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The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

dotbot Staring us in the face? (300 comments)


It might well be that extraterrestrial intelligence is already somewhere in our data. Re-interpreting certain star systems as macroscopic living things is one example.

I'd be interested to hear arguments that stars are not intelligent life forms.

about three weeks ago

Google's Experimental Newsroom Avoids Negative Headlines

dotbot As the saying goes, no news is good news (109 comments)

Now, thanks to Google, bad news is no news! But, as no news is good news, we could conclude that bad news is good news. Is this good, bad or newsworthy?

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

dotbot I believe... (531 comments)

That loo paper is also classed as software.

about a year ago

Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

dotbot Re:though... (180 comments)

It's inevitable that the vehicle intranet will have a connection to the internet. Time to regulate the use of electronic systems for critical vehicle functions.

about a year ago

Arizona Approves Grid-Connection Fees For Solar Rooftops

dotbot Sounds a bit commie to me (363 comments)


Arizona Public is required to buy solar power from customers with rooftop panels, and the commission agreed with its argument that the policy unfairly shifts some of the utility’s costs to people without panels.

Come on, comrades, everyone should be supporting one power generation collective. What Arizona Public needs is some solidarity and loyalty from you people of the state. We don't want any individuals breaking away and spending money on fancy solar panels to make their own electricity.

I find it ironic that an American company is wheeling out communist-like arguments to protect their business.

about a year ago

Japan's L-Zero Maglev Train Reaches 310 mph In Trials

dotbot Re:World speed record ? Lol, the French have it si (174 comments)

The article is slightly confusing because, in some places, it cites the maximum speed in testing during development (where the world records are set) but appears to be ranking in order of maximum speed in service. In some cases the significance of the cited speed is not clear, e.g. "TGV Réseau 236 mph capability".

World record speeds are interesting but not particularly useful for passengers. The TGV that holds the world speed record for a conventional (wheeled) train operated under conditions that do not occur in normal use: it had larger wheels fitted and the overhead catenary had a higher voltage and a higher tension (to ensure that waves resulting from displacement due to the pantograph travelled faster than the train). An impressive feat, all the same.

about a year ago

Invalidation of Eolas's Web Patent Claims Upheld

dotbot Re:$565+ million (72 comments)


Actually, the University of California is 'owed' money.

about a year and a half ago

Container Ship Breaks In Two, Sinks

dotbot Re:Tough ship (361 comments)

No, just a batch of replacement batteries.

about a year and a half ago

Michigan Makes It Illegal To Ask For Employees' Facebook Logins

dotbot Re:Stupid Law (132 comments)

There is no constitutional right to privacy, nor to work.

If you say so.

Therefore employers, including the government, have a right to know what you post on Facebook.

This is not a valid inference from the previous statement.

about 2 years ago

UK Takes Huge Step Forward On Open Standards

dotbot Re:Expect lawsuits... (67 comments)

Expect lawsuits...? How can a company sue a prospective customer because the customer is not asking for what they want to sell?

more than 2 years ago

A Conversation with Rob Malda - Part One of Three (Video)

dotbot Re:IDIOT. (72 comments)

The GP already made it CLEAR that the == operator is not a statement of equivalence.

The particular choice of operator for equality in a predicate cannot influence whether the predicate is being logically asserted, i.e. holds for all valuations, or is just a free-standing formula. To make it clear that it was an assertion, it should have been written with a turnstile in front:


more than 2 years ago

Web Exploit Found That Customizes Attack For Windows, Mac, and Linux

dotbot Re:COLOMBIAN....not "Columbian" (204 comments)

Apparently travel is expensive as those Coulombians are always charged...

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Solve Mystery of Ireland's Moving Boulders

dotbot metres != miles (127 comments)

FTFA (first line):

How did a 78-ton boulder travel 17 miles above high water, 130 meters inland?

This is the start of an entirely different news article that I can complete in two words: it didn't.

more than 2 years ago

Swiss Solar Powered Catamaran Finishes 'Round the World Tour

dotbot Re:What a load of muddled energy unit drivel. (110 comments)

500 kw/h per day is even more nonsensical. Energy over time cubed?

As a watt is a joule per second, isn't 500kW/h actually energy over time squared?

Maybe they meant kWh per day. That would almost make sense, but come on...

...just use (suitably scaled) kW!

more than 2 years ago

Studies Suggest Massive Increase In Scientific Fraud

dotbot WORLDCOMP anyone? (229 comments)

You may want to start with http://sites.google.com/site/worlddump1/ and generally search for 'WORLDCOMP'. At least some people have been taking a scientific approach to address potential fraud...

more than 2 years ago

F-18 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Virginia Apartment Complex

dotbot Re:Combat record (295 comments)

(I only joke because there were no fatalities!)

How do you know? I cannot find an article saying all residents have been accounted for.

more than 2 years ago


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