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Comment: Re:Terrific counter to Monsanto's herbicide messag (Score 1) 308

by ToddInSF (#47994975) Attached to: Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough
Short-term, sure, so long as you have cheap petro-chemical derivatives and a massive distribution system for it to dump into the soil chemical fertilizers.

But what happens when you destroy the microbial diversity of the soil, and what happens when you manage to loose the topsoil over time ? And what happens as the petrochemical derivatives become increasingly prohibitively inevitably expensive ?

You're seriously going to compare industrial-scale agriculture with automation and technologies with our ancestors using manual labor and animals ?

That's a classic fallacy for sure.

Comment: I havn't been in a classroom in a loooong time... (Score 1) 96

by ToddInSF (#47961573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?
How nice to see that teachers aren't skilled enough to do on their own what their students do every day -

Figure out how to use new software by going on-line to the appropriate sites and using search engines to answer questions.

This doesn't surprise me; most of the teachers I've had just plain sucked.

Comment: Re: No surprise (Score 1) 224

by ToddInSF (#47954885) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other
By making it compulsory ?

By "rescuing" people to an extent that it thwarts their own ability to be somewhat self-sufficient and resourceful ?

Seriously, do you really lack imagination to such an extent that you can't come up with exceptions to a rule on your own, much less find the obvious examples of those exceptions in the world around you ?

Challenging ones own assumptions is pretty basic stuff.

Comment: Re:perhaps pessimism goes in cycles? (Score 1) 191

by ToddInSF (#47930737) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future
To be fair, it was the Cold War and the very real threat of global annihilation loomed over our heads.

The burden of warning people about the future has always fallen more on Science Fiction than any other form.

The spirit of the age was a depressing one.

That having been said, dystopian stories are always about a glass half empty sort of deal. In that regard, the dystopian story has always been more grounded in reality than it has been given credit. The point being, something is always lost when something big and heralded as awesome is gained. You're supposed to think about the cost of the new, and recognize that it's not all kittens and puppies, that's what dystopian stories are for.

Comment: 3D printing carbon fiber (Score 1) 132

by ToddInSF (#47911283) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive
Is freakin' awesome.

Being an adult, I never for a moment expected the battery, drive train and electric motor to have also been printed, and did not expect this article to be about a 3D printed Cadillac-like car.

Some people seem to think 3D printing is somewhat hyped. I think the impact it has had already, much less is going to have, is decidedly understated.

Kind of reminds me of the early dial-up internet. Except 3D printing is developing WAY faster.

Comment: Re:That is science. (Score 1) 937

by ToddInSF (#47904421) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
You need to go back to school and take some philosophy and history classes.

Because your insistence that Science is some sort of incorruptible absolute ideal that transcends it sure looking like a belief system is certainly not supported by the historical facts of it's development, much less the many fields of human knowledge that contributed to it's evolution.

What you're calling and reducing to "science" is as dead a thing as any dogma.

Comment: Re:That is science. (Score 1) 937

by ToddInSF (#47904387) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
See, there you go - supporting a view of a particular belief system with nothing more than hyperbole and insults.

You're just like a religious fanatic that can't distinguish between philosophy, history, and science; much less recognize the interrelations and developmental aspects of them.

Good luck to you, you seem like a very happy person with all that smug going for you.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.