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Comment No Robotic "exploration" (Score 1) 239

In the same way that unmanned probes are investigation, not exploration, those same probes can't cause the launcher to gain any rights to what they land on, Neither can nanoprobes, masses of linked Turing machines, replicators or anything else.

The only way of "staking a claim" involves actually going there and putting your (spacesuit) boots on it - while you are wearing them!

Comment Re:I can tolerate a really hot hottub (Score 1) 488

Meanwhile Dubai, Riyadh, Baghdad, Manama, etc have average summer temperatures of 40 and pushing towards 50 degrees (122F)! And _still_ with high humidify. Desert heat with ocean humidity, and yet little rain - it rarely cools below the dew point.

I spent part of my childhood there - until 01/01/79 when we left in a rush. We were about 60 miles north/inland from Abadan which is on the coast. Summer temperatures were above 50C every day and often 55 to 60.
Temperature was not the only factor though. Humidity is fractionally under 100% and there are very strong hot winds. I visited a steelworks when at college, the two felt similar. Hot and uncomfortable but the steelworks smelled better!

Comment Re:love it (Score 1) 252

I vote for the 100,000 second day. If spacegoing humanity adopted it, we could stick to the existing measurement systems - KG M S - also known as SI.

There would be no need for DST, BST, CEST or whatever. The US can do ahead with its 6*28hour week and we can smile happily.

Comment Alternative explanation. (Score 0) 423

How about Porsche being Apple only because that is what some brain dead "beautiful person" wants to do to keep the cool factor in their cars?

After all, if Android devices were allowed near their new baby, it would loose dome of its exclusivity now that 90% of new phones would work in it instead of 10 and falling, People who have an iThing because it shows that they are potential executives would shun this as would anyone who felt that appearance was more important than capability.

If you want to lower your sales, an easier answer is to raise your price.

Comment They have lied before... (Score 1) 288

I believe that, in the past, Microsoft lied about certain updates as to whether they were vital security updates or not,
They could just as easily lie in the future and force down something that helps them keep a better eye on us but label it as vital security.

Any non-IT person would normally be well advised to have the system automatically install security updates. Those of us who are may have to trust MS as our particular area of expertise does not include what "this" update is supposed to fix. Does everyone here check everything anyway? Life is busy...

I have come across so many idiots who think that all you need is education and caution and you don't need A/V. Please keep it up guys. it's sometimes really funny.

Comment A good example (Score 3, Insightful) 30

This is a good example of why all forms of information should be retained and studied.
We have history going back ever further. Who know what might be found in ancient maths, astronomy, cooking, animal husbandry or whatever.

What other useful things might be pulled out when the right to people sit down together in the cafeteria. It is the best of blue sky thinking and a great reason to keep those non STEM subjects going.

Lets see about stopping the destruction of ancient history in Syria. Maybe we can find again how to make Damascus steel. (Something to keep the conservatives feeling positive there.)

Comment Get rid of Conservative politicians. (Score 1) 311

OK, in the UK we do not have it as bad as the USA (yet) but our politicians see healthcare as a potential profit centre for their friends and future employers.
We spend about 1/3 per head of what the US does on healthcare and have pretty similar average lifespans. The main difference if the payment model. If everyone rejected everything but single payer, Universal health care, we would all have the choice between spending less money or getting more stuff - or probably a bit of both. Without suit wearers inflating the price of everything, we could get better prosthetics, insulin, rubber gloves or whatever and pay no more money.

Comment Re:Um, old news, and slashvertisement? (Score 1) 136

Version 1 of a product is the point where something changes from "pre release", Beta, Developer edition, Alpha etc to Live.
I imagine that a lot of people here are familiar with using Betas - or even create them.

Like you, I have been using Privacy Badger for a while now but now, it is no longer experimental - hopefully anyway.
It should continue to update with time. Good luck to them.

Advertisments, in my mind, tend to be for things that will make the producers money. The EFF is not asking for money for this. You do not have to look at adverts. Do they count downloads? Probably. Do they track users? It would make an interesting story if they did but I think they probably don't.
Slashdit talks about new stuff. We might talk about new versions of Linux. That's not surprising. Someone might want to talk about the new #iShinyShiny thing from Apple as compared to his (more often than not) Android smartphone. People here like to slag off Apple. The EFF gets a more civilised ride.

Comment Re:Perhaps this is why some places are better (Score 2) 108

You seem to be verifying what I said.

There is a serious difference between saying negative things to/about someone and being rude. Learning that is one of the things that happens as people grow up.

Telling someone to their face that you don't like them does not show that you have anything other than a severe lack of tact. That is not honesty. At times, it can be straightforward stupidity.

There are very few people that I/we loathe. There are certainly plenty around that I would rather be somewhere else than next to but that is not the same thing. Loathing implies a wish to harm. One of the last times this country wished anyone harm, our prime minister obediently followed your president into Iraq. That was one of the most amazingly stupid things ever done by a British leader in centuries. We are now living with the consequences. I want us to go back to not loathing as soon as possible!

As for the empire, my ancestors gave it back to the peoples that their ancestors had taken it from. On the whole, we are still on good terms with most of them.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb