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Comment Re: Trump is worse (Score 1) 240

You realize that he paid the Clintons several hundred thousand dollars to be at his wedding, right, doesn't that make your little red blood boil?

No? Trump was a businessman buying favors from whore politicians.

You're going to be so mad when Trump Makes America Great Again and we add him to Mount Rushmore.

Comment Re:liar (Score 0) 484

Wikileaks has said they have stuff on the RNC.

But nothing at all salacious. Assange said everything they have on Trump is the same stuff he says publicly.

The US intelligence agencies have said they found evidence the RNC was also hacked.

This is /. We don't believe things US intelligence agencies say here.

Trump is careless and no doubt has given ample opportunity to collect incriminating material.

Trump doesn't use email, and there's no evidence he's engaged in anything criminal.

You're buttmad about Trump so all of a sudden the CIA is good guys who we can totally trust with no evidence and Wikileaks is evil Russian bad guys because the CIA says so. Trump Derangement Syndrome has knocked an awful lot of /.ers' tinfoil hats off, and they really need to get those glued back on.

Comment Re:Maybe he would return (Score 1) 484

prison system focused on rehabilitation

Because rehabilitation doesn't really work. The vast majority (like 85%) of people who have any contact with the justice system never again have contact with the justice system. Even a weekend in the drunk tank does it. They are scared fucking straight. So "rehabilitation" doesn't do anything for them...they don't need it. The other 15% are repeat offenders who are too stupid to engage in long term planning (we're talking IQs in the 70s and 80s here), so they go right back out and commit crimes because they are mentally incapable of thinking ahead to the consequences. So the best option is removal from society. Put them in jail where they can't hurt people. But you can't "rehabilitate" stupid.

Comment Re:WHat I said on ars: (Score 1) 484

Eh, the lefties on /. decided Assange is a bad man now that he exposed the corruption of the DNC and Hillary Clinton, allowing Trump to win the election. They loved Julian when he was exposing Bush era war crimes, but as soon as he exposed their corruption they got mad. So mad they're actually believing evidence-free claims from the CIA about scary Russian cyberhackers. Before this election those three letter agencies were four letter words on slashdot, but now if you don't with 100% certainty believe Putin personally hacked the entirety of time and space to elect Trump then oh my God who are you to doubt the conclusions of the US intelligence community?! I mean, would they lie to you?!

Used to be if the CIA said the sky was blue slashdotters would stick their heads out of the basement to check. But Trump Derangement Syndrome has got them believing anything the spooks jizz in their ears.

Comment Re:WHat I said on ars: (Score 0) 484

And what pray tell is Hillary going to be pardoned for?

Bribery. Selling political favors for donations to her foundation and speech money for Bill.

She's been investigated more than any candidate in US history, and if there was something to bring charges against her over, it would have happened by now.

You're begging the question that the only reason charges were not brought against her are because there's nothing to bring charges over. No, the reason charges are not brought is because politics, not because of innocence. There is an established pattern of companies and foreign governments who had business before Hillary's state department who gosh, never seemed all that interested in hearing any of Bill Clinton's speeches before, but suddenly felt like paying him 3x his going rate for some that fine, fine speechifyin'. And then as soon as the business was decided in their favor, they coincidentally never bothered to want to hear from Bill again. Oh and now that the Clintons are out of power the Clinton Global Initiative is shutting down. I wonder why? Wouldn't they have more time than ever for "charity work?"

That's enough to indict. You don't need a smoking gun, just a pattern of behavior. If you see a pattern of people pulled over for what would be a $100 speeding ticket who all get left off with a warning who then just happen to drive over to the police officer's daughter's girl scout cookie stand to buy $50 worth of cookies, I don't need a recording over the quid pro quo to indict for bribery/corruption, just the fact that pattern was followed enough times is plenty.

We have that pattern clearly established with the Clintons. And you can indict a ham sandwich. If this ham sandwich is not getting indicted, it's because someone is choosing not to indict. And you acknowledge this in your next sentence. If the Trump administration doesn't pursue her it won't be because she's sweet innocent Hillary who dindu nuffin: it'll be a political decision.

So we can absolutely keep with the Clinton Crime Syndicate rhetoric, because they are criminals, just like the Bush family is criminals, but they stay out of jail not because they're innocent but because the putrid, corrupt Washington political machine they're all part of won't jail them for fear of mutually assured destruction.

Comment Re:Catastrophic man-made global warming (Score 2) 224

Perhaps, perhaps not. Venus is still very poorly understood. In its high temperature environment its conditions are largely self-sustaining (preventing the sequestration of CO2 in rock), although it's also unstable, prone to broad temperature and pressure swings. It also appears to have undergone a global resurfacing event about 300-500mya, if that gives a clue as to how unstable the planet as a whole is. ;) We don't know what caused it, or really anything about it. Part of the planet's properties are now a result of it having lost its water rather than being a cause, such as its hard crust. Obviously its lack of a magnetic field is responsible for its loss of water, but we don't know exactly when or why it disappeared (there are of course theories... I had always just assumed it was the slow rotation rate, but the last research I read suggested that not enough to account for it). Other issues as to how Venus ended up as it did may be related to size - although it's only a bit smaller than Earth, that may be the initial factor that set its fate in motion - for example, its lithosphere in general appears to be thicker and higher viscosity on Earth, which could have hindered or prevented plate tectonics, and thus subduction of carbonates.

Either way, it's a mess now at the surface (though rather comfy ~55km up ;) ). And I'm not so sure I buy into some of the proposed ways to fix it (terraforming). For example, some have suggest mass drivers ejecting the atmosphere. Let's just say you can pull it off, and then you start building oxygen in the atmosphere - what happens next? The crust is something like 7-9% FEO; it's going to rust away whatever oxygen you make in short order.

Interestingly, I'd argue that this is possibly the salvation to Sagan's airborne-microbe concept for terraforming Venus. The main criticism is that if you engineered some sort of carbon-sequestering microbe on Venus (or artificial equivalent), you'd end up with a deep surface layer of graphite surrounded by some hugely hot, dense oxygen layer, and the atmosphere would explode. But that would never happen; at Venus surface temperatures and pressures, the surface rocks would rust away the oxygen as fast as it was created, even in tiny quantities, with the wind blowing the dust around to collect at low/eddy areas. So you're laying down bands of carbon and iron oxide as you burn through the planet's iron buffer. Where have we seen this before? Right, Earth, ~2,3 billion years ago, banded iron formations. Just like on Earth, you'd eventually burn through the iron and start to accumulate oxygen. But by then the graphite is already underground, buried in iron dust.

It's not a fast process. But it has precedent. Microbes already rusted at least one planet, and that planet's surface conditions weren't nearly as favorable for rusting as Venus's.

Comment Re:Explore the ocean depths (Score 1) 99

But even on DS9 you still had Sisko's dad's restaurant. With wait staff. How did Sisko's dad get the property for the restaurant? Why is anyone "doing what they love" busing tables? And on a daily basis to have a functioning restaurant? Again, people acting like they're participating in an economy. I don't know what a post scarcity society would look like, but it wouldn't look like Star Trek.

Getting to near light speed is probably feasible even with current technology. It doesn't need a lot of acceleration, just a constant one and you'll get there in a few years. It would take a lot of energy - but if you're fleeing for your species, who cares ? Use up all the stored energy earth has, why not - it will be worthless after you're gone.

Not a chance. Remember you don't just need energy you need reaction mass. Stuff to throw out the back of the ship (usually violently) in order to make it go forward. And when you're just starting out pushing the ship you have to accelerate all the reaction mass you'll need to get near light speed and then turn around and decelerate. The only hope for anything like what you're describing would be that EM drive thing, which is reactionless. Just add electricity and you apparently get thrust. We'll see if it works in a vacuum. I'm still thinking it's having a very, very tiny reaction with the earth's magnetic field and will not work in space away from a magnetic field, but we'll see. If that works, then yeah. Mine the moon for He3 for easier fusion reactors and you can carry all the energy you need to zip around the solar system and maybe even beyond without having to carry reaction mass.

But no, with today's proven, working technology any significant fraction of light speed is impossible. You can't carry enough reaction mass to accelerate and decelerate all your reaction mass.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 780

I guess really, I'm asking, do partial pardons exist?

Yes. The pardon powers granted to the president are very broad. Also they're rarely challenged because presidents are usually very careful about wielding the power, and it's not often in anyone's interest to challenge the pardon. What the president's constitutional powers really are is whatever the Supreme Court says they are, but whenever the president pardons someone, they just let the person go and that's the end of it. No prosecutor is going to appeal the pardon to even get the case in front of the Supreme Court, anyway.

Comment Re:Catastrophic man-made global warming (Score 0, Troll) 224

I don't know how China managed to melt so much arctic ice, leading to the absurd situation that just a couple days before the winter solstice this year I went on a hike through the snowless mountains in Iceland among chirping songbirds digging for worms. All I have to say to China about this is: Best. Conspiracy. Ever. Well played, China. Well played.

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