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Comment: Rats vs Snakes (Score 3, Interesting) 154

by TechnoCore (#48161317) Attached to: Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important
I used to work a small zoo. We fed the python snakes either rats or mice. Mostly live animals, since it was hard to get the snakes to eat otherwise. The mice didn't seem to even notice the snakes. They often climbed all over the curled snakes. I remember at one time a mouse climbed up on top and sat on the head of the python and cleaned itself. (before it got eaten)

The rats on the other hand immediately detected the snake as a threat. They hid behind things, keeping themselves obscured from direct line of sight of the snakes.

I have also had both rats and mice as pets. The rat I could teach to come to me when I whistled, the mice not so much... though maybe that was because I never tried to really train the mice. But I'm not convinced.

Comment: Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (Score 1) 276

by TechnoCore (#48107657) Attached to: No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED
You do understand that the peace price is supposed to be a political price. It's very nature when created was kind of controversial. At the time Sweden and Norway were in a union. Mr Nobel split the prices so all prices are rewarded from committees in Sweden, except the peace price which is rewarded from a committee in Norway. Maybe because he thought Sweden at the time were more militaristic than Norway.

It is sometimes given to people in a position to do good, but haven't actually done so yet. Like peer pressure or an encouragement I guess.

Comment: Re:The problem with double standards. (Score 1) 292

by TechnoCore (#48050703) Attached to: 35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska
Are you for real? ..."the idea wouldn't have taken off as a result of Al Gore's film"?

The debate on global warming didn't start with Al Gore's film. It started in the 80's, when rising global temperatures where established. It was just called the green house effect back then. And it was in the news all the time from 80's and throughout the 90's. IPCC was started in 1988. And in the late 90's everybody thought there would soon be an international treaty within a few years. Just like there had been mid 80's to handle CFC's.

Tragically what happen early 2000ths is that big oil identified it as a serious threat against profit and started pumping in insane amounts of lobby money into discrediting the science. Before that there was just a scientific debate using a growing mountain of evidence. Funny that, yes?

I have yet to see a global warming denier being a skeptic. Since being a skeptic requires you to employ the scientific process. All I see are idiots parroting long ago refuted claims.

Comment: Snowden the only leak? (Score 1) 383

by TechnoCore (#45697601) Attached to: NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden's Data Trove
Even though if the intentions were to only use the data against criminals, terrorists and what not, the fact is that this data will be leaked again and again. How many more people than Snowden at NSA got hold of data, but did not go public with it, but maybe sold it? A system as large as NSA is running can never be totally secure. Just to running it, and to make any use of it it requires thousands of people to have access. This alone is an argument for not storing all data you can. Because it is not only you who will access it. Your enemies will too.

Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 128

Actually, the amount of hydrogen used within a star before it starts to collapse is just a fraction of the total amount the star contains. It is only the hydrogen in the very core that runs out. Hydrogen in outer layers cannot get into the center, since it is blocked by heavier elements over time, and hence cannot fuse. If we (humanity) in the future could come u with a way to stir the star, so more of the outer layers of hydrogen could get into the center, then the Sun could run for more than hundreds of billions years. (Instead of a few billion we have left now)

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