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Comment Re: ...uhh (Score 1) 169

But would we recognize the intent? There was this number experiment by Cornelis de Jager who showed that with a handful of numbers and some creative application of math, you can prove that these numbers are "special" and that whoever used them has a profound understanding of math. He used some values derived from his bicycle to show that whoever made this must have superspecial knowledge of quantum physics because if you multiplied the pedal way with the square root of the bell's diameter and divided it by ... you get the idea.

This was done to debunk the number mysticism behind the Pyramids and other ancient buildings where some ancient alien loonies claimed that, since the length of the sides and the height and whatnot can calculate some physical constants down to some numbers behind the comma. de Jager showed that you can pull a handful numbers out of your ass and, putting them through some math, you can calculate any physical constant you want.

That also works for conspiracy theories, btw.

So when you show some alien that you know a constant, you also have to show them that you actually intend to show it to them.

Comment What the bleepin' fuck? (Score 1) 134

No access point on this planet has the potential to actually cause any meaningful interference with anything by a simple change in its firmware. Either you have to tinker with the hardware, attach some serious antennas or otherwise boost its rather mediocre power, but nothing you could do to its software alone could possibly create the alleged interference causing device the FCC seems to fear.

Actually, to create such a thing, all I have to do is modifying the hardware. Something that locking down the software will not even remotely address.

So, spill it. What's the deal? You're lying, FCC. What's the real reason?

Comment Re:Isn't it widely accepted... (Score 1) 126

Um, no.

It's speculation on a good day. The redness of Mars comes from iron. Spin iron and it magnetizes. Do this for 4+ billion years, and good grief, you get magnetized iron. There is no cogent forensic evidence of a magnetosphere on Mars.

This earth trapped its water, and melting ice asteroid/meteorites filled it with water, I'm guessing, by plowing into it, thus causing the expansion of the Pangean continent. There's this 36000' deep trench, called the Mariana. Plates shifted, much water melted from a meteor or two, and the existing developing atmosphere, coupled to melting asteroid, give this planet what's now a habitable atmosphere.

"Oceans on Mars" is still speculation. Might have been a sea, but nothing like what's here. Evaporation bubbled the rest off, what with no real atmosphere to make clouds, and the needed condensation cycles to send it back to the surface,

Perhaps simple answers, but we humans tend to anthropomorphize everything, including wanting to make other planets like earth.... and they're not, and efforts to extrapolate seem to fail.

Comment Re:protect your privacy with a knife. Try it (Score 1) 81

The problem here isn't that you get a choice, once you get the cookie; it's not really curable unless you actively get rid of it, and protect yourself actively from swallowing it, when placed on a myriad of sites. We shouldn't really have to do this to protect privacy, but this is what supercookie payloads are about: persistence.

Microsoft Windows and Mac OSX no longer respect a host file, so you must find other ways of routing their IPs to localhost. It's nasty out there.

Comment Re:That's easy (Score 1) 683

That's pretty much my approach to religion.

Wait... hold on... you might be onto something...

Let's take a look at the whole SJW bull. Not rooted in reality, believes in something arbitrary that will make all problems vanish, tries to cram it down everyone's throat, consider themselves holier-than-thou, have a savior or victim complex...

Yup. It's a religion.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll