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Comment: Re:Russian rocket motors (Score 1) 58

by Bruce Perens (#49787045) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

Russia would like for us to continue gifting them with cash for 40-year-old missle motors, it's our own government that doesn't want them any longer. For good reason. That did not cause SpaceX to enter the competitive process, they want the U.S. military as a customer. But it probably did make it go faster.

Also, ULA is flying 1960 technology, stuff that Mercury astronauts used, and only recently came up with concept drawings for something new due to competitive pressure from SpaceX. So, I am sure that folks within the Air Force wished for a better vendor but had no choice.

Comment: Context (Score 2) 58

by Bruce Perens (#49782349) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

This ends a situation in which two companies that would otherwise have been competitive bidders decided that it would cost them less to be a monopoly, and created their own cartel. Since they were a sole provider, they persuaded the government to pay them a Billion dollars a year simply so that they would retain the capability to manufacture rockets to government requirements.

Yes, there will be at least that Billion in savings and SpaceX so far seems more than competitive with the prices United Launch Alliance was charging. There will be other bidders eventually, as well.

Comment: Not Ichthyology (Score 2) 292

by rs79 (#49761553) Attached to: Study: Science Still Seen As a Male Profession

Dorothy Latimer - the coelacanth, Evelyn Trewavas - Rift cichlids, Lynne Parenti - Killifish and presently curator of fishes at the Smithsonian.

It was a woman who identified the DNA molecule as Pauling's alpha Helix, Crick and Watson literally stole her notes form her desk. Madam Curie was the first person to win a double Nobel. This Is off the top of my head. If the report is true it's changed, while the first two women mentioned did have to fight a bit I don't believe Parenti did, by the 80s things had changed I could ask her I guess, maybe I will soon.

Te genus and family of the Coelacanth is named after Dot, Trewavas has fish named after her, Parenti will in time be recognized with honorific scientific name of some Cyprinodont I'm sure.

I don't think it's as bad as the report make sit sound in Ichthyology.

Comment: Of course they shed into the ocean (Score 1) 268

by rs79 (#49756151) Attached to: ESA Satellite Shows Sudden Ice Loss In Southern Antarctic Peninsula

If you've been looking at this for a while you know the antarctic ice mass grows in the middle and cleaves around the edges. The antarctic mass has been growing steadily for 45 years and has never been bigger than now.

How and why it's growing so much in a supposed "warming" world I leave to your imagination although keep in mind a new paper shows the rate of warming in the 20th century is the same rate as the previous 80 centuries.


Comment: Yeah, disappointing (Score 5, Informative) 776

Road Warrior was peak Mad Max, it's eminently rewatchable. Thunderdome II, not so much.

I looked briefly at the massive "MRA" "activists" behind this. One mental patient with a wonky web page.

Makes me wonder who's behind the massive publicity behind this non-story.

Meanwhile I have a friend who's paying child support in *two* states for a kid he has sole custody of his only child and putting her through college despite the fact his toxic ex beat the kid. Bue she went to school with the prosecutor, who knows the judge in a small town in Georgia. Backwoods southern justice strikes again.

Family law is still the 900 pound gorilla in the room.

Comment: Re:-dafuq, Slashdot? (Score 1) 249

by rs79 (#49697749) Attached to: Greenland's Glaciers Develop Stretch Marks As They Accelerate

"The evidence is overwhelming: Earth’s polar regions are losing ice at a stunning rate. There’s so much ice being lost from Antarctica, for example, that scientists can detect local changes in gravity."

This is not actually true. NASA points out Antarctic is at an all time high. Snowpack accumulates in the middle and cleaves off from the edges,it's doing what it's supposed to.

NSIDC data shows increase, not decreae in sea ice:

NASA sat imagery (URL in image) shows Arctic sea ice unchanged after 30 years:
(t did half melt, but for 5 years has been growing back)

"Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time," says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data. "

I like Slate but I don't know if theyre being deliberately misleading here or are just unaware.

Comment: Re:Common sense prevails! (Only Partially!) (Score 1) 545

by rs79 (#49697655) Attached to: California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill


Both sides are guilty of extremism here.

Vaccines do work. The theory is sound. But the implementation leaves a little to be desired.

It is possible to find kids that get the shots) and then develop an allergic reaction and die. In the past few months Tasha Greige and Rachel French died because of this. Look it up.

The problem is greatly exacerbated by giving tylenol for a fever. Reactions can be severe. We no longer give kids aspirin for a fever because of the neurological damage associated with Reye's Syndrome and there is mounting evidence we should be withholding Tylenol under the same conditions.

I'm pro vax and got my kids jabbed, but recognize the immunization program is a little oversold. Anti vax sentiment gets wrapped up with nuttiness like "it's intentional depopulation". Yeah not so much. It's hard to find objective discourse criticizing it without the sme website offering up that nonsense.

Here's what one guy who has expertise pointed out:

My name is Tetyana Obukhanych. I hold a PhD in Immunology. I am writing this letter in the hope that it will correct several common misperceptions about vaccines in order to help you formulate a fair and balanced understanding that is supported by accepted vaccine theory and new scientific findings.

IPV (inactivated poliovirus vaccine) cannot prevent transmission of poliovirus (see appendix for the scientific study, Item #1). Wild poliovirus has been non-existent in the USA for at least two decades. Even if wild poliovirus were to be re-imported by travel, vaccinating for polio with IPV cannot affect the safety of public spaces. Please note that wild poliovirus eradication is attributed to the use of a different vaccine, OPV or oral poliovirus vaccine. Despite being capable of preventing wild poliovirus transmission, use of OPV was phased out long ago in the USA and replaced with IPV due to safety concerns.
Tetanus is not a contagious disease, but rather acquired from deep-puncture wounds contaminated with C. tetani spores. Vaccinating for tetanus (via the DTaP combination vaccine) cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is intended to render personal protection only.
While intended to prevent the disease-causing effects of the diphtheria toxin, the diphtheria toxoid vaccine (also contained in the DTaP vaccine) is not designed to prevent colonization and transmission of C. diphtheriae. Vaccinating for diphtheria cannot alter the safety of public spaces; it is likewise intended for personal protection only.
The acellular pertussis (aP) vaccine (the final element of the DTaP combined vaccine), now in use in the USA, replaced the whole cell pertussis vaccine in the late 1990s, which was followed by an unprecedented resurgence of whooping cough. An experiment with deliberate pertussis infection in primates revealed that the aP vaccine is not capable of preventing colonization and transmission of B. pertussis (see appendix for the scientific study, Item #2). The FDA has issued a warning regarding this crucial finding.[1]

(See more: https://alethonews.wordpress.c...)

A real MD (who is also an attorney) points out ascorbate mitigates the side effects:

"Klenner's paper (Klenner FR. The treatment of poliomyelitis and other virus diseases with vitamin C. J. South. Med. and Surg., 111:210-214, 1949.) on curing 60 cases of polio in the epidemic of 1948 should have changed the way infectious diseases were treated but it did not." - Robert Cathcart

The people telling you there's no problem are The third-leading cause of death in the United States.
Starfield B (July 2000). "Is US health really the best in the world?". JAMA 284 (4): 483–5. doi:10.1001/jama.284.4.483. PMID 10904513.

This was edited out of Wikipedia and not because it's wrong.

"There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false."

This is Ioannidis famous 2005 paper that shows nearly all published research findings are false.

See also:

So. no vaccines are not perfect and there are issues. But no it's not intentional depopulation control and fluoride it still safe and there are no chemtrails or ufos.

Comment: Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum (Score 0) 422

by rs79 (#49673177) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up

Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches New Record Maximum
Oct. 7, 2014

On Sept. 19, 2014, the five-day average of Antarctic sea ice extent exceeded 20 million square kilometers for the first time since 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The red line shows the average maximum extent from 1979-2014.
Credits: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio/Cindy Starr
Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s.

Comment: It's also awash in lunacy (Score 1) 202

by rs79 (#49667679) Attached to: Study Reveals Wikimedia Foundation Is 'Awash In Money'

There is a type of biochemical pathway in plants used when CO2 is very high. The alarmists have edited it to say it's for arid conditions I suppose to imply plants are adapting to a math error or something. Between lots of this and the medical business edits it loses objectivity and reliability weekly.

Point is there are species of algae that have this property.

Wikipedia has become a slow moving parody of itself to paraphrase Peter Honeyman.

Comment: Re:Compares well (Score 2) 408

No-fault is about taking money away from lawyers, who used to litigate each and every auto accident as a lawsuit in court before the insurers would pay. Eventually the insurers decided that they spent more on lawyers than accident payments, and they had no reason to do so.

If you want to go back to the way things were, you are welcome to spend lots of time and money in court for trivial things, and see how you like it. I will provide you with expert witness testimony for $7.50/minute plus expenses. The lawyers charge more.

In general your insurer can figure out for themselves if you were at fault or not, and AAA insurance usually tells me when they think I was, or wasn't, when they set rates.

Comment: Re:More than $100 (Score 1) 515

If we don't have more than two children per couple, the human race would've died out a long time ago.

I think the proper way to state that is "If we didn't in the past", not "If we don't". If we were to have 2 children per couple (approximately, the real value is enough children to replace each individual but not more) from this day on, it would not be necessary to adjust the number upward to avoid a population bottleneck for tens of thousands of years.

Money doesn't talk, it swears. -- Bob Dylan