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Comment: Taboo?? (Score 3, Insightful) 333

by mspohr (#46751411) Attached to: Climate Scientist: Climate Engineering Might Be the Answer To Warming

I don't think there is much of a taboo on discussing climate engineering. It's just that all of the proposals I have heard about are just stupid / won't work / would screw up things more, etc. Then there is the "what could possibly go wrong" factor.
It's fine to discuss climate engineering but they'll have to come up with something much better than anything now out there.

Comment: Re:And this is why I won't get Glass (Score 1) 161

by mspohr (#46742031) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

They don't seem to have any problem finding customers at that price.
I personally am not interested. I just don't see myself walking around wearing this thing. Not sure what I would do with it. It seems really nerdy and creepy. However, if I had a specific application in mind... something like recording surgery, automobile repair (or service and repair in many industries) then I could see it.
I do have a Google Chromecast which is really a beta device and has been a disappointment due to very limited functionality. They are slowly adding applications but still very much a walled garden. Hopefully it will be more useful some day. I only spent $35 on it so not much risk there.

Comment: Re:And this is why I won't get Glass (Score 1) 161

by mspohr (#46741481) Attached to: Anyone Can Buy Google Glass April 15

Google (and many other companies) do this with their beta products... you know... because they are "beta" and they want to limit the number of users to something they can handle.
For instance, Gmail was limited access at first and you had to be invited to join. I see that you are using a gmail account.

Comment: Re:He's right! (Score 1) 577

by mspohr (#46728953) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

It's hard to find out exactly what he said since all I can find are news stories, many which repeat the headline. It would be nice to have a transcript. I'm sure what he said was more nuanced than what is being reported. The "Can't teach a coalminer to code" looks like it will live forever... at least in the Twitterverse.
Anyone have a link to an actual transcript?

Comment: Re:He's right! (Score 0) 577

by mspohr (#46727291) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

Sure, coding is not for everyone but it just shows the arrogance of this capitalist pig Bloomberg when he assumes that coal miners are stupid and can't be retrained.
Coal miners as a group are probably just as smart as the entitled 1% who had education opportunities. So yes, you can train coal miners for other jobs (including coding). It's just elitist to assume otherwise.

Comment: Re:Problems? (Score 1, Informative) 152

by mspohr (#46716103) Attached to: Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

As we all know, the folks here at /. all know much more about everything than anyone else so they are eminently qualified to opine on any subject. In the current case, I am sure that the engineers at Tesla will read every comment carefully to see where they have gone wrong and try to correct their mistakes even though they cannot equal the brain power and engineering prowess of the collective "Slashdot hive mind".
Let the flame wars begin!

+ - Uncontacted Tribes Die Instantly After We Meet Them->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "It’s a story we all know—Christopher Columbus discovers America, his European buddies follow him, they meet the indigenous people living there, they indigenous people die from smallpox and guns and other unknown diseases, and the Europeans get gold, land, and so on.

It’s still happening today in Brazil, where 238 indigenous tribes have been contacted in the last several decades, and where between 23 and 70 uncontacted tribes are still living. A just-published report that takes a look at what happens after the modern world comes into contact with indigenous peoples isn’t pretty: Of those contacted, three quarters went extinct. Those that survived saw mortality rates up over 80 percent. This is grim stuff."

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He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.