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Comment: Re:Niche energy (Score 1) 89

by king neckbeard (#48468761) Attached to: WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator
We don't really need to have a one-size-fits-all power generation supply. Geothermal is great if you are in Iceland or certain parts of the Ring of Fire, but for the most of the world, it's not an option at all. Solar power is going to work better in places with lots of sunlight, wind power in places with lots of wind, etc.

Comment: Re:Keys to the kingdom ... (Score 2) 178

by king neckbeard (#48458535) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven
A slippery slope argument is only a fallacy if it cannot be demonstrated that the slide down the slope isn't inevitable or at least highly likely. This progression of using terrorism and protecting children has been demonstrated to be true on numerous occasions, so it isn't a fallacy.

Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 304

by king neckbeard (#48452265) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies
To anyone currently alive, an infinite universe and one with 100 billion galaxies are indistinguishable. We were previously weighing a practically infinite universe with a practically infinitesimal chance of life, but the numbers seem to have been getting better overall, and the conditions in which life can exist have also expanded considerably.

Comment: Previously thought... (Score 1) 304

by king neckbeard (#48452221) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies
'Previously thought' has varied quite a bit over time. Since it has been thought to be 1, it's going to be quite difficult for it to be lower than it has ever been previously thought, and 1 in 10 galaxies is higher than most estimates. Skimming TFA, it seems to suggest the problem is that it can't support life if you are too close to a giant explosion in space, and that our universe isn't even in one of the 10% mentioned.

So, to recap, 90% of galaxies have big explosions that could wipe out life as we know it except for the parts of that galaxy that aren't too close to the explosions. So, what we can really gather is that most of most galaxies isn't hospitable to us.

Comment: Re:Problem? (Score 1) 185

by king neckbeard (#48448477) Attached to: How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles
The average amount of CO2 would be about the same, but if there were greater parity of crops between the hemispheres, there would be less of a swing. That might be advantageous if there are negative effects to a big swing such as health problems or extreme weather (although I have no idea if there are any such ill effects).

Comment: Re:Corn Subsidies (Score 1) 185

by king neckbeard (#48447121) Attached to: How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles
I'm not sure if any of those claims have actually reaching anything close to scientific consensus. In fact, I was of the impression that we were or are near a point at which we will have to take active steps to control greenhouse gases, never mind the greenhouse gases that 7 billion human corpses will release. You seem to be using absolutely nothing but absolutes, which is a very strong indicator that you have no clue what you are talking about.

Comment: Re:So, VOIP 911 calls shouldn't get priority? (Score 1) 76

"Why do I get the feeling that'll work just about as well as, "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." Probably because you aren't approaching this issue from an even remotely serious technical perspective.

Let's say that emergency VOIP is a big enough concern to warrant an exception. Why not first establish a general rule that only allows for emergency VOIP calls to be prioritized, and that any other prioritization results in the CEO of the ISP being punched in the throat?

Comment: Re:Easier means of boosting IQ (Score 1) 63

I don't think that there are any reputable IQ tests that make use of vocabulary, so I'm not sure how accurate your assessment is. I'm not aware of any training (prior to this, anyway), that was able to produce more than a few points difference for well rested test takers that don't have severe test anxiety.

Comment: Re:IQ is not a simple measure (Score 2) 63

My first guess would be that because you have different sections of the brain being used together, you are essentially.getting higher throughput. If that's the case, then recent studies on psilocybin might suggest that if we were to learn to use them properly, we might be able to become much more intelligent creatures.

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