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Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 1) 324

Have you seen Caprica? While it's set in the Battlestar Galactica universe instead of Star Trek, it is a mostly planet-bound drama set in an age of interstellar travel, examining the implications of technology on the populace. Themes include religion, ethnic gangs, terrorism, and corporate greed. It was well reviewed but tanked in the ratings.

Comment: Re:News at 11.. (Score 3, Funny) 717

by 14erCleaner (#48641655) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'

If you asked members of the general public what a hacker is, you are most likely to get the definition of a cracker.

That ship has sailed. Note that ships almost never have sails anymore, either, so that term has been hijacked also. And don't get me started about "hijack" being applied to word meaning...

Comment: Re:American Hypocrisy is unmatched (Score 1) 772

by 14erCleaner (#48568321) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Can you imagine what would happen if another country ( pick one ) started a program like the one we run for snatching up Americans ( or American Allies ) suspected of ties to $scarylabel ?

ISIS is already snatching up and executing journalists and aid workers suspected of ties to the CIA. The US populace is being manipulated to be horrified, we're already sending drones and bombers, probably will eventually send troops.

Comment: Re:No bother in commenting... (Score 2, Insightful) 209

The ironic thing about Grubergate is that he's been proven right. The Republicans have used one recorded remark by a mid-level bureaucrat to override all fact-based arguments about the ACA for the past month. Yes, people really are stupid. Give them something to be angry about, and they'll vote against their own interests.

Comment: Re:Well if two google engineers say so (Score 1) 652

by 14erCleaner (#48462371) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change
If you google "renewable energy can prevent climate change" without quotes, you get 70 million hits. If you google "renewable energy cannot prevent climate change", 30 million. Therefore, using the same methodology that was used to prove that Coloradans love them some frog eye salad, there's hope after all, Google!

Comment: Re:Not a good week... (Score 1) 445

by 14erCleaner (#48287045) Attached to: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Achieving regular manned commercial space travel is also worthwhile

When I see statement like this, I think of the Everest guiding industry. In many ways, carrying tourists to 100 kilometers and then returning is much like guiding them to 29,000 feet. Neither one has any real purpose other than bragging rights. Arguably the boom in Everest climbing tourism has had major negative effects, including pollution of the high-alpine environment and a high death rate by the employees. I wouldn't be surprised if the suborbital tourism industry took a similar path, but pretending that it has some long-term benefit is deceiving yourself, IMO. Richard Branson isn't going to colonize the stars, any more than Alpine Ascents International is colonizing the high Himalayas.

Take an astronaut to launch.