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Comment: More added value equals the speed of light + (Score 1) 162

by Grow Old Timber (#49311653) Attached to: How Space Can Expand Faster Than the Speed of Light
It would seem obvious if we were able to attain the speed of light and we should, someday, that inching over that boundary with added thrust would simply happen. Much like the speed of sound, once thought to be a boundary proved a minor one. I don't suppose it will be like warp speed on Star trek, a flash. BUT it might appear to make one disappear if you were able to see it happen.

Comment: Re:Ron Wyden Edward Snowden (Score 2) 107

Ron Wyden is the peoples politician from Oregon. Time and time again he has stood up for our rights and got legislation passed when he could. Just look up his record. Thank him when you can for being there and doing what's within his realm. He really pushes back against corporate thuggery. As for senor Snowden you already know how I feel about him and I URGE you not to waste your next presidential vote and write in Edward Snowden as a candidate to let the nation know what we think. It is the BEST way to poke the 2 Parties in the ass and let them know how important he is to our rights that are getting trampled on. NO SECRETS no spies needed...

Comment: The impact on the pharmaceutical industry (Score 1) 132

by Grow Old Timber (#49256703) Attached to: New Molecular 3D Printer Can Create Billions of Compounds
" The impact on the pharmaceutical industry could be staggering." Let me offer my deepest sympathy to the PAY MY PRICE OR DIE pharmaceutical industry. Other than making everybody feel like they are 2nd class citizens, doing without the newest latest drug product ADS on TV. And not adequate without some bone stiffening miracle product. They provide a very useful function. Keeping us from seeing our shows without (repeat the last 2 lines over and over all day.) Affordable health care should NOT involve the government paying their price but CONTROLLING their price Damn it.

Comment: Mining? water to make oxygen (Score 1) 214

by Grow Old Timber (#49239127) Attached to: Billionaire Teams Up With NASA To Mine the Moon
Who said it has to be minerals? Although that could ultimately be the goal. Water is known to be there thanks to NASA lately acknowledging (ever since China said they were going there) that we had clues earlier in the moon samples being moist but was passed off as somehow being 'contaminated.' Sure thing "Need Another Seven Astronauts." Sad joke sorry. An automated fuel station dividing O2 and H would certainly be cheaper than hauling all our oxygen and hydrogen from here. It could be filling tanks waiting for us to arrive All without humans even being involved. The most important resource WATER and fuel. Investors? Hope it isn't exxon mobil. Sign me up for a future mission.

Comment: Re:I have said it before (Score 1) 384

by Grow Old Timber (#49193631) Attached to: French Nuclear Industry In Turmoil As Manufacturer Buckles
"Nuclear is cheap." Where did you get that Idea? The cost of creating fuel and infrastructure is prohibitively expensive. In fact by the time you figure in all the petroleum it takes to construct a reactor, some of them never create a positive return. I speak of Trojan in NW Oregon that was mothballed after it needed a very expensive boiler rebuilt. (The spent fuel is still there.) The cost of finding a place to deposit it has never been achieved here in the USA. Maybe we should just drop all the safety concerns, to make it cheaper??? Or build wind turbines and photovoltaics...YES. And clean coal (with CO2 sequestration) for the reserve hrs. Lets get rid of nuclear power AND weapons too. Oh and grow old timber to replace what we so foolishly destroyed, while we're at it!

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 1) 531

by Grow Old Timber (#49149161) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion
"you clearly don't understand how humans have evolved in that respect, even over the past couple thousand years." Clearly? Enlighten us dimwitts...if you can. Some still believe "he" is coming back someday sooon! After 2000yrs... soon. If you try to "Christianize" AI it would not allow religion into its' process other than a reference for the base assumptions that some humans believe. Religion is for influence and has no part in intelligence. It's quite the opposite. If you have no idea how something works you say I have faith ;-) But it goes to show you how bent a religious person can be. For gods' sake don't let them be jewish or muslims! AI needs to be non discriminating to be really intelligent right?

Comment: Re:It probably IS the NSA (Score 1) 86

by Grow Old Timber (#49103605) Attached to: US State Department Can't Get Rid of Email Hackers
ANSWER: use real post office mail. Not hackable AND we can save the US post office from looking for additional revenue too. Sometimes convenience needs to be examined under a microscope. Send a hard copy. Then the NSA will get a paper cut opening envelopes and quit spying...Naaaaaah! At least it won't be so easy to spy on the disgruntled crowd.

Comment: Prohibitively expensive! Licenses R a nut-kick (Score 1) 65

by Grow Old Timber (#49084641) Attached to: BBC Radio Drops WMA For MPEG-DASH
Prohibitively expensive> Not for (one of) the most monopolistic and richest companies in the USA. Thank you BBC for telling MS to shove their license up it. BTW who is ready to pay a yearly license for win10? I'd rather use win98SE with all those cracked free programs remember how great they were? And how those "free programs" made MS a predominant computer OS. Then they had to make WINXP DRM crappy and nothing you had or bought like musical keyboards from creative worked. That is unless you bought the proper CDs for $250 to learn you really couldn't use them. Forget about "trial versions." Applications for audio and MIDI compiling and other things? But at least we were 'productive' right? Bullshit.

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