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Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 5, Insightful) 256

Give me a break. This is all about climate change, something which has a solid scientific consensus. Conservative denial of this is just as bad as their desire to push Creationism and Intelligent Design into schools. These threatened researchers are not doing politically motivated work.

Face it, if these goons had their way they would be defunding anything that wasn't explicitly endorsed in the Bible.

Comment: Re:Price of using scientists as political pawns (Score 2) 256

NPR has been the whipping boy of conservative politicians for decades. They have been threatened with defunding many times. Because of this NPR has developed alternative sources of funds.

At present only about 10% of its revenues come from the Federal Government. NPR generally uses these attempts by Republicans to defund as a fund raising motivators.

I have heard some NPR employees say they wish the Feds would defund them. It would allow them more independence in their editorial content and would likely increase their income.

Comment: Re:Just wow. (Score 2) 106

I love how pretty much every country has come to the same conclusion: We can bypass our own laws if we have someone else do it for us.

There's nothing surprising in this. Most countries hire consultants and advisors from the same international legal/accounting firms, who themselves have been trained in the same schools of thought, and often the same universities. The international ascendancy is mostly a mono-culture.

+ - Ebola outbreak continues to expand->

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "In the realm of "stuff that matters", the current outbreak of the world's second deadliest disease continues to expand. 63 new cases are reported in the last week, and suspected cases far afield of the hot zone are reported.

Many reports of a lack of personal protective equipment and medical professionals abandoning their posts are in recent reports. The local populace is developing processes to prevent containment.

Ebola remains the second deadliest infection only because rabies victims have only one survivor reported after onset of symptoms, ever."

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+ - SpaceX Releases Amazing Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown->

Submitted by cowdung
cowdung (702933) writes "In spite of Elon Musk's characterization of the landing as a KABOOM event. Judging by this video SpaceX has managed to land the first stage rocket booster nicely on the ocean after their Orbcomm launch on July 14th.

It seems we're one step closer to a landing on dry land. Both this and the previous landing seem to have gone well."

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Comment: Re:Earthquakes? (Score 2) 216

by Roger W Moore (#47515341) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC
Remember that the accelerator is in a tunnel usually through rock. Unless there is a fault line through the ring - which would be really stupid - the accelerator will be shaken and will need realignment but the damage should not be enormous. They have very successful accelerators in Japan.

Comment: Suboptimal Design (Score 5, Interesting) 216

by Roger W Moore (#47515311) Attached to: China Plans Particle Colliders That Would Dwarf CERN's LHC

In reality, the Chinese project is definitely not make-work if they plan to do actual research.

True but a circular design for a electron-positron collider is far from the most efficient. At the energies needed to create the Higgs the energy loss caused by bending the electrons around in a ring means that the ring has to be far longer in circumference than a 'one-shot' linear collider would need to be. Worse if we find something even more exciting like Supersymmetry in our next run of the LHC starting this coming March you will never be able to increase the energy of a circular e-p machine to study it whereas with a linear collider you can extend it.

A circular machine only makes sense with heavier particles like protons but I question whether the cost savings of a single tunnel for both an e-p machine and a future proton machine will outweigh the massive increase in the cost of the magnets and accelerating cavities for the e-p machine.

Comment: Re:Anecdotes for the win! (Score 1) 918

by cowdung (#47513395) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Its true.. people are ruder online than they are in person.

Its like they feel the have a license to do or say whatever they want. A culture of lawlessness.

Also, the Internet gives the real creeps of the world more direct access to you. In the real world you wouldn't let them get close to you.. but on the Internet they can get into your face!

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 609

That is not fully true. At least in East Germany you owned things. You could own a car and the furniture in your house.

Soviet doctrine (and the broader Marxist doctrine) distinguishes between "personal property" and "private property". Things like furniture or car would be considered personal property, and hence okay. Land, means of (large-scale) production like workshops and factories etc, would be considered private property if owned, and that was banned. Houses and other things that straddled the line could be treated differently depending on the country and the era.

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 609

Russia was truly communist for a few years after the Russian revolution, until the Bolsheviks took over and turned everything on its head and forever corrupted the word "communism".

After the first revolution in February, 1917 (the one that saw the tsar abdicate), Russia became a capitalist republic. That lasted for 8 months.

After the second revolution in October, 1917, the power was in the hands of the soviets (councils) of workers and peasants, most of which were under Bolshevik control already.

In 1918, the power was very briefly (and largely nominally) exercised by the Constituent Assembly. It lasted for 13 hours before the Bolsheviks dissolved it.

By the end of 1918, Bolsheviks have purged the only remaining minority party that shared the power with them in the soviets, the left esers.

So, where do the "few years after the Russian revolution" come from?

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 2) 918

by toejam13 (#47513169) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

I did something like this back in the days when IRC was popular. I picked a female nickname and joined some generic chat channels. Immediately, I received a large number of private A/S/L messages from people. A couple of people started asking for pics via private message. A few others told me what state they were in and suggested that they'd be willing to travel if I lived in the vicinity. It got really weird very fast.

Having said that, generic chat rooms like #teenchat and #friendly were the scum of the IRC. They seemed to pull in some really creepy people. There were tamer rooms where weirdos like that would get kickbanned fairly quick. But it sucks that people can't hang out in generic chat rooms without some guy offering up a photo of his junk. What the hell. Does that even work?

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 609

If Communism never actually existed, then what the heck was the deal with USSR, China, E. Germany, Vietnam, North Korea, Cambodia, et al.

They didn't call themselves communist. They had communist parties, which were ostensibly dedicated to the goal of achieving communism - eventually, sometime in the future.

As Soviet joke went, a party lecturer holding a class on dialectic materialism in a remote village said to the audience: "Cheer up, comrades! Communism is on the horizon!"

One of the peasants in the audience raises his hand and asks a question, "Comrade, what is a horizon?"

The lecturer answered, "A horizon is an imaginary line where the sky and the earth seems to meet, which always remains the same distance from us as we walk towards it."

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 609

While some countries liked to CALL THEMSELVES communist, they were not.

None of those countries actually called themselves "communist", they were all "socialist". Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, for example. Communism, just as you say, was a label for a hypothetical future society that was just around the corner, kinda like fusion.

The one place where you'd see actual communist countries mentioned was in Soviet sci-fi. E.g. in Strugatsky brothers' Noon Universe, its early stages see an economic and scientific competition before the remainder of the Western world, headed by the USA, and the USCR - Union of Soviet Communist Republics - a result of the merger of all socialist states, with USSR and China as two cores, once communism was achieved in them.

The bogosity meter just pegged.