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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

mfwitten Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (108 comments)

Carl Sagan, in Cosmos:

If the general picture, however, of a Big Bang followed by an expanding universe is correct, what happened before that? Was the universe devoid of all matter, and then the matter suddenly, somehow created? How did that happen?

In many cultures, the customary answer is that a "god" or "gods" created the universe out of nothing. But, if we wish to pursue this question courageously, we must of course ask the next question: Where did God come from?

If we decide that this is an unanswerable question, then why not save a step, and conclude that the origin of the universe is an unanswerable question? Or, if we say that God always existed, why not save a step and conclude that the universe always existed? There's no need for a creation—it was always here.

These are not easy questions; cosmology brings us face to face with the deepest mysteries, with the questions that were once treated only in religion and myth.

2 days ago
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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

mfwitten Re:It's alive (108 comments)

inanimate matter

What does ‘inanimate’ mean? The problem is that people are always making this bizarre differentiation between ‘animate’ and ‘inanimate’, when really there is just matter interacting with matter; some sets of interactions are more complex and organized (or, shall we say, repetitive and sustained) than other sets of interactions. Indeed, sometimes that complexity and organization is so great that we call it ‘life’ and even ‘intelligent life’, but it’s all one and the same:

Matter interacting with matter.

When you eat some metal such as calcium, that calcium may become incorporated in your bones. Is that calcium all of a sudden ‘animated’ and ‘living’? Is the water that you drink somehow ‘animated’ because it flows through your brain cells?

A child is a continuation of that complex interaction between matter that we call the parent.

2 days ago
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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

mfwitten Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (108 comments)

Random processes

The variation may be random (whatever that really means). The selection is not random.

The whole process, evolution by variation and selection (yes, "abiogenesis" is as specious as the notion of "nonliving" matter), is decidedly not random.

2 days ago
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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

mfwitten Re:Not Evolution (108 comments)

I reject your notion that evolution is unrelated.

Both variation and selection are still at work, even on "inanimate" objects.

2 days ago
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Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

mfwitten Star Trek (10 comments)

This concept was considered in Star Trek: Deep Space 9's "Hard Time", in which Miles O'Brien spends a few hours being subjected to the experiences of a couple decades or so in prison.

about a month ago
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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

mfwitten Re:Eh..... (153 comments)

Just because you can does not mean it's supported.

Guess what? It's not supported.

about a month ago
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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

mfwitten Eh..... (153 comments)

* Apple has Boot Camp because they have to allow Dual Booting in order to lure in the majority of computer users—Windows users. They sure as hell aren't helping Linux users out.

* Apple introduced Boot Camp when they were still user-friendly—before they started constructing their walled guarden (located at 1984 Infinite Loop).

* Of course Apple provides the Windows drivers for Apple's own machines; every vendor that supports Windows has always had to do so.

about a month ago
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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

mfwitten Confederacy of Dunces (153 comments)

"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." —Jonathan Swift

about a month ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

mfwitten Re:Contributions NOT wanted (279 comments)

As I already said:

publicly acceptable reason for shutting the door on those pesky newcomers.

about 3 months ago
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Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

mfwitten Contributions NOT wanted (279 comments)

The purpose of CLAs is to maintain the hegemony for the ruling clique; the very point of a CLA is to provide the entrenched bureaucrats with a publicly acceptable reason for shutting the door on those pesky newcomers.

about 3 months ago
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Encrypted Messaging Startup Wickr Offers $100K Bug Bounty

mfwitten Re:Real Regulation (39 comments)

Corporations couldn't buy so much power if the government didn't have so much power to sell in the first place.

In other words, either the problem is economic success through voluntary interaction, or the problem is a centralized monopoly on involuntary interaction for hire to the highest bidder. Which one is it?

about 3 months ago
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Encrypted Messaging Startup Wickr Offers $100K Bug Bounty

mfwitten Re:Real Regulation (39 comments)

Bankruptcy is defined by the government.

Corporate liability firewalls are defined by the government.

Taxpayer cleanup is established by the government.

Competition in regulation was destroyed when a monopoly on regulation was declared by the government.

The existing regulation was establisehd by that government.

I see one common element throughout all of the details you dislike. Can you spot it?

about 3 months ago
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Encrypted Messaging Startup Wickr Offers $100K Bug Bounty

mfwitten Real Regulation (39 comments)

You'll get better regulation from this than from anything that could possibly be concocted by government bureaucrats.

Note: This requires the real threat of economic loss, so an organization that can demand payment regardless of its performance—i.e., the government—cannot implement something similar.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

mfwitten Re:Insurance policies have limits ... (937 comments)

The insurance company pays only because the insurance company is "legally responsible" to do so.

Are you getting it yet? When you purchase insurance, you are essentially offloading liability; indeed, if I don't have to pay everything (let alone anything), then why do I care whether you call me "solely liable" or not? At that point, it's just word games.

You are making a distinction without a difference.

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

mfwitten Re:Insurance (937 comments)

Only the government can by definition, regulate

Not according to my definition of "regulation".

about 3 months ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

mfwitten Insurance (937 comments)

There's an industry that manages risk.

Regulation (e.g., insurance) always develops spontaneously, because there is a market for reducing chaos.

about 3 months ago
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The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

mfwitten Re:Capitalism At Work (366 comments)

There's a reason that George Orwell's 1984 prominently features the redefinition of language.

about 3 months ago
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The SEC Is About To Make Crowdfunding More Expensive

mfwitten Necessary Regulation (366 comments)

Necessary Regulation is that which spontaneously develops in the free market; consider, for example, the Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Can't you just leave us the fsck alone!

about 3 months ago

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