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Comment Re:If it works (Score 2) 238

This was my thought... a photon is a particle, that travels in a wave. It has some pressure when it shines on an object (see light sails, NASA). If light were to travel at an infinite speed, anything it encounters would be given an infinite amount of energy in the form of momentum. We can then deduce that this was not the case, since most of the sky is black and not full of stars (see Olbers' Paradox). An infinitely fast beam of light would have come into contact with "stuff", and given off an infinite amount of mass/energy (matter), and generated an infinitely dense universe with an infinite amount of energy.

E=MC^2 is dead. Long live E=MC^2!

Comment Re:"H1-B skilled worker visas" (Score 4, Insightful) 184

I'll be modded down for this... but there is also I believe a problem with the perception of "skilled" IT labor, and the expectation of lifestyle being in IT brings. You have good people that are even certified in one profession or another (Oracle DBA's, storage admins, etc..) who expect to earn $200k a year when that isn't really feasible most of the time. The education requirements to become decent DBA will be a few years in a robust environment, plus a few months of courses, and voila!

It's not the same regimen as 8 years of medical school, 4 years of residency, $300,000 in student loans and years of practicing before you earn that much. I know IT pros who legitimately make more than the salaries of senators, and still bitch about how much everything costs and how they deserve to earn more. The market is sorting itself out. There are others out there who can come in and offer a better value, so a better value will end up winning. To have the delusion that it's always because some asshole manager is trying to earn a bonus or pocket from a deal is just not a reasonable view of reality.

Comment Re:Yes. No. Maybe. (Score 1) 399

Trump is a part of the anti (or dis-) establishment. Anything the establishment can use to knock him off his game, they will try. Far less truthful in politics than anyone else? Remember Obama's peace award from Nobel? Remember those posters of hope? We got more drones, more invasion of privacy, more attacks on journalists, more corruption in the DNC... basically a G.W.Bush 2.0. Please. Why are you kidding? Yourself?

Comment Re:Change the law (Score 1) 1422

The real issue with what he is suggesting is two fold:

1. The candidates, and the thousands of people who worked on their campaigns, the respective party conventions, and the media all ran and reported based on the electoral college system. The voters in each state went to the polls or stayed home based on the perceived ability to influence their state's chances of weighing in on the result. How many republicans in California stayed home because Republican chances of picking up California were "less than 0.01%"? The rules were set, the candidates ran those campaigns, and the winner must, MUST be respected. That's the essence of our democracy. Sometimes your pick loses.

2. What does this say about all future elections? IF your pick loses, try to alter the rules after the fact? We must respect each others opinions, and most importantly the rules set forth. Otherwise, we undermine the fabric of our republic. WE should change the rules, I hate the electoral college. It should be effective next go-around.

Comment Re:No (Score 2, Insightful) 278

What risk? That someone has to go out and mend the machine when it farms, or insert an

if(tornado){
stayInside;
}else{
harvest;
}

statement in the code? Nonsense. What do you imagine will happen automation arrives at farms? The supply of food will increase, and the price will decrease. Same thing for trucking and the volume of goods carried down the world's roadways. The volume of cargo will go up, and the cost to move it will drop. Thats more economic productivity, which means more for all. Simply awesome.

Comment Re:HAHAHAH (Score 2) 666

I'm not being dis-ingenuous, I'm prioritizing. I think NASA should focus on space, and leave the earths climate to NOAA and the earths geology to USGS. I think NASA is so unfocused right now, we have to turn to a super-power we already beat in space to help us get our astronauts to a station we largely paid for. And the saddest part: thats the most exciting thing happening above our atmosphere for me to tell my children about.

Comment Re:Who would benefit-- us, but not the parties (Score 1) 1321

Not only that, but the electronic systems don't feed into some "one single Oracle instance". These are very diverse districts all running a hodgepodge system, where the procurement, installation, and monitoring are done by various independent contractors. It would be very challenging to simultaneously and independently break into them all. Not impossible, but very very unlikely. Many probably share some core components (like Diebold software or something, but not not all of them. Perhaps places where democrats are likely to vote just have slower modern voting method adoption. This seems likely since it is often portrayed that voting regulations are put in place to obstruct democratic ballots.

Comment Re:HAHAHAH (Score 1, Troll) 666

You do realize that most of what you posted is a lie, right? Of course you do. Lying is what you do.

You lost your argument right there. If you can't have civilized debate, go back to school and try out for debate club. Maybe then you'll understand that not everyone who conforms to you narrow-minded world views is trying to pull a fast one on you. What do I really even care about what you think anyway? I'm expressing my opinion on how our government spends our money.

But, lets pretend I do care, and I'm trying to convince you. Lets start:
Source: Geologic Temperature Record

The earth has been cooler for the entire period during which anything resembling human beings evolved.

No. Our branch of life flourished since just after the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary (aka K-Pg Boundary). Thats when mammals developed into the variety they are today, and most of which was much more temperate than really recent temperatures (geologically speaking).

Antarctica wasn't in its current position when it was warmer than it is now.

Not as cold as it is now, which is ridiculously cold. From Wikipedia (again):

Africa separated from Antarctica in the Jurassic, around 160 Ma, followed by the Indian subcontinent in the early Cretaceous (about 125 Ma). By the end of the Cretaceous, about 66 Ma, Antarctica (then connected to Australia) still had a subtropical climate and flora, complete with a marsupial fauna.[52] In the Eocene epoch, about 40 Ma Australia-New Guinea separated from Antarctica, so that latitudinal currents could isolate Antarctica from Australia, and the first ice began to appear. During the Eocene–Oligocene extinction event about 34 million years ago, CO2 levels have been found to be about 760 ppm[53] and had been decreasing from earlier levels in the thousands of ppm.

And, without human carbon releases the planet maintains a relatively temperate climate over long periods of time through the action of the carbonate-silicate cycle.

Long being relative.

Of course when you dig up half a billion years worth of stored organic carbon and burn in in a century, the carbonate-silicate cycle ain't gonna fix that.

And of course, continuing to release more CO2, that's your fault, not mine.

How is that more my fault than yours? You live in the same culture as I do. You work on the same computers I do, have the environmental footprint that I do, and so on and so fourth (probably more so, since my work and home are solar powered, and my vehicle is electric). You eat the same food, which comes from the same farms, and drink water piped over the same infrastructure, powered by the same machines, built by the same machines. Don't get all holier than thou on me.

NASA is doing climate research because 4 decades of political leaders decided NASA should be doing climate research.

This is what I disagree with. Not that we are funding climate research, but that NASA should be focused, and we should have a vibrant and progressive space program. NASA is losing ground. We retired the Shuttles, we haven't done anything but LEO manned spaceflight since the 70's, and the number of humans to walk on another celestial body is decreasing, not increasing. All that is thanks to 40 years of mismanagement, lack of direction, and a terrible lack of focus.

If you are deluded enough to think Trump is just going to move things around to NOAA rather than eliminating inconvenient research, you deserve what you get.

I'm not deluded enough to think that, since it says so right there in TFS. I don't think that another 20 years of $2B research is going to solve anything, certainly not going to get us what 20 years of $2B will get us by reaching Mars and beyond. I'd much rather know what the oceans of Europa have hidden under the ice crust than at what speed the various glaciers on earth are melting. They are melting, lets design our world to accommodate more heat, since the 4B year history of the earth suggests that's the norm, and were intelligent enough now to plan for it.

Good luck with that.

To you too, sir. To you too.

Comment Re:HAHAHAH (Score -1) 666

No. While I don't necessarily agree with eliminating "politicized science", this is not what NASA is for. Getting the satellites up there, yes. But then it should fall under the purview of NOAA or some other agency, department, or institute to conduct earth bound science. I had no idea nasa was using 40% of its money on studying the Earth in such detail.

We already know the earth is far cooler than most of its history, and in a lull in temperature. Antarctica wasn't always a frozen wasteland and won't be forever. We know we aren't going to stop the world from producing more CO2. Even if we did, that carbon won't stay down there forever, the Earth (over a much slower timescale) will release it eventually.

Back to NASA: Do what you guys do best. Take us to the ISS, take us to beyond. I want to be able to tell my children where I was when , like my parents told me where they were when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon, and reminded just what we are capable of. I laud PE Donald Trump for putting them back on the right track, and reminding them of where they should be looking. Not down here on Earth, but up to the heavens, where our frontiers call out to our dreams.

Comment Re:It's a hell of a lot easier to switch now! (Score 2, Interesting) 153

I feel like the time for the Linux Desktop has come and gone, and it is such a shame too. Linux desktops could have absolutely changed the game in terms of computer use. Why? Because of the infrastructure, and Apple IMHO is in the lead on this. I have Macs at work and home, so does my wife. We have Apple TVs, iPhones, iPads, and the whole ecosystem really does work. With the latest iteration of iOS/Mac OS, our desktops sync, our documents sync, and our settings sync. All of our setups follow us from computer to computer. As long as we stay in the walled garden, we have a fantastic computing experience. The sad part is: Linux already rules the cloud. So why couldn't it deliver the same seamless experience across all the screens that Apple as (and it seems Windows is not very far behind). The barrier used to be the application support. Now, its the infrastructure in between.

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