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Comment: Re:As far as I'm concerned, Pluto is still a plane (Score 1) 77

by Shadowmist (#48544383) Attached to: Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

I really have problems with the "dominating its environment" rule in the IAU definition of a planet. Much more objective (and non-heliocentric criteria) should be used for defining a planet. Thank goodness the Kepler team has chosen explicitly to ignore the IAU rules when defining what is and is not a planet with their discoveries.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Kepler folks have been following IAU rules with the designation of planets, they're not naming them.

Comment: Why is Pluto's status an issue? (Score 1) 77

by Shadowmist (#48544333) Attached to: Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Trying to convince people that Pluto isn't a planet is about as sensible as trying to convince people that a kilobyte isn't 1024 bytes. Deal with it, and come up with a different name for whatever wacky definitions you want to use in future.

Trying to convince people that Pluto isn't a planet is about as sensible as trying to convince people that a kilobyte isn't 1024 bytes. Deal with it, and come up with a different name for whatever wacky definitions you want to use in future.

For most people, it's not an issue at all. For the remainder, I'd imagine it still would not be an issue if the discoverer of Pluto had been anyone but an American. That's the sticky wicket if they were truly being honest. What we finally have, that's been long neglected is a concise definition of what a planet is, and Pluto doesn't fit the bill. Any redefinition of the word planet to include Pluto would mean having to include hundreds of other bodies and that would mean that the Solar System would have planets that were in the main, nothing more than oversize snowballs.

Comment: Re:Six Years Ago (Score 2) 401

by Shadowmist (#48298965) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

The USA IS a republic (right there in our national anthem folks) and the 'progressive' left would be thrilled to change that.

Someone please enlighten me why the fixation on those five words? The Soviet Union called itself a union of Republics. The republic of Yugoslavia was a hotbed of boiling ethnic hatred waiting for the death of a ruling strongman to fly apart at the seams.The Republic of the Congo was an autocratic dictatorship also ruled by a strongman. (for that matter so was most of Greece during the Classical Age when they invented the word} When so many different types of countries can identify as a "republic", it essentially means that it's a term about effectively nothing.

Comment: Re:Republican gain a majority? (Score 1) 401

by Shadowmist (#48298939) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

The real point is that we need term limits for congress.

No.. No .. and NO! Term limits is stupid. You are just changing faces, not mitigating the corruption of the institution. The only problem is that voters won't vote out the corruption. I think they do so because it *brings home the bacon* and they want a piece. Term limits has not helped the presidency in any way. Henry Kissinger still has too much influence after almost 50 years! I will remind you too, if you want to see the ineffectiveness of term limits, look to Mexico.

I remember a whole bunch of fresh-faced Republicans who campaigned on platforms of term limits. Guess where every one of them stood on the issue two years later when THEY became the incumbents.

Comment: Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (Score 1) 401

by Shadowmist (#48298921) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

And that's horseshit.

It needs to be a mandated holiday at all levels, with elections taking place at the same time everywhere.

Here in Oregon all votes are cast by mail. If you can't mail it in time, then you drop it by a collection booth during a lunch break or something. Standing in line at the local school gym has become a thing of the past here. I've often wondered why more locales haven't adopted such a thing.

Because that would mean more people voting, and if they're likely to vote for the party you oppose, that would not serve your interests. The two parties each have favored tactics when it comes to screwing the vote. Republicans prefer to use voter suppression in areas that are largely non-white. Democrats do their best to eliminate choices to the mediocre as they either 1) Chase progressives from the party and 2] Demonise third party progressives which might actually get the job done.

Comment: Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (Score 1) 401

by Shadowmist (#48298903) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion

And that's horseshit.

It needs to be a mandated holiday at all levels, with elections taking place at the same time everywhere.

That would take a constitutional amendment at the very least, because the authors of the Constitution decided that States have the power to hold elections as they see fit, including Federal ones.

Comment: Re:I'm waiting for the doomsayers (Score 1) 610

by Shadowmist (#48140319) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

To decry wind energy, saying we're slowing the rotation of the earth down or something.

Actually we ARE doing that with tidal power stations. It's basic physics really, that energy we gain from tidal power has to come from somewhere. Just like when we use Jupiter to slingshot our space probes, we're actually changing ITS orbit as well. But it's nowhere near the scale to actually have a measurable effect, so I'm not really advocating that we shut them down.

Comment: Re:Thanks for reading it (Score 1) 610

by Shadowmist (#48140301) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

I had a simple gut feeling seeing a "study" ordered by the European Commission, which I absolutely don't trust for anything. The study is more like a school report and its authors are blatantly partial.

Ecofys is an energy company, part of Eneco group which among things has an interest in a huge wind farm off-shore south of UK called Navitus Bay.

At some point you're going to have to trust someone who has expertise you do not posess, unless you're a greater polymath than Paul Robeson was. Or your decisions will be totally determined by your prejudices, and the bully beef you ate last night.

Comment: Re:Too bad... (Score 1) 610

by Shadowmist (#48140277) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Any TRUE environmentalist should be screaming at the top of their lungs, protesting in the streets, to have more nuclear power built and shut down the damn coal plants that ARE spreading radiation everywhere!

And any true economics and safety analysis would also acknowledge that the nuclear power issue still has costs which have not been fully determined because we still don't have an answer to what to with the nuclear waste that's piling up in storage in temporary facilities. Long-lived lethal waste that we can't just smile and grin as it leaches out into the environment, waste that will need management for thousands of years when we've never done anything near that long term in an increasingly short-sighted society.

Comment: Re:Runaway Greenhouse (Score 1) 610

by Shadowmist (#48140203) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Please don't talk about runaway greenhouse effects here on Earth. It really isn't possible.

It isn't possible NOW. It WILL happen at the latest, about a billion years in the future when the Sun's solar output is about 25 percent brighter than it is today and exceeds the limit for what our biosphere can compensate.

Comment: Re:Too bad... (Score 1) 610

by Shadowmist (#48140183) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

I truly hope you're wrong - because if we burn all available fossil fuels then there is a very real possibility that we won't just be looking at high sea levels and global tropics and deserts, we'll be looking at a full on runaway greenhouse effect such as devastated Venus. .

We're not likely to push things that far. Long before we get to that point, we'll either be extinct, or have collapsed our civilization by that point from climate change effects.

Comment: Re: This white-knight shit needs to stop (Score 1) 724

by Shadowmist (#48081447) Attached to: Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Who's Us?

"Us" is all the people who have to live in a world where a fraction of the population uses violence and coercive power to get what they want and are looking forward to a post-state society.

Post state? Now that's truly laughable. Past coinage had sone inherent value from being bits of precious or semi-precious metal. Bitcoin couldn't even EXIST outside of a state society network and the infrastructure it maintains.

Comment: Re:This device is not new or interesting (Score 1) 651

by Shadowmist (#48058165) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

It would be interesting if the whole thing is a big sting operation. Anybody who places an order for one gets a FBI file.

It wouldn't have to be a sting operation. Since the US is monitoring the entire frigging Internet, including who reads this piece of drivel I'm writing, they can simply just flag any requests made to a site they label as "suspect". Which might still include Steve Jackson's Cyberpunk RPG game for all we know.

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