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Comment: Re:Can someone explain to me (Score 1) 123

by pixelpusher220 (#47873677) Attached to: SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

There is no purpose to manned spaceflight.

There's always purpose to investigating the unknown. If we didn't, we'd still be living in trees.

You need both. The Science figures out what is interesting enough to investigate in detail. Manned missions then do that detailed investigation. The Moon landings weren't for science - they were a political statement. The science was just a bonus of that statement. But learning how to mine asteroids? Efficiently get between the surface and LEO and points farther? Will infinitely improve the human condition. They won't do it for probably 50-100 years, but that doesn't mean we don't do them.

Now, you need a lot more unmanned missions to figure out the few manned missions that will be worth the time and money.

Comment: Re:It'd be nice... (Score 1) 248

- If you like your doctor, you can keep him
- If you like your plan, you can keep it

What he didn't say at the time because it was a very very basic assumption was that if your doctor/plan MEET THE MINIMUM STANDARDS of the ACA you can keep them.

Those minimum things are what the ACA was about. If a plan doesn't meet the ACA then no it shouldn't have been allowed to continue. It was the entire point of the legislation, to get a bare minimum of reasonable insurance to people. Not 'catastrophic only' coverage cheapo plans that existed previously because those same people simply were left to die by the insurance companies.

Comment: Re:Global Warming? (Score 1) 273

by pixelpusher220 (#47761341) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor
We know for a fact that it is warming the oceans.

We know for a fact we are seeing more methane seeps in places that it is warming and in places we didn't seem them before.

We know for a fact that increasing the temps around methane hydrates will cause them to release.

We know for a fact that more methane in the atmosphere will increase temperatures.

While you might not be able to explicitly prove it just yet, the signs are clearly there that we're treading on pretty thin ice.

Comment: Re:Global Warming? (Score 1) 273

by pixelpusher220 (#47756819) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor
Climate change *is* settled. It's basic physics and thermodynamics. CO2 is a greenhouse gas. We're adding copious amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere. This WILL increase the temperature of a system. And amazingly enough we are seeing temperatures go up.

Now, if you want to prove why this won't cause warming, please do. But me thinks you (and anybody else since they haven't) simply can't.

Are there finer details of the process that aren't yet understood? Sure. That doesn't negate the overall theory and overwhelming body of evidence that supports the theory. Just saying 'its normal, nothing to see here' isn't credible when you see significant changes.

Comment: Re:I forced myself to watch it (Score 1) 300

by pixelpusher220 (#47756717) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

The question for Twitter is not, "should we censor"; they do that every day when they stop people distributing wares and malware through their system. The question is "should we give resources to help these people who have a very clear bad aim"

The content of the links Twitter is taking down isn't on or hosted by Twitter and aren't being tweeted by the terrorists. They are being tweeted by regular Twitter users. As such, pulling those links *is* censorship. As I've said, don't force the content down people's throats with auto play but simply require an active action for it to be played. Then it's completely in the hands of the user as to whether they view the material or not.

Comment: Re:I forced myself to watch it (Score 3, Insightful) 300

by pixelpusher220 (#47748185) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video
you simply can't stop information on the internet. You can try but you will fail. If the trolls want to do such things, it says more about them than it does about anything else.

I'm all in favor of requiring an active action to view the video. Rather than Twitter taking down links, just modify them to require a click before it plays so people who don't want to see it aren't forced to experience it. But blocking it? simply won't work.

Comment: Re:Safety vs Law (Score 2) 475

by pixelpusher220 (#47705993) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Increase the speed limits? Then there will be idiots driving even faster.

Yes there will. Simply changing the rules without adequate training after decades of an undesirable behavior isn't going to change said behavior overnight.

Trying to change a systemic behavior in a system as vast and (in the US) as untrained as the driving public isn't a small undertaking.

Comment: Re:Left or Right? (Score 2) 475

by pixelpusher220 (#47705929) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit
there's this thing called 'software' that can, amazingly enough, use different configuration data based on a physical location. Or did you think Google Search was only in American English everywhere?

That said, this magical thing called 'software' can also be hacked to do things that aren't intended by the developers so it's not a panacea, but it will still be a far bit better than humans at following the rules of the road as conveyed to it - even through the normal posted speed limit signs.

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