU Council Presidency Wants To Impair Net Neutrality

king neckbeard Re:So, VOIP 911 calls shouldn't get priority? (76 comments)

"Why do I get the feeling that'll work just about as well as, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." Probably because you aren't approaching this issue from an even remotely serious technical perspective.

Let's say that emergency VOIP is a big enough concern to warrant an exception. Why not first establish a general rule that only allows for emergency VOIP calls to be prioritized, and that any other prioritization results in the CEO of the ISP being punched in the throat?

about a week ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

king neckbeard Re:Easier means of boosting IQ (63 comments)

I don't think that there are any reputable IQ tests that make use of vocabulary, so I'm not sure how accurate your assessment is. I'm not aware of any training (prior to this, anyway), that was able to produce more than a few points difference for well rested test takers that don't have severe test anxiety.

about a week ago
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People Trained To Experience an Overlap In Senses Also Receive IQ Boost

king neckbeard Re:IQ is not a simple measure (63 comments)

My first guess would be that because you have different sections of the brain being used together, you are essentially.getting higher throughput. If that's the case, then recent studies on psilocybin might suggest that if we were to learn to use them properly, we might be able to become much more intelligent creatures.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (441 comments)

Nobody but the ruling class wants an authoritarian state, but getting it piecemeal is a pretty easy sell. You get something scary, like terrorists, immigrants, drugs, child porn, etc., for a foot in the door and expand from there. Temporary measures become permanent and expanded.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (441 comments)

Oh yeah. It was arguably a good bit more overt back in that point in time. There was a lot of politics in important patents, the railroad system involved a number of military campaigns, our roads were heavily subsidized at the behest of oil companies (to the detriment of the railroad system), never mind protectionism. The state was in some cases just short of just being mercenaries.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (441 comments)

I think the usage of 'statist' here is a nice way of saying authoritarian, which tastes about the same regardless of the flavor.

about two weeks ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (441 comments)

30+ is also much more likely to have kids, and thus much susceptible to fearmongering, the go to solutionfor getting crappy and unconstitutional laws passed.

about two weeks ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

king neckbeard Re:So basically (441 comments)

No, I'm saying that Congress and a number of our megacorps have created a symbiotic relationship to ensure the continued survival of both, and that they are so dependent upon that system that they cannot exist without each other. A lot of competition is kept at bay by a ridiculously complicated legal framework, and corporations grow fat and soft in this environment. The companies that make you think "I could do this better myself" stay in business because they legislate away all competition. Without the state protecting them, they will fall under their own overwhelming incompetence.

about two weeks ago

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