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Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 1) 112

There in no basis for assuming that these conditions would ever occur.

You mean, except for the fact that we observe each of them occurring separately, and are not aware of any reason why having one occur would exclude the other? From those premises alone it follows that it is a statistic certainty that they will all occur at the same time eventually.

Comment: Re:Sure thing, Republicans. (Score 1) 385

by shutdown -p now (#49190265) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

To remind, alcohol was actually illegal for a while. Then it was legalized again, because the society understood that banning it leads to a worse result overall.

Why does the state even need to be in the business of telling sane adults what they can and cannot put into their own body?

Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 2) 112

irradiated with high-energy ultraviolet photons

That's a part of "space-like conditions".

surrounded continuously by doting scientists and elaborate test apparatus

That part is to guarantee success and have a thorough measurement of the process. For the natural process, it is reasonable to assume that it took many hundreds of millions of years before some place (and maybe more than one, over those years) happened to have all those conditions in it at the same time. The point here is that all the things that they've done and all the input materials are the kind that occur naturally. From there it's all statistics.

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 1) 296

by shutdown -p now (#49185615) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I'm wondering whether you're confusing Heinlein's treatment of women with his characters' treatment of women. There's plenty of sexism in "Mistress", but I don't recall it being glorified or presented as desirable by the author. It is presented as normal by the character, yes, because it's part of his cultural background.

Heinlein certainly did have some strange notions about women, as evidenced by "Stranger", but they are of a different kind.

Comment: Re:Even worse - extensions == "chmod +x" ?!? (Score 1) 557

by shutdown -p now (#49184993) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Alternatively, you can say that file exension is metadata distinct from the name; it just so happens that the conventional name to record this metadata is as a dot-suffix to the name.

And yes, it is a crappy way to do it, but it's the one that became the de facto standard. Changing it now is very costly, and cannot be done unilaterally.

Comment: Re:Musashi (Score 1) 105

A lot of ships were sunk during the battle, but it was a very far-flung battle. I believe Musashi was the only Japanese warship sunk in the Sibuyan Sea during that battle (a Japanese heavy cruiser was crippled during the action). In fact, the sinking was not due to magazine explosions but rather to flooding, finally capsizing. I'd expect the turrets to be quite some distance away, but there's no reason to expect the hull to have broken up badly.

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