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Comment: Re:Radiation... (Score 1) 47

by beheaderaswp (#46831035) Attached to: NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

A high energy electromagnetic field will do just fine. Works on earth... it will work in space.

You just need a fusion reactor. At the moment- we don't have one. Or some other high capacity, small size, energy source not yet envisioned.

NASA, while not saying it, is probably waiting on an energy technology.

Where is element 115 when you need it? Someone call Bob Lazar!!!

Comment: Re:Many warmer periods in the past with no AGW (Score 1) 864

Other than learning from it, yes, historical non-anthropogenic global warming is indeed irrelevant to us today. The past teaches us about the present, but doesn't affect us directly. It's still beyond me why you're so hung up about this.

And thanks for so clearly demonstrating my point about wilful blindness. Not what you wanted to hear? Must be drivel, and just to be sure let's call it political too.

Comment: Re:Down the river... (Score 2) 246

by lgw (#46829819) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

There seems to be some kneejerk reaction on /. that saying "government isn't helping us" == "let the corporations win". That's the false dichotomy. With a government owned by the corporations, there's no "government or corporations" in play. There's no choice like that right now. The choice is "more corporation-run government" or "less corporation-run government".

Comment: Re:I informed you thusly... (Score 1) 246

by MightyYar (#46829613) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

You are projecting your idea of evil. Some small percentage of people probably actually liked Mitt Romney. I know people who positively worship Obama, despite his having very few policy differences from Bush II. Even as much as I disliked both guys and refused to vote for either of them, I don't know if I'd go so far as to call them evil.

No candidate will ever align with my beliefs 100%. Not even my wife agrees with me on everything in the political sphere. Sometimes you have to compromise and pick the best choice that is offered.

Comment: Re:Wrong battle. (Score 1) 246

by MightyYar (#46829577) Attached to: F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

I think that number ignores all of the financing they pay on the debt they used for their build out. Verizon is simply not all that profitable. Their gross profits are in the 60-70% range, which gives credit to your number - but net profits bounce between positive and negative territory.

Comment: Re:Not really needed anymore. (Score 1) 355

Yes, I want to be clear that I think this Supreme Court decision was a good one. I do not like racial preferences, even as a means to right wrongs. I think it also leaves intact the valuable parts of Affirmative Action.

Here's the order that Kennedy signed, and here is Johnson's order.

Now, Johnson's order has definitely been used to justify quotas. Nixon famously did this, and Reagan famously failed to undo this. I don't think the concept is totally without merit, but I think it is misguided, counterproductive, and sets a dangerous precedent that runs counter to the larger goal of equality.

Comment: Re:Not really needed anymore. (Score 1) 355

Especially how is bias eliminated when the source of the bias external?

It is not necessarily addressed. The external source has to be corrected.

What about Northern Michigan University, local population is 4.4% black?

If the places that their students are coming from are less than 5% black, and if everything else were equal, then you would expect the school to be about 5% black as well. Of course, it is much more complicated than that.

Chemist who falls in acid is absorbed in work.