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Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING

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There is a solution to this dillemma!

Feed them.

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LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved

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I have a question.

How many cubic centimeters is its brain cavity?

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Nuclear

The Sun drives both the weather and the climate. There is no such thing as anthropogenic global warming. The Sun is simply a huge hydrogen fusion reactor lacking fine controls. It could burn us all to death in a single flash, or it could go right no just as it has for billions of years. There is no way for anyone to know.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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Stop

Big mistake!

Making things complicated is exactly why I dropped Windows and MacOSX. The geekish route is not the way to go, no matter the dictates of current politics.

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

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Fiddlesticks and horse apples!

We have been working on controlled fusion since 1953. So far, there has not been a fusion reactor design that produced enough excess energy to light up a single LED. There is good reason for this. Fusion, unlike every other reaction we obtain energy from is not a self-sustaining chain reaction. It's main selling point is its mos serious weakness. No, a fusion reactor could never runaway and overheat the way a fission reactor would, but just getting the damned thing to start is a major problem in and of itself.

Still, this is Lockheed's Skunkworks we are discussing here so I will take a wait and see approach, but I am not going to hold my breath. So far, the one design I have seen with any real promise can be found here:

http://www.talk-polywell.org/bb/index.php

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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.I think that we are already using as many lumens per hour as we ever will, but there are other places where lighting is prized so much that LED's might well cause an increase in power consumption: Japan, South Korea, China.

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Particle that behaves like matter AND antimatter found: Majorana fermion

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Breakthrough!

I think that physicist have here opened the door to somethimg much larger--something which will eventuallly refute the Standard Model.

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

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Ice cream to Iced schiesse

Elon Musk was a hero of mine, but he has since proven himself to be yet another false idol. He is as more on the dole than Reagan's "Welfare Queens" ever dreamed of being.

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Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

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True Horror.

The fact that this scam works tells us how horrifying the behaviour of the United States Government has been. Has anyone here heard of "FATCA?" It is an act that defines people who are not citizens of the United States to be "American Persons." You are declared an American person according to my government if you have resided inside US borders for as many as three months; made more than two dollars while here; or any other one of a very long list of innocuous behaviours. By doing just about anything that involves the United States, or any citizen of the United States, you are at risk of becoming an "American Person."

These so-called "American Persons," can and will be pursued by the Internal Revenue Service of the United States, and others of its law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, the DEA, and the infamous NSA. Of course, everyone everywhere is subject to the vicissitudes of our CIA.

I hate to say this because I am speaking about my very own country, but the United States is fast becoming far worse with more reach than the old Soviet Union ever dreamed of being. Not only should you hang on to your wallets with both hands, you should have alternative identifications replete with disguises just in case.

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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Re: The Mission of Banks is to Cause Debt!

It is called "double entry bookkeeping" and without it the bankers would be lost. They should not be loaning money to people who haven't a prayer of paying it back, but they do. Just look at the balance sheet of the United States. No one in their right minds would loan money to an entity with a balance sheet that looks like ours, but then most entities do not have armies and tax collectors. The trouble is, American politicians have borrowed more money than can possibly be collected. They are like the King John in that respect.

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The Mission of Banks is to Cause Debt!

Banks create debt at the jump because the currency we used is based on debt. Today, it is created by someone at a bank sitting down at his computer and typing in a number so that your account is full of non-money. It is just bookkeeping, nothing more.

Everyone who does anything at all for a living should have a sign posted on his wall that reads: "Its the currency, Stupid!" There is a difference between currency and money. Money serves three functions: it is a store of value; it is a medium of exchange; it is an unit of account. Currencies only serve as mediums of exchange and as units of account.

All currencies have value by fiat. In other words, anything chosen as a medium of exchange is, by one process or the other, agreed upon insofar as a medium of exchange and as a unit of account. It is the store of value function that presents us with a problem. A currency lacking the ability to serve as a store of value always, by one means or another, ends up being based on less than nothing--in other words--debt.

Were a government to print or coin every last unit of currency required by its economy and no more, that currency would serve as a store of value. Notice that it does not matter what the currency is made from. It could be anything. It could be printed on paper, coined in any metal, just so long as there is a fixed quantity of it. A currency will serve as a store of value provided that there is a fixed and finite quantity of it. So long as there is a fixed quantity of a currency, it is real money, no matter how common the material it is made from.

Can bankers and governments be trusted with such an important task? Not according to history. Even gold or any other metal will not ensure that you have a currency that is real money. Ensuring that your currency is real money and remains so, requires YOUR vigiliance. Not just your vigilance, but your children's vigilance, and their children's vigilance, and the vigialnce of the generation after that, and the next generation must be just as vigilant as you were, and so on ad infinitum. Real money is the same as the price of freedom. It demands the eternal vigilance of the peoples enjoying its use, or it vanishes.

Any currency that is printed on demand or worse, borrowed on demand, is not money. It is naught but debt. That is what is at the root of our fiscal problems now. Our currencies are produced out of thin air as debt owed to the national banks. Said national banks appear to be in private hands--insofar as I have been able to determine. The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States is actually a private concern. It is a goverment sponsored concern, but beyond its creation, it has nothing to do with the United States Government. I suspect the same is true of all central banks. They all issue currencies that stand for the debts owed to them, rather than real money.

Herein lies the answer and the very heart of our current woes. Governments are allowed to control their own currencies. Very few politicians understand how money works; why money exists or how its value should be controlled. Invariably the polticians have handed the thorny problem of currency management to the people they believed to be the most competent to control currency--bankers.

As one banker infamously said, "Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws!" We handed our freedom over to guess who, the bankers. It is not their fault, it is ours. Our lack of understanding is what has caused this situation. Karl Marx lies at the bottom of most the current confusion, but the number of people who have ever actually understood the nature of money and trade has always been small. Broadening that understanding is the first step back to healthy economies and true freedom.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

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Taxing corporations is really taxing yourself. To the corporations, all taxes are costs and guess who pays those? That's right, corporate customers. Looked at from an economists perspsective, it is the consumers who pay all taxes. Don't be fooled by the bookkeeping. You pay all taxes on anything that is taxed, including corporate incomes.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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Hmph!

Yet more dribble abouit an extremely difficult-to-detect particle. What's next? Slit experiments on the Higgs boson? Oh, wait, we gotta find a better way to produce the Higgs, before we can do any serious work with it. I gotcha! More money. Slippery particles, older whiskey, younger women, and more MONEY! What a racket.

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China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan

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What goes around, comes around.

I knew the day that George W. Bush agreed to sign the Most Favoured Nation Trading Status with China that we would live to regret it. Now, we are regretting it.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: No Surprise

You should be wary of those who have obscurer reason to sell an idea, no matter what that idea is. If APG is real, then there is a great deal of money to made from it, and APG's cheerleaders could give a fig about the likes of you and me. We are now in the hands of misanthropes, make no mistake about that. If APG is not real, there is still a great deal of money to made out of the changes in the economy. Those changes, will throw a great many people out of work and not just members of the working class. The mythical "middle" class will take an even worse beating.

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Ethicists say Facebook's experiments not SO creepy

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Jawhol, Herr Zuckerberg!

Only idiots put their names and fortunes on public media sites like facebook and Twitter. They are rather like houses of ill repute. You just might pick up something that will ride you home.

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Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

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Re: Jack, Jack, Jack, you're doing it again

Peter Schiff, the only guy that accurately predicted the financial crash of 2008 way back in 2003, says that inflation is eating Amazon alive, that their business model is badly flawed, and that they will be forced to raise their prices soon.

Now then, if you actually believe the United States government's claims about there being no inflation and that the Federal Reserve Bank is targeting 2% per annum, then you need to visit this site: http://www.shadowstats.com/

They compute the CPI the way it was done back when Jimmy Carter was in the White House.

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iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms

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Re: Not much to go wrong with a tablet

But it need not be a tablet made by Apple. With an Apple tablet, you must also have a full computer that runs Windows or MacOSX in order to keep your tablet working. Also, you are trapped in Apple's tiny walled off garden. Sooner or later, someone will come up with a markedly better tablet and Apple will suffer as a result.

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Man's gotta know his limitations.

It is very difficult to think of everything that needs to be done, especially when you are planning a planet with a working ecology. We have yet to come up with a reliable means of keeping people inside an airtight container. The one study that has been conducted indicates that human borne bacteria build up on the surfaces inside the habitat until they reach dangerous concentrations.

Now, consider the plight of the poor climatologist who cannot seem to take water into account in his modelling...

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Boring

Windows XP worked just fine. M$oft is just greedy; they are not satisfied with having the most used OS in the world. They want the entire world to roll over and abandon a perfectly good OS on Lord Redmond's command. It might have worked had Windows Vista worked, but it didn't. Windows 7 launches a denial-of-service attack on itself if you have not started it for a couple of weeks. Windows 8 is about to be an even bigger bellywhop.

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World Meteorological Organization says climate data is uncool

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Nuts!

Phttttt!

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

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No mattter how you cut it...

... all of this stuff is largely a matter of guessing--educated guessing. Guessing by any other name is still just a iffy.

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Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley

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Shucks!

Zuckerberg managed to slip out aqain.

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Crooks use Synology NAS boxen to mine Dogecoin, yells Dell

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There ain't never been a horse that...

...can't be rode, nor a man that couldn't be throwed. The same sentimate is applicable to the field of cryptography. Put faith in neither princes nor computers. Neither produce a damned thing.

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

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Re: That about wraps it up for SpaceX

I suspect that the reason Mr. Musk got involved with electric automobiles is that he wanted a way to power his planetary rovers. There are no planets other than Earth inside our solar system with substantial quantities of oxygen in their atmospheres. Internal combustion engines simply will not work as a power source for a planetary rover, largely because you cannot build a system large enough to carry the amount of oxygen an internal combustion engine requires.

On the other hand, if you could create a battery, or something battery-like that would produce a similar amount of power, then you would have a workable solution to your problems caused by the remarkable lack of free oxygen in the solar system. Methane-Oxygen fuel cells might prove to be workable, but I don't know how far along that research has gotten. There is some 13 calories per gram of energy in methane.

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What Mister Musk needs...

...is a batter with about the same energy density as gasoline, excuse me, petrol. Petrol comes in at ten calories per gram. Trinitrotoulol, or TNT, has about 0.65 calories per gram. The battery in your computer weighs in at 0.1 calories per gram. Hydrogen gas fuel cells come in at 26 calories per gram. Natural gas, or methane, comes in at 13 calories per gram. Chocolate chip cookies, have five calories per gram. That's right, half the energy density of petrol.

If we could produce a battery with as high an energy denisty as the chocolate chip cookie we'd really have something and it would not matter what it cost, because it could then replace petrol as a power source.

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British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change

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APGW is a Myth!

It was dreamed up by politicians for their gain and nothing else. Then the fascicapitlsts got hold of it and decided that they could make a few extra bucks and thing haven't been the same since.

Let's try to think calmly about this, shall we? Didn't the UK have a similar cold spell recently? I seem to recall an aerial photograph that showed Blighty as white as a corpse for like a week. This year just happened to be our turn. Weathe varies all the time. There is no overall warming.

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Yes. Facebook will KNOW you've been browsing for smut

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Nuts!

Only idiots habituate services like facebook or twitter. Mark Zuckerberg is an evil, evil little man.

http://youtu.be/1cqXBk91ZgM

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Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

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Bloomberg? Really?

When I saw that the poll had been conducted by that ever so objective organization I dismissed the article out of hand. I did not need to read any further to know that it is yet more leftist propaganda.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: It's looking more and more...

Any greenie who objected to a power project such as this is a misanthrope who prizes his or her lonliness.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

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Re: He's climbing glass because...

So, no matter what this suff costs, if it works, there will be a huge market for it outside of the governments.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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If I had his and he had more, we'd both be tickled.

The only people worried about differences in wealth are jealouse fools. I really don't care how much anyone else makes. I am focused on what I am making. The trouble I have is that I pay at least half my income in taxes of one form or another. Were it not for the governments and their tax codes, I would be doing far better than I am now.

Here is how I see it. Taxin incomes is both immoral and ineffective. Taxing consumption encourages thrift and is vastly more moral than taxing incomes. Most governments have this backwards, starting with France.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Fifth Gear

Has tested the Mercedes anti-collision system. It does not work at speeds greater than 18 miles per hour. Volvo's was better, because it would work at 22 mph. At higher speeds, none of the systems were especially impressives, save that they might allow you to survive a crash that you would otherwise have died in. Your exceedingly expenisve vehicle would be ruined.

Until programming and hardware geeks find a way to crack the problem of artificial intelligence, I don't expect to see a self-navigating car that is reliable enough to deal with realistic road conditions.

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Zuckerchan toss another $120 MEEELLION to schools in charity push

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Evil Man.

Mark Zuckerberg is the epitome of an evil misanthropic hypocrite. Schools in the United States are no longer schools at all. They have become indoctrination centers. Children are taught to become well behaved little drones susceptible to any whim of anyone that is placed in a position of authority over them. Mister Zuckerberg is hoping to spread that poison in San Francisco, just as he already has in New Jersey. Americans with any real sense take a hand in the education of their children by schooling them at home.

http://youtu.be/1cqXBk91ZgM

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

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It is not Motorola's fault.

This stinking mess lies at the feet of our politicians. They have passed laws that makes it impossible to get anything done with American labor. Texas is the most business friendly state in the whole of the Union. If you cannot make it there, then you cannot make it anywhere else in the US.

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US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

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It is an outright lie.

There is no way that carbon dioxide is causing global warming. It is a measly 0.035% of our atmosphere. There simply is no way it can have any effect at all on global temperature at that concentration. Any decision on shutting power plants down should rely on the facts, not popular polls. This is why the United States has a Constitution. The majority is legally prevented from doing bad things to the minority--BY LAW.

The real driver of global warming is the sun. Sol is, I find that I am obliged to point out, an uncontrolled fusion reactor of natural origin. It could do anything at any time and we would be helpless to prevent it. We are, at this very moment. completely helpless and still largely clueless about our own sun. We should be more worried about asteroid strikes than we are about global warming from carbon dioxide. The first is inevitable, the second is impossible.

Oh, and if you do sincerely believe in anthropogenic global warming, you should also be in favour of consturcting fission power plants to replace the coal and gas fired plants that our EPA is shutting down now. We are about to commit economic seppuku over a phantom problem. Millions of us will starve and or be displaced while rich thugs like Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Steyr make their millions. They have a marked preference for untrammeled beaches.

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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What does it matter...

...what the polls say? Is polling data really and truly going to make any difference to the forces controlling our climate? No. What matters is the actual data coming in about the weather, right? What does that data tell us? That there has been no warming during the last fifteen years. Is there reason to panic? No. Are you truly green? Yes? Then why are you not supportive of electricity from fission? Power from wind and solar (actually, both are really solar when you get right down to it), are non-starters. Power from waves and tides are still entirely too expensive to ever work out.

That leaves us with two types of fossil fuel. Fosslized sunlight in the form of coal, methane and crude oil. Fossilized starlight in the form of fissile materials. The longer we leave the fissile materials in the ground, the less energy we will be able to derive from it.

Now, bear in mind that there are three laws of thermodynamics to be dealt with. The first is that you cannot win. The second is that you must pay for what you get. The third is that you will never get everhything you have paid for. Questions? See the first rule.

Now, still think that fission is too unsafe to use? The you must a misanthropic billionaire who does not give a fig for the rest of us and likes his beaches empty.

Personally, I think that Anthropogenic Global Warming is a hoax started by Maggie Thatcher and then followed up on by the likes of Herr Albert Gore. There's money to be made in them thar carbon credits, Bubba!

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Re: Hang on...

@Allster,

No, they used explosive to literally blow the fire out. Capping a burning well with debris would not stop the fuel and it would cause it to reignite.

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Fuel for jets DOES grow on trees

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Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

That is exactly what we do whenever we ignore crude oil and fission. We have plenty of both and all the other stuff has proven to be less than workable. Electrictiy from wind and solar, pick your favourite solar, are complete duds without a way to store large quantities of electricity. Both are too intermittent to supply our needs for a steady load on the grid without such storage. Schemes to take advantage of waves and currents have their on impacts on the environment that are far more serious than any thing fission plants can do.

There are many complicated explanations of thermodynamics, but they can be simplified so that anyone can readily understand the three basic rules. Rule one: You can't win. Rule two: You must pay for what you get. Rule three: You will never get what you pay for. Corollary: When in doubt, check the first rule.

I know that this is hard news for many of you, but you must realize that this is what we are up against. Nature is as implacable as your mother-in-law and at least as pitiless. There are no "alternative energies." There is only energy and we must have it or millions upon millions of us will die.

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

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Re: Great Article.

We have yet to even scratch the abyssal plains. We already know that there are vast resources there, but we lack the political/legal means to expoit them. Here once agian, we are prevented from taking advantage of known resrources because of objections being raised by those who would prefer to keep everyone in penury.

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ET hunter: We will find SPACE ALIENS in 20 years

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Nuts!

SETI was a non-starter. Think about it. Do you think it would be safe to advertise our presence to the entire universe, not knowing what sort of civilizations are out there? Sure, current theory says that it is all but impossible to travel as fast as light. This is not Einstein's equations in the way, but Newton's. Even so, just on the off chance that it might be possible to travel large distances quickly, do you really think it would be safe to signal our presence to every green skinned brown blooded intelligence out there? What if they decide that we are no better than monkies and come here to take over? Do you really think that we could protect ourselves and our home in the face of a civilization that has that technology? Our own tribal natives did not fair so well, did they?

As for the rest of this highly speculative piece, Earth is the only planet out of eight in the entire Solar system to have a breathable atmosphere where plentiful water is present. All the rest of the planets have a mix of gasses that are inimical to life. Venus; mainly carbon dioxide and sulfuric acid. Mars: mostly carbon dioxide, but just enough of it to be a nuisance. Jupiter? Mostly helium as are all the other gas giants. Some of the moons orbiting the gas giants have a tiny bit of promise, but they are far less than optimal.

Our only real route off this planet is to establish a base on the moon and then proceed out to the asteroids using the materials we can mine on the moon to build the necessary spacecraft. Personally, I think Gerard K. O'Neill might have been onto something with his powersat and L5 colony ideas, but we will not be doing even that much until we figure out a way to get around the green luddites.

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SpaceX billionaire claims Air Force official 'likely' made job-for-spy-sat-contract deal

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He screwed the pooch.

Mister Musk will never be trusted by the USAF ever again. Short of executive interference, he will never launch another satellite for them.

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

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Re: pity

I am in full agreement with you here. The airplane busines is inherently risky and is not for the timid.

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again!

According to the New York Times starting way back in 1855: The Climate is Warming; 1870 -- Cooling; 1888 -- Warming; 1889 -- Cooling; 1890 -- Cooling; 1908 -- Warming; 1934 -- Cooling; 1947 -- Warming; 1950 -- Warming; 1953 -- Warming; 1956 -- Warming; 1958 -- Cooling; 1959 -- Cooling; 1961 -- Cooling; 1967 -- Cooling; 1968 -- Warming; 1969 -- Warming; 1970 -- Cooling; 1972 -- Cooling; 1972 -- Both!; 1974 -- Both!; 1975 -- Both!; 1975 -- Cooling; 1976 -- Cooling; 1978 -- Neither!; 1979 -- Cooling; 1980 -- Cooling; 1990 -- Warming.

There does not appear to be a genuine consensus here. Only the contiuance of what was, previously, a healthy scientific debate. Now, after Herr Al Gore and his money schemes got involved, the debate has taken on an entirely different tone. It is no longer about science, but about the use of resources and money. Oh, and the United Nations powerlusters want an excuse to take over from the US. They think that they will get what they are after by playing this "climate card."

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

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I hate to burst your bubble, but you seem to be labouring under the misaprehension that it is Einsteins theories that stands in the way of FTL travel. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is Newton who must first be avoided, not Einstein. Do a little arithmetic and you will discover what a collision with a singly hydrogent would be like at the speed of light or some significant fraction thereof. Disasterously energetic outcomes in such collisons. They cannot be shielded agains by any known means.

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The Truth.

Capitalism, qua Capitalism is not at risk. In fact, no one anywhere on Earth has ever lived out their lives in a truly Capitalist society. Capitalism will work for you as well as you work it. You must be a true Captialist to actually understand Capitalism, but you need not have a full understanding of it to prosper under it. Capitalism is like the rising tide. It lifts all boats, including yours, provided you did not do something stupid to your boat. Like tying it to a heavy object with a short rope, or punching a hole in the hull of your boat while never even reading the manual on how your bilge pumps are operated. There is not, however, any room for the indolent in a truly Capitalist society.

This article is about a book that someone wrote to counter a socialist smear job of Captialism, but that was an obvious mistake. Capitalism needs no defense. It stands on its own. It has worked on its own everywhere it has been tried to the exact degree it has been allowed to work. Socialism, on the other hand, is sputtering wreck that will only deliver you into poverty. It has failed spectacularly everywhere it has been put into practice. France is an outstanding example of Socialism at its worst.

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Samsung issues 'deep apology' to cancer-hit semiconductor workers

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Re: Wouldn't it be better...

There are numerous carcinogenic compounds used in the process of manufacturing microprocessors and other sorts of electronic bits, but that does not necessarily mean that the employees got their cancer from their jobs. A great many things are made with carcenogenic compounds, but when the compounds are properly handled, there is no cause for concern. There are very few substances that will cause cancer on a one time exposure to them. Those that are capable of such a feat are usually fatal for other reasons. Vapourized mercury, for instance, is quite deadly, but liquid mercury is perfectly harmless, provided it does not get rubbed into a cut or scratch--or is used to make fillings.

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Look out, FCC: R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jello Biafra, 57 others join net neutrality crusade

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Just look at the trends.

I can remember the day when 300 baud was considered first class access to the wonders of the networked world. Then, came the world wide web and the demise of BBS's like Compuserve. Now we have fiber right down the last mile in rural districts or at least satellite providers who can deliver at equivalent rates.

Should we expect this dramatic curve to steepen or flatten out. If one or the other, when? I think that this is a very good time for the legislators to do what comes natural to them. Stall for more time. This problem will vanish soon.

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UN to debate killer drone ethics

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Defining the word "committee."

It is the only life form with a hundred or more stomachs and no brains. "Skynet" will simply kill it, or use it as cover as it keeps right on trucking. When was the last time you ever heard of anything useful coming from the United Nations? It's been a long time, hasn't it?

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

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I am curious.

Many "M" Type dwarfs are infamous as "flare stars." They brighten suddenly by an order of magnitude or so for a week or a day and then drop back down to their normal brightness. Can life survive around such a star? Additionally, I understand that a star in the Goldilocks zone of these stars will be so close to their system primary that they will be tidally locked, much like the moon is. Is this true? What would life be like on the dark side of such a planet? What if the planet were like Venus, with its pole pointed at the system primary for much of the time? All of these are intriguing questions.

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