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Comment: Re:crashing oil tankers (Score 1) 216

by Lotana (#48137803) Attached to: When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Moon's gravity is much less than that of Earth. However, it is sufficiently large that a maniac will have to throw the rock at a velocity of 2 km/s. Not to mention that orbital mechanics is sufficiently counter-intuitive, to make calculation of a trajectory quite non-trivial.

Long story short, that maniac would need to involve quite a significant amount of other similarly-minded maniacs to be successful. And considering how Earth would be a source of quite a few necessities of living on the Moon, that is rather unlikely.

In summary, it is unfortunately not (yet) the time for panicking and end-of-the-world sex. You are better off worrying about more mundane catastrophes: Like slipping in a shower.

Comment: Re:Great feel but poor ergo ... (Score 1) 304

by Lotana (#48097955) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Good to see that I am not alone in my admiration of Advantage series. Love the keyboard, except for those horrible rubber function keys.

If you are not a touch-typist do not get an Advantage keyboard. You will suffer gretly as that keyboard angles and layout will make your hunt-and-peck extraordinarily more difficult. Also Advantage is quite an expensive options with $300 pricetag. Adaptation period is at least two weeks as well. Also it is only manufactured in the USA and Kinesis does not provide shipping to other countries, so you may pay even more to get one from a reseller (Here in Australia I paid $400 for mine).

I would reccomend Microsoft Natural series if you want a split layout without the extremety and not breaking the budget.

All that negativity being said, once you get comfortable with Kinesis Advantage, it is just a pure joy to use (Except function keys :-P). If you have RSI definitely give it a try, pricetag be damned. If you possibly can, go to a shop that stocks it and try it out. You will either fall madly in love with it or decide it is too extreme.

Comment: Re:Humans are not only not the only intelligence (Score 2) 152

by Lotana (#48097513) Attached to: Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

The humans are dumb nonsense comes from the fact that animals are smart enough to achieve equilibrium with their environment while humans pave a path of destruction anymore they go.

Why is it so many people see humans as not part of nature?

If we build a dam, we are damaging the ecology. If a family of beavers build a dam, it is all natural. If we grow a cow and slaughter it in a slaughterhouse, it is barbaric and unnatural. Yet when a lioness brings down a buffalo that is all fine and part of the circle of life. Why is a piece of plastic artificial, but a piece of wood carved by a beaver is not?

In my opinion humans are animals that change their environment around them to suit their needs. Just like a bird that makes a nest to care and protect its young. A city is much more comfortable for us than a forest. An airplane is a tool to get around just like a spider that builds a sail out of a web to use wind to get across a river.

Yes, we are VERY good at what we do. With our usurpassed intelligence and social hierarchies we have tames the most hostile of environments. All this "destruction" you accuse humanity of is just nature rearanging itself to another state.

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