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Comment: Re:Which Species, and Why? (Score 1) 59

I have worked with this data. Its very short fragments and are far from complete. Hell even modern genomes are far from complete. We know that DNA is simply not long term stable unless preserved at very cold temperatures. Temperatures that just have not been around on earth for that long in a single location.

Comment: Re:And with that yoiu get POWER! (Score 1) 420

No you can't. There is entropy change pulling salt out of the water, that is the free energy of a system with a pile of salt and some fresh water is higher than with the two mixed. You must provide that energy. It turns out that energy is quite a bit and the pressure from the tides is not enough. Unless your reverse osmosis membrane has a min pressure across it, it won't work. Also you don't go as far as salt crystals because you need even more energy as the salt concentration increases. Thus you dump brine (extra salty sea water) back into the ocean.

Comment: Re:Getting it done, again. (Score 1) 121

by TheTurtlesMoves (#46926919) Attached to: Chernobyl's Sarcophagus, Redux
Low level waste is just that. Its stuff that may have some very low induced activity, typically from some exposure to neutrons. Most of the activity is gone after a few hours and almost all after a year or two. Activity is often so low you don't need special handling equipment.

This NOTHING like spent fuel waste.

Comment: Re:I am all for this research (Score 1) 71

Wrong. Don't pass go don't collect $200. Sure solar activity follows an 11 year cycle. But that simply means that the probability changes over that 11 years.. a bit. But not much. Its like having a 11 year cycle on how many lotto tickets you buy. Still does not make these events overdue.

The sun does not sit there and go "haven't sent a big flare in the direction of earth for 30 years.. better do one now". The chance of one in the next 11 years is no different from the last 11 years. Yea i have a masters in Astrophysics. Yes this is what the Scientist say. Not some uninformed /. who clearly knows nothing about statistics or the physics behind them.

Comment: Re:I am all for this research (Score 1) 71

We could also do well to have solar flare early warning and harden the power grid against the next Carrington event; which is overdue and expected every couple hundred years.

That is not how it works. Just because you haven't won lotto for the last 100 years does not make you more likely to win lotto this week because your "overdue".

If the chance of it happening is .5% per year, then it not happening for 200 years means the probability of the event next year is *still .5%*.

Comment: Re:To Big to Fail, Redux (Score 1) 351

by TheTurtlesMoves (#45927563) Attached to: Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

And I suspect you have no clue what fracitional reserve lending is.

Most people don't. They assume its something the "evil" banks do to steal your money. Bitcoin fans seem to have even a poorer grasp that others on average. And yet one of the main bitcoin faqs points out that fractional banking is quite possible with bitcoin.

Comment: Re:Just need some relays (Score 1) 143

by TheTurtlesMoves (#45927391) Attached to: Mars One Studying How To Maintain Communications With Mars 24/7
Well a 1 km cubic detector is not small, or the 20km particle acceleration to make the neutrinos. And after all that you going to have a very poor bit rate. Of course it still won't work since the sun pumps out a lot of neutrinos and that would kill the already very poor S/N ratio. The can go right through the sun... they can also go right through the detector.

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