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Comment: Re:We need faster-than-light travel (Score 1) 65

We can continue looking for them, but studding the entire globe with uber-telescopes, as NotingHere insisted, seems pointless until we can (or, at least, come close to being able to) reach any of them in reasonable time.

Putting telescopes in orbit is a good way of pumping money to the emerging spaceflight industry.

Comment: Re:We need faster-than-light travel (Score 1) 65

Don't send a person, send a blueprint and some way to raise and teach a first generation. We don't have to get there ourselves as long as our "children" can.

And that "some way" would be?...

In all likelihood it would take a fully sapient AI with a humanlike body puppet to raise a human being. At that point, what would be the point? Just accept these sapient spaceships are as good as our "children" as meatbags would be. And of course, since we're talking about sci-fi tropes here, there's always brain uploading.

Also, you're not considering the moral implications of sending a bunch of babies to live or die in an alien planet, in what are likely to be extremely limiting and harsh conditions. Whether you personally care for such things or not, a society that can simply ignore them is unlikely to send anyone anywhere, for the simple reason that this entire project requires a lot of people putting other objectives before their personal interests for a long period of time.

Comment: Re:Stupid theory... (Score 1) 196

by ultranova (#47760349) Attached to: How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

I mean, can you IMAGINE the dam structure you'd need to create a pool of water deep enough to float a block of stone to the top of the pyramid? Hint, it'd dwarf the pyramid!

Not really. Remember, the pyramid gets less wide towards the top. So your dam walls only need to be higher than one layer of stones: after a layer of is finished, move the walls on top of its outer edge and refill. Sure, you need a system of levees to get the ships to the lake at the top of the growing pyramid, but that's okay: it can just rest against the pyramid wall. 45 degree rise is no problem if you can move weight one bucket at a time.

And if you use windmills to pump the water, you don't even need all that much human labour.

Comment: Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 783

by ultranova (#47753745) Attached to: Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

making the init system a large complex system that does lots of things rather than the old school ideology of doing one thing and doing it well

Which init scripts didn't do. They approximated what's really dependency system (B and C need A to be up before starting, and D needs both) with a bunch of sequentyally-ran numbered scripts. The end result was both inefficient and fragile.

Comment: Re:Stock is at a record high (Score 1) 85

by ultranova (#47745223) Attached to: 3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

Apple the corporation exists to enhance shareholder value. All corporations do.

You do realize that every legal entity that counts as a person under the law is a corporation, right? This includes such non-profit entities as cities and towns.

Apple doesn't design attractive platforms for developers for entertainment, or because they love changing the world. They do it to increase shareholder value.

That's probably the biggest threat facing Apple in the post-Jobs era. There seems to be a rather ironic trend that those corporations which focus on "enhancing shareholder value" are worse at it than those which focus on delivering goods and services.

Comment: Re:Raptor? (Score 1) 107

by ultranova (#47741133) Attached to: Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine

After Marcus Aurelius, every subsequent Caesar had less ability to change the trajectory of the Empire thanks to the political realities imposed by the bureaucracy. They had to act within the constraints of the previously established bureaucracies.

You're almost speaking as if the rulers having a check on their power was a bad thing. And of all the rulers you could had chosen, you chose the infamously nasty and insane Roman emperors.

Is your post supposed to be some kind of parody?

Comment: Re:Don't feed the parasites! (Score 1) 316

by ultranova (#47741057) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

It was a rhetorical question. Doesn't seem so hard to figure that one out.

What was? You didn't ask a question, rhetoric or otherwise, you made a straight-up assertion. Moreover, rhetorical constructs still carry content, and your content - that people should be able to attack others without being criticized - is simply wrong.

I agree with that, but I don't see any "outright evil" in supporting a group someone belongs to.

It's okay to support a group you belong to. It's not okay to do so by trying to harm other groups.

Unless you think the blacks who support affirmative action are also outright evil, as are gay people who support marriage equality.

Since you brought this up: it's the anti-gay that really gives your game away. Gay marriage doesn't affect anyone but gays in any way, so demonstrated by countries that already have it, so opposing it is not a matter of "supporting a group you belong to", but some mix of malice and sheer insanity.

Anyway, I'm done arguing with what's almost certainly a sock puppet. Wallow in your filth if you must, just know the days you could do so in public yet pretend respectability are gone. And good riddance.

Comment: Re:Don't feed the parasites! (Score 1) 316

by ultranova (#47738549) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

I thought people were allowed to have their own beliefs in this country without others attacking them for it.

Why would you think so, when the very First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech?

But to call someone out like you did, simply because they might believe something you don't like, is bullshit.

However, attacking someone for spreading an outright evil belief is perfectly okay.

Comment: Re:They always told me I was so smart... (Score 1) 243

by ultranova (#47737467) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

Intelligence isn't a liability. Trying to tell other people they are wrong all the time is a liability.

Mmmm.... no. Anything that makes you stand out in any way whatsoever is a liability, since it makes you a target. Intelligence is especially bad since it marks you as a potential future rival but won't boost your current ability to defend yourself.

Childhood is a jungle, and children are beasts.

Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 336

by ultranova (#47736235) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

I love them. And I will try to keep getting them.

Bragging about driving an overpowered sports car or a pickup might impress someone. Bragging about using an overpowered vacuum cleaner is very unlikely to. It might work as a comedy sketch, though.

But in return I have to actually plan out when I'm going to wash my clothes because it takes twice as long.

...Your point?

Some people claim that the UNIX learning curve is steep, but at least you only have to climb it once.