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Search For Alien Life On 86 Planets Begins

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the is-anybody-out-there dept.

Earth 248

liqs8143 writes "Astronomers from the United States have begun searching for alien life on 86 possible earth-like planets. A massive radio telescope that listens for signs of alien life is being used for this project. These 86 planets are short-listed from 1235 possible planets detected by NASA's Kepler telescope. The mission is part of the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project, launched in the mid 1980s. A giant dish pointing towards each of the 86 planets will gather 24 hours of data, starting from this week."

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crop circles (4, Funny)

Beliskner (566513) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135148)

I would first search the exoplanets pointed to by the most interesting crop circles from the global crop circles database [cropcircleresearch.com] why do the hard work when the aliens have done it for us, just draw a line from the centre of the Earth, through the crop circle to the appropriate starsystem

Re:crop circles (1)

AlienIntelligence (1184493) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135198)

Is that how it works? I was always assuming a LOS across the diagram,
like the ones in the Atacama highlands.

-AI

Re:crop circles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135628)

Yeah, and thats great and all, but how about we spend more of our public resources on fixing earth rather than useless trivia like this. Like, I don't know, reversing the government spending trend. If this data (and I call it data, because it isn't useful enough to be called knowledge), were good for anything, then why doesn't the private industry seem interested in it. This type of research is just welfare for otherwise bright individuals who decided to get an ivory tower education so they could spend their lives on meaningless pursuits.

Re:crop circles (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36136128)

today's meaningless research is tomorrow's must-have knowledge for modern technology.

Here's just one example:
Einstein came up with general relativity almost 100 years ago. Fairly useless in his day. It was fascinating, albeit only on a theoretical level. Todays modern society runs on general relativity (along with, to a lesser extent, quantum physics). Without knowledge of general relativity, your GPS device would be off by a minimum of 4 miles, with inaccuracy increasing from there. Without GPS, our army is lost in the middle of the desert. etc. etc.

yeah, let's just throw all our money at "fixing earth" (a "problem" with no definition is one that can never be finished because you will continually be revising the criteria to solve it).

Re:crop circles (5, Insightful)

supertrinko (1396985) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135216)

Have you factored the rotation of the earth into this plan of yours?

Re:crop circles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135424)

whoosh

Re:crop circles (3, Funny)

Beliskner (566513) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135452)

Have you factored the rotation of the earth into this plan of yours?

The aliens would probably expect us to be able to solved all trivial problems like that.

Re:crop circles (3, Insightful)

JoshuaZ (1134087) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135220)

I would first search the exoplanets pointed to by the most interesting crop circles from the global crop circles database [cropcircleresearch.com] why do the hard work when the aliens have done it for us, just draw a line from the centre of the Earth, through the crop circle to the appropriate starsystem

So the aliens are coming down to Earth from hundreds of light years away, and leaving hints in crop circles about what planets they are coming from instead of just saying hi? And they happen to use a calling card that is easily duplicated by low level technology? And the aliens happened to start in a handful of Western countries and then spread their message around the globe?

I was talking to my barber a few days ago. Nice chap by the name of Occam. He had some interesting things to say about this sort of claim.

Effective troll is effective. (-1, Flamebait)

ClintJCL (264898) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135248)

bwahahahhaha

^^that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135766)

Some people are so easy to troll. Even Lockwood could do it!

Re:crop circles (2)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135334)

So the aliens are coming down to Earth from hundreds of light years away, and leaving hints in crop circles about what planets they are coming from instead of just saying hi?

They wanted to make sure they only had to deal with the smart people.

Re:crop circles (3, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135480)

Hmm... odd, most reports about contacts have been from some hillbillies high on moonshine.

Re:crop circles (0, Flamebait)

formfeed (703859) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135934)

Hmm... odd, most reports about contacts have been from some hillbillies high on moonshine.

That's because the aliens are visitors from an advanced libertarian society of tea-partiers.

Re:crop circles (-1, Offtopic)

Beliskner (566513) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135362)

So the aliens are coming down to Earth from hundreds of light years away, and leaving hints in crop circles about what planets they are coming from instead of just saying hi?

It's either that or talk to the US President who's responsible for the deaths of 150,000 humans in Iraq, I wouldn't travel 100,000 light years to speak to a murderer.

Re:crop circles (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135428)

The crop cycles started long before the Iraq war.

Re:crop circles (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135490)

Well, but he could probable be the one to answer that one question that would puzzle me to no end if I was an alien: Why is your species so hellbent on killing each other over nothing?

Re:crop circles (1)

neo8750 (566137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135524)

Well, but he could probable be the one to answer that one question that would puzzle me to no end if I was an alien: Why is your species so hellbent on killing each other over nothing?

Well sometimes we just get bored...

Re:crop circles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135606)

That's a big assumption about aliens. Whether we like it or not the killing of each other has favored the genes of the killer over those that hold peace above all else. That's been our history, whether it continues to be our future is up to us.

Re:crop circles (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135618)

Well, but he could probable be the one to answer that one question that would puzzle me to no end if I was an alien: Why is your species so hellbent on killing each other over nothing?

Because we have a small talent for war.

Re:crop circles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135774)

It's because we say the guy in the story is the son of god, and they say he is only a prophet. Duh. And they are hiding our oil under their sand.

Re:crop circles (2)

belthize (990217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135884)

We don't kill them over nothing, we kill them because they're wrong, usually about incredibly important things like which side to butter your bread on.

Re:crop circles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135878)

In order to make the trip they would clearly be of a higher intelligence and technological sophistication. They would have dispensed with socialism and embraced the free market - and accepted God into their lives.

Obviously they are waiting for the stain of librulism to wash off the human race before making themselves truly known.

Re:crop circles (3, Funny)

Time_Ngler (564671) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135400)

It's obviously a project being run by an alien bureaucratic agency of some kind. Probably has been running for centuries to keep the "wooden board and rope" skilled aliens employed.

Re:crop circles (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135470)

It's obviously a project being run by an alien bureaucratic agency of some kind. Probably has been running for centuries to keep the "wooden board and rope" skilled aliens employed.

LoL. I get an image of a flying saucer hovering over a farm and beaming down a team of Greys with ropes and boards, who quickly press out the design they've been given. Then it's beam-them-up, and a smoke break while on the way to the next farm.

Re:crop circles (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135616)

So the aliens are coming down to Earth from hundreds of light years away, and leaving hints in crop circles about what planets they are coming from instead of just saying hi?

What makes you think that the crop circles are location hints and aren't the alien's way of just saying "hi"? I suppose you'd just land somewhere, pop open the hatch and speak. That's the obvious way to your naked ape mind. However, that may not be obvious to an alien species. It might even be considered extremely rude and aggressive. Instead, they leave sophisticated artwork in fields (helped along by a bunch of drunken art majors)

Re:crop circles (4, Insightful)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135252)

why do the hard work when the people with rope and wooden boards have done it for us,

Fixed that for you

Re:crop circles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135284)

The earth moves though, so you'd need to know when the crop circle appeared, to within a tiny fraction of a second. Unless you're joking, and just wanted to see who didn't realise they're fake.

Re:crop circles (2)

Wolfling1 (1808594) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136116)

Its a nice theory. Superluminal corkscrew gravity waves have been considered as a communication tool for some time now.

Problem is that they are also generated by black holes as their axis sweeps across us. They are not an indication of intelligent life.

global crop circles database (1)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136164)

Lame! That site hasn't been updated since 2008. Either that, or that's when the aliens stopped making crop circles.

I found some (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135150)

It has come to my attention that the entire Linux community is a hotbed of so called 'alternative sexuality', which includes anything from hedonistic orgies to homosexuality to paedophilia.

What better way of demonstrating this than by looking at the hidden messages contained within the names of some of Linux's most outspoken advocates:

  • Linus Torvalds [microsoft.com] is an anagram of slit anus or VD 'L,' clearly referring to himself by the first initial.
  • Richard M. Stallman [archive.org] , spokespervert for the Gaysex's Not Unusual 'movement' is an anagram of mans cram thrill ad.
  • Alan Cox [microsoft.com] is barely an anagram of anal cox which is just so filthy and unchristian it unnerves me.

I'm sure that Eric S. Raymond, composer of the satanic homosexual [goatse.fr] propaganda diatribe The Cathedral and the Bizarre, is probably an anagram of something queer, but we don't need to look that far as we know he's always shoving a gun up some poor little boy's rectum. Update: Eric S. Raymond is actually an anagram for secondary rim and cord in my arse. It just goes to show you that he is indeed queer.

Update the Second: It is also documented that Evil Sicko Gaymond is responsible for a nauseating piece of code called Fetchmail [microsoft.com] , which is obviously sinister sodomite slang for 'Felch Male' -- a disgusting practise. For those not in the know, 'felching' is the act performed by two perverts wherein one sucks their own post-coital ejaculate out of the other's rectum. In fact, it appears that the dirty Linux faggots set out to undermine the good Republican institution of e-mail, turning it into 'e-male.'

As far as Richard 'Master' Stallman goes, that filthy fudge-packer was actually quoted [salon.com] on leftist commie propaganda site Salon.com as saying the following: 'I've been resistant to the pressure to conform in any circumstance,' he says. 'It's about being able to question conventional wisdom,' he asserts. 'I believe in love, but not monogamy,' he says plainly.

And this isn't a made up troll bullshit either! He actually stated this tripe, which makes it obvious that he is trying to politely say that he's a flaming homo [comp-u-geek.net] slut [rotten.com] !

Speaking about 'flaming,' who better to point out as a filthy chutney ferret than Slashdot's very own self-confessed pederast Jon Katz. Although an obvious deviant anagram cannot be found from his name, he has already confessed, nay boasted of the homosexual [goatse.fr] perversion of corrupting the innocence of young children [slashdot.org] . To quote from the article linked:

'I've got a rare kidney disease,' I told her. 'I have to go to the bathroom a lot. You can come with me if you want, but it takes a while. Is that okay with you? Do you want a note from my doctor?'

Is this why you were touching your penis [rotten.com] in the cinema, Jon? And letting the other boys touch it too?

We should also point out that Jon Katz refers to himself as 'Slashdot's resident Gasbag.' Is there any more doubt? For those fortunate few who aren't aware of the list of homosexual [goatse.fr] terminology found inside the Linux 'Sauce Code,' a 'Gasbag' is a pervert who gains sexual gratification from having a thin straw inserted into his urethra (or to use the common parlance, 'piss-pipe'), then his homosexual [goatse.fr] lover blows firmly down the straw to inflate his scrotum. This is, of course, when he's not busy violating the dignity and copyright of posters to Slashdot by gathering together their postings and publishing them en masse to further his twisted and manipulative journalistic agenda.

Sick, disgusting antichristian perverts, the lot of them.

In addition, many of the Linux distributions (a 'distribution' is the most common way to spread the faggots' wares) are run by faggot groups. The Slackware [redhat.com] distro is named after the 'Slack-wear' fags wear to allow easy access to the anus for sexual purposes. Furthermore, Slackware is a close anagram of claw arse, a reference to the homosexual [goatse.fr] practise of anal fisting. The Mandrake [slackware.com] product is run by a group of French faggot satanists, and is named after the faggot nickname for the vibrator. It was also chosen because it is an anagram for dark amen and ram naked, which is what they do.

Another 'distro,' (abbrieviated as such because it sounds a bit like 'Disco,' which is where homosexuals [goatse.fr] preyed on young boys in the 1970s), is Debian, [mandrake.com] an anagram of in a bed, which could be considered innocent enough (after all, a bed is both where we sleep and pray), until we realise what other names Debian uses to describe their foul wares. 'Woody' is obvious enough, being a term for the erect male penis [rotten.com] , glistening with pre-cum. But far sicker is the phrase 'Frozen Potato' that they use. This filthy term, again found in the secret homosexual [goatse.fr] 'Sauce Code,' refers to the solo homosexual [goatse.fr] practice of defecating into a clear polythene bag, shaping the turd into a crude approximation of the male phallus, then leaving it in the freezer overnight until it becomes solid. The practitioner then proceeds to push the frozen 'potato' up his own rectum, squeezing it in and out until his tight young balls erupt in a screaming orgasm.

And Red Hat [debian.org] is secret homo [comp-u-geek.net] slang for the tip of a penis [rotten.com] that is soaked in blood from a freshly violated underage ringpiece.

The fags have even invented special tools to aid their faggotry! For example, the 'supermount' tool was devised to allow deeper penetration, which is good for fags because it gives more pressure on the prostate gland. 'Automount' is used, on the other hand, because Linux users are all fat and gay, and need to mount each other [comp-u-geek.net] automatically.

The depths of their depravity can be seen in their use of 'mount points.' These are, plainly speaking, the different points of penetration. The main one is obviously/anus, but there are others. Militant fags even say 'there is no/opt mount point' because for these dirty perverts faggotry is not optional but a way of life.

More evidence is in the fact that Linux users say how much they love `man`, even going so far as to say that all new Linux users (who are in fact just innocent heterosexuals indoctrinated by the gay propaganda) should try out `man`. In no other system do users boast of their frequent recourse to a man.

Other areas of the system also show Linux's inherent gayness. For example, people are often told of the 'FAQ,' but how many innocent heterosexual Windows [amiga.com] users know what this actually means. The answer is shocking: Faggot Anal Quest: the voyage of discovery for newly converted fags!

Even the title 'Slashdot [geekizoid.com] ' originally referred to a homosexual [goatse.fr] practice. Slashdot [kuro5hin.org] of course refers to the popular gay practice of blood-letting. The Slashbots, of course are those super-zealous homosexuals [goatse.fr] who take this perversion to its extreme by ripping open their anuses, as seen on the site most popular with Slashdot users, the depraved work of Satan, http://www.eff.org/ [eff.org] .

The editors of Slashdot [slashduh.org] also have homosexual [goatse.fr] names: 'Hemos' is obvious in itself, being one vowel away from 'Homos.' But even more sickening is 'Commander Taco' which sounds a bit like 'Commode in Taco,' filthy gay slang for a pair of spreadeagled buttocks that are caked with excrement [pboy.com] . (The best form of lubrication, they insist.) Sometimes, these 'Taco Commodes' have special 'Salsa Sauce' (blood from a ruptured rectum) and 'Cheese' (rancid flakes of penis [rotten.com] discharge) toppings. And to make it even worse, Slashdot [notslashdot.org] runs on Apache!

The Apache [microsoft.com] server, whose use among fags is as prevalent as AIDS, is named after homosexual [goatse.fr] activity -- as everyone knows, popular faggot band, the Village People, featured an Apache Indian, and it is for him that this gay program is named.

And that's not forgetting the use of patches in the Linux fag world -- patches are used to make the anus accessible for repeated anal sex even after its rupture by a session of fisting.

To summarise: Linux is gay. 'Slash -- Dot' is the graphical description of the space between a young boy's scrotum and anus. And BeOS [apple.com] is for hermaphrodites and disabled 'stumpers.'

FEEDBACK

What worries me is how much you know about what gay people do. I'm scared I actually read this whole thing. I think this post is a good example of the negative effects of Internet usage on people. This person obviously has no social life anymore and had to result to writing something as stupid as this. And actually take the time to do it too. Although... I think it was satire.. blah.. it's early. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well, the only reason I know all about this is because I had the misfortune to read the Linux 'Sauce code' once. Although publicised as the computer code needed to get Linux up and running on a computer (and haven't you always been worried about the phrase 'Monolithic Kernel'?), this foul document is actually a detailed and graphic description of every conceivable degrading perversion known to the human race, as well as a few of the major animal species. It has shocked and disturbed me, to the point of needing to shock and disturb the common man to warn them of the impending homo [comp-u-geek.net] -calypse which threatens to engulf our planet.

You must work for the government. Trying to post the most obscene stuff in hopes that slashdot won't be able to continue or something, due to legal woes. If i ever see your ugly face, i'm going to stick my fireplace poker up your ass, after it's nice and hot, to weld shut that nasty gaping hole of yours. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Doesn't it give you a hard-on to imagine your thick strong poker ramming it's way up my most sacred of sphincters? You're beyond help, my friend, as the only thing you can imagine is the foul penetrative violation of another man. Are you sure you're not Eric Raymond? The government, being populated by limp-wristed liberals, could never stem the sickening tide of homosexual [goatse.fr] child molesting Linux advocacy. Hell, they've given NAMBLA free reign for years!

you really should post this logged in. i wish i could remember jebus's password, cuz i'd give it to you. -- mighty jebus [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Thank you for your kind words of support. However, this document shall only ever be posted anonymously. This is because the 'Open Sauce' movement is a sham, proposing homoerotic cults of hero worshipping in the name of freedom. I speak for the common man. For any man who prefers the warm, enveloping velvet folds of a woman's vagina [bodysnatchers.co.uk] to the tight puckered ringpiece of a child. These men, being common, decent folk, don't have a say in the political hypocrisy that is Slashdot culture. I am the unknown liberator [hitler.org] .

ROLF LAMO i hate linux FAGGOTS -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

We shouldn't hate them, we should pity them for the misguided fools they are... Fanatical Linux zeal-outs need to be herded into camps for re-education and subsequent rehabilitation into normal heterosexual society. This re-education shall be achieved by forcing them to watch repeats of Baywatch until the very mention of Pamela Anderson [rotten.com] causes them to fill their pants with healthy heterosexual jism [zillabunny.com] .

Actually, that's not at all how scrotal inflation works. I understand it involves injecting sterile saline solution into the scrotum. I've never tried this, but you can read how to do it safely in case you're interested. (Before you moderate this down, ask yourself honestly -- who are the real crazies -- people who do scrotal inflation, or people who pay $1000+ for a game console?) -- double_h [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Well, it just goes to show that even the holy Linux 'sauce code' is riddled with bugs that need fixing. (The irony of Jon Katz not even being able to inflate his scrotum correctly has not been lost on me.) The Linux pervert elite already acknowledge this, with their queer slogan: 'Given enough arms, all rectums are shallow.' And anyway, the PS2 [xbox.com] sucks major cock and isn't worth the money. Intellivision forever!

dude did u used to post on msnbc's nt bulletin board now that u are doing anti-gay posts u also need to start in with anti-black stuff too c u in church -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

For one thing, whilst Linux is a cavalcade of queer propaganda masquerading as the future of computing, NT [linux.com] is used by people who think nothing better of encasing their genitals in quick setting plaster then going to see a really dirty porno film, enjoying the restriction enforced onto them. Remember, a wasted arousal is a sin in the eyes of the Catholic church [atheism.org] . Clearly, the only god-fearing Christian operating system in existence is CP/M -- The Christian Program Monitor. All computer users should immediately ask their local pastor to install this fine OS onto their systems. It is the only route to salvation.

Secondly, this message is for every man. Computers know no colour. Not only that, but one of the finest websites in the world is maintained by a Black Man [stileproject.com] . Now fuck off you racist donkey felcher.

And don't forget that slashdot was written in Perl, which is just too close to 'Pearl Necklace' for comfort.... oh wait; that's something all you heterosexuals do.... I can't help but wonder how much faster the trolls could do First-Posts on this site if it were redone in PHP... I could hand-type dynamic HTML pages faster than Perl can do them. -- phee [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Although there is nothing unholy about the fine heterosexual act of ejaculating between a woman's breasts, squirting one's load up towards her neck and chin area, it should be noted that Perl [python.org] (standing for Pansies Entering Rectums Locally) is also close to 'Pearl Monocle,' 'Pearl Nosering,' and the ubiquitous 'Pearl Enema.'

One scary thing about Perl [sun.com] is that it contains hidden homosexual [goatse.fr] messages. Take the following code: LWP::Simple -- It looks innocuous enough, doesn't it? But look at the line closely: There are two colons next to each other! As Larry 'Balls to the' Wall would openly admit in the Perl Documentation, Perl was designed from the ground up to indoctrinate it's programmers into performing unnatural sexual acts -- having two colons so closely together is clearly a reference to the perverse sickening act of 'colon kissing,' whereby two homosexual [goatse.fr] queers spread their buttocks wide, pressing their filthy torn sphincters together. They then share small round objects like marbles or golfballs by passing them from one rectum to another using muscle contraction alone. This is also referred to in programming 'circles' as 'Parameter Passing.'

And PHP [perl.org] stands for Perverted Homosexual Penetration. Didn't you know?

Thank you for your valuable input on this. I am sure you will be never forgotten. BTW: Did I mention that this could be useful in terraforming Mars? Mars rulaa. -- Eimernase [slashdot.org] , Slashdot

Well, I don't know about terraforming Mars, but I do know that homosexual [goatse.fr] Linux Advocates have been probing Uranus for years.

That's inspiring. Keep up the good work, AC. May God in his wisdom grant you the strength to bring the plain honest truth to this community, and make it pure again. Yours, Cerberus. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

*sniff* That brings a tear to my eye. Thank you once more for your kind support. I have taken faith in the knowledge that I am doing the Good Lord [atheism.org] 's work, but it is encouraging to know that I am helping out the common man here.

However, I should be cautious about revealing your name 'Cerberus' on such a filthy den of depravity as Slashdot. It is a well known fact that the 'Kerberos' documentation from Microsoft is a detailed manual describing, in intimate, exacting detail, how to sexually penetrate a variety of unwilling canine animals; be they domesticated, wild, or mythical. Slashdot posters have taken great pleasure in illegally spreading this documentation far and wide, treating it as an 'extension' to the Linux 'Sauce Code,' for the sake of 'interoperability.' (The slang term they use for nonconsensual intercourse -- their favourite kind.)

In fact, sick twisted Linux deviants are known to have LAN parties, (Love of Anal Naughtiness, needless to say.), wherein they entice a stray dog, known as the 'Samba Mount,' into their homes. Up to four of these filth-sodden blasphemers against nature take turns to plunge their erect, throbbing, uncircumcised members, conkers-deep, into the rectum, mouth, and other fleshy orifices of the poor animal. Eventually, the 'Samba Mount' collapses due to 'overload,' and needs to be 'rebooted.' (i.e., kicked out into the street, and left to fend for itself.) Many Linux users boast about their 'uptime' in such situations.

Inspiring stuff! If only all trolls were this quality! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

If only indeed. You can help our brave cause by moderating this message up as often as possible. I recommend '+1, Underrated,' as that will protect your precious Karma in Metamoderation [slashdot.org] . Only then can we break through the glass ceiling of Homosexual Slashdot Culture. Is it any wonder that the new version of Slashcode has been christened 'Bender'???

If we can get just one of these postings up to at least '+1,' then it will be archived forever! Others will learn of our struggle, and join with us in our battle for freedom!

It's pathetic you've spent so much time writing this. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I am compelled to document the foulness and carnal depravity [catholic.net] that is Linux, in order that we may prepare ourselves for the great holy war that is to follow. It is my solemn duty to peel back the foreskin of ignorance and apply the wire brush of enlightenment.

As with any great open-source project, you need someone asking this question, so I'll do it. When the hell is version 2.0 going to be ready?!?! -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I could make an arrogant, childish comment along the lines of 'Every time someone asks for 2.0, I won't release it for another 24 hours,' but the truth of the matter is that I'm quite nervous of releasing a 'number two,' as I can guarantee some filthy shit-slurping Linux pervert would want to suck it straight out of my anus before I've even had chance to wipe.

I desperately want to suck your monolithic kernel, you sexy hunk, you. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

I sincerely hope you're Natalie Portman [archive.org] .

Dude, nothing on slashdot larger than 3 paragraphs is worth reading. Try to distill the message, whatever it was, and maybe I'll read it. As it is, I have to much open source software to write to waste even 10 seconds of precious time. 10 seconds is all its gonna take M$ to whoop Linux's ass. Vigilence is the price of Free (as in libre -- from the fine, frou frou French language) Software. Hack on fellow geeks, and remember: Friday is Bouillabaisse day except for heathens who do not believe that Jesus died for their sins. Those godless, oil drench, bearded sexist clowns can pull grits from their pantaloons (another fine, fine French word) and eat that. Anyway, try to keep your message focused and concise. For concision is the soul of derision. Way. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

What the fuck?

I've read your gay conspiracy post version 1.3.0 and I must say I'm impressed. In particular, I appreciate how you have managed to squeeze in a healthy dose of the latent homosexuality you gay-bashing homos [comp-u-geek.net] tend to be full of. Thank you again. -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Well bugger me!

ooooh honey. how insecure are you!!! wann a little massage from deare bruci. love you -- Anonymous Coward, Slashdot

Fuck right off!

IMPORTANT: This message needs to be heard (Not HURD [linux.org] , which is an acronym for 'Huge Unclean Rectal Dilator') across the whole community, so it has been released into the Public Domain [icopyright.com] . You know, that licence that we all had before those homoerotic crypto-fascists came out with the GPL [apple.com] (Gay Penetration License) that is no more than an excuse to see who's got the biggest feces-encrusted [rotten.com] cock. I would have put this up on Freshmeat [adultmember.com] , but that name is known to be a euphemism for the tight rump of a young boy.

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Re:I found some (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135472)

Get over here AC, it's time to GET IT ON! . I brought the Crisco, did you bring your kids? Let's get this party started.
/me puts on her robe and wizard hat.

Re:I found some (2)

milkmage (795746) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135746)

and rubber gloves.. who's got the gloves?

Re:I found some (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135670)

Gosh, I'll have to update my satanic rituals to include you. As the victim. Oh wait you've been downmodded to hell -- I'd best break out the pitchforks to deal with you properly, you abject moron.

Re:I found some (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135984)

Thats right shut your faggot mouth and disappear piece of shit. I'm from Jane and Finch where anybody can get wigged same day service. You dont know what its like when its real. Your faggot mouth wants to have your dick hard at somebody who wont return your homosexual gestures. So you cross over to comitting felony acts. My concern is the law and the hood. You dont know how it is having to deal with dual codes of behavior. You run around and try to maintain an erection your entire day and attempt to get plugged with dicks better than yourself, also known as hetero

I thought Vlad was the resident Gasbag... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135788)

"secondary rim" and "cord in my arse" are fucking brilliant.

Accessible data? (1)

Palmsie (1550787) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135154)

Open to the world? So all us nerds can search and sift through it with you using, for once, not only our bandwidth to help you Mr. Seti, but also our minds.

Re:Accessible data? (5, Informative)

belthize (990217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135256)

Data from all NSF funded instruments are in the public domain after a 'suitable' period for the primary investigator who proposed the actual science with the instrument has had crack at it.

For the telescopes this tends to be 1 year from observing, after that the data is available to all. It sounds like the data from this project will wave that 1 year period and be available for SETI@home as soon as it's done.

Re:Accessible data? (1)

belthize (990217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135408)

Bah

Here's a comma or two, ',,,' to insert as you see fit, s/has had/to have a.

Re:Accessible data? (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135484)

Apart from using wave instead of waive your post was fine; don't worry about commas. You might want to rephrase that first sentence though.

Re:Accessible data? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135610)

Bah

Here's a comma or two, ',,,' to insert as you see fit, s/has had/to have a.

Here's a slash to finish your replacement command: /

Re:Accessible data? (1)

ASiemion (2160066) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135690)

Yes, these data will be publicly available soon. However, providing full random access to ~50TB is challenging for an academic project. If you have s3 or equiv to donate, or HDs you would like to fedex, please contact SETI@home. :)

Re:Accessible data? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136054)

About your sig:

Carl Sagan quotes get you an automatic +5 on all posts.

Well, let's try:
"and" -- Carl Sagan, in about any of his works. :-)

Alien sitcoms! (2)

Dutchmaan (442553) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135166)

Just be sure we're up on the latest copyright laws from alien worlds. We wouldn't want to get some giant metallic radiation sphere orbiting our planet as a cease and desist order!

Ohhh, their planet rotates once every 24 hrs too? (1)

AlienIntelligence (1184493) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135168)

I guess they are using a 24hr "block" of radio telescope time...
but it was just funny reading it. Like they are going to study
them for 24hrs for signs of intelligent life. As if it was their
"day length period". lol

Wow, I hope no one ever scans our planet "in the morning"
radio talk shows. Not good for first contact, haha.

-AI

Oooh, my nick is relevant again...

Re:Ohhh, their planet rotates once every 24 hrs to (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135330)

Indeed, if they did listen In The Morning I'm sure they'd have little choice but to come down here and hit us in our collective mouth.

Re:Ohhh, their planet rotates once every 24 hrs to (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135358)

I guess they are using a 24hr "block" of radio telescope time...
but it was just funny reading it. Like they are going to study
them for 24hrs for signs of intelligent life. As if it was their
"day length period".

I thought the negative elevation angle aspect was even funnier, assuming the targets are distributed in the galactic plane. I'm guessing they will take multiple days to gather 24 hours total of data. Or, maybe we've gone thru the journalism filter, and we're gathering "one days observation" and the journalist though 24 hours sounded "more scientific".

I suppose they could be limiting themselves to stars "that never set" in other word declination > (scope latitude + reasonable beamwidth / sidelobes)

Re:Ohhh, their planet rotates once every 24 hrs to (1)

ASiemion (2160066) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135722)

These data must be collected over multiple observation sessions, the Green Bank Telescope schedule is available at https://dss.gb.nrao.edu/schedule/public [nrao.edu] . Next observations are in about 15 hours - May 16 05:15 PT

too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (4, Insightful)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135182)

we need to take spectroscopic measurements of earth-sized and super-earth-sized planets to detect evidence of life's biochemistry. But our short-sited congress cancelled the Terrestrial Planet Finder. The most monumental scientific discovery of mankind would be life elsewhere, it will need a little investment which is so very minuscule compared to the money we waste on enriching mega-corporations, imperialism and warmongering.

Re:too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (3, Interesting)

Insanity Defense (1232008) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135446)

Short sighted? Or did they think ahead and realize that finding life bearing worlds hurts their religious voters?

Re:too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135496)

No, perhaps they just thought it is better to sort out poverty and a broken health system before blowing cash on really completely useless projects.

Re:too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135552)

Oh yeah, because THAT'S where the money is going, not in to the pockets of the people who voted the project down and those who bribe--er, LOBBY (sorry, I get the two mixed up sometimes) them.

Re:too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36136172)

Oh yeah, because THAT'S where the money is going, not in to the pockets of the people who voted the project down and those who bribe--er, LOBBY (sorry, I get the two mixed up sometimes) them.

Understandable. I often get six and half-dozen mixed up, too.

Re:too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135500)

Where do people get the idea that finding life bearing worlds would somehow be against Christian doctrine? I've been to a number of pretty conservative churches and never once heard this view, C.S. Lewis was writing novels about aliens 50 years ago, and I know the Catholics have specifically stated it's not a problem for them. So why do people always assume it's an issue?

Re:too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (1)

domatic (1128127) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136324)

Because many of these people basically believe that Man is God's Special Project. Religion of that stripe has always disliked any aspect of science that suggests the Universe doesn't revolve around Man...often literally.

Re:too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135548)

The real reason they canceled the program: they spotted life approaching our solar system, and they don't want the public to panic.

Apparently there's fairly conclusive evidence that we'll make first contact with the ship on Dec 21, 2012. My theory: it's the Mayans returning to reclaim the planet.

Re:too bad they cancelled TPF-1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135728)

But our short-sited congress cancelled the Terrestrial Planet Finder.

I don't see where the project was cancelled. It has not been funded and was deferred. It looks to me like they are putting their money to use in similar areas of research anyway: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110427/full/472402a.html [nature.com]

...which is so very minuscule compared to the money we waste on enriching mega-corporations, imperialism and warmongering.

Or was this just a chance to rant about some other bullshit that has nothing to do with the topic at hand?

What exactly.. (3, Interesting)

slackzilly (2033012) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135192)

..are the signs of alien life they will listen for?

Re:What exactly.. (2)

linuxguru (142002) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135246)

sort of like 'I Love Lucy' but in shrieking, alien speak.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

Americano (920576) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135458)

I always imagined it'd be more like the Honeymooners, but with the character of Ralph Kramden shouting "To the Earth, Alice! To the Earth!"

Re:What exactly.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135278)

..are the signs of alien life they will listen for?

A massive radio telescope that listens for signs of alien life is being used for this project.

Re:What exactly.. (5, Informative)

jcampbelly (885881) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135318)

Over the planet's transit over the face of the star, from our angle, the light interacts with the atmosphere of the planet before passing through to be seen by our telescopes. The light is broken down into component frequencies to determine the chemicals present and their relative concentrations in the atmosphere. Some chemical signatures can be understood as the the result of natural processes, while others do not seem to occur without the influence of biological processes. We are looking for 'unnatural atmospheres' modified by exotic processes that cannot be readily explained under natural conditions.

Re:What exactly.. (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135384)

Over the planet's transit over the face of the star, from our angle, the light interacts with the atmosphere of the planet before passing through to be seen by our telescopes. The light is broken down into component frequencies to determine the chemicals present and their relative concentrations in the atmosphere. Some chemical signatures can be understood as the the result of natural processes, while others do not seem to occur without the influence of biological processes. We are looking for 'unnatural atmospheres' modified by exotic processes that cannot be readily explained under natural conditions.

So the TLDR version is we're watching for a sudden methane (etc) signature for an instant as the planet transits its star? Why watch for 24 hours, then, assuming the orbit has been well characterized?

Re:What exactly.. (2)

jcampbelly (885881) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135516)

They're going to take a while to capture the data on each planet, since they can't watch continuously with an earthbound telescope. They may only have a window of a few days to capture a transit on some target planets, so it will take multiple transits to get that much data for all of them (the project will last a year). I believe they get the most valuable data when the planet first passes into the star's disk and then again as it leaves, as this gives some sense of differentiation between different parts of the atmosphere.

Re:What exactly.. (0)

slackzilly (2033012) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135386)

OMG an informative answer on slashdot :-o

Hope this gets +5 informative.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135512)

Over the planet's transit over the face of the star, from our angle, the light interacts with the atmosphere of the planet before passing through to be seen by our telescopes. The light is broken down into component frequencies to determine the chemicals present and their relative concentrations in the atmosphere. Some chemical signatures can be understood as the the result of natural processes, while others do not seem to occur without the influence of biological processes. We are looking for 'unnatural atmospheres' modified by exotic processes that cannot be readily explained under natural conditions.

Hope they're looking at some seriously red-shifted planets, if they're trying to look at light with a radio telescope.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

jcampbelly (885881) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135608)

I must be sleepy -- you are correct and I have now RTFA.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135882)

But there has been talk of doing what you described. Do you know whether we're "there yet" with the necessary technology?

Re:What exactly.. (1)

rrohbeck (944847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135546)

So what they're looking for is "alien life according to our preconceived notions"?

Re:What exactly.. (2)

slackzilly (2033012) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135570)

They have to. They can't look for signs that they don't know about.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135592)

So what they're looking for is "alien life according to our preconceived notions"?

We have no idea how to detect other forms of life, therefore it makes more sense to look for life as we know it than to not look at all. If we find something, we know there's (probably) life up there. If we find nothing, we at least know that if there is life on those planets, it's not the type of life we know about.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

chill (34294) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135998)

Well, if we just focus on "non-random noise", any patterns we find would be a big hint towards life -- as a form we know or not.

We're just looking for "signal". Wow! [wikipedia.org]

Re:What exactly.. (1)

JoeRobe (207552) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135630)

Do you happen to have a reference for this? I have never heard of radio astronomy being used to detect molecular signatures (frequently microwave and mm-wave, but not radio). The molecular signatures during solar transit to which you are referring have typically been studied using optical and infrared telescopes, since the 200-20000 nm range is the region in which vibrational and electronic transitions occur.

I figured they were looking for classic radio-frequency patterns, much like the ones we're constantly emitting from our broadcast stations.

Re:What exactly.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36136032)

"Do you happen to have a reference for this?"

Google is your friend.

"I figured they were looking for classic radio-frequency patterns, much like the ones we're constantly emitting from our broadcast stations."

While you're at it, Google the "inverse-square law".

Re:What exactly.. (1)

JoeRobe (207552) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136194)

Google is your friend.

Wow, what a great idea. In fact I did search for it, and found nothing for it in regards to RF atmospheric absorption during solar transits, hence the query for a reference.

As far as the inverse square law goes, while it is applicable for all forms of emission, the noise base on RF telescopes is incredibly low, meaning that we're really good at detecting it, especially with monster dishes. Hence SETI and the whole SETI@home project. The 1/r^2 law also implies that the radio source is emitting isotropically (i.e. like a blackbody), when RF trasmitters are not isotropic. So one might view the planet a bit like an RF lighthouse that is emitting beams, some of which might be kind enough to be pointed toward us. At which point the 1/r^2 law doesn't apply whatsoever. Thanks for the snarky attempt at being clever.

Re:What exactly.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135638)

Instructions on how to build a machine.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

ASiemion (2160066) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135678)

..are the signs of alien life they will listen for?

Astronomical radio signals indicative of an engineered origin.. lots of electromagnetic energy in a narrow frequency range or a very narrow time window. The latter is also produced by pulsars, but there's only one known pulsar in/near the Kepler field and, generally speaking, pulsars to not contribute a significant background for such searches because they are so rare - only ~2000 are known.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

l0ungeb0y (442022) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135850)

Farts... that's right, farts. We're too far away to detect methane trace elements, but with current advances in super-flatulentelescopy, we can now detect any gas passing that may be happening across vast distances of space.

Re:What exactly.. (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136088)

Farts... that's right, farts. We're too far away to detect methane trace elements, but with current advances in super-flatulentelescopy, we can now detect any gas passing that may be happening across vast distances of space.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Soupe_aux_choux [wikipedia.org]

Re:What exactly.. (2)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136030)

Pointless. If our own technological civilisation is anything to go by, any radiowaves broadcast into space is a brief aberation, as more sophisticated communication becomes more efficient, lower power and increasingly inward angled.

Unless they are specifically beaming something very powerful in our direction and have been doing it for million years, we just wont see it.

Has anyone done the math on if it's even possible for typical terrestrial radio transmissions to be detectable above background noise accross interstellar distances?

Aliens with stealth mode. They already know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135218)

If they are intelligent lifeforms then is there any purpose to argue with them of who was first?

Re:Aliens with stealth mode. They already know... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135514)

If they are intelligent lifeforms then is there any purpose to argue with them of who was first?

No. The one who has interstellar travel first will win. Any further arguments are unnecessary.

they fund the SGC useing this. (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135646)

they fund the SGC useing this.

Kinda Odd (1)

dammy (131759) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135272)

I wonder how Green Bank measures up to ATA's technical capabilities. Interesting that one gets switched off just a few months before the other goes live. Kinda have a feeling the US tax payer got short changed yet again.

The Aliens are here (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135286)

I do not know why NASA is searching for Aliens when the Aliens were here in the 80's. Massive sightings appeared in CT, NYS and I for one have seen two different crafts. One was so large people pulled over to the side of the road. It was the size of a football field. And, no intervention by earthlings in the air which puzzles me. Another was a smaller disc craft that hoovered above a lake. I believe it was the baby ship. Television even did a documentary on the appearance of these ships. Where was our airforce? Where was NASA?

Re:The Aliens are here (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135392)

sorry to disappoint you, but sightings of man's air and space craft, radio controlled aircraft, deliberate hoaxes, blimps, weather balloons, etc., and absurd declarations by a couple now senile military men seeking fame (which scores of others at the same place and time have denounced as fantasy) do not constitute proof of alien visitation of earth. I know this will be devastating to the whacked weird view you hold between your ears, and your tinfoil hat wearing cyberspace "friends", but the truth is there has never been any credible evidence whatsoever of alien space craft visiting this globe.

Re:The Aliens are here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36135398)

you, me, and countless people who are interested in this topic know part of the truth i guess, however we have now reached a time where the whole world population has to be made known with this topic too. this has to be done slowly and has to look like an event, that is completely new to our governments or else earths population could get angry at a level previously unknown to the powers that be, while recognizing that we were lied to for about 50 years. i guess at least one of this planets will suddenly send signals, that would be clearly interpreted as extraterrestrial communication. we might see an official statement afterwards and who knows maybe even an official visitation. of course this whole ufo and et topic could be an intel-operation to hide secret projects done by the so called industrial military complex

We're doomed!!!! (2)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135328)

They'll intercept transmissions of our reality TV shows, decide that something like that can't be allowed to pollute the universe and then proceed to nuke the whole planet from orbit.

Telescope in West Virginia (4, Informative)

belthize (990217) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135348)

Not sure why the author felt it was necessary to repeatedly reference 'a radio telescope in rural West Virginia' without giving an
actual link or reference to the GBT instead of yet another self referential physorg link.

The Green Bank Telescope GBT (http://www.gb.nrao.edu/) is a very impressive instrument just from an engineering stand point.
If you're even in the area it's well worth visiting though it is a bit off the beaten path.

With it's spectrometer (http://www.gb.nrao.edu/gbsapp/) it's also a good instrument for interstellar medium (ISM) biochemistry surveys. That may be a more fruitful area of study unless of course somebody does pick up the Ff99x22dddlw race's version of an Olympic broadcast.

Starting this week? (1)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135364)

Damn! Alien sweeps week was last week. Nothing on but reruns now.

I seem to repeat myself on this subject (1)

BlueCoder (223005) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135396)

No alien life would intentionally broadcast it's planets location. They and we will send unmanned probes to interesting places for research. And then we would find a way to leverage the nature of the natural phenomenon to embed a signal. It's not inconceivable that someday we might be able to modulate a sun to transmit a signal on it's light. The place to look for signals is where you would be interested in looking anyway.

Re:I seem to repeat myself on this subject (2)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135406)

No alien life would intentionally broadcast it's planets location.

No iPhones there?

Yet.

Re:I seem to repeat myself on this subject (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135528)

you do realize there is a 30 light year sphere around earth of radio signals which point right back at us.

Re:I seem to repeat myself on this subject (2)

Henriok (6762) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135590)

30 years? I do believe that radio communications are older than 30 years. Try about 100 years.

Re:I seem to repeat myself on this subject (1)

peragrin (659227) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136086)

It took until the 1930's for radio transmissions of decent power. More modern transmissions are digital and more directed. Our radio shell will be actually getting smaller.

Planet Horton (1)

retroworks (652802) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135612)

Hopefully, we hear "We are here, we are here we are HERE."

Not "Boil that dust-speck, boil that dust-speck, BOIL!"

News from Seti@Home (4, Informative)

ah42 (109096) | more than 3 years ago | (#36135664)

From the relevant thread [berkeley.edu] over at Seti@Home:

"Grad student Andrew Siemion reports that new modifications to a data recorder at Green Bank that we need for our Kepler SETI observations are now complete, thanks to a huge amount of help from Paul Demorest, a former grad student and one of initial authors of AstroPulse. Our first hour of test time is scheduled for this Saturday, 17:30 EDT. We'll be observing with 450 seconds per target on 90 Kepler field stars with interesting planet candidates (~habitable zone, ~Earth size, ~Earth period, ~several planets), then do a raster scan of the entire Kepler field. " - Eric Korpela

What do we expect... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36136208)

We listen for a signal we assume they will be sending with no knowledge of how they might actually send signals to us. good plan! there might be tons of messages being sent that we aren't capable of listening to. I guess that means there is nothing out there.

lol (0, Redundant)

Charliemopps (1157495) | more than 3 years ago | (#36136342)

The utter silliness of the idea that "Life" must exist on "earthlike" planets shows the short-sightedness of the SETI project. They continue to look for life that is similar to our own, at approximately the same technology level. How long will it be before we abandon radio transmission as our primary means of communication? 50 years? 100 years? Even if we still are using radio waves for an extremely long time, the power of our transmissions are decreasing over time as our equipment gets more and more sensitive. On top of all that, we're assuming that life needs to be in this habitable zone in which liquid water can exist. Which, on its face, is utterly silly. I'd only be slightly surprised if we found life inside the corona of a star. Everything outside of that is completely believable... even probable. Life on Jupiter? Saturn? Even Pluto? Totally plausible. Interstellar space isn't even that far fetched. It wouldn't look or act anything like us, but that's not really the point is it?
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