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Comment You needn't go yourself. (Score 1) 209

Every time this subject comes up on Slashdot there is an overwhelming amount of negativity. âoeWe canâ(TM)t go.â âoeWe shouldnâ(TM)t go.â âoeItâ(TM)s impossible!â âoeYou would die there.â âoeIt will never happen.â âoeItâ(TM)s all smoke and mirrors.â âoeSolve Earth problems first.â âoeItâ(TM)s too expensive!â On and on and on you go, whining all the way. And your objections are silly. âoeWell, has anyone thought about food?â Seriously? You think no one has THOUGHT about food? âoeBut thereâ(TM)s no atmosphere!â Really? Like they donâ(TM)t know that?

What the Hell is wrong with you people? You need to turn in your Slashdot membership cards and decoder rings. Where is your sense of adventure? Where is your sense of a future? Staring at screens in the basement writing obscure code? If the ancients had attitudes like yours no one would ever have dared to cross a raging river, much less a vast ocean. It would have been deemed âoetoo dangerousâ with âoeno useful outcome.â They would have stayed in their caves and never ventured forth, never left Olduvai Gorge because, you know, something bad might happen or we havenâ(TM)t figured out all the angles yet. Besides, there might be dragons.

Every single one of the objections here is a solvable engineering problem. ALL of them. Technically there is nothing that cannot be solved here. Itâ(TM)s all possible. If you donâ(TM)t think so, then I feel sorry for you and your lack of vision and faith that these issues CAN be solved even if they are unsolved today. As for your attitudinal problems, those people who say, âoeI donâ(TM)t want to go therefore you shouldnâ(TM)t either.â Please get the fuck out of the way. Itâ(TM)s not your call. There are plenty of people who want to go regardless if to you the circumstances would result in death on a distant planet. Whatâ(TM)s the difference? Youâ(TM)ll die, too. If youâ(TM)re atheistic, youâ(TM)re dust in both places. If you believe in the hereafter, it shouldnâ(TM)t matter. Whereâ(TM)s the beef?

Thereâ(TM)s one simple reason we should go no matter what the odds, no matter what the opposition. It will double our chances as a species. If youâ(TM)re one of those self-loathing humans who think we all deserve to die, well, go kill yourself first. We need to get off this planet before the next asteroid hits. No, not everybody. Most everyone will die. No equality here. If a few survive, we did it. And thatâ(TM)s not all. We need to get out of this solar system. That makes Mars look like a holiday drive to the ocean cabin, but ultimately, unless we can harness the Sun to do our bidding, thatâ(TM)s what we have to do.

If you donâ(TM)t want to do that, if you donâ(TM)t want to participate, thatâ(TM)s just fine. Itâ(TM)s not required that you have the vision and the drive to get there. You can just stay here and whatever it is that makes you happy. But the first rockets to leave for mars will surely do so within our lifetimes, so you can go from saying, âoeIt will ever happen.â To saying, âoeThis is sheer folly and will never work.â So when you lay dying knowing full well that the first ships made it, and there are people on Mars, you can console yourself for being so very smart knowing you had the presence of mind to stay on shore.

Comment Re:The carbon cycle (Score 1) 159

Correct. In fact, CO2 just crossed the 400/ppm threshold, meaning we're all DOOMED! except for the fact that CO2 concentration was higher than that in the Jurassic and Triassic Periods at about 2000/ppm and has been as high as 5000/ppm. The Jurassic and Triassic was the Age of the Dinosaurs and had features such as bracken ferns as tall as trees because, you know, plants like CO2, so vegans should be happy.

Even during several ice ages the CO2 content was higher than it is now BECAUSE CO2 isn't the real issue. That damned Sun is, so when you couple increased Sun output (by 4% compared to Way Back When (tm)) combined with CO2 the temp goes up. Imagine that--increased Sun output and the temp goes up. Who woulda thought?

So all we need to do is turn down the Sun! Problem solved. Wusses!

Comment increasing clickbait isn't journalism (Score 1) 87

And they want you to pay for online access. But increasing their rate does not ensure nor imply quality. Woodstein is not writing these articles. A tremendous number of them are short--about a paragraph long--and completely inconsequential. Look how many of then are "lists," for example. You may as well read what's on the back of cereal boxes. You might get more content. Another problem is all these sites repeating each other. I get a lot of the same news on Drudge and Above Top Secret (ATS: a cranky conspiracy site) as I do on Slashdot. Everyone is now a "news aggregator" so they just copy each other. It's especially bad on sites such as ATS and Slashdot because both rely on "user-provided content." There really isn't that much more hard news available; it's just that there are more places to click on the same lame stories.

Comment Why all the negativity? (Score 1) 474

Oh, it's Slashdot. That should explain it. But beyond that....

You don't have to go. You don't need to participate. You can come up with thousands of reasons why no one should go, but they matter only to you, personally, and not the slightest to people who DO want to go. Musk has a vision, and this is not Mars One, whose only claim to fame is hitting up its "selectees" for donations. Musk actually has a rocket ship. Call him a nutter if you want, but you'll be staying on shore so it's a moot point.

All I hope is that you will stay out of the way.

Comment Re:Self-sustaining civilization on Mars (Score 1) 474

The fact that we have not mastered it is reason enough to go. The basic idea is to increase our chances of surviving as a species when the next asteroid strikes or some idiot pushes the button. That's why sustainability is the key and why no one's talking about mining Martian gold to ship back home.

And after that we need to build an Ark before the sun blows up. Yes, a whole different order of magnitude, but that's the ultimate goal here. And no problem if you don't like the idea and can find a million reasons not to go. You don't have to. Just stay out of the way of those who do.

Comment I'm just guessing they won't study the fraud (Score 1, Interesting) 680

in scientific research. For example, what is this "hide the decline" all about? Why would scientists want to hide their data? Why wouldn't the CRU (Climate Research Unit at UEA) release their data sets as required by reputable journals such as "Nature." Why would they deny FOIA requests and conspire to find a way around them? Why would they seek to marginalize the "Climate Research" journal because some scientists had a contrary opinion, and why did they describe this as "plugging the gap" (their words)?

Why did a hockey stick emerge from their data no matter what "red noise" was input to the program? (White noise is random; red noise is random from the last iteration, like stock market quotes) And why did a hockey stick emerge only when the data was confined to the results of a single bristlecone pine tree? And why was the fact that contemporary tree-ring data showed a DECLINE in temperature in contrast to very accurate modern thermometers conveniently hidden? Was it because if they don't work accurately now there is no reason to suppose they were accurate thousands of years ago, thus putting the lie to the paleoclimate temperatures?

When you read about these shenanigans it reads like a political backroom dealing attempt to hide shoddy research. I implore you to read "Hiding the Decline; a history of the climategate affair" by A.W. Montford. isbn:978-1475293364, too avail yourselves of the degree of fraud perpetrated by these folks. Read the exposed emails sent back and forth which prove all this. Real the lamentations of the computer programmer assigned to try to make sense of all this as he says the data is a mess. One would think the members of slashdot could relate.

Why hasn't Al Gore been called to task for mixing up cause and effect on his giant graph showing correlation between CO2 and temperature? Turns out CO2 went up historically AFTER the temperature warmed. It's not a cause of warming temperatures, it's a result. But, as you may know, he won't debate anyone on the subject.

The climate may very well be warming. That happens when you are coming off an Ice Age, And it may be caused by us (or maybe not), but the degree to which these scientists sought to cook the data is unprecedented and one has to wonder why they went to such trouble to do it. They have made such a massive attempt to squelch opposing data that one wonders how they can look at themselves in the mirror and call themselves "scientists."

This is fraud on a massive scale, but who cares? The masses of people who aren't "scientists" won't be able to tell the difference anyway and we can just accuse them of being ignorant.

Comment Why would you want one again? (Score 1) 126

This computer is SO SECURE that if you make one tiny mistake, like walking away from it, it will be secure FROM YOU! You can't move it. You can't move from it. If you screw up just once a tiny bit, then you are definitely screwed. I'm all for a good dose of paranoia to keep you vigilant and all that, but I'd be scared to use this thing.

Comment Lacks a headphone jack? So what! (Score 0) 551

What's the big deal about lacking a headphone jack? Every phone comes with an adapter that plugs into lightning anyway. Or you can go wireless. Headphone jacks are old technology that you simply do not need. Your headphones still plug in just like they always did. It's like having a cow because your new car no longer comes with a spare tire. Get over yourselves.

Comment Re:Capitalism is meritocratic (Score 2) 205

That's a nice load of crap you're selling.

We voted for the last president because he was Black (sort of). We're voting for Hillary because she is a woman (sort of). Those are stupid reasons. Neither of these jerks has a "handicap." They have an advantage because of traits that don't qualify them for anything.

Comment Re:Misquoted (Score 1) 347

That would be Clarion, on the opposite side of the sun from us. Truman Bethrum met a captain from one of their ships, Aura Rhanes, who was small and latin-looking, who wore a tight black dress, a red blouse, and a red beret at a jaunty angle. The people on the planet Clarion are all Christians and can speak any language on Earth. Ms. Rhanes was named as a corespondent on Bethurum's divorce papers. See "Aboard a Flying Saucer" 1954.

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