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Comment Re:What happened to the 50 million climate refugee (Score 1) 219

Nope. Plain old wars and good old fashioned political corruption did that.

The "drought caused the Syrian civil war" theory is, frankly, crap. It was based off of one paper, which built a big statistical mountain off of a molehill. They exaggerated the number of people affected by the drought, and failed to show any sort of cause and effect. For that matter, the ACTUAL cause of the migration was a financial - subsidies for diesel and fertilizers were cut.

The civil war in Syria, by the way, started two years AFTER the drought ended. If it was caused by the drought, it seems like the events would have been closer together.

Comment What happened to the 50 million climate refugees? (Score 3, Interesting) 219

You know, the ones we were already supposed to have?

By 2010?

That was according to the United Nations Environment Program. You know, a bunch of those experts who are telling us about all of the disasters global warming was supposed to have caused by now.

All of the "endangered" places that they talked about have had population increases since then, and no serious out-migration.

Of course, they noticed that prediction had failed spectacularly, so in 2011 they changed the date to 2020.

And no, the trend still hasn't changed.

Comment Re:my second vote goes to Warren or Dean (Score 1) 1424

Meanwhile, Politico is reporting that six electors, "mostly former Bernie Sanders supporters who hail from Washington state and Colorado," are already urging electors pledged to Clinton and Trump to instead coalesce around "a consensus pick like Mitt Romney or John Kasich.

Why do republican candidates get their favor as 'consensus' picks?

It's a sneaky way for them to try and get some Republican electors to vote for someone if they won't change to Hillary, just so Trump could lose some votes.

Comment Of course... (Score 3, Insightful) 297

There's no actual promise by the Green Party to actually spend that money on the recount effort.

For that matter, they shouldn't need to spend much money at all on it. So why is Stein asking for even more cash?

Oh, yeah. Graft. So, Jill, who gave you all of that money? Since it's a political campaign donation, I'm sure you kept track of the names of all of those donors, right? And you'll give it back if the recount fails?

What? No? What a shock...

Comment It's... (Score 2) 32

Pretty freakin' awesome.

Flying over places like Manhaattan, the Fukushima power plant, Gibraltar, et cetera.

Looking up places you lived when you were a kid.

Humming the theme music to the first Superman movie... ...or maybe that was just me.

Comment In related not-so-news: (Score 0) 243

On election night, one of those fake news sites had an electoral college map that they were gaming the election with.

For example, they didn't list Georgia as being won by Trump until 100% of the votes were in, even though it was mathematically impossible for him to lose at that point (99% counted, Trump 5% ahead). They showed Pennsylvania as being officially won by Clinton for a while, too, and we know how that turned out. They also held off until much, much past the "can't beat the math" point for other states, when most other sites had already given him the win.

Meanwhile, they listed California and Oregon and Washington State as being won by Clinton before ANY of their election results were counted, at all. This was obviously a way to keep the Democrats from giving up early, just in case.

The fake news site? The New York Times...

Comment Not so (Score 1) 29

What usually makes lag is compression.

Uncompressed wireless, even at higher resolutions, doesn't have to be laggy. The latency of a straight-through digital signal is vanishingly small in this context.

The real problem is getting access to enough bandwidth to let it work. Wi-Fi certainly won't work with uncompressed 90 Hz VR signals. Getting FCC permission for very short range (less than 5 meters with no obstacles in the way), very high bandwidth connections is the real issue.

Comment Already Sold Out (Score 1) 29

...and the Chinese web site wouldn't sell to people outside of China in the first place.

Other companies are working on similar products, though.

The biggest problem is that it takes a good solid 6 gigabit/sec connection to push the amount of bandwidth the Vive and other headsets need.

Comment Re:No, they didn't. (Score 1) 1028

There's not a lot of deserts or ocean in the middle of France, and it's a fair distance from Antarctica.

I know a lot of people who live in cities have a very... provincial attitude about anything outside of their neighborhoods, but a lot of people actually do live outside of cities like New York or Paris. And almost all of the food in the world is grown outside of cities...

Comment Re:No, they didn't. (Score 5, Informative) 1028

The thing about a modern fission-fusion device is that the fusion neutrons help "burn up" a lot of the primary. They've supposedly moved away from the heavy uranium tampers of the early weapons to help reduce fallout (while losing some efficiency), or have fine-tuned them so much that they're effectively being burned up completely in the detonation.

As you mention, part of it's that the fallout that's left disperses over a very, very wide area.

Comment No, they didn't. (Score 5, Insightful) 1028

At least, they certainly didn't make a missile with that kind of damage potential.

While it could throw a single 40 megaton warhead, it would more likely carry a handful of weapons topping out at about 50 megatons, total. Maybe.

Which is a lot, but nowhere near big enough to "wipe out" a medium-sized country like France.

They could pretty much destroy up to 15 separate cities with 300 kiloton airbursts (if the MIRV systems gives them that much spread and control, which it probably doesn't), but everything in between would be effectively untouched, and with a single weapon, most of Paris itself would only be lightly to moderately damaged. Modern high-efficiency weapons don't drop a lot of fallout in air burst mode, so that's not a consideration.

If they used ground burst targeting, they could cause a lot of downwind fallout, but it would leave large areas untouched upwind.

Forty to fifty megatons sounds like a lot, but when you compare it with how big the world is...

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