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Comment: Re:So what, it's MS's service... (Score 1) 582

by Taint Bearer (#28979143) Attached to: Bing Search Tainted By Pro-Microsoft Results

I guess there is no conspiracy at all, just different weights in the ordering algorithm... but hey, it is a cool experiment... unless maybe they are also colluding with CocaCola

http://www.altavista.com/web/results?itag=ody&q=why+does+pepsi+sucks%3F&kgs=1&kls=0
http://www.bing.com/search?q=why+does+pepsi+sucks%3F&go=&form=QBLH&qs=n

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=why+does+pepsi+sucks%3F&aq=f&oq=&aqi=&fp=CSrKZrhT3_U

Except that the second result from Bing is this result from TechNet

"Re: Why does VS not show build error filenames in ASP.NET 2.0 projects ..."

Comment: Re:Why not create our own ET life? (Score 2, Interesting) 107

by Taint Bearer (#28474415) Attached to: Cassini Spots Geysers On Saturn's Moon Enceladus

one data point (Earth) isn't a very good sample. If it started in a similar fashion, we learn more about Earth, and if it started in a different way, we get a ton of new information we likely would never come across on Earth.

Exactly right. If we can find life on a moon around a gas giant that is not in the "Goldilocks Zone" then this vastly increases the chances of life existing elsewhere in the universe. Also, assuming for a moment that life DOES exist in places other than earth, if the life found on Enceladus it is from a different biological origin to us, then this would increase the chances of us being able to study other life forms that we discover, as earth-based biology is also only a single data point.

Comment: Re:Why not create our own ET life? (Score 2, Informative) 107

by Taint Bearer (#28474357) Attached to: Cassini Spots Geysers On Saturn's Moon Enceladus
I am a biologist. Any bacteria which had that much DNA would pretty much use most of it for fuel, as it would be much to costly to replicate when the cell divides. Bacteria are able to take on DNA from the external environment so a better idea would be to seed the planet with vesicles filled with random sections of DNA taken from other bacteria that utilise other energy sources. This may assist in speeding up evolution, IF the genes are stable enough to last long enough for them to be useful. However, the original researchers will be long dead by then, so it is a very long pilot study.

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