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Comment: Re:Just the kind of places (Score 1) 99

by jheath314 (#49074377) Attached to: New Map Shows USA's Quietest Places

We were fools, fools to desire such silence! Silence was never meant to be this clear, this pure, this... quiet. For a few short days, we marveled. Then the... whispers... began.

Were they Aramaic? Hyperborean? Some even more ancient tongue, first spoken by elder races under the red light of dying suns far from here? We do not know, but somehow, slowly... we began to UNDERSTAND.

No, no, please! I don't want to remember! YOU WILL NOT MAKE ME REMEMBER! I saw brave men claw their own eyes out... oh, god, the screaming... the mobs of feral children feasting on corpses, the shadows MOVING, the fires burning in the air! The CHANTING!

DO NOT MOVE INTO THE FOREST!

Comment: Re:Ringworld - beware the Pak (Score 1) 85

by jheath314 (#48973453) Attached to: Astronomers Find Vast Ring System Eclipsing a Distant Star

That was my first thought too, except the ring belongs to a planet (or brown dwarf, at best), not the primary star.

Plus, no matter how cool the Ringworld is as a feat of engineering, it would probably just end up inhabited by a bunch of stupid pre-Industrial savages. /mutters stupid Ringworld Throne...

Comment: Re:I'm sorry but (Score 1) 57

by jheath314 (#47425545) Attached to: Homestar Runner To Return Soon

Count me among the purist sourpusses by whom they would be yelled at to be :P (englilish)

Part of the charm of homestarrunner.net was the fact that they didn't sell out. No advertising, no product placement, no pay wall, or other attempts to monetize the web content. When they ran out of steam they just stopped updating, but kept the site intact.

I'm glad they didn't sell their creation for forty pieces of silver... it's nice to see some artists care about integrity, even if people like you don't.

Comment: Re:Texas Barely Registers (Score 2) 544

by jheath314 (#46090613) Attached to: Map of Publicly-Funded Creationism Teaching

"Dictating what religious values they may or may not teach would itself be a an establishment of religion."

Thanks for being honest enough to call creationism what it is... the teaching of religion.

Here's a radical idea you might like... we could set up whole institutions, independent of the government, whose primary purpose is to teach religion to people. We could amend the Constitution to forbid the government from interfering with these institutions... hell, we could even make them tax exempt, to really drive home the separation. This would nicely solve the problem of which religious viewpoint should be taught in public schools science classes... that would be left up to these newfangled institutions instead!

Comment: Here's a radical idea... (Score 5, Insightful) 731

by jheath314 (#45992417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

If people are blocking your ads, it's probably because they're not interested in seeing the god damn ads. Sneaking past the ad blocker won't result in me going "gee, you got me, I'll be good and click on your ad now." More likely it will piss me off to the point where I stop visiting your site.

Stupid marketers and their "arms race" mentality was what resulted in people developing and using adblock and noscript in the first place. "What do you mean people still aren't clicking on our ads? It's got a dancing monkey with a flashing background and it occupies half the browser window! Fine, we'll make it play music too, and pop up fifty windows... maybe THEN they'll realize the error of their ways and click on it."

Comment: Re:Not the only supermassive black hole... (Score 1) 150

by jheath314 (#45918119) Attached to: New Class of "Hypervelocity Stars" Discovered Escaping the Galaxy

It's possible, I suppose. The Andromeda galaxy is the closest large neighbor to the Milky Way, and it is 2.5 million light years away. At "more than a million miles per hour" (0.0015 c) a star would take only one or two billion years to make the trip across the intergalactic void... a long journey, to be sure, but doable within a stellar lifetime. However, because our galaxy occupies less than 1% of the sky as seen from Andromeda, the odds of randomly flung stars hitting our galaxy from that distance away seems pretty low.

The moon is a planet just like the Earth, only it is even deader.

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