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Comment: Re:What's it good for? (Score 1) 225

by painandgreed (#48437027) Attached to: Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

We need to expand beyond Earth

No we don't. There's nothing but a cold hard vacuum out there, with a couple of extremely inhospitable cold rocks.

There is almost limited energy. once fossil fuels run out, we will be left with essentially the energy that hits us coming from the sun (plus fission and fusion but... *waves hand*). There is a lot more of that out is space and we will probably want to tap into it. My bet is that eventually, the energy infrastructure in space will grow to the point that we'll both develop manufacturing in space and have people in space as that will be the least work intensive method to get that energy. From there, the infrastructure to support those people will grow until space itself can support itself. From there, we'll move out through the solar system and possibly the nearby systems harvesting materials as we go.

Comment: Re:Maybe repurpose it a little... (Score 2) 225

by painandgreed (#48434765) Attached to: Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS
The ISS is not a deep space craft. It and the crew is still protected by the Van Allen belt from radiation, and is not mean to handle the thrust of moving it. The boosting just to keep it in orbit is already taking a toll on the structure and it is very much still in the grip of Earth's gravity and probably could not handle the thrust needed to get it out into deep space. A ion thruster would not do will still in orbit. As far as a car analogy goes, what you are suggesting is like saying somebody should use a short ranged electric car meant for short city trips to do multi ton interstate shipping.

Comment: Re:Forget the Space Station (Score 1) 225

by painandgreed (#48434683) Attached to: Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

We should build a moon base. It will be the first of its kind...Alpha. Something we should have completed 15 years ago, instead of wasting money on ISS.

I understand you are making a funny, but I see people saying this in seriousness. The matter of the fact is that if we were serious about going to Mars or a moon base, we would not abandon the ISS but fund it even more and probably need to build a second one, just to do the research to get the knowledge to make such things possible. Complaining about spending funds on the ISS instead of a moon base is like complaining about all the money spend on fusion research instead of just building the final working product right now.

Comment: Re:Long-term health effects (Score 2) 225

by painandgreed (#48434555) Attached to: Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

Lets face it, the first couple of missions to Mars are probably going to be one way. I for one would like to know how to mitigate 'space scurvy' before taking the plunge.

No trip to Mars is going to be one way. We could probably send a one way trip if we really wanted to, but we will never do it. We will want a good chance of success and by time we do go through the trouble of figuring out the issues like "space scurvy", long term deep space habitats, and making sure that the trip actually has a desired chance of success to justify even making a trip to Mars, the return trip will be trivial.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 428

by painandgreed (#48426987) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

The problem here is that you just no true Scotsmanned away over half the people with your ideological alignment.

Besides which, the data on libertarian voting isn't very ambiguous. Self identified libertarians vote for republican candidates at about the same rate as self identifed republicans. 75% vs 80%.

Yes, because Republicans and Libertarians are far more liberal than the authoritarian socialists people call Democrats these days. Naturally they would align.

Yes. Bush was a very liberal president, in the classical sense, probably the most in a long time. He created an entire new branch of government and increased its powers.

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 139

Why is this so hard to understand?

Because they did not sit there and say that the risk had not changed and there was no way to know if there would be an earthquake or not. If they had kept saying that or just never had their press conference to begin with, they would have been fine. In previous /. stories on there, there were the transcripts of the public meeting. They started off by saying that there was no way to tell if there was any way to tell if there would be an earthquake or not, but under the pressure of public questioning to answer yes or no to something they don't know, they finally caved and gave an answer that seemed to the listeners to be a "no". In the end they said something along the lines of "Don't worry about it. Go home and have a glass of wine."

Comment: Re:It's a scam (Score 1) 246

by painandgreed (#48370055) Attached to: The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

I guess my position is, you have to start somewhere, and you can't reasonably expect the first try to succeed.

And that start is the ISS. They are doing the beginnings of the work and research that will be needed to get to Mars. Later will probably come a larger ISS type station because there is a lot of work that needs to be done before we venture into space. Later, we'll need a deep space version to test living outside of the protective magnetic shield of the Earth. Then probably some trips to the moon and even a moon base. Then, we can realistically look at some sort of fly by and landing on Mars.

Comment: Re:looking the same trying to look different (Score 1) 176

by painandgreed (#48355665) Attached to: The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

Not rocket science -- we saw the same thing in the sixties. Association with a movement -- "hipster" in this case, "hippie" back then -- although intending noncomformity, in truth only means conforming with a different set of rules. Or as Frank Zappa said decades ago, "Everyone in this room is wearing a uniform, and don't kid yourself".

So long as it's not the same uniform as their parents, they're probably fine with that.

Comment: Re:Great! More hipster hate. (Score 1) 176

by painandgreed (#48355325) Attached to: The Math Behind the Hipster Effect

I love it. Hipster-hate, in all it's forms, is the latest new thing! It's the latest trend.

Nope. Hipster hate has been around since at least the 40's when it was associated with jazz. Hipster is a pretty much generic term for whatever twenty somethings are doing currently. It was used in the 40's and 50's became hippies in the 60's and 70's. The 80's seemed filled with a variety of alternative subcultures so they all got their own names, but it has returned for at least twenty years where I have heard the hipster hate in my trendy section of Seattle. The twenty somethings in the neighborhood are always called hipsters and have had variety of looks in the last two decades from white belted rockers to the current lumbersexuals. The up and coming youth always want to do their own thing which somehow seems to involved dressing in their grandparent's clothes, listening to new music, and generally trying not to be their parents. The parents always hate this.

Comment: Re:Rules (Score 1) 429

by painandgreed (#48334705) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

The nothing they are referring to is mass-energy. I think that basically they have mathematically confirmed the theory that a cold, empty false-vacuum universe could spontaneously spawn a bubble of stable true vacuum filled with the seething energy that eventually cooled to become the universe we see today.

OK, but could a false vacuum universe spawn a lower energy false vacuum universe filled with energy, that could spawn a true false vacuum universe?

Comment: Re:Strange? (Score 1) 138

by painandgreed (#48326183) Attached to: Physicists Resurrect an Old, Strange Dark Matter Theory

Once the surface tension barrier is breached, the clump explodes in a huge nuclear explosion. Strange matter particles then simply decay and become regular hadrons and form regular nuclei. However, it's also possible that some clumps sank to the core if the collision conditions were just right and surface tension barrier is strong enough.

In that case wouldn't we see a varying degree of dark/strange/missing versus normal matter over time and thus have more missing matter in older galaxies that were farther away and be able to test for that?

Comment: Re: Wonderful (Score 1) 588

by painandgreed (#48320629) Attached to: Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

It means it is no longer a violation of state law, only federal. The federal government can still enforce the laws without using local resources but they don't really want to spark a fight between state governments and the federal.

They probably don't want to see all those minor drug arrests end up in Federal courts. I'm sure that if the Fed came down on the states, then local cops would be more than happy to call the FBI and request assistance and to turn over the perpetrators to them (or whatever the actual process would be). The end result would be that those arresting officers time, trials, and prosecutor hours would all end up on the Fed's budget and not the state's, not to mention prison costs. The Fed doesn't want that any more than the state.

Comment: Re:Well, let's criminalize Du Pont Nylon now. (Score 1) 588

by painandgreed (#48320587) Attached to: Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

But the claim is that it would be threatened. So... why doesn't hemp use threaten paper use where it's legal?

Nobody claimed that Hearst and the rest actually knew what they were talking about, merely that they feared something and sought to criminalize it via dubious methods by lying to the public and invoking 'the children'.

Comment: Re:Republican opposition to monopolies (Score 1) 485

by painandgreed (#48305903) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

Eisenhower was not a modern Republican. He'd not have an inkling of a chance to be permitted to run for either party these days. He's the guy who sent the army to desegregate the Southern schools. He's the one who warned about the military industrial complex. If you want to see what happens to people who think out of the box in our times, look up Derek Khanna.

True, back then most modern Republicans were still Democrats. The change over starting with the Dixiecrats and Nixon is still progressing as the South has only become solid Republican in the last few years.

Comment: Re:College is a scam (Score 1) 331

I went to a state college (twice!) and the graduation rate was bellow 33% That's a scam... flat out scam. You have to go, they know you have to go, and they abuse you to squeeze as much money out of you as possible.

Yes, there are those that just drink themselves out. But the colleges offer absolutely no help with anything at all.

Certainly not my experience at the two state schools I went to. Every single teacher had office hours and some practically begged students to come in for what would essentially be private tutoring. The matter of the fact was that if people who needed that tutoring were willing to put as much time into it as going to class in the first place, they probably would have done their homework and not be in the spot they were in. Most sat in there offices for those hours waiting for students to come to them for help and while they would get the occasional person flunking who did really want to pass, most of the people that ever went were the students that were already doing great and wanted to ask questions about the topic. On top of that there were study groups, grad students, and other resources to help undergrads that rarely got used. Universities want you to graduate because that's longer you'll be in school and the better chance they can hit you up for money as an alumni.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.