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Comment Re:Chine did something original? (Score 1) 109

This. And The Wall.

The Great Wall was started before 200 B.C., but much of what we see today was rebuilt in the 1500s Ming dynasty, when Zheng He's epic around-the-world voyage occurred. His fleet was 300 ship strong, with the capital ship's size comparable to modern day aircraft carriers. Here is an image comparing Zheng He's ship and Columbus':


Sadly, after the voyage, they decided they didn't want anything to do with the rest of the barbarian world. The emperor declared it a capital offense for anyone to own a ship with more than one mask, and ordered to build/rebuild the wall.

Incidentally, Zheng He was a Muslim.

Comment Optimistic (Score 3, Insightful) 214

Cook is way too optimistic. If all of us stopped for a minute to think things through, we wouldn't have been in the mess we are in. Can't blame him though. A large part of the man's job is to think, so he thinks (pun intended) it comes natural for everyone. It's the reverse Dunning–Kruger effect.

Someone told Democrat presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in the 1950s, “You are doing great. All thinking men are with you.” “No,” Stevenson replied. “I need a majority.”

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 745

Sure, from the POV of a long enough time-scale -- that is, if you sufficiently compress the time-scale, all blips and dips get smoothed out in the data plot. You can't see the ~100 years of a human life span, or even ~10,000 years of recorded history of human civilization.

But it doesn't mean we don't exist. You just need to zoom in. Again, it's a matter of POV.

Same concept: Just because we live on Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot -- viewed from a large enough distance, it doesn't make daily struggles of yours and mine any less real.

Comment Re:Great for China! (Score 0) 600

Dow is at all time highs.

That's precisely when you want to get out, i.e. sell. You don't want to sell at the rock bottom, do you?

Another recession is overdue, and it's coming within the next 4 years. It's the nature of the economic cycle. There is nothing Trump (or for that matter, Clinton) can do about it. We wouldn't be a capitalist society if the president has any real control over the economy.

Comment Re:not viable (Score 1, Informative) 87

The average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. household is ~10,000 kWh. Not sure about Ukraine but let's use the same number as a ballpark estimate. Population of Ukraine is ~45 million, or ~17 million households.

Assuming your number is correct, and assuming the latest ~20% solar cell efficiency, it requires ~850 million sqare meters to power all households in Ukraine. That's ~328 sqare miles, or ~18 miles x 18 miles.

In comparison, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is 1,004 square miles:

Comment Re:Questions to Hillary's fans (Score 1) 375

Truth needs context. Even the undeniable, scientific truth of Newton's Laws, are only true within the context of non-relativistic, non-quantum environments. "The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple."

I know, it's mind-blowing. Better retreat back to the catchy, comforting soundbites spewed by your favorite candidate (whichever it may be), that fits your simplistic worldview.

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