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When On the Moon and Mars, Move Underground

Icarus1919 Re:Underground a Benefit? (294 comments)

THANK YOU. Wish I had mod points.

more than 4 years ago
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Privacy Flaws in Chatroulette Expose Users

Icarus1919 Wait a second (3 comments)

I thought the whole idea was for users to be exposed?

more than 4 years ago
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Open Source Music Fingerprinter Gets Patent Nastygram

Icarus1919 Well, really... (487 comments)

Don't get me wrong, this really sucks for the guy and is completely unfair. But this sort of thing happens all the time. If this were a rare occurrence, then yeah, I'd be up in arms. It's sort of not newsworthy anymore. I'm probably going to get flamed for saying this, and maybe I even deserve it, but it's true.

more than 4 years ago
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3D Displays May Be Hazardous To Young Children

Icarus1919 Re:They -buried- the reports? (386 comments)

Hey, you must be new here. This is what corporations do. They can't get in trouble for stuff no one knows about. Parents won't sue Sega for a malady that they didn't know had been inflicted on their kids.

more than 4 years ago
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Carbon Nanotube Batteries Pack More Punch

Icarus1919 Re:Battery research (163 comments)

Agreed. And while we're at it, are there ANY nanotube products on the market yet?

more than 4 years ago
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X Prize Foundation Wants AI Physician On Every Smartphone

Icarus1919 Re:Internet hypochondria is already a phenomenon (245 comments)

Actually, this would be perfect for all that hypochondriac that lives more than a few hours walk from a doctor in a third world country, but has a smartphone.

more than 4 years ago
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BlackBerry Bold Tops Radiation Ranking

Icarus1919 Re:Just to head this off... (189 comments)

You should go stand in front of an unprotected x-ray machine or microwave for a while and tell me how your little theory works out for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Nintendo On the Hunt For More Scalps

Icarus1919 Re:Sure it does (232 comments)

I think it's pretty well documented at this point that piracy in most cases has at worst an only slightly negative effect, and in many cases a positive one. People who don't want to pay simply aren't going to, even if that means they just don't play the game at all. But people who do play, even if they pirated, may generate sales for the company through word of mouth.

more than 4 years ago
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Chasing babes not so good for the species

Icarus1919 And yet (1 comments)

I think I'm still willing to take that risk :-P

more than 4 years ago
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Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack

Icarus1919 I agree (267 comments)

They should have at least thrown in a couple grams of blow.

about 5 years ago
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Blizzard Game You're Most Looking Forward To?

Icarus1919 Missing option: (452 comments)

Diablo III with more exclamation points after it. Those gameplay videos are boner inducing.

more than 5 years ago
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NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

Icarus1919 Re:Perhaps (844 comments)

I've actually broken one, which is why I don't use them anymore.

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Ready To Ban ISP Caps In the US

Icarus1919 Re:Makes sense (439 comments)

I must say, good response.

more than 5 years ago
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Bill Ready To Ban ISP Caps In the US

Icarus1919 Makes sense (439 comments)

Why not? They already sort of have government granted monopolies of certain areas of the country, there's very little competition, etc. Regulation would be the key to prevent a company from taking advantage of these situations to adversely hinder a user's right to consume what they have paid for.

more than 5 years ago
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Fertility Clinic Bows To Pressure, Nixes Eye- and Hair-Color Screening

Icarus1919 Re:An Ethical Quandry without an easy answer (847 comments)

Woah there, playing god is simply an expression. There's actually no need to bring religion into the discussion of ethics. Ask most atheists, and they'll agree that morality can and does exist outside of religious rules/regulations/whathaveyou.

more than 5 years ago
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Fertility Clinic Bows To Pressure, Nixes Eye- and Hair-Color Screening

Icarus1919 An Ethical Quandry without an easy answer (847 comments)

On the one hand, this is pre-implantation and thus does not require the abortion of a fetus - no harm no foul, right?. One the other hand, it could easily be argued that one is playing god when you begin screening embryos for superficial traits.

Of course, if you choose to make the second argument, then one would also be playing god when embryos are screened for diseases, and thus should be disallowed as well.

more than 5 years ago
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Artificial Ethics

Icarus1919 Re:Hmmmm.. (210 comments)

I disagree; I believe that we really do punish people because we ascribe responsibility to the actions that other people take. This ultimately results in the true rebellion many people feel against the problem of free will. It is my intuition that people would be willing to accept that free will is illusory, but unable to accept that punishment for the "bad" or "wrong" actions that some people commit are unfair and, ultimately, undeserved.

more than 5 years ago

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Icarus1919 Icarus1919 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Icarus1919 (802533) writes "Images of puddles of water on Mars have been revealed over the weekend to have been misinterpreted. It turns out that pooled water in the images taken is impossible for an entirely different reason: it's located on the side of a crater.

'"I want to retract the claim in the paper that the smooth area we discussed was 'standing liquid water'," Levin acknowledged on Tuesday. "I am sorry that we made such a large mistake."'"
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Icarus1919 Icarus1919 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Icarus1919 (802533) writes "New Scientist reports that the scientist who discovered a possible fusion reaction by bombarding a solvent with neutrons and sonic waves (known as cold fusion because you don't have to deal with those sun-like temperatures and magnetic fields) has recently been exonerated of accusations of scientific misconduct Purdue University following the verification of his results by another scientist. Is cold fusion back?"

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