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Comment +1 point for taking the long view (Score 3, Insightful) 522

But -100 for taking a bit too long a view.

Technically there's no reason we can't actually populate other planets or solar systems in 1000 years if we decide to. On the other hand there's no reason we can't sustain human culture on this planet for another billion years if we decide to.

So sure, by all means lets investigate technologies to more efficiently explore our surroundings but let's spend a bit more effort on sustainability in the balance. For starters we could stop spending the vast majority of our energy arguing over issues that don't matter one bit (where to go to the bathroom, sexual preference of the person 4 doors down).

If we can't figure out how to solve sustainability problems moving to another planet is just a change of scenery.

Comment Re:There should be a lot of property freeing up (Score 1) 332

Considering this is an article about people using Google to search for things let me help:

Both sides have rather astounding selective memories when it comes to recollection bias. So while you may not recall many (any) it did in fact happen. It was stupid then (vs Obama) and it's stupid now (vs Trump).

Comment Re:This is interesting (Score 1) 711

That's an excellent point. We really need accurate political and economic simulations. It's trivial for somebody to say "Obama oversaw 2% growth, I would have generated 4%" or "Doubling public education budgets will improve GDP by 10%". Maybe they're true, maybe they're not.

About all you can say is if you perturb a stable system you'll find a new stability point, whether that point is above or below where you are is highly speculative.

Comment Re:Centurylink and customer service (Score 1) 67

I despise CL customer service with a white hot passion. I typically suffer through local DSLAM issues for weeks before I finally generate enough energy to go through the hell that is CL customer service. It's about time for me to call them again about relocating my service to a different pole. I've tried 3 times, the process involves being transferred repeatedly till I get disconnected.

Comment Re:Surely Wikileaks can function without Assange (Score 1) 246

100% agreed. I'm actually a fairly big fan of what Wikileaks wants to accomplish and I find it rather fascinating/humorous/depressing that the various parties seem to be anti/pro Wikileaks as a function of whose info is being leaked.

Assange I'm not a a fan of. As soon as Wikileaks becomes a tool for personal vendettas it loses all credibility. Even if he is credible (and I don't believe he is anymore) he does more harm than good because perception is everything and he's created a credibility issue.

Comment Re:Should've worked with Congress (Score 4, Informative) 169

They did. Last year they passed this: which was an extension of the original 2013 CIPA and included language about 'space weather'.

And as directed the WH released in October of 2015 their directive to DHS and other departments to develop a plan for studying the impact of such an event.

This year the amended 2016 bill stalled (from what I can tell) and the WH issued an executive order to develop a plan for responding to such an event as directed by congress.

I know, particularly on sites like /. that it's cool to throw stones at the government and cast the rest of the world as incompetent but this is an example of government working, not government failing.

Comment Re: Hardly news.. (Score 1) 89

Interesting conversation though I think you're misconstruing my noting a characteristic as passing judgement on it.

In no way was I implying subjective good or bad net effect, just that it has a negative impact in some area. I personally believe the net effect is exceedingly positive but with it comes a rather interesting downside, driven by evolutionary tribal responses which predate the current environment by millions of years.

All in all I suspect we're in agreement.

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