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Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 328

Why not go all out and just evacuate the wings for maximum lift? Moron.

AFAIK the problem is if you make it big enough for the effect to be meaningful, it takes up too much space. So my question phrased more properly is, can you just stack them, or is there some property which makes that infeasible?

Comment Re:Establishment clause (Score 1) 261

No, sorry, that's not true. "Your community" has no input into whether you build 300 ft structures on your 1000 ac of private property out in unincorporated land.

HAW HAW HAW

Tell you what. Go forth and give it a shot, and see how it goes — make sure to defend it to the bitter end. You won't have to get back to us to let us know how it went, because you'll be on the news.

Comment Re:Anything the US does is suspicious (Score 1) 268

Is there any evidence that Un is actually insane? He maintains a power structure that benefits himself, by having it also benefit those around him so that they have a vested interest in maintaining it too. That is rather different to mental illness though.

They're going down a road with nothing good at the end, and they have ample examples to see that. How is it not mental illness?

Comment Re:Nuclear Cargo Ships (Score 1) 328

The little problem with this option and with the current international laws at sea is that after about 30-40 years ship wrecks are often sunk at some place nobdoy looks at.

Yeah, you would have to put some serious controls on the system. It isn't going to happen any time soon. Under current systems you'd basically have to have the military operate such vessels.

Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 328

Turbines are better if you need steady thrust and can tolerate high rotational velocities. So they work fine for large airplanes, but are not that useful for VTOL aircraft (which is the goal here).

VTOL is not a must-have, it's a nice-to-have. It's not like we haven't room for airstrips. We have.

They are also extremely expensive.

Sure, but so are batteries. Money gets spent all over.

Comment Re:Establishment clause (Score 1) 261

f I wanted to place a 300 foot cross on my property in my neighborhood, I wouldn't be allowed. If I wanted to pan for gold, I wouldn't be allowed.

Generally, you can do both of those things on private property. You are restricted from doing them if you bought your property without mineral rights or if you bought property where there are CC&Rs or zoning restrictions.

Actually, you're only half right. You're right about the panning for gold, but absolutely not about the cross. Any structure that large will surely fall afoul of some kind of restriction. You will at minimum require a permit. You can't just go off half-cocked and do it. There will be meetings, and your community will decide if you can build something that big. If someone complains there will be more meetings.

Comment Re:Unhelpful Whining (Score 1) 261

as for the negative consequences, maybe they didn't want a large industrial installation on top of what the local community feels is a natural resource?

No. No, that is not at all possible. That is not possible because there is already a large industrial installation on top of what the local community used to use as a natural resource, also known as a rock quarry. The local community doesn't use the site at all now; it's actually set aside specifically for building telescopes.

Comment Re:The difference between abstraction and reality (Score 3, Interesting) 261

That's my point. Ours tend to be the types that can keep to themselves. Theirs are the kind that can't.

What? No. There is no kind of religious type that can keep to itself once it gets the power to start forcing other people to live like them. There are some kinds of religious, though, whose beliefs inherently prevent them from amassing such power. You're not going to see the Amish forcing anyone to live like them any time soon because their religion forbids them taking up arms. They don't have the means, and their lifestyle forbids them acquiring them, so it's not going to happen.

The only thing that stops any particular Christian sect from going bad (they all have the same book more or less, so they all can justify any kind of bad behavior if they cross their eyes just right when they read it) is other competing sects, and the fact that their numbers are all dwindling. The only religion growing right now is Islam, and IMO that's only because they have a large captive audience to which they can sell their story. Depressed people are easy targets for religion. Bring up quality of life in the places they're making inroads and you'll see them falter rapidly. Nobody happy needs religion.

Comment Re: This is why we can't have nice things (Score 1) 261

In a city, sure. Rural land, not so much. Though it's changing as counties belly up to the bar.

Anywhere in Lake County, CA, it costs more in permits to build a single-bedroom dwelling than it does to buy the materials. There is some $30k in mandatory fees and permits involved. Lake County is rural by any definition. Welcome to America...

Comment Re:And for what? (Score 1) 261

Thanks for saying this, this is what I have said in basically every discussion on this subject so far. Why are we building bigger scopes on the planet when they belong on the far side of the moon, isolated from our light and radio noise? Yeah, it's a big project. Compared to going to Mars, landing the elements of a radio telescope array on the moon seems trivial... like a solved problem, really.

Comment Tying shoelaces requires more than squishy fingers (Score 1) 20

We are nowhere near making a robotic manipulator with even half the abilities of the human hand. Not only can it be moved in a fairly astounding range, but its sensor capabilities are phenomenal. When I am soldering or doing automotive repair, each hand often does two or three different things at once! e.g. hold this, twist that, pull on this other thing, hold that out of the way, sense which way this thing is pointed, feel out the place where the part goes... Lots of people are making soft robots, but nobody is even vaguely close to demonstrating a prototype of a sensor as versatile as your fingertip.

Comment Re: A machine... (Score 1) 464

Manga are drawings that don't even depict the likenesses of real people. They look completely cartoony and fake. That fact that you can't separate a cartoon caricature from real life shows that you have some real insecurities and mental problems.

To what do you attribute the rise of the "furry"? Me, I blame it on Bugs Bunny in drag. No, but seriously, my generation grew up watching anthropomorphized animals on TV, and came to associate with them. One of the first sources of that funny feeling in my pants was Cheetarah on Thundercats. No, I do not fuck in fursuits, nor do I own one, or wear one on TV... but even so, it would surprise me if the two phenomena weren't related. We learned to empathize with anthropomorphized animals as children.

Comment Re:A machine... (Score 1) 464

Would the cowards mod-bombing me please step forwards and state why you feel it's okay to use the moderation system this way.

No, they won't, because they're cowards. The only reason they haven't committed suicide is that death is scary. If they had the courage to come forwards and associate their name with their moderation, they'd also have the courage to do something other than mod you down.

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