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Comment: Re: Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 1) 718

by holmstar (#48635547) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
So, AGW is false if the people that advocate for doing something about it don't want to build nuclear power plants? How is that logical? They are two completely different things. One of them is the reality of whether humans are having an effect on the climate. The other one is what to do about that. The vast majority of "deniers" seem to have a problem with the latter, not the former, but have a difficulty separating the two.

Comment: Re:Established science CANNOT BE QUESTIONED! (Score 5, Insightful) 718

by holmstar (#48635399) Attached to: Skeptics Would Like Media To Stop Calling Science Deniers 'Skeptics'
I can't help but notice that the reasons you give for being skeptical of AGW are the character of some prominent people pushing for actions to counter AGW, the cost of said actions, the fact that other countries aren't being forced to take action, and that our current weather models aren't perfect.

NONE of that has anything to do with whether humans are responsible for climate change. All of your skepticism is around what do to about it and the extant of the warming.

Comment: Re:increased risk of cancer? (Score 1) 175

by holmstar (#48616233) Attached to: Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene
Actually, it sounds like this enzyme increases the break-down of collagen, so decreasing it would tend to make it harder for cells to move around, but as others have said, would probably slow healing. Healing quickly would have been a big evolutionary advantage. Smooth skin in advanced age? Not so much.

Comment: Re:programming (Score 1) 417

by holmstar (#48566951) Attached to: AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us
Let's say we assign an AI to find and execute a solution for the increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere and oceans. The AI may decide that humans are the primary impediment to achieving it's goals, and set out to clandestinely destroy human industrial capacity. Maybe it would hack into the control equipment and cause machines to destroy themselves. "Reduction in CO2 output achieved" -- satisfied AI.

Comment: Re:Might be a fit for EVs (Score 1) 103

by holmstar (#48516819) Attached to: Practical Magnetic Levitating Transmission Gear System Loses Its Teeth
I agree on the unsprung mass issue, but I wonder if it would be possible to use a linear motor in place of a shock absorber to counter some of the negative handling effects. I doubt it would be able to make up for it completely, but I imagine it could help quite a bit.

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