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Comment: I absoluetly bet it is Sex Blackmail! (Score 2) 215

by gurps_npc (#48625945) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'
I work in IT. I can practically guarantee you that multiple high level employees of Sony have put evidence in their emails of major sexual peccadilloes. Not to mention discussion of people trying to cover up similar (and worse) crimes committed by Sony stars. It would not surprise me if evidence of affairs, homosexuality, child pornography, rape, and even covering up deaths (accidental or otherwise) was on their servers.

If North Korea got this information and threatened to reveal it, that would definitely explain why Sony caved quicker than the Iraqian army when first attacked by Isis.

Comment: Republicans are NOT conservative (Score 2) 77

by gurps_npc (#48625893) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?
They have not been for over a decade. Nor are they libertarian, despite Ron Paul.

The Republican Party has become a simple Rural Party. They protect rural interests, because they found a way to gerrymander rural districts into a majority of congressional districts, despite the majority of the population living in urban areas.

Car dealers are more rural than car manufacturers - as rural areas need more dealers per person than urban dealers, while car manufacturers in a single urban environment can supply the entire country.

As such, the GOP will support the car dealers at the expense of the car manufacturers.

Comment: Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (Score 1) 137

by gurps_npc (#48609219) Attached to: How Birds Lost Their Teeth
First, the number of 'in between stages' that are mostly useless is incredibly small.

Before you fly, you can glide. Before you can glide, you can slow your fall. Before you can slow your fall, you can use it to warm/cool your body. Spread the partial wing in the shade when hot and you increase surface area, cooling yourself down. Do the same in the sun and you get more warmth

Basically, if the effect is really mostly useless than that also means it is not particularly bad - such as being born an albino. Albinos live fine lives, with just a few problems. Having a minor problem does not stop you from living OR breeding.

Comment: Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (Score 4, Informative) 137

by gurps_npc (#48601363) Attached to: How Birds Lost Their Teeth
Your understanding of macro evolution is seriously flawed. Macro evolution is just a long series of micro evolution. That's ALL it is. There is nothing special or different about it.

The problem is you are not smart enough (no one is - except perhaps god) to understand all the intervening steps.

You don't 'give up' teeth, you get a mutation and are stuck with it. They are not making conscious decisions to evolve, that is just plain ignorance. If you can find a way to survive without the teeth, you continue on. Eventually you get another mutation, and maybe it evolves to take the place of something you lost.

Birds found a way to survive without teeth before they gained a beak. Possibly it was those rocks some birds swallow and use to grind up large chunks of food (I don't know when or if all do this).

Maybe teeth became a liability. People used to die from a rotten tooth, maybe there was an epidemic of bird tooth infecting microbes. It doesn't matter.

As for gender based on-single cell organism, you have that wrong also. Sex evolved from eating - the victim's genes survived inside the single cell that tried to eat it, and it's grew from there. At that point all those single celled life forms were hermaphrodite - they could eat or be eaten and their DNA would survive in the eater. Eventually, the hermaphroditic single celled life forms developed into two varieties - one that could eat and absorb the DNA (female) and the other that could be eaten and pass on their DNA (male).

Also there was no clear line between single celled life forms and multicelluar life forms. First came colonies that learned to cooperate but could also survive on their own.

Comment: Re:Consider Your User Base (Score 1) 247

by gurps_npc (#48600723) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?
The system I am considering works fine over the internet. Specifically, the commercially available phone linked technology lets you take a picture of your screen with your cellphone, using software installed on the cellphone. Then it sends a text message that unlocks your account, just as if you had entered a password.

+ - How to convince my company to stop using passwords. 1

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc (621217) writes "People hate passwords more than 4chan hates, well everything. Any password policy sufficiently complex to be secure is too complex to remember so people write them down. Worse, company policy is to leave a message on your answering machine describing it — when the software uses a 6 number password to get your 8 letter/symbol/number/capital/no dupes (ever) real password.

I want to suggest a better method. I want to go with a two factor system — either token based or phone based (LaunchKey, Clef, Nok Nok). Does anyone have any advice on specific systems — or points I should bring up? Or alternatives such as graphical based passwords?"

Comment: Total Bull (Score 1) 307

by gurps_npc (#48452241) Attached to: Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies
I always despise these reports. They come up with something that life identical to our own - on our world could not stand up against and then say "No life is possible anywhere else".


If we didn't have a Van Allen belt, some bright scientist would say no life could survive on earth, because of the radiation.

Life as we know it evolved to deal with earth. It evolved to live with at atmosphere, with a van allen belt protecting it, with limited meteors strikes (because Jupiter protected us), with our sun, with tides, etc. etc. etc. etc.

Just because we can't deal with a series of Gamma Ray burst does not mean living creatures living under an ice ocean, feeding on volcanic energy can't survive it.

Basically, what's going on here is some one asked a Physicist a question about biology. You get an answer that makes about as much sense as if you ask Stephen Hawking if the tumor in your kidney is benign or malignant.

Comment: Re:Space Resources (Score 2) 153

by gurps_npc (#48450547) Attached to: NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining
You are entirely correct, except you misused the word 'worth'.

Worth is dependent upon location. Gold buried under 600 tons of radioactive lava is worthless.

Water in a desert is priceless.

Water and high purity plutonium located in outer space are worth far more than gold in that same location.

Comment: Re:It's The Parts Count (Score 2) 293

That's ridiculous. The history of business is someone coming along with a way to cut their costs a small percent, reduce their prices that much plus a little extra (i.e. reducing their profit margin), then using the new, low price to totally destroy the competition. That's exactly how Japanese car markers took down GM, Ford and Chrysler.

Every single car executive knows that is what happens and there is no way they are going to make the same mistake that American car companies made in the 70's and 80's all over again.

Comment: We already do that (Score 1) 367

We have already adjusted the earth's climate - both intentionally and unintentionally.

We screwed up the ozone layer but are already well along the way to fix it. reference

We can create conditions favorable for earthquakes (fracking) and we can redirect lava flows. reference

The reason why people think climate can not be engineered is ignorance.

Comment: Good vs bad Code (Score 1) 186

by gurps_npc (#48434911) Attached to: It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process
Generally it takes about the same amount of time to actually write Good Code as it does to actually write Bad Code.

The differences are more along the lines of:

1) You often don't know code is bad - or how to write good code - until after you have done the work once. So effectively it can take twice as long to write the good code - once to write it badly, then again to write it well.

2) Good code usually requires a good working environment. You can never write good code while your boss is demanding you hurry up and finish the project.

Comment: Google is a freaking genius (Score 2) 319

by gurps_npc (#48434553) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions
First and foremost, the program itself doesn't have to make google any money.

Because when you do this, you are giving google information on all the websites you visit.

Want to advertise to people that visit the Onion? Well, google can do that now - as soon as you leave the Onion, your next ad will be for Cracked.com or some other funny website in competition with The Onion.

Are you having fun yet?