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Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 4, Insightful) 891

by LongearedBat (#47902195) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

No. The second option is the most logical, because no evidence either way is just that: no evidence

Only if we have evidence that Bigfoot does not exist, will the first option be the most logical.

That is different from what is most likely. It is still most likely that Bigfoot does not exist. (Which is why not believing in Big Foot is still a fair call.)

For example: It is suggested that Yeti might be a type of bear. Had we accepted that Yeti don't exist due to lack of evidence, then we'd never make the effort to make such a discovery. In fact, often we even reject any supposed evidence. But by accepting option 2, then the case is not closed until we have some evidence, one way or another.

Who knows what other "woo-woo" ideas might have some truth in them. I like to give the example of St Elmo's Fire. Of course angels don't dance on masts, but by at least looking into it, we found there was some truth behind the stories after all, and so we learnt something.

Disclaimer: I'm not a God believer, because there are so many easy logic traps that God simply doesn't make sense, at least not in any way I've ever heard of.

Comment: Wouldn't "shade scales" be better? (Score 1) 34

by LongearedBat (#47870781) Attached to: Architecture That Changes Shape In Response To Heat

Think of those plastic pieces in the video, but as separate pieces arranged in a lattice similar to that of fish scales. Each scale would have a hinge on top and heat would cause the scales to push themselves off the wall. Then, when they get hot, they would shade the wall, but when cool could lie flat to create a partially (leaky, I'm sure) insulating air pocket between the building wall and the scale wall.

Seems simpler, and if a few scales fail, then they could be easily tageted for replacement.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 813

There is not nearly enough competition in the airline industry to lead to improvements driven from capitalism.

I thought it was the other way round... tough competition being the driver for cramming as many people as they can into as few flights as possible to make ends meet.

This is unfortunately the time where government needs to step in for the general well being of society.

Yeah, it does seem so. Not holding my breath for it happening though. Given that airlines operate across countries they'll be able to make such decisions very difficut to get through.

Comment: Funding what we know (Score 2) 203

by LongearedBat (#47835911) Attached to: Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

If we don't know what we don't know, then we don't know if there's value in knowing whatever it is that we don't yet know. That's when we should fund research, to find out if the funding was worth the price of knowing whatever it is we don't know... and if there is something to know, whether it is worth knowing.

But if we research what we already know, then because we already know most of what we want to know about, we will know only a little more about what we know much about rather than know much more about what we know little about.

Isn't that pretty clear?

Comment: Reminds me of... (Score 1) 169

by LongearedBat (#47832333) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

There was a guy who dreamt about being a great poet who could truly touch people's feelings. Unfortunately he lacked talent for coming up with rhyme, analogy, insight and so on.

But he found employment at Microsoft, where he finally made his dream come true as an error message writer, with classics such as "BSoD", "Press 'OK' to continue.", "Catastrophic Failure.", "Abort, Retry, Fail?" and many others that have touched a nerve on each of us over the years.

Comment: Re:Africa man... (Score 1) 74

by LongearedBat (#47721285) Attached to: Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

a few diseases because people live in poverty is hardly comparable to the wars and suffering caused by most 1st-world nations)

...until a disease gets well enough established that it can no longer be controlled and spreads across the world. For example, could Ebola become a global threat?

Comment: The real problem is password rules (Score 1) 383

by LongearedBat (#47648031) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Kill the Password
Passwords would be fine, if we were allowed to use easily remembered pass phases. Instead we're still often forced to use short passwords (8-12 characters) that consist of upper case + lower case + digit + non-alphanumeric characters. Even though it's pretty well established that pass phrases are, overall, a better way.

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