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Do Dark Matter and Dark Energy Cast Doubt On the Big Bang?

morcego Re:Oh good lord. (225 comments)

Sigh, when you make theories to fit your observations, of course they match.

And how, pray tell me, should we be making our theories, if not to fit our observations (facts and evidence)?
The problem is when people try to distort (or ignore) facts to fit their theories. Or when people aren't willing to revise or discard their theories when presented with new facts.

Doesn't make them any more correct

Of course it does. More than that, that is the exact definition of a theory being correct: matching the facts.
It is the the theory doesn't match the observations (facts and evidence) that it is incorrect, and needs to be revised or even discarded altogether. There is even the process where a theory gets revised so many times and it loses all credibility, even if not disproven in its entirety ("God of the gaps theory"), where you simply reverse the burden of proof and discard any validity based on preexistence and, since there is nothing to corroborate the theory, it goes the way of Russell's Teapot.

And no, if you run that backwards it doesn't work out that its all in the same place

:citation needed:

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

morcego TP-Link TL-WR1043ND (427 comments)

I'm extremely happy with my TL-WR1043ND running OpenWRT.
Gigabit, Wireless N, USB port.

The USB port is particularly useful, since I use 3G as a backup connection, when my ADSL goes down.

about a month ago

Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

morcego Re: slowly (141 comments)

I do take it with skepticism. I can also do basic math.
Unless something changes, things tend to continue moving on the same direction. If the amount of paint residue on the oceans is increasing steadily, it will continue to increase (again, if nothing changes).
So yeah, there is cause for worry, maybe even alarm. Panic? No. Panic will be when we start seeing large scale effects of this.

about a month ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

morcego Re:Over paid (442 comments)

I both agree and disagree with you.
On other hand, they are making the production company and NBC a ton of money.
On the other hand, the writers are getting much less than the actors, and I think that at least 60% of the money being made by the show is because of the actors.
The rationale, however, is that the writers are (in theory) easier to replace than the actor, because the public don't see them.

about a month and a half ago

Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

morcego "There's not anything to keep up with" (442 comments)

"People have so many choices on TV now, so no one's asking for you to marry us. You can enjoy our show without a weekly appointment."

And that, my friends, and part of the reason people keep turning on to watch it.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Runs Out of US Address Space For Azure, Taps Its Global IPv4 Stock

morcego Re:So after years of panic... (250 comments) used to be allocated to IBM. They used it for internal routing like other companies use 10/8 addresses. Not sure how this A class network stands right now.

about 3 months ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

morcego Re:HEMP grows almost EVERYWHERE... (432 comments)

Doesn't castor beans also grow pretty much everywhere? As far as I know, it is even better than switchgrass.

about 4 months ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

morcego Re:A brazilian point of view (432 comments)

is the US climate and land conducive to growing sugar cane?

Mostly it is not, unless you somehow genetically engineer sugar cane for different climates (some groups are working on it). The reason our climate and land are so conductive to growing sugar cane gives Brazil an edge, and is perhaps the reason it is more successful than a few other countries that also have a huge alternative fuel program.

Corn based ethanol has less energy potential and is much more expensive. However, it is the only viable option available for the US right now. There are several studies involving kelp, sugar beat and castor beans that might benefit the US. Castor beans has a lot of potential. But it is much easier to pass laws and incentives for corn related programs in the US, for obvious reasons.

about 4 months ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

morcego A brazilian point of view (432 comments)

Brazil is considered one of the world leader in ethanol, the country with the most successful alternative fuel program, one of the cheaper (if not cheapest) ethanol technologies and, by using sugar cane, one of the most energy efficient. All cars here can easily handle up to E40, and most cars can handle any mix of gas and ethanol. Oh, and the flex fuel technology for any kind of mix? Mostly developed here also.

That all being said, I don't use pure ethanol. We are not able to find pure gas here, because of local laws (the government mandates the ethanol level), but I avoid it as much as I can. Even with everything we have in our favor here, it is still most expensive, and the overall car performance is not as good as with gas. For ethanol to be a cheaper option for the consumer, its price on the pump has to be no higher than 75% of gas.

There is, however, another side of the coin. Gas is a limited resource. We need to develop alternative fuel technologies, and right now ethanol is the best, if not only, viable option. The technology is getting cheaper everyday, and improving a lot. As someone who saw the so called birth of the car ethanol, in the 1980's, I can see how much that changed.

Last, but not least, gas with some ethanol in it does pollute less. I remember seeing some time ago some studies regarding E20(ish), and the number was impressive.

All told, it is an important technology, it is not a scam or a threat, but it is still improving. Luckly, we still have the luxury to choose, so we can say no. That won't last, tho.

about 4 months ago

HP Server Killer Firmware Update On the Loose

morcego Re:Does not appear to affect the G7 (100 comments)

6 digits? Barely.

And yes, thank you 5 digiters for making me feel young again...

about 5 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

morcego Re:Lets just stop (667 comments)

Which is no reason to debate them. Specially since if anyone buy into their arguments, they are already beyond any ability to think critically or understanding logic, so trying to argue the merits of their argument is worse than useless.

Whenever you engage them as equals in a debate (like Bill Nye did), you are just giving them credibility they wouldn't otherwise have.

about 6 months ago

Neovim: Rebuilding Vim For the 21st Century

morcego Re:Trivially accomplished (248 comments)

Right... because emacs is a dropin replacement for vim...
Might as well suggest MSWord, Libreoffice or LaTeX.

about 6 months ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

morcego Lets just stop (667 comments)

Lets just stop pretending these guys are worth listening to, and stop giving them an illusion of credibility, shall we?

Let them fade into obscurity and talk to their own flock. We don't give flatearthers this kind of attention. They are just making noise to promote themself. Like their site, which is featured prominently in this article (and which I'm sure a lot of people clicked on).

THIS is the kind of attention they want.

about 6 months ago

Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

morcego Did netcraft report it? (166 comments)

Because, you know, this is slashdot. We won't believe something is dead until netcraft reports it...

about 6 months ago

Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

morcego Standard in São Paulo - Brazil, for years now (405 comments)

São Paulo has had car circulation restrictions based on plate number for years now (more than a decade, too lazy to check exactly when). Mon-Fri, each day a couple different numbers aren't allowed on the streets.

The streets are still clogged, still polluted as hell. Government says it improved things. I can only imagine what it would be like without this restriction, then.

about 6 months ago

Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

morcego This is why I'm leaving IT (406 comments)

and I'm back to college to study law. Because the only people who are really making money in those whole shameful mess are the lawyers. And why shouldn't they? This level of stupidity and greed should be taxed.

about 6 months ago

Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

morcego Re:82 years old (401 comments)

Leonard Nimoy is 82 and he probably has a few more years ahead of him. Was he planning on living to be 1000 years old?

Smoking has pluses and minuses.

If he didn't have COPD, he'd probably live another 5 or 10 years longer than whatever he's got.

COPD is one of the more painful ways to die. It's like breathing through a straw.

I will back this argument with a family case.

My grandfather is 91. Smoked for most of his life. He now has emphysema, and we fear he will not see another year.
Except for his lungs his health is perfect. He could easily live another 10 years. Not even "normal" problems like cholesterol, blood pressure or anything. Perfect health at 91. Except for having lost 80% of his lung capacity because of smoking.

Watching him is one of the main reasons I quit smoking 2 years ago. Just in time, according to my pneumologist, to avoid lung damage (my long are still considered normal, but were closing in on borderline).

about 7 months ago

Notorious Patent Troll Sues Federal Trade Commission

morcego Re:First Amendment bullshit (102 comments)

And still mostly civilized countries don't consider bigotry as "free speech".

Say you go on air and accuse someone publicly of having committed a crime. Not saying he "might have", saying he actually did. You are going to get sued for it. Are you going to argue "free speech"?

"Free speech" is not a carte blanche for "irresponsible speech", "bigotry" or "verbal assault". Racist is considered a "hate crime" is most civilized countries. The fact it isn't in the US tells more about the USA than about freedom.

about 8 months ago

Notorious Patent Troll Sues Federal Trade Commission

morcego First Amendment bullshit (102 comments)

First Amendment is the standard go-to bullshit everyone proclaims right now.
I mean, seriously? If I threaten your life, it is ok because I have a first amendment right? How about if I'm being racist? What if I prank call 911? How about screaming 'FIRE!' inside a crowed theater? Hey, I was just expressing myself, and I have a first amendment right to do so.

Yeah, here is some free expression for you: FUCK YOU!

People should wake up and smell the times, and see that John Locke's idea of "rights" is dead and buried and, if you are still defending those views you are an ignorant self-centered narcissistic a-hole, that should never reproduce for the sake of humanity.

about 8 months ago

Intel's Knights Landing — 72 Cores, 3 Teraflops

morcego Re:Yay more cores that I won't be using much of! (208 comments)

Because you can never have too many cores that you aren't using most of the time.

Install McAfee Antivírus, and problem solved: no more unused cores.

about 8 months ago



Obsidian funds $1.1mil game development in 24 hours using Kickstarter

morcego morcego writes  |  about 2 years ago

morcego (260031) writes "Using Kickstarter, Obvisian Entertainment managed what would seem impossible very little time ago: to raise $1.1mil and fund the development of Project Eternity an isometric, party-based RPG set in a new fantasy world developed by Obsidian Entertainment. And now, to keep things rolling, they are even promising a Mac version if they reach $1.6mil, and even a Linux version at $2.2mil."
Link to Original Source

In Brazil, all vehicles must have radio IDs by 2014

morcego morcego writes  |  more than 2 years ago

morcego writes "Brazil's National Traffic Council (CNT) published today, Friday, a resolution that institutes the National System of Automatic Vehicle Identification (Siniav). According to the Q&A published (Google translation from Portuguese), only "visible and public" information will be available (vehicle year or fabrication, make, model, combustible, engine power and license plate number), without any personal information about the owner or registration data. This system will be mandatory to all vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles etc) and should cost vehicle owners aprox. R$ 5 (less than US$3)."
Link to Original Source

DNS Hijacking by major Brazilian ISP

morcego morcego writes  |  more than 4 years ago

morcego (260031) writes "Looks like the old Network Solutions DNS query hijacking is now available, but from a new source. Oi/Telemar, one of the main brazilian broadband providers, is now hijacking all NXDOMAINS queries and redirecting it to This deep disregard for its consumers privacy (and for the RFC) was specifically detected on the dns server, which is provided and the main dns server for its ADSL customers. The secondary dns server is still (as of this writing) unaffected. Most impressive yet, this server (dnserros) is hosted outside the country. Unfortunatelly, OI/Telemar's DNS servers are not usable outside its network, so people with other connections won't be able to test it. How far down can we get ?"

morcego morcego writes  |  more than 7 years ago

morcego (260031) writes "After many speculations, it is finally here. Google has released its free, ad-supported broadband services. TiSP is announced as a "Free, fast and highly reliable" services, proposed to solve the ""last hundred yards" problem for delivering data from local networks into individual homes". A press release is online, along with FAQ"

morcego morcego writes  |  more than 7 years ago

morcego (260031) writes "As we are all too much aware, spam is an increasing problem. Each of us has our own set of tools and methods to try and reduce the amount of spam we receive, each with different pros and cons. Also, on a more broad front, we have "solutions" like SPF (+ SRS), Microsoft's own Caller-ID, Yahoo's DomainKeys to notice. These days it is incredibly easy to implement any (or all of these), using publicly available frameworks and libraries (libspf2, milter etc). I have been using SPF for quite some time now with some measurable results, although nothing earth shattering. So the question is, which of these are you using, if any ? Why, or why not ? Do you think any of them really contribute anything to fight spam ?"

morcego morcego writes  |  about 8 years ago

morcego writes "Welcome to real life Gattaca. The NYT (gene sample submission required) is reporting on a Chicago couple that was able to screen their embryos to select one free of an hereditary cancer gene. From the article:
As Chad Kingsbury watches his daughter playing in the sandbox behind their suburban Chicago house, the thought that has flashed through his mind a million times in her two years of life comes again: Chloe will never be sick.
Not, at least, with the inherited form of colon cancer that has devastated his family, killing his mother, her father and her two brothers, and that he too may face because of a genetic mutation that makes him unusually susceptible.


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