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Comment: Goal is cooling, not reduction of warming. (Score 1) 108

by SuperKendall (#48639905) Attached to: Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

The climate is already changing, the goal is to reduce the amount of change.

The problem is the effort is not to reduce the amount, the effort is to send change, however slightly, in a VERY BAD direction.

We already know the Earth will enter a glacial period again. It may even be tending to do so now, we really don't have the understanding of climate to say for sure.

What we do know is that entering a glacial period is something we would vastly rather avoid over any of the climate warming models to date (now that we know runaway warming is simply not going to happen as the doomsayers predicted). Glacial periods will mean mass extinctions all over, and a huge shortage of arable land unlike the greatly expanded land that can be used for agriculture in a warmer Earth scenario.

It's fine to come up with ideas that promote the reduction of things that in theory increase warming, but it's extremely dangerous (or at least stupid) for life on Earth to do anything on a large scale that promotes global cooling of the atmosphere.

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:Comparison equally valid on both sides (Score 0) 874

by SuperKendall (#48602851) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

To be fair we are bombing ISIS territories and various Arab nations (via drones) and killing a crapload of non-military forces.

I'm not going to defend the drone strikes, but I will point out that every one is absolutely an attempt to strike some military target, the question is what percentage they get wrong...

There is no chance that taking over a coffee shop is going to be a strike at a military target.

Comment: Comparison equally valid on both sides (Score 2) 874

by SuperKendall (#48597883) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

If you're a religious fanatic in the Middle East and want to kill Christians you become a terrorist. ...

Or, you can join ISIS (the army killing and/or enslaving/raping everyone including Christians).

So there's an equal choice to be had, yet some are choosing to capture and harm non-military forces - those people doing so have been wholly Muslim.

Comment: They did harm real environment (Score 2) 465

by SuperKendall (#48589111) Attached to: Peru Indignant After Greenpeace Damages Ancient Nazca Site

When there's a dark layer of soil on top of sand it's usually a macrobiotic crust, that has taken a few hundred years to do its thing - that is what they crushed as they walked. There's not much worse you can do as far as lasting ecological damage except for sawing down trees a few hundred years old...

They did also harm the aesthetics of the lines themselves.

Comment: It does not send that message (Score 1) 416

by SuperKendall (#48577415) Attached to: MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

It also sends a really clear message: "This behavior will not be tolerated."

The video has nothing to do with his behavior. Having it online benefitted others far more than himself.

The message it does send is that they are so afraid of controversy they are willing to hurt anyone rather than endure it.

Comment: You can't tell much with your head in the sand (Score 0) 180

by SuperKendall (#48547369) Attached to: Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

From what I can tell, they seem to accept none of that

That's pretty much bullshit since Uber pays for extra insurance for drivers, and screens them which means obviously Uber has some liability they are guarding against.

Where I live, to be a cab you need a commercial drivers license

Which is just a note that you have given the state extra money, of no actual value to anyone. Uber drivers have that though, just not UberX.

proper insurance

Which Uber provides.

regular vehicle inspections

UberX also makes sure you have a vehicle in good shape before you can drive

a tax license

Well THAT should stop the raping!

and are legally required to have a camera installed in your car.

Uber drivers are all tracked by GPS continuously and if they are smart have a camera in the car or voice recording app also. It's not magic.

Basically you've done no research and don't know what the hell you are talking about, but don't let that stop you from complaining.

Comment: You were shouted down because moron (Score -1, Troll) 180

by SuperKendall (#48547321) Attached to: Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

I mentioned that once before, and was roundly shouted down... By people who noted that Uber in fact DOES do background checks.

They may have had a failing in this case, but it's the exception rather than a rule and a problem with the division in India, not generally.

If you don't like being shouted down perhaps do some research before speaking?

Comment: It did too exist, the Timex Sinclair 2068 (Score 1, Informative) 110

by SuperKendall (#48545563) Attached to: Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

In the USA and Canada, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum did not exist.

In the U.S. I had a Timex-Sinclair 2068, which was basically the Spectrum but with some improvements.

It was a lot nicer to use and program for than the Timex-Sinclair 1000 (ZX-81), really a pretty solid machine and nice to program for.

It absolutely was a classic in every sense that the C64 was, just for a smaller group of people.

Comment: Re:You do set your own hours (Score 1) 545

by SuperKendall (#48541215) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

I agree that is some companies - I worked on things like that also.

But there are many, many smaller companies that need programmers where life is nothing like that. The great thing is that a competent programmer really can choose the kind of life that fits them best - some people actually fit in and like the environment you describe, but you can escape if not.

I posted what I did because I want younger developers to ponder the freedom they have and take advantage of it while it exists, and to really take themselves in a direction they want to go.

That's the really hard part though - getting an idea of where you want to go, and sometimes sitting at company for a while until you work that out makes sense.

Comment: Re:Apple had the best reason of all for a new lang (Score 1) 161

by SuperKendall (#48537051) Attached to: Why Apple, Google, and FB Have Their Own Programming Languages

If Apple had moved to a whitespace-active language I seriously would have switched to Android development.

Not even joking. I have used a lot of languages professionally and for fun, but I could not get past that aspect of Python and I can't see why such an insane design flaw would be any more tolerable in Nimrod.

It has so many dangers in terms of correctness and overlooked bugs...

There was one other language that bugged me in... Fortran... but at least there is only affected what was a comment, it didn't oversee control flow.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"