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Comment: Re:Diversity is best (Score 1) 396

by jovius (#48189477) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

I suggest all robot crew. Telepresence capabilities and careful modelling and tracking of the environment will enable pseudo-realtime exploration on Mars. This is possible now.

If a crew is sent I wonder if actually a bisexual polyamorous crew would be the most cohesive. The less defences the better I guess?

Comment: Re:Shorter Slashdot wingnuts: (Score 1) 423

by jovius (#48073653) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

It should be noted also that the so called skeptics only come about when there's a news release of the climate change science, but they never come up with original science by themselves. There's a reason for that however: the big climate conspiracy and censorship. No way it's about the quality of the counter-arguing papers. Cognitive dissonance at its finest.

Comment: Re:please no (Score 1) 423

by jovius (#48073617) Attached to: Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

So far they have been hugely more successful than the models made by the more skeptical scientists. The only thing is that there aren't any scientific counter-arguing models, or those models have not lived for long. The models can only get better with new data, and more precisely they are modeling a warming earth based on the anthropogenic energy input. If you think models fail miserably then they should be failing even more. But that's not happening. Besides at the moment the warming trend is well in the area the long term models have predicted.

Comment: TPB ftw (Score 1) 135

by jovius (#48059307) Attached to: Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Users were continually forced to either stop playing any songs they had bought from the Real store, or convert them to a non-DRM format, for example by burning the music to CD and then ripping the CD to their computer.

Or just share stuff.

Maybe the companies mentioned in the article should sue themselves rather than each other. The cumulative losses from the panic strategy moves by the companies who were not in anyway in control must be astronomical (per the official RIAA magical calculations). It seems that they are trying to come up with something to pay the consultant bills, picking each other in vain. I hope nobody wins, the consumers already did.

Comment: Re: From the article (Score 3, Insightful) 232

by jovius (#48033405) Attached to: Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

The shift is small but the mass loss is real. Last three year average in the measured area has been 185 gigatonnes/year. It has an effect on the gravity, that's clear. The question is how much, and it seems it can actually be measured by instruments. Not anywhere in the world there's a constant loss of this magnitude, and as the trend goes on the change in gravity will also become more distinct.

Comment: Re:WHAT? 2009 pandemic came from Mexico, not China (Score 1) 218

by jovius (#47671135) Attached to: How to Maintain Lab Safety While Making Viruses Deadlier

Yes, that "thousands of people" doesn't even appear in the referenced articles. In the referenced article it's only speculated that IF the strain would escape from the lab there would be serious consequences. That article is about the justification of doing the said research in the first place, but also quotes the original researchers and their findings.

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