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Comment: Re:in that case how does that explain politicians (Score 1) 22

by ColdWetDog (#49375409) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

most of our ruling class aren't poor!

Don't conflate intelligence (or, in the case of TFA, certain aspects of learning and higher order function) with social success. Politics is more emotional than technical. It is abundantly clear that intelligence (whatever the hell that actually happens to be), the ability to learn, the ability to think have only a modest bearing on what happens to an individual throughout their lives.

Besides, the actual magnitude of the effect in TFA seems rather small - there are likely a number of other factors involved to determine if you are fated to be Steve Woz or Idi Amin.

Comment: Re:Why not restrict all ads to GIFs or JPGs? (Score 1) 85

by ColdWetDog (#49373235) Attached to: How Malvertising Abuses Real-Time Bidding On Ad Networks

Do they? I know there's a premium on popup ads and interstitial pages, but I've never met anyone who said "wow, what an amazing ad jumping around and flashing lights at me, let's click on that instead of checking out the content I came for".

Apparently you don't interact with my family - it is a sad, strange world out there.

Comment: Re:Nutz (Score 1) 376

by ColdWetDog (#49366847) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Again, it's philosophical. If you believe that, ultimately, the gene pool needs some chlorine then perhaps massive die offs of humanity (and lots of other organisms, remember, this is a high extinction event we are going through) are a good thing.

If you are a politician or an administrator trying to keep a society happy, or at least alive, not so much.

Comment: Re:Let's see (Score 0, Troll) 376

by ColdWetDog (#49366817) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Drains flowing backwards and docks disappearing under high tide is the fault of increasing local population??

Have you seen who is moving into Florida? Those land whales are heavy. It's not so much that water levels are rising, it is that the land mass is sinking due to all that extra weight.

Those Double Cheeseburger / Extra Fries / Monster drink calories have to go somewhere.

Comment: Re:Nutz (Score 2) 376

by ColdWetDog (#49366129) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

While undoubtably true, one of the big issues with our currently changing climate is that the anthropogenic forcing is supposedly pushing change faster than historical 'natural' climate change. Thus, ecologies will have less time to adjust and that is generally considered to be a Bad Thing. The problem with that theory is that some of the finer grained climate studies - mostly from newer ocean sediment cores - indicates that some significant changes have happened over periods of decades. That clearly is putting increased stress on some critter populations and, in fact, entire enviroments but sometimes life is a bitch.

From a purely practical, selfish standpoint having significant changes in climate (and therefore resources and therefore economies) is going to put even more stress on H. sapiens sapiens so we will tend to screw things up more than ever. Might very well suck to be us in a couple of decades. And this is irrespective of whose 'fault' it is. Remember, the current period - the Holocene - has been characterized by very stable weather patterns. This is not normal and probably won't stay stable - again, no matter if it's caused by a volcano or big coal.

As to whether or not we can actually influence things by cutting down on carbon consumption - that is a completely open question. There are lots of good arguments to make about not using up all of the planet's resources in 200 or so years and mitigating our species impact on the rest of the planet. But that is very much a philosophical argument.

Comment: Re:Why does it need to be replaced? (Score 4, Informative) 147

by ColdWetDog (#49362953) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

A seagoing vessel is probably a better analogy (boats fall apart just floating around) - while there are ancient boats still floating, pretty much everything in them has been replaced at one point or another. In a dock - which is a pretty benign environment. It may be impossible to disassemble the ISS and replace the bad parts in orbit. Look at how much effort goes into just putting a new refrigerator on the outside of the thing. We just don't have the technology to uncouple a module, re weld a section and bolt / weld it back together again.

We likely should be working on that ability but this sort of construction and repair isn't sexy enough, I guess. Space is hard. Very hard. Budget constraints have made it so the US and Russia are really just jogging in place on the ISS - very little real research (such as in orbit assembly) is even being contemplated.

ISS-2 will be put together on the ground and boosted into segments and snapped together in orbit, but it won't be 'built' in orbit. There won't be any machining, welding, wiring, insulating or any of those types of functions done in space. We are no where near being able to do that past the sound stage.

Comment: Gutsy (Score 1) 81

by ColdWetDog (#49362479) Attached to: Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

Maybe not so smart. Sounds kinda blurry, like a Gen I night vision scope. I think I'd wait a little bit to make sure he doesn't grow things in inappropriate places or start photosynthesizing. But they do have the benefit of previous research as some form of chemotherapy so I guess it won't kill you right off.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. -- John Muir