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Is the Era of Groundbreaking Science Over?

cpricejones Re:I don't see why not. (470 comments)

I think it's important to note that Einstein contributed to many other findings aside from relativity. Great scientists typically have their hands in many other things even though the public (or the Nobel prize committee) may recognize them primarily for a single set of findings.

about a year and a half ago
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Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

cpricejones Re:Pretty sure we know (697 comments)

Say you have 10 less peaceful more warlike states and 10 more peaceful less warlike states vying for the same resources ... I wonder who wins out there ...

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Scientists Discover Potential Aids Cure

cpricejones Re:Let us celebrate.. (232 comments)

If it's in the journal of human gene therapy, one would gather than it involves gene therapy, which has inherent risks involved (i.e., insertion of the gene in the wrong place).

about a year and a half ago
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Trip To Mars Could Damage Astronauts' Brains

cpricejones Re:The Trap, Yourself (505 comments)

Well, we all know the moon is not made of cheese. But what if it were made of barbeque spare ribs, would you eat it then?

about a year and a half ago
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Blizzard Has a Version of Diablo 3 Running On Consoles

cpricejones Great, D3 for consoles. (147 comments)

So this gives console gamers the chance to eagerly look forward to being extremely disappointed ...

about 2 years ago
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One Step Toward a Babel Fish: Real-Time Voice Translation For Phones

cpricejones Misplaced period in the description (131 comments)

Just a quick note - there is an error/typo in the description of the story. I think the period after Babel fish was intended to go at the end of the sentence.

about 2 years ago
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In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

cpricejones Re:Vote (707 comments)

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Store Entire Textbook In DNA

cpricejones Re:Take it one step further (160 comments)

Probably at the point when the man with the goatee leaves an origami crane outside our apartment.

more than 2 years ago
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Kentucky Lawmakers Shocked To Find Evolution In Biology Tests

cpricejones Re:Theory of gravity (1218 comments)

Blessed be the Flying Spaghetti Monster for in His infinite wisdom He did provide us with the true understanding of the world around us.

more than 2 years ago
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Blizzard Says Battle.Net Has Been Hacked

cpricejones Re:Yah (340 comments)

I doubt there are that many people like you who would really not play because of DRM (i.e., many people don't even know what the big deal is). In my mind, many of these people who profess to be anti-DRM would have downloaded a hacked or cracked version of game. I could be cynical, but I can understand why the companies want to protect their games even if the method is BS.

In any case, it seems like more people would skip these two games in favor the free-to-play League of Legends, which appears to be eclipsing both in terms of no. of players. Different game type of course ... but not to burst any bubbles, SC2 SCBW and Diablo 3 D2

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

cpricejones Re:or Brazil (1365 comments)

haha true that

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

cpricejones Re:or Brazil (1365 comments)

That sounds like an excellent question for a high school literature class to write on for a 10-page essay ... definitely a question that is more about the process of answering it than actually arriving at an answer ...

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

cpricejones Re:or Brazil (1365 comments)

It's more about what was given up ... symbolized by the works of Shakespeare. It's something along the lines of giving up humanity for the sake of progress.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

cpricejones Re:My list (1365 comments)

Handmaid's Tale ! Completely forgot about this one ... really good and extremely dark novel

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

cpricejones Re:or Brazil (1365 comments)

I always thought A Brave New World was the much better dystopic novel, which is a pretty depressing genre as a whole. The world portrayed in BNW was more real to me, and the writing was a lot better, in my opinion, approaching literary science fiction. For example, I really liked the use of The Tempest throughout. You could definitely make the argument that 1984 was more depressing because the writing was worse and the book was less interesting though (i.e., it was depressing to read, not just the content).

I don't know if The Magus by Fowles would exactly qualify as science fiction, but that was another book that was a great read in the same way (depressing yet very well written so that it was still enjoyable).

Then there are the more common great scifi books that are depressing because they are so good that you dont want them to end. I remember feeling this way at the end of Snow Crash.

more than 2 years ago
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In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

cpricejones Re:Really? (1359 comments)

Atheists do not all believe the question is settled (and to lump atheists in one group would be as foolish as to lump theists in one group). As an atheist, I don't believe in a god simply because I see no evidence of a god. If I found this evidence, I would reconsider. I think being agnostic is really more like believing there is equal evidence on both sides, thus making leaning one way or the other on the question of religion difficult. In the end, this might come down to semantics, but the point that I'm trying to make is that not all atheists are are as you describe them to be. It's not about fervently believing there is no god, it's that I simply see no evidence. The two sides are by no means equivalent.

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of Chemophobia In the News

cpricejones Re:You know it's coming (463 comments)

Dihydrogen monoxide may be troubling, yes, but HOH is 10 times more toxic.

more than 2 years ago

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Microsoft releases virtual stargazing program

cpricejones cpricejones writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cpricejones (950353) writes "The New York Times reports today: 'The skies may be the next frontier in travel, yet not even the wealthiest space tourist can zoom out to, say, the Crab Nebula, the Trapezium Cluster or Eta Carinae, a star 100 times more massive than the Sun and 7,500 light-years away. But those galactic destinations and thousands of others can now be toured and explored at the controls of a computer mouse, with the constellations, stars and space dust displayed in vivid detail and animated imagery across the screen. The project, the WorldWide Telescope, is the culmination of years of work by researchers at Microsoft, and the Web site and free downloadable software are available starting on Tuesday, at www.WorldWideTelescope.org.'

Note that the minimum system requirements include a fairly hefty system. The .NET framework 2.0 or later is also necessary."

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