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Comment: Re:queue the.. (Score 1) 216

by catchblue22 (#49602051) Attached to: Long Uptime Makes Boeing 787 Lose Electrical Power

I remember supporting an office with win95 and Access. I had tech support conversations that almost went like this:

Him: My computer just crashed.

Me: So what did you do then?

Him: I rebooted it.

Me: Well there's your problem. Reboot the computer again. Then tap the computer gently and pray to the god of your choice and reboot a third time...

Him: ...Thanks. That worked.

Comment: Re:What's the point ? (Score 1) 76

by catchblue22 (#49598277) Attached to: Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Its First Rocket

Certainly it's preferable to 'Rich people sitting on their wealth'.

The amazing thing about Elon Musk is that when he was a student he actually lived on $1/day for a while. He said that knowing he could live on so little was quite freeing, enabling him to take more risks.

I really don't think of him as your typical billionaire.

Comment: Re:What's the point ? (Score 1) 76

by catchblue22 (#49598251) Attached to: Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Launches Its First Rocket

Can anyone explain why Jeff Bezos is doing the same thing that SpaceX is already doing ?

To lower cost to orbit .. check To design re-usable first stages ... check

The only difference I see is that they want to use LOX/LH for first stage. And even then, they plan to go to LOX/LMethane after that.

Of course, competition is always nice to have.

Yeah, the only difference is that Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000, two years before Space X was founded, and only just now launched his first rocket. Bezos sounds like the Justin Hammer of the commercial space industry.

Comment: Re:2kW isn't enough power for a home (Score 1) 501

by catchblue22 (#49595977) Attached to: Tesla Announces Home Battery System

Why purchase it in the first place if I still have to rely on the grid? Seems like a waste of money unless it is strictly for backup purposes only. And even then, it won't run what is needed like electric heat or A/C unless you purchase multiple units. Then natural gas and propane generators would be much more cost effective.

You purchase it so that you can store grid electrical energy while the rates are low overnight, and use it when rates are high during peak hours.

Comment: Re:With REALLY Huge Fans... (Score 2) 278

by catchblue22 (#49587153) Attached to: New Study Suggests Flying Is Greener Than Driving

Will future aircraft be able to also make the switch to electric? Yes, of course. Electric driven propellers should do the trick.

Of course, the size of the batteries needed will preclude carrying any passengers or cargo.

I don't think that is necessarily true. One option is to build hybrid electrical airplanes. And if battery power density and durability continues to improve, I think you might be surprised what is possible if you fill the wings of an airplane with electrochemical cells. Elon Musk has speculated that electric airplanes might be possible if we go beyond the incremental improvements of the current players.

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 493

There are countless more recent examples I could have written about.

So go ahead then, because I think it's really silly whenever a new Muslim atrocity occurs, especially when it comes to women, that some apologist comes along and talks about things Christians did centuries ago.

Are you obtuse? Did you read what I wrote? I am criticizing monotheism as a whole. I probably despise extremism more than you do. I just see the historical context, and I see aspects of extremism in America that are similar to Islamic extremism. That is not being an apologist. It is being a realist.

Comment: Re:edu-babble (Score 4, Interesting) 352

by catchblue22 (#49557799) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Sounds like dystopia to me. Something about a bunch of kindergarteners staring at a giant screen seems very 1984.

I think the truly intractable problem is that such a system would centralize control of the educational system. Centralize it right down to every single word that is presented. The true power of the public education system is that it gives teachers a great deal of independence in what they say in the classroom. Imagine a situation when something terrible happens in our democracy. Someone seizes control. The system gets even more perverted than it already is. Then imagine an educational system where children only received "approved" resources. No independent human teacher. Just video and text. If the children don't get information from the media, then they will effectively be blind to reality.

I know this is hypothetical, but I think it demonstrates my point, that independent teachers are an essential buffer against tyranny emerging in our democracy.

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 493

DON'T pretend that "all religions are equally wrong"; they are not.

I don't say that. I assert that mono-theistic religions have shown themselves capable of equally vile fanaticism, most especially when they are combined with the levers of power of the state.. See my post above.

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 4, Insightful) 493

Yes, Christians did that 1500 years ago.

Muslims killed Sabeen Mahmud yesterday.

Pray forgive me if I see the Muslims as a significantly larger threat.

There are countless more recent examples I could have written about. However, Hypatia is in my opinion more relevant. Before 400AD or so, Roman and Greek society was based around classical foundations of rationalism and philosophy. Yes they worshipped gods, but there was tolerance for the worship of many different gods, and by extension tolerance for fundamentally different world-views. Classical civilization created great art, great philosophy, great mathematics, great architecture. We owe our systems of laws, of money, of art/drama to classical Greco-Roman civilization. And the fact that Greco-Roman civilization had flaws (e.g. slavery) does not change the greatness of what they accomplished.

In the early-mid 300AD's Constantine came to power as emperor of the Roman empire. He made Christianity the state religion of the empire. Christianity spread like wildfire, snuffing out anything that opposed it. The instance I referred to earlier, Hypatia's murder, is commonly thought of as the end of the Classical Era. In Hypatia's school, it is possible that astronomers theorized that Earth travelled around the Sun. If an astronomer had thought this, the idea would have been discussed and possibly accepted. In the new christian world, to suggest an such an idea would be blasphemy and would result in the suggester being executed in some gruesome manner.

The adoption of Christianity in as the state religion in Europe led to what is commonly known as the Dark Ages, a period of about 1000 years in which European civilization stagnated. Progress in the arts, in knowledge of the world (what we would call science), in philosophy largely came to a halt. Europeans largely forgot how to build great buildings. This era is thought to have begun to come to an end when European intellectuals began re-discovering Greco-Roman rationalism during the Renaissance, and is exemplified in Florence, when the architect Filippo Brunelleschi re-discovered Roman dome building techniques in order to build il Duomo.

When I see these stone-age islamic fanatics trying to hack away at the edifice of modernity, I cannot help but thinking about what christianity did to European civilization during the Dark Ages. I also cannot help thinking of those in America who so resemble these stone-age fanatics, the christian dominionists and those who can best be described as the American taliban. If you think it is only muslims who are capable of fanaticism, you are fooling your self.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein

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