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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Payden K. Pringle Re:Space Trilogy (475 comments)

Thank you for sharing. I didn't know he had written a trilogy of books about that. Definitely something I'll be picking up in the future.

yesterday
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Payden K. Pringle Fermi's Paradox (475 comments)

I mean, not to be the debbie downer here, but that presupposition has be presupposed before, and by smarter minds, imo anyway.

Then we have to consider the Great Filter (which could be radioactive elements & nuclear in general which makes sense) as well, and things just aren't looking good for the idea of us discovering extraterrestrial life any time soon. It might be out there, but us seeing it out there seems unlikely so far to me. And the odds of us finding a civilization that is younger than us in terms of maturity is pretty small considering the cosmic time scale.

I'm just saying. I doubt this will happen any time soon. But I've been wrong before.

Regardless, I, For One, Welcome Our New Alien Overlords.

yesterday
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Payden K. Pringle Re:Data != knowledge (261 comments)

I've actually seen this come up before.

Question: What if you have a vague idea of what you are looking for, but don't explicitly remember the name? Usually I just open the start menu and start looking down the list of folders until something jumps out at me which takes about 2-5 seconds.

Obviously that only happens with things that you don't use regularly, but as someone with many programs for varying uses, I can't remember all of them all the time.

So what do I do then? Search the HDD?

My backup is to open Add/Remove Programs then find it's name and then search it, but that takes noticeably longer.

yesterday
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

Payden K. Pringle Re:20 seconds away? (138 comments)

Airplanes don't fly stationary. I assume it was flying away from the missile, so "20 seconds away" would've been calculated using the missile's speed minus the airplane's speed. Which means the missile could've been much closer.

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

Payden K. Pringle Re:I'm starting to wonder... (182 comments)

Just so it's clear, ALS causes a person to lose feeling in their body. The ice bucket challenge's purpose is to simulate that effect so that you know what they go through in a much less permanent way. How it "feels" to have ALS (hint: it doesn't).

I agree, although I can't imagine how someone would die from it unless they had a pre-existing condition, in which case they shouldn't be doing it to begin with.

about a month ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

Payden K. Pringle Re:Wouldn't it be rejected? (77 comments)

And that's where this comes in. (skip to 6:45)

The idea is that you use the animal to actually grow the organ (such as an ape or large monkey), then you get rid of the animal-specific cells using the solution in the video and put the patient's cells on the organ letting them grow making it the patient's organ, effectively. The animal is just there to grow the base protein structure for the patient's cells to grow from. Then, using scanning technology, you can check the organ for defects before actually putting it in the patient, as a protein structure by itself has less to worry about radiation than living cells do.

It's really fascinating stuff.

about a month ago
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It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Payden K. Pringle Re:What about Confidence (243 comments)

See, I was Kid #1 growing up. My parents never mentioned effort or working harder to succeed in relation to what they said I was smart at doing/being. They just said if I wanted great things, I'd have to work for them. However, I already had the potential, because I didn't have to work hard to do things others couldn't do at my age.

When I would fail, I didn't do what you say Kid #1 would do though. I would expect more of myself and work harder because I knew what I was being told was the truth. I was raised to believe my parents, basically.

That's a double edged sword, because on one hand, if your parents are benevolent & intelligent in how they raise you, that's definitely a good thing because it produces positive outcomes (i.e. me pushing myself harder because I knew I was smart because they said I was and I saw the evidence for it). On the other, it magnifies malevolent/unintelligent parents' affect on their children since the children won't decide things for themselves if their parents say otherwise.

People these days are very reactive to the idea of blindly listening to another person and I understand the reason why, but there is purpose in it depending on the situation. It's not really something I believe humans can control and use 100% beneficially though, so it's ultimately up to parents to decide how they want to raise their kids, because it far too complex to say whether what they are doing or not is correct or not. And I'd even extend that view to things such as corporal punishment within obvious reasonable bounds.

about a month ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Payden K. Pringle Re:Sigh (748 comments)

I fail to see your point. I made no claim except for that there is no basis for stating that it is a fact that homosexuality is not a choice.

We have found one thing that does not work, and that statement seems fairly general, rather than specifically about homosexuality, even if it's far more relevant to homosexuality than to other sexual orientations.

about a month and a half ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

Payden K. Pringle Re:Sigh (748 comments)

Being gay isn't an ideology. Disliking homosexuals is completely different from not liking capitalists, conservatives, liberals, etc. Disliking homosexuals is disliking people for something that they didn't choose and cannot change. It is not a political opinion, and it is not acceptable.

Source?

Because according to the American Psychiatric Association:

Currently there is a renewed interest in searching for biological etiologies for homosexuality. However, to date there are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology for homosexuality. Similarly, no specific psychosocial or family dynamic cause for homosexuality has been identified, including histories of childhood sexual abuse.

So I personally don't see the basis for that statement when we still haven't determined why it is a "thing". Admittedly, that web page is somewhat old, but I would figure that if such a thing were determined, since LGBT rights are such a hot topic these days, that web-page would be quick to update.

about a month and a half ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

Payden K. Pringle Re:Recent allegations... (210 comments)

... You realize the mod has changed the DoF. I don't know what you define "adjusting" as, but that's what I define it as.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

Payden K. Pringle Re:Recent allegations... (210 comments)

Thus the mod to adjust it. And how hard is DoF to fix? Honestly?

It's a very close call between incompetence and malice. It's so incompetent, I'm going to call it malice based on the precedent of how they treat the PC.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

Payden K. Pringle Re:Recent allegations... (210 comments)

I'm just saying. Everything we know points to it being deliberately handicapped. The game actually runs better when you enable the settings that made it look gorgeous at E3. It runs better with better graphical fidelity.

The only excuse for disabling that is intentional malice or extreme incompetence. Ubisoft has a history of either of those in regards to PC gamers. If it were an isolated event, I'd go with incompetence, but this is no longer coincidence. I'm pretty sure it's malice due to it's repetition. l

about 3 months ago
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Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

Payden K. Pringle Re:SpaceX, Tesla, Solar City (275 comments)

Sounds like he's in the middle of some Space Civ V and he has a winning strategy, at least for the foreseeable future.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Finally Passes Windows 8 In Market Share

Payden K. Pringle Re:12.64 percent in only 17 months (187 comments)

This one knows.

Windows 8.X can have a start menu with a simple download from (AFAIK) a trustable site.

I don't understand how techies can't do that. I can understand how the average Joe can't do that.

about 4 months ago
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Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

Payden K. Pringle Re:youtube is free advertising (197 comments)

Just a thought: It's also possible to stream a Youtube video with VLC media player by drag/dropping the link into the player. Which effectively lets you avoid the adds and have normal playback (i.e. no "smart" buffering).

I wouldn't be surprised if there were some way you could use that to download the video too, since, effectively, that's what a stream is. Downloading the video.

about 4 months ago
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Are Glowing, Solar Smart Roads the Future?

Payden K. Pringle For this to be feasible... (193 comments)

Assuming it can become the norm everywhere (huge assumption there)...

I imagine we will replace our coal plants with large battery plants to store all the extra power we get during the day so that these things can function well at night (having to only power sections of road with vehicles on them would probably make that very feasible).

Then the electricity bill wouldn't be for the actual electricity. It'd be for maintaining these large battery store houses and maintaining these roads. I mean really, if we laid out a ton of this stuff across the US (the desert regions specifically), I figure electricity would be dirt cheap if not free (aside from the aforementioned maintenance).

The only way I can see this actually happening is if the solar panel roads become ubiquitous, which as I said, is a huge assumption. The oil industry won't have it, and getting the capital to produce enough panels to make it worth while, then lay them across major highways would be massive. Then there's building the battery centers so that they can actually function at night (or we can shift to coal power for night time).

I think this is something that would definitely pay off in the long run, but probably won't happen for the same reasons other things similar to it didn't happen. i.e. big business and lobbyists.

about 5 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Payden K. Pringle Re:Let's Do This: (286 comments)

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Isn't a Download Accelerator, if used by many people to the same location, effectively a DoS attack? I get this from "Multiple connections to the same file".

Obviously pretty much everyone would need to start using them, but I'm just saying, the potential is there.

about 5 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Payden K. Pringle Re:Less choice? (286 comments)

,,,

Isn't "one choice" an oxymoron?

about 5 months ago

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