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Comment: thanks (Score 1) 340

by mapkinase (#47393949) Attached to: On 4th of July:

Thanks for providing an answer that at least remotely fitting to Muslim during this month of Ramadan:

> I mostly care about the food

Fireworks started at 9pm, right at the time I just started to eat my Iftar. At first, when I was still hungry, it sounded like pop-corn was finishing last pops in the microwave.

Comment: Re:Policy for Planetary Protection (Score 1) 97

by mapkinase (#47044845) Attached to: Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

To begin with, the article is speculation:

>although no one knows for sure whether the bacteria survived the inter-planetary ride.

> The key part here is that when you are looking for life

You should be able to tell if the life is extra-terrestrial without arbitrarily excluding possibility of contamination.

For example, I do not need a whole history of specimen to determine if genome sequence was contaminated. There are computer programs that will do that fairly easily.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

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