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Comment: Re:where is the controversy? (Score 1) 639

by Evtim (#46712113) Attached to: Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

They did not know about planets 2000 years ago? Yhea, right...

From wiki [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_astronomy]

Planetary theory

The Babylonians were the first civilization known to possess a functional theory of the planets. The oldest surviving planetary astronomical text is the Babylonian Venus tablet of Ammisaduqa, a 7th-century BC copy of a list of observations of the motions of the planet Venus that probably dates as early as the second millennium BC.[6] The Babylonian astrologers also laid the foundations of what would eventually become Western astrology.[7] The Enuma anu enlil, written during the Neo-Assyrian period in the 7th century BC,[8] comprises a list of omens and their relationships with various celestial phenomena including the motions of the planets.[9]

Comment: old tech is old (Score 1) 469

Not surprised, really!

Yesterday I was watching old episodes of Top Gear. Aston Martin DB 5, the famous 007 car was beaten by an average, awfully average modern Honda. Then it went around the track and it was the slowest car ever! Old tech is old...

I sometimes wonder [being quite the fan of Japan] - is really a 400 year old katana as good as the best modern metallurgy can offer? I doubt it...

Comment: Re:Ethics is Relative. PERIOD. (Score 1) 402

by Evtim (#46648139) Attached to: NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space

Yes, in the long run we will all have to commit suicide. When technology makes our bodies eternal the only think left is to see how long the "software" can survive. If you live for say 5000 years, would you remember anything from, say, the first 1000? And if not then you are by all means another person. Then it is not "you" that survives for 5000 years. Or maybe we will never loose sense of who we are and it will be still "you".

One way or another it will become boring to be immortal. IMHO, immortality that cannot be ended is a severe punishment, not a blessing. In that respect I find it a bit hilarious that the believers have sentenced their gods to worst possible existence - immortal and all-knowing. What a drag....

Comment: Re:Yeah but (Score 2) 558

Ohh, how I wish it was something like 9 out of 10. Or better 99 out of a 100. Can you imagine how many women will be left "unattended"? Can you?

I never understood the hatred towards gay men. It means more women for the rest of us, you sillies! Now, lesbians are another matter entirely...yet heterosexual males looooove lesbians [or at least lesbian porn] but hate gays. So weird...

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 384

by Evtim (#46455029) Attached to: Men And Women Think Women Are Bad At Basic Math

There is a speculation that I find compelling - men, being cheaper than women in evolutionary sense means that it is "safer" to experiment with men. Thus, you will find more men than women at the edges of virtually every distribution. As we know extreme ability in something usually comes with a cost [I have never heard about evolutionary solution that is completely "good" or "bad"] Therefore there are more genius level maths men, but also more morons men [the other end of the distribution].

It makes sense to me [again, I caution this is speculation, not fact or theory]

Comment: Re:If you don't like it.... (Score 1) 431

by Evtim (#46420809) Attached to: Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams

Question: Since we can't cram omniscience into a kid's head, who decides what gets in the curriculum and what doesn't? Your opinion? Some dictator's opinion?

Answer: reality. And the only working, proven method to study reality is science.

See, that was easy.

Why reality? Because if you behave motivated by distorted or wrong view of reality, it turns and bites your head off. Also - it does not disappear if you don't believe in it. Tough luck, but there you go...

Comment: Re:fukushima (Score 5, Insightful) 266

by Evtim (#46365505) Attached to: 3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean

"The solution to pollution is dilution" - man, that was one big lie, wasn't it? It started dying with this [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamata_Bay].

More than 15 years ago I was involved in such study and already at that time it was understood that the water might be safe for drinking but should you eat fish from it you are in trouble. The operative word here is "bio accumulation". I was working on a project commissioned by the [much smaller] EU at the time to readjust the safety levels of heavy metals in marine and river waters. We worked along the south-west coast of France and north-west cost of Spain. You know what's funny - because of the importance of our finds which would lead to legislation change we worked "under cover" .I am not kidding. A fishing boat was used with an analytical lab on board but we would always say on the radio we were fishermen. Even to the people that direct the traffic in harbors. We were told not to say to anyone what we research. I think the very fact that such measures were taken on a EU project no less, says something...something that is not nice.

However, your particular anger is not warranted in this case, IMO. The radioactive material form that disaster is truly insignificant compared to the heavy metal pollution from everything else. I am not saying that we should close our eyes and mouths of course...

Comment: Re:what will it take for general acceptance (Score 1) 921

by Evtim (#46360979) Attached to: Woman Attacked In San Francisco Bar For Wearing Google Glass

You may post this 1000 times [you do good work on this tread, I see] but it ain't gonna change anything. This technology will not fly....

Also, idiots are those who only know "it's the law, it's the law". The law, my friend is made by people, changed by people and abandoned by people.

An exercise for you - tell me how many serious politicians have stated loud and clear that "privacy is dead" or that "you have no reasonable expectation of privacy outside your home". You DO realize that such statements would mean political suicide in most countries in the world, right? It's the fucking corporations that are stating this all the time and their shills [with the silent support of governments, of course]. And you in particular are carrying water for them ATM, at the expense of the majority of the population. I hope you at least get paid for it...otherwise take that word "idiot" that you like so much and stick it to your forehead.

+ - Unlock Your Cell Phone? Forget First Use Doctrine, Go Directly to Jail->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "CTIA, the Wireless Cell Phone Association http://www.ctia.org/about-us, has members who want to extend copyright law beyond the first use doctrine. The LG vs. Quanta case was the third time patent infringement lost to "first use" or "right to repair" precedent in the USA. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/... Rather than continue to lose technology patent court cases against reuse or "market cannibalization" gray markets, CTIA wants to take this to Congress. Bloomberg reports on a bill to make it illegal to tinker with your cell phone and move it to another carrier.

Since the Supreme Court rulings on first use are based on precedent rather than law or constitutional rights to ownership (an 1860s cotton baling wire case), passing an explicit law to ban repair seems like a more direct approach to making patents and copyrights apply to the multi-billion-dollar secondary market."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re: Why would it be infeasable? (Score 1) 374

by Evtim (#46345537) Attached to: Report: Space Elevators Are Feasible

Both are true. I can ogle nature all day long and will not get bored. I can look at a leaf for hours.

However, if you can bring me just on the other side of the moon, no further, so I can see the starts without light pollution and atmosphere I think the first time I'll just freeze from awe....now that I live in the Netherlands where clouds and sky are the same thing and even if they weren't this country has one of the worst cases of light pollution I truly miss the night sky. Really, I am not exaggerating.

What about an "outside" view of a Galaxy [that we can see only in movies] or a glimpse towards the Galactic core. How about planets and moons. Rings, great spots, Io's volcanoes and so on and so on...? I'll cry my eyes out...

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

by Evtim (#46343769) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

We don't want any "pillars", thank you. Which pillars exactly are you lamenting for?

The pillar of religion? Don't make me laugh....
The pillar of "free and independent" press. keep on laughing
The pillar of democracy with proper check and balances. staring to hyperventilate with so much laughter
The pillar of outdated believes, general ignorance that still battles with century old ideas [evolution]. collapsing on the floor laughing.
The pillar of peaceful coexistence, tit for tat, non-violent competition . Oh wait, THIS is not a pillar of our society...'nuf said.

When people lament the loss of "norms and values" what they lament is that they are not allowed to kill the ones that disagree with them. Bigots that want to reverse the clock and bring back all the magnificent social ideas of the past /sarcasm

Comment: Re:First blacks, (Score 1) 917

by Evtim (#46343715) Attached to: Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

I've always wanted to see real competition between social systems. The original idea of the US had the potential to do just this, but alas, it did not happen. The central government should have insured only free travel and commerce between the states, defense and perhaps a few critical infrastructures and that's it. Then let the people move to the state which has the system closest to their attitude.

In fact I'd extend this idea to the whole globe. Let's not have countries but regions that are run by different social systems. Let's see then where the interesting people will go, the creative people, the productive people. Let the bigots cluster and live the way the want it.

The problem is of course that people always fight with each other. It is not enough to live and let live. I know almost no person that fully subscribes under this principle. No, we have to remove, stamp on or kill the ones that do not agree with our way of life...so sad.

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