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Comment: Re:future... (Score 2) 93

by khallow (#48482921) Attached to: Shale: Good For Gas, Oil...and Nuclear Waste Disposal?

Why not? It's been our philosophy for centuries not to worry about the future and just expect that future generations will have more wits and basic decency than us.

That's an odd bit of sarcasm given that the grandparent post is actually worrying about the future in a constructive way. Fuel rod recycling is a rather odd thing to overlook.

Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 306

by khallow (#48481519) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

That's why I said "may".

You don't say "may" till third paragraph.

Horse-drawn wagons and chariots are tools, not people.

Human bodies are tools as well.

If augments are invented in the free market capitalist way humanity has been doing since, like, forever, it's going to be costly at first. This means even if the writing is on the wall that it's in everybody's interest to get augmented, the shift will be gradual, which goes back to my point that people will still recognize each other as "human".

So what? So let's say it takes a century to get those costs down to the point where such augmentations are affordable for the average person. You still have 900 years left.

What is the practical and economical reason that humans abandon their old forms for a new non-human form? This implicitly assumes that this is a more economical solution than developing a tool to take on those non-human characteristics.

Because the new forms are better, practically and economically. The killer app here is health. If you have a body and mind that can last thousands of years, then that's a huge advantage over the current human body. And while the human body and mind aren't bad as tools, we probably can do a lot better than that in terms of pushing physical and mental limits, or in interfacing with our other tools.

Comment: Re:PR works well? Where? (Score 1) 363

by khallow (#48480143) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

Certainly the collapse of both the Weimar Republic and the French 4th Republic are usually blamed on their use of PR; I remain to be convinced its the optimal solution.

It's interesting how people retcon history.

The Wiemar Republic was imposed by force by parties who wanted to keep Germany weak following Germany's defeat in the First World War. So sure, the selection of a proportional representation system is a bit damning.

But various parties (particularly, the German military and allied industrialists and nobility) were working towards the destruction of the Weimar Republic since its creation (long before Hitler became a factor). A more unified government would have just made the transition even faster.

As to the Fourth French Republic, they lost Dien Bien Phu (and as a result French Indochina) and were set to repeat that performance in Algeria. That gets blamed on the disunity from proportional representation, but I just don't see France keeping these territories no matter what government it has. They were still rebuilding after the destruction of the Second World War. First-Past-The-Post doesn't magically build up a powerful military in a few short years.

Comment: Re:Fucking Hypocrites! (Score 1) 113

by Stan92057 (#48479779) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke
US Government take care of there own and yes you are right but as usual the rich get away and the middleclass and poor are the one who always pay. Its less costly to put away drug dealers and put up cameras to catch red light runners mostly people stuck in the middle of the intersection because of poor light design and placement.

Comment: how is this news anymore? (Score 1) 152

by Stan92057 (#48479617) Attached to: Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed
Wow! a game released and it had tons of bugs, how is this news anymore? I stopped buying first release games about 5 years ago. Just not worth the aggravation and I get them on sale. What's funny is gamers keep buying games they KNOW will be buggy. Talk with you cash boys,it doesn't work when 20 or so guys stop buying like me.

Comment: Re:High Resolution Stills via video (Score 1) 113

by dotancohen (#48479301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

If you pick up something with reasonable video resolution that can do I-Frame only then you can use multiple images to do a super-resolution still. The premise is easy... Multiple images will not cover the exact same pixel positions (unless the drone is affixed to a stationary point). You can use this fact to merge multiple images into a single one with much higher resolution than any of the single images. The more images that you can overlay, the higher the resolution you can squeeze out.

The trick is to have good alignment and warping algorithms to do the overlays. I've done this for an employer in my previous life with impressive results.

I belive that there is software used for astronomy photography available which performs this function, but I've not found anything satisfactory. Is there any software that you could recommend, seeing as you seem to have written some yourself? Thanks!

Comment: Illness (Score 1) 26

by mcgrew (#48479221) Attached to: What is it like to be mentally ill?

There are lots of different mental illnesses. PTSD, depression, schitzophrenia, lots more and all are different. I suffered from "Adjustment disorder with depressed mood," fortunately for me that one is a temporary illness. Part of my therapy (which was better than anything the doctor suggested) was writing The Paxil Diaries.

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I'm dreaming of a secular Christmas
In these modern secular days
With a secular tree with secular lights
And a Santa in a secular sleigh

I'm dreaming of a secular Christmas
With lots of secular snow
With a secular wreath and some secular lights
And some secular mistletoe

No baby in a manger
No wise men at his bed
No thought of Jesus Christ at all
Just get him out of your head

Comment: Re:People eat grass? (Score 1) 44

by hey! (#48479163) Attached to: Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

It doesn't matter how much land it takes to create animal protein, not per se, not in relation to sustainability.

The Great Plains once has giant herds of bison roaming across them. Humans could eat those bison sustainably as long as they didn't take enough bison to disturb the equilibrium between bison and grass. Taking one bison out of the equation would simply cause the equilibrium to produce one more bison. Reducing the buffalo herd from 25 million to 600 on the other hand is a different matter.

What matters for sustainability is the disruption of natural systems, not the acreage.

Comment: Re:Federal law has an effect, too (Score 1) 363

by hey! (#48479091) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

They're only required to gerrymander minority districts if they have a history suppressing minority votes.

This is kind of like equitable relief, where the court compels a guilty party in a civil case to perform some action to remedy an unfair action it performed earlier.

The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work. -- Herbert V. Prochnow