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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

itzly Re:Extremophile (97 comments)

2. The utility of radio waves for communication wouldn't hinge much on the physic form of an organism, just something much like sapience.

Radio waves don't reach very far before they are drowned out by natural sources of radiation. Beyond one light year, you already need powerful radio sources, combined with large antennas to detect them. And there's only a short time window. It took earth billions of years before we started emitting radio waves, and already we're reaching the end of the window with the increased use of wide spectrum digital transmissions that are much harder to detect from a distance.

about two weeks ago
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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

itzly Re:Correction (97 comments)

Or maybe you meant "we" in a personal sense in which case yeah

You need quite a wide reaching definition of "we" if you want to include many different colonists, spread out over radically different planets, evolving over billions of years. Only a few dozen million years ago "we" were small furry rodents.

about two weeks ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

itzly Re:The one good feature of ARM (108 comments)

On the other hand, what price can we put on avoiding extinction?

The next extinction event is much more likely to come from human activities than from an asteroid.

about two weeks ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

itzly Re:What if we hadn't? (211 comments)

On the other hand, if somebody had made it a goal to send an unmanned probe to collect a ton of moon rocks, it could have been done too. Scaling from 0.8 grams to 0.8 tonnes is just a matter of using a bigger rocket.

about two weeks ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

itzly Re:And less than four years later... (211 comments)

It's because people got bored doing the same thing over and over. Beyond the novelty factor, there's just not much purpose in sending people to walk on the moon.

about two weeks ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

itzly Re:And today (211 comments)

You must be confusing pork barrels with actual intent to produce something that works.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

itzly Re:Makes sense (152 comments)

Not only are the fees lower, they are fully paid by the buyer. And also, Dell doesn't have to worry about charge backs.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

itzly Re:No kidding (152 comments)

I have some bitcoins, and I don't find myself in any of the 4 categories. I just think bitcoins are a worthwhile addition to the numerous existing ways to store and transfer value. It has some advantages and some disadvantages, but there are enough different applications in the world that it will find its niche where the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

itzly Re:Fee-less? (152 comments)

Old coins get premium treatment in the transaction scheduling algorihm. I suspect those $3 million were old coins. For new coins, you need a fee to get them transferred within a reasonable time.

about two weeks ago
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Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin

itzly Re:Not actually accepting bitcoins. RTFA (152 comments)

And if there's a community of bitcoin users trading good and work for bitcoins, so will bitcoin be backed by the total economic output of the users.

about two weeks ago
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

itzly Re:The Death of Bitcoin? (121 comments)

You don't even need to transfer bitcoins there yourself. Whenever you receive bitcoins from someone, have them sent to a new wallet. If you can keep the transaction secret, the bitcoins can be kept secret too.

about two weeks ago
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

itzly Re:Individuals are to be taxed too ... (121 comments)

So now a number is magically an "asset" ???

Basically yes. Because of the structure of the bitcoin network, some numbers are assets. That was the whole point, wasn't it ?

about two weeks ago
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

itzly Re:Translation (121 comments)

If it were a ponzi currency, why would you even want to seize it ?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

itzly Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

Oh the idea has merit. It is why it keeps coming up. However, who eats the cost? We do. We as end consumers eat it.

If implemented properly, there is no need for extra cost. In addition to raising carbon tax, the government needs to lower sales tax so that the average consumer price can stay the same, and so does the government tax income.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

itzly Re:it is the wrong way... (291 comments)

Except that the businesses can decide to change the production process. They could invest in solar energy to power the factory, and because they'll be paying less carbon tax, they can lower the cost of the product, and increase sales and profits.

about two weeks ago

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