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Comment: Re:Build colonies on Earth (Score 1) 246 246

By the time off-world colonies are viable, pollution on Earth will be a non-issue, because the exact same technology needed to sustain an offworld colony is the technology that would allow us to clean and recycle absolutely everything here on Earth. Because that's exactly what you need for a self-sustaining offworld colony: recycled everything.

Not really, no. There are far more than enough raw materials floating around up there, along with masses of energy from the sun, to construct very quick and dirty space stations indeed with zero need for recycling as long as you have reasonably secure supply chains.

Comment: Re:Slippery slope (Score 2, Insightful) 238 238

This is a terrible law. The left and feminists in particular are infamous for instantly branding any disagreement, no matter how justified and rational, as hate. They'll damsel like crazy, weep crocodile tears and fire up a twitter mob, and next thing you know any objections to their brand of vicious insanity are stamped out. This law needs to be repealed immediately.

Comment: Re:Define controversy... (Score 1) 125 125

I mix and match jQuery and Javascript freely, there's no reason you can't use it in places where it works well, although my default is Javascript, which itself is not without its little quirks - like when you try to sidestep the client-server push model without AJAX and discover JS doesn't do line breaks in variables. Can you say concatenation on an industrial scale?

Comment: Re:Damn you Uber (Score 5, Interesting) 227 227

In many parts of the world taxis are private vehicles with a sign stuck on top, drivers hold their own licenses and companies act as advertising agencies and dispatchers. A recent trend is for one driver to join a company then keep their car running 24-7 as their buddies illegally act as taxi drivers in shifts, splitting the profits. This is an actual thing. Whether or not it's predominantly immigrants, illegal or otherwise, is another question mind you.

Comment: Re:Weird (Score 1) 146 146

Do you have any reasons for your presumption, or are you just babbeling?

Their convictions in a court of law would be the reason. I'm as against feminist rape culture bullshit as any rational person, but the fact remains that rapists do exist, do go to trial, and do get convicted. I don't stand in their corner.

Comment: Weird (Score 3, Funny) 146 146

There are some very nasty pieces of work on that list, rapists and murderers who presumably managed to get a removal order from within prison, but some are just weird, like "The news that lesbian couples in England and Wales who start a family through fertility treatment can now place both their names on the birth certificate has been welcomed by a gay couple with children. Eve Carlile describes the move as "practically really helpful, and ideologically great". "Why would they want that removed?

Mind you others are pretty silly, like the hacker who recorded a rude phone message after being left on hold for too long. Not sure why posterity needs that little tidbit.

Comment: Re:I knew it was bs from the start (Score 2) 36 36

Who pissed in your cornflakes this morning? I think it's pretty neat, and even better it's not costing me a thing. Personally I'd enjoy watching hoverboard races even if they're confined to specialised parks, or even better some kind of hoverboard/gladiators crossover, or football, or whatever. Let's strap these things to boots and take basketball and hockey to the next level.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.