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Comment: Re:I Voted For Kodos. (Score 1) 293

by CrimsonAvenger (#47972963) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Slashdot hasn't ever solved any problems in a real sense.

I'm curious - whyever do you think slashdot is supposed to solve problems? In a real sense or otherwise.

Personally, I come here to get a feel for how people think about various topics that may be of interest to me. I've never expected to solve anything by being here, anymore than I expect voting to solve anything...

But if we're supposed to be here to "solve problems in a real sense", then I'm wasting my time. And so is everyone else....

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 439

Based on current trends and short of a major breakthru there is no way someone born today will live to be 120-130.

Intriguing theory you have there. How does it account for Gertrude Weaver (born 1898, died - well, she'll die one of these years, but hasn't yet)?

Note that she's not unique in living in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. If someone can manage to reach 116+ when more than half her life went by with medical care no better than what was available when I was a kid....

Comment: Re:How do we know life can't adapt to it? (Score 1) 80

To get a sense of the energies involved: if you're a light-year way from a supernova, the neutrinos will kill you, even though they barely interact with matter at all. One light year is pretty close, but the gamma ray flux is comparable to the neutrino flux and forty orders of magnitude more deadly,

The numbers you assign here do not match reality, since if neutrinos from a supernova can kill you at 1ly, and gammas from same are 40 orders of magnitude more deadly, then a single supernova would sterilize the universe.

Given that we can SEE supernovae, they obviously haven't sterilized US, much less the entire Universe.

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 5, Interesting) 439

My parents are both 75+.

And still doing fine.

Yeah, they've slowed down a bit, and have some aches and pains they didn't have 20 years ago. But they still walk the dog a mile or so each day. And Dad still mows five acres (give or take, the treeline could have moved some over the last decade) of his yard weekly.

I think this bioethicist bozo is forgetting that "75" is life expectancy at birth. If you make it to 75 today, odds are good you've got another decade or two in you*. And if you're born today, by the time you're 75, you should have four or five decades left*.

* barring unpredictable things like terminal cancer, of course.

Note that my wife's parents were both born in the early 1920's, and both lasted into this decade. Arguably, they'd have both been better off to have died a year earlier than they did (in both cases, their last year was pretty bad), but that still meant 85+ good years starting from before the Great Depression....

Comment: Re:Proper Science is hard. (Score 1) 716

by CrimsonAvenger (#47966595) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

the green-white striped rope that connects the beam to the hull - you say mainsheet*.,
* if my English sailing jargon is correct - not a native speaker

I'm impressed. Only thing you got wrong was "beam" (you meant "boom"). So, what's your native language? Or native as far as sailing goes, anyways?

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 1) 128

by CrimsonAvenger (#47960431) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

That's why you carry spare parts with you. And why you "design for maintenance". And why you do extensive development and testing beforehand to figure out what parts are most likely to break. And design parts to be reliable. And reinforce the parts where you can. And...

And after you do all of those things, sometimes something breaks that you don't have a spare for. And when the nearest replacement part is nine months away, you're screwed.

Being able to make spare parts is a GOOD thing. And the fewer things you have to carry along to make spare parts with, the better.

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 4, Insightful) 128

by CrimsonAvenger (#47959065) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

3D printing is one of those things that will be pretty much essential for successful manned missions farther away than the moon.

Being unable to fix broken things will be fatal if the nearest spare parts are nine months away, and a 3D printer or two can, conceivably, replace a great many individual spare parts....

Comment: Re:Only $11 million per person! (Actually $20 mill (Score 1) 385

What solution that provides universal coverage would you advocate?

1) Leave the private health insurance market completely alone.

2) Lower the age of eligibility of Medicare to zero. Do that gradually (five years per year, for instance) if politics require such a compromise. Raise Medicare taxes as required to cover the increased number of people.

Change Medicaid eligibility so that anyone under 18 is eligible, until such time as they're eligible for Medicare (see caveat previous para.).

Done. Net effect should dramatically lower the cost of private health insurance, since Medicare would cover most (if not all) common problems, leaving private health insurance for edge cases.

Adjust Medicare taxes as required to pay the bills.

Note that this isn't quite a National Healthcare System (see UK), but it could easily transition into one later if it works reasonably well.

Done. Simple law, expanding existing program, so unlikely to meet as much opposition from fanatics. No odd cases like "he makes $XX, so he gets 80% subsidy on his health insurance, she makes $XX-1, so she has to pay 100% cost of her health insurance.

How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else. -- R. Buckminster Fuller