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Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 546

there's plenty of demand for a strong quantitative education.

The demand has to come from the students if the educating is going to happen. They have to want to be educated. School is all about forcing them to be educated, and throwing them and maybe their parents into a system that turns normal people into hardened criminals if they don't show up. Meanwhile, school has only gotten more arbitrarily authoritarian, with cops being called on ever-younger children for absolutely ridiculous things. Elementary penitentiary. We're not even trying to serve the students, except maybe as lunch.

Comment: Re: I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 546

But for a kid with parents to teach them the need for hard work to succeed,

That's not only a fallacy, but unlikely anyway. Most people are shit parents by any reasonable standard.

Anyway, the rich people mostly didn't work hard, and the people who work hard mostly don't get rich. So stop repeating that useless canard.

Comment: Re: They're called trees. (Score 1) 112

by drinkypoo (#49497413) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

Then they die, and decompose, releasing nearly all that CO2 back into the atmosphere.

Again, that depends on the rate and type of decomposition. In fact, if you allow duff to build up, it sequesters carbon.

Yes, trees that are growing do take carbon out of the atmosphere. After they die, it gets released back.

Some of it gets released back. The faster it gets released back, the more of it gets released back. Some of the carbon is sequestered in the soil.

Comment: In Other News (Score 5, Insightful) 136

by MightyMartian (#49495993) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees

And in other news, MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom will receive a bazillion dollar bonus, and another ten bazillion dollars in stock options. It's predicted he will end his term as CEO by urinating and defecating and the smoldering corpse of MakerBot before seeking greener pastures to assrape and pillage.

When asked for comment, Mr. Jaglom replied "I'd just like to say fuck you all very much!"

Comment: Re:Skating, not butthole surfing (Score 1) 112

by drinkypoo (#49494421) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

A sarcasm or a prediction? You decide.

Either it's sarcasm or you're an idiot, because it's easy to release carbon. What's hard is putting it back in the bottle.

I will choose to believe that you were being sarcastic, because it will make me feel better about the world I live in.

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 3, Informative) 112

by drinkypoo (#49494395) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

Actually, cutting down trees is a great way to optimize carbon storage, as long as new trees are planted to replace the ones cut down. It clears space for new trees, which grow faster and eat more carbon when they are young.

What? I say, what did you say, son? A quick google search would have proven you wrong, but you didn't even do that. Or, you know, having paid attention to any of these discussions here on slashdot in ages, since I bring this point up every time we have one. I haven't been bothering with links and citations until now, but nobody has asked so I didn't feel it was important since I'm not the only person who knows how to use google, am I? I don't want to fall into the trap of thinking I'm smarter than everyone, but I have this sneaking suspicion that I've been giving the average slashdotter way too much credit — and it wasn't that much, in my estimation.

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 2) 112

by drinkypoo (#49494361) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

Trees only sequester carbon for about 100 before they're broken down into CO2 and other stuff again.

It's not even that simple. The percentage of carbon which is released instead of being fixed into the soil is related to the rate at which decomposition occurs. However, even tropical rain forests are net carbon sinks. As well, when you harvest timber and build things out of it, you keep the carbon fairly well-sequestered, at least until the wood gets successfully attacked by a fungus or set on fire, etc etc. But mature trees fix more carbon than young trees, further complicating the issue. The truth is that planting the world over with trees is no substitute for not having cut them down in the first place, and no amount of wishing will make it so. That's not an argument against replanting, just an argument against any further cutting of old growth. It should simply not be permitted, unless those trees absolutely will fail regardless — and soon.

Comment: Re:They're called trees. (Score 2) 112

by drinkypoo (#49494275) Attached to: Breakthrough In Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate

Strangely enough, at least in North America, we've planted more trees than we've cut down

What we care about is not forested area, although it's relevant to weather patterns, but forest mass. Older trees put on mass faster than young trees, and most of a plant's non-water mass is carbon from the air. Strangely enough, this simple fact seems to go mostly ignored in discussions about global climate and carbon, and I have to bring it up in literally every discussion on this subject here on Slashdot. I can use the karma, but I'd prefer that more of you land-rape apologists would wake up and smell the burning.

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