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Comment Re:DGW - Dinosaurogenic Global Warming (Score 1) 91

It's not that animals and plants can't live in warmer temperatures and higher CO2 levels. They clearly can.

The problem is, animals and plants are adapted to the current climate. A sudden shift will cause many species to go extinct. It takes many millions of years to build back biodiversity. Humans will probably be extinct before biodiversity returns to pre-industrial levels.

Also, parts of the world that are currently arable will become barren; and some parts that are currently barren will become arable. There could potentially be food shortages and distribution problems until we adapt. Certainly, we can and shall adapt, but how many people will suffer in the interim.

We can relocate people from islands and coastal areas, but at what cost? Monetary costs? Emotional costs? cultural costs?

Storms and extreme weather events will become more frequent. Not ideal for civilization, people will die. We will adapt, but again at what cost. So yes, there may have been more biodiversity during the Jurassic (I haven't checked to compare), but I assure you, there won't be more biodiversity any time soon. Many species will die before new ones are born.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 358

So you are saying that it is sex dependent?

It could be. There really isn't any evidence either way. There have been several big media stories on studies in the last few years showing women may be better than men.

None of them are truly convincing, as I said, it could be you have to be the best of your gender to compete in a field that is dominated by the alternate sex. (Many of the top hairdressers, and clothes designers are men despite being the minority sex... not because men are better, but for same reason)

However, I don't think it is unreasonable to say that men and women are better at different things. Men just might not be better at programming.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 358

There's this little thing called google that slashdotters need to learn to use!

Here's one article:

If you want one of the other articles on similar studies done I suggest you learn to google. Here is a great resource for learning how to google:

Comment An alternate solution... (Score 0) 358

An alternate solution would be just to kill 9 out of 10 males. (not me, you, or any of my friends and family of course)

This would open up lots of tech jobs, and other jobs to women. Plus, one man can fertilise many women, so we don't have to worry about civilization collapsing. The only major downside I can see is that Hobby Lobby would open on every corner, at least the Taco trucks will be well decorated.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 358

I loved programming as a kid, I didn't have any consoles or money for games, I wrote my own. I've been programming since before I turned 5 years old. As soon as I could read there was a keyboard in front of me.

I had a passion for programming. Now I'm an adult and it is a job, I find it boring, repetitive, and often times more fiddly than fun. God help anyone who doesn't like programming to begin with.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 358

So if there were outside factors that biologically predisposed men and women towards different career paths or interests would you accept that those might result in something other than an even distribution of employment in certain vocations?

Studies have shown that female programmers write more efficient code on average than male programmers. Now, I'm not going to say this makes women better than men at programming, it could be, you have to be really focused to be a woman going into a male dominated profession.

However, it does show that there is definitely reason to doubt that males are biologically better at it.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 2) 358

Actually, I see quite the opposite more often. A lot of TV shows are making quite an effort to change the gender stereotypes. Nowadays you see more females doing the tech or science jobs and roles on kids TV shows than you do males. Obviously not working, there are other societal factors at work, or kids are smart enough to realize those characters are exceptions meant to reverse the rule.

Comment Re:The big gap in the plans (Score 1) 149

And artificial lighting, either by concentrating suns rays onto greenhouses, or LEDs powered by solar power farms. The sunlight otherwise might not be powerful enough to grow crops.

The other problem is that there are compounds in the Martian substrate that are toxic to life. We have to make sure that the plants aren't killed by them, and that they don't absorb the toxins and kill humans.

Comment Re:This doesn't sound like a clever idea (Score 1) 141

One hopes they will be used more for preventative measures than actual reactionary deployment.

Drones have cameras, they record what you're doing. Think of it like the empty cop car sometimes parked on the side of the highway, it's there to prevent people speeding, people see it, don't realize it's empty and slows down.

The best use of such drones can be set up for sporting events or large concerts, as people load and unload from stadium, just to watch for trouble. That they make noise and draw attention to themselves is probably a good thing, a visual reminder to people to behave. I doubt they would be much use at suppressing a riot or chasing after criminals.

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