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Comment: Re:Didn't they already do this with screw worm fli (Score 1) 258

I think that the idea with the screw worm flies was to release so many sterile males that they would breed with the wild females resulting in no young, while this technique will produce young that will die

I suppose that this would have benefits by preventing the female from finding another fertile male to occupy their time

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 2) 420

by garyisabusyguy (#48886851) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts


Nostalgia for the things we found fascinating when we were teens sets a bar that can rarely be exceeded

Just wait twenty years for all the complaining about how the 10th Transformer's movie will never live up to the first one, what with all of the stunning dialog and pacing of the first one

Foggy memories and the halo of nostalgia have a way of turning crap into gold

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 1) 420

Sure... don't believe me. How about Lee Atwater, the architect of the 'Southern Strategy' and adviser to Nixon and Reagan:

You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968, you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."
-Lee Atwater

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 2, Informative) 420

Sure, if you go back to the 40s and 50s, you will find that most of the south was Dems and there were even Dem Senators who had been Klan members

Then this little thing call the Civil Rights Movement came along. Some of the former Klansmen (Sen Byrd is a good example) turned their backs on their past and worked to convince people to no longer be associated with that group

By the 70s many people in the South were disillusioned with the Dem party because of the support of civil rights and they were attracted to the Republican party due to the Southern Strategy that was promoted by Nixon and Reagan

Since that time 'States Rights' was the dog whistle to call the racists and klansmen to the GOP and they have gone over in droves, there is no surprise to find that the ranks of the gop are littered with people of that mindset

Comment: Re:Christianity is just as bad as Islam (Score 1, Troll) 420

I was more inclined to think Europe and Japan, but I suppose that having no argument leads you to just shout about them damn commies

That's ok, I guess it would suck to live with an out dated view of the world, particularly when you are trying real hard to ignore that which is plainly obvious

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 4, Insightful) 420

I have found progressives more inclined to ask questions of their critics than conservatives

It has to do with mental makeup, that is to say progressives are a great deal more curious about the world around them, while conservatives already know how everything is and just want to shut up those who disagree with them

Comment: Re:Christianity is just as bad as Islam (Score 1, Insightful) 420

Providing secular laws and education seems to be the key in blunting the effect of religious zealotry

We can easily identify those leaders who fight against secularism as the promoters of religious radicalism and refuse to vote for them

Comment: Re:The return of echomail . . . (Score 1) 105

With Iridium the approach was to hand ff the transmission between satellites until it was within range of of a ground station to connect to a terrestrial network, or reach another satellite phone, usually one or two hops

They may use a similar approach, although Iridium initially involved the governments in the countries that they maintained gateways in as part of the corporate structure. See Wired story, "The United Nations of Iridium"

It would make a lot of sense to use the satellite network as the primary routing mechanism and only maintain gateways in geographic locations that Musk has strong political influence in. This would limit political interference from countries that practice censorship and limit money lost to graft and bribery

Comment: Re:SUPER SLOW unless a faster than light system (Score 5, Informative) 105

People get confused between because the current satellite data providers (like HughesNet) are in geosynchronous orbit, which does suffer latency issues

Iridium is a LEO system that does not currently provided data services, and which has a relatively sparse constellation which requires a wide visible horizon to use

Comment: Re:Sometimes, I don't understand you guys (Score 1) 105


If all of your eggs are in one basket, i.e. fiber optics, then last mile, remote location, some jackass dragging an anchor or a recalcitrant local government can cut you off from access

Satellite communication is the more expensive option, but it can be worth it if there is no other means of connection

The real question is whether that market is enough to support their cost structure

Thus mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true. -- Bertrand Russell