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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

LongearedBat Re:illogical captain (903 comments)

No. The second option is the most logical, because no evidence either way is just that: no evidence

Only if we have evidence that Bigfoot does not exist, will the first option be the most logical.

That is different from what is most likely. It is still most likely that Bigfoot does not exist. (Which is why not believing in Big Foot is still a fair call.)

For example: It is suggested that Yeti might be a type of bear. Had we accepted that Yeti don't exist due to lack of evidence, then we'd never make the effort to make such a discovery. In fact, often we even reject any supposed evidence. But by accepting option 2, then the case is not closed until we have some evidence, one way or another.

Who knows what other "woo-woo" ideas might have some truth in them. I like to give the example of St Elmo's Fire. Of course angels don't dance on masts, but by at least looking into it, we found there was some truth behind the stories after all, and so we learnt something.

Disclaimer: I'm not a God believer, because there are so many easy logic traps that God simply doesn't make sense, at least not in any way I've ever heard of.

about a week ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

LongearedBat Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (211 comments)

the educational system is far worse then generally assumed.

Yep. The education system even fails to teach spelling.

(Sorry, I just couldn't resist. ;)

about two weeks ago
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Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

LongearedBat Wouldn't "shade scales" be better? (34 comments)

Think of those plastic pieces in the video, but as separate pieces arranged in a lattice similar to that of fish scales. Each scale would have a hinge on top and heat would cause the scales to push themselves off the wall. Then, when they get hot, they would shade the wall, but when cool could lie flat to create a partially (leaky, I'm sure) insulating air pocket between the building wall and the scale wall.

Seems simpler, and if a few scales fail, then they could be easily tageted for replacement.

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

LongearedBat How? (364 comments)

How to distinguish whether the phone user is driving a car or riding a bus?

about two weeks ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

LongearedBat Re:Anthropometrics (818 comments)

There is not nearly enough competition in the airline industry to lead to improvements driven from capitalism.

I thought it was the other way round... tough competition being the driver for cramming as many people as they can into as few flights as possible to make ends meet.

This is unfortunately the time where government needs to step in for the general well being of society.

Yeah, it does seem so. Not holding my breath for it happening though. Given that airlines operate across countries they'll be able to make such decisions very difficut to get through.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

LongearedBat Funding what we know (203 comments)

If we don't know what we don't know, then we don't know if there's value in knowing whatever it is that we don't yet know. That's when we should fund research, to find out if the funding was worth the price of knowing whatever it is we don't know... and if there is something to know, whether it is worth knowing.

But if we research what we already know, then because we already know most of what we want to know about, we will know only a little more about what we know much about rather than know much more about what we know little about.

Isn't that pretty clear?

about two weeks ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

LongearedBat Reminds me of... (169 comments)

There was a guy who dreamt about being a great poet who could truly touch people's feelings. Unfortunately he lacked talent for coming up with rhyme, analogy, insight and so on.

But he found employment at Microsoft, where he finally made his dream come true as an error message writer, with classics such as "BSoD", "Press 'OK' to continue.", "Catastrophic Failure.", "Abort, Retry, Fail?" and many others that have touched a nerve on each of us over the years.

about two weeks ago
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Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge With Liquid Nitrogen

LongearedBat Re:it tingles (182 comments)

He could have just chewed on Coolmints.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

LongearedBat Re:Africa man... (74 comments)

a few diseases because people live in poverty is hardly comparable to the wars and suffering caused by most 1st-world nations)

...until a disease gets well enough established that it can no longer be controlled and spreads across the world. For example, could Ebola become a global threat?

about a month ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

LongearedBat Re:sure it would (611 comments)

How to obtain a good list of major ad-sources?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

LongearedBat Internet Exploder (426 comments)

It already has another name that is commonly used: "Internet Exploder" Why don't they just use that already? They really are bit behind the herd, aren't they?

about a month ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

LongearedBat The real problem is password rules (383 comments)

Passwords would be fine, if we were allowed to use easily remembered pass phases. Instead we're still often forced to use short passwords (8-12 characters) that consist of upper case + lower case + digit + non-alphanumeric characters. Even though it's pretty well established that pass phrases are, overall, a better way.

about a month ago
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Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security

LongearedBat Re:An easier solution (120 comments)

These vehicles overwhelmingly share a single bus between everything including powertrain and infotainment.

Cars that ride the bus, and the bus doubles as a train?!? Transport really is getting complicated nowadays.

about a month ago
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Toxic Algae Threatens Florida's Gulf Coast

LongearedBat Re:Crimson Tide in Florida? (99 comments)

It's remnants of the Red Weed from when the martians attacked.

about a month ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

LongearedBat Re:biased algorith (177 comments)

I dunno. There may be changing trends, so what you suggest might train it to be accurate for a bygone era.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released

LongearedBat Re:Such a Waste (156 comments)

Shield surfing wouldn't make sense in games based on The Hobbit, unless first seen in the movie. For example, I now expect shield surfing to be in the Lego Hobbit game.

about 2 months ago
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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

LongearedBat Two world records (46 comments)

How about that? Breaking the same record on two worlds simultaneously. Now that's what I call "breaking two world records".

(Never mind that one of them is a actually moon. Close enough.)

about 2 months ago
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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

LongearedBat Battery lasts for only 12 minutes (52 comments)

I have an AR Drone 2, and the standard battery lasts for maximum 12 minutes (1000 mAh). I've ordered a new battery that holds 1500 mAh. Looking forward to see if it lasts for 18 minutes.

How much damage can one do with that? Seems easier to sneak up close and hide in a bush while cracking in to someones network using a laptop.

about 2 months ago
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Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

LongearedBat Impressed (77 comments)

Ah, that explains how Doctor Octopus can control his mechanical arms. Perhaps that can give Spider-Man an added advantage.

On a more serious note: I'm impressed they can control the extra fingers so naturally. I didn't think it'd be possible without interfacing directly with the nervous system.

about 2 months ago

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