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wjfox

Excited about the Mars rover. Gonna have to do a blog on this.
Jul 30 2020 11:27 AM
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    Erowind
    To bring back rock samples this time!
    Jul 30 2020 12:13 PM
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Revolutionary Moderate

I feel that a war between China and the US is inevitable. Given how interconnected our world is, the results would be very bad, as there is a significant chance this could go nuclear. Hopefully, but the time this happens, we will have colonies on the Moon and Mars and perhaps elsewhere, so that humanity will survive.
Jul 30 2020 07:06 AM
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    Erowind
    In other words, globalization works when the rate of profit is moderate-to-high and a multipolar world is inevitable when the rate of profit is low and falling.

    I would be surprised if there were not a limited nuclear exchange between some powers this century.
    Jul 30 2020 08:18 AM
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    Outlook
    Bourgeoisie have learned a long time ago that total war isn't very good for business. At most some poor country is just going to be some front for the military-industrial complex to squeeze money out of the proletariat on both sides. That's how it's been for years.
    Jul 30 2020 10:38 AM
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    funkervogt
    People also long believed the U.S. and U.S.S.R. were destined for war, but it never happened.
    Jul 30 2020 03:34 PM
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MarcZ

COVID-19 daily death tolls rapidly increasing in the US and Brazil.
Jul 30 2020 12:56 AM
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    Raklian
    Yeah, not sure when it's going to end.
    Jul 30 2020 01:07 AM
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starspawn0

A new study measures the actual impact of robots on jobs. It’s significant. https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/a-new-study-measures-actual-impact-robots-jobs-its-significant
Jul 29 2020 08:03 PM
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Outlook

What Hajj looks like during coronavirus https://youtu.be/zKhquwR3pwM
Jul 29 2020 06:34 PM
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    Raklian
    To be fair, the lambo driver was horrible. Even he was the best, he'd still lose big.
    Jul 29 2020 05:23 PM
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funkervogt

Someday, we'll have AR glasses with advanced zoom abilities that will let everyone do this. https://apnews.com/d3fc8b88cde56bac9f1e7b5e494fb019
Jul 29 2020 02:50 PM
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wjfox

Out of morbid curiosity, I inputted the world case numbers for COVID-19 into Excel and then plotted a future trend line. There's no end in sight. The virus just keeps growing and growing, for decades.
Jul 29 2020 12:20 PM
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    tomasth
    If you check the ratio of Cases to Deaths , there is a decline.

    decades ? Even with vaccine ?
    Jul 29 2020 12:38 PM
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    wjfox
    Just going purely by case numbers and without considering a vaccine or other factors.
    Jul 29 2020 12:44 PM
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Erowind

I found it I found it! I sighted NEOWISE through my giant binoculars this morning! It was so bright! I don't know if it was optical illusion or if NEOWISE actually moves this quick but appeared as if it was slowly rotating. I could see texture and detail in the rock!
Jul 29 2020 09:34 AM
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    wjfox
    Amazing :)
    Jul 29 2020 09:43 AM
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    Erowind
    So amazing! I hope we'll all be here to see NEOWISE again in 6,000 years.

    On further reflection and a better picture I think I was seeing an optical illusion with the shadow.
    https://specials-images.forbesimg.com/imageserve/5f079ca602f81f0006502f1b/960x0.jpg?fit=scale
    Jul 29 2020 10:07 AM
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Revolutionary Moderate

I wonder if we will see the return of fascism in the future. I think the chances are likely.
Jul 29 2020 09:17 AM
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    wjfox
    We may well see a repeat of the Holocaust and perhaps an even bigger catastrophe with centuries-long ramifications.
    Jul 29 2020 09:29 AM
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    Raklian
    Yeah, we can't discount the possibility that WW1, WW2 and other world-wide catastrophes we've had are mere footnotes compared to what's coming.
    Jul 29 2020 01:30 PM
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    Raklian
    It's even a logical fallacy to think the worst is behind.
    Jul 29 2020 01:31 PM
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10 year march

Should Elon musk's AI surpassing humans in 5 years comment be taken with any seriousness?
Jul 29 2020 04:10 AM
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    TranscendingGod
    Possible. Vinge's original prediction stated 2023 as the upper end of his estimate.
    Jul 29 2020 10:45 AM
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Raklian

Demon & witch sex, and alien DNA is the conspiracy of the week.
Jul 29 2020 01:47 AM
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    Cyber_Rebel
    Everytime I take a break on the news, even for a brief period and then come back, it feels as if I've warped into another strange new reality.
    Jul 29 2020 03:37 AM
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    Erowind
    That "doctor" can rest assured, I'd have summoned a succubus by now if I could have.
    Jul 29 2020 05:25 AM
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starspawn0

It seems that I smell pot just about everywhere now. There will be traces in the elevator, in the parking deck, in outdoor malls -- literally *everywhere* someone is lighting up.
Jul 28 2020 03:49 PM
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    funkervogt
    I've noticed the same thing in my area. It started a few years ago. A group of idiot renters moved into a house a block away from me, so now I smell it if I walk down the street for 30 seconds.
    Jul 29 2020 12:12 AM
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    Raklian
    Pot is becoming widely legal. It's a matter of time the whole country legalizes it.
    Jul 29 2020 12:45 AM
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    funkervogt
    I think it should be legalized, but that doesn't mean I think people are smart to do it. No better than being a drunk fool.
    Jul 29 2020 03:10 AM
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    Raklian
    This is taking the net by storm. Covid-19 deniers are using those quack doctors to prove their theories right. You just can't fix stupid.
    Jul 28 2020 03:12 PM
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    SeedNotYetSprouted
    Rhapsody of Retardation.
    Jul 28 2020 04:02 PM
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Outlook

I've always wondered why rover designs don't use quadrupedal or tripedal designs instead of wheeled. There are probably a lot of reasons, but it feels more natural locomotion would suit off terrain exploration better.
Jul 28 2020 01:15 PM
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    Outlook
    That makes sense. At least they're trying to place drones on mars. That way there's no more pesky sand dune business.
    Jul 28 2020 01:41 PM
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    Outlook
    Speaking of which July 30 is the Perseverance launch everyone don't miss out.
    Jul 28 2020 01:44 PM
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    Maximus
    It also comes with a helicopter drone called Ingenuity. How cool is it to think of a drone flying around on Mars!?
    Jul 29 2020 05:38 AM