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Comment: Re:How important is that at this point? (Score 1) 167

by mark-t (#48033131) Attached to: Adobe Photoshop Is Coming To Linux, Through Chromebooks
As I said... most people will probably be able to easily come up with a small number of critical points that are major shortcomings of GIMP, and the perception that GIMP is "nowhere near photoshop" may be heightened by the invaluableness of those features, not by their actual number. But considering that virtually all of those needed features are waiting on but an important rewrite which is largely complete, and will definitely be part of the next version of GIMP, I'd suggest that GIMP being comparable is not as far off as some would say.

Comment: Re:So who do you think the final buyer is? (Score 1) 39

by rtb61 (#48032769) Attached to: Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

You are talking about fictitious maybe, might be, could have possibly happened consequences. Something that is only really used in corrupted courts by corrupt prosecutors. Stick to the facts, of what actually happened and copying is never theft, copying is copying and theft is the denial of possession. So overall is seems they were far less naughty than the NSA, hugely massively less naughty then the NSA.

As for hundreds of millions of dollars spent on repairing security breaches, when will government agencies stop lying in court, it is a criminal act and these claims should be investigated and when proven false those who made the claims prosecuted for perjury.

Otherwise people can be charged for possibly starting world war three because they dropped a banana peel and because a particular person slipped on it, this could possibly set off a chain reaction of events which could possibly lead to world war three hence the person who dropped the banana peel needs to be charged with mass murder and war crimes.

Comment: Re:Completely Contained? (Score 1) 322

by rtb61 (#48032707) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

The reality is when it comes to something like Ebola when they use the words 'completely contained' they are quite simply completely lying in order to protect trade and tourism. Reality is with any infectious diseases the correct terminology is 'was contained' or 'according to current information the spread has been limited'. Any claim of complete containment is a lie as it requires the complete knowledge of every person in that population and their current state of infection, something that is impossible in a modern western country let alone an African country.

So when countries in Africa start talking about the lie of 'complete containment' I find that extremely concerning and that an externally applied containment to the African continent is likely the only safe way to go and sooner rather than later will likely be beneficial.

Comment: Re:Boooooring! (Score 1) 442

by rtb61 (#48032675) Attached to: The Physics of Space Battles

Futuristic weapon of course do not really work they way people would think. The whole idea is about releasing the minimum required amount of energy at the target location to achieve a desired result. So when it comes to stopping a space battleship, the required amount of energy to shut down it's computers. Obviously the energy required at the target location is minimal, getting it there is the trick. There are many particles that will readily travel through objects, project those particles and fluctuate the amount at the right frequency at the target location and you will alter the energy balance at that location and achieve a molecular resonance, where the molecules at the target location release the energy to achieve a desired affect.

So it is all about hiding and attacking without being attacked or using really advanced technology to uncloak and shut down the opposing war machine. Using massive amounts of energy really is technologically speaking primitive.

Same with planetary attack, you are not attacking a planet, you are attacking a society on that planet and eliminating that threat. So biological attack, a gene therapy attack to eliminate the social threatening traits. The sustained technological shut down of energy generation, to allow the collapse of a society and it's re-evolution in a more desired form. Even a political attack, achieving political reform to eliminate the threat.

Looking at our own world we can see how we have revised war over the millennia, to be far more subtle, mainly in the last few years of course.

Comment: Re:You are wrong! (Score 1) 24

by Arker (#48032537) Attached to: You're all right
I am not sure I understand the mathematical reference, but what I mean is this:

At some point a very long time ago the first dna-based living organism came into being, and we can to a reasonable degree say what happened after that, how one thing led to another until we have the dizzying array of living organisms on the planet, from the simple to the most complex, all descended from that.

But how it came to be in the first place? A different question. Not by evolution - evolution works on a population with alleles, there was no such population, no alleles, before the first life. So by definition, whatever gave rise to it, it was not evolution.

Some people think it arose spontaneously from the soup, abiogenesis. Some people think it came from somewhere else, on a meteor perhaps, panspermia. No one has proven abiogenesis to be possible, and panspermia really just pushes the question back a level, as in, ok wise guy, so it came on a meteor to earth, but how did it start back wherever it came from? There really is very little evidence to go on. The fossil record that shows the development of species, sometimes in great detail, simply has nothing to say about how the first microbe came to be. It's a mystery.

The other gentleman accused me of the 'God of the Gaps' fallacy for mentioning it, but I am not saying that the gap proves G_d. I am only saying there is no contradiction or conflict. G_d can create in whatever way he wants to, whether by crafting physical laws that *do* allow abiogenesis under just the right conditions, or by literally reaching out and making the DNA helix when he is ready to do so. I just see our role as seeking to understand how he has done it, rather than demanding that he must have done it as we wish to believe it was done.

Comment: Re:Fristy Pawst! (Score 3, Informative) 322

by jedidiah (#48032407) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

If I want something I can pay for it. If my life is on the line, I don't have to worry about how much it costs. I already know two people who have benefited from very expensive life saving procedures. I am sure that when I need something like that, it will at least be there.

I'm not so sure of near-communist countries where beaurocrats are in charge of these things.

This guy from Liberia is already getting the best care available anywhere. He might even pull through because of our "inferior" system.

Comment: Re:Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 7

by Jeremiah Cornelius (#48032205) Attached to: The Matrix is Mimetic

Fear of death. Mortal anxiety.

We are not talking about reality of non-material consciousness or ontology.

This is a discussion of the organising principle in broad human endeavour. The Pharaoh was never son of Horus. Democracy and Liberty were never the aim of establishing an international body to manage world order.

Comment: Re:Going Cable! (Score 1) 120

by AuMatar (#48031799) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

In the last few years I've gone to games and I've watched on TV. I'd never pay sticker price to go to a game again- TV is a MUCH better experience. No weather, no annoying asshole standing up in front of you, better food, better priced food and drink, instant replays, etc. If you're watching sports (rather than participating) its just better all around on TV. I'm more engaged at home.

Funnily enough, I'd rather go to a concert. That's an experience. Sports in person don't do it for me, even if I like the sport.

Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate.