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Comment Re:solar power to the rescue (Score 1) 136

you are missing the point. We need a mixture of energy rather than 100% based on wind/solar that so many fools push solely. That way, when a crisis like this hits, the nation has energy to survive it.

While I agree, I'm not scared by a few volcanoes or any one event. It would take an event orders of magnitude greater than these volcanoes erupting to have a huge negative impact on solar power, whether photovoltaic or concentration, so this is not really a crisis. Same with wind power - it will not be impacted, and though sustained climate change may alter wind patterns, there is no reason to believe we wouldn't still be able to capitalize on wind.

But yes, the more sources we can develop the better. Diversity is security, and more viable options will make us able to phase out fossil fuels sooner, so we should continue working on geothermal, harnessing tides and waves, fusion, fission, biomass, etc., as well as storage technologies, like flow batteries and pumped hydro, to name two

Comment Re:*derp* (Score 1) 136

Nuclear winter has nothing to do with radioactivity. It's all about dust kicked up by sufficiently large explosions blocking sunlight. The same effect can be caused by impactors.

True, except for that last part. If it wasn't caused by nuclear weapons, it isn't "nuclear" winter. Such events occurred long before we had nuclear weapons, and have never actually been caused by nuclear weapons.

Comment Re:As the crust keeps expanding because of AGW... (Score 1) 136

That's why we now say climate change, because "global warming" turned out to be indefensible before the facts. But we can argue change forever.

But what we have is global warming. The disruption in current weather patterns and ocean currents will indeed mean that some areas may see cooler climates (The British Isles and some of NW Europe, most notably) though world averages are rising and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Comment Re:Otherwise Known As A Jökulhlaup (Score 1) 136

Glacier outburst floods are known as "jökulhlaups" in geology, an Icelandic word since it has been the scene of many historic floods of this type.

In 1755 a jökulhlaup from the Katla volcano had a peak flow of up to 400,000 cubic meters/second, about 20 times the flow rate of the Mississippi River, or twice that of the Amazon, making it briefly the largest river in the world.

Completely off-topic: I love hearing people speak Finnish (got a few really old family members and a friend who speak Finnish), but Icelandic is the one language that I marvel over even more because it sounds so cool. When Eyjafjallajökull erupted I just had to learn how to pronounce it, and mention it to everyone I talked to, of course. Bárðarbunga and Grímsvötn might require a little work.

Comment Re:Blade Runner (Score 1) 146

Once again, Scifi foretells the future.

Good thing Bladerunner has gotten almost everything else wrong so far. At the very least it had the timing all wrong, since we're pretty unlikely to have replicants, off-world colonies, lots of flying cars, an inability to buy real snakes, or that level of smog or whatever choking LA by 2019.

Comment Re:How to deal with buttheads online (Score 1) 477

Remain calm and collected, use yer skillz to trace their accounts and reveal their identities, then go to their moms' houses, DRAG THOSE MOTHERFUCKERS OUT OF THEIR BASEMENTS AND BASH THOSE LOSERZ IN THEIR BITCH ASS FACES!!!!

We all should have seen this coming, with silly questions like this being posted on slashdot. Slow nerd news day, I guess.

Comment Re:Imagine being so dense (Score 1) 138

36 hours, jeez, that's a lot of time to set aside, or a long time to be so "altered." LSD seems plenty long enough, and has a well-established safety profile when used with care. DMT might be a bit too quick, like a drag race, but I'd think an Indy 500-type duration would be enough for most people, rather than going up to a whole 24 hour endurance race like LeMans.

Something producing a full-on LSD-like experience in say, 2-4 hours would be a huge hit, both with psychonauts and scientists. I think 8+ hours of a psychedelic experience can be extremely exhausting, and long enough to forget a lot of the desirable details. To each his own of course, and a marathon can produce an extreme feeling of accomplishment for those willing to endure it. I just think something more manageable could be more useful, and become more accepted.

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