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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

Cro Magnon Re:Friendly alien life... (220 comments)

I think the most likely possibility is indifferent alien life. We won't have anything they want, so they'll take one look at us, say "meh", and go somewhere more interesting.

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

Cro Magnon Re:How intelligent? (220 comments)

It depends on who finds whom. At our present stage, we couldn't find life out there if they were jumping up and screaming "Here we are!". Anyone who finds us has to be more advanced than we are.

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

Cro Magnon Re:Aliens vs. Religion (220 comments)

I doubt that it would even destroy the Abrahamic religions. Most Christians would say the "in His own image" stuff meant spiritual, not appearance (assuming they look different from us).

yesterday
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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

Cro Magnon Re:The obvious response. (220 comments)

More and more though I think the religious would pull the same thing they did in the early 1500s.

It was far easier to convert the heathens when they were armed with spears than it will be when they come in FTL spaceships. :)

yesterday
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Cro Magnon Re:not the point (361 comments)

I don't even have to hit "winkey+L" anymore. I'm supposed to login with my Lincpass card, and when I leave my desk, I take the card out of the slot, and it locks the screen.

2 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Cro Magnon Re:God, what drivel ... (207 comments)

How sensitive is this? Will it come on if I'm watching TV and a MS ad comes on where they say "Hey Cortana"?

2 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Cro Magnon Re:Have some! (207 comments)

Yeah, the One Drive is a big disappointment. I guess I'll have to check out Google's NSA/FBI Drive.

Which is clearly better than Microsoft's One NSA/FBI/keylogged Drive.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Cro Magnon Re:Phones are not suitable for reading (286 comments)

For the most part, reading on my iPhone is adequate. I don't read on it at home, where I have an iPad and a Kindle, but it's fine away from home. I don't think I've tried reading technical books on it though.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Cro Magnon Re:Why? (286 comments)

Wear and tear. I have my phone with me all the time, and it probably falls out of my pocket several times a week. My iPad has never left the house, and I haven't dropped it once in the months I've had it, and never dropped the older iPad in the years I owned that.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Cro Magnon Re:But you do need it (286 comments)

I disagree. I can post on my favorite forum from my iPad, but it's much easier from my laptop. I could probably update a spreadsheet for my home budget on the iPad, but never have because it's easier on the PC. And, though the iPad is much easier to carry than a laptop, the phone is much more portable, and adequate for most of the stuff I'd use an iPad for.

The iPad IS better for quick web searches, reading (but not composing) emails, and some games, but if I had to get rid of one of my devices, the iPad would go before either the laptop or the iPhone.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Cro Magnon Re:Not need, but useful (286 comments)

My iphone fits well in my pocket. My iPad doesn't. There's no way I'm lugging a tablet around everywhere, with or without phone capability.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Cro Magnon Jack of all master of none (286 comments)

My iPad is more portable than a laptop, but my iPhone is much better. My iPad is better for book-reading than phone or PC, but a Kindle beats it. If I'm in a hurry, I can post to a forum or answer email on it, but my laptop is better. There are a few games that I play on the iPad, but that just puts it in the "fun toy" category.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Cro Magnon Re:Modula-3 FTW! (488 comments)

I always thought Pascal was better for most purposes than C and its offspring. I only switched because nobody else was using it.

3 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Cro Magnon Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

It's not just "doing work". To me, getting onto my favorite forum and telling someone, in great detail, why they are wrong is much easier on my PC than on a phone/tablet.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Cro Magnon Re:Did I miss windows verson 9? (570 comments)

I thought it was because they didn't want their German market to say "Windows? Nein!".

about a week ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Cro Magnon Re:poisionous and risky name policy. (209 comments)

The last time I googled my real name, I didn't even see my FB account. I saw several FB & Linkedin accounts with my name, but they weren't me. I did find a dumb question I asked on some mailing list, but nobody can prove that that was really me.

about a week ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Cro Magnon Re:Question mark in title! (165 comments)

American voters are stupid.

American voters might, stupidly, get to choose from another-Clinton or another-Bush in the coming presidential election.

About the only good thing to say is they won't get to vote for Obama again.

At least, not until Michelle decides to run. :-P

about a week ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Cro Magnon Re:Password policy... Swearwords (197 comments)

One of my systems at work kept rejecting my attempts to change my password. The one it finally accepted had the added bonus that I wasn't likely to give it out in mixed company.

about a week ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

Cro Magnon Re:Gotta react to the market (383 comments)

IMO, COBOL was very readable, but no language can stop people from writing unreadable programs (and I saw lots of those). One of my gripes about the language is, it had no concept of scope; all variables were global.

about a week ago
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Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

Cro Magnon Re:Insurance is Legalized Gambling (238 comments)

This is the opposite of true. NOT buying insurance is taking a gamble that an average or below-average amount of bad stuff will happen to you. Buying insurance puts a (more or less) fixed price on the cost of bad stuff happening to you. You could save money by taking the gamble... or possibly not. And most people don't have the cash reserves to assume that amount of risk.

Agreed. My mom has good health insurance, and for 79 years she paid far more than she got. She had a fall shortly before her 80th birthday, and if she hadn't had the insurance, that one incident would have wiped her out, and then some.

about two weeks ago

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Does anybody read these things?

Cro Magnon Cro Magnon writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Just wondering if there's any point in writing a journal here.

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