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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

penguinoid Re:Why post this here? (199 comments)

Most religious people make a non-binding prediction that there is no life on other planets. Doubly so, but still non-binding, for intelligent life. This is because we are the most important species and planet.

1 hour ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

penguinoid Failed QA (74 comments)

When they sent the new version of Windows to QA, was marked with a big X on it to signify that it should be discarded. This was mistaken for the roman numeral, so they changed the version number to a 10.

I'm kidding, of course -- they don't have QA (as evidenced by Win 8).

1 hour ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

penguinoid Rounding error (74 comments)

Could be that Microsoft was working on code to make it easier for the lowest common denominator by rounding to the nearest round number, and it rounded their 9 to a 10. Eh, close enough.

1 hour ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

penguinoid Re:OMFG, stupid (496 comments)

I'm confused... does this mean I have to wait for Windows 11? Actually, never mind -- I don't mind waiting.

3 hours ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

penguinoid Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (147 comments)

The increased connectivity during a disaster is a minor side-effect. You'll be able to use your phone in large buildings with poor connectivity, which is the major reason people will want this.

4 hours ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

penguinoid Re:Contagiousness (311 comments)

Another thing that comes to mind is that quality, up-to-date information about this outbreak is hard to find. About the most reliable source is the wikipedia page on the outbreak.

Well you can rest easy on this point -- Wikipedia frequently is the very best source for important news stories. This is largely because of Wikipedia's design, especially as compared to the design of news companies or government agencies.

5 hours ago
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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

penguinoid Re:Missing out (204 comments)

^ What he said. In this particular case, I was so oblivious that they could have just snatched the phone out of my hand without need of any weapons at all to threaten me.

6 hours ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

penguinoid So many zeros (64 comments)

The first five posts got modded down to zero. I got jealous so I got one too. Oh oh, now someone's going to think this is funny.

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Man Walks Past Security Screening Staring At iPad, Causing Airport Evacuation

penguinoid Re:Missing out (204 comments)

Indeed it is an all around too bad for the millions of _screen lookers_ everywhere --- by focusing on that little lighted panel all the time they never know how much they have been missing out

That reminds me of the one and only time I got robbed. I'm walking along, texting on my cell phone, and next thing I know there's a punk kid pointing a gun at me. In broad daylight. Probably a newbie, as he looked really scared and all he took was my phone. Also, I didn't even notice the two henchmen behind me. Needless to say, no more zombie walking for me.

yesterday
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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

penguinoid Re:on forwarding illegal traffic (105 comments)

You already contribute financially to illegal activities. You do business with a business which is used by criminals, saving the criminals money due to economies of scale for said business -- examples: internet, phone, mail, transportation. If you think it is acceptable to do this because it has a lot of legitimate users, what makes it different for Tor? Lots of people value their privacy, especially now that the NSA is unconstitutionally searching all your unencrypted communication. If locks are to keep honest people honest, encryption is to keep dishonest government slightly more honest.

yesterday
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Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?

penguinoid Re:Should we? (255 comments)

I will never understand the quasi-religious fervor some people have about space.

It's the founder effect -- when a small group leaves and establishes a new colony, that group's genes become the dominant genes in the region, even if followed by a relatively large influx some time later. This means that the risks of exploration are countered with the possibility of a tremendous reward in terms of breeding capacity. Thus natural selection favors genes for exploration. ... sorry, I meant "A love for exploration."

2 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

penguinoid Boooooring! (441 comments)

The reason no one does realistic space battles in movies is that they would violate people's intuitions just to be incredibly boring, at least if you're trying to show the battle. On the other hand, it would be easy and require little/no cgi to actually make a realistic space battle video, but you'd definitely want to focus on the humans at their consoles rather than on the battlefield. It would be little different than a submarine combat video, I would think.

2 days ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

penguinoid See mom? (113 comments)

Let me play games all day and some day I'll be rich!

2 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

penguinoid Re: Oh dear - money grows on trees... (490 comments)

It's cheaper for everyone. For 8 hours work at minimum wage, you can buy hundreds of pounds of corn (or other grain). That may not be free but in the old days that would probably cost a whole season's work.

2 days ago
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Japan's Mt. Ontake Erupts, Stranding Hundreds of Hikers

penguinoid Stranded? (41 comments)

If it were me I'd be looking to get my ass off the volcano ASAP.

3 days ago
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Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit

penguinoid Re:Oh dear - money grows on trees... (490 comments)

Ladies and gentlemen, there is no such thing as a free lunch, despite politicians pretending otherwise for several thousand years.

But we have made lunches much cheaper over the years, which is similar to adding several free lunches. Used to be if you wanted light at night you had to gather olives and squeeze the oil out of them, and keep refilling your lamp, or similar for candles. Now you can buy a solar panel to recharge the battery over the day and power your light at night, which ends up being so much cheaper and more convenient.

3 days ago
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New Graphene Research Promises Reliable Chip-Level Production

penguinoid Re:Interesting. (26 comments)

It's legitimate satire. His "business plan" would be possible to implement before graphene even comes close to fulfilling its "promise". Not saying graphene doesn't have the potential, it's just that sort of thing takes way longer than journalists are allowed by their editors to admit.

3 days ago
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My toy collection is ...

penguinoid Tools (206 comments)

Do tools count as toys, if I enjoy using them?

3 days ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

penguinoid Re:Oh good (903 comments)

True, but I'm pretty sure that in this case cause and effect works in both directions (ie, it's a viscous cycle). Being poor makes making poor choices more attractive, and making poor choices makes you poor.

But if you make poor choices, having money won't solve your problems. For example, 70% of people who unexpectedly gain a fortune, end up bankrupt 7 years later (link).

4 days ago

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10 evolutionary commandments

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So, what are the 10 commandments as evolution would have them?
1) I am the gene your God, who brought you out of the land of non-existance
2) Thou shalt have no other gods besides me.
3) Thou shalt not swear falsely in my name. (root word for testify is testicle)
4) Remember that your genes run in many things, to keep them alive.
5) Honour thy father and thy mother (for they share half your genes) that thy days may be long upon the land which the gene thy God giveth thee.
6) Thou shalt not use birth control
7) Thou shalt not commit adultery, unless you can get away with it.
8) Thou shalt not steal, unless you can get away with it.
9) Thou shalt not not bear false witness, unless you are bribed or it is advantageous to do so
10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours stuff. See rules 7 and 8.

Anyone care to improve on this?

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Funny/Overrated murders karma

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  about 10 years ago

So I posted a joke to a story about estimating. Now it wasn't a particularly good joke, but evidentially quite a few people thought it was very funny, others didn't. Results:

* +11, Funny
* + 1, Insightful
* - 9, Overrated

* Karma:Exellent --> Karma:Good
* "Your IP has been temporarily blacklisted due to bad posting"

Now I have heard that +1, Funny and -1, Overrated will change karma by different amounts (specifically, funny will only add a little while overrated will take off a lot). If that is so, I really think that it should be changed in the following manner: Overrated should take off just as many points as the current positive attribute the post has. If the post is at or below the karma level it was posted at, remove a different amount of karma

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The scientific view of religion

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  about 10 years ago

It seems my sig,
The scientific view of religion is not atheism. The scientific view is agnosticism and simplicity.
seems to have generated quite a bit of commentary. So I will explain, and feel free to post your views.

I regard atheism as the religious, totally unfounded belief that the set of all gods is { } (the empty set). This is not to be confused with agnosticism with leanings toward atheism, which starts with no preconceptions but tends to believe in atheism because of some rational reason. This might be based on science (especially Occam's Razor), or on the belief that several million scientists are probably right (which is not such a bad argument).

Likewise, I regard the term agnosticism to mean simply "no preconceptions as to the set of gods" and thus not a religion. I wouldn't require an agnostic to justify his views, because there aren't any to justify. (As opposed to the stronger version of agnosticism, who believe that the question of whether there is a god or not can never be answered, who could be asked to justify that belief.)

And yes, I pulled these definitions out of my ass.
And yes, I would have written my sig clearer if it did not have a 120 char limit.

And finally, I will mention that I am annoyed by people who think atheism does not count as religion and is therefore an acceptable point of view for schools/government without any further justification. Don't say atheism is not a religion. Call it a religion, or if you prefer, anti-religion. It is not neutral. It has its set of gods.

As for my own views, I am a confused person who grew up with a Bible in one hand, and an encyclopedia in the other. I see the Bible as a valuable guide on how to be a good person and as a history book (not necessarily completely accurate, but you can verify lots of the important events). Likewise, I try to figure out how the world works through the scientific method. However, I find the moral advice given by the theory of evolution to be disturbing.

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Broken surge protector

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I left my computer rurring during a thunderstorm recently, and I think that my surge protector got blasted. Now, the surge protector shuts off randomly (about once a day). Is it normal for broken surge protectors to do that? Is it bad for the computer/OS to be shut off like that frequently (I have EXT3 and Debian 2.4.18)? Or should I just get off my arse and buy myself a new surge protector? Thanks!

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Karma == Excellent

penguinoid penguinoid writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have achieved Excellent karma, on my 139th post. One of my posts was modded up +5, down to +3, now up to +4, changing my karma down to good and back to excellent.

PS: It's my first time using Slashdot. Also, I have not posted AC since I signed up.

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