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Comment: Mann Happy. B.S. hidden. Taxpayer foots the bill (Score 1) 345

by fygment (#46799335) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Just as there is a push for greater transparency in research (Google, "transparency in academia"), this ruling comes along.

Just so we're clear: if your research is pretty benign, fine, keep your work secret. If however, your research promises great change to your field OR WORSE motivates changes to public policy and the spending of public money, then it is your duty to practice transparency until it hurts.

Fame (esp. academic fame) has a price, scrutiny. It is a measure of the character of Mann that law is being used to defend against proper scrutiny of his work. A prideful man, but a poor academic.

Comment: Blimp technology to the rescue! (Score 1) 217

by fygment (#46787103) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Can't put nuke plants in the ocean ... threatens to many colorful pretty things like coral, 'free willy' whales, and 'Flipper'.

No the solution is BLIMP MOUNTED NUKE PLANTS. 100% immune to the effects of earthquakes and tsunamis. And we can reclaim the land for useful things like corn fields and stuff. And the air is cold up there, so cooling is easy, right? And if there's a problem, cut the cord and they drift off safely in to space.

Remember you heard it here first, so that's like a patent or something.

Comment: Impossible to implement due to PUBLIC OPINION (Score 1) 217

by fygment (#46787077) Attached to: MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Really? You think the public will accept the idea of putting nuclear power plants directly on/in the ocean?

Uh, no way in heck. Could be the best engineering and design in the world, not going to happen untile our collective human backs are against the wall facing a calamity that only this idea can solve.

Besides, there is no problem with well designed land-based nuclear power plants ... only with poorly designed ones. So the solution to that is obvious.

Comment: Voter Apathy != Oligarchy ? (Score 1) 806

by fygment (#46766643) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

I would think that actually, US voters have a considerable amount of power. The systems to exercise that power are in place. BUT it takes effort to exercise that power. The effort required means:

paying attention to what is going on
understanding what is going on (including sifting through the bullshit)
acting for change when required

A look at the media (in so far as _it_ can be trusted), suggests that the public fails spectacularly at the first two. People have lives and pursue a greedy algorithm that is good for the immediate circumstances of those lives ... and that doesn't usually involve paying much attention to what government is doing.

Comment: If you _care_, the Internet makes a difference. (Score 1) 1037

by fygment (#46675639) Attached to: How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

If you are questioning your religion, the Internet, and any other media presenting information on the topic, make a difference.

But it's not like whenever you open a random page there's a pop-up telling you to lose your religion.

Maybe there is another reason for losing religion ie. the breathtaking progress of technology that just happens to be coincident with the growth of the Internet. Why should a person have to believe in a quasi-magical deity when time and again, technology shows us how to make 'magic' happen?

How could you not doubt religion in a world where technology makes us gods?

Comment: Revenge is sweet isn't it? Bullies win again. (Score 1) 564

by fygment (#46675513) Attached to: Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Intolerance is intolerance. And it will always exist. Mr Eich did not beat up gays, he simply exercised his right to an opinion. He exercised that right within the bounds of the law, as a proper citizen should. He was subsequently bullied out of a job.

Here is how it should be:

Comment: Actually, macroscopic superpositions do exist ... (Score 1) 199

by fygment (#46669127) Attached to: P vs. NP Problem Linked To the Quantum Nature of the Universe

... they are simply misidentified and called ghosts, magic, etc. depending on the manifestation. They are also called pseudoscience.

So the challenge is: identify clearly what macroscopic superpositions would/should look like and how can we experimentally create/detect them.

Comment: What is it with the US and CUBA? (Score 1) 173

by fygment (#46660619) Attached to: ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

Way back when, while a corrupt Cuban government was allowing US companies to rape the island and it's people, there was a "Cuban Spring". The people were spurred to overthrow a malignant regime and seek freedom. Didn't work out so great because at the time Communism was deemed a viable political model for a free people, but that's life.

So now it's many years later, win hearts instead of continuing the antagonism. Right now the little subversions and embargoes mean innocent people get hurt say: participating in the subversions and getting caught, dying in the ocean in a bid for freedom, or suffering from a lack of goods. Instead, establish diplomatic bridges that will in time yield exactly what you want, another Cuban Spring, only this time without bloodshed because you will have swayed the Cuban leaders not just the masses.

Comment: Water bottles made from 3D printer polymers ... (Score 1) 400

... would mean that we could achieve that state of independence where everyone could 3D print. There would be an abundance of the necessary resource for printing, and the act of printing would be good for the environment. There would be fewer shoe manufaturers but people who were drawn to that field, would become designers or consultants. Not everyone of course. Some would become involved in the new industries that grew up around 3D printing e.g. cobblers might disappear but 3D printer repair people would rise in prominence.

Extrapolate to any other industry 'threatened' by 3D printing.

Machines certainly can solve problems, store information, correlate, and play games -- but not with pleasure. -- Leo Rosten