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Water Not a Good Enough Guide To Find Alien Life

gspawn sooo... anyone wanna really discuss this? (184 comments)

Anyone wanna take an open mind for a minute? Someone else brought up a good argument- water and building blocks for life are *everywhere*. Recent discoveries point to complex and potentially life-forming DNA-like molecules happening naturally on asteroids throughout the universe, which could easily seed life all over, and asteroid impacts seed life all the time anyway (er, maybe). So the question becomes- shouldn't we be looking wherever there's life on Earth? And there's life on Earth... pretty much everywhere. Under heavy pressure, under light pressure, in water and in methane and deep beneath the crust feeding on minerals. We actually have good reason to believe there's life out there in our own solar system, even if it's just microbes feeding on ice caps. Water is still our best indicator, sure, but it would suck incredibly much for us to miss out on a wealth of planets covered in swarms of life (even non-sentient life) just because we didn't use indicators we already know about.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA's LCROSS Spacecraft Discovers Life On Earth

gspawn Re:But did they actually learn anything? (171 comments)

Wit/pun. Mod points plz? Ugh. (in general- PLEASE start banning this crap, mods. PLEASE.) Parent is right. As far as I can tell, there is nothing about these results that can't be explained away by known phenomena. If this can't detect life on Earth, why the hell are we going to point it at other planets?

more than 5 years ago
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KDE 4.3 Released

gspawn Re:beauty is in the eye of the beholder... (432 comments)

I was going to make a longer post and allude to my point, but instead I'll just say it- I view KDE as the majority of Slashdotters view Vista. Only KDE hasn't come out with a Windows 7 yet.

more than 5 years ago
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Company Awarded "The Patent For Podcasting"

gspawn Re:What's in a name? (202 comments)

Absolutely correct. The "pod" name just evolved to cover something that had clearly existed for some time. Heck, dig up any tech webcast from the time and listen/watch them argue about whether or not to accept the "pod" name because of its implied association with Apple.

more than 5 years ago
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Traditional News Media Lead Blogs By 2.5 Hours

gspawn Re:"Lipstick on a pig" (186 comments)

...and it took until now for someone to mention Palin made the comment first, and Obama was just responding, so it didn't even begin with Obama even in this case. Rubbing a little QED on the OP.

more than 5 years ago
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Hospital Confirms Steve Jobs's Liver Transplant

gspawn Perspective (402 comments)

How many people screaming about how unfair and silly this is would have been on the other side of the fence if this had happened to Gates back in the day? If I were a shareholder, I wouldn't care what company it was- concealing a freaking liver transplant of the highly charismatic lead of the company seems like a pretty big deal.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple's Obsession With Secrecy Grows Stronger

gspawn Re:Parts: The Clonus Horror (305 comments)

Wanna page back a bit to when Apple was manipulating stock prices illegally and working very hard to cover it up as "oh, well we didn't know at the time"? This is part of a larger pattern of wrongdoing that is very legally actionable.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Launches New "Get the Facts" Campaign

gspawn Choose "none of the above". (524 comments)

In the time it takes for me to start Firefox, I can fire up Chrome and have my email checked. IE8 does run faster on some critical sites, so it's the only other browser I ever touch anymore. Say what you want about horrible advertising, but Firefox is playing catch-up and this is the perfect time for Microsoft to pounce (although it would be nice if they did so in a non-M$ way).

more than 5 years ago
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Review of Das Keyboard

gspawn Re:Dvorak? (713 comments)

Correct. Dvorak is the only reason I've ever considered Das Keyboard (or, any coding-sensitive layout I could ever dream up, sky's the limit with a blank keyboard). I use a Microsoft Natural Elite, and it's almost a perfect keyboard. Why? First of all- no ridiculous function keys. How can serious computer users WANT function keys? The software goes bad, you can't take any of it across systems, etc. If you want to do that, get software to program key combos so you can use whatever keyboard you choose. Maybe CRTL+S+(+) to up the sound? It has great sound, but isn't overly loud. If my family members are sleeping, I can be nearly silent. It's ergonomically designed, saving my wrists so much pain. I fail to see why so many "elite" keyboards are the standard design aside from too many people favoring nostalgia over what actually makes sense (a trend in the business world?). The arrow keys are crowded, and so are the delete/pageup/down bit, but I don't use those too much anyway, and they work when I use them, so what does it matter? Overall, I agree with everyone who's nominated the Microsoft Naturals. They're cheap, spill resistant (in my experience), and have all the thrills like a good click that people pine for. Heck with spending $100+ on a keyboard- find a Microsoft Natural at your local yard sale or Goodwill and start enjoying typing today!

more than 6 years ago

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Hack the planet

gspawn gspawn writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Points to note:
-The DMCA is the greatest act of terrorism ever enacted against american citizens.
-Devices that hide IPs are illegal in most US states via a law you've never heard of. Therefore, nearly all internet-related hardware and software in the US is violating federal law.
-The RIAA is destroying the music industry.
-Hacktivism. Get involved.

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