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Comment: Re: Not pointless... (Score 1) 453

by Shakrai (#49787421) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

Bomb squads don't "investigate" items that might be bombs. They safely dispose of them. Are you seriously going to value a $30 pressure cooker over someone's life? If the authorities were wrong they should (and usually do, FYI) reimburse the property owner. No piece of property is worth taking a chance on someone's life.

Comment: Re:Hobbit (Score 1) 261

by DerekLyons (#49785093) Attached to: How To Die On Mars

And if you find one from a rover rolling on the surface, it obviously does not need considerable earth moving equipment to gain access.

The mind boggles that anyone with an IQ over room temperature can make such a statement. Have you ever actually been out of your parent's basement and looked at geological formations in the real world?

And the low gravity on Mars means structural strength is most likely a non-issue, since lava tubes are already plenty strong on earth.

Yeah - that would be why one of the main methods of locating lava tubes in aerial or orbital photography (on the Earth, Moon, and Mars) is to look for collapsed tubes and collapsed segments (called "skylights").

Comment: Re:Answer (Score 4, Insightful) 274

by TheRealMindChild (#49785037) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?
I don't know how to respond because this whole post is bullshit.

If you are using C++ as such a high level language as Java/C#, you may as well use them because you threw away some of the most useful/valuable parts. Also, Exceptions are EXCEPTIONAL and should be treated as such... only expected to be thrown when something exceptional happens, not as a means of flow control.

Comment: Re:Hobbit (Score 1) 261

by DerekLyons (#49783379) Attached to: How To Die On Mars

Presuming there are lava tubes in useful locations... and that they're sufficiently structurally sound... and that you don't need to do considerable earth moving or construction to gain and maintain useful access... Etc... etc...

Lava tubes make for a great buzzword, but there's still many complicated practical considerations.

Comment: Re:Hobbit (Score 1) 261

by DerekLyons (#49780173) Attached to: How To Die On Mars

There's still a big killer lurking out in space that can't be easily avoided: radiation.

Except underground, which is the obvious solution but people are too fixated on making housing above the ground.

Except, like most obvious solutions - moving underground poses as many (if not more) problems as it purports to solve. For example, adding many tons of earth moving machinery to a manifest already bulging at the seams. (Machinery which will add to the maintenance burden as well.) This solution also limits the location of your colony/base to places where the Martian soil can be (at least relatively) easily worked. (If such places exist.) The there's the question of chemical reactions between the soil and the structures. (The chemistry of Martian soil being... well, it's being extremely charitable to call it extraordinarily poorly understood.) Etc... etc...

Comment: Go for it (Score 1) 12

by smitty_one_each (#49779459) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin
If anyone's knowledge of history and sense of proportion is so bad as to even put GWB on this list, then go full tilt boogie and say he's worse than the rest, combined.
I'm not here to accuse GWB of being some kind of saint--he was another brick in the wall of Progressive decline, in my opinion--but I've really lost interest in trying to communicate with the kind of idiots who would juxtapose GWB and Adolf. Or Barack and Adolf, for that matter. It's so stupid, I can't even

Comment: Re:I think they mean.... (Score 1) 180

by Shakrai (#49775561) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

Perhaps the municipal governments having control of the infrastructure

My municipal government can't even keep the streets in good shape. Ever seen this meme? It's an accurate reflection of the condition of the roadways here. They don't even have the hard freeze excuse that my municipality in the northeast had. You want them running the last mile? Thanks, but no thanks.

There's probably merit to someone owning the last mile infrastructure and leasing it out to ISPs; there's definitely merit to separating the TV side of the house from the ISP side.

Comment: Re:Maybe science went off the rails... (Score 1, Insightful) 385

by DerekLyons (#49775115) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

"science" kits where you make kitchen goo instead of actual chemical reactions is lame and boring

Someone who doesn't grasp that making kitchen goo involves chemical reactions, or deliberately ignores it in order to fuel their rant... shouldn't be judging state level science fairs, or taking teachers to task for not understanding science.

Comment: Re:Maybe science went off the rails... (Score 1) 385

by DerekLyons (#49775097) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

Maybe science went off the rails when we replaced the scientific method with scientific consensus?

That presumes some golden era of Pure Science when no scientist ever had an ego, or an agenda, or a patron that had to be appeased, or any other motive to play fast and loose with the truth ever existed.

It didn't.

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 1) 737

by Shakrai (#49770065) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Finland lost 10% of her territory, had to relocate 15% of her population, and pay reparations for a war she didn't start. Despite all that, they've built one of the most successful countries on the planet, by any metric.

It's truly sad to see how far the cradle of western civilization has fallen. On the bright side, tourism there will be dirt cheap when they finally get booted out of the Eurozone.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"