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Comment: Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (Score 5, Interesting) 128

by Rolgar (#47449279) Attached to: With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

I think this was a more time sensitive mission, because Pluto is moving farther from the sun and scientists warned (rightly or wrongly) that it was about to freeze, and they had a window to use a gravity assist from Jupiter to get the probe there much sooner, and there was also an earlier mission snowballed.

On the other hand, Io and Europa aren't going to be any different in 5 years than they would have been a few years ago when the probe would have reached those destinations, so those missions were not as high priority than the potential impact of Pluto's orbit that they weren't sure of when they green-lighted this mission 13 years ago.

Comment: Use a coop (Score 1) 338

by Rolgar (#46867443) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

I posted on this in Sept 2012. Best to use a coop to keep the ownership of the pipes out of the hands of the government (prevent censorship and conflicts of interest). You could even bundle up the electrical lines to keep overhead low, reduce conflicts over who owns & controls polls, line positioning, etc, and even bundle the two bills together to make everybody's life a little easier.

Comment: Re:yayy!!! Cheer our corporate fascist state! (Score 1) 87

by Rolgar (#46804795) Attached to: SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS

Look, if there was no profit, he wouldn't do it.

Think of it like this:

Possible outcomes assuming no profit: Elon looks at the deal, and the possible outcomes are: #1SpaceX is wildly successful, and breaks even. SpaceX is wildly successful and loses money because of unforeseen costs. SpaceX fails, and Elon loses most of his wealth. SpaceX succeeds but doesn't run a surplus/profit, can't set anything aside, and years down the road, a launch fails and there is no reserve funds to get them through the hard times and failure happens eventually. Elon loses interest, never starts SpaceX, because he doesn't foresee the profit to launch his own rockets to jump start space colonies because governments don't want to do it themselves, and the US space industry continues to rot.

Comment: Re:Biology workbook (Score 1) 770

by Rolgar (#45992085) Attached to: Creationism In Texas Public Schools

The Catholic Church doesn't have an official position on the age of the universe. If so, you should be able to find it in the Catechism of the Church. John Paul II and Benedict XVI both made comments friendly to non-atheistic environmentalism. A quote is often attributed to St. Augustine that the bible "tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go." A bishop was the plaintif in a lawsuit against Arkansas that, in the 1960s, removed the Creationism curriculum from the public schools.

Comment: Re:How long do metastatic cancer cells remain in t (Score 1) 55

by Rolgar (#45930059) Attached to: New Treatment Kills Metastatic Cancer Cells

I've read that eating enough green plant matter (leaves) will remove waste from the blood. I've read in several places that people have used vegan diets to control cancer (although I think it's more about eating more leaves, and not about rejecting protein).

I've heard/read that people that live a more primative lifestyle without our grain based diets don't have cancer, presumably because they eat more leaves.

Comment: My website (Score 1) 796

by Rolgar (#45844703) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Books Everyone Should Read?

I've created a website about the books I plan on making available to my children. It's called Fanatics4Classics. The book covers are affiliate links to Amazon 1) because hopefully it will support the site and 2) I like to read Amazon reviews for books, and hopefully others will find them useful as well 3) Amazon has covers for most books, and using their bandwidth is free.

I have an index (linked) of the best 800 fiction, philosophy & books about government and a huge history selection from Gutenberg (and torrents to download all of those books in either epub or mobi (for Kindle)).

The Amazon links include all of the Gutenberg books except the history (for those who like printed books or want to view the reviews) as well as another thousand books from the 20th century that are still under copyright. All of them are organized by reading level and genre.

The site is not completed yet. I'm planning on linking to the best works of Science and other areas of study, a much more extensive list of more modern history (because the our ability to research history is much better now), and links to other sites my wife finds useful in homeschooling our kids.

I'm doing this because my wife and I like the Thomas Jefferson Education model which promotes reading classics as a key component of education, and while they have a good selection of books on their site, I felt it was incomplete. Anyway, browse around, find something interesting, and read a book.

Comment: Re:The next task is to find a good book. (Score 3, Informative) 110

by Rolgar (#45818769) Attached to: Brain Function "Boosted For Days After Reading a Novel"

I've created a websiteabout the books I plan on making available to my children. It's called Fanatics4Classics. The book covers are affiliate links to Amazon 1) because hopefully it will support the site and 2) I like to read Amazon reviews for books, and hopefully others will find them useful as well 3) Amazon has covers for most books, and using their bandwidth is free.

I have an index (linked) of the best 800 fiction books and a huge history selection from Gutenberg (and torrents to download all of those books in either epub or mobi (for Kindle)).

The Amazon links include all of the Gutenberg fiction (for those who like printed books or want to view the reviews) as well as another thousand books from the 20th century that are still under copyright. All of them are organized by reading level and genre.

The site is not completed yet. I'm planning on linking to the best works of Science and other areas of study, a much more extensive list of history,and links to other sites my wife finds useful in homeschooling our kids.

I'm doing this because my wife and I like the Thomas Jefferson Education model, and while they have a good selection of books on their site, I felt it was incomplete. Anyway, browse around, find something interesting, and read a book.

Comment: Re:Healthcare (Score 1) 356

by Rolgar (#45573335) Attached to: Computer Model Reveals Escape Plan From Poverty's Vicious Circle

FYI, I'm a father of 4, and I make just over $50,000 a year. After filing, I've gotten a check of about $3000 each of the last 4 years after having nothing withheld for the entire year. I have a co-worker who is in a similar situation, and he actually lets our employer withhold money, so he gets an even bigger check.

Comment: Re:Where was the Press? (Score 4, Insightful) 494

by Rolgar (#45514907) Attached to: Healthcare.gov and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

Do you remember all of the Y2K stories for YEARS before the year 2000? Had people all worked into a frenzy that power plants and other equipment wouldn't work on 1/1/00. I've read that the White House is pretty hostile to any publication/reporter that prints a critical story. Pair that with the love certain media individuals have with Obama, and you get a whole lot of brushing stuff under the rug that 6 years ago was extremely hostile to a president that was pretty similar on policy and competence.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 419

by Rolgar (#45356149) Attached to: Blockbuster To Close Remaining US Locations

You might look at your local library. We do all library as we already pay for it in our taxes.

Understand, there's a bit of waiting involved. Usually from when a disk is released, the library doesn't have it available for another two weeks, and then you have to wait through the hold queue to before you get a copy. I've found at our library (Topeka KS), that if you make a recommendation to buy a disk before the item is in the catalog, they will put you on the list before it's officially started. So, if you want to watch something, you could ask for them to buy the next big movie before it's at the theater, and you will get a copy the first week the library has them available.

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