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Comment: Re:As a private citizen (Score 1) 213

by jwbales (#47893951) Attached to: Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

I'm with spy handler. Anyone with the technology and the ability to mine the moon, Mars, asteroids, etc. satisfies the basic requirements of ownership. But it is also important for the US or other government to guarantee property rights in an orderly, lawful fashion. The alternative is anarchy, where no ones rights are recognized or protected. And the gods forbid that the band of outlaws called the United Nations ever get involved.

Comment: Climate skeptics are not 'anti-science.' (Score 1) 661

If tobacco companies sponsored research showing that tobacco was good for ones health, one would be skeptical. But what if 97% of all research by dozens of tobacco companies showed that tobacco was good for ones health. Would it be fair to call the skeptics 'anti-science?'

The public is skeptical of climate science for the same reason. Since most of the research is funded ultimately by governments and since governments tend to prefer results which justify an increase in government power, people are skeptical of government funded climate research. People who favor greater government control of economic matters will tend not to be skeptical and those who oppose increases in government power will tend to be more skeptical.

There is no mystery here and there is nothing 'anti-science' about climate science skepticism.

Comment: The FDA's mission to save idiots from themselves (Score 1) 146

by jwbales (#45624099) Attached to: After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information

Although 99.9% of us have the common sense to get a professional opinion if some test bought on the internet delivers bad news, the FDA denies us access to such tests on the off chance that some idiot will take rash action without consulting a physician. Were that to happen, which I seriously doubt, the worst result would be a slight improvement in the gene pool.

Comment: Using calculus in a program (Score 1) 1086

by jwbales (#40942027) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

Several years ago I wrote an octonion calculator using javascript. To compute exp(X) for a general octonion (a type of eight dimensional number) I had to use a power series expansion and test for convergence. This is calculus. To see the code, just view the page source:

Comment: Starship studies way premature (Score 1) 180

by jwbales (#38626268) Attached to: DARPA Chooses Leader For 100-Year Starship Project

It will be hundreds, perhaps thousands of years before mankind will travel to other stars unless some kind of faster than light travel becomes possible.

One or a few ships would never make it. It would have to be a journey of an entire civilization, one large enough and with the resources and technology to endure a journey lasting thousands of years. And it would only make sense to take such a journey when the resources of this solar system have been exhausted. When the Oort Cloud has been exhausted, its civilization might have the ability and the motive to make such a journey. And such a civilization will have little use for habitable planets, they will be looking for systems with lots of asteroids and other low-gravity resources.

Comment: Democracy is bad (Score 1) 594

by jwbales (#37981852) Attached to: Could Crowd-Sourced Direct Democracy Work?

unless limited by the concept of individual rights. The concept of individual rights was the crowning political achievement of the enlightenment and led to the creation of the Unites States of America and its semi-capitalist society. I see no evidence that the Owsers have any conception of or respect for the rights of individuals. Any democracy based upon their non-thinking would lead to tyranny.

Comment: Anti-capitalist demonstrations (Score 1) 944

by jwbales (#37732808) Attached to: Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

In the era of post WWII prosperity progressives and socialists in Europe and the US thought that they could suck enough blood out of the economy to support unfunded retirements and myriad other social 'benefits' and that, thus harnessed, the semi-capitalism that was allowed to exist would fund their paradise forever. Now that the European and US economies have reached the limits such blood-letting, the looters and moocher are 'protesting' that their victims are 'greedy.' The demonstrators claim that capitalism has failed because it cannot continue to finance their social welfare schemes. Like vampires, the 'protesters' will not be satisfied until they have sucked every last drop out of their victims--the 'greedy' productive men and women of Europe and the US.


Pumpkin Pie increases Male Sex Drive 173

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-going-to-need-more-whipped-cream dept.
Dr. Alan Hirsch, Director of Chicago's Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Center, says the key to a man's heart, and other parts, is pumpkin pie. Out of the 40 odors tested in Hirsch's study, a mixture of lavender and pumpkin pie got the biggest rise out of men ages 18 to 64. That particular fragrance was found to increase penile blood flow by an average of 40%. "Maybe the odors acted to reduce anxiety. By reducing anxiety, it acted to remove inhibitions," said Hirsch.

UK Man Prevented From Finding Chipped Pet Under Data Protection Act 340

Posted by samzenpus
from the clause-22 dept.
Dave Moorhouse was elated when he was informed that a microchip provider had information on the whereabouts of his stolen dog. This joy soon faded when the company informed him that it could not divulge the Jack Russell terrier's location because it would breach the Data Protection Act. Last week a court agreed with the chip company and refused Mr Moorhouse's request for a court order compelling them to reveal the name and address of the new owners. Steven Wildridge, managing director of the chip company said: “This is not a choice, it’s an obligation under the Data Protection Act. If the individuals involved do not want us to pass on their details to the original owner then we cannot do so unless compelled to following a criminal or civil proceeding."

Opossums Overrun Brooklyn, Fail To Eliminate Rats 343

Posted by samzenpus
from the urban-opossum-blight dept.
__roo writes "In a bizarre case of life imitates the Simpsons, New York City officials introduced a population of opossums into Brooklyn parks and under the boardwalk at Coney Island, apparently convinced that the opossums would eat all of the rats in the borough and then conveniently die of starvation. Several years later, the opossums have not only failed to eliminate the rat epidemic from New York City, but they have thrived, turning into a sharp-toothed, foul-odored epidemic of their own."

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