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Comment: Re: unfair policy (Score 1) 195

by dryeo (#47804189) Attached to: Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

The average species lasts something like a million years, it's hard to believe that we'll last much longer. Either intelligent design will evolve us or natural selection depending on whether we stay on a technological high or knock ourselves back to the stone age. What, if anything, replaces us is any-ones guess.
A billion years is a long time,perhaps twice as long as complex life has existed.

Comment: Re:unfair policy (Score 2) 195

by dryeo (#47804087) Attached to: Study: Antarctic Sea-Level Rising Faster Than Global Rate

Some theories say that solar forced global warming will push us into a Venus-style runaway greenhouse effect in about a billion years. Once it gets hot enough to boil the oceans, it's game over (unless we, or a natural event, move the Earth out close to Mars)
Solar theory says the Sun has gotten 25% brighter since the beginning and will continue to get brighter as it gets more dense due to having a larger portion of He. Venus being closer to the Sun experienced the oceans boiling thing at least a billion years back judging by crater counts. (Resurfacing limits how far in the past we can see on Venus)

Comment: Re:Temptation (Score 1) 447

by dryeo (#47798389) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Some of the African Christians are pretty backwards as the sibling points out. Christianity has also had much longer to evolve and it wasn't that long ago that there were unofficial death sentences for not embracing Christianity, at least for natives sent to the residential schools here in Canada.

Comment: Re:Maybe it would be good if the Ayatollah wins? (Score 4, Interesting) 447

by dryeo (#47798197) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

You mean like in Syria where the end result has been ISIS? The Iranian people are actually moving towards more freedom on their own. They've voted in a pretty liberal (for that part of the world) President, they have more religious freedoms then most of that part of the world and isn't much different in some ways as American allies such as Saudi Arabia where they have morals police who will execute you on the spot and women have even less rights then Iranian women.
It's all a weird game where our friends are just as bad as our enemies, just that there is a lot of propaganda from both sides.

Comment: Re:I don't know what's scarier about this article (Score 1) 108

by dryeo (#47789427) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Well democracy itself is pretty left wing, at least by the original definition where the left was the common people and the right was the aristocracy. It's just a shame that currently a quote like

Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism

has become an insult.

Comment: Re:This Just In! (Score 1) 108

by dryeo (#47789175) Attached to: How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

Around here it usually works the opposite, the government delivers cheaper service including running at a lose in some rural places that private business would never service and puts money into the general fund. This is the danger with government infrastructure, they discover they can cut taxes and make up the shortfall by raising prices and pretty soon you're paying almost as much (or in the case of monopoly, more) then private business would charge.
If big cable company can charge X, pretty soon some government decides that it can also charge X and get voted in by lowering taxes. Then they can use the high prices as an excuse to give the infrastructure to their friends in industry.

Comment: Re:We certainly can't thank Stephen Harper (Score 1) 213

by dryeo (#47780903) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

But, but he claims to be the leader of the most scientific government in our history with billions spent on proving that bitumen floats and more billions spent on proving bitumen sinks, not to mention the billions spent proving that bitumen is oil rather then a tar like substance.

Comment: Re:The problem with beaurocrats. (Score 1) 213

by dryeo (#47780813) Attached to: Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Our health care system is pretty stressed out by all the average Americans sneaking up here and pretending to be Canadian so they can get some treatment. I pity the poor American who can't even afford to come up here.
Of course the wealthy people go to Cuba, India, Thailand or such for inexpensive medical care.

Comment: Re:NASA needs to get it's act together (Score 1) 109

by dryeo (#47771785) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

We already have lots of experience building things to stand up to one gee, a suspension bridge for example can be extended until its ends meet and its cables can be attached to the opposite point. The important thing is having light strong cables.
What is really needed is some information on just how much gravity we need. I'd guess we'd do fine with Venuses 90% but what about 50% or Mars with its 33%?
Seems that fetus development would also be dependent on close to normal gravity.

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