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Comment Re: What!? (Score 1) 199

Sheesh. What does it take? Isn't it enough that conservatives have historically opposed right for both those groups? If not, why don't you come to where I live in the not-so-deep South and I can fucking introduce you to proud republicans who oppose both. Not all republicans are racist misogynists, but pretty much everyone I've met who is racist or misogynist is a republican.

Comment Re:Cruz isn't a fan (Score 4, Insightful) 242

Flip it around. Has our policy of embargo and detachment helped any of those people? How many "prisoners of conscience" does China hold? Is Cruz proposing we embargo them too? I doubt it. I'm not sure if opening relations with Cuba will fix it. But we know that China is more open now than it was. At least it's worth trying.

Comment Re:Trump vote (Score 1) 707

Um. If there is a tie, then they will work it out. The superdelegates are the way it's worked out. Frankly, in a tie, I would think it would be appropriate for the party to have a say in picking Clinton. I like Sanders, but he's really not a Democat anyway. People make a lot of noise over the superdelegates, but in reality, Clinton could have used them in 2008. She didn't because the superdelegates saw that Obama had more votes and support and they almost all switched to him.

Comment Re:Money will return once China lands on the moon (Score 2) 171

I live in the relatively gentle climate of the southern United States. Yet if you dump me outside in February with no house, no clothes and no tools, and I would be dead in a day. Most of this planet is a hostile environment that we have to use our brains and tools to survive in. Mars would be harder, but not essentially different.

Comment Re:Forbes blocks browsers... and... this is absurd (Score 1) 330

In reality though, most of the planet is inhospitable, except for a small portion of Africa where we evolved, and even that is no cakewalk. As physicist David Deutsch says, you could drop most of us into the environment where we live, with no advances to keep us alive, like clothes, fire, houses and iPhones, and even most friendly climates like the Southeast US where I live would kill me during winter. We rely on a lot of knowledge-based technology to keep us alive here on Earth. I don't know that it would be much different to keep us alive on Mars or some other planet. We would just grow used to those technologies as "normal."

Comment landing location (Score 2) 114

I'm a bit confused. I thought the reason for the barge was because it was pretty far downrange. If they are launching from the Cape and then landing the first stage there too, won't that be a pretty massive turnaround for the first stage? Of course maybe that's why they are going with the "full power" mode. My understanding is that eventually they plan to launch from Texas and land the first stage at the Cape. Is this still what they are saying?

Comment Re:i know i wasn't supposed to read TFA, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 131

Sounds great! Are you going to come to my school district and help me teach the teachers and kids to do all of that? Are you going to help my network guys keep a network secure in which every kid is given the freedom tinker and hack into everything? Are you going to do all that work for free? Are you bringing friends? Look, I agree that we need more computer literate individuals, but we don't have that now and we don't have the money to do it. I would rather be able to give kids a cheap device they can use to do lots of cool, creative things and access a pretty good variety of materials on a network that stays safe and doesn't crash all the time. As the poster above said. Google and all the others need to improve their privacy, but for now, it's a trade off we in education have to live with.

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