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Comment: Re:How can you... (Score 1) 452 452

"every species becomes either space-faring, or extinct"

Which species are you using as examples in this statement?

You've been modded insightful but I think the modders don't understand the meaning of that word.

There are no examples of any species becoming "space-faring" while there are a lot of species here on earth that have been around for millions of years (us included) and which have no indications of going extinct any time soon (read for several more million years).

This planet will become uninhabitable eventually. Therefore, any species that does not develop spaceflight and leave the planet will die with it.

Comment: Re:Rockets vs Scramjets (Score 1) 131 131

Take a look at the SABRE engine sometime. It's a hybrid rocket/turbojet/ramjet engine designed specifically to solve the problem you're referring to. I'll admit that it still needs a lot of further development, but it's the approach that I think is most likely to be practical.

Fortunately, Wiki seems to have a moderately accurate overview of the project:

Comment: Re:Why not? Ascii is everything. (Score 1) 220 220

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All Glory to Ascii Ponies!

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Florida to Scrap Touch Screen Voting? 221 221

AlHunt writes "Florida Governor Charlie Crist is calling on the Florida Legislature to spend $30M to replace the troublesome touch screen voting machines with an optical scan system that allows a voter to mark an oval next to a candidate's name before slipping a ballot into an electronic reader."

+ - Largest profiting company ever bribes scientists.

An anonymous reader writes: ( nMobil-Posts-Record-2006-Profits.html) is reporting that the world's largest oil company, ExxonMobil, posted the largest profit EVER for a US company (39.5 Billion Dollars). In other news today, an oil company-funded lobbying organization tries to pay scientists $10,000 (,,2004 399,00.html) each to write papers discrediting today's climate report. Guess which oil company is the funder here? Next time you tank your car, choose wisely.

+ - Auto show tries to shut down parody site

Brave Howard writes: "News just came in that the a good for nothing car expo is trying to muzzle a group of cyclist-activists who parodied their site, falsely claiming that the activists violated their trademark.

This is the second attempt by a big company to censor, even shut down, their critics using these baseless copyright claims, the first being ABC's attempt to unplug Luckily in both cases, EFF has come to the rescue."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Rush Limbaugh Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

jomama717 writes: From the article:

Landmark Legal Foundation today nominated nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Limbaugh, whose daily radio show is heard by more than 20 million people on more than 600 radio stations in the United States and around the world, was nominated for the prestigious award for his "nearly two decades of tireless efforts to promote liberty, equality and opportunity for all humankind, regardless of race, creed, economic stratum or national origin. These are the only real cornerstones of just and lasting peace throughout the world," said Landmark President Mark R. Levin. "Rush Limbaugh is the foremost advocate for freedom and democracy in the world today," explained Levin.
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Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?