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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

kheldan Re:Maybe not extinction... (320 comments)

Yeah, sure thing pal, we should all listen to the likes of you because you're so obviously not an example of the things I'm talking about. You probably think the "Knockout game" is a fun Saturday night activity.

9 hours ago
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Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?

kheldan Re:Maybe not extinction... (320 comments)

You're far too kind. By the way the human race is behaving currently, we don't deserve to get off this dirtball anytime soon. For fuck's sake, look at us! We hurt and kill each other for stupid reasons. We have entire cultures that consider women (and others!) to be less than a human being. We have assholes who attack, seriously (and profoundly!) injure and kill little girls because they have the audacity to want to learn how to read and write. We haven't proven we can adequately care for the environment of the planet of our origin, why should we be allowed another viable planet to screw up?

So far as I'm concerned it's a good thing we're far from the point where we can reach and colonize other planets because it's clear we're just not ready and won't be for quite some time to come. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if our galaxy is teeming with intelligent, starfaring races, and they've quarantined us because we're so fucked up and shouldn't be let loose on the galaxy.

10 hours ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

kheldan HP rotting from within (232 comments)

And, even though HP has announced its intention to enter the 3D printing space (possibly this fall)..

HP doesn't count anymore. From what I hear, they're more or less gutting themselves of any real technical talent in favor of offshoring and overseas outsourcing, outright firing long-time domestic engineers and workers just to improve their bottom line in the short term. Don't expect any innovation or high quality from a company that's hiring nobodies just barely out of school at best who can't find their ass with both hands.

12 hours ago
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

kheldan Re:Lol wut (125 comments)

sudo more_cowbell

yesterday
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

kheldan EMP caused by *what*, exactly? (270 comments)

Nuclear detonation? We'd have worse things to worry about then (like ionizing radiation killing us all). Solar flare activity? How the hell would you even protect the entire planet from something that powerful in the first place? Don't we have more immediate things to worry about than something as unlikely as this?

3 days ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

kheldan The reason medical devices are expensive (285 comments)

If it's any sort of 'medical device' then the FDA must approve it before allowing you to sell it in the U.S., and in order for it to be approved by them you must do testing the FDA mandates. The testing is complicated and very often expensive, and if your device can't pass the testing then you have to go back to the drawing board and fix whatever it is that causes it to fail the test. Additionally the FDA demands certain manufacturing standards. They can come in and inspect your production facilities, personnel, methods, procedures, tools used, etc. If they don't like the way the communal kitchen looks or whether the communal refrigerator is clean enough for them, or any number of other nit-picky things, they can prevent you from selling or even producing your device; they can shut your company down completely. Sometimes the cost of all the testing and jumping through the hoops the FDA requires you to jump through will cost more than your device costs to produce. The end result is the costs are all tacked on to the final price of the device being manufactured. The 3D-printed prosthetic obviously wasn't FDA approved and couldn't be mass-produced and sold without going through the same process that everyone else has to. Since 3D-printing is relatively new and there hasn't been much if any legislation to govern it's use, what will likely happen at some point in the future is that anyone offering the CAD/CAM files to produce something like this prosthetic hand on a 3D-printer will be jumped on by the FDA and required to do the requisite testing of the finished product or face legal action against them. Furthermore I wouldn't put it past the FDA to require only 'authorized' 3D-printers to produce such things. Of course if it's all open-source and people are building their own 3D printers then the FDA can more or less go fuck themselves, but there'll be a shitstorm over the whole subject, guaranteed.

Source of my information: Personal experience from working for a medical device manufacturer for 5 years.

4 days ago
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New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

kheldan Re:If it lets you find guns and drugs easily... (156 comments)

Who says the NSA doesn't run the site?

Who says the NSA hasn't been running TOR all along? Sounds like a great way to fund black projects to me!

4 days ago
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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

kheldan The very HEIGHT of irresponsibility! (220 comments)

The U.S. economy is still in recovery and unemployment is still high. It's bad enough that we're importing workers for any reason, but to actually fire employees so you can import cheaper workers? What the actual FUCK!? It's pitchfork/scythe/burning torch time, I think; it's time for a little insurrection. U.S. companies need to be hiring U.S. citizens, damnit!

5 days ago
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GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

kheldan The real reason there's a homeless problem: (320 comments)

Because the richest people and the most powerful people want them to remain homeless and down, as a warning to the rest of us to "keep in line", otherwise we'll be made to live like them.

The solution to homelessness needs to come from the top, down. However the 'top' isn't terribly interested in really doing anything about it, otherwise we wouldn't have a homeless problem anymore. Instead those of us not at the top are expected to shoulder the burden in addition to our own responsibilities. This of course is utter bullshit and won't work. The homelessness problem all over the world will cease to exist when the people at the Top are forced to invest their resources in solving it, once and for all. And by 'once and for all' I don't mean 'round them up and make them disappear', either. There are homeless who are only such because they couldn't find a job, and since they're now homeless nobody will GIVE them a job; fix that problem! There are homeless who are mentally ill or stuck in a cycle of drug abuse; get them the help they need! I think we'd find there is a surprisingly small number of homeless people who want to be homeless and be leeches on society. Identify them and 'deal' with them appropriately, because that's something we just can't have anymore. I'm a firm believer in 'pulling your own weight', and the people that think they can be exempt from that need to be taught otherwise. But as I say I think those are a small percentage. Everyone else who is in the 'homeless' category should be allowed the help they need to not be homeless anymore -- and it needs to come from the TOP, not the BOTTOM.

about a week ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

kheldan Who ever said we were made to stand all day? (312 comments)

Who the heck ever said that our bodies were designed to stand around all day either? I've read some of the comments here, and add my own experience: Having to stand in one place for hours on end? Excruciating. Worse than sitting by far.

Don't accuse me of being fat and out-of-shape, either: I have ~10% bodyfat, and am literally atheltic, I race bikes for fun and are training for it in one way or another 6 days a week. At least one other person here has said they're fine if they're on their feet and moving around all day long, but standing in one place is pure torture and more damaging than sitting. I think what we have here is more junk science, grasping at straws for a solution for people getting fatter and more diseased, and they're wildly swinging the needle all the way in the other direction instead of finding a sane middle-ground. What people need to do is get up and move around more during the day, and their employers need to encourage them to do it, and furthermore when people leave work for the day, they need to engage in more physical activity instead of plopping down on a couch in front of the television and consume alcohol and shitty food, or whatever version of that may apply to them specifically.

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

kheldan Danegeld (327 comments)

Sums it up nicely.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

kheldan Re:If you make this a proof of God... (612 comments)

I'd have to say, in my opinion, that the "some" you speak of is still the majority of the population. Even college-educated people with well above-average IQ's and an inherently questioning nature still indulge in religion, and you can readily find people who staunchly believe that not only is there a God, Satan, heaven, and hell, but that all science is the work of Satan intent on 'misleading the faithful'.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

kheldan POLITICS will cause the next dark age (134 comments)

For a long time now I've thought that religion will cause the next Dark Age of Man, through promoting willful ignorance, superstition, and blind "faith", instead of promoting knowledge, understanding, and the search for actual truth. Apparently I was wrong, or at least not completely correct: Politicians and politics will bring about the next Dark Age, by driving people away from the Internet through mass surveillance, and runaway corporate interests destroying Net Neutrality. Once the Internet is no longer a viable source of sharing information for the common citizen, it won't be much farther to go to drive people, en masse, back into the welcoming arms of organized religion and it's rejection of critical thought.

I'm embarassed to have voted for this party-line politician we elected as President, but frankly the other choice would have been at least as bad. Why don't you just declare the Constitution invalid and the U.S. officially a Police State already and get it over with?

about two weeks ago
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

kheldan Re:Just because they dont overlap (107 comments)

No. They should not, and despite anything they may try to convince Capital Hill and the U.S. populace of, that's exactly what they're trying to do, and that's precisely what will happen. It not only should be blocked from happening, Comcast should be required to break up into smaller companies, just like the phone company was required to in previous decades, but in this case the reasons to do so are even more dire than just them having a mere monopoly on a market.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

kheldan Re:If you make this a proof of God... (612 comments)

Are you saying we've already evolved past this point, or that we're past the point where we can evolve past it and are going to self-destruct? Please clarify.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kheldan Re:where is the controversy? (642 comments)

Wait a minute here.. how is my stance 'wrong' in any sense of the word?
How is seeking actual knowledge and challenging things like 'doctine' and 'dogma' wrong? How is discouraging blind faith wrong?

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

kheldan Re:If you make this a proof of God... (612 comments)

You're modded as (5, Funny), but it's not funny: That's exactly what the religious types will say: "See? God did it!" because we can't determine with any reasonable degree of certainty what's outside our Universe, we only have theories.

This whole 'religion' thing is going to plague us for at least a few thousand years more (if we're lucky) until we've evolved past the need for it. Assuming the human race is still around in a few thousand years, that is.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kheldan Re:where is the controversy? (642 comments)

Honestly, you sound like someone who doesn't take a stand on something unless someone's got a gun (figuratively, or literally) to your head. I really don't think fence-sitting is an option anymore; if you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem. But whatever.

about two weeks ago
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Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kheldan Re:where is the controversy? (642 comments)

You're just full of irony, aren't you, calling me a zealot?
How can we 'concede' any points at all to people who aren't being rational in the first place? Really, it makes no sense.

about two weeks ago

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Moderation FAIL

kheldan kheldan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Apparently some asshole on /. thinks it's his mission in life to moderate every single post I make down by one; I see what you're doing, knock it the hell off, jerk.

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