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Comment: Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 439

by Ihlosi (#48038617) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?
Which is?

Let's see:

  • Reproduction. There have been no reports of baby angels. Okay, angels could reproduce secretly or be some kind "worker bees" that don't reproduce.
  • Organization: Well, we don't have any tissue samples from an angel.
  • Metabolism: Angels can eat. But do they actually require food, or do they just eat out of courtesy?
  • Homeostasis: We don't know if angels control their internal environment.
  • Response to stimuli: Okay, angels do that.
  • Growth: Angels haven't been observed to age or grow.
  • Adaptation: Has not been observed.

Comment: Re:Idiot (Score 4, Informative) 707

by Ihlosi (#48034327) Attached to: David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures
The big issue is when you get to "1 cup of flour" or "1 cup of butter" - things that are much more easily measured by mass,

1 cup of flour is trivially measured by volume: Just grab the "1 cup" cup from your set of measuring cups, scoop up flour from your storage container, level. You're done. If you're using measuring cups, you can make a batch of cookie dough without using a scale or having to look at the actual measurement.

US recipes usually don't use "cups" of butter, they use "sticks" of butter. If you live where butter isn't sold in US sticks (113.4 grams), you're screwed.

Comment: Reading a synopsis of the novel ... (Score 1) 262

by Ihlosi (#48013603) Attached to: Could We Abort a Manned Mission To Mars?
... makes me think "highly unlikely".

On a mission like that, your might survive one major thing going wrong, but the second mishap will kill you. You can't duct-tape your way out of misfortune after misfortune in space.

See Apollo 13. One thing went wrong, and it took all the engineering and duct-taping skills (literally) to get the crew back alive.

Comment: Re:C=128 (Score 4, Interesting) 165

by Ihlosi (#48010215) Attached to: Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled
There was a Z-80 in the C=128 , but it wasn't used.

Yes, I found this part of the article amusing too.

C128s were cobbled together from too many different parts. And they appeared when the 8-bit generation was already on its way out.

However, the C128 mode had its uses. The BASIC was had lots of additional features (commands for music, graphics, sprites), and it had a built-in sprite editor. If you didn't know the C64 inside out and could do these things in assembly (blindfolded), the C128 mode gave you much more access to the machines capabilites. Too bad no company ever came up with a killer 8-bit machine. Z80 CPU, more than 64 kB RAM, sound and graphics like SID and VIC-II.

Comment: Re:So evolution possibly already happened ... (Score 2) 120

by Ihlosi (#48001473) Attached to: Physicists Find Clue as To Why the DNA Double Helix Twists To the Right
A living chemical system is organized to continually minimize local entropy.

Actually, it's not. If your body tried to minimize its entropy, you'd end up frozen or your body separated into its constituent atoms.

I guess you're trying to describe the concept of homeostasis, which is in fact part of the "official" definition of life. One thing living things do is use energy to keep their internal state constant even against outside influences. This is different from trying to minimize entropy.

Your mode of life will be changed to EBCDIC.