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Comment: Floating Sovereign Nation (Score 2) 439

by turkeyfish (#48656113) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

With his libertarian-no regulation ideas, no doubt his floating nation will simply discharge raw sewage directly into the ocean. Just the kind of thinking we need to save marine ecosystems and humans from extinction.

At the heart of every libertarian is the notion that "I want the freedom to sh*t on you". No wonder there are so many corporate sponsors.

Comment: Re:Antipodal eruptions (Score 1) 78

by turkeyfish (#48643599) Attached to: Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

Only if you think that being off by about 10,000 km is "reasonably good". What kills the "killer" asteroid hypothesis is that the bulk of the biogeostratigraphic and high-resolution geochronological evidence now both suggest that the bolide impact predates the mass-extinction by about 100-150 kyrs.

Comment: Re:Antipodal eruptions (Score 1) 78

by turkeyfish (#48643551) Attached to: Massive Volcanic Eruptions Accompanied Dinosaur Extinction

No it won't because he data provided by Keller and colleagues in another paper clearly demonstrate using biostatigraphy and high resolution geochronology that the impact event took place between 100-150 ky BEFORE the KT mass-die off that defines the K-T boundary. They show that cosmic spherules from the impact are, because of bioturbation, widely distributed in a much wider time horizon than proponents of of the asteroid extinction theory have assumed, including the famous Rio Brazos deposits. They conclude that the biological impact of the bollide has been much exaggerated and changes in the morphology and presence of several microplankton species from both the area of the Decann traps and that mass-extinction was in any event, well underway at least locally in India and even at least for many sites in the Caribbean as well, BEFORE the "killer" bollide entered the Earth's atmosphere.

Comment: Re: Math author dies rich... (Score 3, Informative) 170

by turkeyfish (#48639823) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

Perhaps you can feel better knowing that he has given the entire proceedings from the sale of the house to a variety of charities.

His textbook will long remain one of the best, for its completeness and clarity of exposition. As for the price of my copy, it was worth every penny.

Comment: If they are not public companies (Score 1) 534

then here must be specific contracts that are drawn up to pay for their services. If that is true then the public has a right to see any and all documents pertaining to the nature of these contracts. Failure to comply should be met with withholding of public funds, as otherwise rampant theft of public property might be taking place without oversight. Perhaps, this is the primary reason they are so reluctant to let anyone know what they are doing.

Comment: Re:Supersize Meal... and a Diet Coke. (Score 1) 216

by turkeyfish (#47326231) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

Don't forget to adjust the accident statistics to take into account the size of the cars. Although damage to the smaller car will be greater than to the larger car, the larger car by virtue of being larger is more likely to either hit or be hit by something else as compared to the smaller car by virtue of its smaller size. Consequently, smaller cars are less likely to be in accidents in the first place when the larger number of smaller cars is also considered in evaluating the statistics.

Comment: Re:Nice to see. (Score 1) 216

by turkeyfish (#47326051) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

GOP and Fox News talking points. What a great way to propel debate.

Those leaf drivers probably are smiling as they are keeping dollars in their pockets that the GOP and Fox News are desperate to get their hands on. The good news for the GOP and Fox is that there are still plenty of fools to take advantage of.

Comment: Re:Nice to see. (Score 1) 216

by turkeyfish (#47325839) Attached to: Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

If hydrogen is used for auxiliary storage to power the car when grid charging will not be convenient, electric cars can be built, sold, serviced, and most importantly operated at a fraction of the cost of conventional fossil fuel vehicles. Elon Musk has already demonstrated that one can actually charge two Tesla's one after the other in the time it takes to fill a tank of gas at the average filling station. This is possible given improvements in battery charging technologies and new battery types.

The big cost difference is the lack of such charging stations and in ramping up manufacturing and distribution infrastructure that is not presently available to further drop cost per unit produced. Once dual hydrogen/electrical charging stations are available electric cars will prove far more economical. Keep in mind that most people don't drive their cars continuously for more than about 3-4 hours before they get out and do something for a few hours. If charging stations are ubiquitous and cheap relative to fossil fuels, this disadvantage can easily be overcome with tremendous savings, which electric car owners can then poor back into investing in more solar/hydrogen powered infrastructure to further force down the price of electricity making further profits from their savings.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil

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