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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

wiggles Re:Start with Venus... (319 comments)

Habitable does not necessarily mean earthlike. Just getting it to the point of having floating colonies, actively working on fixing the planet - of putting up sun shields over the planet to even start cooling, getting cheap, efficient interplanetary transportation - all of that will take hundreds of years. Turning it into a place we can walk around on the ground would take a lot longer.

about three weeks ago
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How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?

wiggles Re:Start with Venus... (319 comments)

Problem is, that will take hundreds of years to get habitable. By that time, this planet will have too many problems.

Plus, Venus's problems aren't the same as Earth's. They're similar, but far more severe, and different chemistry is involved.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

wiggles Re:islam (1350 comments)

Short answer: Political ambitions, greed, and corruption - all things the Christian religion condemns. These things happened because Christendom wasn't following the teachings of its own religion. You can't blame the religion itself for the misdeeds of its followers. You must blame the followers themselves for not living according to their stated values.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

wiggles Re:islam (1350 comments)

A feather and a stone can call each other hard; only one will be correct.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

wiggles Re:islam (1350 comments)

Again, not true.

Protestants - as in Main Line Protestants (Baptists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, etc) all have governing bodies of some sort who determine the theologies of those particular churches.

"Non-denominational" churches are those who reject even those Protestant churches' theologies. Those are the dangerous ones, many can't even be considered Christian, as they do things like disbelieve the divinity of Jesus, of the Trinity, etc.

In the current era, there are many who, when confronted with their own behaviors being out of sync with the Church, decide that instead of changing their behavior, they simply change their Church. It's more convenient that way.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

wiggles Re:islam (1350 comments)

We used to call those people "Heretics". Now, we just call them idiots who don't know their own faith.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

wiggles Re:islam (1350 comments)

100% of the examples you provide are not driven by religious ideals, but political ones. Evil people merely twist and use religion to whip up the support of the masses for their political agenda. In the case of the IRA, it was used to create an "us vs. them" mentality to rally people to the cause. Same with the KKK, which was NEVER a mainline protestant church unlike how you state. The Gunpowder Plot was less about religion and more about politics - the Protestants were persecuting the Catholics, the Catholics tried to turn the tables - again, more about the politics of "us vs. them" rather than religion. If you honestly think the only reason why the African militias are killing people is because of religion, you're out of your mind. That nut in Oslo was mentally ill.

I can't speak to Islam, but what I do know is that Christians who use violence to spread their views can not be considered Christians. According to the Christian religion, the suffering and death of Jesus in the New Testament by its very act is intended to teach that violence and persecution against you by someone is no reason to retaliate violently. Jesus was God Incarnate, perfectly able to take himself down from the cross, call an army of angels to his side, and lay waste to the Roman legions and Jewish religious. He did not.

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

wiggles Re:islam (1350 comments)

> I am all about being correct. And in this case, Islam is no more or less violent than Christianity is, if you judge it according to the respective holy book.

That's not true at all.

The Bible is written such that the violence of the old testament is the back story for the mission of peace in the gospels. It's basically saying, "This is how it used to be - now all that ends, and the Kingdom of Heaven begins with Jesus Christ." The New Testament is all about "turning the other cheek", about martyrdom of peaceful saints, of loving thy neighbor. Pray for those who persecute you. The scourging and crucifixion itself shows that suffering at the hands of another is no reason to retaliate with violence.

Are there those who twist that message? Absolutely. Just don't call them Christians.

about three weeks ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

wiggles Re:Automated manufacturing (327 comments)

> Libertarianism is the philosophy of the sociopath.

Only in its extreme. The problem is, there are a lot of extreme libertarians.

about a month ago
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Gmail Access Starts To Come Back In China, State-Run Paper Blames Google

wiggles Re:So why'd it come back online? (45 comments)

Just got back from China. Most of them use QQ mail, not Gmail.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

wiggles Re:Rossi (183 comments)

Who published this "study" and how was it peer reviewed?

about a month ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

wiggles Re:and that's how we got the world of FIREFLY (265 comments)

Actually, no. Their GDP per capita is still very low. Their GDP hasn't eclipsed ours despite some funky figures produced by marketwatch.org.

Thinking they can really hurt us with economic measures belies the damage they'd do to their own economy with said measures. They need us more than we need them.

about a month ago
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Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

wiggles Re:Move over USA, it's China's time to shine now.. (265 comments)

Most of our debt is owned not by foreign governments but by the federal government itself, mostly between the Fed and Social Security - we've been dumping surplus receipts from the payroll tax into T-bills for years.

Actual debt owned by foreign governments - combined - is only about a third of the total debt.

about a month ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

wiggles The bane of fan made series - the acting (106 comments)

I've watched a few of these fan made series - I have yet to find one that was actually watchable. The sets can be great, the lighting, the CGI effects - but what always kills these series is the acting. It's awful. Always. I have yet to find a fan series with passable acting. If they could get decent actors, they could use cardboard boxes for sets and it would at least be watchable.

about a month ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

wiggles Re:Yeah, already planning this. (222 comments)

The problem is Doom and Quake were really intended for 14 year olds and older. They were rated 18+ if I recall. I don't think I'd have my 4 year old playing those.

about a month and a half ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

wiggles Re:I call bullshit again (222 comments)

Had that game. It was shit. It wasn't really 3D as we know it. There were no polygons or anything - all sprites. It had the hokey 3D glasses thing, but I never got that to work right.

about a month and a half ago
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Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?

wiggles Re:In return.... (57 comments)

Chinese law is arbitrary and selectively enforced, often with no penalty for certain things. For example, smoking in certain areas is illegal, but there is no punishment for doing so, so people just smoke wherever they like.

about 2 months ago

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Study shows that wifi signals are making trees ill

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. The study exposed 20 ash trees to various radiation sources for a period of three months. Trees placed closest to the Wi-Fi radio demonstrated a "lead-like shine" on their leaves that was caused by the dying of the upper and lower epidermis of the leaves. This would eventually result in the death of parts of the leaves. The study also found that Wi-Fi radiation could inhibit the growth of corn cobs."
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U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government's chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn't persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.

How do we feel about NSA spyware in all of our infrastructure?"

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Google ditching Windows completely

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Citing several Google employees, the FT said the decision to move to other operating systems including Apple Inc's Mac OS and open-source Linux began in earnest in January after Google's Chinese operations were hacked. "Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO (chief information officer) approval.""
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What happens when your implant gets a virus?

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 4 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first human to be “infected” with a computer virus, as part of research into the potential risks associated with electronic devices implanted into humans.

Dr Mark Gasson, of the School of Systems Engineering, said the study had important implications for devices such as heart pacemakers and cochlear implants, which have now developed to the point where they could be attacked by computer viruses."

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Google engineer Blair-Goldensohn in freak accident

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "A "Google genius" (NY Post's words) was in a coma Wednesday night after a rotting branch snapped off a tree in Central Park and smashed him in the head. Sasha Blair-Goldensohn was walking to work through the park when a 100-pound limb came crashing from a massive pin oak tree near W. 63rd St. The 33-year-old computer engineer and father of two was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center after the 8 a.m. accident and was in intensive care. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2009/07/30/2009-07-30_horror_in_park_fells_dad_of_2_100lb_limb_crashes_onto_google_engineer.html#ixzz0Mmj4MXOT"
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Midway Games Faces Possible De-Listing, Sale

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The Chicago-based video game publisher, which hasn't posted a quarterly profit since the end of 2004, reported another loss for the third quarter last week. Midway's stock closed at 29 cents Friday, having tanked 90 percent this year. The NYSE told the company it has six months to fix the problem or face delisting.

"How much value is left in essentially a few development studios, the 'Mortal Kombat' brand and a library of classic games?" asked Ed Woo, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan."

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Activision-Blizzard merger finalized

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "The merger was first announced in December of 2007. Through it, Blizzard and Sierra parent Vivendi becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, scoring 295.3 new shares of Activision stock. It'll also buy 62.9 million new shares for a total of $1.7 billion — the result is that Vivendi owns a stake of about 52 percent in its new parent company."
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Nanotechnologists develop "Chemical Brain"

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "According to the BBC: "A tiny chemical "brain" which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented. The molecular device — just two billionths of a metre across — was able to control eight of the microscopic machines simultaneously in a test. ""
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Bioshock goes gold

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "Title says it all. From the press release: "2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that BioShock(TM) has gone to gold master exclusively for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system and Games For Windows""
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Duke Nukem Forever Release Date: 12/1/07!

wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "It's offical. According to this Best Buy page, Duke Nukem Forever is scheduled for release on December 1st of 2007. Talk about a solution to global warming! All we need to do is find hell, and use the sub-zero temperatures to siphon off our excess heat!"
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wiggles wiggles writes  |  more than 7 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "According to the Chicago Tribune, the recent surge of video sites such as youtube and Google video are pushing the limits of the internet's bandwidth, or soon will be. Pieter Poll, chief technology officer at Qwest Communications, says that traffic volumes are growing faster than computing power, meaning that engineers can no longer count on newer, faster computers to keep ahead of their capacity demands. Further, a recent report from Deloitte Consulting raised the possibility that 2007 would see Internet demand exceed capacity. Admittedly, this seems sensationalistic, but are we headed for a massive slowdown of the whole internet?"
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wiggles wiggles writes  |  about 8 years ago

wiggles (30088) writes "George Broussard randomly posted a thumbnail-sized screen shot from the game on the Shacknews message boards. Georgey says it's in-game, but they've also said the game will be released some day, so take it with the appropriate grain of salt. The screenshot can be seen here on 1up."

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