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Comment: Drilling race between soviets and Americans (Score 4, Interesting) 122

by areusche (#49094195) Attached to: The Science of a Bottomless Pit
Fun fact, during the space race there was also a less well known "Drill race" between the Soviet Union and America to see who could dig down the farthest. The Soviets won this by a long shot and as always found a lot of things that changed what we know about the composition of the Earth's crust. Most notably the farther they went down they noticed that the mud that bubbled up contained hydrogen and lots of water. They also noticed that the rock type didn't change at those depths (the reason seismic waves travel around the center of the earth instead of through it). The rock actually began to behave more like plastic at those depths! Learn more here

Comment: Step in the right direction (Score 3, Interesting) 247

by areusche (#47202197) Attached to: Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding
I've always been curious if it was possible for our system to eventually work itself out without the need for a bloody revolution. There has been so much malinvestment lately at the hands of entrenched political groups. I would be thrilled to see the US fix itself through its own system. My pessimism says otherwise though, but who knows.

Comment: Sounds like IT incompetence (Score 4, Insightful) 564

SCCM is pretty good. It makes my desktop techs jobs significantly easier to deploy assets company wide. In this case, it sounds like someone pressed some buttons without being 100% clear as to what was going on. Unfortunate someone will not be working in IT ever again.

Comment: Re:Comparative advantage is BS (Score 1) 522

by areusche (#46991385) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

Good point, I should have included that the US needs to stop antagonizing Russia and China. If our leaders want to play global bully then they need to understand that there's two sides of this coin. You can't project hegemonic power without a solid base to stand on. Putin said it best, "Everything in the world is interdependent and once you try to punish someone, in the end you will cut off your nose to spite your face.

Comment: Comparative advantage is BS (Score 5, Insightful) 522

by areusche (#46991231) Attached to: Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

This is exactly why comparative advantage is complete BS. When you let another foreign entity control your means of whatever it may be (rocketd, iPhones, car parts, tools, etc etc) you lose that ability to utilize it when the political poo hits the fan.

Watch the space shuttle program make a dramatic re-appearance. This is a massive national security issue that I bet no one brought up when they decided, "Gee, lets go and outsource our rockets and launches to a foreign power we've had cold relations with since the early 20th century."

This is what happens when people look solely at the bottom line. It gets a little hard to project your power into a region when that same region makes most of your equipment (I'm looking at you China!).

Comment: Delayed birth by women (Score 0) 558

I don't have science to back up my claim, but as a betting man i'd say delaying birth into a woman's 30s is probably what is driving up the autism rates. Men don't have a wall and a biological clock to contend to. Don't let the hamstering say otherwise, women who delay birth until their 30s+ have a higher rate of genetic diseases. As men, our sperm and "clock" is significantly more forgiving than a women's almost to the point of it being a non-issue.

Comment: Never going to happen (Score 4, Insightful) 400

Unless 3D printers can start molding metals, rubber, paint, and various other base materials then this is a non-issue. The article reads like 3D printers are going to become Star Trek replicators and somehow end the concept of branding. They're useful for fabricating small unique plastic parts, not making a stove, Benz, or Macbook Pro.

Comment: You can't prevent all bias. (Score 2) 112

by areusche (#46218411) Attached to: IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia

There is only so much bias you can remove from certain articles. Especially when this is a massive crowd sourced project. In all honesty, I trust the large amount of people who frequent these articles to help keep astroturfing to a minimum. You'd think by now, people would be good at critically looking at a piece of information and being able to identify the bias of the writer.

On a completely random side note, the value wikipedia provides for FREE is immense. Trust me, it is one of the best resources we have and the citations can help me find other details and continue reading if I so wish. If I was forced to go back in time to the 1500s and could only take one thing, I'd take this

Comment: Re:It's a bit sketchy, but I think you can (Score 2) 340

by areusche (#45988883) Attached to: Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please
Service provider, type of plane, and how high? I doubt you'll be able to do it. There's also some debate about how the "flight 93" survivors made their calls. Something that the 9/11 truth guys bring up. If you're flying a typical flight at cruising altitude you will be too high to make the calls. You were probably low enough to make the calls. Here's an interesting read on the whole flight 93 call thing:

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.