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Comment Re:Um, so? (Score 4, Interesting) 149

I think the point is that major corporations are using US bonds as a tax shelter, and if they had paid taxes instead of investing in US debt, the US debt might not be at it's present level of 100% of GDP.

OTOH, this is kind of good news. If Trump pisses off China so that it begins to dump US public debt, it will be nice that US corporations have significant incentive to pick up the debt.

Comment Re:There's an obvious alternative explanation (Score 1) 246

Because I don't consume growth hormone residues in my diet, so long as the fecal runoff water from factory farms doesn't get into the fields where my veggies grow.

Speaking of hormones, you're not also concerned about the high levels of phytoestrogens that many vegetables produce in an attempt to dispense birth control on grazing animals?

Comment Re:China's Monster Three Gorges Dam (Score 3, Interesting) 114

I'll wager it pales in comparison to the effect of the 3/11 Japan earthquake or the Boxing Day quake/tsunami of '04. Those quakes lifted or dropped massive areas of the crust and I actually seem to recall hearing reports that the atomic clocks would need to have some leap milliseconds directly linked to the quake.

Submission + - Cesarean births *possibly* affecting human evolution 1

CanadianRealist writes: Larger babies delivered by cesarean section may be affecting human evolution. Researchers estimate cases where the baby cannot fit down the birth canal have increased from 30 in 1,000 in the 1960s to 36 in 1,000 births today. (Science Alert and ( BBC "this is happening headline" version.)

More detailed studies would be required to actually confirm the link between C-sections and evolution, as all we have now is a hypothesis based on the birth data.

Agreed, more studies required part. Cesareans may simply be becoming more common with “too large” defined as cesarean seems like a better idea. It's reasonable to pose the question based simply on an understanding of evolution. Like it's reasonable to conjecture that length of human pregnancy is a compromise between further development in utero, and chance of mother and baby surviving the delivery.

Comment Self Awareness... (Score 1) 75

I agree, and I have always hated that aspect of social media. No FB for me. I was on Instagram for a couple of years, but I started to feel like I couldn't keep up. One day I noticed I was like a chicken, always having to peck peck peck at my phone. So I just stopped. Haven't been on IG for a few months now, and quite honestly I know I am not missing anything important.

If you don't read the news, you are uninformed.
If you read the news, you are misinformed.

Comment Re:Looks like RetroArch (Score 1) 91

There is definitely a market for this though.
I almost bought a Pi3 for this purpose, but then saw that you can compile retropie on Linux, so I did so on my machine.
Now I have it up and running, and it's mostly straight-forward... lots of config files if you need to tweak something. But when something doesn't go right, it's not so easy to troubleshoot. e.g. Vector MAME games weren't playing. Got that figured by using a different emulator, but now on Star Wars I can't get it to insert coins. Looks like others had the problem but none of those solutions worked for me. The whole mix of Pie/Retroarch/Emulationstation took a little while to understand... and it's still not crystal clear when and where to change what if needed.

It would be kind of nice to just be able to buy something for a reasonable price off the shelf, especially if you have no clue about Linux.

Comment Fueling the fueler (Score 1) 37

Well, we do need a good OTV (Orbital Transfer Vehicle). You could use it to move stuff from orbit to orbit as needed.

So, how much fuel is this robot going to have on board? How or why would you refuel it?

The reason you put tiny fuel tanks on satellites is that it cost a lot to launch anything on a rocket. If it didn't then the engineers would put huge tanks on things sitting in orbit. Tanks designed to last as long as the next part expected to fail.

At there aren't that many kinds of propellant in use but you'd still be out of luck if you had something using hydrazine while the only thing left on the repair 'bot is nitrogen.

Orbital transfers aren't free or cheap (ask any Kerbel Space fan.) It will be interesting to see what propulsion system is proposed. There's interest in tethers for 'propelentless station keeping or orbital transfers.

Would you send up refuel cans for the robot? Would you de-orbit the robot once it ran out of fuel? Could you recover the robot to save costs, then?

Except for the Hubble Space Telescope most satellites are not designed to be serviced. What can a hypothetical servicing robot do about dead batteries or shorted out control systems or hole solar arrays on the existing fleet in orbit?

Finally, while space is pretty big, sending something on a 'soft' collision course with a dead satellite in the prime geosync orbit sounds like a great way to create more debris just where you don't want it. But it's Loral. They will have the best people Congressional pork spending can buy on staff to ask and answer these questions.

Comment Re:Thinner (Score 2) 329

Do people really want thinner phones?

In Japan, the hand can be used like a knife; but that doesn't work so well with a tomato. SPLAT! Introducing the Ginsu Phone--chop, Chop, CHOP! (warning, keep phone in sheath when not in use. Works best with Ginsu shaving cream. Do not hold up to face when talking. In case you need to talk for more than four hours, do not use this phone.)

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