Besides: sharing your HBO and Netflix accounts may confuse the NSA into thinking you obsessively watch the Pussy Riot documentary and Homeland. We wouldn't want that to happen, now would we?
If they keep doing that, they'll go blind.
I'm afraid that will end up being a widespread perception of Ender's Game by those who are unfamiliar with the source material. "Game" kids are drafted into and die + space = Hunger Games in space.
Perhaps it is time to make a movie out of Haldeman's The Forever War?
To point out believing in myths is a bad habit is not bigotry.
Hey I wonder if Mythbusters could take this on?!
Wasn't that the premise of pretty much every episode of "Penn & Teller: Bullshit!"? They covered talking to the dead, magnet therapy, alien abductions, creationism, ESP, 9/11 truthers, ghost hunters, cryptozoology, exorcisms, homeopathic medicine, astrology, vaccinations causing autism, yadda, yadda, yadda.
That's a very similar viewpoint to one of my favorite xkcd comics: http://xkcd.com/154/
We'll just magically pull the funding out of our ass, then watch as we go 3x over budget and Red Bull still gets a man to Mars before us.
But I'm not bitter.
Iran also said it has a girlfriend, but she lives in Canada.
Is her name Lennay?
I enjoyed the video (I never considered debunking the conspiracy theorists from that angle), but would disagree with categorizing your friend as "moderate." Especially if you've sent him that link and he still chooses to believe the landings were faked.
The youtube video in the linked story explains the game pretty well. It starts as an autonomous competition, with double points for any goals during that time. Then teams are allowed to take control. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itHNW2OFr4Y
We don't hear about other competitions because...
A. They weren't founded by recognizable name like Dean Kamen
B. They don't have over 50,000 international participants
C. They don't hand out $16 million in scholarships
D. They haven't been around for 20+ years
E. They aren't based in the USA, which is where the majority of Slashdot's readership is located
I'm not saying we shouldn't have coverage of other robotics competitions, I'm just saying there are reasons we hear about this one in particular.