Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies
Standard argument from ignorance ... "hey look you don't know what you don't know so we might invent long enough ladders to be able to climb to the next galaxy". Well in fact you are wrong, we are fast advancing to knowing a fair bit or what can be known. I know it may sound familiar. What is well know is the cost of pushing the boundary of knowledge is growing fairly consistently. So in a century we will need half the worlds resources to learn 1% more where as now we need 10% of the worlds knowledge and a century ago we needed .1% of the worlds knowledge.
Ultimately it might not be possible to cross into another galaxy much like it might not be possible to travel back in time to make two planets occupy the same spot with no ill effect ... but you don't know, there are still people working in garages.
Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google
$311 Million and they are circling the toilet !! What are they spending it on. I am sure they can rationalise their team and their product range. If it is profitability they want, they should focus in that direction and is find out what made them profitable, which might not be what is bringing in the money. Note Google makes money by selling our analytics but it is their presence on other fronts which makes them a household name.
Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals
So as voters do we trust those that represent us or do we trust those whose products we buy to run our country. Should we have government tax the wealthy and spend on social schemes or should we let the wealthy choose where to spend the money ? Its about effectively channeling societies resources.
Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
They would rather remain without knowledge and have science not explore the boundaries. They think this will keep them safe ? All it means is that the agencies that will invest in the time and money to find this knowledge will run the show.
Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
Has Microsoft discovered portable apps ?
When I delete it, they are GONE. In fact I can have multiple copies and launched different version.
If Microsoft had an elegant sand boxing system such as in mobiles, you are home and hosed.
Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun
Why buy a solar system, when the sun is not around to heat the water !!! This makes no sence.
The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't
If you have a shop and tens of thousands simply window shop but only a few hundred actually buy something you are a screaming success. The non buyers do not cost you anything. Why is a MOOC a failure if you get thousands that participate and hundreds of thousands that simply audit or don't even go past the first few videos. They are working them out but there is so much content now out there in the interwebs which can help people learn if they want to, it is a screaming success. Don't forget most people, say 95% simply need bread and circuses. The remainder now have access to awesome content whereas they normally wouldn't. It is a WIN WIN WIN scenario.
L.A. Times National Security Reporter Cleared Stories With CIA Before Publishing
If we are not willing to pay for our news, they will have to get their paycheck elsewhere
The same goes for our music and our movies. Investigative journalism is too expensive. They would love to be able to do that, but readers are swayed by other things rather than credible journalism.
Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?
Municipality the world over have a problem. People don't care. They don't see it as a local government but simply as a government department. This is an attempt to get people involved. So the fundamental question should not be "Online voting vs Ballot box" but "Online Votes Vs Ballot box votes".
Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
The latest book by Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined sets out the mechanisms and the reasons why this is the case. If you want the short answer ...
Is the Software Renaissance Ending?
Why do we call it race top the bottom and we are sad when we are talking cost of software but we call it economies of scale when we buy hardware and we are happy ?
The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One
They are just covering up that he died in an ambulance. I vote that we take these dangerous ambulances off the road as to many people seem to die in them after a police chase or a road crash.
15-Year-Old Developing a 3D Printer 10x Faster Than Anything On the Market
Which means you are average unless you are as shocked as the proverbial US president that was surprised to hear that a full half of the US population has lower than average IQ
Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy
Well ... people have a "green" conscious but a non-green wallet. Bumping up the cost of fuel will mean reduction in their standard of living. That may not go down well.
The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe
You do know you can single handedly make that happen but I do recommend against it. Life is such a nice thing to have
Getting the Most Out of the Space Station (Before It's Too Late)
How come the US didn't think the same thing ? You see the US is the one handing out sanctions left right and center and pushing it's allied to follow suit. Europe should not worry, the US will find gas for them ... sure will.
US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU
Even better, if enough people approve this as an acceptable tower then it is approved. Welcome to p2p authentication.
Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
That is not possible. I can see it in the court case. You had tge capacity to choose, yet you chose not to choose and my daughter is dead.
Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps
Chill guys, the Police can do whatever you ask. All you have to do is pay more taxes. If you want them to retrieve your stolen ipod worth $30 at a cost of $1000 per retrieval, just pay an extra 10-20% of your income a year. It is that simple. In fact if you pay more taxes you don't need door locks either. The police can police your house. You don't need insurance for your car either, the government can step in and pay for accidents as a service to the people. This is not unreasonable, as a people we have to decide where the government stops and we take responsibility, what is the most efficient way to achieve a goal.
Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw
They could always patch it all the way to Vista or maybe even Windows 7 and even 8.x then they will have a modern monoculture.
Or how about Linux release an XP patch that ...
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