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Comment: I'm going to pick you up on one thing... (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by DiamondGeezer (#47938347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Not to mention my mind isn't as sharp now as it was 20 years ago when I graduated high school.

Wrong! Unless you have early onset Alzheimer's, your brain can be as sharp or sharper than it was in high school. I'm 49 and doing 2nd year university math, physics and statistics and I'm MUCH better at any of them than I was when I graduated high school.

Suggestions:

1. Join an astronomy club (mentioned above, but I'd reinforce it). See the wonder, gain experience and confidence from others.
2. Buy a small telescope with a motorized mount and learn to do some astrophotography
3. Do a course or two on edX or coursera - the way to get better at running is to run, the way to get better at science is to do science.
4. Reading books is good. Doing what the book says is much better.

Your mind is saying "feed me" so go feed it. You won't regret it.

Comment: Re:Easy solution (Score 1, Flamebait) 348

by DiamondGeezer (#47873723) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

Name any scientist who has been funded "up the Wazoo" by Exxon or any other fossil fuel company to disprove global warming/climate change.

With actual evidence of receipts and bursaries.

You can't?

I can name quite a few environmental groups and universities who have taken millions of dollars including Stanford University which got $500 million from Exxon Mobil.

That's the problem with fairy tales and urban myths - they're near impossible to disprove to the gullible and easily misled.

Comment: Re:We really need (Score 5, Informative) 528

by DiamondGeezer (#47856735) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

I live in the middle of the UK.

Just tried speedtest.net and I got:

ping 9ms
download 61.98Mbps
upload 3.04Mbps

This is Virgin Broadband using fiberoptic to the home.

Now I realise that some Americans think Europe is one huge socialist hell, but the monopolistic behavior of American ISPs to define the market by their own capability or inability is just jaw-droppingly bad.

And before anyone criticizes me, I like America a lot.

Comment: Re:Scary (Score 4, Insightful) 174

Dear AC

And then there are gene-based therapies, x-rays, proton beams, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, radioisotope treatments, as well as vaccines, blood and bone marrow transpants. Nanotech is coming soon.

Yes, they're all crude and "not having an advanced understanding" (whatever the fuck that means) but they are EFFECTIVE.

As far as pandemics are concerned, where is it written that people in first world countries can't get difficult-to-treat illnesses transmitted while in close proximity to each other?

What do actually suggest that is not "crude" by your definition. Reiki? Homeopathy? Hoping it will all go away if we pray to this deity or that statue?

Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete successfully in business. Cheat. -- Ambrose Bierce

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