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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

pablo_max Not even then! (249 comments)

Full speed ahead, and damn the torpedoes!

The only safe ship is the one that never leaves harbor...

Not even then.
There are loads of examples of ships sinking in harbor or while tied to docks.
That the thing about life, it's just too damn easy to die and there isnt any way to prevent it. So, may as well risk it.
Hell, you could be killed by space sitting in your chair at home!

2 days ago

Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

pablo_max Do yourself a favor (249 comments)

Do yourself a favor, list to it on audiobook. It is narrated by R. C. Bray. who does a fantastic job. It was one of the few times where the I found audiobook more entertaining than when I read it.

2 days ago

Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

pablo_max Re:You want to bet? (299 comments)

...driving his quad on his neighborhood's private road...

I did. Because it is a privately owned road. I.e. private property.

4 days ago

Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

pablo_max You want to bet? (299 comments)

"This will never fly."

I am betting it will fly. While I have not personally had any run ins with the forest service, I know folks who have.
I had one buddy who was ticketed for driving his quad on his neighborhood's private road by a US Forest service agent on Patrol from the adjacent land.
The local judge was going to though the ticket out since you normally cannot get a ticket on your own property. That was until he noticed the ticket came from the forest service.
The judge told him plainly, "sorry son, even we don't F with them. Just pay the ticket and let this go. Just be glad they only gave you a ticket and didn't take your home".

4 days ago

IBM Solar Concentrator Can Produce12kW/day, Clean Water, and AC

pablo_max Re:Cubic litres (268 comments)

True, but at least it could be transported on a flatbed trailer, rather than an expensive tank truck.
Not to mention, getting water to you cows just got a whole lot easier. Just kick one off the back of your pick-up!
I don't know...It sounds pretty good to me.

5 days ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

pablo_max Re:fear and cowardice (421 comments)

Fear yes, but cowardice, no. That is not the point.
Folks in the US seem to have a hard time believing and/or seeing what is going on. It is social engineering 101. You are being taught several things. First and foremost, do not question authority.
They are also trying to teach fear the punishment for any thought of violence. They are even being to teach people to fear the consequences of speaking out against their leaders.
Swat raids for twitter posts anyone? In 20 years America will not even be recognizable. For F's sake, most teens don't care at all over the amount of control the government has over their lives. They are taught, from the beginning that this is good and right and just!
We saw the writing on the wall years ago though and left America to a free country.

about a month ago

Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

pablo_max Oversight and regulation (341 comments)

While I agree with you that most people cannot tolerate hipsters, I disagree with your assertion that most people will put up with unlicensed taxi drivers.
I travel all over Europe and Asian as part of job and for personal reasons and I have learned one thing..NEVER take unofficial taxis. EVER.
Oversight and regulation of certain industries are not a bad thing.

about a month and a half ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

pablo_max Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Why? Because you are impatient? Are you going to get there faster if you are the first one in your seat?

Beside, it is much harder for a parent to get the kid settled in a full plane. I think you know how much maneuvering room plane how nowadays.

about 2 months ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

pablo_max Re:What?!? (928 comments)

The "truth" is no longer welcome? What a screwed up country.

Fixed that for ya. This doesnt happen in other places, just the "land the free".

about 2 months ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

pablo_max Re:What? (382 comments)

Wait...they are bringing firefly back?? Are you serious? I cannot wait!! Finally I have something to look forward to.

about 2 months ago

New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

pablo_max Re:Manager (204 comments)

So true. I wish MS could more like Apple. oh wait...

about 3 months ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

pablo_max Re:Warp Drive (564 comments)

And immortal 2014 human living in the year 3000 would be like a Homo habilis hanging around us. Would be genetically obsolete..

What is the purpose of living things? Most people would say that staying alive (self preservation) and reproduction of your genes.

I would say that a 2014 man, alive in the year 3000 and still reproducing has a wildly successful genome. Newer does not always mean better.

about 3 months ago

Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

pablo_max My next car will be electric (247 comments)

Yup, that's right. Our next car will be an electric. Even here in Germany, where electricity is WAY more expensive than in the US.

However, for us, it is perfect. My wife works only 2 miles from home and I work 12 miles from home. My house, which has a simple A-frame style roof which faces North/south. On the south side, I have 1/2 solar electric cells which bring me money from the grid and the other 1/2 is hot water cells which has reduced my oil usage by 50%.
Both of our current cars are diesel, which as you know are really bad for driving short distances. Especially since they have particulate filters. It would great to charge up once every couple weeks. I just hope the battery tech lets them last a long time.

about 3 months ago

Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

pablo_max deadly force to protect my life,??? (534 comments)

If they are not really cops, that means that a private citizen is attacking me. Therefore, I am within my rights to use deadly force to protect my life, right?

about 3 months ago

Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

pablo_max What about solar? Why would that not work? (216 comments)

You are basically correct that there are only a couple ways to get hygrogen on an industrial scale. There are of course some very promising new methods, but these are only working in the lab so far.

You also say, "Electrolysis is extremely inefficient. You loos about 50% of the electrical energy you put into this process.".
This is totally correct. However, does it really matter?
If I use coal or gas to create the the power, then sure it does. A lot. But what if we used something else to create the power?
What if we parked 100 square miles of solar reflectors and molten salt towers in Nevada? These type of plants generate loads of power. I could imagine to use them just to power hydrogen production. Then we do not even have to care that they only work in the day. Hell, we don't even have the problem of pollution generated from making solar power cell, since these are just mirrors. Other than keeping it clean, the power production is super cheap, so who cares if we waste half of it to make another fuel for cars which is way cleaner to use than gas?
. ..

about 3 months ago

China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

pablo_max Unions greed and MASSIVE economic damages (274 comments)

I disagree with your post.

Decades ago, Unions were needed to protect workers rights. It was more about the overall working conditions and oppression of the work force. Company stores, unsafe conditions, no paid time off. Things like that.
In those days, our benevolent government did not regulate working conditions or a minimum wage. Thus, the Unions were needed to protect us from shady owners.

For a long time, this has not been true. The unions have become simply a tool for extracting more money from a company and going primarily into the hands the unions versus the workers. Unions routinely demand ridiculous wages for low skilled employment.
Think about the MASSIVE economic damage that the unions have done and are still doing.
Just this week in France, the baggage guys went on strike. It estimated to have caused more than a billion € in damage to the EU economy.
Do these asshole have the right to take money from my pocket because they do not like their job?? I should suffer because they feel they need 25€/hr to put a fucking bag on a trolley?
Think back to the 70's and 80's in the UK. The unions single-handedly destroyed the UK automotive production industry.
Same in the US.
GM, Ford, Chrysler. None of them were able to compete with foriegn car companies because of the unions. What? You need an extra run of cars? Well, we need triple time pay for that. We need at least 80 bucks an hour to stick a fucking screw into a hole.
Because of unions, it is not even possible to keep an excellent new teacher and fire a terrible old teacher simply because she has been there for 15 years. It doesnt matter if she knows how to teach or not.
No, the net impact of unions in this day and age, is negative.

about 3 months ago

China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

pablo_max Yes and now (86 comments)

Patents, in their current state are certainly vastly more harmful to both consumers and industry then they are helpful. As such, having no patents would be more beneficial.
Patents were NEVER intended to be used the way they are now. The intention was simply give the inventor a short time period in which to bring his product to the market before everyone could copy it.
I would think a blanket restriction of two years is enough. Not from time to market, but from time of filing. This will prevent patents for ideas. Only a product should be able to hold a patent. Not a process or an idea.
Not a slide to unlock to a bounce scroll. These things are destroying the global economy and destroying innovation.

about 3 months ago

China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

pablo_max Learn your histroy son (86 comments)

Specifically, learn about America's adherence to IP after WW2. Protip. They didn't recognize it at all! In fact, WW2 machinery production coupled with the Americas unwillingness to recognize the IP of other countries is what allowed America to become a super power.

On the other hand, with a history like that, one would think America could see that all the blanket IP crap is good for no one.

about 3 months ago

US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

pablo_max Perhaps.... (216 comments)

Maybe they should consider getting all of the various other areas they "oversee" under control before they start trying to expand their power even further.

about 3 months ago


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