Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?
Early on in the life-cycle of a company, getting a reputation as being too immoral can hinder your ability to attract employees, customers, and investors. You need to make the most of your benefit of the doubt when you're small and no one knows about the people running the place. Once you've become a significant or dominant part of the market you're competing in, the public's perception of your morality doesn't matter as much.
In other words, your true nature as a heartless bastard shouldn't go public before your company does.
Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player
OMG...is slashdot going to turn into another forum for spoiled MMORPG players to whine about not getting exactly what they want?
It's more like they're not getting the product that they donated money for.
The larger problem is this: If a Kickstarter developer can renege on the promises they made to get people to donate to their project, and not suffer any negative repercussions from it, it's going to make it a lot harder for other developers to get people to donate - once somebody gets away with a bait & switch, everybody else comes under suspicion.
Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk
Well, I didn't interpret the article the same way you did. I thought the article was saying that you can be logical and still feel wonder.
Case in point: What's the one-word quote Spock is most known for?
Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth
There's a mass and temperature difference between gas giants and brown dwarf stars. The cutoff is whether the object in question has any fusion going on at all. At about 13x Jupiter mass it's big enough to fuse deuterium, and at 65x it can fuse lithium. If it's massive enough to fuse hydrogen, you've crossed into Red Dwarf territory (oh smeg!).
No form of sustained fusion has ever been detected within Jupiter, so it's not a brown dwarf, just a gas giant planet.
Research Project Pays People To Download, Run Executables
What would you download for a Klondike Bar?
Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter
Ah, but it can it also create the necessary flavoring to create something which tastes almost, but not entirely, unlike tea?
Yes, but they're trying to refine the process such that it doesn't also create a sperm whale and pot of petunias as a byproduct.
Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS
At least they're no longer printing it all out and sending it through the USPS. Progress is being made.
Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech
It's not just about people, it's also about the before buyout/after buyout difference in the quality of the products produced by the 'wholly owned subsidiary'.
People who enjoyed games by Westwood, Bioware, or Maxis before they were bought out by EA understand this.
Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
Actually, there were a few arcade titles following the 80's crash offered advantages if you chipped in more coinage. Cyberball 2072 would sometimes give you the option to buy improved team performance or enhanced players between quarters. And I seem to recall Xybots offering extra in-game currency for tokens. Thankfully the trend never caught on back then.
Harold Ramis Dies At 69
The Ungrateful Yuppie Larva of the world.
Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team
Are we not counting Tex, or Griff's sister?
Mystery Rock 'Appears' In Front of Mars Rover
Ich bin ein Martianer!
Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?
Correction: it's two.
But his middle line is still
One syllable short
DHS Turns To Unpaid Interns For Nation's Cyber Security
You want to offer a bunch of impressionable young people, most of whom are accumulating large amounts of debt, the opportunity to learn as much as they can about the computer security infrastructure of the country. While they do this, we're not paying them a cent or giving them any guarantees regarding future employment, further increasing their financial insecurity in the present and the future, as well as exploiting whatever sense of loyalty they might feel for their country for the purpose of reducing government labor costs.
What could possibly go wrong?
Life Could Have Evolved 15 Million Years After the Big Bang, Says Cosmologist
I doubt a 15 million year old universe would have been little more than atomic soup. Water may have existed, but not as we know it. It takes more than 15 million years for a star to form and blow up, where would you have gotten enough heavy elements for a planet to arise? :)
That's not quite accurate. Heavier radioactive elements would have come from supernovas, which only occur in stars much more massive than our own. The more massive the star, the higher its luminosity and the shorter its lifespan. Some of the most massive stars we've found will spend (or have spent) less than 100,000 years on the main sequence before expanding into supergiants and exploding as supernovae. So there's plenty of time for nucelosynthesis over that 15 million year span.
Massive Exoplanet Discovered, Challenges Established Planet Formation Theories
That's the mass threshold for deuterium fusion. No fusion = planet, deuterium fusion = brown dwarf, hydrogen fusion = main sequence star.
So at 11 Jovian masses, the planet is close, but not quite big enough to reach brown dwarf status.
Elon Musk Talks About the Importance of Physics, Criticizes the MBA
Basic social introspection is trivially useful, and is used for more effective governance, as long as politics don't interfere.
When has politics not interfered with governance?
We'd be able to fly as long as gravity doesn't interfere.
Kepler-78b: The Earth-Like Planet That Shouldn't Exist
Or leftover dust from the stellar disc that's more prevalent in the outer areas. The orbit gradually degrades until it reaches a clearer area closer in.
Kepler-78b: The Earth-Like Planet That Shouldn't Exist
That, and the results of both of our effective planet detecting schemes - transit and doppler - skew proportionately towards these hot worlds, as for both methods a shorter period will give a stronger signal and therefore be more likely to be detected. So just like with the hot jupiters detected by the doppler method, they are probably actually a minuscule fraction of the planets out there but happen to be the easiest to detect. So even though they are rare, we are guaranteed to see them, and then muse about their rarity.
It's just like scientists to be racist and not be willing to detect the black planets.
No it isn't.
I've done my current job in X time zones ...
Gah. Almost forgot:
ATLM = All the little Meridians
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