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Comment: Zero-G is bad long term, but what about 1/6-G? (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by deathcloset (#47769645) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts
This is an unintuitive wild speculation, but I wonder if these effects are a linear function of the gravity or if there is a more complex interaction.
In other words, if Alice spent 6 monts in zero-G and Bob spent 6 months in 0.166-G, and assuming equal eye health, would Bob have less damage than Alice or more?

Obviously the human body emerged out of a 1-G environment, so the eye has evolved with those pressures. But just because removing those pressures completely may result in harm, that is not to say that removing those pressures partially would be harmful.

The only non-zero-G astronauts I know of were the Apollo folks - but I can't find any information (or anectdotes from them) on the difference in physiological effects of zero-g versus 1/6th-G.

It seems like they would have experienced less intercranial pressure and would have had an actual reference for up and down.

Oh space be a harsh mistress.

Comment: Agricultural Revolution 2.0 (Score 5, Interesting) 140

by deathcloset (#47758805) Attached to: Climate Scientist Pioneer Talks About the Furture of Geoengineering
Humans must control the environment, it's just what we do. To quote the late, great Jacob Bronowski, man is, “...not a figure in a landscape, but the shaper of the landscape.” We've already affected the planet - just look at the deforestation in the Amazon (the jungle) from satellite images - it's impossible to ignore, even from space. If your face looked like the Amazon looks right now you would go see a doctor. How could this not be inevitable? First we sow the fields, next we sow the planets.

Comment: Re:Satire is not trolling (Score 1) 457

by deathcloset (#47678279) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases
Those were griefers, not trolls. Trolls do it for the kek but griefers go for the neck. When I troll it is only ever for fun and profit with the only goal being that of enacting some kind of Socratic realization or interaction, but never with the intent to harm somebody emotionally. It's fun to poke, that's what trolls do: griefers don't poke, they stab. Sarcasm and satire are the mainstays of the troll. Personal attacks and such, however, are the M.O. of the griefer. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, there is a difference. Dissent is vital, though understandably a bit unpalatable. I hope one day there will be a widespread understanding of the difference between these two distinct, but superficially similar species and the importance of the one, and the subsequent need to recognize and handle the other.

Comment: Re:Some people... (Score 3, Funny) 457

by deathcloset (#47678165) Attached to: Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases
The jester is not a psychopath. The joker is. There are trolls and there are griefers. One laughs at misfortune, the other thrives on it. There needs to be a distinction before unjust laws might be enacted under which nobody will be able to experience Natalie Portman's hot grits: that would be the real tragedy.

Comment: Re:Please Explain This Crap (Score 1) 868

by deathcloset (#47558315) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline
Don't be mistaken, they are a just a lion in a den of other lions. They are all literally fighting over sticks and stones: holy sites. If it were at least Oil we could at least say they were fighting over resources, but that region is obsessed with killing each other over ancient, probably historically inaccurate, vendettas and magical piles of dirt. It is a region of unstoppable forces and immovable objects. This is what happens when they meet - violence and destruction of everything except themselves.

Comment: Convergent and Recurrent Evolution shows this (Score 1) 63

by deathcloset (#47483385) Attached to: The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting
I think that convergent evolution would be a very high-level example of how the results of selection can be predictable and are in fact repeated, even if the actual underlying mechanisms and specific genes involved in the convergent adaption in different species differ, the results are the same. Recurrent evolution also seems to support the "non-random" or "predictable" nature of evolution. In other words, if you put a square organism in a round environment, we know that its successful decedents will have rounded edges.

Comment: Why do scientists falsify? Or how can they? (Score 3) 52

by deathcloset (#47226001) Attached to: Japanese Stem Cell Debacle Could Bring Down Entire Center
They must know they will be found out - especially the more sensational the finding. After all, science is not like philosophy. Science is meant to be used, and for something to be used it has to work. People will try to use it and it wont work and they will immediately know that there has been a falsification. I mean, it's not like this kind of stuff is up to interpretation or anything - there is a method and a result. If there is no result then the method is in error. What are they thinking?

Comment: Re:keeping a budget (Score 1) 174

by deathcloset (#46730061) Attached to: Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

We'd have the money if we'd kick the trailer trash and hood rats off of welfare and sent the illegals back to their shithole country. Be careful who you kick and where you kick them. This guy might actually figure out fusion energy - eh? This dude is why we have welfare. When you mine for gold there is mostly dirt...but there's gold too. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. And a penny saved is a penny earned. And make yourself a bowl of soup and wrap a hot towel around your head. And don't stay out too late! Ah, whatever.

Comment: These are griefers, not trolls. Trolling is fun (Score 4, Insightful) 116

I understand that some trolling is bullying: that's when it becomes griefing - but most trolling is just sarcastic fun. I have, on many occasions, made joking jest and played the role (with dripping socratic irony) of the troll to the great delight of myself and others.

If somebody is truly upset, however, I would not, could not, continue to deride them. So that's where the fine line may be drawn.

Those that would are to be called griefers, not trolls.

Griefers are trolls intending harm. Trolls in my opinion and in my definition are merely out for Natalie Portman's hot grits - whatever those may be.

Comment: Depression is weird (Score 1) 257

by deathcloset (#46654833) Attached to: Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
When you are depressed you are supposed to have lower mental activity, and yet some of the most brilliant people have been known to be clinically depressed [citation not needed]. So then, if depression sometimes comes with brilliance, what gives?

And does this mean that for some people of this class antidepressants (chemical and psychological) have the effect of actually dulling insight and brilliance?

Be depressed, be brilliant: Be happy, be dumb.

Life is such a bitch.

Comment: Why? (Score 2) 307

by deathcloset (#46654515) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?
I'm such a huge space nut but I seriously can't see how sending people to their probable deaths offers a scientific or societal benefit.

Are they better than robots? No.

Change "reasonable chance of survival" into "very likely chance of survival" and I would change my mind, but "reasonable chance of survival" in NASA and space exploration terms means something like a 1/1000 chance of death (just pulling a number out of the air).

If you want something organic up there quick then send a monkey. Then, after the monkey has not died a horrible death, send a person.

I want to live in space. I want space colonies. But I don't want space exploration and colonies to be built on the graves of those who came before us.

I just don't see the benefit. Furthermore I feel that suicidal space exploration has a very dark economic shadow to it.

send more and better robots. That way we don't kill heroes and we also get advances in robotics.

I can't believe I'm even saying this, but it's how I feel.

Comment: Re:Lets divert some military funds (Score 1) 292

by deathcloset (#46545233) Attached to: Back To the Moon — In Four Years

But honestly, what do you think would happen if the US military were suddenly defunded?

A lot of bullshit pork contracts would have their fat trimmed, we'd murder less people for profit, or both.

Well, when you put it like that! ;) - I strongly support not murdering people. I equally strongly support not being murdered. There must be a way to have both.

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -- Niels Bohr