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Comment: Re:My mother told me... (Score 1) 872

by penguinoid (#48825637) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

I grew up hearing "Sticks & stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you". It has always worked for me.

Bruises heal and bones mend, but psychological damage can last a lifetime. The pen is mightier than the sword. etc

I too grew up with that saying. But if I could do it all over again I would have punched somebody in the face, got the crap beaten out of me & maybe suspended, and the kids might direct their words at a softer target.

Comment: Some files I'd like to store on your computer (Score 1) 331

by penguinoid (#48788151) Attached to: Would You Rent Out Your Unused Drive Space?

hot naked chicks
naked kid pictures

You get the idea. Even if you are acquitted of having any illicit files on your computer, what's it worth it to you to risk that they might find you guilty, or even that they might seize your computer for a few years while the other guy is on trial? Or just the increased cost in bandwidth, electricity, and wear and tear on your hard drive?

(for the humor-impaired moderators: all those links are safe for work)

Comment: Peaceful by numbers, not media reporting (Score 1) 490

by penguinoid (#48778811) Attached to: In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

More from the religion of peace and tolerance.

The problem is not the religion, it's the crazy people who act as if their religion is actually true. Half the world (Christians, Muslims, and Jews) are followers of the God of Abraham, who throughout His early existence as a war god reveled in things that would absolutely disgust most of His current followers. However, most of His followers have learned that, for various reasons, God actually would rather you ignore some of His previous commands that are especially disgusting or inconvenient. This is even true of terrorists -- most terrorism is done for non-religious reasons.

And then if you look at the numbers, you find for example that more terrorist attacks on the US are done by Jewish extremists than by Muslims. And way more than both by Latinos upset about Puerto Rico or Cuba. However, we have peaceful relations with Israel and most Latino countries, as opposed to oil-bearing countries in the Middle East which we have been, are, and will continue to meddle with in the future and conveniently happen to have a different religion. We need more soldiers to defend us against the evil Muslims. We have always been at war with Eurasia.

Comment: Re:Appeasement will only bring disaster (Score 2) 512

by penguinoid (#48772067) Attached to: Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

Self-censorship in response to threats is not appeasement, it is rewarding violent behavior. Any publication which self-censors upon receiving a threat is doing a disservice to their readers, to other publications, and to themselves. The expected result of doing whatever anyone who threatens you asks, is that more people will threaten you more often.

Comment: Re:Starivore? (Score 1) 300

by penguinoid (#48764667) Attached to: The Search For Starivores, Intelligent Life That Could Eat the Sun

I gather the "starivore" actually consumes the matter of the star in addition to its energy. So it might not even intercept all that much energy from the star.

That's what a Dyson Sphere does. A civilization builds a sphere around a star, capturing all its solar power. After a few billion years, when the star goes dim, they will most likely loot the star for fusible material. In the meantime, they might capture the material from the solar wind. In fact, given the technological process necessary to build a Dyson Sphere, it is not very implausible that they might just disassemble the star to feed fusion reactors right from the start.

As for a non-technological creature that eats stars -- that just leaves too many unanswered questions. Why would it eat a star? Stars are made of mostly hydrogen, something already abundant in more convenient locations. What would be the power source the creature would use to digest the star? The energy required to poop out a star's worth of hydrogen and helium is, well, astronomical. Or maybe it could be like a living Dyson Sphere, using the star for energy and maybe propulsion (leave a hole for the solar wind to escape acting as a rocket)?

"If there isn't a population problem, why is the government putting cancer in the cigarettes?" -- the elder Steptoe, c. 1970