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Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 304

by quenda (#48453965) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

physics. Our progression in the last 100 years is more than 1000 fold all previous years combined

You think!? In 1914 we already had quantum mechanics and relativity (which limited speed to 'c' ).
Since then ... a bit of refinement. General relativity was published in 1916, but I would not call that a thousand-fold increment.
Now the greatest minds of our generation bang their heads against the brick wall of string theory.

Comment: Re:Nuclear Power has Dangers (Score 5, Informative) 519

by quenda (#48424305) Attached to: What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

The first is that if something goes wrong on takeoff you risk what is effectively a 'dirty bomb' going off somewhere in the Earth's atmosphere which is not good.

Its not nearly as bad as you think. The biggest impact of a dirty bomb in a city would be psychological.
In the atmosphere, less important.

had better make sure that the craft does not return for Earth for a few billion years otherwise, again, it is like a dirty bomb going off in the atmosphere.

Uh, nuh. Pu238 half-life is 88 years. Here is the most basic clue about radioactivity: radiation intensity is inversely related to halflife. If it has a billion-year half-life, it is barely radioactive at all. A dirty bomb needs something with lots of radiation, and so a short half-life.

Comment: Re:Russian propaganda for the home audience (Score 3, Interesting) 340

by quenda (#48394471) Attached to: Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

I think the only target audience is the Russian public, most of whom believe everything that Putin's propaganda machine feeds them.

They don't even have to believe it. Disinformation works even it it only serves to create confusion and cast doubt on the facts.

Comment: Re:Popular research subject (Score 1) 350

by quenda (#48383617) Attached to: Debunking a Viral Internet Post About Breastfeeding Racism

Even bigger difference: the white woman is in Australia and the black woman is in the US.

Yes, its much less of an issue here. Very rare for anyone to object to public breastfeeding, even if they don't like it.
I read that while almost all Australian mothers breastfeed (though some not for long), the majority of black American mothers do not.
Why is that?

Comment: Re:Yeah, right... (Score 1) 459

by quenda (#48365485) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Resumes with "black" sounding names didn't get called back for an interview.

Those names say much more than race. They indicate lower-class parents - less educated and intelligent.
Smart middle-class parents, black or white, generally do not give their kids made-up or deliberately mis-spelled names.

It may not be fair to visit the sins of the fathers on the job applicant, but neither is it evidence of racism.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]