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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

painandgreed Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (397 comments)

The GOP has been broken for decades now. Their last good President was Eisenhower. They just keep drifting into more extreme white christianist views, and have doubled-down on religion at a time when smart people understand that the supernatural is imaginary.

ITT: Democrats sore about last election claim Republicans are done, starting....now.

How about a Republican sore about the last election and claiming the Republicans are done?

yesterday
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

painandgreed Re:What's it good for? (235 comments)

We need to expand beyond Earth

No we don't. There's nothing but a cold hard vacuum out there, with a couple of extremely inhospitable cold rocks.

There is almost limited energy. once fossil fuels run out, we will be left with essentially the energy that hits us coming from the sun (plus fission and fusion but... *waves hand*). There is a lot more of that out is space and we will probably want to tap into it. My bet is that eventually, the energy infrastructure in space will grow to the point that we'll both develop manufacturing in space and have people in space as that will be the least work intensive method to get that energy. From there, the infrastructure to support those people will grow until space itself can support itself. From there, we'll move out through the solar system and possibly the nearby systems harvesting materials as we go.

5 days ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

painandgreed Re:Maybe repurpose it a little... (235 comments)

The ISS is not a deep space craft. It and the crew is still protected by the Van Allen belt from radiation, and is not mean to handle the thrust of moving it. The boosting just to keep it in orbit is already taking a toll on the structure and it is very much still in the grip of Earth's gravity and probably could not handle the thrust needed to get it out into deep space. A ion thruster would not do will still in orbit. As far as a car analogy goes, what you are suggesting is like saying somebody should use a short ranged electric car meant for short city trips to do multi ton interstate shipping.

about a week ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

painandgreed Re:Forget the Space Station (235 comments)

We should build a moon base. It will be the first of its kind...Alpha. Something we should have completed 15 years ago, instead of wasting money on ISS.

I understand you are making a funny, but I see people saying this in seriousness. The matter of the fact is that if we were serious about going to Mars or a moon base, we would not abandon the ISS but fund it even more and probably need to build a second one, just to do the research to get the knowledge to make such things possible. Complaining about spending funds on the ISS instead of a moon base is like complaining about all the money spend on fusion research instead of just building the final working product right now.

about a week ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

painandgreed Re:Long-term health effects (235 comments)

Lets face it, the first couple of missions to Mars are probably going to be one way. I for one would like to know how to mitigate 'space scurvy' before taking the plunge.

No trip to Mars is going to be one way. We could probably send a one way trip if we really wanted to, but we will never do it. We will want a good chance of success and by time we do go through the trouble of figuring out the issues like "space scurvy", long term deep space habitats, and making sure that the trip actually has a desired chance of success to justify even making a trip to Mars, the return trip will be trivial.

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

painandgreed Re:So basically (441 comments)

The problem here is that you just no true Scotsmanned away over half the people with your ideological alignment.

Besides which, the data on libertarian voting isn't very ambiguous. Self identified libertarians vote for republican candidates at about the same rate as self identifed republicans. 75% vs 80%.

Yes, because Republicans and Libertarians are far more liberal than the authoritarian socialists people call Democrats these days. Naturally they would align.

Yes. Bush was a very liberal president, in the classical sense, probably the most in a long time. He created an entire new branch of government and increased its powers.

about a week ago
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Manslaughter Conviction Overturned For Scientists Who Didn't Predict Earthquake

painandgreed Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (139 comments)

Why is this so hard to understand?

Because they did not sit there and say that the risk had not changed and there was no way to know if there would be an earthquake or not. If they had kept saying that or just never had their press conference to begin with, they would have been fine. In previous /. stories on there, there were the transcripts of the public meeting. They started off by saying that there was no way to tell if there was any way to tell if there would be an earthquake or not, but under the pressure of public questioning to answer yes or no to something they don't know, they finally caved and gave an answer that seemed to the listeners to be a "no". In the end they said something along the lines of "Don't worry about it. Go home and have a glass of wine."

about two weeks ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

painandgreed Re:It's a scam (246 comments)

I guess my position is, you have to start somewhere, and you can't reasonably expect the first try to succeed.

And that start is the ISS. They are doing the beginnings of the work and research that will be needed to get to Mars. Later will probably come a larger ISS type station because there is a lot of work that needs to be done before we venture into space. Later, we'll need a deep space version to test living outside of the protective magnetic shield of the Earth. Then probably some trips to the moon and even a moon base. Then, we can realistically look at some sort of fly by and landing on Mars.

about two weeks ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

painandgreed Re:looking the same trying to look different (176 comments)

Not rocket science -- we saw the same thing in the sixties. Association with a movement -- "hipster" in this case, "hippie" back then -- although intending noncomformity, in truth only means conforming with a different set of rules. Or as Frank Zappa said decades ago, "Everyone in this room is wearing a uniform, and don't kid yourself".

So long as it's not the same uniform as their parents, they're probably fine with that.

about two weeks ago
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The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

painandgreed Re:Great! More hipster hate. (176 comments)

I love it. Hipster-hate, in all it's forms, is the latest new thing! It's the latest trend.

Nope. Hipster hate has been around since at least the 40's when it was associated with jazz. Hipster is a pretty much generic term for whatever twenty somethings are doing currently. It was used in the 40's and 50's became hippies in the 60's and 70's. The 80's seemed filled with a variety of alternative subcultures so they all got their own names, but it has returned for at least twenty years where I have heard the hipster hate in my trendy section of Seattle. The twenty somethings in the neighborhood are always called hipsters and have had variety of looks in the last two decades from white belted rockers to the current lumbersexuals. The up and coming youth always want to do their own thing which somehow seems to involved dressing in their grandparent's clothes, listening to new music, and generally trying not to be their parents. The parents always hate this.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

painandgreed Re:Rules (429 comments)

The nothing they are referring to is mass-energy. I think that basically they have mathematically confirmed the theory that a cold, empty false-vacuum universe could spontaneously spawn a bubble of stable true vacuum filled with the seething energy that eventually cooled to become the universe we see today.

OK, but could a false vacuum universe spawn a lower energy false vacuum universe filled with energy, that could spawn a true false vacuum universe?

about three weeks ago
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Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

painandgreed Re:Strange? (138 comments)

Once the surface tension barrier is breached, the clump explodes in a huge nuclear explosion. Strange matter particles then simply decay and become regular hadrons and form regular nuclei. However, it's also possible that some clumps sank to the core if the collision conditions were just right and surface tension barrier is strong enough.

In that case wouldn't we see a varying degree of dark/strange/missing versus normal matter over time and thus have more missing matter in older galaxies that were farther away and be able to test for that?

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

painandgreed Re: Wonderful (588 comments)

It means it is no longer a violation of state law, only federal. The federal government can still enforce the laws without using local resources but they don't really want to spark a fight between state governments and the federal.

They probably don't want to see all those minor drug arrests end up in Federal courts. I'm sure that if the Fed came down on the states, then local cops would be more than happy to call the FBI and request assistance and to turn over the perpetrators to them (or whatever the actual process would be). The end result would be that those arresting officers time, trials, and prosecutor hours would all end up on the Fed's budget and not the state's, not to mention prison costs. The Fed doesn't want that any more than the state.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

painandgreed Re:Well, let's criminalize Du Pont Nylon now. (588 comments)

But the claim is that it would be threatened. So... why doesn't hemp use threaten paper use where it's legal?

Nobody claimed that Hearst and the rest actually knew what they were talking about, merely that they feared something and sought to criminalize it via dubious methods by lying to the public and invoking 'the children'.

about three weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

painandgreed Re:Republican opposition to monopolies (485 comments)

Eisenhower was not a modern Republican. He'd not have an inkling of a chance to be permitted to run for either party these days. He's the guy who sent the army to desegregate the Southern schools. He's the one who warned about the military industrial complex. If you want to see what happens to people who think out of the box in our times, look up Derek Khanna.

True, back then most modern Republicans were still Democrats. The change over starting with the Dixiecrats and Nixon is still progressing as the South has only become solid Republican in the last few years.

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

painandgreed Re:College is a scam (331 comments)

I went to a state college (twice!) and the graduation rate was bellow 33% That's a scam... flat out scam. You have to go, they know you have to go, and they abuse you to squeeze as much money out of you as possible.

Yes, there are those that just drink themselves out. But the colleges offer absolutely no help with anything at all.

Certainly not my experience at the two state schools I went to. Every single teacher had office hours and some practically begged students to come in for what would essentially be private tutoring. The matter of the fact was that if people who needed that tutoring were willing to put as much time into it as going to class in the first place, they probably would have done their homework and not be in the spot they were in. Most sat in there offices for those hours waiting for students to come to them for help and while they would get the occasional person flunking who did really want to pass, most of the people that ever went were the students that were already doing great and wanted to ask questions about the topic. On top of that there were study groups, grad students, and other resources to help undergrads that rarely got used. Universities want you to graduate because that's longer you'll be in school and the better chance they can hit you up for money as an alumni.

about a month ago
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Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

painandgreed Re:My house of cards, taller than your house of ca (103 comments)

I understand the neutrino was theorized before discovery, but I just read the article and the chain of properties either WIMPs or SIMPs need to have, and they seem overly complex for something that there is no direct evidence for. Of course I am not a physicist. Just seems like we need better data collection of anomalous particle behaviors before investing much faith in such conjectures. Granted these theories could guide future experiments, but perhaps just sometimes theory gets a little too far ahead of experimental evidence.

Well, there is lots of evidence for something out there. This something, after coming up with other options and rejecting them through testing, must not interact with electromagnetic forces to a degree we can detect and have mass. Thus the "dark" and "matter". I am pa physicist and what you aren't seeing when you read these articles is a lot of math. It's complicated because physics at this level is really complicated and to come up with these hypothesis, they have to come up with something that fits what we already know about matter and the universe. That's going to involve a lot of graduate level mathematics and physics that describe a world that even physicists have a hard time wrapping their heads around. That's how particles get predicted, the math works out that way, and physics without the math is just philosophy. Sometimes you end up with something like string theory where the math works out (or seems to) but it can't be easily tested. At least these options can be tested.

about a month ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

painandgreed Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

THAT PROBLEM IS CREATED BY THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY

They don't have as much overhead and staff without it.

I work in health care and have seen everything from care to billing, and you are correct about it being because of the insurance industry, but not because of staff overhead (at least on the hospital side). Historically, insurance companies pay a certain percentage on the dollar of hospital costs. Usually around 33 cents but some of the better insurances pay up to 66 cents on the dollar based on the hospital's master charge record, the official cost of their procedures. Therefore, to break even, hospitals have to up their official prices to at least two or three times of what it actually costs just to break even. Of that $325 dollars the OP was charges, the hospital will most likely only see around a $108 of from the insurance company. As for self payers that get charged the $325, hospitals through experience have already written than off as non-payment. Sure some people pay the full amount, others work out a deal after months or years of nonpayment, but that is usually just considered bonus as they never expected to see that money anyway.

Of course, what is happening now, is that clinics are opening up and then contacting the insurance companies and making contracts for a set price per procedure. Thus they advertise their prices which are half to one third of the other hospitals and don't have to have the additional personel or equipment to do things like run tests, diagnose, or deal with inpatients. The regular hospitals are thus having their patients taken away after all the hard work is done. They'd like to redo their master charge record to reflect the actual costs too, but that includes new contracts with all the insurers and getting them to agree to do so, pretty much all at the same time.

about a month ago
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Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

painandgreed Re:We can be certain of one thing (152 comments)

People don't want 'prints', unless you consider the odd set of fifty year olds getting married these days. People want to post images online. They want to create their own derivative works - like turning some into B&W.

Then expect to pay for a professional for his time and equipment for what is probably a three days worth of contract work. Besides just showing up at the beginning and leaving at the end after taking all those photos, there is usually quite a lot of post production work that goes into those wedding photos to make them look as good as the ones that were on their website or in their portfolio that caused you to want to hire them. They really want that because if nothing else, if they let you have a bunch of unfinished photos or ruin it by turning it into a B&W and tell everybody they took them, their business is what is being harmed, not your wedding. No matter what, a professional photographer has to make his money to stay in business, and where they used to charge for prints, now it's becoming a service industry and people will have to pay for time and like about any time a person wants to hire a professional to do something, it's going to cost more money than they were expecting.

The other option is to have your friend or cousin take the photos or otherwise gather up all the photos everybody there takes. It might turn out fine, or it might not, same as if you had a friend come over and build your computer or code your program for free.

about a month ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

painandgreed Re:Random companies entering the news business (145 comments)

Until we all have extremely high-speed internet connections in our homes, the local HDD will not be obsolete. As that isn't happening anytime soon (in the US, at least), I don't think Seagate / WD have anything to worry about.

I don't know about that. The network guys at the company I have worked at for the last twenty years have been preaching that entire time about the advantages of an X-term or some other type of thin client. Any day now, all our computers are going to be replaced by them according to them.

about a month ago

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