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Comment Science vs religion: Prepare for boredom!! (Score 4, Insightful) 434

Seriously. I believe I have heard every single argument from either side about a thousand times, and that was just this morning. Agree to disagree already. Maybe find another hobby that isn't a complete waste of time. If I did happen to have an interest in someone's belief one way or the other, I would ask about it.

Comment Not that strange (Score 1) 364

Time is relative too. If you and I are in the same room we appear to be in the same "time" the same way that the Earth appears to be flat, because the difference is too small to notice. But the "time" of you or I or any given particle is as distinct as its space. Of course, the ramifications are not quite that simple (because of time's arrow, etc), but it seems well within accepted theories.

At least, that is my take. I am a physics hobbyist, so it is entirely possible that I have completely misinterpreted the underlying theory. If I did, uh, well, sorry, and best of luck with all that photon stuff!

Comment Solution (Score 2) 225

It should be a fine, like $100, that can be charged to the owner of the IP, a lot like automated speeding tickets. Enough to be a deterrent, but not enough to ruin anyone's life. Like speeding, we know that it is technically wrong, but sometimes we want to do it anyway and run the risk of getting caught. And like speeding, piracy will never be eliminated.

The other thing it would do is eliminate these type of shakedowns. Because there is the risk that one day it is a not so sensible judge, and people's lives are ruined because one time they downloaded a Steven Seagal movie or Paul Blart Mall Cop.

Comment Re:Escape the Solar System (Score 2) 414

The greedy approach has gotten us to this point. I'm not saying it is bulletproof, but it has done all right by us as a species. Of course, given the ability we should expand ourselves as far as possible. Why not? But let's keep things in context. All life and the universe itself are likely doomed to extinction, if the most popular theoretical models of the universe are accurate. There is nothing we can do, under such a model, to extend our species indefinitely.

Comment Tell me why I should care (Score 5, Insightful) 333

I am probably the lone wolf (in particular on slashdot) when it comes to being apathetic towards this sort of thing, but I don't see the point in being alarmist without documenting something specific. Near as I can tell it is a sophisticated way to to online advertising, not profiling for the KGB. This whole "tracking is Orwellian" thing, well please, what specifically are they doing with this information that is Orwellian? If they are tracking me for advertising purposes (which they most certainly are) what could possibly be more pedestrian and less alarming than that?. All it means is that there are occasionally ads that I care about (though still remarkably few at that).

And yes, there is potential to do something evil, but potential is not the same as doing. If it was we would all be in jail.

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. - Kahlil Gibran