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Giant Guatemalan 'Sinkhole' Is Worse Than We Thought

blurker Combine! (357 comments)

Looks like that's where the Combine is going to put the new Citadel...

more than 4 years ago
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Maybe the Aliens Are Addicted To Computer Games

blurker Re:OP failed Evolutionary Biology (496 comments)

Excellent point, and one that I have made repeatedly when this topic comes up. We haven't heard anything yet, because we are the first to emerge, at least in our region of space. The universe is 14B years old, and our solar system is something like 4B years old. Our system could only have formed after at least one prior generation of hotter, simpler stars went nova and seeded the ubiquitous hydrogen and helium clouds with heavier elements. More likely, it took 2 rounds to make sufficient quantities and allow them to cool down into stable bodies. And that doesn't even mention some of the remarkable circumstances around our particular planet that created a stable environment. The planetary impact that split earth open and created the moon also let huge quantities of molten iron sink to the core, forming a spinning magnetic shield that guards against radiation. The moon itself stabilized our orbit and throws off other bodies that might collide. Jupiter has done much to sweep the inner solar system of debris. It's certainly likely that there are other planets like ours out there somewhere. But this combination of lucky events and relatively early planetary stability is probably rare.

more than 4 years ago
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Fewer Than 10 ET Civilizations In Our Galaxy?

blurker we are the first ones to emerge (642 comments)

Call it the blurker hypothesis. Think about it. The universe is maybe 14b years old. Our own planet is about 4b years old. For Earth to form, there had to be a giant dust cloud full of iron and other heavy elements, which can only have come from novae/supernovae. So at least one generation of stars had to form, burn out, explode, cool to ash, and then reform into new gravity wells to form this solar system. Since this one is about 4b years old, and can be expected to make it another 4b or so, then that leaves a tidy 10b years for a previous star cloud to seed our local region of space. Seems like just enough time. So we haven't seen other intelligent life yet because we are among the first ones to emerge from the ash...

about 5 years ago
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Climate Engineering As US Policy?

blurker seriously? (355 comments)

Can't we get a whatcouldpossiblygowrong tag on this post? Please?

more than 5 years ago
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Spinal Tap to Reunite for Live Earth

blurker I for one... (213 comments)

I for one WELCOME BACK our Rock and Roll OVERLORDS!!!

more than 7 years ago

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US/India call center wages reaching parity

blurker blurker writes  |  about 4 years ago

blurker (1007141) writes "Quickly rising wages for Indian call center workers and declining wages for their counterparts in the US have brought labor costs within the range of parity. This does not even consider the possibility that the dollar will fall in currency markets as a result of large scale financial "quantitative easing". http://online.barrons.com/article/SB50001424052970203550704575398803625107086.html"
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Swarming Robots are Smarter

blurker blurker writes  |  about 6 years ago

blurker writes "Reports from the Artificial Life XI Conference include reference to robot swarms:

"For a long time in robotics there was this focus on a 'smart machine', an android that would make you breakfast and go out and buy your shopping," said Dr Seth Bullock, the University of Southampton researcher chairing the Alife XI conference.

"But that's extremely challenging; it's going to be far easier for us to engineer little simple things and rely on them to organise themselves."

To that end, a group of undergraduate students at the University of Southampton has developed a swarm of identical, matchbox-sized robots, each of which costs just £24 to produce."
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RFID Chips In School Uniforms

blurker blurker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

blurker (1007141) writes "According to this Information Week article, a school in the UK is testing a student-tracking system based on RFID chips implanted in their uniforms: Ten schoolchildren in the United Kingdom are being tracked by RFID chips in their school uniforms as part of a pilot program. If the program proves successful as a way to hasten registration, simplify data entry for the school's behavioral reporting system, and ensure attendance, Trevor Darnborough, whose company, Darnbro, filed for a patent on securing RFID tags to clothing, hopes other schools will be interested, according to the Doncaster Free Press."
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blurker blurker writes  |  more than 7 years ago

blurker writes "Ever want to take over the world? Sure, you can do it in computer games, but now you can REALLY take over the world. Sort of. A group of Ryzom players is hoping to buy out the rights to their virtual world from the creditors of current owners Nevrax.

"The campaign is raising the necessary capital through pledges and has already received more than 60,000 euros. If the group is successful it will purchase the source code for the game and distribute it for free. Avid fans could then write code and contribute to the game's development. "The game won't change, its more the way people will use it" said Xavier Antoviaque, a founder of the campaign and an ex-employee of Nevrax. 'Rather than just consuming the game, everyone will be able to contribute to it.' "
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