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Comment: Re:Let's do the math (Score 1) 293

by gameboyhippo (#48458989) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

For the record, I agree that "MightyMartian" was a bit harsh, and I did enjoy reading your rebuttal. But with that said, I have a question. My understanding of the "big bang" is that the singularity began to exist and was all of space. And that it began to expand and continues to expand today. And that the expansion has not reached the point where we can no longer observe the beginning of space/time. Is this inaccurate?

Comment: Re:Everybody's complaining about Assassin's Creed. (Score 1) 262

It depends on how you define inferior. That's why I put them in quotes. If you define it as which hardware can process more data per second then the Wii U is inferior. If you judge on which hardware provides the best entertainment, then I don't know how anyone can say that the Wii U is inferior. The games are fun, they look pretty, and they are memorable. Personally I think a platform that consistently hosts glitchy boring games is an inferior platform.


Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes 297

Posted by samzenpus
from the passing-it-on dept.
FirephoxRising writes Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin by shaping which types of microbes thrive in our body, according to a new study. Scientists identified a specific, little known bacterial family that is highly heritable and more common in individuals with low body weight. So we are what we eat, and what we got from out parents. From the article: "The study, funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers sequenced the genes of microbes found in more than 1,000 fecal samples from 416 pairs of twins. The abundances of specific types of microbes were found to be more similar in identical twins, who share 100 per cent of their genes, than in non-identical twins, who share on average only half of the genes that vary between people. These findings demonstrate that genes influence the composition of gut microbes."

Comment: Re:Nothing? (Score 1) 429

by gameboyhippo (#48337489) Attached to: Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

Quite simple: The idea of a God does not make any sense. At all.

I agree that a contingent God does not make sense since you go into an infinite regress. Instead if we must have a first cause (which is demanded by the Big Bang), then this cause must exist by necessity. Which isn't a far fetched idea. Numbers, for example, exist by necessity. Nobody created 4. It just is.

But now we're left with a problem. We need a causal something that exists by necessity. And given that the universe exists with contingent laws and contingent constants that just so happen to be necessary for even chemistry to happen, we have an intelligent causal entity that exists by necessity. Call that what you will, but I call it God.

If you take those three attributes away you get something that's worse than magic. Somehow a causal necessary thing just so happen to get the right laws and constants? Or an intelligent necessary thing with no causal power? Or a contingent causal thing (what you think about when you say God)? No. The prime cause of everything must have all three attributes.

Comment: Re:Discover life? (Score 1) 221

why care about "naturally occuring"? Dogs are not naturally occuring. Neither are GMO crops. They are alive.

They use natural process to exist and they come from naturally existing life. A scientist doesn't create a tomato from scratch. He reprograms existing life to manipulate life. Same with dogs. Dogs are breed using natural mechanism (fertilizing eggs, etc...) Nobody just builds a dog from scratch.

Comment: Re:Discover life? (Score 1) 221

That is the question. I think what these scientist mean is that life is a "naturally occurring" complex and organized set of matter that can reproduce and consume energy. So naturally occurring mechanical entities may be alive where as a robot built by man wouldn't.

Comment: Re:What do you vote for? (Score 1) 551

by gameboyhippo (#48312151) Attached to: In this year's US mid-term elections ...

(and probably the wealthier base, as well -- election day is *not* a holiday of any kind here, so voting is quite expensive for people in poverty).

A lot of states have laws in place that allows even people in poverty to vote without penalty. For example, in Missouri, you are required to notify your employer the day before the election that you are going to vote. They then are required to give you up to three hours of paid time off in order to vote. In order to get paid, you must have actually voted, though you are not required to give proof. So even if someone works for McDonalds or Walmart, they must be given three hours of time off to vote.

Comment: Re:As a current TW customer this does not surprise (Score 1) 392

Wow why didn't I think of that?

I know, right! Sometimes the most eloquent solution is right under our noses.

Let me just run a fiber cable to the nearest hub. It can't be that expensive can it?

Nope. Not expensive at all. In most markets, Google will charge $300 to do this for you. In some markets they change $30. But if you subscribe to gigabit or gigabit+TV, they'll waive the fee.

Comment: Re:As a current TW customer this does not surprise (Score 1) 392

You could just do what I did and switch to Google Fiber. It's pretty decent quality and you get free equipment like an 802.11n router. For cable, your remote control is a free tablet that you get to keep. Not sure why more people haven't done this...

As in certain cults it is possible to kill a process if you know its true name. -- Ken Thompson and Dennis M. Ritchie