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Students Calculate What Hyperspace Travel Would Actually Look Like

Botia Re:It would look like nothing (234 comments)

FTL travel isn't possible.

That we KNOW of..... So far.

It isn't possible to accelerate to the speed of light. There's nothing that says you can't "jump" to the speed of light or multiples thereof. We know of particles (photons to name just one) that do this.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Coding Standards Make a Difference?

Botia Resharper (430 comments)

Resharper does this for you. Learn the standards. Set them. Autoformat. Done.

about a year and a half ago
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Ticking Arctic Carbon Bomb May Be Bigger Than Expected

Botia Re:Inherently unstable system prone to extremes (339 comments)

Nope. In the 80's and 90's scientists and politicians were saying that we were in an ice age and needed to prepare. Lots of money went into research and plans for reducing the smog that was causing the ice age. I know that here in Georgia we still miss out on the Federal money for this as our smog levels are too high in Atlanta.

about 2 years ago
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FCC Chief Urges FAA To Ease Airplane Electronics Ban

Botia Re:Truly a 1st world problem (242 comments)

I used to think this was a joke, but I have been on a plane where it did prevent us from landing. Apparently there was a short somewhere in the grounding. This allowed enough interference from a handheld device to prevent the landing navigation system from working. We ended up circling until they found the man a couple rows in front of me playing on his device.

In a properly grounded plane, I can't see this being an issue. Also, for takeoff there shouldn't be a problem. Having to manually land a plane when the pilots are used to certain instruments working...issue. That being said, I don't see why they shouldn't allow the devices to be on. If there is an issue, simply ask at that point to turn them off.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Declutters, Speeds Up iTunes With Major Upgrade

Botia New (295 comments)

Did they fix the bugs, the performance issues, the crashes, the thrashing of the library, the sync issues, the poor UI, the hiding of fields when they don't work properly making it near impossible to troubleshoot, the unresponsive UI, the resource hog? Not sure how a company that can build the crap that is iTunes can build something like iOS, although that's headed the same way: 1st party apps crashing, app store update not working, app icons never installing, sync issues. Go back to doing one thing and making it work Apple. Having most things mostly work is Microsoft's domain, and you're not there.

about 2 years ago
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North Korea Claims Archaeologists Have Found 'Unicorn Lair' In Pyongyang

Botia Re:What the actual Korean news story said (182 comments)

Dragons are what they called dinosaurs before we invented the word dinosaurs in 1841.

about 2 years ago
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Global Warming Felt By Space Junk and Satellites

Botia Summary (224 comments)

So to sum up the summary, global warming is causing cooling that is reducing gravity and making satellites more efficient.

"Global warming" has "a cooling effect" that is "reducing the pull that Earth's atmosphere has" and "exerting less drag on satellites."

What great news!

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

Botia Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

I am saying that you do not have to see the initial stage of something to start the scientific process, which you implied. You can look at life today and want to work backwards, and it is just an valid.

From observation today, we see life. We also see extinction. Tens of thousands of species go extinct each year. We have not observed any new species evolving. That leads to a downward trend, not the upward the evolution implies and requires.

Let's just take mammals so that we can deal with understandable numbers. There are approximately 5000 known species of mammals alive today. In the past 400 years, 89 species have gone extinct. No new species have evolved. From this observation we can work backwards and see that there used to be more species of mammals alive, not less as evolution states. If evolution were true, we would constantly see new life, an upward trend. The facts show that the opposite is true.

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

Botia Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

I see your problem, you dont even understand science. You assume it has to be an observation of the life being created, if that was the case there would be no science at all in this world.

Science does require observation, but it can be anywhere in the link. If it starts in the beginning, great, if not then we have to sides we work on, one going backwards to the origin, and one going outward to the conclusions.

So you're saying that by our observation that there is life, evolution is true? What observation are you referring to that we are using to work sidewards, backwards, and outwards?

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

Botia Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

Wow, name calling and broken links. I assume you do not have any arguments or facts at this point. As far as abiogenesis, let's take the Miller–Urey experiment, the first example used in the Wikipedia article. 1) It used an oxygen depleted environment that contained methane. Methane does not exist for very long by itself when exposed to UV rays, which with no oxygen or ozone (O3) would allow for quite a bit of UV rays to hit the earth. Typically methane is produced by a biological process under anaerobic conditions. Since we don't have life yet, from where did the methane come? Currently scientists do not believe the atmosphere used in this experiment (methane, hydrogen, ammonia) is similar to the atmosphere of the early earth (carbon dioxide, nitrogen). 2) It produced mainly soot. In this soot was trace amounts of 22 amino acids. These same amino acids have been found meteorites. They are fairly common molecules. Amino acids are a long ways from self replicating life and soot is even further. I understand the ignorance, but please stop the insults and use some facts and reasoning in response.

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

Botia Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

Not trying to setup a straw man, but correct me if I'm wrong. The leading theory as best I know it is that the combination of rain and rock turned into a primordial soup of proteins that turned into the first life. As far as I know, nobody has ever observed this happening. Experiments have been conducted trying to reproduce this and all have failed. Doesn't sound like science to me, but more like a religion. Science typically starts with an observation.

about 2 years ago
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Dr. Richard Dawkins On Why Disagreeing With Religion Isn't Insulting

Botia Re:Distinguishing conflict from disagreement (1152 comments)

I find it insulting. I have thoroughly studied evolution and that is what led me to believe in creation. The thought that a rock created life is absurd. If you just give that rock enough time it will create life, right? What a bunch of BS. You've got to have a lot of faith to believe a rock created all the life on this planet.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 5 Camera Flaw

Botia Re:Stupid human! (472 comments)

Sounds like Steve Jobs is back from the grave.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

Botia Re:Oh yeah?? (1052 comments)

But but, Steve Jesus Jobs said "3.5 inch was the MOST PERFECT EVAAAR phone size"... and all you fanbois were falling over each other bashing Samsung and Android for large screen size. whatever happened to that????

This changes everything.

about 2 years ago
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Google Awarded Face-To-Unlock Patent

Botia Re:Good facial recognition (194 comments)

This seriously can't be a patent. It may be time to get rid of software patents entirely. This is rediculous. Does someone have a patent on clicking a button to login? What about pressing enter? How about a finger print or using a password. Maybe we could patent a swipe or a pin. How about a graphical pattern. Or we could patent combinations of those. Maybe patent restrictions on passwords...requiring at least 1 capital leter and one number, or a symbol and at least 8 characters. How about clicking to follow links, or storing text as 16 bit characters.

about 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

Botia Re:A change in the way we talk about this is neede (1218 comments)

Specifically, the term "creationism" is inadequate. What we really mean here is "Christian creationism." That puts a finer point on it, and lets everyone in the conversation know exactly what we mean. I think it even exposes the proponents of it to some enlightenment on what they're really saying.

I think an argument has more weight when you say, "Do you mean to tell me that you want Christian creationism taught instead of evolution? Do you think other religions' creationist ideologies should be taught as well?"

From now on, every time I get caught up in this argument, I will use the term, "Christian creationism," and not just "creationism."

The term "evolution" is inadequate. What we really mean here is "atheist evolution." Now we can see the argument is really, "Do you mean to tell me that you want creationism taught instead of atheist evolution? Do you think aetheism should be established as the national religion?"

more than 2 years ago
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July Heat Set U.S. Record

Botia Atlanta Weather (422 comments)

From Kirk Mellish, the only weatherman I have ever known to have any sort of accuracy, speaking about weather in metro Atlanta when the heat wave hit:

Fortunately this does not mean the whole summer will be hot. Remember in May when it turned unseasonably hot and everyone was saying "OMG its gonna be killer hot from here to fall" and I said history does not support that. Well, until now June has been cooler than normal! After this heat wave, the rest of the summer will be closer to normal but with both more heat waves and some spells of below-normal temperatures expected through August. So relax, hot spells happen in summer in the south. We won't know what kind of summer it was until September!

more than 2 years ago

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