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Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Business Will Not Open the Space Frontier

saturnianjourneyman Perhaps. But... (580 comments)

As long as government has no power to keep the frontier CLOSED, free enterprise will have as much of a chance as anyone else to OPEN it.

about a year ago
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Saturn's Tidal Tugs Energize Enceladus' Icy Plumes

saturnianjourneyman Re:Out of context... (27 comments)

I don't want to associate "icy plumes" with Uranus... or anybody's.

about a year ago
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Spanish Chatbot Hunts For Pedophiles

saturnianjourneyman Wait a minute... (186 comments)

I thought 14 was the age of consent in Spain. Juanita... come in here. I have to ask you something...

about a year and a half ago
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Man Of Steel Leaps Over Record With $125.1 Million To Mixed Reviews

saturnianjourneyman "symbol and stock character" (364 comments)

Pretty much describes Superman from his first appearance. Not a whole lot of character complexity there to dig out.

about a year and a half ago
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Professors Say Massive Open Online Courses Threaten Academic Freedom

saturnianjourneyman A general rule... (284 comments)

When a group of people say, "massively open X will threaten Y freedom!" ... what they are really saying is, "massively open X will actually increase Y freedom, but it will also threaten our pleasantly feathered nests!"

about a year and a half ago
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Researchers Discover Another Layer To the Cornea

saturnianjourneyman Those corneas... (74 comments)

They're just like onions. Layers, layers, layers.

about a year and a half ago
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Dmitry Itskov Wants To Help You Live Forever Via an Android Avatar

saturnianjourneyman Re:I agree with Lewis Black (383 comments)

Unfortunately death is also pretty effective at getting rid of people who are just in the vicinity of young assholes (when those young assholes happen to be fond of guns, knives, alcohol, cars, trucks)

about a year and a half ago
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No Black Hole Or Magnetic Monopole: Tunguska Really Was a Meteor

saturnianjourneyman Hm, wasn't aware there was any controversy (128 comments)

Wasn't aware there was any controversy about this. I always thought it was believed to be a meteor or comet. Of course, I underestimated the power of human imagination. I shouldn't be surprised that some people out there thought it was OMG ALIENS or maybe a strange dark matter bomb placed by the Romulans. After all, if there's a needlessly complicated, idiotic rationale for how the Pyramids have straight walls, there must be one for a giant explosion in Siberia.

about a year and a half ago
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Mobile Devices Will Outnumber People By 2017

saturnianjourneyman "Will" they control us? (130 comments)

I have news for you. They already do. Watch anyone try to walk or eat dinner without constantly consulting their smartphone. They have us trained well. Unfortunately, sometimes they train us to walk into walls or off of sidewalks into oncoming traffic, so it might not be a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship...

about a year and a half ago
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India To Develop Military Robots For Warfare

saturnianjourneyman Makes me want to say... (169 comments)

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!! Oh, fine, I know we're talking robots, not genetically augmented humans, but I had to scream it.

about a year and a half ago
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Watching the Police: Will Two-Way Surveillance Reduce Crime?

saturnianjourneyman Re:Non-lethal stun guns? (309 comments)

Stun guns don't kill people, people kill people!

about a year and a half ago
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With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

saturnianjourneyman Re:The Whaler (311 comments)

Whale-Fil-A... Steak & Whale... International House of Whale Cakes... Captain Ahab's... Del Ballena Taco... Whale and Panda Express...

about a year and a half ago
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With Sales Down, Whale Meat Flogged As Source of Strength

saturnianjourneyman "Institute for Cetacean Research" (311 comments)

That's pretty rich, maybe the USDA should start calling themselves the "Scientific Ungulate Research Foundation for Science"

about a year and a half ago
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First Video Broadcast From Mt. Everest Peak Outrages Tourist Ministry of Nepal

saturnianjourneyman Re:Their country, their rules (204 comments)

So therefore... no state can own any land on Earth? Or is it just the "Guinness World Record" pieces of land that are that should be exempt from governmental and legal control? Would that include the highest waterfall? What about the widest? What about the second-deepest lake or the biggest ocean? And who decides whether something (non-human-created) is of "worldwide" importance?

about a year and a half ago
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Viruses In Mucus Protect From Infection

saturnianjourneyman The nose knows (75 comments)

This news is nothing to sneeze at. Seriously, no matter how much you turn your noses up at it. I think it's just a drop in the bucket.

about a year and a half ago
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Florida Activates System For Citizens To Call Each Other Terrorists

saturnianjourneyman sarcasm coming (501 comments)

Good thing there are no legitimate divers, hobbyists or home builders in Florida. It would be a shame if this brilliant plan accidentally snagged one or two thousand false leads and innocent citizens.

about a year and a half ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

saturnianjourneyman Re:Words in common - Thai and English (323 comments)

Yeah, actually there are a lot of similarities. Both are super-Christian, both have temperate humid climates, and both nurse old failed civil wars as grievances and matters of honor. And they are both fond of guns. And both speak dialects that are often incomprehensible to outsiders. Having been born in the USA Georgia and travelled extensively in the Asian Georgia, I can vouch for all of these fun factoids :) You can, however, tell them apart by the fact that Republic-of-Georgia citizens, despite their history of Soviet mismanagement, are much better educated in general than our American ones. Also, their mountains are higher, and their brand of Christianity has more robes and incense.

about a year and a half ago
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Weird Geological Features Spied On Mars

saturnianjourneyman Re:I'm not saying it's aliens (99 comments)

It's the ruins of the Great Wall of Mars. I always heard it could be seen from space...

about a year and a half ago
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Beer Drone Delivery Service For South African Music Festival

saturnianjourneyman If I'm at a South African music festival (61 comments)

I want to drones to take out the vuvuzela-players first. Then they can deliver my beer.

about a year and a half ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

saturnianjourneyman Re:Words in common - Thai and English (323 comments)

Fun Fact: In Georgian, the most common usages are reversed. "Deda" means mother, and "Mama" means father. Not quite as confusing as those cultures that nod for "no" and shake their head for "yes," but pretty close.

about a year and a half ago

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