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No Intelligent Aliens Detected In Gliese 581

beckerist Re:Are you guys stupid or something? (239 comments)

Not that magnetohydrodynamic drive exhaust is undetectable but from my understanding, the only way we'd ever see a "signature" is if the engine were pointing directly at us. Given our size, constant movement, and the minuscule amount of ions actually released the probability of ever detecting anything is probably infinitely close to zero.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft-Funded Startup Aims To Kill BitTorrent Traffic

beckerist Re:Good! (601 comments)

Source? I'm curious what law specifically. This would be a hell of a stretch for any lawyer to claim first amendment on this...

more than 2 years ago
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DDR4 May Replace Mobile Memory For Less

beckerist Re:Yay (145 comments)

p.s that was both pedantic and shallow....and also a smidge of sarcasm

more than 2 years ago
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DDR4 May Replace Mobile Memory For Less

beckerist Re:Yay (145 comments)

... shit's gettin' smaller son...deal with it

more than 2 years ago
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National Planetary Exploration Car Wash and Bake Sale

beckerist Re:This won't work (103 comments)

Which sucks. We spend more money on defense in a year (~680 billion in 2010) than the entire budget of NASA combined ever (~500 billion....again....ever)

more than 2 years ago
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The Numbers Behind the Copyright Math

beckerist Re:Losses, but due to piracy? (311 comments)

Actually, I have never pirated. But I have downloaded
Yep, and I've never smoked, but I have inhaled

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Boss Says Mars Colonization Will Be Corporate Only

beckerist Re:China (299 comments)

Mosques on Mars: Starring Bruce Campbell.
I'd watch it.

more than 2 years ago
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Is the OMB Trying To End Planetary Exploration?

beckerist Re:Waste of time and money (236 comments)

Who's on first. I don't know's on third.

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Honor "Don't-Track-Me-Bro" Requests

beckerist Re:"Bro" (129 comments)

A meme is a meme, it seems, it seems.

more than 2 years ago
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How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?

beckerist Re:Aggregation (337 comments)

I've thrown all the feeds from each of these sites into Google Reader. In no particular order:

wired.com
slashdot.org
spectrum.ieee.org
scientistscanvas.com
arxiv.org
techcrunch.com
techdirt.com
news.discovery.com
physicsworld.com
newscientist.com
physorg.com
nationalgeographic.com
scienceblog.com

I have plenty more. Any RSS feeder app works. You get some repeats but there's a constant stream of science news.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims LegalZoom Is Practicing Law Without a License

beckerist Re:Yay! (246 comments)

Great point. Does WebMD really have their license to practice medicine? How about FreeCreditReport having having a CPA license? For that matter...is Wikipedia legal in Missouri? All of these sites are available to help, at the users discretion. None of them guarantee accuracy though all of them are regulated to a point where their usefulness outweighs their potential inaccuracies. If you don't like it, hire a real lawyer/doctor/accountant/nerd.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft?

beckerist Re:Bill Gates (337 comments)

IBM awarded Microsoft a contract in 1980 over Digital Research's OS (DR-DOS) -- so IBM picked Microsoft and used MS-DOS to develop PC-DOS.

more than 3 years ago
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Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park

beckerist Re:will it be built... (648 comments)

First day: Electric installed
Second day: Plumbing installed
Third day: Foundation and AC installed
Fourth day: Lights installed
Fifth day: Ticket sales commence
Sixth day: Opening day
Seventh day: Profit?

more than 3 years ago
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Sculptor Gives a Hint For CIA's Kryptos

beckerist Re:Shucks! (151 comments)

Damn right they do

more than 3 years ago
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Predicting Election Results With Google

beckerist Re:Prop 19 (205 comments)

Deaths by drunk driving in the US per year (rough average:) ~12,000 -- (1)
Deaths by Marijuana in the World...EVER: 0 -- (2)

Sources:
Reference 1
Reference 2

more than 3 years ago

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Mars soil appears to be able to sustain life

beckerist beckerist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

beckerist writes "Scientists working on the Phoenix Mars Lander mission, which has already found ice on the planet, said preliminary analysis by the lander's instruments on a sample of soil scooped up by the spacecraft's robotic arm had shown it to be much more alkaline than expected. Sam Kounaves, the lead investigator for the wet chemistry laboratory on Phoenix, told journalists: "It is the type of soil you would probably have in your back yard, you know, alkaline. You might be able to grow asparagus in it really well. ... It is very exciting for us.""
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Real World Death and the Internet

beckerist beckerist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

beckerist writes "Recently someone close to me, who also happened to have a fairly large footprint on the Internet passed away. I know some of this individuals passwords and can access the majority of their online accounts. Technically I would be breaking into his account, but consider that those individuals he was social with might not even be aware of his passing. Is such a thing ethical?"
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beckerist beckerist writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beckerist writes "California-based computer software company Adobe Systems Incorporated has this week announced the beta launch of its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) cross-operating system — which was, at one time, being developed under the codename of Apollo. Newly released AIR will allow developers to utilise such tools as HTML/CSS, Ajax, Adobe Flash, and Adobe Flex (also in beta) to "extend rich Internet applications (RIAs)" through to the desktop, further blurring the line between dedicated online and offline functionality."
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beckerist beckerist writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beckerist writes "Today, SONY attempted to strong-arm a well known and well respected gaming blog into posting only what SONY wants it to post. The blog involved retaliated by posting a rumor (that was clearly labeled as such) and SONY responded by breaking off all contact, invitations to events and demanding that their hardware be returned. Is Kotaku in the right for posting a rumor, even after asked not to by SONY? Is SONY impeding on free speech?"
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beckerist beckerist writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beckerist writes "From the article:
A Florida judge has allowed the sale of Rockstar Games' new Bully game by dismissing a legal complaint against the company.

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Ronald Friedman tossed out attorney Jack Thompson's complaint, which stated that the game violated the Sunshine State's nuisance law. The Florida law prohibits activities that can injure the health of the community. Friedman dismissed the suit Friday, just days before the video's North American release Tuesday.

It's good to know there are at least a few sane people left in the US judicial system!"
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beckerist beckerist writes  |  more than 7 years ago

beckerist writes "From the article:

Murdoch, speaking in New York, said the company is trying to find a way to enter the Chinese market without running into political obstacles and the "heavy weather" that Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. have encountered.


Given the popularity of the site elsewhere, how could this ever be successfully moderated?"

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