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Comment: Re:What's with the inclusion of "climate change"? (Score 1) 92

It is because they are a far-left, anti-capitalist and anti-development org funded largely be George Soros, and they believe we should all (well, most of us anyway) go back to living in caves to save resources for the ruling elite.

Kindly enlighten us with your evidence that George Soros funds the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Because I can't seem to find any.

As for the actual past and present sponsors of the BAS, well ZOMG, now there's a festering pile of hard-bitten commie hacks (not.)

Comment: Re:Maybe they should ... (Score 1) 211

Nothing can "effect" the future.

That's more of a philosophical statement than a quibble on grammar.

As a verb, effect means to cause, achieve or bring about. If you think nothing can "effect" the future, then basically you're a Calvinist.

A simple rule that I like to use: You can affect an effect, but you can't effect an affect unless you're in the same business as Meryl Streep and Robert de Niro.

Comment: Re:Out of respect for Dice's agenda, let me ask... (Score 2) 109

by ClickOnThis (#49305215) Attached to: The Stolen Credit For What Makes Up the Sun

She made an important scientific breakthrough.

In my opinion, thats very sexy. 10/10, five stars.

Really? It think of sexy and scientifically-productive as kind of orthogonal qualities. Case in point: Marie Curie was undeniably brilliant, but I wouldn't have much of an urge to sleep with her.

Well her husband Pierre Curie apparently did. They had two children: Irène (scientist and Nobel laureate, along with her parents) and Ève (writer and pianist.)

Comment: Re:footnote, not headline (Score 5, Informative) 109

by ClickOnThis (#49305019) Attached to: The Stolen Credit For What Makes Up the Sun

he completely stole the work from a woman you never heard of: his student, Cecilia Payne,

He didn't "steal" it, and she wasn't his student.

Cecilia Payne's dissertation originally concluded that stars (particularly our Sun) were composed primarily of ionized hydrogen and helium, with smaller amounts of other elements, mostly metals. Russel reviewed her dissertation, and dissuaded her from presenting that conclusion, because the common wisdom at the time was that the Sun was made of the same stuff as the Earth, but heated to incandescence.

Later, Russel realized that Payne was right, and gave her brief credit in one of his papers for the idea. Unfortunately the idea was still attributed to Russel for a long time. Payne did get the recognition she deserved, albeit belatedly.

Comment: Re:Ah, but (Score 1) 1089

by ClickOnThis (#49298711) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Oh wait, you said state-wide national office. Yes, you're right. But so what? You're talking about two US senators who have been incumbents since prior to NVRA, so it's a half-truth. California has elected plenty of Republicans to other national and state offices since NVRA took effect, including Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served two terms, from 2003 to 2011.

Comment: Re:Ah, but (Score 1) 1089

by ClickOnThis (#49298673) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Democrats have pushed-through so-called "motor voter" laws in states like CA

Actually it's the National Voter Registration Act, not just in California. It passed both houses in 1993 with bipartisan support, and took effect at the beginning of 1995.

No Republican has won state-wide national office in CA since these policies went into effect

Absolutely false.

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 0) 1089

by ClickOnThis (#49296193) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

How do you know there isn't wide spread fraud? There's no way to tell with the honor system in use today. Require a state issued ID card an you'll find out in a hurry.

US citizens need to register to vote. It is not an "honor" system.

"But-but-but .. voter fraud!" Bullshit. State-issued ID cards are a thinly-veiled partisan attempt to disenfranchise certain voter-groups by placing additional obstacles in their way.

Comment: Re:no grad school (Score 2) 385

by ClickOnThis (#49287309) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Laptop To Support Physics Research?

Source: I spent 7 years of my life getting a Ph.D. in physics. By the time I got the Ph.D., the only reason left I had for finishing was because I'd started.

A Ph.D. in almost any technical subject (including, but perhaps particularly Physics) is a credential that shows you can dive deeply into a complex problem, demonstrate inventiveness and independence, not give up, and come up with a comprehensive report (dissertation) that describes what you accomplished.

It can be hard to finish a Ph.D. on a project you have spent years on, and may have lost interest in. I'm not surprised you finished your Ph.D. in the end just because you started it. Many people finish just for that reason, if they manage to finish at all. But be proud that you are among those who did.

[Disclosure: yes, I have a Ph.D. in Physics too, so perhaps my bias shows.]

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig