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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Triklyn Re:Better safe than sorry (135 comments)

yeah, we know, things die real good around us humans for some reason.

the point was, we suck at knowing things, even when those things are big enough for us to see.

4 hours ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Triklyn Re:What? (283 comments)

... you get what you paid for, and what you paid for is exactly outlined in your contract. it is the baseline expectation you have for your service.

as far as i'm concerned, i usually purchase a product or service based on what they gaurantee the service can provide... not what i'm hoping it can provide, with the understanding that if there's an increase in the performance of my product, it's a nice benefit but my product isn't gauranteed to work better than what they say.

toss it away, but you buy exactly what they promise, anything else is a free benefit.

all transactions are contracts.

5 hours ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Triklyn Re:It's a great weapon. (135 comments)

all, just shoot any potential carriers.

5 hours ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Triklyn Re:serious ?: (135 comments)

again, something might be lost in the reproduction. we don't know enough about the transient interactions to know if anything important is.

5 hours ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Triklyn Re:Better safe than sorry (135 comments)

we've thought extinct multiple species before... like macroscopic seeable species... and then been really surprised when a member or two of said species fell out of a bush in front of a cameraman... don't be naive.

5 hours ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Triklyn Re:Same reason we keep developing nuclear weapons (135 comments)

... fire is a damn nice thing to have. cooking is good, boiling is good. combustion is good. the steam engine is good. coal is good. petrol is good... fire is life.

5 hours ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

Triklyn Re:What a stupid question (135 comments)

i'd say yes, but i'd hesitate still.

epigenetic mechanisms are still being explored, and non-nucleotide based heredity like matrilineal passing of mitochondria. Remaking a virus from it's sequence seems like it should be really easy, and if there's any organism/automata that will be made first, it'll be a virus... but even still, there might be some transient quality that is... stored in ram and not in persistent memory that once lost is truly lost.

6 hours ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Triklyn Re:What? (283 comments)

they haven't fallen outside their time frame, just not delivering more than they were promising anymore.

just because you got added value for free, doesn't mean they're obligated to keep on giving you free stuff.

8 hours ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Triklyn Re:First World Problems (283 comments)

this entire story is the very definition of a first world problem.

"the service that i pay for that sends movies to me through the mail for less than the cost of a movie per month... is slightly slower. My outrage is palpable at this slight."

9 hours ago
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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Triklyn Re:De-salination? (95 comments)

can it... love?

11 hours ago
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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Triklyn Re:Finally (95 comments)

:) was not aware, but i think you should propose a water sequestration program. it'll be real effective for you know... governing water loss from the oceans.

11 hours ago
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MIT' Combines Carbon Foam and Graphite Flakes For Efficient Solar Steam Generati

Triklyn Finally (95 comments)

now here's a renewable i could get behind.

12 hours ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Triklyn Re:Correction (83 comments)

speeding up and slowing down. i seem to remember reading somewhere that slowing down from fractions of light speed are pretty hazardous to the target.

energy consumption on global scales isn't terribly viable... in general.

fusion reactors aren't even a glimmer yet. think they're trying to go for controlled fusion reaction still, and that's getting stonewalled by congressional funding.

i'll change my mind somewhat when we get a little further along to "limitless energy" :)

yesterday
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Triklyn Re:Adam West (569 comments)

don't tell them where it is, don't tell them what it's for, and never hire the same workers twice. drive the truck yourself and don't let them outside. pay cash and never meet in person.

They are paid well to dig/enlarge a pit underground somewhere in the vicinity of gotham city.

yesterday
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Triklyn Re:Correction (83 comments)

:) any fraction of lightspeed would be a monumental achievement. And, as a pessimist i imagine that the time it takes to wipe ourselves off the face of the earth is shorter than the time it takes to get all interstellar with ourselves.

as we get closer to wiping ourselves out, the time it takes to getting interstellar with ourselves increases :)

though, we could do a generational colony ship dealio, but one way trip and eminently hazardous...

yesterday
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Triklyn Re:...The hell? (285 comments)

brevity is an oft-overlooked literary virtue. I would agree in saying it has more negative literary value.

Instead of enriching the reader, it actively robs of the reader faith in humanity and positive feelings.

yesterday
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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Triklyn Re:...The hell? (285 comments)

you know what, i'll go out on a limb. I like haselton's articles. they lead to delightful haselton-bashing.

I thrive on his tears.

yesterday
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Triklyn Re:This is silly... (83 comments)

H2O is a pretty awesome and creepy molecule. and has some pretty important properties that make advanced chemistry easier.

yesterday
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

Triklyn Re:Correction (83 comments)

the way we know that life adapts is gradual. and energy, while necessary can also be pretty damn detrimental to stability.

while it's possible to say that life can develop in vastly different environments than what we experience here on earth, we don't have infinite resources to use in "exploring" these. We know life has developed on an earthlike planet. :) cutting down the number of planets to only "earth like" ones... still leaves us with too many to ever hope of getting to.

yesterday

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