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Comment: Mars has no magnetosphere (Score 3, Insightful) 549

by kent_eh (#48035615) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Screw Mars. Spend all that money on making it nice HERE. We have the means. We have the tech. We could have a star trek utopia right here... Free education, opportunity through small businesses, cheap housing, plentiful energy. We could have all that right here if we just put a smidge of effort into it.

Well, we could do that too.

But us fucking up the planet isn't the only scenario that might cause planetary extinction. Do you remember what killed off the dinsaurs?

Comment: Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (Score 1) 593

by kent_eh (#46157117) Attached to: Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live
A creationist must believe that G-d buried a lot of fossilized bones since science tells us that.
Actually, some creationists (Including Ham) claim that the fossils were created when Noah's flood killed off most of the world's creatures. And that the Grand Canyon was also created as those same floodwaters receeded.

Comment: Re:I am reminded of pigs and engineers here (Score 1) 593

by kent_eh (#46157013) Attached to: Watch Bill Nye and Ken Ham Clash Over Creationism Live
Don't you think that if the Creationists are able to poke holes in the other side's arguments then maybe the other side doesn't have a very sound argument.
Knowlege and verifiable facts can still be shot down by someone with superior rhetorical skills.
That doesn't affect the truth of the facts, but it can determine who "wins" the game.

Comment: Re:Bad call (Score 1) 611

by kent_eh (#45855857) Attached to: Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham
That's the thing I am wondering about. Did Bill actually agree to this event?
Every news report I have seen is sourced *exclusively* from Ham and his website.
Nye's website and twitter don't mention it. No one has gotten an answer from Nye himself in any of the articles I have seen.
To paraphrase Richard Dawkins "This could be very good for Mr. Hamm's CV, not so much for MR. Nye"

Comment: Re:Ethanol is a crock nobody wants (Score 1) 330

by kent_eh (#45448317) Attached to: Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?

Corn is not a good stock for producing fuel ethanol, that much is true. Not that there is something wrong with the ethanol itself, it is just a rather inefficient way to get there.

Thank you.

I was a bit worried about how far down I had to scroll to find this.

There are many other sources for combustable fuels that don't divert part of the food production infrastructure./pr>

Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a lot of pressure to put much effort into developing them. Seems that the pressure is mostly in the direction of "just keep doing what we have been doing".

Comment: Re:logic (Score 2) 299

by kent_eh (#44970679) Attached to: How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?
My son started using Scratch when he was about 10.
He saw someone else using it at school and asked me to install it at home, then he basically taught himself to program simple games in it.

Lately, he has been creating mods for Minetest, again entirely on his own (researching the file format, reading the project Wiki, dissecting other user's Mods, etc)

I have a bunch of Python resources standing by for when he wants to take another step up.

Comment: Re:To me (Score 1) 417

by kent_eh (#42490235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Using a Tablet As a Sole Computing Device?
Maybe there are some ases that he hasn't thought of, and he wants to get some other input?

I notice that printing isn't mentioned. Can a tablet print to a network printer? Or to a USB printer, assuming the tablet can do USB host? ?

If your granny is doing any amount of typing, a bluetooth (or USB) keyboard would be amost mandatory, I'd think. I can't stand typing more than a few words at a time on the virtual keyboard.

Comment: What else does a mail client need to do? (Score 3, Insightful) 464

by kent_eh (#42228239) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?
What features does a mail client need that the existing ones don't already have?
I'd rather have a relatively lean (read fast) client that performs it's core function very well, rather than a monstrosity that does a thousand things in a kinda half-assed way.

"The identical is equal to itself, since it is different." -- Franco Spisani