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Curious NASA Pre-Announcement

Kepesk Re:Did they find the ancient gene? (286 comments)

Where have you been? They found that years ago and have been gene-therapying up the expedition on Atlan... I mean... What do you mean ancient gene? Really, I have no idea what you're DON'T DISAPPEAR ME PLEASE!!!

more than 3 years ago
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The Galaxy May Have Billions of Habitable Planets

Kepesk Re:Getting to them has always been the problem (380 comments)

And hey, there are at least five factors that this calculation doesn't consider:

The 2 factors that could suggest less planets are:
1) The galaxy's central bulge is probably uninhabitable due to radiation from the high density of stars there
2) Stars on the outer reaches of the galaxy are much more sparse than they are here.

The factor that could suggest more planets that are habitable to us is:
3) This doesn't consider the fact that Gliese 581g is on the lower limit of planets we can detect, and it's over *three times* Earth's size! There could easily be smaller planets much closer than 581g, which changes the math considerably.

Then the two factors that could suggest more planets that are habitable to *someone* are:
4) This doesn't take into account that there are at least a couple *moons* in our own outer solar system that are potentially habitable to life (though not habitable to us). If we factor that in alone, assuming we have Earth and 2 habitable moons and assuming the Gliese 581 system has no habitable moons, we come up with double the above number, or *5 BILLION* potentially inhabitable worlds.
5) This calculation is based on the assumption that life requires liquid water. If there are other forms of life out there that we can't imagine which aren't so reliant on water, well that also changes the math considerably. Can anyone else come up with other factors?

more than 3 years ago
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eLEGS Exoskeleton Allows Paraplegics To Walk

Kepesk Re:Allow me (56 comments)

Now if there were only an exoskeleton for my brother's butt...

(Sorry for the shameless plug; I couldn't resist)

more than 3 years ago
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Why Geim Never Patented Graphene

Kepesk Re:I'm confused. (325 comments)

How about the size of Wales? I need to know this in area-of-Wales units. Or alternatively, Rhode ISland.

more than 3 years ago
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Flat Pay Prompts 1 In 3 In IT To Consider Jump

Kepesk Re:Guess what ... (608 comments)

True, but what a lot of these companies should realize is this treatment of IT staff is only worsening their situation.

The company I used to work for was one of the very first to start putting pressure on their IT staff, threatening (and carrying out) pay cuts and layoffs, and in a few cases even outright lying to their employees to misrepresent the financial and employment situation.

In response, all the most qualified and experienced of the IT staff left quickly for other pastures (many even left for lower-paying jobs; they just wanted away from the company that had treated them so poorly). They were promptly replaced by poorly-trained staff overseas, and now IT in the company is an absolute disaster. It's now a study in how not to run IT. The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing because the people who were instrumental in that communication left and are not coming back. Most of those who are left are super demoralized because of this miscommunication, because they are no longer given the tools they need to make their former level of productivity possible (many of those who developed and managed those tools are gone), and because they now make less than when they were originally hired years before.

It will take the company years to recover anything resembling efficient IT operations even after the recovery because of how poorly they treated their employees.

Let this serve as a warning to other employers: don't treat your IT like dirt (or at the very least don't lie to them), or you too may see your IT come grinding to a near halt.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Offers Women Geek Dating Advice

Kepesk Re:She tries too hard (269 comments)

All a woman needs to do to land a geeky guy is to quote a line from Star Wars. That is super hot to us.

more than 3 years ago
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NSA Chief Wants Internet Partitioned For Government, 'Critical' Industries

Kepesk Re:Isn't that just a network? (258 comments)

Yeah, I'm not sure why this concept has been so hard for them. If they really need critical information to be distributable on a system like the internet, all they would really need to do is set up a separate, independent internet using existing technology for their own secure purposes. I'm sure that with their vast resources, they could do it.

Am I right?

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Is Down

Kepesk Staring at the clock! (448 comments)

I can't believe this... Facebook went down so I started working and then I actually finished and now I can't figure out what to do!

Okay, I'm not quite that bad, but we all know people who are...

more than 3 years ago
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China Embargos Rare Earth Exports To Japan

Kepesk Re:I can see the historians now (470 comments)

Awesome. Does this all mean those cool rare earth magnets are going to get super expensive? I'm going to miss those.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Hates Laptop Stickers As Much As You Do

Kepesk Re:AMD? (597 comments)

Laptop stickers... The new-computer crapware that you can't uninstall.

more than 3 years ago
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Cisco Planning To Acquire Skype

Kepesk Re:Cisco Planning to Squash Another Competitor (148 comments)

Actually, another part of the reason (and I've seen this first-hand in the monster corporation I work for) is that they want to buy up little companies with good ideas before their competitors do. Sometimes all they do is buy it up and shut it down; they don't want to use the company's assets, they just want to prevent competitors from using those assets.

more than 3 years ago
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Cisco Planning To Acquire Skype

Kepesk Re:Cisco Planning to Squash Another Competitor (148 comments)

Buying up companies at a frantic pace seems to be the hot trend among powerful corporations.

Soon there will only be two corporations: Microsoft-Cisco-Skype-NBC-Pepsi-McDonnalds-Halliburton-Friskies Corp and Apple-AOL-Time-Warner-CBS-CocaCola-BurgerKing-BP-FancyFeast Corp.

Then you'll start getting weird messages on your computer... "You better not buy Fancy Feast." "We saw you drink that Pepsi."

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Patents OS Shutdown

Kepesk Re:Faster Shutdown (404 comments)

That's Microsoft's version of a shutdown, right?

I'm going to go out today and patent clicking a mouse.

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T Says Net Rules Must Allow 'Paid Prioritization'

Kepesk Re:Actually.. (390 comments)

Yeah, pretty much. AT&T can go suck it. That's really all I have to say about that.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Buying Private Companies' Suborbital Rocket Flights

Kepesk Good For Space Tourism (60 comments)

It's great to hear that both of these companies are getting some needed funding! Armadillo has said outright that they have a goal of putting tourists into space and Masten has hinted at it. I for one look forward to lighting a rocket under my butt and launching myself out of the atmosphere.

more than 3 years ago
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Misconfigured Networks Main Cause of Breaches

Kepesk Re:The other 57% (78 comments)

Ok, so what did the other 57% think that misconfigured networks are the result of?

Obviously, too much time spent playing Facebook games.

more than 3 years ago
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Resort Attracts Men With Virtual Girlfriends

Kepesk Re:I love you PHILIP J FRY. (226 comments)

Ha ha, awesome.

Did I just read an article that had the terms "virtual women", "steamed buns", and "fish sausages" in the same paragraph?

more than 3 years ago
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Inflaton, Mother of the Universe

Kepesk Inflationary theory (163 comments)

I'm not saying that the inflationary phase of the universe is a false concept, but I've always thought that the way the theory came about is a bit sketchy.

Please correct me if I'm mistaken with any of this, but this is my understanding of its history. Earlier versions of the Big Bang theory did not include this rapid inflation in the earlier universe; the universe was said to expand at a more constant rate. However, when the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation was first observed, there was no way to explain its irregularity based on that model. So physicists decided to plunk down a mysterious inflationary phase into their models of the early universe, a concept with no known cause or explanation, but which made the CMBR fit with the Big Bang theory. However, it's a concept that to this day they're still trying to reconcile with the rest of observed physics, as this article shows.

Could the theory be true? Sure. But if it is, it's because those physicists got lucky with their educated guess on the matter. Other theories with much more solid backing have in the past been roundly disproven.

more than 3 years ago
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Sandisk Debuts World's Smallest SSD Yet

Kepesk Re:Make them cheaper, not smaller (222 comments)

Oh yeah?? Well my SSD is smaller than a pinhead, weighs less than a flea, and can hold 1.21 jigabytes!

more than 3 years ago

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