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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

pixelpusher220 Re:Can someone explain to me (123 comments)

There is no purpose to manned spaceflight.

There's always purpose to investigating the unknown. If we didn't, we'd still be living in trees.

You need both. The Science figures out what is interesting enough to investigate in detail. Manned missions then do that detailed investigation. The Moon landings weren't for science - they were a political statement. The science was just a bonus of that statement. But learning how to mine asteroids? Efficiently get between the surface and LEO and points farther? Will infinitely improve the human condition. They won't do it for probably 50-100 years, but that doesn't mean we don't do them.

Now, you need a lot more unmanned missions to figure out the few manned missions that will be worth the time and money.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

pixelpusher220 Re:Lobbying? (123 comments)

Remember, these aren't real jobs. Gov't spending doesn't create jobs or so some political party keeps claiming...

about two weeks ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

pixelpusher220 Re:It'd be nice... (248 comments)

so far pretty much every 'case' of ACA pricing people out or not covering them has been found to be fake. Details, links or you're just trolling.

about three weeks ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

pixelpusher220 Re:It'd be nice... (248 comments)

- If you like your doctor, you can keep him
- If you like your plan, you can keep it

What he didn't say at the time because it was a very very basic assumption was that if your doctor/plan MEET THE MINIMUM STANDARDS of the ACA you can keep them.

Those minimum things are what the ACA was about. If a plan doesn't meet the ACA then no it shouldn't have been allowed to continue. It was the entire point of the legislation, to get a bare minimum of reasonable insurance to people. Not 'catastrophic only' coverage cheapo plans that existed previously because those same people simply were left to die by the insurance companies.

about three weeks ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

pixelpusher220 Re:This is good! (528 comments)

Basically he just wants to teach 'facts'. Which is effectively just teaching history. Which conveniently he'll substitute his own political version of history for the recruits...I mean kids...to learn.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

pixelpusher220 Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

We know for a fact that it is warming the oceans.

We know for a fact we are seeing more methane seeps in places that it is warming and in places we didn't seem them before.

We know for a fact that increasing the temps around methane hydrates will cause them to release.

We know for a fact that more methane in the atmosphere will increase temperatures.

While you might not be able to explicitly prove it just yet, the signs are clearly there that we're treading on pretty thin ice.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

pixelpusher220 Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

Climate change *is* settled. It's basic physics and thermodynamics. CO2 is a greenhouse gas. We're adding copious amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere. This WILL increase the temperature of a system. And amazingly enough we are seeing temperatures go up.

Now, if you want to prove why this won't cause warming, please do. But me thinks you (and anybody else since they haven't) simply can't.

Are there finer details of the process that aren't yet understood? Sure. That doesn't negate the overall theory and overwhelming body of evidence that supports the theory. Just saying 'its normal, nothing to see here' isn't credible when you see significant changes.

about three weeks ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

pixelpusher220 Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

I do love how you're now decrying the very hiatus other deniers are using to decry climate change.

The science is settled but you can continue tilting at windmills.

about a month ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

pixelpusher220 Re:I forced myself to watch it (300 comments)

The question for Twitter is not, "should we censor"; they do that every day when they stop people distributing wares and malware through their system. The question is "should we give resources to help these people who have a very clear bad aim"

The content of the links Twitter is taking down isn't on or hosted by Twitter and aren't being tweeted by the terrorists. They are being tweeted by regular Twitter users. As such, pulling those links *is* censorship. As I've said, don't force the content down people's throats with auto play but simply require an active action for it to be played. Then it's completely in the hands of the user as to whether they view the material or not.

about a month ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

pixelpusher220 Re:Global Warming? (273 comments)

nice selective choice from the article.

The VERY NEXT SENTENCE:

He is more interested in what will happen as the world warms. “It becomes interesting only if you have a catastrophic release,” he says.

emphasis mine. i.e. it's slow now but if temps go up it becomes catastrophic.

about a month ago
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Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

pixelpusher220 Re:I forced myself to watch it (300 comments)

you simply can't stop information on the internet. You can try but you will fail. If the trolls want to do such things, it says more about them than it does about anything else.

I'm all in favor of requiring an active action to view the video. Rather than Twitter taking down links, just modify them to require a click before it plays so people who don't want to see it aren't forced to experience it. But blocking it? simply won't work.

about a month ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

pixelpusher220 Re:Safety vs Law (475 comments)

Increase the speed limits? Then there will be idiots driving even faster.

Yes there will. Simply changing the rules without adequate training after decades of an undesirable behavior isn't going to change said behavior overnight.

Trying to change a systemic behavior in a system as vast and (in the US) as untrained as the driving public isn't a small undertaking.

about a month ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

pixelpusher220 Re:Left or Right? (475 comments)

there's this thing called 'software' that can, amazingly enough, use different configuration data based on a physical location. Or did you think Google Search was only in American English everywhere?

That said, this magical thing called 'software' can also be hacked to do things that aren't intended by the developers so it's not a panacea, but it will still be a far bit better than humans at following the rules of the road as conveyed to it - even through the normal posted speed limit signs.

about a month ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

pixelpusher220 Re:Unfortunately (69 comments)

nuke it from orbit. it's the only way to be sure :)

about a month ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

pixelpusher220 Re:So I'm confused... (69 comments)

the major threat to Iceland is the flooding. Sure its airspace will be affected but if you're house is being washed away that's a significantly more pressing and dangerous issue.

Europe on the other hand is at no risk from the flooding. So the threat to air travel in Europe, based on the 2010 experience, is significant.

Add to that the factor that European air travel is probably orders of magnitude greater than Iceland's...

about a month ago
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Patents That Kill

pixelpusher220 Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

Your pension wasn't created the day before you died and then pays out for 10 years afterwards. It was created over 20-30 years with the money you already earned (you get paid a bit less so the pension is funded).

And just like you, the author's works can provide for his family after death, assuming he's been investing his money into retirement/life insurance. But a one hit wonder who kicks the bucket the next day? That 'pension' is going to be might small...

about a month ago
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Patents That Kill

pixelpusher220 Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

Then the 'author' should have bought life insurance or he was a lousy author and we aren't in the business of rewarding that. Copyright isn't about paying for relatives, it's about incentivizing the creator to create more works by giving a reasonable return. If you're dead you can't produce any more so there's no incentive that can work.

fringe cases like this are the bastion of trolls.

about a month ago
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Patents That Kill

pixelpusher220 Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

You know what industry thrives on rampant copying and 'intellectual' 'theft'? Fashion. No copyrights, no patents and it's a veritable bonanza of creativity. And of course knock offs that look almost as good as the originals. Knock offs which actually drive more purchases of the originals. People can purchase a knock off today and later when they have the ability, they still want the brand name.

So, no, you don't need copyright to have robust creativity and rewards for that creativity.

about a month ago
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Patents That Kill

pixelpusher220 Re:And this is the same for copyrights. (240 comments)

sometimes the person who invents something and patents it, simply isn't able to properly take it to the next level. It would seem unfair to prevent them from selling their patent to a company and thus receiving compensation for their 'invention', no?

Obviously, some companies will be your patent trolls, but others do take their purchased patents and market them. There isn't any 'best' solution for this because stopping one too much causes the other to be affected too.

about a month ago

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