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Comment: Re:Let's see (Score 1) 276

by Stephan Schulz (#49368971) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

Lets Hypothetically ?

https://news.google.com/newspa...

That would be like the "Hypothetically " ice free north pole by 2000 ?

Actually, the full quote is "...and may produce an ice-free Arctic Ocean..." (emphasis mine). The source of the claim, Berndt Balchen certainly had an interesting biography, but neither was he trained as a scientist, nor what the statement in a scientific publication.

Comment: Re:Only Republicans are too stupid... (Score 2) 38

by circletimessquare (#49368757) Attached to: FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge

it's kind of like the concept of the free market

without rules, enforced, all markets quickly devolve into oligarchies and monopolies: customers and smaller players squashed and abused

so a free market requires government regulation

likewise, without rules enforcing net neutrality, large market players start fucking with the status quo to siphon off more cash. simply because they can

but there exists certain idiots in the world, a lot in the usa, who only see the government as a threat. the government IS a threat, in many avenues of life

but in the market place, the government is usually your only friend when it comes to real abuse from large market players

there does exist regulatory capture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

but again, this is an argument against corruption, not against government. again, the problem with regulatory capture is large market players corrupting the rules. so you want to heal your sick government, not weaken it further, thereby giving large market players yet even more ways to abuse you. and they will

but certain people, they just utterly lack the awareness that the government is not the only evil bogeyman in the world. many times in fact, like regulatory capture, the government isn't really the ultimate bogeyman, but just the front for the real villains: plutocracy

we need strong anticorruption rules in the usa. badly. the people are losing to big money. this will be our downfall

Comment: Re:call it the Ukraine-2 (Score 1) 146

by circletimessquare (#49368717) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

ah yes, when dealing with an intellectually dishonest individual, one encounters upset resistance rather than the simple ability to concede a point

you're welcome for the education on sovereignty

Other countries may invade at their will, because it is apparently a different sovereignty.

and where the fuck did i ever say that you dumb shit? are you talking to me or some made up boogeyman in your head?

delusional AND stupid

it seems the german education system is failing its children as much as german mental health facilities are failing its pilots

zero respect to you. you are not an equal. you are a child

Comment: Re:Putin's getting desperate... (Score 1) 57

by circletimessquare (#49368579) Attached to: NASA Denies New Space Station Partnership With Russia

The soviet union collapsed and now russia is run by a thug dictator for life as his personal toy with immature cult of personality on the same level as north korea

they invaded and vivisected georgia, and now invade ukraine because their feelings were hurt when slavic brothers ukraine announced it preferred to go with europe. its economy is tanking because its economy is just digging up oil

it is 140 million people. china is 1.3 billion. eu is 500 million. both diversified and growing economies with stable governments, not politically immature kgb goon worship

canada is small and weak over a large land area too. difference being, canada is at peace and with good relations with its neighbors. russia looks for every opportunity to piss everyone off. ultranationalism and 1950s imperialism is a fantasy of hurt egos and faded glory. it's a colossal weakness, not a strength. it only announces more aggression to come exactly as gets weaker

russia is a dying country. the 1950s and sputnik and yuri gagarin was its highest point. everything from then on was/ is downhill

in a hundred years, the trajectory that started with the collapse of the soviet union will continue. sibera will pass to china (outer manchuria, which russia won from china only in 1850, is going majority chinese population soon). and everything west of moscow will pass to europe by choice or by fire, as ukraine shows

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

they are too few people over too large an area. their economy is too weak. and their politics is mafia level intimidation amateur hour, easy to topple and push around, if not outright inviting revolution when rabid ultranationalism loses its power

their much vaunted military will not keep up technologically and with a collapsing economy, and that's the only chip they have left that is weakening over time

the history of central asia is replete with giant empires that rise and fall. russia is but another to come to pass, and soon. i think this century, at least the next

no more deals with russia, especially on the space station. they are aggressive losers, any deals we make with them will not last and will be subject to further decay over time

to russian space scientists:

i suggest defecting to the west and private space companies. be the next sergey brin of space. he didn't make google in russia, and he never could have. the russian von brauns need to do the same

Comment: Re:Still photos (Score 1) 372

by Znork (#49368563) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

Hopefully an autonomous system would be designed so well that no human pilot could think that. See for example NASA's Adaptive Control tech; even if that's made to assist human pilots, the fact that it can actually bring some semblance of control to a plane that has lost function and form in many ways shows what can actually be done.

And as Air France Flight 447 shows, pilots may very well do the completely wrong thing, ignoring every correct procedure intended to prevent disaster.

But the most important, and often overlooked, part of such a system would be that you cannot skimp on the electronics. With an autonomous plane, if there's a problem with frosting over on sensors, you're grounded. There's no 'but the pilot is human so he can fly blind if the autopilot fails'. It has to be 100% reliable, all the time, and with massive enough over-redundancy that the plane would essentially already have to be falling apart into pieces for the overall control systems to fail. That would of course be a significant help to human pilots as well, as it sometimes seems they're being used as an excuse to live with flawed instruments and quality deficiencies in the planes.

Comment: Re:call it the Ukraine-2 (Score 1) 146

by circletimessquare (#49368511) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

if you are willing to disregard sovereignty, the foundational basis for all the other concepts you cite disappear

without respecting sovereignty, there is no respecting anything else. didn't the last few centuries of european history teach you anything moron? would you rather the french march across the rhine again? or the germans across the alps? or the austrians across the danube? why don't they do that anymore? you're the one telling me sovereignty doesn't matter you dumb fuck

your german grandparents learned this lesson the hard way. it is a shame some loser germans like yourself still don't understand the simple fucking lesson, despite all your ancestors who have suffered for it, and all the nations around you your ancestors put through such suffering. what a pathetic historically ignorant loser

but it is your ignorant shame alone, not that of your countrymen, those germans with responsibility and intelligence understand, they know very well what kind of fire russia is playing with here. you are not like them

you're just a low iq outlier, you should stop talking about this subject. if you can't understand the importance of sovereignty, you are a moron on a topic you have no right to inject your stupidity into

there was really no need for insults there. We both are grown-ups and can hold a polite discussion.

i am not insulting you i am objectively describing your lack of awareness of basic concepts of a subject matter you've stumbled into without any understanding of it

and so i do not respect you. you are not my equal on this topic. you are not a grown up

because you do not understand, nor respect sovereignty. therefore you have marked yourself an ignorant child on the topic of geopolitics

do you wander into chemistry class and mumble about phlogiston? do you wander into biology class and prattle about lamarckism?

then why the fuck do you bloviate about geopolitics and disregard sovereignty thereby effectively announcing yourself as a fucking idiot?

ask yourself what is lost if sovereignty is not respected. the answer is: everything

i fear if moscow does not learn, it will soon be divided between the chinese and europe, just in time for the hundred year humbling of berlin in the same fashion

ukraine and georgia are but czechoslovakia and austria. abkhazia is sudetenland and novorussiya is the anschluss. same bullshit: the germans in sudetenland were "suffering" so nazis had to annex it. fucking arrogant imperial bullshit! same with what russia did to georgia! you really believe russian lies? there is zero justification to subjugate another country on nothing but arrogance and hurt ego. none

you disrespect another country's sovereignty, you are only inviting for your own to be torn to pieces too

if the russians are drunk on past glory and ultranationalism and feeling insulted at a recent loss (wwi -> collapse of the soviet union/ loss of influence in ukraine) like germany a hundred years ago, then russia under mafia goon putin will suffer the same fate as nazi germany

imperial machines all need to feed on the weak around them. we will see where the russians strike next. and thereby strengthen the resolve of all the world watching to deliver a death blow. as they must. as unanswered aggression merely creates more

siberia goes to china. all west of moscow goes to europe

russia is a dying thug. no one does what russia does to its neighbors except to announce its bankruptcy and weakness

Comment: Where commerical arduino is going next. (Score 1) 78

by goombah99 (#49368243) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

there is no more money in arduino hardware anymore.

arguing over who sells the hardware is a lose/lose game.

SLR has announced it's coming out with new boards. But will these be open designs or copyrighted? If they also take over the arduino name for software they control the whole pipeline. Cortex boards are about $20 to $40 right now and they outperform the arduino. SO why are the cortex boards, aside from the raspberry, an idle novelty? because they don't have the unified user base behind the arduino. So who better to come in and scoop this up? after all ardunio is already in this game with the DUE and YUN model which have high perfromance processors like the cortex yet all the existing I/O mapping and IDE of the ardiono. That's where the money lies. Not in the open source arduino hardware but in the next generation built on the user base of the arduino. But it takes the Arduino name to do it, and also someone willing to close the copyright on the desgins while retaining compatibility.

Comment: Re:Produce in your garden? (Score 1) 187

We've been carefully growing for two full seasons, with some plants getting multiple cycles. No losses at all, other than one hailstorm, which we now prophylactically deal with by having the project under a bit of roof where it can still get the sun it needs, but hail can't hit it straight on. Not a perfect solution, but it's something. And it has worked.

I am convinced that the details matter.

Comment: Re: Wasted Energy? (Score 1) 187

Well, not really. The issue is that there are lots and lots of AC devices out there, so what you're doing is converting to a form that is in most common use. If you have surplus power that is free (solar as under discussion), there's no problem, resource-wise, in doing it just that way. Which makes it not very moronic at all. Kind of convenient, actually.

Considerations for a free, non-polluting resource have to be approached with an open mind. The range of consequences is different. They can be quite favorable.

Comment: Re: Wasted Energy? (Score 1) 187

It is MUCH easier to power them off than to build a solar+battery+inverter+separate cirquit[sic] to power them.

Oh, no doubt. But that wasn't what the GP was saying. Also, even though it's easier, it uses up a costly resource when it's on. The solar powered widgets do not. So you save some; the solar system saves all. Food for thought. Gotta figure the ROI. It's not that hard, either. Plus there's the dependability issue. Power fails, your devices keep running... that's nothing to sneer at.

Comment: Here's the thing about change. (Score 1) 276

by fyngyrz (#49367385) Attached to: Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient

*change* that undermines human plans represents a big challenge.

Not when the change is so slow that you have generations to decide to move away from it, or alter your investments, it isn't. Every generation typically goes into new homes. Somewhere. Eventually, a generation (not this one or any one soon) will go... "y'know honey, instead of moving here in Miami, let's check out Vermont." Or where ever.

And you know what's kind of irritating? I never hear anyone going on about sea level rise mention this little fact: Change is the hottest possible breeding ground for opportunity. Change means employment, undertakings, recovery, rehabilitation, relocation, new methods, new ideas, new crops, new businesses. And so on.

There is no distinction between any AI program and some existent game.

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