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Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 1) 382

Natural Gas producers are telling themselves, - use it carefully, do not burn it just because you can. It is a valuable limited resource.

It could be used instead in pharmacology, in plastics production, etc.

What I mean is that geology, natural resources extraction, especially in Siberia, are hi-tech industries in itself. There are a lot of useful minerals there. And there is a large field for innovation in it. Especially as new minerals are needed for production of new generations of computing devices, cars, etc.

Comment: The world is turning aroung itself (Score 1) 382

by Max_W (#46781867) Attached to: Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance
The Russian Federation is becoming the Land of the Free.

The world renown dissidents, Edward Snowden, Sarah Harrson, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange are asking Russia for asylum. What is going on?

How could this happen? What has become with:

I live in the country
Where people are free
And joy is the birth-right
Belonging to me.

Comment: Idealizing Democracy (Score 0) 794

by Max_W (#46765373) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
What is Democracy? A bunch of slave-owners in ancient Greece were discussing decisions in forums. This is it.

Cannot we do any better?

Cannot we discuss and make decisions via modern systems? Do we really need corrupted representatives? A semi-god president?

I mean a democracy is still much better than a tyranny. Yet, it is not perfect obviously to put it mildly.

Really? Democracy, the end of history?

Comment: Another idea (Score 1) 477

by Max_W (#46715301) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails
Sometimes it is hundred times easier to solve a problem by communicating urgently, even after work, than in the morning.

For example, a colleague from another city arrived at the airport and for some reason does not know the name of a hotel. She needs just one word from me.

Or something like this. Just one or two words, and a week of calm work afterwards.

Comment: Re:Umm , thats unlikely to happen (Score 1) 393

by Max_W (#46677813) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?
The Earth emitting readable radio transmissions about 100 years.

Since we cannot detect signals from other civilizations, it means that this period does not last long. Perhaps, we are also close to the bottleneck.

Just devastation of planet's surface does not stop radio transmissions. Radio is simple and robust technology. It should be something else.

Certainly, it could be that humanity is unique in the Universe, and the Civilizations' Bottleneck theory is not valid.

Still the Universe's Great Silence is disturbing, seeing how many worlds are out there.

Comment: civilizations' bottleneck (Score -1) 393

by Max_W (#46677511) Attached to: Why Are We Made of Matter?
As soon as physicists solve the problem of antimatter the antimatter bomb will be created.

It will be the size of a coin and could literally destroy literally a quoter of a planet. This is how civilizations end in the Universe.

And that is why we do not hear any intelligent radio transmissions from other star systems.

Comment: Re:100 foam plastic balls of orange color (Score 1) 233

by Max_W (#46676541) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370
OK, no batteries and no blinking LED lights (though it is doable and much cheaper than 100 million USD), just 100 orange foam plastic balls with an aircraft's serial number.

Still it is easier to spot than and aluminum wing or a passenger's suitcase on the bottom of the ocean.

Comment: only really secure communication (Score 3, Insightful) 68

by Max_W (#46671667) Attached to: CryptoPhone Sales Jump To 100,000+, Even at $3500
Go to the stadium in shorts and t-shirt, freshly washed (and dried indoors). Wear new style running shoes with very thin sole, as recommended in Scott Jurek's "Eat and run".

Talk while walking via woods or a park, among trees.

Not phone, no watch, no camera, no heavy clothing.

And speak quietly anyway. Still it does not guarantee privacy.

All other talk or messaging are public. It is a new brave world where there are no secrets.

Comment: 100 foam plastic balls of orange color (Score 2, Insightful) 233

by Max_W (#46667527) Attached to: Most Expensive Aviation Search: $53 Million To Find Flight MH370
Why about 100 foam plastic balls of orange color with a plastic orange flag and LED light (blinking for 3-4 months after contact with water) cannot be placed inside the fuselage on an aircraft which costs hundreds of millions?

The size could be of a tennis ball, an additional weight and cost almost zero.

Comment: Re:Warning Shot (Score 1) 148

by Max_W (#46648435) Attached to: Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

Anyone else think this is a shot across the Russian bow? Demonstrating to the Russians that the US really does control space even if we have to bum rides to ISS at the moment?

Seriously? The US does not even control its inner cities. Have you been in Detroit, in Trenton, etc. lately?

Instead of such "Star Wars" the money could be better spent to tackle the severe social problems at home.

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp