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Comment: Re:Maybe they're scared of us too? (Score 1) 1015

by johncadengo (#31977678) Attached to: Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

Are these two options mutually exclusive?

You don't think when Columbus came to America he was afraid for his life? That most of the actions of the consequent European conquerers came from fear? That the safest course of action was the conquest, and oppression of an entire continent of people? The burning of the Mayan Codecs. The dividing and conquering of the Aztec, and Incan empires. Religious conversions. Enslavement. Genocide. And, where applicable, the conscious spreading of disease among Native Americans.

Comment: Re:Translation (Score 1) 193

by xaxa (#31977612) Attached to: Russian Hacker Selling 1.5M Facebook Accounts

Hmm, I use 5 banks on a regular basis. Carrying around 5 devices with me so I can check my bank accounts seems awfully inconvenient.

You already carry five of the six devices you'd need: five bank cards. The sixth device is a card reader.

Neither of the banks I use require me to use the card reader to log in, but both require it to actually do anything important (send money, etc).

I have two card readers (both banks sent me one) so I keep one at home and one at work.

Comment: Re:I wish people would act more ethically (Score 1) 443

by 91degrees (#31977256) Attached to: Ubisoft's DRM Cracked — For Real This Time
The thing is, a lot of us don't care that much about Open Source. Sure, there's a lot of fondness for the little guy, but personally I find it hard to get my knickers in a twist when someone violates the GPL. The source code that they based their changes on is still available. If the violators didn't use GPLed code in the first place we'd not be in a better position.

Comment: Re:Security through obscurity? (Score 1) 1015

by tgd (#31977040) Attached to: Don't Talk To Aliens, Warns Stephen Hawking

There's a bunch of fallacies in that:

1) You don't need exotic types of propulsion. You just need a lot of time. We're likely a matter of a half dozen decades from molecular manufacturing, and substantially increasing lifespan. The two together are all that's needed for *us* to colonize the galaxy. (And if you doubt that, think of a list of problems with it, and then ask yourself what a mastery of genetics and molecular engineering would do for all of those problems.)

2) Ask yourself what reason we'd have, in that scenario, to need weapons any more potent than what we've got now. You assume the aliens would.

3) We rarely spot fairly large mile-plus asteroids before they actually pass us. What makes you think we could spot even MASSIVE spacecraft with any warning?

 

Comment: Credit cards = evil! (Score 1) 146

by Hurricane78 (#31976196) Attached to: Bridging the Digital Divide In Uganda, By Freight

the impossibility for a Ugandan to obtain a credit card

Sorry, but in what weird society is a credit card an ideal over actually non-customer-raping alternatives?
Credit cards are by their very design made to fuck you over. There is no such thing as a credit card that doesn’t.
If you do digital payment, do it right. If you do money, do it right.
Hell, half the reason the US economy is so bad for people, is the money system behind it. For which credit cards — the concept of giving you imaginary money and taking back more than there is actual money, to get free work from you without you noticing ” are an essential part.

Credit cards? No thanks. I won’t ever in my life take a credit. And if I can, I’ll avoid imaginary money (e.g. €) altogether.

Comment: Did they do any bacterial labs? (Score 1) 10

by damn_registrars (#31976086) Attached to: Ow my balls [extensive medical whining]
I didn't see any mention of them taking any samples for culture to identify any potential bacterial infection. Of course, there are some bugs that are more prevalent down there than others, but with all the antibiotics they are throwing at you, I would hope that at some time they would have gone for more than just a textbook course.

And this probably already occurred to you, but I'll say it anyways. Going back to a previous antibiotic course isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you go first with drug A, then drug B, you could actually find that drug B makes a more permissive environment for the bug that was previously hindered by drug A. Hence you need to go back to drug A to finish off the first bug. And of course you probably know that drug-drug interactions can be enormously bad, so they probably needed to give you drugs A and B separately.

At any rate, I hope someone is doing the proper microbacterial work on you as you go through this. Otherwise they may be only making better bugs (in your nuts no less) and flushing money (and time) down the toilet.

Comment: Re:Is it really that different than programming? (Score 1) 539

by rocr69 (#31924778) Attached to: Photos of Chinese Sweatshop Used By Microsoft
I lived in Taiwan for 15 years and worked for various tech firms — the picture shown could have been taken at any factory (or office) I ever visited or worked at. Everybody, including executives, except the silly foreigners had a kip after lunch. It's just a part of life.

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"

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