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Comment: Re:The cat is out of the bag (Score 1) 79 79

by PPH (#50013859) Attached to: When a Company Gets Sold, Your Data May Be Sold, Too

It's already too late for us early adopters.

I don't know about that. Google, Facebook and other services 'real names' policies are a relatively recent feature of on-line services. Back when I began setting acounts up, I used throw-away e-mail addresses, pseudonyms and other tactics which are increasingly discouraged. Having put my files and other info. out there encrypted, I feel relatively secure in knowing that all a service provider will have to sell is unintelligable binary blobs.

Comment: Re:loud vocal minority (Score 1) 293 293

by PPH (#50001713) Attached to: Protesters Block Effort To Restart Work On Controversial Hawaii Telescope

At some point, you may become angry enough about something to stand up and shout, too.

The trick is to get angry about something that makes a real difference. I can bitch about continental drift all I want. But nobody is going to follow my bumper sticker's advice and re-unite Pangea.

Comment: Re:What a lot of horse?shit (Score 1) 293 293

by PPH (#50001667) Attached to: Protesters Block Effort To Restart Work On Controversial Hawaii Telescope

How do you know you're not just as wrong now as scientists were about tectonic plate theory?

We could be. So we construct telescopes to observe and get closer to the truth.

Tomorrow you might suddenly find out the Native Americans are right after all.

If someone looks through the telescope and sees the goddess holding up a sign that says, "Get off my mountaim" we will comply.

Comment: Re:Magnetic Field? (Score 2) 135 135

by PPH (#49992103) Attached to: DARPA Is Already Working On Designer Organisms To Terraform Mars

You have to shield everything you want to cover with an atmosphere. If you are happy living under a dome, then a much smaller magnetic field will protect against the solar winf impinging on the dome. But if you want to terraform the entire planet, you have to keep the solar wind from 'boiling off' the atmosphere even from the parts you are not living on.

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