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Comment: Re:Expensive Middle Class Sport Losing Patrons (Score 1) 400

by LordLimecat (#46814913) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Sundance is $50, I believe, as are some of the ones in Little Cottonwood canyon (SLC, Utah). It depends if you purchase at the slopes or the ski shop, tho.

Dont forget you gotta factor in medical bills when you throw your back out :(

Honestly though I dont mind east coast skiing, its just a different sort of thing-- and we did get some "powder" here this year (Liberty PA, Return of Snowmageddon 2/20)

Comment: Re:Expensive Middle Class Sport Losing Patrons (Score 1) 400

by LordLimecat (#46806497) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

You think golf is more expensive than Skiing?

How cute. Low-end boots cost $400-500. Then you have your winter gear, your skis, and all the rest. Then you have your lift tickets (easily $50 per day for touristy east-coast resorts). The cost scales to thousands of dollars per run if you're doing fresh powder runs by helicopter.

Somehow skiing doesnt have the problem if being popular tho, probably because its actually exciting and active.

Comment: Re:I am all for this research (Score 1) 70

Youre forgetting about the 3m/s^2 acceleration that the asteroid is applying to the load.

Either your rocket slams into the asteroid, ending the gravity tractor, or you need to pump an incredible amount of energy into the rocket to keep it at a distance. Since when do Saturn Vs have sufficient fuel to fire for a year straight?

Comment: Re:I am all for this research (Score 3, Insightful) 70

Im not sure if youre serious.

A multi-ton object would not have any appreciable gravitational pull. The largest man-made objects ever created do not create an appreciable gravitational field. Using the calculator here:
An asteroid with a mass of 4*10^18kg at a distance of 1km from a Saturn 5 rocket fully loaded (Mass of 4 * 10^7kg) would feel an acceleration of 0.000000001 m/s^2, and would accelerate the rocket at a rate 10 orders of magnitude higher. The only noticeable effect would be the rocket being pulled into the asteroid, barely altering its course before joining it.

That completely ignores how insanely expensive even that minuscule experiment would be.

Comment: Re:Designer babies (Score 4, Insightful) 155

Just as the strongest argument against communism is to simply point at every attempt to implement it, likewise the strongest argument against Eugenics is to look at all the times we (US, Germany, etc) attempted it.

Its not a good path to go down. It invariably leads towards first/second class citizens, people whose ability to reproduce is considered detrimental to society, and a tyranny of the masses.

Comment: Re:Voluntary? (Score 1) 395

Your timeline is a heck of a lot more accurate than the dude above, who is claiming Snowden "passed thru" hong kong on the way to a nation (ecuador) he hadnt even brought asylum up with.

Not clear what lies youre saying Im telling, however, as he was in Hong Kong for fourteen days, he did get to Moscow, and he had not approached Ecuador until that time-- those arent really arguable. I DIDNT say "why" he was in those locations, just that he wasnt "on his way to Ecuador" as was asserted by GP. Might be helpful if you didnt read things into my posts that just arent there.

Comment: Re:Kindergarten Rules (Score 1) 45

by LordLimecat (#46783585) Attached to: 5-Year Suspended Sentence For S. Africa's First Online Pirate

You miss the point. With software, the agreement generally is that you may use but NOT distribute or copy the software. That right is reserved by the maker.

With the truck, the agreement is that you use, but NOT paint the truck red. Joey reserves that right for himself.

In either case, the owner of the property has the right to be pissed off if you "take" their rights. Not sure why you're arguing this, the law is sort of clear on it.

Comment: Re:Voluntary? (Score 1) 395

Perhaps you could clarify. Im not clear how putting all of Europe and half of South America between you and Ecuador makes it easier to get there. Its a ~15 hour flight to China, and he got all the way there before they began the process of revoking his passport. How exactly would he not have already been in Ecuador if he had gotten a direct(ish) flight?

More to the point, theres a timeline here that you should acquaint yourself with.
Big details are that Snowden was in Hong Kong before we were even looking for him, and he remained there for a full FOURTEEN DAYS. Thats an odd way to get to Ecuador-- particularly considering he didnt even broach asylum with Ecuador until he arrived in Moscow eighteen days after the June 6 revelation.

The idea that he was taking a circuitous route because the goal was Ecuador is pure fantasy.

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