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Comment: Re:Follow the money (Score 2, Interesting) 135

by morgauxo (#49140983) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

I buy Android apps. Although, I admit I usually download the free version first. If I like it I usually buy it. Otherwise I just uninstall it. I rarely buy anything that I don't get to try this way first. I do have apps that have no free versions. Most of them I would buy just to get rid of the ads if I had a choice!

But... I wouldn't necessarily buy them at iOS prices. I do have an iPad too, on which I rarely install anything. My most used app on either platform is Anki, a flashcard program. It's free on Android, not even any ads. On iOS the same app is $50! iOS is such a ripoff!

Comment: Re:Yes! (Score 1) 88

by morgauxo (#49088743) Attached to: Could Fossils of Ancient Life From Earth Reside On the Moon?

I thought that was more what we did in the 80s. Today we oust the dictators so that the people can over compensate and democratically elect what they perceive to be the dictator's polar opposites.

IE religious whack jobs replace secular dictators. In another 20 or 30 years we can shift back to our old ways and start replacing the religious whack jobs with cruel secular dictators again so the cycle continues.

Meanwhile.. cruel secular dictators or religious whack jobs.. either way we have plenty for the population over here to fear and hate thus keeping attention away from our own government's faults.

Comment: Re:Yes! (Score 1) 88

by morgauxo (#49088595) Attached to: Could Fossils of Ancient Life From Earth Reside On the Moon?

Yeah, sure... how's it working out for that ally?

I was all for the invasion of Iraq at first. The WMD story always did smell like BS but I was filled with all the stories of the horrible things that Sadam and his family and friends had done. Now all I hear about is the horrible things that ISIS is doing and the old dictator sounds pretty good.

Meanwhile half their neighbors have ousted their own dictators and voted in religious nutcases. Oh boy.. the world just keeps getting better doesn't it.

I strongly believe that increasing our knowlege of the universe and how it works is far more profitable in the long run than getting involved in the middle east could ever be.

Comment: Re:part of the great Google conspiracy (Score 1) 118

by morgauxo (#49088493) Attached to: New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

It's probably in apps that are either copies of or otherwise masquerading as good ones. Listing them would just serve to hurt the makers of the actual real apps while not acomplishing much as the malware pedler's would just quickly adapt by copying someone else's app. It's better just to inform the marketplaces to pull the offenders and publish articles like this to remind people to be careful of what they install in general.

Comment: Re:Directory (Score 1) 42

by morgauxo (#49087127) Attached to: One Year of Data Shows the Hacker Community Is Tight-knit and Welcoming

What are you talking about? Yes, I know the common negative meaning of 'hacker' that you are refering to. I suspect that some uninformed people might still read 'hackerspace' and think that.

But... 'hackerspace' is a pretty well used term now. I'm sure your hypothetical FBI agents would have heard of it. Also... since when have that kind of 'hacker' had their own dedicated spaces? Where would you find such a thing? Would that be on the same block as the pick-pocketer's club, rapists inn and murderers cafe? Law enfocement must have it pretty easy in your world where the criminals gather together and label themselves. I suppose it's a tough place to market detective skills though.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

If the only technology one possessed was an engine that could push something faster than light across the space between stars then all one would have to do is attach it to a big rock and they would have a weapon that could destroy us all.

But.. surely there are a nearly limitless number of unpopulated worlds such a people could travel to. Why would they need to take ours?

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 1) 576

I think you are including the wrong variables in your probability calculation. You are looking at a calculation of how much life is likely to be out there and using that to come up with how likely that life is to find a way to 'junp' to our star system.

The problem is that you are making the assumption that such a thing is even possible. What we currenly know about how the universe works basically says it is not possible to excede the speed of light. We have a few theories about 'loopholes' in the physical laws that might allow for it but that has not been confirmed.

Given the aparent size of the universe and number of worlds in it I would agree that the 'life' side of the equation is pretty high however if FTL travel is not possible then it simply doesn't matter. No number of aliens given any amount of head start over us will develop technology that the realities of physics doesn't allow to exist!

You need to multiply your high-probability of advanced alien life against some probability of FTL being possible. Do you even have a number for that? If so where did you get it? Does it smell like the ass it was pulled from? I'm guessing so because we just don't know that yet!

Comment: Re:Yes! (Score 3, Insightful) 88

by morgauxo (#49086827) Attached to: Could Fossils of Ancient Life From Earth Reside On the Moon?

Oh please! That is a really stupid reason to do nothing.

The money spent on space exploration is virtually nothing compared to the rest of what the government spends. Diverting just a month or two's bill for removing foreign dictators so that religious wack jobs can take over would be enough to really start to move forward as a species.

Your grandchildren wouldn't notice the money as it would be just pennies compared to dollars spent on much less productive stuff.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 145

by morgauxo (#49083863) Attached to: The Burden of Intellectual Property Rights On Clean Energy Technologies

Even if we could fix the patent system to stop allowing for bad patents to be created someone would have to go through and challenge all the existing shitty ones. That would take years and that would be IF there were a budget for it. Expecting inventors to do it by challenging them in court isn't going to help because it is too expensive. Meanwhile technological progress is at a crawl compared to what it should be. Even if cleaning of the existing system began today all present would be too old to enjoy the benefits before it was done.

Throwing away the whole thing and starting over is a much quicker and more practical solution.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe