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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

Langalf Re:Are you fucking stupid? (194 comments)

It was an honest question, because I tend to assume people can be taught (I know, an ignorant assumption).

about a month ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

Langalf Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (194 comments)

Oh, those are great. Thank you for making a bright spot in my Monday morning. :)

about a month ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

Langalf Re:Happy Monday from The Golden Girls! (194 comments)

My question is, do these ACs PURPOSEFULLY misquote this song? By now, everyone should know that the last word in the first stanza is "confidant"; enough people have pointed it out. Or, is this just a 'bot with a fixed text file that is never updated?

about a month ago
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Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics

Langalf Re:"theological" - irrational, stupid, arbitrary (176 comments)

Theology is not a science. Science involves experiments, and not of the 'thought' variety: empirically testable hypotheses.

So, I guess that rules out multiverse "theories" as science.

about 2 months ago
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Apocalypse NAO: College Studies the Theological Ramifications of Robotics

Langalf Re:"theological" - irrational, stupid, arbitrary (176 comments)

Thank you for the standard knee-jerk, "rational" response to anything even vaguely religious on SlashDot. It restores my faith in the utter stupidity of humanity, atheists and agnostics included.

about 2 months ago
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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

Langalf Re:rewilding? (214 comments)

I was being snarky. I want all the states to have as much "fun" as Montana has. In particular, I want to see Washington, DC politicians understand what happens when you reintroduce large predators in you back yard.

about 2 months ago
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Historical Carbon Emissions From Dragons In Middle Earth

Langalf Re:what is next, (69 comments)

No, I don't remember any such episode, and apparently neither do you. A check of Memory Alpha reveals no such episode.

about 3 months ago
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What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

Langalf Re:rewilding? (214 comments)

I live near one of those "wolf reintroduction" areas. It is pretty awesome to be hiking and here a wolf pack calling back and forth to each other around you. I for one would love to see wolf reintroduction to all the lower 48 states (I believe one form or another of wolf lived in all of them). In particular, I would LOVE to see a thriving pack within the Washington, DC beltway, picking off random Congresscritters. If ever a herd needed thinning ...

about 3 months ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

Langalf Re:The NSA did what they were chartered to do ... (180 comments)

Damn, I should have thought of that. I could get PAID for this?

Seriously, I just put up a quick snarky comment when I saw the post. Now "I" am the one surprised at all the hot and bothered response.

about 6 months ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

Langalf Re:The NSA did what they were chartered to do ... (180 comments)

I remember seeing a recruiting brochure for the NSA when I was in college in the late 70's. They touted something like, "Come work for the NSA, we are 10 to 15 years ahead of what is considered state-of-the-art".

about 6 months ago
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World's Oldest Tumor Found In a Neanderthal Bone

Langalf Re:Oldest *hominid* tumor, maybe (46 comments)

Well, that depends on who you talk to. One grouping has them as "Homo sapiens neanderthalensis".

about 10 months ago
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DoJ Admits Aaron Swartz's Prosecution Was Political

Langalf Re:I Don't Get It (326 comments)

Hmm, how about we drop back to an older and more generic use of the words "ill" and "well"? Before the advent of modern medicine, and the understanding of disease organisms, genetic disorders and mental disorders, a person was ill or well. That encompassed all of these conditions, plus a general sense of self. I'm not saying we should toss all the modern medicine, but this terminology would certainly cover your concerns.

about a year ago
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Feds Offer $20M For Critical Open Source Energy Network Cybersecurity Tools

Langalf Re:wire cutters (56 comments)

Given the amount of trouble I have convincing supposedly intelligent people NOT to hook things up to our control network willy-nilly, I certainly agree with this sentiment.

about a year ago
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The One Sided Cyber War

Langalf Re:The reason a "cyber Pearl Harbor" isn't imminen (215 comments)

The first misconception here is that there is a national power grid. There isn't. There are several regional grids that operate autonomously from one another. Each one has a documented black start procedure for how to bring the grid back online if it becomes completely segmented ... which plants and electrical paths to reconnect first, what order to do the rest, and so forth. This is engineering, not black magic.

about a year ago
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"Out of Africa" Theory Called Into Question By Originator

Langalf Re:I hate Biology (169 comments)

Here is a good example. Lions and tigers are considered separate species, yet they can interbreed and produce ligers and tigons. And, this morning I saw a newscast saying a liger had bred with a lion producing an offspring, so apparently ligers are fertile. This should suggest that lions and tigers are not a separate species (My head hurts now).

about a year and a half ago
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University Team Builds Lego and Raspberry Pi Cluster

Langalf Re:Memory (147 comments)

Heh, when I first came to work at my present job (30 years ago, ack!) One of the systems came with a drum storage system. It was never actually fired up; we immediately replaced it with a ramdisk emulation. Of course that system also had honest-to-god core memory. Those core stacks were WAY cool.

about a year and a half ago
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Solving Climate Change By Bioengineering Humans?

Langalf Re:Logans run (363 comments)

Just to be pedantic, it was 21 in the book, 30 in the movie.

more than 2 years ago
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Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

Langalf Re:Ya well (1127 comments)

In many localities lead shot has been phased out or banned in favor of steel shot. There is no reason to assume this was lead shot.

about 2 years ago

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