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Comment: Re:Awesome video. I wish I could see it in person. (Score 1) 18

by drinkypoo (#48688403) Attached to: Life In Space, In More Than 12,000 Photos

I can't even watch a video this morning because my WISP is shitting itself, you insensitive clod! Since the USA is apparently the third world, and can't manage to maintain its infrastructure, I have nothing to say about the video itself.

It would be really fucking nice if we would spend half the effort on terrestrial communications in this country that we do on communicating with spacecraft.

It's time for us to put the screws to the government and make them put the screws to the telecoms, god knows they won't do it without being forced.

Comment: Re:With carbon-nuetral energy, sequestration (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#48688397) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

If you're proposing wind and solar as that energy source, you may as well start planting trees. For all the good it will do. And there's only one possible source of energy that could scale and meet these challenges:

Claiming that wind and solar can't do this job is spectacularly stupid because this is a job ideally suited to wind and solar. They don't necessarily blow when power demand is highest, but that doesn't matter if you're using the power to make fuel, because the fuel will wait for you.

Thorium has become sort of a in-joke around here

Yeah, if by "around here" you mean "on earth".

Comment: Re:50 to make a scedule? (Score 1) 204

So to me there is nothing special going on. The only reason we are not going to Mars is because we don't want to. We do not want to invest the billions it will need. We don't want to sacrifice the people that will die.

Right, and the only reason our tax money is being spent on war for profit is that we are greedy fucks who like murdering people. We want to kill people for profit instead of potentially losing some volunteers on the way to Mars.

Comment: Re:trees are nice. plankton absorb CO2 (Score 1) 85

by drinkypoo (#48688359) Attached to: Trees vs. Atmospheric Carbon: A Fight That Makes Sense?

Trees turn CO2 into wood, then we can use the wood, sequestering the carbon. Plants are made mostly out of carbon, virtually all of which comes from the air even in the case of "heavy" soil carbon users like corn.

On the other hand, bamboo would be a lot better, because it grows a lot faster.

Comment: Re:Lesson goes unlearned (Score 1) 68

by drinkypoo (#48688353) Attached to: Sony PlayStation Network Back Up Now, Supposedly

Hell, you are paying for WRONG NUMBERS to ring you

No, I am not, because I do not answer calls from numbers not in my phone book. I let them go straight to voicemail. I probably don't want to talk to them anyway — if it's important, I'll get an email. The only exception is if there's an emergency, but I'm not emergency personnel anyway.

Comment: Re:Bzzt, thanks for playing (Score 1) 324

by drinkypoo (#48688347) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

The internet, that source of reliable, dependable, unbiased information about drugs.

The internet, the place where you can read what the manufacturer of the drug has to say about it, and the abstracts of studies which indicate that it's dangerous. Oh wait, you wanted to not have to think? That's called death. In a hurry?

Comment: Re:Right idea, not taken quite far enough (Score 1) 324

by drinkypoo (#48687367) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

They'll learn the bus/train routes and/or get a bicycle pretty quick.

I always find this particular argument horribly ironic on Slashdot, a site just fucking chock-full of commuters. I'll bet a good portion of the portion of the readership of this site which still has a job is driving more than an hour to reach it, and the biggest portion of those people live where there is no public transportation option which covers their entire route, even given a reasonable bicycle ride at the start.

I am all in favor of solving the public transportation problem in this country, but it's one which was deliberately created by the auto companies. We're not about to force them to fix it, and they couldn't afford to if they tried. We're going to have to pay for it.

Comment: Re:Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 1) 203

I love how people referring to "successful" matriarchies always wind up pointing to primitive cultures.

Which cultures develop technologically is only occasionally a result of specific leadership and is typically more a result of resources.

Comment: Re:Makes things worse (Score 1) 203

We do need more women in the tech field

Why? Honest question.

For the benefit of the men, of course. But really, everyone would benefit from more integration of more kinds. When businesses more accurately reflect the makeup of the nation, they better serve the nation. Corporations are legal fictions which could not exist without the nation, so they should serve it to some degree.

Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 268

by drinkypoo (#48687279) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

As to the merits of the interview, that would be making people laugh. And it does... so... you're wrong.

The question is whether enough people who saw it would recommend it to people who hadn't seen it to get this many asses in seats, so that the movie would be successful. This is a question that probably cannot be answered, but I suspect that the answer is actually no. When people come to the theater determined to have a good time, it's more likely that they will, and if they didn't have a good time then the terrists woulda won, by god and all that is holy, et cetera.

Comment: Re:The only negative reviews are coming from... (Score 1) 268

by drinkypoo (#48687137) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

You're allowing yourself to get turned off too easily by dirty jokes and violence.

No, I'm turned off easily by crudeness substituted for cleverness, and violence used in lieu of plot. The idea that viewers cannot be arsed to care unless something is exploding and/or someone is dying is insulting.

If you did a Chaplin movie today, everyone would find it very boring and it would be a financial disaster.

And if The Interview were released on its own merits, the same thing would happen.

Comment: Re:Missing Items (Score 1) 324

by drinkypoo (#48687103) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

one of the drivers, the one who killed my niece, and the incident with which I had the greatest level of direct personal involvement, had evidently only had one glass of wine that evening, only further exemplifying the notion that no truly objective standard exists for one to decide if they should be okay to drive or not anyways, so if they moved to a zero tolerance system,

...nobody would ever be allowed to drive, period, because your brain chemistry is variable even without the influence of substances which are acknowledged as drugs. And that does make some sense; if what you want is public safety, then we should eliminate all cars entirely and move to rail-based PRT, which would utterly eliminate most classes of transportation accident.

Comment: Re:No forgiveness!! (Score 1) 324

by drinkypoo (#48687097) Attached to: Drunk Drivers in California May Get Mandated Interlock Devices

I'm against the death penalty based on the possibly innocent factor, but the roads must be kept safe for everyone at all hours.

Then they should be converted to rails, because alcohol is a factor in less than a third of accidents. There's just too many reasons why a car can crash. If your goal is safety, then you should ban the car.

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