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Comment: Re:Polution tax (Score 1) 156

by bjwest (#46766987) Attached to: Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

ahem ahem .... next time you go to walmart, the cheapest microwave oven is going to be $800

This will move us back from the throw away mentality we're at now by making it more economical to repair than replace. It will also create jobs, as now we need the repair shops we once had. Maybe it'll bring back quality to the products as well, who knows? It'll be a good thing, at any rate, for both the environment and us.

Comment: Re:Other animals (Score 1) 351

by bjwest (#46707673) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Did you even read what you referenced? The whole article is about how the Europeans were responsible for the devastation you're trying to put off on a native plague.

Well, no, not the whole article. There's this, which I imagine is what he was referring to: "Little known outside the circle of a few forensic epidemiologists, though, is the fact that the deadliest plague of all in the Americas was very possibly a home grown virus."

Reading the remainder of the paragraph "It mutated in the chaotic environment of post-Conquest Mexico. In a series of outbreaks during the 1500s, the mega-plague wiped out 95% of the indigenous population of the Mexican Highlands. It is also the most likely culprit for a massive depopulation of the Southern Highlands around 1585-1600 that left most of its landscape uninhabited." This "home grown virus" spread post-Conquest, which means it was most likely something that came over with the Europeans and mutated here. This would still make the Europeans responsible.

Comment: Re:Other animals (Score 1) 351

by bjwest (#46704213) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Natives Americans were fairly populated, just divided into several tribes. Without any major population wiping disease.

This is a random link - I'm sure you can find more with a quick search: http://www.examiner.com/articl...

The only reason that the Europeans had a chance was because the Native American population was already decimated. Not saying that it's "ok" or anything like that, but thems the facts.

Did you even read what you referenced? The whole article is about how the Europeans were responsible for the devastation you're trying to put off on a native plague. The very act of contact is what started the (most likely smallpox) plague that devastated the native populations. The American population was doing just fine until the Europeans showed up.

Comment: Re:"smallpox OR guns OR other unknown diseases" (Score 1) 351

by bjwest (#46703853) Attached to: Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
The sentence is talking about a group of people. Some in this group died from smallpox, some died from guns, some died from other unknown diseases. Thus the statement " they (sic) indigenous people die from smallpox and guns and other unknown diseases" is perfectly sound.

Comment: Re:Here's what I want to know... (Score 1) 89

by bjwest (#46436547) Attached to: How Tutankhamun's DNA Became a Battleground
Why do you have him waiting until he was 17? This is way before the stigma against sex that came with the invention of a single god. I'd say he was active and able to father children around 13 or so. Being, at the time, the most powerful figure on the planet and in his sexual prime, he most likely had sex more than once a week from puberty on.

Comment: Re:I have the solution right here: (Score 2) 62

by bjwest (#46382409) Attached to: Cisco Offers $300,000 Prize For Internet of Things Security Apps
None of this crap needs to be directly connected to the internet with it's own IP address. None of it! Every house with internet access already has an address and all that's needed is a good router to route things where they need to go. Most homes with more than one device, be it multiple computers, DVD/Blu-Ray players, TV's, game systems or whatever, already use this system. My frigging refrigerator, whether it's intelligent or not, does not need it's own IP any more than each room in my house needs it's own street address.

We're trying to put too much crap on the internet directly. The only thing this is going to do is cause major security problems. Now, instead of one single point of entry to secure, we have to worry about each devise.

Comment: Re:Or we could just go back to the Constitution (Score 1) 97

by bjwest (#46304653) Attached to: White House Takes Steps Against Patent Trolls

Originally patents were for 13 years with one renewal by the original Person that applies and copyright was for 17 years with one renewal by the original Person that applies.

Go back to that and all the problems disappear.

Along with most of the patents in the world... But that's your point right?

And what's your problem with that? Patents and copyrights weren't intended for the perpetual siphoning of money to the corporations and descendants of the inventor/creator. If you can't make back your investment in 13 years with plenty of profit to spare, oh well. If someone else comes along after that, finds a market, and makes a profit - well sucks to be you, you blew it.. If you're living off the royalties of your grandfathers, or even fathers work, then get off your lazy ass and do something yourself.

Comment: Re:Didn't they lease or sell one recently? (Score 2) 342

Didn't they lease or sell one recently to SpaceX or one of the other private companies? Sounds like the money was already allocated as well, so what's the damage?

The damage is the cost of completing the tower (so far unspent monies) and the $840,000/year maintenance fee. Fuck that the money was already allocated bull shit. If it's not needed and won't be used, reallocate the remaining funds somewhere (preferably within NASA, since that's where the money was really allocated) it won't be nothing but waste.
This "allocated funds need to go where they were allocated no matter what the current situation" and "spend it or lose" it crap is responsible for so much waste, it's ridiculous.

slashdot, fix your damn editor to recongnise a blank line as a fucking line brake, like everyone else in this century.

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