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Comment What a pointless article! (Score 1) 330

Was this slashdot submission just a glorified "hey let's talk about space again!" attempt?

If we violated known physics we could do foo. If we could teleport we could do bar. If we could travel FTL we could do baz.

Well if I farted gold dust I could be rich. Next let's get a slashdot post about what we could do with a BAJILLION GAZILLION dollars, world piece, and flying puppies.

Comment Re: Scripts that interact with passwords fields aw (Score 3, Interesting) 365

Keepass is also (correct me if I'm wrong: I'd love to hear there is another) the only password manager I know of which is fully cross platform. Combined with Dropbox or some private file sync tool (I host a seafile installation), I have a synced password manager that works on Linux/Win/Mac/iOS/android. And I keep the key separate and move that to devices I use manually, so I'm almost totally unafraid of my vault being intercepted/stolen. Without my master pass phrase AND the encrypted key itself, breaking it is.... way harder than my passwords are worth.

Comment Re: Excuse me while I squick out for a moment. (Score 1) 190

They weren't working for rewards. TFA says they were deprived of water until forced to cooperate. I can totally understand animal experimentation for medical advancement (live saved > lives lost). I can even understand killing rats as pest control (those rats in particular need to leave). THIS, however, was purposely acquiring rats in order to perform this test, in which they were indeed threatened with death lest they perform. Disgusting.

Comment Re:I'm all for this (Score 1) 299

I must point out that "the 10 tallest NBA players ever" and "the 10 best NBA centers ever" are disjoint sets.

Tru 'dat, however "10 totally average-height individuals" is also disjoint. If you wanted your children to even have a likely chance, height is certainly desirable in this case. Being 8 ft. tall versus 7'1" might not help a whole lot, but being 7' vs. 5'10" will.

Comment Re:He's dead Jim (Score 1) 411

Yes, because to be fun you have to believe in faerie tales rather and facts and reason.

Also, I am a grown man. Parties are for children.

You, sir, are missing out on some parties if you stopped going to them after childhood.

Comment Re: I.D. (Score 1) 95

It should also be considered that for many animals, a gradual increase in intelligence and brain mass isn't much of an advantage. What would a smart cow do differently? I would argue that it was not until our ancestors were 1) standing with two very dexterous spare limbs to play with, and 2) out of our natural environment where there isn't food a-plenty, that even small increases in intelligence was a big advantage. We needed to hunt (communicate and coordinate), and we had the dexterity and capability to carry items over distance that made intelligence worthwhile.

Comment Re: I.D. (Score 1) 95

It should also be considered that for many animals, a gradual increase in intelligence and brain mass isn't much of an advantage. What would a smart cow do differently? Would a mouse be able to use tools even if it knew how to make them? Even apes smart enough to use many tools can't do so effectively because they simply lack the fine motor skills to execute. I would argue that it was not until our ancestors were 1) standing with two very dexterous spare limbs to play with, and 2) out of our natural environment where there isn't food a-plenty, that even small increases in intelligence was a big advantage. We needed to hunt (communicate and coordinate), and we had the dexterity and capability to carry items over distance that made intelligence worthwhile.

Comment Re:(looks straight down) (Score 2) 122

The water near the center would boil, bubbling up through the water higher up in the tunnel to create a steady plume of steam at the surface. This would end up as increased cloud cover and precipitation over large parts of the world.

Really? I would think it would cool somewhere on the way up. Volcanic activity on the ocean floor that boils water doesn't make it to the surface as steam.

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