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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

mrxak Re:patented keyboard technology? (205 comments)

I don't know why this myth persists in a world of open court documents. Apple never sued anybody over rounded corners.

about three weeks ago
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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

mrxak Re:Sleep -1? (240 comments)

Until you start looking at how many hours of homework kids are assigned.

about three weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

mrxak Re:V just joined the dark side. (202 comments)

I have to admit, I was somewhat interested in Oculus, but any interest I had disappeared the moment I heard they were bought by a social networking site. It's not anything to do with Facebook specifically, either. It's just, come on, a social networking site? What possible business do they have with technology as complex and difficult to implement properly like VR?

Then I remembered that TV show, Caprica, and how VR was used there. Then it made sense. Mark Zuckerberg wants to create cylons. That or some kind of virtual nightclub for teenagers to have freaky sex and murder each other.

about three weeks ago
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How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?

mrxak Re:VR again? (202 comments)

There are a number of companies working on programmable or remote controlled sex devices. I believe some are already commercially available that go along with visual media. I'm sure once the VR headsets get good enough they'll be made fully compatible.

about three weeks ago
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Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will

mrxak What do you think about the state of scifi on TV? (276 comments)

When I look back at the 90s, there was so much good science fiction on TV, Babylon 5 included. The writing was good, the stories were human and often inspirational, and above all they required a thinking audience. Nowadays, science fiction on television has become mainly action fantasy more than anything. Most of it takes place in the present day rather than the future. The shows that do start get quickly canceled off, and it seems like they're mostly pessimistic and dumbed-down. I seriously doubt a show like Babylon 5 could ever get made today, much less last more than a single season.

How do you view the current state of science fiction on television, and why has it become this way?

about a month ago
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What day of the week is your most productive?

mrxak Missing option: What are days of the week? (91 comments)

I'm self-employed, you insensitive clod! I work whenever it suits me, seven days a week, and haven't paid any attention to weekdays or weekends on any of that nonsense for years.

about a month ago
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Hungarian Law Says Photogs Must Ask Permission To Take Pictures

mrxak Out of step with reality (149 comments)

Well I guess I won't be visiting Hungary. I'd hate to go to jail for taking a picture of a landmark with a whole lot of people in the frame.

I'm sure plenty of Hungarian photographers are outraged they effectively can't take entire genres of photographs, now. These kinds of laws have social and cultural ramifications.

about a month ago
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U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

mrxak Re: Hmm.... (279 comments)

Exactly. The best answer to speech you don't like is MORE speech, not less. Some dude's saying hateful, racist BS? Debate him point-by-point and show everyone listening how stupid and ignorant he is. I can't think of anything that's censored that hasn't made people want to hear it more.

about a month ago
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Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

mrxak Re:Budget Priorities (185 comments)

Has nothing to do with the F-35. That's a drop in the bucket compared to the payouts we give to individuals in this country. It's at a record high of 70%, and those programs (unlike military spending) will never be cut, ever, because it'll be political suicide for anyone who tries. Massive expansion of social programs is what kills science spending.

about a month ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

mrxak Re:Wouldn't work (313 comments)

I don't know why you got modded down. The fact is you're right. One-size-fits-all simply doesn't. We all have different strengths, weaknesses, and IQs.

about a month and a half ago
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I'd prefer military fiction books that are ...

mrxak Re:Not tedious, some of the best SF (236 comments)

The Hyperion Cantos is absolutely fantastic. I wasn't really prepared to like it when I saw there were flying space trees (I normally prefer my scifi a bit harder than that), but somehow it still sucked me in anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

mrxak Re:Untested? (357 comments)

You're absolutely right. It's the ice, not the suits. The ice is terrible, I keep hearing it over and over. Supposedly the Russian guy who's in charge of the ice said that the North Americans make the best ice, and traveled to Canada and the US to figure out how to make good ice, but apparently he didn't learn enough while he was over here because he went back to Russia and made some pretty bad ice.

about 2 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

mrxak Re:2, of any kind? (312 comments)

Is a radio a vehicle now?

about 3 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

mrxak Re:Seriously? (216 comments)

Ah yes, the "let's fix our problems here at home first" argument. I hate to break it to you, but we will always have problems. Humans have always had problems and we excel at finding new ones no matter how many old ones we solve. We can either choose to keep working at fixing them, for billions of years as we colonize the universe, or we can wait for the next extinction event in a much shorter time span and have a permanent solution.

I'm imagining a caveman not so long ago saying that we shouldn't cross that river until we figure out how to live off the resources in a one-hour walking radius around our cave.

You know what would really advance our ability to live here on Earth? Figuring out how to live in environments totally hostile to our way of life. Terraforming another planet will teach us how to live in balance with nature here. Learning how to conserve and recycle resources on another world, where we have no choice but to do so, will help us be sustainable on Earth. You clearly look at this as a win-lose proposition. Money spent on space exploration is money not spent here at home. But the fact is, space exploration helps us here at home. It helps our economy, it gives us new technologies that work here just as well on Earth, it does a lot.

about 4 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

mrxak Re:Seriously? (216 comments)

What exactly is the scam? It's a non-profit organization, the risks are well known, and if it all blows up nobody's a winner. Well, the only winners will be the ones who learn from what went wrong and do a better attempt next time.

And whose credibility, exactly, will be harmed if this doesn't work? Another group trying the exact same thing you'd also disapprove of for the same reasons you disapprove of Mars One? Surely, this wouldn't harm the credibility of another company with a much larger budget and longer timeline and different method of funding, or a government attempt for that matter.

about 4 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

mrxak Re:Seriously? (216 comments)

The difference between you and I is that I don't know if it will work. You seem convinced there's no point in even trying. You're like somebody saying a ship will fall off the edge of the world if they sail off beyond the horizon. I'm saying, let's go find out.

Virgin is a for-profit company concerned very much with image. Their business model is entirely based around getting people back to Earth again safely. They're inherently risk-averse, because their passengers are paying to get home again.

NASA and other world space agencies lack the political support to do much of anything at all, and they are even more risk-averse than a company is, because what little support they do get is the result of a fickle public that's terrified of dead astronauts.

It seems to me, Mars One is a different beast entirely. It's a one way trip, and they seem very up front about the risk. I'm sure all 1058 volunteers in the second round are keenly aware they may die at any stage in this experiment, and have accepted that risk. It's a privately-funded, non-profit entity that doesn't need to worry about public approval, just public interest.

As for figuring it all out, we've known how to get to Mars for decades now. We've made great strides in landing technology, and awareness of radiation exposure with the latest Mars rover, among other missions. Their efforts to build the habitation structures on Mars will happen before they ever launch a live colonist, so if they can't do it, nobody will even be put at risk. Regardless of outcome, we'll have learned a great deal, found out where our limits are, and maybe pushed them a bit further.

Frankly I'm fed up with the complacency of this species, at everyone's willingness to just stay put on our fragile little world, and never try anything hard or dangerous. At least these guys are trying. Maybe they're naive, maybe they've under-budgeted and this will cost a lot more than they think, maybe things will go wrong, maybe some brave explorers will die. At least they'll have found where our limits are, instead of just guessing and naysaying when somebody thinks they can do better than those who came before.

about 4 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

mrxak Re:First astronauts to land in 2025 (216 comments)

I assume, like absolutely everything else humans have ever done before, it will go over budget.

So, if it goes over budget, you still think it's impossible?

about 4 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

mrxak Re:A scam for the gullible (216 comments)

How exactly, does it reek of a scam? The technology has existed for decades, and in recent years we've learned a lot more. The only reason we haven't done it already is because NASA lacks the political support, and the public is terrified of even the slightest risk.

about 4 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

mrxak Re:Seriously? (216 comments)

Even in failure, Mars One will teach us things we didn't know before, and lay the groundwork for future endeavors. If this isn't a worthy goal, I don't know what is. If they succeed, all the better.

What I don't understand is the people saying they shouldn't even try. I'm just glad our ancestors didn't think that way.

about 4 months ago
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Mars One Selects Second Round Candidate Astronauts

mrxak Re:First astronauts to land in 2025 (216 comments)

At least they're keeping this in the news, in the public consciousness. I get depressed at how little interest there seems to be in trying the hard things, in sending humans farther away than they've ever gone before, in breaking speed records, in exploring new frontiers.

Will Mars One work? I hope so, with ever fiber in my being. Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't, but either way it will advance human knowledge, and maybe push our limits just a little bit further. What I don't understand is the people saying they shouldn't even try.

about 4 months ago

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Starcraft II Beta to Begin This Month

mrxak mrxak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mrxak (727974) writes "It's official, Activision Blizzard's much-anticipated sequel to 12-year-old Starcraft is going to enter closed beta "this month" according to President Mike Morhaime during an investor conference call. This comes in the wake of the SC2 beta forums showing up briefly on battle.net If you've got a Battle.net account, it's probably not too late to opt-in for upcoming Blizzard beta tests."
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Series of Tubes Senator Found Guilty on 7 Counts

mrxak mrxak writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mrxak writes "Senator Stevens, known widely for once saying the internet is a series of tubes, has been found guilty on all seven counts of filing false reports on his mandatory Senate financial disclosure forms. This doesn't necessarily disqualify him from keeping his seat in the US Senate, but he's up for reelection and there's only 8 days left to spin this verdict. There may also be jail time."

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