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Comment: Re:What if we overcorrect? (Score 1) 338

That was all very well said. Which is why I'm replying it!

If we know that we're the problem, then I think we should seriously consider seeding the oceans with iron or whatever materials necessary to cause blooms of plankton.

The theory I've usually heard is that there are blooms that then die and fall to the bottom of the ocean as a form of carbon sequestration.

What if these blooms actually fed new and existing ecosystems. Baleen whales and other such fishes. It would make amends for all of the whaling and fishing humans have done. Their biomass is also effective carbon sequestration.

In all seriously though, we really need to ramp up nukes fast. They'd have to be mass produced factory-built for it to really work. Preferably lead cooled traveling wave reactors. Those are tight. I think there are some corrosion issues though that are currently being investigated. Perhaps the new field of 2d materials could provide some new insight into reactor material sciences.

Comment: Re:Resolution is not the hard-to-solve problem.. (Score 1) 135

by Scottingham (#46701397) Attached to: A 2560x1440 VR Headset That's Mobile
Can't speak for the dude, but I think that the single LED w/micro mirror approach painting an image directly onto your retina like an old CRT is going to win. It can fool what we're focusing on. This current approach never gets beyond the 'you are still looking at a screen inches from your eyes'.

The current tech has the resolution at about 320x200 or something like that. Obviously to low for now. But even reviews of that resolution said that it was still eerily lifelike and different from a regular screen

Comment: Re:Alright, alright,alright (Score 2) 94

by Scottingham (#46694933) Attached to: For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal
It's a good question. The best solution I can come up with (conspicuously short on details) is nuke powered (in sub-basement) pre-fabricated highrises. Social interaction and fulfillment (since jobs availability for all shouldn't be assumed) will be computer game/mmo based for education and coordination of other 'meat space' social activities.

This obviously assumes a lot of post scarcity tropes. Indoor hydroponic farming, on-site fabrication, carbon based electronics, etc

Comment: Re:Need for long-term view of society (Score 1) 516

The only potential solution I can think of is what some have called 'Computational Socialism'.

The way I see it, all power corrupts and that the government's role should be to provide for its citizens. If we accept the tenet that all power corrupts then we should make every attempt possible at removing people from the equation in government. The vast majority of functions a government makes are mechanistic and often require so many variables that no person could make a logical decision. These should be governed by algorithms that are clear and open source. Decisions made by the algorithm also provide 'proofs' for how the policy was created. It is the people's job to check and verify the proofs and use them as a basis for arguments one way or the other. Tweaking of the algorithms should be evidence based and with public support.

Get people out of government!

Comment: Re:Math, do it. (Score 1) 1043

by Scottingham (#45940259) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs
I've often thought about the problem of having more children in order to continue benefits. The solution that I can think of would involve providing a bonus benefit for mothers on welfare that agree to go on contraception (iud, or injection). It would be *much* cheaper in the long run to not only give birth control for free, but to pay them to take it!

Comment: Re:I keep warning you and you keep laughing... (Score 1) 231

by Scottingham (#45329175) Attached to: How Elon Musk Approaches IT At Tesla
Booo! The only Simpsons worth knowing is the 90s Simpsons, after about 2001 they were a husk of what they once were. Further, that is one of the best episodes from the series!

GiT, I normally love your insightful comments. Not sure how knowing episodes from a 90s cartoon is 'hip', but I'll take it! If you haven't seen the episode yourself, I highly recommend it.

Comment: Centrifuge (Score 3, Insightful) 129

by Scottingham (#45070705) Attached to: 11-Year-Old Coloradan Will Brew Beer In Space, By Proxy
I would imagine that you would have to centrifuge it to get the yeasties to settle properly as they do back on Terra Ferma. Also, I doubt the bubble airlock would work properly in zero g as well.

The concept is still pretty interesting though. I wonder how the yeast-sugar interaction would be in zero g.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen