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Comment Re:Here we go. (Score 1) 432

Please explain fully just what you mean. Or are you one of them guys who thinks no really means yes? I ask a women for a date she says no thanks. I ask her the next day she no thanks and please don't ask me again. I would say sorry for having bothered you and move on..YOU...??

Personally, I wouldn't even have asked the second time. It's called respecting boundaries and it leads to less conflicts in the workspace. However, there's a huge (and there should be) gap between social and cultural norms and legally actionable harassment.

I think asking said woman out every single day she comes in to work is incredibly crass, annoying, and makes you look like a pathetic loser. It's not harassment until you imply she may face consequences if she continues to say no. That she'll be fired, looked over for promotion. Or until you physically touch her. Or you start stalking her instead of just taking opportunity of being at the same place at the same time because you both work at the same place at the same time.

The law isn't a way of enforcing etiquette.

Comment Re:BTRFS is getting there (Score 4, Interesting) 279

I don't why so many in the Linux community are so hooked on ZFS. BTRFS has a feature set that is rapidly getting there, its becoming more a more mature in terms of code that is already in the upstream.

Why not just put your energy there?

As someone who uses both zfs (for file server storage) and btrfs (for the OS), my reason for using zfs is raidz. If btrfs implemented something similar, I'd drop zfs.

Comment Re:Let's just humour them (Score 2) 235

You fail to understand what scientists know versus what they speculate about.

Not really. They're very clear about that. It's a requirement of science that you enumerate all of your assumptions, and quantify uncertainties whenever possible.

Making the assumption that they are even somewhat accurate about the big bang (unlikely)

For example, that's not an assumption. The general idea behind the big bang, that the universe was once infinitely small and it expanded, can be used to make certain predictions regarding what you expect to see when you look out in all directions, what you expect to see in the CMB, etc. You can precisely measure how accurate those predictions match up with experiments, and it's really, REALLY accurate.. Check out the text that goes with that graph: "Graph of cosmic microwave background spectrum measured by the FIRAS instrument on the COBE, the most precisely measured black body spectrum in nature. The error bars are too small to be seen even in an enlarged image, and it is impossible to distinguish the observed data from the theoretical curve."

What that boils down to is that your statement about how unlikely it is that scientific theories are "even somewhat accurate about the big bang" is provably an incorrect statement, based on our best available measurements. If you want to make an argument for your case, you need to bring something more to the table than, "I personally feel like scientists are speculating and can't possibly have a high likelyhood of stumbling upon what actually happened." The people you're criticizing have data. You have a feeling. You need to bring in some data, at which point I and everybody else will be glad to accept that our previous theories were wrong. The Lumineferous Ether was accepted theory, but when Michelson and Morley couldn't detect it using their inteferometer, and Einstein showed up with special relativity as an alternative with supporting data gathered from the 1919 solar eclipse, the Ether theory was destroyed. Scientists do not fear being proven wrong. However, you do have to bring evidence with you.

Everything is just speculation from unimaginative scientists who think they know what happened 14 billion years ago at some random spot that they can't even point their finger in the general direction of.

See? You're criticizing a theory that you don't even understand. Scientists can point to you the spot the Big Bang happened, exactly. So can I. It happened where I'm standing right now. At the exact spot that I'm standing. It also happened at the exact same spot you're standing. And at the exact center of the Andromeda galaxy. And exactly at whatever spot you pick at the edges of the milky way. Or any spot at all in the universe: Every spot in the universe is the center of the universe. The Big Bang isn't matter spreading into existing space. The space in which matter exists is expanding. Check out that video, it explains it really well.

That does not mean that space was not infinitely large while at the same time infinitely small, its all a matter of perspective. Outside looking in, its infinitely small, inside looking out its infinitely large.

This right there is the difference between speculation and scientific hypothesis. "Something that looks small from one perspective can look big from another perspective, so whose to say what's infinitely small or infinitely large" is hand-waving. Scientists don't do that. They tell you what they mean by small, and when. At roughly 10^-43 s after the Big Bang, the universe was 10^-35 m. That's the end of the Planck Epock. During the Inflationary Epoch, the universe grew to about 10 cm by 10^-32 s. These numbers are, admittedly by everyone, highly speculative, because there's no good theory of quantum gravity at the moment. However, using the laws of physics as we currently understand them, those numbers are arrived at. With actual formulas, with numbers arrived at through actual measurements. What do you have for your hand-wavering?

Note: We can't get an accurate police report 20 minutes after the event with 20 eye witnesses, but many are dead set that we KNOW what happened during the big bang. When you think about things like this, use your head and think about the police report.

That's because eye-witness report is highly unreliable. It's the worst way of gathering evidence in existence. Human memory is malleable, it's flawed. That's why when we convict people of crimes, we try to gather evidence using science. Recorded video, fingerprint dusting, DNA matching, ballistics. Those scientific tools are actually highly reliable. You know, the same tools we use to probe the origin of our universe.

Comment Re:Advanced is good enough (Score 1) 220

Although I've been a pro for 3 decades, I wouldn't want to be called an expert. The latest fads...

Expert doesn't mean all-knowing, nor does it mean you encompass knowledge of every last detail in the field. What it does mean is that you have the training and experience to be relied upon for advice by your peers. That's it. An understanding of what you don't know is a prerequisite for being an expert. Otherwise you'll give bad advice instead of saying, "that's not my area of expertise, go ask someone else."

Are you someone your peers go to for advice, and is your advice considered reliable by them? Congratulations, you're an expert.

Comment Re:Literally? (Score 2) 645

There's a pretty big difference between targetting locations strategically and torturing / killing a prisoner that has already been rendered unable of doing you harm.

If you want to have an apt analogy, I say our treatment of Guantanamo prisoners and other "enemy combatents" that we've so labeled for the sole purpose of not extending them the rights of prisoners of war is the valid one. I agree that behavior is despicable, and it doesn't get enough attention.

Dropping bombs on combatants is absolutely fair game. It's not pretty, I don't like that we have to, but war necessarily involves killing people. Anyone purposefully bombing civilians is not ok (collateral damage is often unavoidable, but we must aim to minimize it). Anyone torturing or killing prisoners, civilians or otherwise, is not ok on either side.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 272

We probably could but it might take devoting the entire worlds GDP for a decade or so and there is noway that would happen. We need the technological advances so that it would approach affordability.

I agree with you that there's a lot we could accomplish if we were willing to spend the money, but I honestly think we're still at the stage where this is a technology problem, not a resources one. I don't think we can build electronics that could function for 1,000 years, so I definitely don't think we have a system that can keep life support active for humans in a generational ship for 1,000 years...right now we're seriously questioning our capability of shielding astronauts from radiation on a trip to Mars. Resource-wise, we have extremely efficient methods for recycling water and air on the ISS, but our best still requires resupply missions with both of those resources. We've tried experiments like Biosphere 2 to run a fully self-contained environment only to see CO2 levels fluctuate and oxygen levels drop dramatically to the point they had to start pumping oxygen in out of concern for the researchers inside. Many species sealed in started dying off outright, except for things like ants and cockroaches which actually thrived, because cockroaches thrive anywhere. This wasn't a case of not having enough money to do it right, they did everything they thought was necessary to keep the place completely sealed...we just learned during the research process about a lot of things that weren't accounted for.

Don't get me wrong, I think we'll eventually get there. But I think right now if we discovered this all life on this planet would die off in 100 years and the only hope for humanity was a 100% confirmed habitable planet 16 light-years away and put every single one of our resources for the next 100 years to try to get a generational colony ship built and launched 100 years from today...well, I think our species is done for. We'd launch something, but everyone aboard would die before they make it as far as Saturn.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 272

Even with current technology we could theoretically make a 16 ly journey in somewhere around 1,000 years.

No, we couldn't. We don't have the technology right now to build a multi-generational ship. We don't even have the technology right now to send an unmanned probe that would still be powered by the time it got there. We don't even have the technology right now to build an unmanned probe that would shut itself down and bring itself back up after 1000 years. Hell, it's hard to find a motherboard from the 80's that doesn't need capacitors replaced before it can be booted up again.

Who knows what kind of technology we'll have in 300,000 years, though. And the closest the destination, the more likely something can actually get there.

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