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Comment Re:You really do not know who the beds are for? (Score 1) 57

As for the gas angle, natural gas is OK but has nothing on Hydrogen, which will be the mass replacement for the gasoline engine.

Methane has two things going for it: 1) higher hydrogen density than hydrogen in the same phase (liquid versus liquid or gas versus gas), 2) better handling properties. It leaks far less than hydrogen does - hydrogen leaks through anything. Methane also become liquid under far milder conditions than hydrogen does.

And the big drawback is that methane is a significant greenhouse gas. Hydrogen can react with oxygen to form water vapor, which is also a significant greenhouse gas, but I believe most hydrogen gas leaked in the open manages to escape Earth altogether.

Comment Re: Better up the Military Budget (Score 1) 257

Sure, it will take decades. Fortunately, it will take centuries for the problem to unfold. Millions will do nothing until the water reaches waist-level of course - that's people for you - but you don't have to wait.

Farmland's easy, BTW. The vast majority of what was farmland 100 years ago is forest now. It can be farmland again in a year, and productive the following year. Roundup-ready seed and a fuckton of fertilizer and a self-driving combine, and we're swimming in corn - that's modern farming for you.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 488

Abundance is not the rate of decline in food and other resources. We have the lowest costs of these resources now, we should have the highest growth now according to your theory. Nor do we see that when we look globally at countries by wealth. The wealthiest countries (which of course, have the best access to food and other resources) are also the lowest fertility countries.

Comment Re:Liars will Liar (Score -1, Troll) 257

So ... your solution to global warming is that impoverished villagers in Bangladesh should be buying condos in Aspen?

Ah, you're posting to show just how much you care about brown people in distant lands? Consider your virtue signaled.

Charity begins at home. Take care of you and yours. Once that's taken care up, give what you can. Compassion is the highest human virtue. But telling other people to make sacrifices is not compassion.

Comment Re:Liars will Liar (Score 3, Insightful) 257

But instead of paying those taxes, I'd rather pay a bit more in goods and services to cover the costs of reducing carbon emissions to reduce the rate of global warming and slow the sea level rise.

That's rather ... optimistic. Maybe that could work. Maybe it's already too late. Maybe China will talk a good game while quietly doubling their CO2 output. Maybe it's all solar activity and Antarctica is gone regardless of human activity. When it comes to important things, it's best to plan for more than the optimistic case, especially for years-long efforts.

Comment Re: hazardous processes (Score 1) 294

Let us note further, that the claim of "no safe doses" comes from the group, Physicians for Social Responsiblity, not from the Australian National Academy of Sciences. They are incorrectly interpreting the research, completely disregarding the actual levels of risk and harm supposedly approximated by the study, and of course, misrepresenting their interpretation of the research as having come from the original research itself.

That's typical dishonesty from anti-nuclear groups.

Comment Re: Better up the Military Budget (Score 4, Interesting) 257

There's plenty of land. There will also be plenty of useful farmland - it just might not be the same land that makes good farmland today.

The problem isn't really an overall resource shortage, it's that which land is valuable will change. Wars have certainly started over just that. People will need to move, likely across current borders. How will that end up?

No need for some flood of refugees, though. This is a slow change, by human measure. Plenty of time to work on moving, perhaps emigrating, to where you want to be. It can take years to relocate, but we have years. Make good use of them if you believe in all this.

If your worried about a flood of refugees ruining your home area even though you found a good place, promptly, well, join the club.

Comment Re:If I Was An Insurance Investigator... (Score 1) 132

Insurance only spreads out the cost.

Among other launches as I noted. The problem with the original assertion that Russia was doing it for the insurance money, is that even a small number of such tricks would greatly harm the rest of their business. One doesn't pull stuff like that unless one is short term thinking and cashing out their business. I don't believe that is happening in this case. They simply have too much to lose in future business to attempt it.

Comment Re:Liars will Liar (Score 1, Insightful) 257

On the flip side, if Climate Change is your religion, and yet you live in low-lying coast land, you're kind of an idiot at this point. If you Believe, then topographical maps are free and you should be taking care of yourself and your family - live and work where it will remain safe, and make the move now, not after everything goes crazy. Heck, buy a bunch of safe property while you're at it, great money to be made when the waters rise!

It's the people who insist that other people need to change everything they do because Climate Change, but aren't taking the threat seriously in their own life, who piss me off right up there with the hypocritical televangelists.

Comment Re:Thoughtcrime (Score 1) 373

If Kennedy was leaving a session of Congress at the time, then it would have been a direct violation of the Constitution too.

...shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their attendance at the Session of their Respective Houses, and in going to and from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 488

Take a look at the era surrounding the great depression here. Now take a look at 1950-1980. What happened after 1970? What happened between 1950 and 1980?

Your links undermine your argument. There is growing abundance in the US from 1950 on to the present, yet fertility collapsed to barely 1% growth (driven solely by immigration of high fertility population, I might add). If there was evidence for your claim, we would see it now. You wouldn't need to strongly and repeatedly assert it without evidence.

Comment Re:It's OVH (Score 1) 90

Not just OVH, any second rate hosting company does it. DreamHost does as well, 1and1. They're a pain in the neck to work with because any update breaks everything and you're stuck with old versions of Apache, nginx and PHP because of it. Sure it helps them because they can deduplicate the shit out of the memory and storage but it's broken.

If you're paying less than $20/mo for a VPS, you're shafted.

For that price range, you can just get a small AWS server and not have these problems (especially if you can pay for 3 years up front).

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