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Comment: Re:Elephants? (Score 1) 187

Or we could just increase the policy of using attack helicopters to hunt down poachers. It's win-win, the pilots get first class training in finding targets in a vast landscape using various sensing equipment, and the poachers are given something real to worry about.

Some poachers have even been using helicopters themselves so there's also ample scope for air defence training there for fast jets and such too.

That way we don't have to worry about them going extinct (and the massive knock on effects to their ecosystem) in the first place. You're killing two birds with one stone- dealing with the poaching problem whilst getting your military some real training that simultaneously does something useful. Far better than classic contrived military exercises that often bare little resemblance to the real thing and just burn resources for not much benefit.

This has been a very successful policy in the countries that have attempted it thus far, and it should be ramped up. Turn poachers from the hunter who hunts illegaly with overwhelming force into the hunted that is hunted legally with overwhelming force and they soon stop.

You're right. Ever since Norway implemented this policy, there hasn't been a single elephant death in their territory due to poaching.

Comment: Re:Creating a Mars magnetosphere (Score 1) 549

by Kinthelt (#48035983) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

You could either ask Randall Munroe that question (xkcd), or just do the thought experiment yourself.

Since energy can neither be created nor destroyed, for each J of energy you put into Mars from Earth, you take away from Earth. Net effect would be that Mars would have a magnetic field, but Earth doesn't. Except of course, that Mars has a much smaller mass, and Earth probably has energy to spare.

It still sounds like it would just be cheaper to fix the social problems here on Earth and build an orbiting transparent Dyson-trampoline to deflect any incoming killer asteroids.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.