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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

Sowelu Re:The Great Filter (299 comments)

The Great Filter is what I was thinking here too. Find aliens more advanced than us? Good, we may well make it there ourselves! Find that we're the most advanced things around? The odds are no longer in our favor.

3 days ago
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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

Sowelu Oh man, I'd hate to see how your kids turn out. (79 comments)

...addressing the common theme in the above comments collectively. Trying to make people act less anti-social, in a privately run setting, is horrible censorship and a terrible evil? Trying to get people to act civilly is more unethical than telling people to kill themselves? Are you serious? I hope you don't take that approach raising kids, or managing workers. Jesus Christ.

4 days ago
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Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

Sowelu Re:My pet peeve: Star populations (67 comments)

The stars that come after ours won't have meaningfully different metallicity, so no. Population is not (strictly) generation.

4 days ago
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Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

Sowelu Re:Peanut Butter (67 comments)

According to ancient alien theorists...

4 days ago
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Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

Sowelu My pet peeve: Star populations (67 comments)

Some people get annoyed thinking that electrical positive/negative charges should be reversed, or that pi would be more useful if we used a multiple of it. My pet peeve is star population labeling. Our current generation of stars (and all future ones) are Population I. The immediately previous one is Population II, and the very first stars are Population III.

I know there's history there... Pop I and II were labeled without regard to which ones actually came first, and Pop III wasn't visible by telescope when the others were discovered so we had to add them later, but come on. Have some dignity and reverse them, even if you need to create a new term instead of population to do it.

4 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

Sowelu Re:News for Liberterians (308 comments)

Huh, I just read this article in a "history nerd" mindset.

5 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

Sowelu First season only (476 comments)

Sliders, Seaquest and SG-1 were all awesome in the early season(s) before they turned into boring war things. Deep Space 9 actually pulled off the transition.

about a week ago
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'Never Miss Another Delivery' - if You Have a TrackPIN (Video)

Sowelu Knock harder (85 comments)

Probably a lot of responses will say that the delivery guy never comes up to the door, and probably a lot of them are right, but whatever helps. Some local friends had problems with delivery people knocking too quietly, maybe intentionally, who knows. They put up a sign on their door saying "Knock like this door is everyone who ever wronged you", and suddenly delivery people actually make noise! The novelty factor probably helps more than anything else.

about a week ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

Sowelu Re:Until... (130 comments)

C'mon guys, read the thing. They modified a LOT of genes, to the point where even several mutations wouldn't make it viable. Statistics really is in our favor on this one.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Deputy Arrested

Sowelu Re:silly (126 comments)

It's Bellevue. Getting a billion packages a day is normal, though they're usually from Amazon.

about two weeks ago
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Steam Broadcasting Now Open To Everyone

Sowelu Re:World's most useless feature (93 comments)

I adore watching speedruns. Okay, it's not the Olympics, but it's still fun to watch someone demonstrating a lot of skill.

Also to make streaming more personal--I remember that Zork: Grand Inquisitor had a multiplayer mode. It's your standard Mystlike first-person puzzle game, but you could let someone be a backseat driver, talk to you, point at things. It's not for everyone, but if you actually liked playing those games as a group and someone's moved across the country...yeah, pretty nice.

about two weeks ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Sowelu Re:NOT EFFECTIVE VS H2O (290 comments)

Fine, you can hide from it if you know what they're using and you know they're after you right now and you are willing to stay in an inconvenient spot. I don't think that's most situations, and water heaters probably aren't the best tactical positions, so the theoretical bad guys still suffer from the availability of this thing.

about two weeks ago
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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

Sowelu Re:they have these tools.... (290 comments)

And that is the reason why I'm not sad to see the use of this stuff become more advanced and more widespread. This device wouldn't have prevented that--kid in a crib isn't moving around--but if they could actually see stuff through walls, or at least spot heat signatures (yeah I know it's really damn hard), that would be a great tool in a SWAT team's kit for minimizing fatalities on both sides. Restrict it to entry warrants and I don't see a problem.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Sowelu Re:What's the big deal? (403 comments)

Okay, fine, I'm going by anecdotes. But did you seriously just argue based on "I haven't read the same comments as you, it so it must not be true"?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?

Sowelu Re:What's the big deal? (403 comments)

Doesn't trust it to not fail catastrophically, or not break when you update your system. Slashdot is full of horror stories where a supposedly stable distribution switched to systemd, and systems that have operated for a decade suddenly failed to boot right. It's still experimental-quality.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

Sowelu Re:Control of RF (61 comments)

You use prebuilt modules, you're not supposed to really hack or add your own. It's modular, not DIY.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico

Sowelu Thank god. Finally. (61 comments)

It's getting harder and harder to find phones with hardware keyboards or decent battery life. Swap out the fancy graphics card for a second battery, and put a slide-out keyboard on the back, and I will be so, so happy.

I hope they have a keyboard. I'll be so disappointed if they don't.

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Sowelu Re:Equally tiny UPS? (180 comments)

Way overkill. UPSes are expensive to maintain if you need to replace a car battery every few years, they're very bulky which ruins the point of a tiny server that sits on a bookshelf, and they don't solve my problem of "I'd like to move it to a different shelf without losing power" unless I want to get a few people to carry around the UPS + everything attached to it. From my experience with large UPSes, just replacing batteries will cost more over the life of this machine than the computer would. I don't need to keep my internet online either--it'll come back up on its own when the power comes back on; for a home server I need to gently shut it down and bring it back online. I guess what I really want is a laptop...only with no keyboard or monitor. Surely there is a small portable laptop-battery kind of thing for machines without one, that you can put inline with the power cord...

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux Or Windows On Quad-core AMD SoC

Sowelu Re:Equally tiny UPS? (180 comments)

My feelings towards big UPSes is that the battery only lasts a couple years, and costs a ton to replace. PiUPS looks pretty cool aside from the part where it only supplies enough power to run a Pi, so we'll see... ..."Input range — 10 to 15V DC"
Worth a look to see if I can get that out of it. Running on AAs is fine, especially given that I'm not actually too concerned about power surges or neighborhood outages. It's really just for planned outages in my use case, so "put a couple batteries in, unplug from wall, move, plug back in" is pretty darn close to ideal. I'll investigate if this'll do the job, thanks!

about two weeks ago

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