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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

aquabats The universe is probably teeming with life, but... (608 comments)

Amazingly on point and intelligent comment; however, this being the internet and all I will throw in some poorly thought out philosophy. "Also, wanting to communicate and explore is inherently a human desire, and whatever neo-human-cyber-whatever descendants emerge from the Singularity might not have the same desires. And I can predict their desires much more accurately than I could an aliens." Or maybe other creatures are intelligent enough to know their limitations. Almost all creatures of evolution ( I cannot speak on behalf of creationist whose world began merely 7-10K years ago. ) will not try to explore or 'rock the boat' unless living conditions have become harsh or less than ideally paired with their evolutionary abilities. Unfortunately this is true with humans too. I do not think the money or full effort will be given to planet colonization until the shiz hits the fan and the time needed is far longer than the time available. Perhaps this has already played out time and time again with other beings in other universes.

about 5 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

aquabats Not Diablo 3 (2219 comments)

Im not gonna say the new format is Diablo 3, but you definitely missed why most people come to slahsdot....

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Shows Off Its Vision For Gesture-Controlled PCs

aquabats Windows 8 is not Keyboard friendly (139 comments)

After mainly using Windows 8 at home "...Microsoft said it wants gestures to complement what is possible using mouse and keyboard, rather than replacing them..." seems like a complete 180. Using a keyboard in Windows 8 feels like im using some new beta device with sketchy drivers.

about a year ago

Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers

aquabats Re:Just switched to sprint (207 comments)

The cake is a lie. I joined sprint in 2009. I was promised 3g would improve by end of the year. Using the 1 year upgrade (which they canceled for everyone) I upgraded to a new phone thinking it was the phones fault. Still bad service but they promised 4g Wimax by the end of the year in my city...3 years later I still dont have 3g or 4g. Ive been in a couple emergency situations and had no service around Philly, Princeton Nj, and even outside of Baltimore. They push back the roll outs or just silently cancel them. Calling Sprint does no good as the reps always do the same thing. 1. Check for outages 2. Check your PRL/Software 3. Make you reboot your phone 4. Claim its you phone and you can pay $50-$100 for us to look at it and tell you its not broken. 5. (repeat) Store rep tells you he cant do anything on his end and I would have to call customer service to resolve said issues. Save your money and dont drink the kool-aid

about a year ago

Email Trails Show Bankers Behaving Badly

aquabats You cant be this blind (251 comments)

Honestly, How are you not tired of blaming the bankers on this one. They did their job. The US Govt set up sub-prime mortgages and then it became a game of "offer sub prime loans or go out of business". So they offered less then logical mortgages to people who could never afford them. How does the bank make money off this? They essentially sell it, the insurance on it, and everything to do with it. So i guess the banks should have just went out of business because of Govt intervention? Stomached the bad loans? Or just hold onto them and do the same exact thing that happened but on a per bank basis. It was a bubble and it was going to burst with or without the trades involved. The rates fell through the floor because of the massive increase in mortgages. I assume a good amount of you locked in at a lower rate, you have only those Evil Bankers who were doing their job to thank. It is a little disheartening that the Govt caused this and then only bailed out the Corporations who made tons of money off it. Is it Clintons fault for creating sub prime mortgages? Maybe. Was it George W for extending them through out his term? Probably just as much as Clinton is to blame.

about a year and a half ago

Anonymous Helps Find Evidence In Gang Rape Case

aquabats Re:Anonymous has become Batman. (436 comments)

The defense would have to prove these videos were infarct obtained illegally, while the prosecution tries to prove they were obtained legally. Logically the burden is on the defense because the football players posted the videos on a public social website. Thus making it publicly accessible, and legally obtainable at the time of posting. Unfortunately (in this case) we dont live in ancient Rome, and the burden is placed on prosecution to prove the video was obtained legally.So was it obtained prior to them deleting it? Will they subpoena the social media sites? I can see this quickly becoming a case of "how does the judge feel that day". -Internet-Fake-Lawyer

about a year and a half ago

McAfee Labs Predicts Decline of Anonymous

aquabats Anonomotomus (111 comments)

Thats kinda the point of Anon. It has never been this is the leader and here is what we are gonna do. It was more of a bunch of angry people, or stupid, or bored, or someone just looking to hide behind the mask of anon, trying to do something. Good? Bad? Logical? Every time its something different. Its not a collective as much as a revolving door to a community room.

about a year and a half ago

But Can It Run Crysis 3?

aquabats Games Trailing Hardware (182 comments)

I remember it was extremely expensive to get the original Crysis to Maximum settings. I reckon I could run this on Ultra for right around $500. Although my current rig will more than handle it as there has been no need to upgrade anything on any gaming rig since SSD became affordable. Games dont seem to be able to catch up with the hardware... If the new MS and PS consoles offered keyboard controller support, i dont think traditional PC gaming would have a leg to stand on. Why upgrade your pc when you get "good enough" on console. Mods and dedicated servers would be the only reason to still game on a desktop.

about 2 years ago

Dr. Richard Dawkins On Education, 'Innocence of Muslims,' and Rep. Paul Broun

aquabats Re:Theocracies (862 comments)

The original writing of Genesis says "When it was done" not on the first day. Way back someone translated it because a work day is usually a task from beginning to end. This stuck and creates alot of problems with the book contradicting itself on the first page. How can you have a day and night before the sun was even created? The actual translation makes sense and leaves ample room for the Days of creation to become Millions or Billions of years. God created creatures and let them evolve. When he though they were at a good point, lets add some intelligence to these apes and make man.

about 2 years ago

72% of Xbox 360 Gamers Approve of "More Military Drone Strikes"

aquabats Re:WTF?? (446 comments)

What a horrible summary for one, and two, how the fuck is this news????

One step further, how is this slashdot worthy? Because it mentions xbox and drone? seriously? There is no news here.

about 2 years ago

Ubuntu Tablet OS To Take On Android, iOS

aquabats Not really surprised. (237 comments)

Anyone who has seen Unity saw this coming. Its not very fluent for most peoples desktop usage, but would be great on a tablet or smart phone.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets

aquabats Re:know your market (281 comments)

Im picturing more of a cyanogenmod then a android pre installed deal. Ubuntu comes preinstalled on very few devices, why change that model. id root my phone for ubuntu to give it a try...

more than 2 years ago

Ask They Might Be Giants About Almost 30 Years of Music

aquabats Classical (188 comments)

From your start back in 1982 and prior, countless bands and styles have come and gone or progressed. Obviously few ,if any, will be considered classical by surpassing generations not alive during the period. Can you name a few you think will continue to withstand the test of time? What do you think makes a band/album/song continue to stay relevant?

more than 2 years ago

The Dead Sea Scrolls and Information Paranoia

aquabats Re:Why has it taken 50 years? (585 comments)

Thats a mainstream view of religion. No where in the Torah or the Bible does it talk about "burning in H". Yes it says lake of fire. Interpret that how you will but dont rely on the medieval catholic church "come to church or burn forever " money scheme crap. Its pretty clear in the Jewish faith, the better you are the closer you are to God in the after life. Hence the more evil the further. Doesnt this apply directly to the parent to child relationship? Good Children usually have a stronger and better relationship to their parents then bad kids.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do I Give IT a Login On Our Dept. Server?

aquabats Bad Romance (1307 comments)

Why would they even let it int the firewall? I suggest having your employer repay you for your mini server and then letting IT go to town. Its a huge issue if its your property in their network/firewall. Speaking from an Auditors POV its a huge no no. Make them buy there own and junk it up as they may.

more than 3 years ago

How Cyborg Tech Could Link the Minds of the World

aquabats Bible Verse (219 comments)

Reminds me of the Bible verse "My name is Legion: for we are many."- The Gospel of Luke, Luke 8:30

more than 3 years ago

KDE Software Compilation 4.6.0 Released

aquabats Re:I'm afraid to look (202 comments)

I agree. The basics just aren't there. Its like a beautiful land-rover....without shocks or proper tires. Digging through some boards i can safety say 50% of people dropping kubuntu and ksuse because they cant connect to a wireless network. The desktop is incredibly overwhelming to someone switching from gnome, xfce, windows, or mac. I think its always gorgeous but it just doesn't work intuitively.

more than 3 years ago



Bad Cable May Be to Blame in Flawed Faster-Than-Light Experiment

aquabats aquabats writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aquabats writes "A malfunctioning cable may have been responsible for the claim that some particles may be able to travel faster than light speed, a potentially embarrassing outcome for physicists who had publicized the findings with great fanfare just a few month ago."
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Could a 'Death Star' really destroy a planet?

aquabats aquabats writes  |  more than 2 years ago

aquabats writes "Mirroring many late night caffeine-fueled arguments among Sci-Fi fans, a University of Leicester researcher asks the question:
Could a small moon-sized battle station generate enough energy to destroy an Earth-sized planet?
A paper by David Boulderston (University of Leicester) sets out to answer that very question."

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