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Comment: Re:Yes, for any mission (Score 1) 307

by surd1618 (#46674641) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?
It's not so outlandish that people will come back from Mars. It would be an incredible feat. I would prefer it because it would push more science into technology. But much more importantly, we can start viewing governance in a way where we don't take lives, even for causes many consider to be worthy. I cannot demand an end to the death penalty or conquest all by myself, but for my part, I vote to preserve the sanctity of human life.

Comment: Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (Score 1) 517


in favor of your treatment

...I think the AC was just pointing out that holistic medicine has some utility. They did not say that it was the entire utility, or endorse it much at all, in my judgment. Just that it has a function that could arguably cause it to sustain itself.

Comment: fix (Score 1) 529

by surd1618 (#46521149) Attached to: The Poor Neglected Gifted Child
PAY TEACHERS MORE, but require higher degrees and better grades from applicants. Yes, you need a bachelor's degree in math and a master's in education to teach third graders math.
FIRE REDUNDANT, loathsome, boring, corrupt ADMINISTRATORS. There are so many fucking administrators.
I remember when the administrators in my high school district were caught spending 100Ks of school funds on SUVs and fancy living. This is not very rare. Idle hands are the Devil's playthings.
With these two items in place, Common Core will (slowly) perish.

Comment: Simple Fix (Score 1) 264

by surd1618 (#46503849) Attached to: Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You
People should just get used to the idea that if they are dealing with cops, then they are being recorded. This reduces the potential for abuse from police officers, since they would have to account for times their camera was off (affirmative observance), rather than someone needing to discover or prove that they should have had it on. This seems plausible enough eventually anyhow, so why not cut to the chase?

I don't see the UCLA obstructionist reading. I see a vigilent legal entity doing their job, except that law lags behind technology in this instance.

Comment: Re:I remember Doom 3. (Score 1) 108

I new Doom-like game could still be super-cool, if it were fuck-all hard and full of archviles and shit. It wouldn't sell, but I'd kick ass at it. The only problem would be AI. I think the best solution would be to keep them stupid, just like before. Crazy? Maybe. But I bet, if a 'clever' version with a 'plot' and 'advanced AI' came out, I'd be playing the new 'DOOM 2 ' mod in a week, and vice versa, except I wouldn't play the "HALF LIFE MOD" (I'd be too busy kicking ass!). In a month I'd be playing the team fortress mod though, once I'd beat the game in NM

Comment: Re:Some possible ways (Score 1) 745

by surd1618 (#46269269) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
There's a difference. In creationism, people assume an understanding or expectation of the thing outside of creation. Believers have an expectation of the afterlife, and they are notorious for using that as a justification for whatever they like. On the other hand, creating a framework for asking questions about the world as a simulation, coming from a questioning (rather than believing) mindset, might lead to some interesting results.

Comment: Re:Three Years? (Score 1) 225

by surd1618 (#46268687) Attached to: Scientists Create Pizza That Can Last Years
I looked over a few, and tried bits of them. One thing I noticed was egregious, amazing amounts of trans fat in a cookie. Like, would certainly cause heart disease if eaten x times, where x is not a giant number. I could see keeping these things for a hunting trip, but if you were surviving in a bunker, I think they might kill you before the thing you're hiding from.

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. -- Thomas Alva Edison