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Comment: Re:I propose the Extreme test. (Score 2) 377

Or for those who want to keep working and be productive:

If you are a liberal, do volunteer work saving lives in Ebola-infested areas or some other place with a humanitarian crisis in Africa or Middle East.

If you are a Republican, volunteer for an army tour of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq or Syria. Yes being old could be a problem. However those powered exoskeletons could make you strong.

Comment: Re:lots of wishing, no information. Nuclear powere (Score 1) 43

by Spy Handler (#47966651) Attached to: SkyOrbiter UAVs Could Fly For Years and Provide Global Internet Access

Their website is giving me a WordPress Error page after a lengthy timeout:

Warning: mysql_connect(): Lost connection to MySQL server at 'waiting for initial communication packet', system error: 95 in /usr/share/wordpress/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 1147

Before bringing the "internet to every corner of the world", they need to bring a better database to their Wordpress.

Comment: Re:Expectations (Score 1) 76

Do you realize how big the hypersonic glider would have to be to seat 140 people? (Hint: Boeing 737 doesn't even seat 140 people)

Your weight estimates could be correct but there is no way you're gonna fit a 140-seat glider in the Falcon 9 fairings.

Anyways 5 minute weightless suborbital flight is so 1961. I would just make a stretched version of Dragon that seats 20 people (no cargo) and send them into orbit for $50k each.

Comment: Why is Alibaba selling IPO in USA? (Score 4, Interesting) 190

by Spy Handler (#47951809) Attached to: Why a Chinese Company Is the Biggest IPO Ever In the US

It's a Chinese company located in China, and most of its business and customers are in China. So why is it doing its IPO on the US stock market?

Shouldn't NYSE/Nazdaq disallow this? SEC and FTC have no jurisdiction in China or anywhere else outside the USA. If a chinese company listed on NYSE did fraudulent accounting or whatever, SEC can't do jack shit about it.

The whole thing seems like a clever scheme by Chinese companies and Goldman Sachs to sucker money out of U.S. investors.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 2, Informative) 218

by Spy Handler (#47943017) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

What the tree huggers will find even more horrifying than chimp warfare is how lions kill baby lions.

True story. When the alpha male of a lion pride is challenged by another male lion and loses, the new lion takes over the pride. This happens inevitably as the the former alpha lion ages. Now the new head lion will often KILL all the lion cubs in the pride. Not because he's hungry, but because he doesn't like the fact that the baby lions are not his.

Comment: Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (Score 4, Insightful) 323

by Spy Handler (#47939733) Attached to: New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

West, just by the fact of existing, messed up Africa.

Before white men's ships arrived, Africans were living in their tribal villages leading simple agricultural or hunter/gatherer lives. Just as people all over the world have been doing for ten thousand years. It was no paradise, but they had a balance with natural forces where the population wouldn't grow faster than the food supply.

Then comes the white man with his antibiotics and high-yielding maize (which he got from the New World Indians, but that's another story). Suddenly infant mortality went down and crop yields went up and population could grow like crazy. But Africans never developed the institutions and social structures necessary to support a densely populated society that the Europeans and East Asians did. African nations today still run pretty much like they did thousands of years ago, local warlords taking power. Except now it's millions of people instead of a few villages.

Africans would've been infinitely better off left completely to their own devices. Would they still be living in stone age primitive societies? Yes. Would it be preferable to what they have now? Yes.

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