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Comment: Re:good to know (Score 1) 105

unlike most of the business ppl, such as Romney, Fiorina, McNerney, Welsh, Koch bros, etc, they focus on nothing but making money and have no interest in the future of America or Mankind.

Uhh, I'm pretty sure any feigned interest in mankind by the motley crew cited above (no offense to the band) has to be part of a ploy for more money/power (if there is a difference). You should probably add a bunch of names from the left as well.

Comment: Re:Stop bottling it then... (Score 1) 573

The answer turned out to be about 80 million gallons per year.

Yeah I had that same question but the article cites "The company claims 700m gallons a year". Where did you get your number that could be off by an order of magnitude? And this article http://www.desertsun.com/story... says anywhere from 200M to 450M gallons....

Comment: Re:Execute the fastest way possible (Score 3, Interesting) 541

I remember reading about reports from the middle ages about severed heads moving mouths, eyes, etc. well over a minute after decapitation. Surely some of it was involuntary twitches but on the other hand heart attacks usually don't kill instantly and most people can hold their breath somewhere around a minute. In any case its tough to ask how it feels.

Comment: Re:Amazes me (Score 1) 122

You know why ozone (presumably you're referring to the ozone hole) isn't a problem today? Because the international community agreed to address it and its fucking FIXED (fixed enough anyway). If you meant ground level ozone, we got you covered there too. Tougher emissions standards and the ensuing cleaner vehicles have significantly reduced ground level ozone in the past 30 years.

Yes deforestation is a problem but the CO2 we're currently releasing from coal is coming from a bank of 50 Million Years worth of CO2 sequestration. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Human fossil fuel burning is absolutely enough to merit the CO2 change on its own.

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 2) 122

Interesting, but the important question is how much possible forest land is forested? About 1/3 of the US is desert and the top 1/3 of Canada is tundra. I don't think the EU has nearly as much as either. But I won't deny the good news that forests in those two continents are somewhere in the neighborhood of sustainable these days....

Comment: Re:photo too blurry (Score 5, Interesting) 78

by CaptainLard (#49475883) Attached to: New Horizons Captures First Color Image of Pluto and Charon

the photo is simply too blurry to be useful (to the avg person)

What use does the average person have for any photo of outer space objects? If its simply to whet the appetite for better cooler stuff to come then its done its job for you right? Me personally I always had an image of pluto being bluish gray from some artists conception I saw when i was 5 or so. To find out it may be red just blew my mind! (sorta) I'd say that was useful to me...of course it didn't make me any money so perhaps you're right after all.

Comment: Re:Circumstantial much (Score 1) 342

by CaptainLard (#49470865) Attached to: Allegation: Lottery Official Hacked RNG To Score Winning Ticket

Sounds like you two are on the same page!

The winning ticket went unclaimed for almost a year. Hours before it was scheduled to expire, a company incorporated in Belize tried to claim the prize through a New York attorney.

Unfortunately that means you're going to need a new plan...

Comment: Re:No mention of sulfur (Score 1) 417

Volcanoes are part of a balanced system that's existed in pretty much the same state for the past few 10,000 years. Volcanic activity has not increased yet oceans are acidifying at an unusual rate (given no increase in pretty much anything besides human generated CO2 emissions). You'll just have to come to the logical conclusion on your own.

Comment: Re:Mosquitos (Score 1) 304

by CaptainLard (#49432581) Attached to: Obama Says Climate Change Is Harming Americans' Health

Lets hope so! That will mean we won't be dealing with all the mass migrations and any other abrupt changes that humans tend not to deal with very well.

Unfortunately its also impossible. First of all, people die of malaria but it is nowhere near the GP's 10's of millions (WHO cites 863k deaths worldwide as of 2008...not nothing but not a bullshit FUD number either). Second, while no link to cancer has been found, DDT does have wide ranging environmental impacts (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDT#Effects_on_wildlife_and_eggshell_thinning) so it behooves us not to spray shit everywhere for a relatively minor annoyance in most of the world. Third, the DDT scare started with one book that brought up the cancer question. Reports of dangers from human caused global warming are widely distributed among many 1000's of climate scientists dating back to the 1930's. Dissenting opinions are almost always found to have been funded by the oil industry in some way.

So even without a crystal ball you can be sure that we will not look back at your QUOTE global warming QUOTE in the same way. The smart money is on a situation similar to the lead industry propaganda campaign of the mid 1900's.

Comment: Re:Wow, a whole 1%? (Score 4, Insightful) 163

by CaptainLard (#49393063) Attached to: Tesla's April Fool's Joke Spoofs Market Algorithms

Indeed. That high frequency trading has resulted in a single point of failure is the real story here. If bloomberg announced this to a bunch of humans, some would buy without thinking, a smaller amount would buy cause they're stupid but most would just laugh at bloomberg's mistake. Computers don't get jokes. Every time a previously unknown trigger occurs there is a chance a feedback loop will blow something up.

Comment: Re:Pit stops (Score 1) 167

by CaptainLard (#49370251) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

I'm more annoyed that there is a *minimum* pit time, meaning drivers have to wait and get penalized if they leave the pits too early.

That's a safety issue. It guarantees more than enough time for all of the belts to be properly fastened to avoid "Le Mans start" situations (where drivers would speed off as they were buckling up leading to several deaths) and it's consistent across the field so it doesn't affect the outcome. I believe present day LeMans racing doesn't need minimum pit times since refueling+tires takes longer than a driver change.

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