Monday, April 10, 2017

You can't build that on mars!

Of course you can and it's just one example. Some things to note... It can be built a lot faster than 3 to 6 months if there were a need. It could be scaled up without taking more time to build. It takes about the same time to build ten of them as to build just one. The hardest part is coming up with the design that meets needs.

When people say a thing can't be done, all they're really saying is they can't do it.

Making microchips!

I want this bug!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

A turning point

Now the world knows we've left the era of Obama's empty talk. The narrative that Trump is a Russian puppet fell apart as well.

This is when the Trump admin. begins to gather steam. He's got the big stick down, now he just needs to learn to talk softly. Perhaps he did with the Chinese?

Friday, April 7, 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The difference between Musk and Bezos

Blue Origin doesn't make a profit and doesn't have to. Bezos could pay for it with Amazon stock for the rest of his life. Musk is a serial profit maker. SpaceX only survives because it makes a profit. Both have ambitions to send people to space. Both intend for them to live there. But Musk has an initial destination of mars with all the resources for a new civilization already there. Bezos just wants them out there. Bezos shied away from saying exactly what those people will be doing. Because he doesn't know how he will get to his vision which is for industry to leave the earth (with laws to enforce it he has suggested.)

Both men's visions will take effort to accomplish, but humans have thousands of years of experience living on a planet and mars is as close to earth-like as any place we will send people to for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Why you can always produce a bogus model

Suppose you have real data in a range but want to prove bogus data. It can always be done by introducing a fudge factor.

Your real data will produce a line on a graph. The bogus data would be another line totally unrelated to the first. How do you make them match? By introducing a third fudge factor line that is the difference between the first two and adding that to the real data. The equation that produces that fudge factor line might be complicated or not, but it always exists.

But what happens when you go beyond the range of the initial graph? The illusion is broken because that fudge factor line is unlikely to produce the same bogus result outside the original range.

This is climate science models in a nutshell.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Did they intend to mislead?

As always. They want you to believe Trump is starving old folks.

Also, enforcing the law scares people... it's supposed to.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Capitalism in Space

A paper by Robert Zimmerman.

The most compelling point of the paper is how non-controversial his conclusions are. The saddest thing is our political environment is such that it may have no impact.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sticking to facts

Fixing healthcare insurance

Start with the solution. But consider some issues:

Republicans will make a huge mistake replacing ObamaCare with TrumpCare (ObamaCare Lite.) The Democrats own ObamaCare, so the idiot RINOs want to take over responsibility for this load of crap? It makes absolutely no sense.

The right solution in the link above leaves remaining problems that should be addressed.

  1. The transition shouldn't create more hardship for people that were screwed by ObamaCare. Before ACA people lost insurance they may not be able to get back because they developed pre-existing conditions they didn't have before.
  2. Low income people should have a separate solution since insurance is a business. As a business consumers get the best deals when those businesses are competing for customers. A voucher for low income folks would allow them to get some of the same benefits and still encourage competition for those customers.
  3. People that can't get insurance for any other reason should have an option outside the insurance industry which is better than just showing up at an emergency room.
Trying to solve everything with a universal solution is a mistake that opens up the political can of worms. Republicans will pay for this mistake if they remain too stupid to avoid it.