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Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 1) 202

Who the fuck is the ADL? Why the fuck do I give a shit?

-- Internet

And this is the correct response.

Every time that you give these people the wind of your fart, it validates them and their method. Ignore and move on.

Seriously though, I find the Anti-ADL to be a bigger bunch of butthurt whiners, who also need to be ignored. Same kind of attention whores, slightly different whine.

Comment Re:Karma is dead on arrival (Score 1) 35

With those foldable propellors it looks a lot more portable too: not just small, but safe to carry around in a backpack or bag without breaking.

Those are the most interesting part of the whole design, and I look forward to being able to buy something similar in a 10 inch prop for not too much money. Right now folding props are expensive.

Comment Re:Certainly the work of heroic Russian hackers . (Score 1) 72

(I couldn't resist - or is anybody here naÃve enough to believe that Mr. Snowden is not being, er, *asked* to help with their efforts in this regard?)

Why would he even be useful in that regard? He accomplished what he accomplished because at the time he had access. Now he doesn't. He's only useful to Russia as a PR symbol.

Comment Re:Bigger problem (Score 1) 113

Many of them are in isolated reserves with no drinking water. 20 reserves have been under boil water advisories for more than a year. There's no nearby place for them to move to, so in effect they're stuck on the reserves.

Then there are those near larger communities. Landlords often refuse to rent to them. Employers often refuse to hire them. So, what else can they do? Discrimination against Canada's native peoples runs deep. My best friend in my late teens was a native, but I don't know any other white person who can say that.

You mean because they refuse to repair their equipment? Their money is being embezzled by the people they elected? That they refuse to allow transparency? Gee sounds like to me those are all self-created problems. FYI you can't refuse to rent to anyone in Canada, it's illegal under at least 3 federal acts, and at least 1 in each province. And I haven't even gotten to HRC clauses. Employers will hire anyone if they can do the job. You obviously don't live near any reserves, I live around 8. When I was in university around 20% of my class were natives, most were my friends. And they were the most vocal saying nearly word-for-word what I've said.

As for bad choices, look around - bad choices are made by people of all colors and heritages. White people who have never worked a day in their lives, from cradle to social security, just sitting around smoking and drinking and f*cking, or, in one case I know, paying a guy $100 and a case of beer to screw her so she can have another kid and collect more money.

Bad choices are pretty much universal. We all make them, just that some of us get lucky and avoid the consequences or have a better safety net of family and friends.

Okay and? You're not doing anything to disprove that they're a product of their own creation in those cases. If anything you're proving my point that throwing money at a situation is the worst solution.

Comment Re:1Million People (Score 1) 266

Honestly, if you wanted to maximize population expansion rate and you were hand-selecting the crew, you'd send 100% female and cryopreserved female embryos. You'd choose women with small stature to maximize how many you can send / keep alive with a give payload mass, and ideally from families/cultures that tend to have large numbers of children starting at a young age.

In practice, of course, there are other factors beyond maximizing reproduction. Particularly if the people going are paying customers rather than people being selected by some external organization.

I'd think that, considering the risks, a single failure in power and all the frozen embryos will die. The advantage of sending adults who produce their own gametes is that, as long as a single couple survives, he will produce unlimited gametes for the duration of his lifespan (barring exposure to radioactivity or solar flares or whatever the hell exists in the harsh environment) and she can produce a single child a year.

Whats more, using adults as containers for gametes gives you automatic protection and defense of those gametes. The freezer containing embryos will not even be able to identify danger, much less retreat from it.

Comment Re:I do not care a shit about this... (Score 1) 202

Has slashdot become the outlet of political correctness gone wrong and pussies of the world united?

No, it's just the outlet of wrong, since the headline is inflammatory bullshit. The ADL did not declare Pepe to be a hatemonger. They mentioned that some people are making Nazi Pepes, and that some of these are symbols of hate. (Obviously you can make Nazi characters without promoting Nazism, by using them as targets of humor or what have you.)

Isn't pussies of the world united a lesbian film? Talk about V2V

Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 1) 202

Kinda makes you look stupid going off on that rant, to be honest.

This story makes Slashdot look stupid, if we're being honest. The summary is bullshit. How did it make the front page? Either a bunch of dipshit slashdotters voted it up from the firehose, or a dipshit "editor" promoted it. Either way, it's stupid bullshit that helps make Slashdot grate.

Comment Re:Think of the Hardship! (Score 1) 266

I like it how Elon's opinion of his passengers is so low that he assumes the fact they are going to Mars won't be enough of an attraction for people. He has to make sure that the trip is "really fun" as well.

I'm sad that your value on quality of human life is so low that you don't think making the trip is fun is important. I'm glad that Elon Musk cares more about quality of life than you do, since he's got a much greater impact on the world than you ever will.

Comment Re:The Moon is first (Score 1) 266

Unfortunately, the problems are considerably more difficult,

Well, there's no water. Everything else is easier because there's no weather. The moon and mars both have fine dust that will get into everything, but on mars that dust is driven by the wind.

All the moon buys you is faster transit times, which is only relevant if your need for help can wait for several days.

That's much easier than waiting multiple months.

Comment Re:What's missing (Score 1) 266

I wish this effort all the best, but I think we're going to find that life without stable ecosystems or a magnetosphere is not going to be easy.

Without stable ecosystems: no harder than Antarctica, where it is apparently possible. Without a magnetosphere: you bury your base. So what they need is a backhoe.

Comment Re:Money, money, money (Score 1) 266

It would also seem likely that some time after Musk got his operation running, there would be other operators entering the game. They would be setting up alternative colonies, for their own reasons and with their own goals in mind. It occurs to me that for a competing group, the simplest, least risky and cheapest route would be to NOT start up themselves, but to infiltrate or take over Musk's operation and then gain control of the colony (either by force, commercial shenanigans on Earth or indoctrination of the colonists) once it became self-sufficient.

I loved Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy. Apparently I loved it more than you, since you failed to understand it. It contained an accelerated technology timeline that made such things feasible. In the really real world, a Mars mission will need constant resupply. If someone took over a Mars base, you'd just not send them supplies, and prevent whichever nation took it over from sending them supplies, and they'd all die. Therefore, nobody would launch such a mission, because it would be expensive yet have no returns. They'd benefit more from just sitting back and watching the scientific papers roll out.

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