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Comment: The end of the world (Score 4, Interesting) 185

by blogagog (#43828645) Attached to: Tests Show That Deadly New Flu Could Spread Among People
The older I get, the more I realize that there are very many people in the world who just don't feel comfortable unless there is some horrible world-ending danger looming over mankind. And it's usually wildly overblown. Here's a short list of all of the things that are supposed to kill me - nuclear war, nuclear power, the end of the ozone, the end of the rain forests, global warming, and pandemics, just to name a few. I'm sure I left out a ton of false armageddons from that list. Overfishing, fertilizers, the end of oil and gas, and clear cutting forests are also supposed not to kill, but to cause us irreparable harm some time between 50 years ago and 'just around the corner'. You can only cry wolf so many times before no one believes you. I'm getting so cynical, I may take up smoking.

Comment: I suspect (Score 1) 312

by blogagog (#43534859) Attached to: The Dark Side of Amazon's New Pilots
I suspect that this is not a problem for anyone but a minor chunk of Slashdot readers. Who bothers with linux anymore? I supported you, but the war's over and you lost. After 20 years, Linux still sucks. It sucks just like Unix did. It's why we abandoned both of them. They suck. It's time to give up and move on to something that may be of value to the masses. Unix sux. OS2 sucks. CP/M sucks. Grow up and get over it. I won't be offended when you vote my comment down. It's expected from true believers in unix/linux.

Comment: The catalyst is not the problem (Score 1, Insightful) 191

by blogagog (#43317173) Attached to: New Catalyst Allows Cheaper Hydrogen Production
If you had a perfect catalyst that allowed you to convert water to hydrogen and oxygen 100% efficiently (which of course we can never find), it would still not be cost effective. All you'd be doing is converting fossil fuels --> energy --> hydrogen. There is no good reason to do this. Hydrogen is significantly less easily transported than liquid fuels. It's even significantly less transportable than CH4 if you compare the energy/volume ratio. Making a grid of hydrogen suppliers would be painfully inefficient to the point of absurdity. H2 is not the energy of the future. I'm not knocking hydrogen. It works great in the sun. Just not as a non-fusion source of energy.

Comment: Not $85 billion (Score 5, Informative) 277

by blogagog (#42978259) Attached to: How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies
The automatic sequestration will only remove $44 billion from this year's budget. Bigger cuts will occur in later years. But you should know that the government will still spend more this year than last, despite the sequestration. It's just that the increase won't be as much. The crying of poverty is just political BS.

Comment: Summation (Score 3) 156

by blogagog (#42213539) Attached to: New Theory About the Source of Pioneer Space Probe Deceleration
If you don't feel like reading the very long and mostly unrelated story, here is the gist: "The puzzling deceleration was produced by the asymmetric radiation of waste heat created onboard the spacecraft. Read more to find out why we believe this." Seems like an awfully long article just to relate that bit of info imo.

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