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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

sudon't It's Not a Paradox (206 comments)

It's not a paradox if life is unique to Earth. This idea that, because there are trillions of stars, and because many of them have planets, ergo, there must be life on many of them, is a statistic based upon a sample of one. Until we understand how life began, I don't know if we can really say anything about the chances of life elsewhere. It's pure speculation.

3 hours ago
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Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

sudon't Several? (39 comments)

Let's get our approximates right!

A couple = ~2
A few = ~3
Several = ~7

2 days ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

sudon't Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

That's why you also encrypt sensitive files separately.

This.

about a week ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

sudon't Re:What an idiot (180 comments)

So not only could he not secure his black site, he couldn't even secure the files on his own laptop.
It makes you wonder how he ever got it running in the first place.

Well, that's a big part of his defense: "How could someone so stupid be the kingpin and mastermind the government is making him out to be?" I'm starting to believe it myself.

about a week ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

sudon't Re:One Mile? (783 comments)

Yeah, I had to walk a mile-and-a-quarter to school everyday, by myself! During Summer vacation, my mother would force me to go outside, and stay outside, until suppertime! With no supervision! Wow, I'm only realizing now, I really was neglected as a child. Of course, all the other kids were neglected in exactly the same way. It's a miracle we weren't all abducted!

In all seriousness, I can only pity the way kids grow up today. And everyone wonders why they're so fat.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road Trial Defense: Mt. Gox CEO Was the Real Dread Pirate Roberts

sudon't Re:FUD (119 comments)

I would like to take the time to point out to anyone thinking of doing this: Anyone claiming to be a hit man is actually a cop. That probably goes for anyone claiming to be a teenage girl who is interested in your online sexual advances, as well. Hope I've saved you some trouble.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

sudon't Re:Which is stupider, the book or the game? (393 comments)

Right, most news outlets bury corrections.

You are right that news is not their "primary" function, but the fact that a comedy program does a better job of covering the news than do most cable news outlets really says something, doesn't it? I decided to have a look at that poll they do each year, where they show how informed people are, based on their news source. I wondered if the Daily Show was included. Turns out Daily Show viewers are second only to NPR listeners. I suspect it's for the same reason - both do in-depth coverage of issues. It is unfortunate that, while their listeners are first and second most informed, they are last and second-to-last in numbers.

Read it and weep:

http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2012...

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

sudon't Re:Why the lame title? (111 comments)

So we need to discard the current political thinking based on, "ALL the rich people got rich by being smart and working hard. ALL the poor people are poor because they are dumb and lazy".

Right. A lot of smart, hard-working people do not get rich. And, about one-third of wealthy people get rich by inheritance. Another thing to consider is that there is simply not enough room at the top for everybody. The rich cannot become rich without the poor. They are the ones who both make and buy the widgets. This is also the simple reason why so-called trickle-down economics haven't worked. Supply is useless without demand.

about two weeks ago
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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

sudon't Re:the 'costanza defense' (179 comments)

Wow, I'm amazed they would charge their guests for wifi access. Even the cheapest, sleaziest, motels have "free" wifi. Are they the only hotel doing this? Reminds me of the time when some motels made their televisions coin-operated.

about two weeks ago
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Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words

sudon't Re:Literally (174 comments)

While you are absolutely correct, I sometimes wish for a more prescriptivist approach. After all, we are now left with no good synonym for "literally." Perhaps we'll have to start using reduplication, and say, "literally literally?"

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

sudon't Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

Not sure if stupid or just trolling.

Why can't it be both?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

sudon't Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

To have a market, you have to have competition. What we have now are monopolies, so it's rather difficult to say that it's "working."

about two weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

sudon't Re:Copping (155 comments)

Can't you just cop dope on the street corner in the hood like the rest of us joes? I suppose thats harder if you live in a really rural area though...

The street corner in the 'hood typically has one of two products, neither of which some people will want. Online drug markets have a wide selection of interesting and unusual products. For instance, opium is almost never imported into the US because of the bulk vs profit factor. Thanks to prohibition, it's much more profitable to turn it into heroin, and so it's rarely seen "on the street." But, you can order yourself a nice chunk online, and be assured of the quality because of the site's rating and comment system. Online, you have access to a World market where you can pick and choose from a wide variety, whereas, on the street - not so much.

At least, that's what I've heard.

about two weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

sudon't Re:Infamous Tor Network? (155 comments)

But I2P is not more difficult to use than Tor. There is no "extra hassle".

With the Tor Browser, there's almost no setup involved, just a few preference settings as I recall. My mother could use Tor if she needed to. I can't imagine her figuring out how to setup I2P on her own. So sure, if you know your way around a computer you can do it, but it's definitely more involved than Tor.

about two weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

sudon't Re:Infamous Tor Network? (155 comments)

Right. There were already drug markets on I2P, and mostly flying under the media radar. Now, Silk Road will bring the same notoriety to I2P that was brought to Tor. I don't blame Silk Road, of course. But, here's to hoping we're approaching the day when it's no longer thought appropriate to lock people in cages, simply because they want to get high.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

sudon't Re:This article typifies the decline of Slashdot (104 comments)

Why are you typing useless, anonymous, comments? Don't you realize the problems of the World haven't yet been fixed?

about two weeks ago
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Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

sudon't How Writers Expressed Emotions (104 comments)

One wonders how, for thousands of years, writers managed to convey the tone of their writing without emoticons. Have we become worse writers, or denser readers? It's a form of laziness, isn't it?

about two weeks ago
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Fields Medal Winner Manjul Bhargava On the Pythagorean Theorem Controversy

sudon't Re: Divergent creation theory (187 comments)

Informative article there.

Yeah, I didn't even know length made a difference. Is that for real? I thought girth was the issue, and otherwise you just rolled 'em out as far as they would go.

about two weeks ago

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