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Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)

drrilll Science vs religion: Prepare for boredom!! (434 comments)

Seriously. I believe I have heard every single argument from either side about a thousand times, and that was just this morning. Agree to disagree already. Maybe find another hobby that isn't a complete waste of time. If I did happen to have an interest in someone's belief one way or the other, I would ask about it.

about a year and a half ago
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Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don't Exist At the Same Time

drrilll Not that strange (364 comments)

Time is relative too. If you and I are in the same room we appear to be in the same "time" the same way that the Earth appears to be flat, because the difference is too small to notice. But the "time" of you or I or any given particle is as distinct as its space. Of course, the ramifications are not quite that simple (because of time's arrow, etc), but it seems well within accepted theories.

At least, that is my take. I am a physics hobbyist, so it is entirely possible that I have completely misinterpreted the underlying theory. If I did, uh, well, sorry, and best of luck with all that photon stuff!

about a year and a half ago
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Federal Judge Dismisses Movie Piracy Complaint

drrilll Solution (225 comments)

It should be a fine, like $100, that can be charged to the owner of the IP, a lot like automated speeding tickets. Enough to be a deterrent, but not enough to ruin anyone's life. Like speeding, we know that it is technically wrong, but sometimes we want to do it anyway and run the risk of getting caught. And like speeding, piracy will never be eliminated.

The other thing it would do is eliminate these type of shakedowns. Because there is the risk that one day it is a not so sensible judge, and people's lives are ruined because one time they downloaded a Steven Seagal movie or Paul Blart Mall Cop.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Becoming a Programmer At 40?

drrilll Re:Good for you! (314 comments)

No matter what your situation, there will always be obstacles. It will never be ideal. So if you like it and are motivated, go for it. Enough motivation will get you anywhere.

about a year and a half ago
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Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth

drrilll Re:Escape the Solar System (414 comments)

The greedy approach has gotten us to this point. I'm not saying it is bulletproof, but it has done all right by us as a species. Of course, given the ability we should expand ourselves as far as possible. Why not? But let's keep things in context. All life and the universe itself are likely doomed to extinction, if the most popular theoretical models of the universe are accurate. There is nothing we can do, under such a model, to extend our species indefinitely.

about a year and a half ago
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TSA Log Shows Passengers Say the Darndest Things

drrilll Re:Cool story bro. (427 comments)

Spot on. Worst list ever.

about a year and a half ago
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Schneier: The Internet Is a Surveillance State

drrilll Tell me why I should care (333 comments)

I am probably the lone wolf (in particular on slashdot) when it comes to being apathetic towards this sort of thing, but I don't see the point in being alarmist without documenting something specific. Near as I can tell it is a sophisticated way to to online advertising, not profiling for the KGB. This whole "tracking is Orwellian" thing, well please, what specifically are they doing with this information that is Orwellian? If they are tracking me for advertising purposes (which they most certainly are) what could possibly be more pedestrian and less alarming than that?. All it means is that there are occasionally ads that I care about (though still remarkably few at that).

And yes, there is potential to do something evil, but potential is not the same as doing. If it was we would all be in jail.

about 2 years ago
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Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

drrilll Re:Not true. (984 comments)

From the article:

"Police say up to 18,000 vehicles a day drive through the village, which links some big employers with I-75."

The population of the town is somewhat immaterial. Also as someone noted earlier they are speed cameras, not red light cameras. To be honest, the article does not mention why they are considered a scam, although it gives some (in my opinion weak) arguments against them. I think their biggest concern is the impact on the local businesses from the people who drive through.

about 2 years ago
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Residents Report Bright Streak Over Bay Area Friday Evening

drrilll Re:Just the beginning... (123 comments)

I was thinking armageddon, but I am open to other disaster theories as well. Perhaps one of the meteors will bring down the space radiation that raises zombies from the dead. I am currently scouting stores that carry crossbows just in case.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?

drrilll Back to university after 15 years ... (605 comments)

The entrance bar is lower I think, probably to do with money, but there are still challenging classes if you are selective about what you take. Overall I think the quality of education you receive has a lot to do with the quality of education you strive for. Pick a quality program and choose challenging classes and choose challenging work within that class. In a lot of instances the bar tends to be where you put it.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Patents the Milkman

drrilll Re:Why patent? (365 comments)

Exactly. I hear they will be extracting a patent toll from paper boys (and girls) everywhere.

about 2 years ago
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Sony Rootkit Redux: Canadian Business Groups Lobby For Right To Install Spyware

drrilll Time for action Canada ... (240 comments)

Time to write letters that border on being impolite!

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Patents 'Maintaining Scarcity' of Goods

drrilll Re:And of course ... (240 comments)

You are equating one aspect of the freedom of our system with the entire free market. Freedom requires a cost in vigilance. Artificial scarcity is a reprehensible practice, but to say the entire system is broken is overkill. There will always be better and worse parts of any market, and consumer vigilance is a necessary part of our system, as is bringing corrupt practices like this to light.

about 2 years ago
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Racism In Online Ad Targeting

drrilll Re:Racism is a cause, (474 comments)

Out of curiosity, do you have a source on that Inuit custom?

about 2 years ago
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Putting Biotech Threats In Context

drrilll Biotch Threat (117 comments)

Am I the only one who read it that way?

about 2 years ago
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Scientist Seeks 'Adventurous Human Woman' For Neanderthal Baby

drrilll Re:Unethical (697 comments)

Have you never seen Encino Man? He will have capers both wacky and hilarious, and in the end we will all learn a valuable lesson. To not do it would be unethical.

about 2 years ago
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How the Cool Stuff At CES Will Ruin Your Life

drrilll Seems like a fun guy (171 comments)

He must be a riot around Christmas. Some skepticism is healthy, but there is more to life than a perpetually half empty glass.

about 2 years ago
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Anonymous Files Petition To Make DDoS Legal Form of Protest

drrilll Don't you need to be 18 (323 comments)

to sign a petition?

about 2 years ago
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Facebook Paid 0.3% Taxes On $1.34 Billion Profits

drrilll Which Crooks Get the Money? (592 comments)

And does it matter? I think the entire debate falls into the "what is less evil" category, rather than "what is good". I think I have better things to think about.

about 2 years ago
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NASA Plans To "Lasso" Asteroid and Turn It Into Space Station

drrilll Re:illogical (200 comments)

Other posters have already pointed out the specific problems with what you wrote, but what bugs me more about this post, and the thousands more like it, on just about any story dealing with any scientific topic, is the inherent assumption that some random dude on /. has seen an obvious logical hole that the people whose job it is to study the subject every day for years have missed, usually based on said random /.er's half-remembered high school "science class" or undergrad Physics 101 class. Now, this is certainly possible--in all fields, amateurs sometimes see things that the professionals miss--but it's really not the way to bet.

Never mind that. There isn't even any air in space. What are they going to breath on this asteroid? Nice try NASA. What a bunch of dummies.

about 2 years ago

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