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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

gameboyhippo Re:Let's do the math (304 comments)

For the record, I agree that "MightyMartian" was a bit harsh, and I did enjoy reading your rebuttal. But with that said, I have a question. My understanding of the "big bang" is that the singularity began to exist and was all of space. And that it began to expand and continues to expand today. And that the expansion has not reached the point where we can no longer observe the beginning of space/time. Is this inaccurate?

2 days ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

gameboyhippo Re:Let's do the math (304 comments)

Space is not infinite. It is expanding.

3 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

gameboyhippo Re:Booyah! (246 comments)

This is the first time the "first post" post is somewhat related to the article. Well done, Tablizer.

about a week ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

gameboyhippo Re:Everybody's complaining about Assassin's Creed. (262 comments)

It depends on how you define inferior. That's why I put them in quotes. If you define it as which hardware can process more data per second then the Wii U is inferior. If you judge on which hardware provides the best entertainment, then I don't know how anyone can say that the Wii U is inferior. The games are fun, they look pretty, and they are memorable. Personally I think a platform that consistently hosts glitchy boring games is an inferior platform.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Points Finger At AMD For Assassin's Creed Unity Poor Performance

gameboyhippo Everybody's complaining about Assassin's Creed... (262 comments)

Everybody's complaining about Assassin's Creed... and I'm just here playing Mario Kart 8 at 1080p/60fps on my "inferior" game console.

about two weeks ago
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US Postal Service Hacked, 500k+ Employees and Public Data Breached

gameboyhippo Re:2015? (46 comments)

Good thing someone came from the future to warn us. Whew!

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

gameboyhippo Re:Nothing? (429 comments)

Quite simple: The idea of a God does not make any sense. At all.

I agree that a contingent God does not make sense since you go into an infinite regress. Instead if we must have a first cause (which is demanded by the Big Bang), then this cause must exist by necessity. Which isn't a far fetched idea. Numbers, for example, exist by necessity. Nobody created 4. It just is.

But now we're left with a problem. We need a causal something that exists by necessity. And given that the universe exists with contingent laws and contingent constants that just so happen to be necessary for even chemistry to happen, we have an intelligent causal entity that exists by necessity. Call that what you will, but I call it God.

If you take those three attributes away you get something that's worse than magic. Somehow a causal necessary thing just so happen to get the right laws and constants? Or an intelligent necessary thing with no causal power? Or a contingent causal thing (what you think about when you say God)? No. The prime cause of everything must have all three attributes.

about three weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

gameboyhippo Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

why care about "naturally occuring"? Dogs are not naturally occuring. Neither are GMO crops. They are alive.

They use natural process to exist and they come from naturally existing life. A scientist doesn't create a tomato from scratch. He reprograms existing life to manipulate life. Same with dogs. Dogs are breed using natural mechanism (fertilizing eggs, etc...) Nobody just builds a dog from scratch.

about three weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

gameboyhippo Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

I doubt that could happen from scratch. So far humans have only been able to make life from life. Which makes sense.

But if one would build an organic cell from scratch, is it life or is it a gooey robot?

about three weeks ago
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Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist

gameboyhippo Re:Discover life? (221 comments)

That is the question. I think what these scientist mean is that life is a "naturally occurring" complex and organized set of matter that can reproduce and consume energy. So naturally occurring mechanical entities may be alive where as a robot built by man wouldn't.

about three weeks ago
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Fabiola Gianotti To Take Over As CERN Director-General

gameboyhippo I read that as Fabio... (23 comments)

Then I read in the summary that they were talking about a woman.

about three weeks ago
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In this year's US mid-term elections ...

gameboyhippo Re:What do you vote for? (551 comments)

(and probably the wealthier base, as well -- election day is *not* a holiday of any kind here, so voting is quite expensive for people in poverty).

A lot of states have laws in place that allows even people in poverty to vote without penalty. For example, in Missouri, you are required to notify your employer the day before the election that you are going to vote. They then are required to give you up to three hours of paid time off in order to vote. In order to get paid, you must have actually voted, though you are not required to give proof. So even if someone works for McDonalds or Walmart, they must be given three hours of time off to vote.

about three weeks ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

gameboyhippo Re:As a current TW customer this does not surprise (392 comments)

Wow why didn't I think of that?

I know, right! Sometimes the most eloquent solution is right under our noses.

Let me just run a fiber cable to the nearest hub. It can't be that expensive can it?

Nope. Not expensive at all. In most markets, Google will charge $300 to do this for you. In some markets they change $30. But if you subscribe to gigabit or gigabit+TV, they'll waive the fee.

about a month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

gameboyhippo Re:As a current TW customer this does not surprise (392 comments)

You could just do what I did and switch to Google Fiber. It's pretty decent quality and you get free equipment like an 802.11n router. For cable, your remote control is a free tablet that you get to keep. Not sure why more people haven't done this...

about a month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

gameboyhippo Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

You sir, are the only human on planet Earth that thinks MSNBC is centrist. MSNBC even admits that they are extreme leftists and that they're proud of it.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gameboyhippo Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

I simply do not think like you. I can imagine a sports conversation with you,

You "So do you like the 49ers?"
Me "No... I'm not into footb---"
You "I knew it! You're a Broncos fan!"
Me "Well, no... I just don't foll--"
You "You already said you didn't like the 49ers. So you must be asserting that you're a Broncos fan!"
Me "What?"

Not being swayed simply means that. If someone gives neither reasons nor citations (you just need one in informal conversation) for thinking something is true, it just doesn't sway me. It doesn't mean I took the other side. But at least the guy or gal in favor of the Fair Tax explained why he liked it.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber To Launch In Austin, Texas In December

gameboyhippo Re:Don't get your hopes up if you're in an apt. (88 comments)

There's quite a few complexes near where I live that have Google Fiber. It's proudly advertised on various complex's banners.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gameboyhippo Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

"Scientology has been torn apart many times."
By your logic, pointing that out is a statement supporting Scientology.

How do you figure? By my logic it says that you can't use "weasel words". It doesn't attempt to determine if the comment is correct or the opposite is correct.

"The Fair tax as been torn apart many times." By whom? What studies? Maybe it doesn't work, maybe it does. But just telling me that it's been torn apart many times doesn't convince people like me, nor does it persuade me in the opposite direction.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gameboyhippo Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

I don't get it when people say things like this. "X has been torn apart many time!" or "Scientists have already proven X!" Especially since your argument has been torn apart many times.

about a month and a half ago

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Rock Port, MO becomes first 100% Green Energy Town

gameboyhippo gameboyhippo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

gameboyhippo writes "Today, Rock Port, MO (a town known for its geeks and farmers) has become the first town in the United States to become 100% wind powered. The four turbines now produces twice the energy the town uses."
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Javascript is a pain

gameboyhippo gameboyhippo writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So I'm struggling with a javascript function for a little bit. My for loop would end for no reason at all. Eventually I discovered that if you have a var statement in the middle of a for loop or if statement, the whole thing dies silently.

Yeah, I know, that's probably common knowledge, but hey, I'm still in my rookie year at programming professionally.

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