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Comment: Re:Publicly Funded Research (Score 1) 36

by cyn1c77 (#49757239) Attached to: New Class of "Non-Joulian" Magnets Change Volume In Magnetic Field

What I don't get is why I, as one of the millions of taxpayers that funded this research, don't have free access to the paper.

Yes. I know. Preaching to the choir, OA journals, etc. That still doesn't change the fact that I find this both irritating and wrong.

You don't get free access because the authors chose not to post a preprint/author's draft online and also chose not to submit to an open access journal. Why not pay the $35 and then deduct it from your taxes? :)

Frankly, I'd be more pissed about how you also don't have free access to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

Comment: Re:North Pole (Score 4, Funny) 488

by cyn1c77 (#49741661) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

The north pole and a circle of lat 1 + 1 / (2 * PI) north of the south pole.

Actually the answer is the north pole and a circles of lat 1 + 1 / (2*pi*n) north of the south pole where n=1,2,3,4... etc. plus there is a slight correction because the surface of the earth is not entirely flat and so the circumference of a line of latitude is actually less than 2*pi*s where s is the arc length from the line to the south pole for the distances involved it would probably be negligible compared to surface defects.

See, if you gave the above answer, you would get a SpaceX job as an engineer due to the detailed, exact nature of your answer. Or maybe a job in their legal department.

If you just casually said "the North Pole," you would get a SpaceX job as a manager of engineers.

Comment: Re:"an emotional buffer for consumers as well." (Score 1) 278

here's the problem with targeting the 70+% users. did you know that only 20% of water in CA goes to residential, commercial and industrial sources? 80% of water is used by agriculture, who has powerful lobbies and locks on several state senators and assemblymen. Did you know that in CA some farmers grow rice? Some grow parsley, which is almost as water intensive as rice and is bundled up as hay and sent off to china to feed Chinese cows? And despite this, farmers are a third rail of water politics, and instead people are putting flyers on MY door encouraging me to "minimize toilet flushing" and now to drink pee water. No thanks.

First off, all water in earth was, at one time, "pee water" just as most nitrogen you breath in has, at one time, been flatulence. So this is only an emotional, but not a practical concern.

Secondly, there are other states to live in if you are strongly against your current state's path and feel that you cannot influence any change. Most other states have more water and less people as well.

Comment: Re:Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wav (Score 1, Insightful) 422

by cyn1c77 (#49670993) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up

of climate change deniers.

Of course, we're not going to do anything about the problem. Of course not.

You're picking a fight before it's started!

The only thing worse than the climate change deniers are the people like you who are absolutely convinced that the doomsday is coming. At least the deniers are skeptical.

Personally though, I hate both your attitudes because your emotions and politics get in the way of rational, logical evolution of the science behind the issue.

Comment: Re:an important fact! (Score 1) 53

by cyn1c77 (#49628597) Attached to: As Hubble Breaks a Distance Record, We Learn Its True Limits

"an important fact: the Universe is expanding!" : Actually, this is not known, only theorized. It's based on the notion that red-shift / blue-shift relate to distance. But that's never been proven, and there are others out there that think it isn't about motion at all. Although we have a consensus opinion that uses it as fact, it isn't a proven fact.

Why is the parent modded down when the post is correct and politely stated?

In my opinion, this is one of the biggest secrets (hidden in plain sight) present in astronomy today. It's highly relevant to every article about space outside our galaxy yet I have never seen an unbiased article in layman's terms discussing the implications of the ubiquitus redshift-distance relation being wrong.

Maybe we have too many professional astronomers with mod points?

Comment: Re:Venus is the hottest planet (Score 1) 108

by cyn1c77 (#49591741) Attached to: Messenger's Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence

I suppose you think outside an earth-based point-of-reference and would prefer if the rest of us stopped using similes and metaphoric terms to describe things to people who will never actually leave earth and have no other basis for comparison.

People who don't have the ability to think quantitatively and rely purely on metaphor for all reasoning wouldn't even understand the concept of the speed of sound. They probably wouldn't also read space articles. So why cater to them?

Comment: Re:More things in space (Score 1) 154

by cyn1c77 (#49539515) Attached to: Hubble Spots Star Explosion Astronomers Can't Explain

It just means there are more things in space that we don't fully understand yet. But every discovery adds knowledge so we can understand it better.

Really, what objects in space do we fully understand? (I'm not being sarcastic!)

We don't even fully understand the earth yet, and we can perform direct measurements on it.

Comment: Re:Cautionary Tale? (Score 3, Informative) 182

by cyn1c77 (#49534141) Attached to: Chinese Scientists Claim To Have Genetically Modified Human Embryos

Why is this a cautionary tale? What horrific outcome did they have that we are supposed to learn from?

Well, if you read the article (I know, I know... reading them is overrated), you would have read that they were trying to modify a gene that can mutate to cause a disease. Of the 71 of 86 embryos that survived their tinkering, 54 were tested to reveal that only 28 were successfully spliced and only a fraction of those contained the replacement genetic material. As a bonus failure, they induced a number of mutations elsewhere in the genes.

They concluded that it was a colossal failure that would result in a seriously messed up offspring and that technology is not ready for that application yet. (No consideration of if just THEIR technique was poor.) With the appropriate spin (do not try this at home), they were able to get their results published in a high citation journal.

I, for one, welcome our new genetically modified Chinese overlords.

Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 1) 409

I'm really happy to see this ruling.

You shouldn't be. Now they are going to take longer to write your ticket ("I'm sorry sir, the computer system is slow today...") while the dog is en route or they will manually search your car because "you looked high." "Is that a bottle in the back? It looks like an open bottle. Please step out of the car sir." "Why are you reaching for your glove box? I didn't tell you to do that. Put your left hand on the wheel and open the door, slowly, with your right, right now."

Hot Beaner/ricer cars will get you flagged. (I drive one too.) But after your insurance and license checks out, it mostly has to do with how you relate to the officer. Use sir/ma'am a lot. Apologize profusely without admitting guilt after they tell you what you did wrong. Look them in the eye when they talk to you, but don't do it defiantly. Reach for your wallet and registration slowly, and tell them you are going to do it first. Keep the inside of the car looking neat and remember that if you want to look like a gangsta, you might actually get treated like one.

They're just pulling a string to see if it looks promising. Are they stereotyping you? Sure. Beaner/ricers will get pulled over so they can search for drugs. They'll pull over white women in Beamers after lunch and dinner to see if they look intoxicated.

Remember that the police have tremendous latitude to fuck with you or fuck up your day/week/month, if properly motivated. Even if you ultimately win, your lawyer and court trip will cost you around $5K. So try really really hard to convince them that you are not a problem. That doesn't make it fair, but they are people too and get grumpy. Especially when they make $40K, spend all day in a small car carrying 40 pounds of shit on their bodies, generally deal with assholes (best case) or people who want to kill them (worst case), and have traffic stop quotas.

Comment: If it were me... (Score 2) 591

...I'd want a high-velocity bullet in the head, from a single person, at close range.

All of these other methods, like lethal injections and nitrogen, are absolutely grotesque, overly dramatic and not "humane" at all.

With a bullet, there is nothing to debate over. The rounds are cheap and easily available. There is no horrifically botched execution in the case of a misfire. And the hydrostatic shock destroys your brain instantly, so there is no pain.

Comment: Re:Hell No Hillary (Score 4, Informative) 676

by cyn1c77 (#49460969) Attached to: Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Please don't vote for Hillary just because she is a woman. We can't continue the oligarchy that is the US government leadership.

Let me break the bad news to you now. Your choices in the presidential vote will be:
1. Hillary Clinton,
2. Jeb Bush,
3. An independent candidate that will not win.

There. Now you can ignore all of the primary drama and spend a long time thinking about who you will vote for. Note that you will be supporting an oligarchy either way!

Look at the bright side! At least Hillary is not actually related by blood to Bill. Unlike George Sr., George Jr. and Jeb!

Comment: Re:NIMBY strikes again (Score 1) 228

by cyn1c77 (#49435605) Attached to: Amid Controversy, Construction of Telescope In Hawaii Halted

I suspect that like most religious thing, it is just a justification for their behavior. In this case, they're still pissed about having their island and land taken from them in a coup sponsored by the American government in favor of corporations against their sovereign nation, the mess it has made for them since, and the general disrespect they get from everybody else.

You're missing the point: They want concessions (and will get) in the form of monetary benefits to allow the telescope to be built.

This happens for every new telescope. They protest at lower levels in between telescopes to maintain their credibility. It's an unexpected twist of capitalism combined with democracy!

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds