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Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 498

by Raenex (#48037435) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

He literally was weeks away from losing everything. If that Space-X flight had not worked, all his money would literally have gone up in smoke.

If this is true (so far undocumented), then he's an idiot. What's far more likely to be true is he reserved a small fortune so that he could live comfortably for the rest of his life.

Comment: Re:Mars has no magnetosphere (Score 1) 498

by Raenex (#48036567) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Take all that money and just pay off 5% of the population's houses. Those people, now freed from having to grind on the treadmill for their housing, could start small businesses... circulating money in the economy.

Well this is pretty dumb. Housing is a big expense, but so is food, transportation, and all the other miscellaneous things that people routinely spend money on. People aren't going to start a small business just because there house is paid off.

We'd have zero unemployment and a lot more happiness. The economic repercussions would be staggering.

Looks like just another government handout that's supposed to magically cure the economy.

Comment: Re:Calls from Credit Cards on "Suspicious Activity (Score 1) 78

by Raenex (#48027221) Attached to: Medical Records Worth More To Hackers Than Credit Cards

It's a debit card. The fact you can use it to pay for something at the checkout doesn't make it a credit card. There is no credit involved.

It's both. You have the option to use it as a credit card:

"When you sign for your purchases, you get security protections that help prevent, detect and resolve fraud. Many rewards programs also require you to sign to collect rewards points. However, if you PIN for your Visa Debit card transactions, you may not receive the same security protections for Visa Debit card transactions not processed by Visa."

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 635

by Raenex (#47919549) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

And you'd be factually wrong. There is such a thing as being so open-minded your brains fall out, and you're unwittingly demonstrating this with your false equivalence.

All I'm demonstrating is your tribalism and ignorance on display. You can be emotional and unintelligent on any side of the issue.

His "argument" about Al Gore was hardly nuanced, he's just giving the argumentum ad Goram cover because he happens to sympathize with the deniers, and that's enough in my book.

On display.

Comment: Re:It's getting hotter still! (Score 1) 635

by Raenex (#47917667) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

Right, tribalism and ignorance. I can flip your statement to: "Alarmists have nothing interesting or worthwhile, or even reality-based to say at this point, so there's no point in annoying myself by reading their drivel."

But besides that, he gave a nuanced argument about Al Gore that had nothing to do with denying the scientific position of climate change. Yet you immediately labeled him a denier and ignored him.

Comment: Re:How to avoid this sort of infringement? (Score 2) 137

by Raenex (#47843043) Attached to: Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

It's almost certain the band had innocently re-invented the same sequence of notes.

How do you come to a determination of "almost certain"? It would seem just as likely that they stuck it in there because, as Wikipedia writes, "Until this high-profile case, "Kookaburra"'s standing as a traditional song combined with the lack of visible policing of the song's rights by its composer had led to the general public perception that the song was within the public domain.[30][31]"

What's ridiculous is that such an old song by a long-since dead person is still under copyright.

Comment: Re:anacdotal evidence (Score 1) 643

by Raenex (#47782293) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

And why should you have to?

Ideally, you shouldn't, and cops would always act according to enlightened principles. In reality, cops are people too, and the smart thing to do is not provoke them needlessly.

Should we beat rude people until they are less rude? Put them in prison? Take their property? Shoot them in the face?

Of course not.

Comment: Re:Oh good lord. (Score 1) 225

by Raenex (#47644729) Attached to: Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

Allow me to paraphrase your comment.

Allow me to paraphrase your comment: I'm a jackass who thinks nothing substantial can be said when opinion counts, even when the accomplishments are well-documented and acknowledged by the larger scientific community. I also entertain spurious allegations about Eisenstein having plagiarized his wife, which has no credible evidence.

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