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Comment: Re:So Obama is in the same catagory as (Score 1) 398

by KublaKhan1797 (#41549087) Attached to: For Obama, Jobs, and Zuckerberg, Boring Is Productive

Jobs, and Zuckerberg? Like this article is trying to compare the Guinness's of this century? Am I missing something, because usually smart people like Jobs, and Zuckerberg use their brains to create magnificent things, what is Obama great creation? The deficit?

Sooo many things are wrong with this comment that it is utter genius...

The Military

The US Navy's Railgun Program 321

Posted by samzenpus
from the shoot-em-if-you-got-em dept.
RougeFive writes "Imagine a warship weapon that can launch projectiles at Mach 10 without explosives (more than three times the muzzle speed of an M16 rifle), that has a range of 220 miles and that uses the enormous speed to destroy the target by causing as much damage as a Tomahawk missile. Meet the U.S. Navy's electromagnetic railgun program."

Copenhagen Suborbitals Seeking $10k In Crowdfunding For New Space Capsule 31

Posted by Soulskill
from the cheapifying-the-space-race dept.
Plammox writes "As Copenhagen Suborbitals continue to develop their donation-based, garage-level technology solution to manned suborbital spaceflight, they're looking to crowdfund the next space capsule design. For a mere $25, your name will fly in the next capsule test launch. $2000 will buy you a guided tour of the premises in Copenhagen. The volunteer-based organization has previously done a number of different static engine tests with spectators, and two sea launches of a launch escape system and their first big rocket."

Comment: Re:Arrogant to presume no life. (Score 1) 239

by KublaKhan1797 (#40196755) Attached to: No Intelligent Aliens Detected In Gliese 581

Just because there are no detectable radio signals doesn't mean there is no life, it may just be pre-industrial. WWII pushed us into the modern era. Without that we may still be using megabytes or even kilobytes and leaded gas. Maybe there is a planet with a single race and less aggressive tendencies, they may develop in a different fashion, while being advanced they may not be pumping massive RF for long-enough for us to detect. Not every species is going to be or was as addicted to TV and Radio as we are.

I'm usually pretty quick to throw the 'arrogance' card myself but this isn't arrogance. We simple don't have any better way of detecting life over interstellar distances. Your point is completely valid. There might be life at Gliese 581, there might even be intelligent life but just can't tell. Hopefully some day we will come up with a better way of searching for life but given the distances involved I doubt it'll ever be any kind of direct observation. Look up the Drake equation for a simplified mathematical approach to estimating the number of detectable civilizations out there. Life could be teeming in the universe but it may be next to impossible to find out for sure.

Comment: Re:...Or you could just not go to porn sites (Score 1, Informative) 430

by KublaKhan1797 (#40064573) Attached to: Ultra-Orthodox Jews Rally For a More Kosher Internet

This "tradition" is almost as savage as the Taliban's treatment of women. This state of affairs saddens me very much.

"Almost" is not appropriate here. Orthodox Jews don't rape nine-year olds, kidnap girls of other religions, stone rape victims to death for adultery, etc. A backward prachice? Yes. Savage like Islam? No.

Yes it is. Religion is religion no mater the name. They are all depraved freaks willing to commit untold atrocities in the name of their made up god.

Comment: Re:The Lost Discoveries of Hydralic Fracturing (Score 2) 145

by KublaKhan1797 (#39605525) Attached to: USGS Suggests Connection Between Seismic Activity and Fracking

The trouble with the current "enlightned" study is a lack of knowledge of how to search bookstacks, those in a Library, to find the printed USGS bullitens, circulars and research papers since they have not been scanned, parsed and made searchabel by electronic database search technologies.

Oh, and what do you base this on Mr. 'Anonymous Coward'? Would you like to back up your claims of scientific misconduct or don't you believe in facts either?


Santorum Calls Democrats 'Anti-Science' 1237

Posted by Soulskill
from the pi-is-exactly-three dept.
ndogg writes with news that Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has counterattacked those critical of conservative views on science, saying that they're 'anti-science' themselves. From a CBS report: "In his remarks Monday, Santorum went beyond his usual discussion of the importance of increasing domestic energy production to deliver a blistering attack on environmental activists. He said global warming claims are based on 'phony studies,' and that climate change science is little more than 'political science.' His views are not 'anti-science' as Democrats claim, Santorum said. 'When it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones. We are the ones who stand for science, and technology, and using the resources we have to be able to make sure that we have a quality of life in this country and (that we) maintain a good and stable environment,' he said to applause, and cited local ordinances to reduce coal dust pollution in Pittsburgh during the heyday of coal mining."

Comment: Re:According to polls (Score 1) 232

by KublaKhan1797 (#37975962) Attached to: White House Responds to ET/UFO Petitions

90% believe in a god, 55% believe they are protected by guardian angels, 54% believe in psychic abilities, 41% believe in demonic/devil possession.

People believe in a lot of really dumb things.

If I had any mod points I would mod this up as being both insightful and true. People believe some crazy things

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.