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Comment: Re:ambitious? (Score 3, Informative) 330

by InterGuru (#46322721) Attached to: Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon

The article did not say oil would run out, just affordable oil.

Here is a summary

The problem is not peak oil, but peak affordable oil.
We are already there, the big oil companies have cut back exploration because the cannot make money even at $100/barrel.
High oil prices choke off growth in our economy
With little or no growth, we cannot pay our debts.
As in 2008, unpayable debt will crack our financial system
As not in 2008, the central banks have shot most of their “arrows” and have few left in their quiver.
With a broken financial system, we will have the social chaos that was barely avoided in 2008

Comment: Life can still exist without the surface water (Score 1) 155

by InterGuru (#46044827) Attached to: Studies Say Earth Won't Die As Soon As Thought

A Princeton-led research group has discovered an isolated community of bacteria nearly two miles underground that derives all of its energy from the decay of radioactive rocks rather than from sunlight. According to members of the team, the finding suggests life might exist in similarly extreme conditions even on other worlds.

Comment: I don't see why there is a technical problem. (Score 1) 1038

by InterGuru (#45993483) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

I don't see why there is a technical problem with capital punishment. Twice I had open heart surgery, Twice I was put under anesthesia. Neither time did I feel any pain or discomfort. While I was under they could has turned me off without me being aware.

I am against capital punishment. Like nuclear power it requires a level of perfection that we do not have. Still, if you must do it, it seems we have the means to do it humanely.

Comment: A bad set of priorities (Score 4, Insightful) 539

In the last dozen years we have had about two dozen victims of terrorism and 100,000 victims of gun crime. Yet we are devoting so many more resources to terrorism. The main danger of terrorism is causing overreaction. Bin Laden's strategy was to bankrupt the United States and we are helping him succeed.. The main danger of terrorism is causing overreaction. With this, NSA and Iraq he is on the way to success,

Comment: I hope their solution works, but I doubt it will (Score 1) 612

by InterGuru (#45763869) Attached to: Is Computer Science Education Racist and Sexist?

Including culturally relevant instructional materials represented a driving focus of our course development," explained ECS Team members who now advise Code.org. "Cultural design tools encourage students to artistically express computing design concepts from Latino/a, African American, or Native American history as well as cultural activities in dance, skateboarding, graffiti art, and more.

Fifty years ago the African Americans' lag in education was attributed to textbooks that ignored them, and a lack of adult role models in the schools. As time went on many black educators entered the workforce and textbooks included african american in pictures and as examples. Unfortunately it did not help much. We still have a gap.

Comment: Which translation of the 10 commandments? (Score 1) 1251

Catholics, Jews and Protestants have different translations of the 10 Commandments. Some translations differ on how to divide the commandments. Muslim translation(s) may differ too.

I suggest a lawsuit to post all translations, or perhaps just post the original Hebrew version.

+ - Tylenol-laced Mice airdropped over Guam

Submitted by InterGuru
InterGuru (50986) writes "The examiner reports that Tylenol laced mice are being airdropped over Guam.

Mice recently airdropped on Guam were highly toxic to their predators as they were pumped full of Tylenol. The mice were airdropped on the island paradise as food offerings for the Brown Snake. This airdrop is an attempt to eradicate the snake from the island paradise of Guam, according to KPLR 11.com on Dec. 3. The Brown Snake has devastated the island’s native bird population and the slithering creatures have caused millions of dollars in damages to Guam’s electrical infrastructure. The U.S. Government stepped in and offered poisoned mice to the snakes for their dinner.

I wonder whether this will be picked up as an example of government waste?"

Comment: Just the bonus for a few sleazy bankers (Score 1) 263

by InterGuru (#45414007) Attached to: Physicists Plan to Build a Bigger LHC

When the LHC was first built I was impressed by the multi billion $USD cost. Now we spend that much just bailing out a bank so they can pay bonuses to their never-indicted criminal executives.

It's funny how we can't afford to repair our bridges and schools, but when it comes to bailouts and worthless wars, cost is no consideration.

Comment: A best nuclear power will be a niche solution . (Score 1) 776

For 2008, the average worldwide generated electric power is in the order of 5 TW. . This is estimated to increase at the rate of 2.2 percent per year from 2010 to 2040 .

This means will need to increase generation capacity by about 110 Gigawatts per year. If we generously assume that each nuclear power plant generates 1 GW, to supply all the increase from nuclear generation we will need to open a new plant about every three days. Given the immense cost, complexity and large delays associated with construction of new nuclear plants there is no way we we get close to that number.

Comment: The Industrial Revolution (Score 2) 736

by InterGuru (#44711195) Attached to: Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

All of us benefit from being the heirs of the industrial revolution. Even the poorest of us have better health and nutrition than before. We all have better healthcare than the mightiest king did 300 years ago. Yet for the average person who lived during the industrial revolution life was poor hell. Craftsmen and herders were sent into Dickensian factories and mines. I hope we can live long enough for the majority of citizens to see a benefit from our present computer revolution.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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