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Comment: Re:Bigger Markets (Score 1) 84

by circletimessquare (#49153997) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

so the choice is be

1. in a wonderful understanding marriage, or

2. "sorry, to hell with you"

your message seems to be: if you aren't married, or in a bad marriage, or in any way deviate from the 1950s leave it to beaver perfect cookie cutter utopia of domestic life, well then go fuck yourself (figuratively, not literally). that seems to be the conservative message

do you ever stop to consider people and their conditions in life that aren't in the same glorious spot as you?

is this the wonderful mythical "compassionate conservatism" i hear about always that says "you get to have sex if your life is a fairy tale, otherwise, you get to suffer, period, end of story"

why don't you instead open your mind slightly, consider people that might not have it as good as you, and allow them what they need to keep going in life?

instead of, in intolerance as you currently do, defining your oh-so-perfect life, and then declaring anyone outside it to be unclean and unworthy. that's religious conservatism in action

Comment: Re: Bigger Markets (Score 1) 84

by circletimessquare (#49153957) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

that would be nice but first we have to get conservative religious countries to agree to the UN universal declaration of human rights


what happens if you go to a conservative, religious country and say you don't believe in god or are from another religion?


so conservative religious belief supports moral behavior like not hacking someone to death just for believing different that you, right?

Comment: Re:It's almost like the Concord verses the 747 aga (Score 1) 43

by swillden (#49153949) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

Actually, it's the Return on investment (ROI) that matter in business. Or in other word, how many time it'll take to make enough profit to cover the cost of the initial investment. And in this case, the US$9.95 billion California High-Speed Rail is a huge example on how much money you can make on transportation.

Using the $56 million per km quoted on California High-Speed Rail as the low estimate of how much it would cost to build a hyper loop, the minimum cost across the US would be $56 million per km * 3000 miles * 1.6 km per mile = $270 Billion dollars MINIMUM. That's going to have a hell of a long ROI, and because of that I can't see anyone in their right mind financing such a project in the near future.

Did Musk ever propose transcontinental hyperloops? I don't believe he did. As I recall this was always intended as a regional transportation technology, something for distances short enough that air travel is inconvenient because of the airport delays at both ends, but long enough that traditional train travel is too slow.

Comment: Re: Bigger Markets (Score 1) 84

by circletimessquare (#49153897) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

i made a valid coherent argument that can be substantiated with facts

you reply with empty insults

if that's the best you can do, then it seems i've made a valid point here and the best you can do is sputter in response. so you're welcome for the education today

btw, progress is real and the hallmark of human civilization. the screen and the keyboard you use to read and respond to me are marks of progress. those who use the word as an insult, that's very telling about their intellect and character

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 43

by Rei (#49153883) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

Technically, yes, with the caveat that you'd need regular floating reboost platforms with significant power generation scattered all throughout the Pacific, and of course maintaining the track perfectly straight while floating (one presumes at a fixed depth under the water) provides its own engineering challenges. But room-temperature rarified hydrogen instead of rarified air would allow one to make the journey at about Mach 4. Faster if it's hot hydrogen.

Comment: Re:Bigger Markets (Score 1) 84

by circletimessquare (#49153869) Attached to: Google Reverses Stance, Allows Porn On Blogger After Backlash

speaking against bigotry is not the same as bigotry. you can't keep sputtering the one reflexive insult you know and sound like you are making a coherent argument. so if that's all you can do, then i guess i've made my point pretty well to you today. you're welcome for the education

Comment: Re:This isn't new (Score 1) 43

by Rei (#49153867) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

Are you under the misconception that hyperloop is a pneumatic tube system?

Hyperloop is a magnetically-accelerated a ground-effect aircraft operating in the sort of extremely rarified air normally only found at high altitudes. The tube's purpose is to provide such a rarified atmosphere near the ground. It's not a pneumatic train. It's not a vactrain. It's not maglev. It's a ground-effect aircraft.

Comment: Re:Soshill Justus (Score 1) 64

by hairyfeet (#49153857) Attached to: Twitter Adds "Report Dox" Option

I'll just leave this here, but feel free to go back to Kotaku, which came out and actually BRAGGED about how corrupt they were, ignore the chat logs of GameJournoPro, where they literally got together to formulate a response when they got caught accepting both monetary and sexual favors (which is why no less than 13 different websites all printed the EXACT SAME ARTICLE about how "gamers are dead" within an 18 minute span of each other) and listen to AS who is literally a living breathing sockpuppet of the guy who runs feminist theory (she literally retweeted entire articles word for word he wrote nearly a decade ago as her own, when nobody would listen to a "CIS male" saying his crap he found her shilling real estate and hired her, funny shit) but that is the thing about people living a political narrative, they ignore any and all reality that doesn't fit their political agenda.

I find it funny how many of the radical feminists identify as social marxists, as they do seem to be stealing whole cloth from classical communist media manipulation, especially the old And you are lynching Negroes tactic of derailing a conversation from where they are weak (such as corruption and free speech) to some place where they believe they can control the narrative. I guess those that forget their history are doomed to use failed policies of the past over and over.

Comment: Re:It's almost like the Concord verses the 747 aga (Score 1) 43

by Rei (#49153847) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

Branching would be really tricky, but there's no physical barriers. Note that even Musk's proposal isn't as far as you can take the concept. If you fill the tube with very low pressure water vapor instead of very low pressure air (via more pumping to overwhelm leaks, plus water vapor injection), your top speed jumps 40%. Fill it with hydrogen and it jumps 300% (normally hydrogen is a real pain to work with due to flammability, embrittlement, etc, but the densities in question are so low that such issues are mostly avoided). So we're talking the potential for hyperloop "speedways" for long distance runs that could blow airplanes out of the water.

The low numbers of passengers per capsule is really key to making the concept economical. Compare, say, monorail track with a full sized rail bridge. The former is vastly cheaper per unit distance because the peak loadings are so much lower, because the mass of the monorail trains are so much lower. A computer-controlled high launch rate of small, high speed capsules means you're spreading the loading out greatly, which means greatly reduced loading and thus materials costs.

Still, while Musk has been thinking of Hyperloop stations in the "airport" concept, he really needs to get out of that mindset. His proposed plan had them on the outskirts of cities. Airports are only on the outskirts of cities because they *must* be. You greatly reduce your utility by doing that, by making people catch connecting trains. Hyperloop can extend just fine into towns; with his two proposed endpoints in particular there are excellent rail routes into town that are quite straight that it could be built over.

Comment: You mean like in Ohio? (Score 1) 421

by jonadab (#49153525) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?
> You'd get whiter skies. People wouldn't have blue skies anymore.

I grew up in northeastern Ohio. I always assumed the notion of the sky being "blue" was a cultural symbolic thing, like how they teach you to draw yellow lines radiating from the sun to represent the sunlight coming from it, or the black lines you draw behind a moving object to show the motion.

When I was in seventh grade we moved to western Michigan. The first day, I got out my camera and took photographs of the sky being *actually* blue (well, sky blue), because I didn't think anyone would believe me, or understand that I was being literal, if I just told them about it.

Comment: Back-end image file manipulation? (Score 4, Interesting) 155

by swb (#49153203) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?

I'd swear I saw completely different images of these dresses posted, at extremes of the color controversy and neither was at all ambigous as to what color it was.

I wonder what the likelihood is that two or more images were served to clients, either at random or by some algorithm, to further the controversy? I can see one single ambiguous image that could go either way, but most of the examples I saw looked to be tweaked for maximum color association.

If you served tweaked images to clients so that "everyone" saw a different image, including people who saw different images at different times muddying their memory of what they saw over time, you could really amplify the controversy since people would actually be seeing a different image.

Comment: Re:... Driverless cars? (Score 1) 258

Nothing is going to inspire the likes of google and apple to build driveless cars faster than getting dicked around

They don't even need to solve the tremendously difficult problem of a driverless car that can handle a parking lot. Apple and Google and the other companies could pay for a Personal Rapid Transit system with lunch money. And it might even be possible to get the city's notoriously ridiculous approval system to buy in to that idea. It's Green. It's Safe. It's Electric. It's basically a Buzzword Bingo for the Bay Area. Done with a little thought and planning, it could be a boon to tourism, too.

Antagonizing the (at times) most valuable corporation in the world, with by far the largest cash reserve in the world, doesn't seem to be a very good idea. It doesn't take a magical driverless car to eliminate drivers in transportation. All it takes is rails.

Vax Vobiscum