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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

WrongMonkey Re:Land of the free (503 comments)

It's subject to US laws and courts, but it can't be said to reflect US policy or values.

11 hours ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

WrongMonkey Re:Life Everywhere out there? (334 comments)

The arsenic replaces phosphate. Those lifeforms are still carbon and water based.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

WrongMonkey Re:For the novelty! (153 comments)

Manned space exploration is not unique in that regard. Any field of research will lead to new ideas and new technologies if we throw enough money at it.

about three weeks ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

WrongMonkey Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

You don't need to put people into space to study astronomy. There is nothing that a person can do in space that a robot can't do better.

about a month ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

WrongMonkey Re:What's it good for? (236 comments)

Plenty of species managed to survive the last rock from space. If birds and crocodiles managed to survive, then humans have a good chance, too. No matter what catastrophe you can imagine happening to Earth, there is no way other planets in the solar system would be more suitable to life.

about a month ago
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

WrongMonkey Re:Worrying (77 comments)

Why? If an AI can be created that can do a better job running the world than human governments do, why shouldn't we let it? And honestly, doing a better job than human run governments isn't setting that high of a bar.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

WrongMonkey Re:Bad idea (242 comments)

That falls into the first category. Using a computer program to govern society is no longer the mind-blowing concept that it once was in 1942.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

WrongMonkey Bad idea (242 comments)

Foundation might have been ground breaking and original when it was written. But its best ideas have either been adapted by other science fiction (Look! A city-planet, just like Coruscant!) or rendered quaint by the progress of technology (A handheld calculator! How amazing!). HBO has had success adapting contemporary fantasy, they should try adapting some contemporary science fiction.

about a month ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

WrongMonkey Re:Not just women (571 comments)

"Social Justice Warrior" is a sarcastic label. No one actually calls themselves that.

about 2 months ago
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Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

WrongMonkey Re:New Object (70 comments)

Your definition also includes gas giants and possible even planets Earth-like planets. Consider that most of Earth's matter is engaged in Brownian motion except for the solid core and thin outer crust.

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

WrongMonkey Re:Would be more interesting with better analysis (447 comments)

Note that your wedding wasn't really cheap, you just spread out your costs through expected reciprocal obligations. The biggest cost is that you'll be expected to continue giving 10% of your income to the Church for the rest of your life. At future weddings, you'll be the one expected to provide food, cash, gifts, etc. You probably consider your tithe and participation in your community barter economy to be a sunk cost, so it seems like a good deal. But from a outsider view, you're actually spending a whole lot more than someone who just rents a banquet hall and hires a caterer.

about 2 months ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

WrongMonkey Re:Supreme Court (112 comments)

I was trying to provide a broad overview and I don't disagree with your minor corrections. But there's still nothing about BRIBES.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

WrongMonkey Re:Can't eat oil (213 comments)

Fossil fuels sustain life. Without heat, millions would freeze. Without fuel to operate machinery, modern agriculture would be impossible and billions would starve.

Almonds, though? You can live without almonds. We definitely don't need use a trillion gallons of water each year to grow almonds in a desert during a drought.

about 2 months ago
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National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

WrongMonkey Re:Supreme Court (112 comments)

The Citizens United decision has nothing to do with bribes. In 2004, Citizens United (the group) wanted to block Micheal Moore's anti-Bush movie from being advertised during an election. The FEC rejected that, ruling that documentaries were protected by the first ammendment. So in 2008, Citizens United made an anti-Hillary movie and started to advertise it during an election. They were quickly struck down by FEC, who were then struck done by the Supreme Court. If you're such a "staunch defender of the near-absoluteness of the first amendment", how can you honestly say that Micheal Moore (and Miramax films) can make a political documentary, but other people (and corporations) can't?

about 2 months ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

WrongMonkey Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

You seem to operating under the assumption that the only insights that are valid are those that can be supported by per reason. Is there no music in your world? No art? If someone smokes some weed and writes a song, is that song less valid that one that's written sober?

about 2 months ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

WrongMonkey Re:Prove him right some more (263 comments)

You're moving the goal posts a bit. Your previous post claimed that a "sense of the profound" from marijuana was somehow distinct from what occurs "naturally". But both are just brain chemistry. There is no rational basis for a objective measure for profoundness of an idea.

about 2 months ago

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