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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

wes33 Re:Scratches Head (549 comments)

General "Buck" Turgidson: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?
Dr. Strangelove: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious... service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.

about three weeks ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

wes33 Re:The last sentence in the summary... (232 comments)

"Overall, the agricultural sector contributed nearly 7% of total US GHG emissions in 2010"

that is from http://iopscience.iop.org/1748...; that's just the USA
but it's indicative that there's something a *little* wrong with your claim

about three weeks ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

wes33 clever move by NASA (200 comments)

this is smart, at least with respect to space-X. Musk will man rate
his rocket with or without NASA money, so it's a win-win for
NASA

about a month ago
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How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

wes33 Re:So ... (218 comments)

nuke the entire site from orbit - it's the only way to be sure

about 2 months ago
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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

wes33 won't this zero out? (201 comments)

the vacuum is electrically neutral; the virtual charged particles
created by quantum fluctuations will be in oppositely charged
pairs (e.g. electron / positron). Won't this drive send these pairs
in opposite directions? So the whole thing will have zero thrust

this thought is the product of complete ignorance of how this
drive is actually supposed to work however :)

about 3 months ago
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YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

wes33 Re:Bullshit (427 comments)

how do you get from

"in many cases"

to

"overwhelming majority"

this is the straw man fallacy, classic case

about 8 months ago
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Adults Make Riskier, More Inconsistent Decisions As They Get Older, Study Finds

wes33 Re:They've got money to burn (225 comments)

"Actually, there are three issues at play, two of which are mutually exclusive and the other two are related but not exactly the same."

I am intrigued by your mathematics

1 year,21 days
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

wes33 Get out the bong (337 comments)

seriously, it's time

about a year ago
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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

wes33 Try to make sense (848 comments)

Libel/slander laws do not limit speech. They can only be applied after the fact. So you can be held responsible for what you say or write, but you cannot be restrained from saying it in the first place.

This doesn't make sense. Laws forbid you to utter slanderous statements. Other laws forbid you to utter "fire" in a theatre. In both cases, I can commit the offense. So either slander laws *do* limit speech or the "don't shout fire in a theatre" does *not* limit free speech. Which is it?

about a year and a half ago
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Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

wes33 Re:This changes nothing. . . (449 comments)

The point is that either you have reasonable basic liberties, or you don't. If you think an adult ought to be able to decide what they will or will not ingest, then how do you get from there to the authorities stepping into that decision using coercion? If you don't think an adult ought to be able to make those decisions for themselves, then I can't have a meaningful conversation with you.

I think you mean an adult can ingest anything he wants so long as it does not harm
others (suppose I ingest substance A and B which together form a powerful explosive,
right beside YOU. Do I have the right to ingest A and B. I think not).

Now, we should have a *meaningful* discussion of whether **some** drugs are such
that there consumption harms others to a sufficient degree to warrant prohibiting their
ingestion.

I think it is completely obvious that marijuana poses no such risk; not so sure
about crack cocaine (and, from another angle, potential cognitive enhancers,
steroids for athletes etc.)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Digital Pens On Linux?

wes33 Re:Wacom Inkling (74 comments)

system requirements for inkling

Windows 7, Vista or XP (SP3, 32 or 64 bit versions),
Mac OS 10.5+ (and Intel Processor)

I didn't spend very long looking either

about 2 years ago
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SpaceX Launch Not So Perfect After All

wes33 ought to be obligatory (272 comments)

"Did the primary buffer panel just fall off my gorram ship for no apparent reason?!"

about 2 years ago
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Why Ultrabooks Are Falling Well Short of Intel's Targets

wes33 Re:The reason is simple. (513 comments)

" IPS display" - you can make up fantasy machines that compete
with mac air, but the x1 carbon does NOT have IPS display (as
the thinkpad forums abundantly demonstrate)

about 2 years ago
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Human Water Use Accounts For 42% of Recent Sea Level Rise

wes33 Re:The relevant part (324 comments)

You point is intriguing. How many "hole years" are in a century?

more than 2 years ago
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Study Hints That Wi-Fi Near Testes Could Decrease Male Fertility

wes33 Re:They're claiming it's not thermal damage (307 comments)

there are two papers: the Van-Gheem et.al. paper you cite and then there is the
one the slashdot article is about, which is:

Use of laptop computers connected to internet through Wi-Fi decreases human sperm motility and increases sperm DNA fragmentation. by Avendaño C, Mata A, Sanchez Sarmiento CA, Doncel GF.

The authors are the Argentineans which the linked article mentions.

It's (to be) published in Fertility and Sterility.

So I basically don't know what you're going on about ...

more than 2 years ago
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Columbus Blamed For Mini Ice Age

wes33 Re:bull pucky (420 comments)

I think this must be the most obtuse
comment I've ever seen on slashdot
(which is saying a lot).

about 3 years ago
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How America Can Get Its Tech Mojo Back

wes33 techno-corpo-babble (380 comments)

It is thinking such as that exhibited here -- at least judging by how it is
expressed -- which is more the problem than the solution.

more than 3 years ago

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wes33 wes33 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wes33 (698200) writes "As noted on groklaw, Novell's Director of Marketing, Justin Steinman, has made some remarks revelatory of Novell's attitude towards the free software movement, and they aren't so nice. Amongst the outright lies about how much Novell financially supports the FSF, we find that they think they can muscle into GPLv3 support for the infamous Microsoft-Novell patent protection racket.

Let's hope they are wrong about that too."

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