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Comment: Re:ok, so, what now (Score 1) 89

by Markvs (#47785671) Attached to: Astronomers Find What May Be the Closest Exoplanet So Far

So close... and yet still a freeking impossible distance away.

Oh.. it's just 11 light years away. That's a small number, right? As much as I'd like to be able to say we have a "warp drive" or "jump drive" or something like that... at the moment 11 light years might as well be 11 million light years. it makes no difference to our ability to get there.

Exactly. Even if we DID build an Orion nuclear spacecraft (, at best we'll get 1/10th light speed, and it would take the equivalent of several thousand Saturn V launches to build the ship in space. So we're talking at best a 220 year round trip, IF everything went right.

Comment: Re:Loved me som PRS-505 (Score 1) 172

by Markvs (#47607217) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

I was very pleased with my 505, as well. I didn't bother with their software (I think it was Windows-only and was mainly used to buy DRM-encumbered stuff from their own store) but just using it as USB mass storage worked well enough for my purposes.

I use it primarily for reading stuff from Project Gutenberg (since there is no DRM insanity) or taking other miscellaneous PDF and text content with me. The screen was quite good and sure beat reading any amount of text off of a glowing screen.

It is too bad that they are leaving the market but I can tell my use-cases aren't those used by the masses so I am not too surprised.

That's exactly what I did with our 505!
My wife had it for just about a year and then wanted a Kindle so I loaded it up with about two dozen public domain books. It worked very well, and for my train ride into NYC was perfect because the battery life was adequate and the screen was non-glare and nigh indestructible no matter who hit it/pushed into me/knocked my bag. Heck, I fell asleep several times and dropped the thing hard. It didn't care.

And since absolutely nobody ever wanted to steal it, that was a bonus too.

Comment: Re:most successful? (Score 2) 80

by Markvs (#47074885) Attached to: The Big Bang's Last Great Prediction

The most successful scientific model is found in Genesis chapter 1. It begins with the creation of light.

Well, yes. That's what the Big Bang Theory is in a nutshell, and it was after all originally developed by Georges Lemaitre, a Belgian Catholic Priest.
It's notable that all of the planet's major religions endorse the BBT and consider it to not be at odds with their faith including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, & Judaism.

Comment: Re:Way too much money for the local economy to fin (Score 1) 123

by Markvs (#47039233) Attached to: Radioactivity Cleanup At Hanford Nuclear Reservation, 25 Years On

Yet every delay seems to be caused by inadequate funding at the Federal level, to the point where the deadlines have been pushed back beyond the projections for when waste is likely to reach the Columbia River. What's that going to do to the local economy?

Actually, it improves the potato crop. (FIVE GUYS needs every potato they can lay their hands on!) The waste has also sped up work at the prehistoric Kennewick Man site, and has increased sales of all kinds of abatement gear (and anti-roadrunner technology) from ACME in nearby Walla-Walla.

Comment: Re:If they're concerned on picking winners or lose (Score 1, Interesting) 1030

by Markvs (#45495679) Attached to: A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
Wow. I love your link... thanks for showing that the fossil fuel industry does not get a single subsidy. Seriously. Everything listed from pages 6 through 13 is a tax break.
And let's look at the things this wonderful environmentalist think tank listed as "Grants":

1) LIHEAP ($6,358): The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Government funding to keep poor people warm.
2) Strategic Petroleum Reserve ($6,183) : This is the Federal government keeping oil around in case of an emergency.
3) Black Lung Disability Trust Fund ($1,035) : Federal money to pay benefits to sick miners.
4) Highway Trust Fund ($500) : The Highway Trust Fund supports highway, road, and other transportation projects throughout the country. It is funded largely by the Transportation Fuel Excise Tax on road fuels.
5) Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve ($50): similar to the SPR in #2 above, but concentrated in the Northeast where home heating oil is a common fuel.
6) Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves ($28) : "As the payments do not benefit a fuel source, but rather were used to settle a dispute, they do not constitute a subsidy to fossil fuels."

Calling any of these a subsidy if a sad joke. In short, there is NO SUBDSIDY OF FOSSIL FUELS by the US Government.

Comment: Re:We tried a woman in power and it didn't work ou (Score 1) 772

by Markvs (#44510299) Attached to: Should the Next 'Doctor Who' Be a Woman?

Margaret Thatcher was in power here 1979-1990. She fucked over the arts during that time. It will take a few more years to get over it.

On what do you base that conclusion, when we had TOM BAKER as the Doctor from 1975-1981 followed by PETER DAVIDSON from 1981-1985? Then we had such other Britcom greats as Blackadder, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Blake's 7, Red Dwarf, Antiques Roadshow, East Enders, The Young Ones... plus the rise of British New Wave and Heavy Metal, etc.? Okay, the Bond franchise went from four solid Moore films to the questionable Living Daylights and awful License to Kill starring Tim Dalton, but surely that wasn't all Maggie's fault! And we did get The Elephant Man, The Empire Strikes Back, Chariots of Fire, Excalibur, Gandhi, Pink Floyd's The Wall, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Henry V, Highlander...

Comment: Re:Pool of Radience was so good (Score 1) 350

by Markvs (#39327795) Attached to: Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s
Legacy of the Ancients! Now THAT was a great game! I also love Wasteland & Pool. The Pool of Radiance module for Neverwinter Nights was flawless, IMO. My old gaming buddies and I played that 4 or 5 times just for the nostalgia. (And heck, it was BETTER since it was multi-user and not just us talking about what we were doing at home on our Commie 64s...)

People will buy anything that's one to a customer.