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Comment: Re:Science (Score 1) 416

by coinreturn (#49276247) Attached to: Politics Is Poisoning NASA's Ability To Do Science

On the other hand it's quite likely that the technology required to build satellites that can observe Earth is remarkably similar to the technology required to build satellites to observe other planets. There's a huge amount of overlap; why wouldn't you want them to do it on Earth first? It'd be cheaper and faster, for a start, along with providing useful information. What's the downside?

The downside is that the shitload of evidence showing climate change is real would grow. That is a downside to Cruz and his minions.

Comment: Re: or maybe... (Score 1) 163

by coinreturn (#49232599) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

That could be said for any investigative technique. Simpletons said the same about CCTV but now no sane person would deny the benefits of video surveillance. It *works*. It helps *reducing crime*. Those are cold facts. We need to slay that last sacred cow and make another step towards a safer society. And it will happen, whether you want it or not.

I'm not arguing against DNA testing, moron. I'm arguing against compulsory collection of DNA samples from every resident of the country as the OP claimed that there was "absolutely no reason whatsoever to oppose this." If you want to compare to CCTV, that would be equivalent to requiring every resident to have a camera recording their movements 24/7.

Comment: Re: or maybe... (Score 2) 163

by coinreturn (#49225033) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

If the governments had the courage to do it, every citizen or resident of the country should be compelled to give DNA samples. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever for any ordinary citizen to protest or oppose this. Indeed any opposition should be viewed as a reason for suspicion.

Because of course there is absolutely no chance for abuse, such as DNA planting, or error, such as cross-contamination.

Comment: Re:Dodgy record (Score 1) 204

by coinreturn (#48924859) Attached to: Computer Chess Created In 487 Bytes, Breaks 32-Year-Old Record

Surely the record depends on the expressiveness of the instruction set of the chip you are programming for. With a suitably advanced chip I could implement chess in 1 byte. It would be an instruction that looks like this:


and an instruction that implements chess.

One whole byte! You slacker. You could implement this as one bit - have it be the only instruction.

Comment: Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (Score 1) 316

by coinreturn (#48851335) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

I think this sounds like a great thing, however I do have to question why it took so long for him to do this. How long have Obama and Holder been in office? Now, finally, when we're in Obama's last two lame-duck years, Holder decides to finally do something useful?

So yeah, it's great that he's finally fixed this horrible problem, but he sure could have done it earlier.

He did this because of all the press it's been getting lately - it probably wasn't on his radar before that.

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