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Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 379

by ultranova (#47970873) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Do you want high-risk open-heart surgery, with a fifteen-per-cent risk of dying during the operation, or would you rather continue as you are, with a fifty-per-cent chance you will be dead in two years?

Open-heart surgery, please. You can actually feel your heartbeat, and thinking there's a problem means every irregularity, real or imagined, is going to give you a start. This gets especially fun when you're trying to sleep because that, after all, involves heartbeat slowing down.

Comment: Re:min install (Score 2) 126

by jythie (#47970351) Attached to: Outlining Thin Linux
I think the concern is not how stripped down of an install you can do, but how competing needs can result in desktop centric package decisions effecting server installs. This is probably related to systemd and the perception that it is a technology designed around the problems desktop users focus on at the expense of the issues server admins worry about.

Comment: Re:Traffic is up? (Score 1) 133

by Seumas (#47969997) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Wait, what? Since when are retailers supposed to ask for your identity when using a credit card? My understanding was that they were actively discouraged from doing so by credit card companies. In fact, I remember they used to have a toll free number you could call to report a retailer if they refused to accept your VISA without giving them ID.

Comment: Re:Traffic is up? (Score 1) 133

by Seumas (#47969975) Attached to: The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

That's what I thought had happened. I remember TPB selling themselves to a software company for like ten million bucks with plans to turn into a "legitimate tracker of licensed/contracted content". Everyone went nuts over it. Then they all switched to private trackers.

I've actually always been highly suspect of TPB. Not because of those behind it, but because it is such a high value target, compared to other trackers that you could use (especially private, obviously -- though then there are situations like Demonoid and others that become really iffy due to certain events).

Comment: Re:The campfire gave rise to two things (Score 2, Funny) 58

by PopeRatzo (#47969277) Attached to: Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

You know, I've noticed that even though there's a strong impulse to make smores, and preparations made, it always ends up with everybody drunk and just burning the marshmallows on the end of a stick, eating all the chocolate and then running around the campfire naked before tripping over a branch, passing out and waking up covered in ticks and mosquito bites.

I've been part of so many camping trips where there was every intention of making smores and it never seems to work out.

Comment: Re:Also... (Score 1) 219

by vux984 (#47968869) Attached to: Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

What happens when you boil water inside an sealed container?

Nothing at all if you completely fail to boil the water because the container you used shields the contents from the energy you were hoping to use to boil it.

Per the youtube video, the beer stayed cold. The metal can shields the water from heating, so it doesn't even heat it up, nevermind boil.

Comment: Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (Score 4, Funny) 212

by vux984 (#47968047) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light

uh... no you couldn't, the angular resolution of even the largest telescopes coupled with elementary physics would prove that.

And even if we could, say via a flyby with a satellite or some futuristic hubble 2.0... the only people who could afford such a 'telescope' would clearly be in on the hoax, so you can't trust them.

The only solution is to take the hoaxers and send them to the moon to see it first hand with their own eyes. Something I am entirely in favor of.

If that doesn't convince them, fine, this wasn't really for them, it was for me. And I was satisfied the minute they were out of earths orbit and don't see any reason why we should bring them back.

Comment: Re:There are numerous other obvious flaws (Score 2) 212

by Sique (#47967977) Attached to: Nvidia Sinks Moon Landing Hoax Using Virtual Light
You misunderstand the basic principle of the Moon landing hoax conspiracy. At first, prima causa, is the premise that the Moon landings didn't happen. Everything else has to fit this. There are pictures of the landings? The pictures are fake. There are people working at the Moon landings project? The people are liars. There are contemporary reports of the Moon landings? They are fabricated by a concerted propaganda blitz etc.pp.

The idea that you can topple the prima causa by attacking the conclusions is naive. The premise is all that's about it. The Moon landings have to be fake. Everything else is just a corollary.

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. -- Woody Allen