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Comment Re:If it's "settled", it ISN'T "science" (Score 1) 442

Just to be fair, 99.9991% of Slashdot posters are NOT climate scientists. They simple cut and paste talking points from their favorite websites that support their personal view.

There is never a Climate Science "debate" on Slashdot. It's a bunch of amateurs tossing around bits and pieces of what they largely don't understand, calling each other names. Useless.

Submission + - Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs

An anonymous reader writes: With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia’s federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited.

Why? Because the science is settled there is no need for more basic research, the government says

No doubt many will experience a case of schadenfreude as they see those who have long claimed the Science is Settled face the inevitable and logical consequence of that stance.

Comment Re:Math is a Chore (Score 3, Insightful) 198

Yes, but there needs to be a context and a purpose to that chore.

When you are learning to read first grade books, the teacher is reading third grade level books to you. You see what's possible. YOU want to read that book. But you can't. So you work harder on the books you can read in order to be able to read the higher level books.

It's like being taught to sculpt marble by MichaelAngelo, but he only lets you see the 6 square inches around the chisel.

Comment Math is a Chore (Score 5, Insightful) 198

The way math is taught, Math is a chore. The way common core teaches it, it's a stupid, idiotic chore.

There is never an example of the wonders of math. No examples of what can be accomplished and how you can actually benefit. It's just a series of numbered problems with the answers to the odd numbers in the back and precious little explanation. Something to finish before class is out and to remember just long enough to pass the next test.

Math is a chore because it's taught like a chore.

Comment Re:Require that patents be defended (Score 1) 134

Intellectual Property should be a two part concept. The idea, and the implementation of that idea in a commercial product.

Used to be for a mechanical patent, you had to build a working model. Why should people be able to dream up stuff that they can't possibly do, only to profit when someone actually does it and commercializes it?

Comment Re:Mars is impossible (Score 3, Insightful) 310

Step one, for any of this, is to build a "permanent" for real ship.

A Ship that you can point in a direction and go.
A Ship with a rotating section for artificial gravity.
A Ship with a multi mega watt power source
A Ship with several smaller vehicles for going to and from a planet

Shooting people up there in a tin can that will burn up or be turned into a hut just isn't viable. Take the time to do it correctly.

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