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by johnny_7713
Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?
Replies: 19
Views: 5625

Re: Why don't schools stagger dates and hours more?

In the Netherlands we have 3 zones with staggered holidays, except for the Christmas holidays. Shorter 'mid-term' holidays don't overlap, the (six week) summer holidays partially overlap. AFAIK this system was originally introduced to spread the load on the Dutch roads, as the most popular form of h...
by johnny_7713
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: #BlackMonday 2015: China down 8%+, Dow Jones opens at 15500
Replies: 42
Views: 7174

Re: #BlackMonday 2015: China down 8%+, Dow Jones opens at 15

I'm thinking we might have below $2.00/gallon gas soon folks. In 2008 Oil was $140 a barrel. Cratering oil prices is good for truckers, retail, shipping, etc. etc. But its bad for energy producers (Exxon, Russia, etc. etc.). Dunno how it plays out overall, but it might be time to plan an awesome ro...
by johnny_7713
Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14619
Views: 2154828

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

It is mostly funny due to the ridiculousness of a big country like Russia making such petty reactions. Also in case you didn't get that, Russia is enforcing its own sanctions against the EU; EU sanctions against Russia are mostly about loans and military equipment, not food. Exporting food to Russi...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1745
Views: 259869

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Your probably right. And most businesses fail. Still I don't have any money in it, so I can look at it with detached amusement. The plastic roads project is not a start-up firm, but is being run by VolkerWessels, which is one of the Netherlands' largest construction firms (15k employees, 200M euro ...
by johnny_7713
Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiation from Fukushima is spreading into North America
Replies: 5
Views: 3665

Re: Radiation from Fukushima is spreading into North America

Fasciation is a thing that also happens in the absence of elevated levels of radiation, see also: http://m.snopes.com/nuclear-mutant-daisies/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasciation
by johnny_7713
Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14619
Views: 2154828

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Wasn't that linked before ? Someone is sueing eBay because selling the sun through them is difficult. Reading the article carefully it appears that the legal claim is that Ebay did collect commission, but didn't pass on the payments, which seems like a pretty good cause of a lawsuit to me (prima fa...
by johnny_7713
Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 37822

Re: Mars One / Mars Colonization Thread

I am interested: what would you people consider self-sustaining? Does it mean the colony could be entirely cut off from earth and still survive? Or something less extreme? Here on earth, even countries with dozens of million of people would have grave trouble to sustain a modern technological base,...
by johnny_7713
Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 37822

Re: Mars One / Mars Colonization Thread

The biggest problem Mars One or any Mars mission is going to face is money. Either you make it pay or get the government involved or both. But pouring 100 billion down the rabbit hole isn't going to happen, not without some hope of a return. Having said that I think it is possible to go and at leas...
by johnny_7713
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 37822

Re: Mars One / Mars Colonization Thread

Yup, plants produce oxygen and a technology to keep oxygen levels below toxic levels would need to be implemented. Such systems exist for the ISS. You can also breath pure oxygen at reduced air pressure for much longer - this becomes less an issue of producing too much oxygen (not really an issue f...
by johnny_7713
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mars Colonization Thread
Replies: 471
Views: 37822

Re: Mars One / Mars Colonization Thread

Since I don't think anyone posted it yet, MIT did a feasibility study on the Mars One project (based on the scantily available publicly released plans): http://web.mit.edu/sydneydo/Public/Mars%20One%20Feasibility%20Analysis%20IAC14.pdf. tl;dr: If the colonists grow their own crops they die of oxygen...
by johnny_7713
Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 31350

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

we're slowly getting there folks. more distrust and revenge attacks against muslims, more people thinking all muslims are inferior and barbaric race. let's hope the western governments start rounding them up and putting them in complete surveillance to stop more terrorism acts. Welcome back, Fascis...
by johnny_7713
Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Malaysian Airplanes
Replies: 16
Views: 4915

Re: Malaysian Airplanes

Yup. Malaysia is an entire country. And an entirely separate country from Indonesia. Two accidents across two different countries do not really make a trend. Unless you can prove some sort of connection between Malaysia Airlines and Indonesia Airlines... but as far as I can tell they're two separat...
by johnny_7713
Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador
Replies: 50
Views: 11606

Re: Obama appoints Soap-Opera producer as Ambassador

If this is the situation wouldn't it be much more fun to just hold a lottery. Everyone in the US (say over 35) is out into a drawing when a new Ambassador is needed. If your name is drawn and you want the job, it's yours! You get a 2 month crash course on the country your visiting and which one is ...
by johnny_7713
Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Red Cross diverted aid to PR machine during disasters
Replies: 14
Views: 4005

Re: Red Cross diverted aid to PR machine during disasters

The NPR article notes that this is a part of a longer history of problems. IMO the Red Cross is a victim of its own success. Being the most successful relief organization around the world has made it necessary to have a substantial bureaucracy to keep track of everything. Problem is bureaucracies a...
by johnny_7713
Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Orbital's third mission to the ISS ends with a kaboom
Replies: 21
Views: 5419

Re: Orbital's third mission to the ISS ends with a kaboom

In the abstract hypothetical sure, with the caveats that A) you know the cheaper option is cheaper because it will fail more often and don't suffer delusions about its reliability because it was refurbished, and B) that you have a more reliable and expensive launch vehicle on hand for emergencies. ...
by johnny_7713
Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: RF Resonant Cavity thruster-based spacecraft
Replies: 13
Views: 9730

Re: RF Resonant Cavity thruster-based spacecraft

To get to a 400 km altitude in 1 hour you need an average speed of 111 m/s. If you are purely counteracting gravity (at sea level) on 8,300 kg, you need 81.4 kN. This gives an absolute minimum required power of just over 9 MW (111*81.4e3), at least initially. Note that is the actual thrust power re...
by johnny_7713
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: RF Resonant Cavity thruster-based spacecraft
Replies: 13
Views: 9730

Re: RF Resonant Cavity thruster-based spacecraft

To get to a 400 km altitude in 1 hour you need an average speed of 111 m/s. If you are purely counteracting gravity (at sea level) on 8,300 kg, you need 81.4 kN. This gives an absolute minimum required power of just over 9 MW (111*81.4e3), at least initially. Note that is the actual thrust power req...
by johnny_7713
Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14619
Views: 2154828

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

My gf pointed out that the Note 3 is 1.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6 Plus (8.3mm vs 7.1mm). An extra mm of thickness makes a big difference to the strength. I'd guess the materials make a difference too, plastic tends to return to its original shape after bending while aluminium doesn't. If the thi...
by johnny_7713
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Schrodinger Cat Disproof (Samuel Jacobs)
Replies: 88
Views: 18553

Re: Schrodinger Cat Disproof (Samuel Jacobs)

I don't know that much QM, but isn't the alive/dead cat just a proxy for saying that the atom that triggers the poison gas is in a superposition of decayed and not decayed? Thus the cat itself is never actually in a superposition, even though it functionally is from the perspective of someone outsid...
by johnny_7713
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14619
Views: 2154828

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

It seems reasonable that the zoo should have been consulted before having someone assigned to them for community service, however. I'm guessing that you can't just suddenly get someone assigned to do community service with you though. Instead I'd imagine there is a pre-existing agreement that the z...
by johnny_7713
Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 145034

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

The EU/US/NATO have a multitude of reasons to support Ukraine. The current government wants to sign trade agreements with the West. The East European NATO members are nervous about what precedent it sets if a junior partner of NATO gets invaded with minimal response. Russia hasn't been very coopera...
by johnny_7713
Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 145034

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

Johnny, the west is only hypocritical if neither of the two are true. 1 this isn't the same as how the west intervenes. r "Russia and the eu both played their games in Ukraine. But Russia lost. So Russia decides to play a different game called lets declare war and lie about it. " Or 2 thi...
by johnny_7713
Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 145034

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

Yeah, I am completely confused when people bring up the "Why are we mindlessly believing the accusations against Russia" angle. Because it is brought up so often it's probably talked about more than the actual crisis itself. Even more confusing is that this mostly seems to come from the l...
by johnny_7713
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 145034

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

did you just equate western cheerleading with Russia's military invasion of Ukraine? Sorry for the quote. But it'll get people back on topic. Libya and Syria show that the West is perfectly fine going beyond cheerleading to arms deals and even military intervention if peaceful protests aren't suffi...
by johnny_7713
Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 145034

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

I'm glad they are standing up for the law and the democratic society... By kicking out the elected government in a foreign-backed coup, and then shelling towns that want to secede? Some democracy. You are aware that the government of Ukraine is democratically elected, right? And that the secession ...
by johnny_7713
Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 145034

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

I'm glad they are standing up for the law and the democratic society... By kicking out the elected government in a foreign-backed coup, and then shelling towns that want to secede? Some democracy. You are aware that the government of Ukraine is democratically elected, right? And that the secession ...
by johnny_7713
Fri Aug 29, 2014 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3710
Views: 461029

Re: The Darker Side of the News

If women can test their drinks discretely, then rapists won't know which women are testing their drinks. An overt test kit means select another target. A covert kit means any woman might notice her drink's been tampered with. Maybe she just leaves the bar. Maybe she calls the cops. Rapists would ha...
by johnny_7713
Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 34109

Re: Science and Philosophy

That feels like a word game to me. There is hardly any context where 'philosophy' is used as a catchall term for all search for knowledge. You can use it that way, but that mightily confuses a statement like 'science is a subset of philosophy'. It's like syaing that history is the study of past eve...
by johnny_7713
Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 34109

Re: Science and Philosophy

Mokele is right with his birds & reptiles analogy, but I think that there is a further sense in which philosophy and the sciences are connected. I would say that science depends on philosophy in the same way that it depends on mathematics, at a very basic level. You have mathematical tools and ...
by johnny_7713
Sun Aug 17, 2014 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6083
Views: 846499

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yeah, I'm not sure of the justification for banning secret recordings, unless it's just an extension of general rules about situations when you can't record someone without their knowledge. If you're not allowed to secretly record anyone at all, then that also covers police officers (I assume). Bei...
by johnny_7713
Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14619
Views: 2154828

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Why did they name a Hemoragic after a nice little Italian Village? It's actually named after a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first investigators of the disease decided that naming it after the village where they found it would be too stigmatising for the village, so they took out t...
by johnny_7713
Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14619
Views: 2154828

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Why did they name a Hemoragic after a nice little Italian Village? It's actually named after a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first investigators of the disease decided that naming it after the village where they found it would be too stigmatising for the village, so they took out t...
by johnny_7713
Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 173423

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Never understood the Turkish opposition to Kurdistan; all the Kurdish insurgents would end up leaving Turkey if Northern Iraq were to break off into Kurdistan. My understanding is that the area claimed by the Kurds as Kurdistan extends from southern Turkey, through northern Iraq and into Iran. The ...
by johnny_7713
Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 12542

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

Okay. In December of 1980 when the Prime Rate hit a high of 21.5, unemployment was at 7.1 percent and inflation was at 13.5 percent. In 2008 inflation was running at about 5 percent, unemployment around 4.6 percent and a prime rate of 3.25 percent. These were peaks for their eras. Has there been a ...
by johnny_7713
Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: EMDrive and other reactionless propulsion claims
Replies: 71
Views: 14608

Re: EMDrive and other reactionless propulsion claims

I have been reading and I have to admit, 90% of this stuff is going right over my head. It is simply to complex for me, but I am going to ask my question anyway. Even if a propulsion system has no net acceleration, the system can still move. I know this because of a simple thought experiment: Put a...
by johnny_7713
Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 12542

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

And also bear in mind that poverty is a deliberate feature of our financial systems: A low level of unemployment is baked in by design, with full employment considered to have bad implications in terms of inflation and so on. And unemployment and poverty are going to be correlated for obvious reaso...
by johnny_7713
Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: EMDrive and other reactionless propulsion claims
Replies: 71
Views: 14608

Re: EMDrive and other reactionless propulsion claims

When they document the method and experiment in detail allowing it to reproduced and it is accepted by a credible, peer-reviewed scientific journal and published, then at that time we've got N = 1 positive results claimed. And then other scientists can try and reproduce that single claimed positive...
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: MH17 Shot Down Over Ukraine-Russian Border
Replies: 102
Views: 18881

Re: MH17 Shot Down Over Ukraine-Russian Border

The Dutch website nu.nl is reporting at least part of the convoy has made it to the crash site. Of course the issue is that just one day at the site is not enough, so hopefully they can keep the route open.

http://www.nu.nl/vliegramp-oekraine/384 ... -mh17.html
by johnny_7713
Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 145034

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

The sanctions appear weak. And seem to be more focussed on consequences for the future. At which point the crisis would most likely be resolved and the sanctions dropped, which might be the point? Could it be that Europe wants to appear to be taking a strong stance, imposing sanctions that would ul...
by johnny_7713
Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 145034

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

I think with coincidental timing it bears far more resemblance to the build up to WW1 - i.e. a potential accidental clusterf**k rather than an idealogically driven war substituting a fractured EU for Austria hungry, Ukraine for the Balkans and Russia for errr Russia I'd say that WWI was very much i...

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