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Comment: Manned, no... but transhuman, maybe. (Score 1) 219

by danielbeaver (#48140807) Attached to: When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

Manned Mars exploration is technically feasible - I have no doubt we could send someone there by 2020 if we put in the effort. But we would eventually abandon it for the same reason we abandoned manned exploration of the Moon. It's just too difficult to safely transport living human cargo to and from other worlds for anything beyond small exploration expeditions.

If trasnshumanism eventually becomes "a thing", if we manage to shed our biological shells and take on forms that are more at home in hostile environments, THEN we might see a blossoming of space exploration and ultimately colonization. Space is too vast, other worlds are too alien and we are just fragile bags of meat that need lots of external systems to maintain life (pesky things like "breathable atmosphere" and "food"). We fairly regularly and cheaply send robots in our stead. If we eventually "become" the robots, then yes, we will have manned space exploration of a sort.

Comment: Re:I use "AC" always (Score 5, Insightful) 315

by danielbeaver (#39709545) Attached to: How Many Online Aliases Do You Use?
I post under my real name in the community forums I frequent, but I also create smurf accounts (throwaways) for when I want to say something that could potentially harm my reputation in the future. It is important that there should be at least the option of posting anonymously - it eliminates the inhibitions that you would normally have, so you can really bear your soul. That might be uncomfortable for some readers - especially if they consider the words or ideas "offensive" - but that it is valuable to know what people are REALLY thinking, rather than self-censored version.

+ - Red Hat Linux gets top government security rating

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zakeria writes: "Red Hat Linux has received a new level of security certification that should make the software more appealing to some government agencies. Earlier this month IBM was able to achieve EAL4 Augmented with ALC_FLR.3 certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, putting it on a par with Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Trusted Solaris operating system, said Dan Frye, vice president of open systems with IBM."

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