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Comment Re:Mars isn't going anywhere. (Score 1) 173

Maybe the first step would be to build solar energy collectors at different points in orbit around the sun. Future spacecraft could then dock at these "space fuel stations" to refuel. The same should be done with communication arrays, to slowly but surely expand communication capabilities across the solar system.

Once you have the energy, and the communications then you can start thinking about interplanetary spaceships. These should probably be "manned" by remote controlled robots instead of humans though. At least until they have paved the way for us.

Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 1) 369

Most of the articles I read, especially on scientific topics, are written in a professional, yes, unbiased, matter-of-fact way.

But of course, if your perception has been decalibrated so much off common-sense that scientific statements seem "biased" to you, then there might be something wrong with your sensory input stimuli. I believe one of the most common cases of this psychological disorder in the US is prolonged exposure to Fox News channel.

Comment Re:Climate has never not been changing. (Score 2) 369

North America has often been getting our (Europe) dose of winter the last couple of years. Last couple of years temperatures where I live never got below the freezing point. Now its mid November and we have been getting almost 20 degrees C (68F) on some days. In central Europe winters have been noticeably warmer and we barely get any snow anymore.

Seriously, anyone doubting climate change and global warming, simply educate yourself and read the Wikipedia articles on it. They are scientific, to the point and unbiased.

Unless you are one of those people who think that reality and science has a liberal bias... then there is no helping you.

Comment Re:Real smart fella (sarcasm) (Score 1) 518

I think he phrased that wrong. What he probably meant to say is, that ISIS does not regard itself as being evil. For them, we are evil, with our pornography, homosexuality, atheism, idolism, liberalism and other lack of "morals". They consider themselves the righteous defenders of the one true faith, doing the right thing by punishing the unbelievers.

I think a large part of what is happening these days with islamic extremism can be attributed to "culture shock". Many people underestimate the importance of culture to societies, and with all the global news and social network of modern times, everyone on the globe is being confronted head on with liberal western culture. To many people who grow up in ultra-conservative, quasi medieval third world contries, a lot of that western stuff is perceived like pulling down your pants and shoving your dick in their face.

Comment Re:Feedback welcome! (Score 3, Informative) 37

Hi Andreas,

I'm a big fan of Civ games, and I think I have played them all, from Civ 1-5 to the Call of Powers, Freeciv, AlphaCentauri and C-evo. One thing I often wonder about is the striking disparity between the quality of the AI's in these games. Strangely enough, it seems that for some reason the AI of the community games is usually much, much stronger than the commercial versions. Experienced players can get a good challenge on even ground playing Freeciv or C-evo, whereas in commercial Civ games ramping up the difficulty usually means giving bonuses and cheats to the AI.

Why are game companies so bad at writing a decent AI for a civ game? Or why is the community so good at it?
Freeciv is open source - and all Civ games are very similar in the core aspects. You'd think the problem of implementing a good AI has been "solved" for this type of game. Yet the AI of the latest game in the series Civ-5 is again ridiculously incompetent.

Comment Re:From one Lion's Den into another (Score 1) 173

And I am supposed to accept your verdict based on what evidence? Your say-so?

Based on the facts that
- Russia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists

- Russia has one of the lowest press freedom indices in the world

- There is a clampdown taking place in Russia on all independent media
- there are confirmed "Troll Factories" in Russia spreading lies and propaganda on social media across the world

Really, I could provide 500 other sources on all that's wrong with Russian media, but frankly I'm getting tired of fiddling with the A HREF's.

But let me guess, you're Russian (or from a Russian-friendly nation, such as Serbia) and you consume your news mainly from Russian sources?

Comment Re:Weather of Climate? (Score 1) 273

Second, all the extra energy caused by man-made so-called Climate Change (renamed, because it was patently obvious that the "Global Warming" lie wasn't working anymore)

Why don't you first educate yourself, for example, you might want to read the Global Warming article on Wikipedia, before calling it a "lie". Makes you look like a moron.

Comment Re:What's with this headline? (Score 1, Funny) 313

I realize this sounds weird and paranoid, but from years of experience on Slashdot, I have gotten the strong impression that there is some kind of pro-nuclear lobbying going on on this site. Articles with a pro-nuclear tone, well formulated posts critical of nuclear energy being modded down rather insistently...
But of course there is the possibility that its the Slashdot crowd itself who is on average very pro-nuclear, giving this kind of impression.

Comment Re:alternately: (Score 2, Interesting) 492

Doesn't all of this inflated cost mean it's time to MOVE?
Shouldn't there be some market-correcting free capitalism thing going on? Companies moving elsewhere, where costs of living are not blown out of proportion? I'm sure there are plenty of other neat spots in Caly. Yeah, there's this great vibe and synergy going on there, but I thought cutting corners and being efficient with resources was one of the mantras of this whole startup craze.
Seriously, is the place built on a cursed, native American graveyard or something? You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave.

Comment Re:Hub (Score 1) 229

I broke a front USB port recently - my headphones were connected, I tripped on the cable and a jerk twisted the USB port.
Windows 10 reported an error on screen that "There has been a power surge on a USB port and the device has been disabled" or some such. So perhaps, at least Windows 10, seems to be able to detect power surges.

Comment Re:Yeah, makes perfect sense... (Score 2) 336

I was being extremely generous with the salaries and accounted 1 million for equipment, which is ridiculous unless London police are driving Ferrari's. Sure, there are management costs, but somebody was managing these police officers anyway, whether they were monitoring Assange or not.

Actually, I made a mistake above only considering the costs of one year. 18 million was the cost for three years of montoring.

But even if we double the labor costs of a police officer (200.000$ a year), and multiply by three, this still leaves
10 million unaccounted for.

I just can't believe it costs 6 million a year to have somebody who is stationary professionally monitored 24/7.

I work in IT industry, and we have a team of about 10 qualified and well paid professionals working on complex technical projects that cost our customers only a fraction of that.

Comment Re:Yeah, makes perfect sense... (Score 4, Insightful) 336

Why does every piece of crap the government does always cost millions? What's the salary of a police officer? Lets be generous and for easy calculation say 100k in London. Say you have three police officers involved (2 in a car, monitoring, one in the office) working 8 hour shifts, so you need three shifts, meaning 9 police officers, lets make that 10.

10 police officers for 100k a year is a million bucks. How does it cost EIGHTEEN times as much? Give another million for the cars and surveillance equipment, office work, whatever. How are the other 16 million justified?

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