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Comment: Re:Ecosystem (Score 4, Insightful) 108

by FalcDot (#47799741) Attached to: The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

Have you ever read what happened in Yellowstone when the wolves were reintroduced?


Now, okay, the wolf is an apex predator who has a much bigger effect on the ecosystem than a pigeon. But I believe this is one of the best examples you can give that putting species back where they've gone extinct can have some very beneficial effects.

Comment: Re:Get it right (Score 1) 102

by FalcDot (#47392123) Attached to: Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

We have managed to establish a basic form of communication with some chimpanzees, well within human liftetimes, because they are able to see us (visual sensors in the right frequancy band) and they are able to make delicate motions that we can see.

If we make contact with aliens of approximately that level of sophistication, we should be fine.

Add to that the possibility of them hearing us (again, sensors in the right range) and hopefully vice-versa, and we should not have too much problems that cannot be overcome.

Comment: Re:Support for NFC payments ? In the kernel ?? (Score 5, Informative) 141

by FalcDot (#46012863) Attached to: Linux 3.13 Released

From TFA:

"This release implements support for the Secure Element. A netlink API is available to enable, disable and discover NFC attached (embedded or UICC ones) secure elements. With some userspace help, this allows to support NFC payments, used to implement financial transactions. Only the pn544 driver currently supports this API."

In other words, the kernel now contains the necessary API so the PC can correctly talk to a NFC Secure Element which is needed to be able to make payments over NFC, in tandem with userspace tools.

So yeah, the label is a bit misleading...

Comment: Re:Completely off Base (Score 1) 555

by FalcDot (#44737083) Attached to: The Legal Purgatory at the US Border: Detained, Searched, and Interrogated

The problem is that one of the rights you do not have is the right to go wherever you please.

Thus, the government is not infringing on your rights. They are requiring that you waive certain of your rights in order to obtain the right to enter their territory. Merely protesting against it won't help.

Comment: Re:And the survival-selection hypothesis would be. (Score 1) 183

You're coming at this from the wrong side. You're assuming this exists to allow a consciousness to be detached from a physical body. I'd say it's more likely that this allows a consciousness to form, to emerge, from any and all 'proper' physical bodies.

In other words, the development of a foetus just needs to create the physical neurons in the brain. Conscience will then emerge from the firing neurons on its own. And because it wasn't tied down to the actual physical body to begin with, some leeway remains to project it outside.

You're asking how we evolved from a consciousness tied to a body to one that isn't. What proof do you have that consciousness was ever tied to a body to start with?

Comment: Re:FTFA (Score 4, Informative) 180

by FalcDot (#38981471) Attached to: WSJ Says Pro-ACTA Forces Helped Drive Anti-ACTA Reactions

At least quote the whole paragraph, if nothing else it makes discussion *here* a whole lot easier.

“The agreement is seeking to address a number of very different issues of which some are serious problems of public health and public safety, for example trade in fake medicine,” Ms. Schaake said. “But that issue doesn’t compare to the alleged cost to society of online piracy. It seeks to kill 20 birds with one stone. It risks not solving the legitimate concerns but causing incredible collateral damage.”

I read this as indicating that both issues are simply in different leagues when it comes to importance. The phrasing "alleged cost [...] of online privacy" seems to indicate she sees the fake meds as much much more important and that she's worried that the inclusion of anti-piracy stuff is harming these legitimate concerns.

"Oh what wouldn't I give to be spat at in the face..." -- a prisoner in "Life of Brian"