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Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

Oswald McWeany Re:Social media is forever (349 comments)

I, am neither "naive" nor "incredibly cunning" in a dangerous way.

My real name doesn't appear anywhere online (not from my activity anyway- others may talk about me)- and I haven't signed up for any social networks- although I am very active on forums and blogs like this one.

As a kid on the old BBSs that were popular before the internet got big, my brother used to watch the forums for things I said that he could report to my parents to get me in trouble. Even though I used an alias- he knew what my alias was. I got in trouble too many times for things I posted online not to be carefull.

As a result- I learnt very early on to hide my real name (and even my alias where possible) from anyone who might want to track me for nefarious purposes. Now, I never use the same name on more than one place I comment.

more than 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

Oswald McWeany Re:Religion is why (1128 comments)

The Judaeo-Christian worldview is by-and-large anti-science.

I think currently this is true- but has not always been the case. As an example- Mendel was in a monestary when he discovered genetics with his peas. Throughout most of the middle ages- much learning and technology would have been lost or forgotten about if it were not for the church. Church was responsible for most of the education and educating that occurred for hundreds of years.

The trend today seems to be for Church to attack science- and has been in the past- but it has at times been responsible for preserving knowledge of the sciences.

more than 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

Oswald McWeany Re:Trust?? (1128 comments)

You can't. Other scientists can. Everything should be treated with some skepticism until it is duplicated.

The problem is- when somethings such as evidence of global warming is found... again... and again... some people see it as an affront to what they believe- and therefore choose to deny it.

I do as a whole agree with you though. The multi-discipline sciences are too difficult for the average person to duplicate or test for feasibility- so there is a certain "trust" that you have to apply that the peer-review process and duplication by other scientists is working to produce (on average) a better understanding of the world.

more than 2 years ago
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Conservatives' Trust In Science Has Fallen Dramatically Since Mid-1970s

Oswald McWeany Re:Obvious (1128 comments)

Actually, most squirrels I know are in favour of Rick Santorum which makes them conservatives.

Apparantly, squirrels like nuts.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Create Living Human Gut-On-a-Chip

Oswald McWeany Re:Virus? (22 comments)

It could probably catch a stomache bug.

more than 2 years ago
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Researchers Create Living Human Gut-On-a-Chip

Oswald McWeany That's nothing (22 comments)

They built a gut on a chip? That's nothing... I built my gut on chips back in the 90's.

The real challenge was laying off the chips to make the gut shrink again.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:We Are Not Alone (114 comments)

Volcano explosions do not put out radioactive materials on the same scale.
Volcano explosions- the physical explosion is local- not widespread. Soot spreads- but there is a single centre of source.

In fact- there has been extinctions and population declines heavily linked with large volcano explosions due to climactic changes they can incur. So even though Volcanos are not weapons- they do kill.

Humanity has suffered two bottle necks in the past. Using DNA analysis it is estimated at one point our population dropped down below a couple-score. We very nearly went extinct.

We have enough nuclear material on this planet to destroy every urban centre. The radiation would spread in heavy doses to all areas. Climate change is likely- so even if radiation doesn't kill you- the fact that food supplies would be cut off would result in starvation. No water supply would be left un-altered. Survivors could be far-spread and not have interaction. Lower populations are more volatile and likely to die out due to random fluctuations.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:We Are Not Alone (114 comments)

What if all they showed on alien cable channels was reality show crap?

"Oh my Gawd, like this bimbo from Orion totally stabbed me in both of my backs. The Pegasus 457 bachelor was like, totally mine."

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:But are they cold outside? (114 comments)

Just takes a while. First, protobacteria, then little bugs that spew out CO2 and methane, then some oxygen, wait a few million years and you have Target and Martha Stewart.

So, it's not all progress then.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:We Are Not Alone (114 comments)

It's not like world conquest or elimination of neighbours HASN'T been attempted before. It's not like it won't be attempted again (if we as a species live long enough).

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:We Are Not Alone (114 comments)

Don't even need to be competing for resources to be a threat. It could be ideology, mental instability of leaders. Fear from the other side. Anything could drive them to war.

We'll probably be different enough that we can't trade. We'll certainly be different enough that we can't trade daughters in marriage agreements like nations of old did.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:We Are Not Alone (114 comments)

Yes, but we are advancing. Wouldn't it be safer to wipe us out BEFORE we're a threat- rather than risk waiting until we might be able to put up a fight?

more than 2 years ago
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Poo-Powered Rickshaw Unveiled At the Denver Zoo

Oswald McWeany Re:Pay me for my poo (52 comments)

I expect to see men on street corners around Denver holding signs:

"Will Poo for Food."

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:We Are Not Alone (114 comments)

Really?

Are you *SURE* about that?

Quite sure. Not only that- but it was demonstrated in the 1940's in Japan. There are enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world many times over. We could wipe ourselves out if we chose.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:MOO (114 comments)

Will help mine. I always took the "colonize like crazy" approach. By the time rival species are able to attack- you can afford to lose a few planets- and will be so far ahead of them by all other metrics you can quickly build a fleet to defeat them. More planets available makes this strategy even better.

Never played Moo3. But on Moo2- I found this strategy worked: declare war on the strongest enemy- do what it takes to get everyone else that you can to join in... you will get so much kudos for being in a mutal war- everyone will love you... you then take out the next biggest threat (getting everyone to join in)... then the next... then the next... and so on. If you get others to join in each time- your relationship with everyone will sky rocket meaning after the 2nd species you wipe out- you'll be able to get anyone you want to do whatever you want.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:We Are Not Alone (114 comments)

If they receive an I Love Lucy transmission- are able to determine it's purpose is TV entertainment- and figure out how to turn it into light/sound... ... we're all doomed- they'll send a death ray at us with immediate effect.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:High UV and radiation (114 comments)

Or they have natural immunity via evolution. Species on earth have differing tolerances. Besides we can't expect alien life to use "DNA" unless populated via panspermia. It is possible their equivalent to our DNA (if they have one) is not affected by UV.

more than 2 years ago
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Poo-Powered Rickshaw Unveiled At the Denver Zoo

Oswald McWeany Pay me for my poo (52 comments)

I'm sorry- but if you're going to use my poo to power your rickshaw- I expect to be paid for it. I worked long and hard producing that poo.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:We Are Not Alone (114 comments)

As cool as it would be to find another civilization- I hope we never do. At least- no one more advanced than us. (any one less advanced we probably would never find).

Chances of another civilization/species being friendly would be low. Think of it this way.

1) Anyone more advanced than us would likely have computers.
- if you have advanced computers- you would eventually rely on them for advice (at minimum) for running your government/civilization. We can therefore determine that their civilization would base decisions based on logic.

2) Logically- allowing another sapient species to exist would be a threat. There is always a possibility they will attack you, or compete for resources. The logical thing any sapient species should do to any other sapient species is wipe them out (if they can).

- you can always study a civilization from the ruins of their lands- after you exterminate them. We already have the technology to exterminate ourselves- so it is safe to assume any other more advanced species would too.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Estimate 40% of Red Dwarfs Have A Rocky Planet

Oswald McWeany Re:I would expect we might find extinct civilizati (114 comments)

If the civilizations expired millions of years ago- and the planet is geologically active- there would probably be no trace.

If the civilization were more advanced than ours- we probably wouldn't know what to look for- and would probably never find them unless we landed there.

more than 2 years ago

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Scientists grow 30,000 year old seeds

Oswald McWeany Oswald McWeany writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Oswald McWeany (2428506) writes "Russian scientists have successfully grown plants from seeds buried by arctic squirrels 30,000 years ago. The archaic version of the plant showed numerous different adaptions to the modern-day variant. It is believed that buried seeds frozen in permafrost may hold a lot of genetic diversity and could start to grow again naturally if the climate warms significantly. Unfortunately, no triffid seeds have been discovered frozen in the ice yet."
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Why the Zebra has stripes

Oswald McWeany Oswald McWeany writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Oswald McWeany (2428506) writes "Scientists have discovered the reason why Zebra have stripes (and it has nothing to do with Bill Murray). It turns out that having a stripy coat makes you less attractive to horse flies. The white stripes help make the horse less visible to flies that may carry disease.

Scientists are still pondering whether women who wear stripey coats are less attractive to men with horse-like attributes."

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Chinese boy with cats-eyes has night vision.

Oswald McWeany Oswald McWeany writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Oswald McWeany (2428506) writes "Reports swirling around the interenet are that a boy in China may have cat-like night vision. The boy with eerie blue-eyes was able to fill out a questionaire in the dark and his eyes reflect like a cats when a light is shined on them. No reports yet if he marks his territory by peeing on the sofa."
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Doctor plans laser treatment to change eye colours

Oswald McWeany Oswald McWeany writes  |  about 3 years ago

Oswald McWeany (2428506) writes "As science fiction visionary, Crystal Gayle, once predicted of a soon-to-be-available cosmetic procedure; "don't it make my brown eyes blue."

A doctor, locating in Mexico, will soon offer a treatment to zap peoples eyes with lasers to change the colour from brown to blue.

The treatment must be safe because he tried it out on corpses first and none of them complained of injury."

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Army warned about the danger of kittens

Oswald McWeany Oswald McWeany writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Oswald McWeany (2428506) writes "Gaddafi may be dead, Bin Laden may be dead, Saddam may be dead, but there is still plenty to fear for our military. The pentagon has begun a campaign warning our soldiers of the savage danger posed by kittens and puppies. One can never know when a ferocious feline is armed with rabies. The death of one soldier has caused the pentagon to respond to this threat- and not a moment too soon."
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India to produce $35 tablet

Oswald McWeany Oswald McWeany writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Oswald McWeany (2428506) writes "There is little to suggest DataWinds Aakash Tablet will be an iPod killer, but, at a projected $35 it will open up the tablet market to anybody and everybody. The price will initially be $50 but is projected to quickly fall to $35 as demand picks up.

Certainly there is a place for a budget computer- and not just in India. The low-res 7inch tablet may not be the eye-candy of Apple or Amazon but there will certainly be commercial, business and educational niche for a budget tablet for the masses.

I'd happily give this to my 7 year old even with the of risk him smashing the screen."

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Pakistan lets China view US stealth technology

Oswald McWeany Oswald McWeany writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Oswald McWeany (2428506) writes "Tensions between the US and Pakistan get moved up a peg after it is learned that Pakistan allowed China to examine the downed stealth helicopter. Pakistan also gifted the Chinese intelligence samples of the "stealth skin". China is a major ally and investor in Pakistan. Expect clones of US aircraft to start appearing in China (perhaps with the apple logo on them) sometime soon."
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New drug could cure any virus

Oswald McWeany Oswald McWeany writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Oswald McWeany (2428506) writes "A new drug being developed promises to revolutionize how we treat viruses. This new drug promises to be as effective against viruses as anti-bacterial drugs are against bacteria. Drug works by making infected cells commit suicide. No news yet if it will cure the virus that creates zombies."
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