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Comment Re:AnonSec = Attempted Murderers (Score 3, Interesting) 133

More or less. There is no acceptable or even pseudo-acceptable justification for this attack.

There's no secret conspiracy uncovered, no risk to national security the government won't admit to or fix, just NASA doing what they're supposed to be doing.

And these idiots deciding to try and fuck it up as best they can because they can. A lengthy stay in prison without access to electronics might just be what they need to smarten up. If not, at least they'll have less opportunity to cause trouble for a while.

Comment Re:Apple is overdue (Score 2) 428

>Outside of VR

If Apple wants to put out the iReality, a high definition stereo heads-up display with 3-axis motion detection, and some decent stereo speakers, I don't care if it's an overpriced bit of shiny white plastic with an inaccessible battery. Just because it's Apple there's a good chance it'd be a significant boost for the VR market.

If Apple wants to put out iGlasses and make a Google Glass equivalent that people would actually wear, that'd be awesome too. Not because I'd wear them (they'd inevitably be overly thick white plastic with a prominent Apple logo on them...) but because the knock-offs would have to be far better than what's available today to be at all competitive, and I'd wear one of them.

Comment Re:There's still a delay (Score 1) 287

I expect it'd be more something you'd have installed closed, and only ever open it if and when you decide you want to have children, then close again once your significant other was pregnant.

It's a shame we aren't at a tech level where we could just genetically engineer disabled sperm production until we injest a specific chemical to trigger it.

Comment Re:Relative Unpredictability? (Score 2) 748

> Should these robots be taught to break the law in order to conform with the behavior of their more chaotic human counterparts???

No, but they should be taught to break the law in order to maximize safety. If you need to go off-road to avoid killing someone, you do. If you need to turn right on a red where that's prohibitied because somebody's zooming up behind you, you do it.

And then there are instances where it's better for everyone if you speed a bit to find a place to move over rather than slow down a lot to avoid an obstacle - I'd rather a car speed for a minute than cause a traffic jam for an hour.

We also need to work on a system to calculate the value of a human life - how much injury should my car risk for me to save the life of another? What if it's a child? I'd say in instances where everything is equal, my life should take priority over someone else's. Even moreso if the problem is the fault of the other person... now sit down and code that into the car AI. I wouldn't want to be the one doing it.

Comment Re:I have the opposite problem (Score 1) 503

Most WAPs let you set the channel, but they also usually have a pretty good 'auto' setting that gets the job done.

I wouldn't put them right next to each other, though. You'll get interference. Instead, set them equidistant from the center of the area you want to cover, in opposite directions and as far apart as you can while getting good coverage in the area you want.

I have mine at opposite ends of my house and on different floors.

But in terms of cabling, there just isn't much difference between daisy chaining them and having them independently cabled back to your primary switch or router... except you're passing the second WAP through what is likely a simple hub on the first WAP. This of course kills the second device if the first fails.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 181

To start: Fun. Then ease of use with the Silk Road. Now greed and willful ignorance.

Because honestly, Bitcoin doesn't work on any useful scale (3 transactions per second, maximum, globally!). And it doesn't do anything that needs doing - we have gift cards and wiring money. And what it does do, it does in such a difficult manner the average person could never use it, so it's easy to send your bitcoins to the wrong address and never see them again, or lose your 'wallet' and never see them again, or put them in an exchange and never see them again (non reversible transactions)...

But if you're stupid (or at least greedier than you are smart), or you're a scam artist looking to take advantage of those who are... it's still a pretty neat tool.

Comment Re:Fuck Your Slippery Slope (Score 1) 137

And your answer to 'what if people wanted to give every advantage to their children so they're strong, healthy, smart, and pretty' is to prevent that.

Like being weak, sickly, stupid, or ugly is some kind of noble thing.

We should go into germline genetic engineering eye-open, preventing a dangerous loss of genetic variation in the population, preventing the application of untested modifications... but after that, we should be doing our best to make sure everyone has access to the technology.

Because if we don't, or if we try to ban it, only the rich and influential will get it.

Comment Re:Shiny dangly parts (Score 1) 137

You (perhaps) jest, but I'd love to be able to target the follicles that were affected by puberty.

Imagine a pill that would cause those follicles and only those follicles to revert to a pre-puberty state.

No beard to shave, no armpit hair to bother with, no genital hair to manscape or shave.

I imagine women would be particularly pleased with not having to shave their legs or wax their lips or bikini line.

Sure, it's a silly fashion choice in the grand scheme of things, but so what? If it were available and inexpensive, it'd be awesome.

Comment Re:Yep, Pacific Rim was bad physics (Score 1) 211

An excellent fan theory that covers all of Superman's abilities with a single physics-defying concept is that he can alter the kinetic energy of himself or anything that touches him, and can extend that effect around fairly solid objects.

It's still silly, but at least it's only *one* bit of silly to have to overlook.

Well, that and the yellow Sun thing, and how shards of his home planet seem to have inexplicably crossed the void at FTL speeds *and* magically found their way to Earth. And nobody ever mentions the likelihood of Kryptonite dust contaminating the pod he arrived in, and all those data crystals.

Submission + - Earth may have kept its own water rather than getting it from asteroids (

sciencehabit writes: Carl Sagan famously dubbed Earth the “pale blue dot” for our planet’s abundant water. But where this water came from—and when it arrived—has been a longstanding debate. Many scientists argue that Earth formed as a dry planet, and gained its water millions of years later through the impact of water-bearing asteroids or comets. But now, scientists say that Earth may have had water from the start, inheriting it directly from the swirling nebula that gave birth to the solar system. If true, the results suggest that water-rich planets may abound in the universe.

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