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Comment: Not only that (Score 2) 414

by okmijnuhb (#43441701) Attached to: Stephen Hawking Warns Against Confining Ourselves To Earth
We need to bring all the diversity of animals and plants we rely upon for food and resources.
Good luck with that.
If we cannot survive on the planet that nurtured us for millions of years, we might be doomed to destroy the habitability of every planet we touch, assuming we find a habitable planet, and export enough genetic diversity, and plants and animals to survive as a species.

Comment: Re:Arsehole (Score 1) 1051

by okmijnuhb (#42421689) Attached to: Linus Chews Up Kernel Maintainer For Introducing Userspace Bug
Don't enrage your boss, by making excuses, by essentially lying to his face and assuming he is stupid enough to believe your drivel.
Should he accept your drivel, and the role of sucker for accepting your incompetence, and lying on top of it, or should he call you out on your bullshit lame excuse?
I'll bet Linus was more pissed off at having his intelligence insulted with this lame excuse, than he was about the incompetent work.
But given this combination, I don't blame him a bit. If he humbled himself to every fool, and every fool's excuses Linux code would be crap.

Comment: The find doesn't increase chances.... (Score 1) 122

by okmijnuhb (#42112845) Attached to: Sub-Ice Antarctic Lake Vida Abounds With Life
"The find increases the chances that life may exist"...
I don't think any find here on Earth can increase chances anywhere else.
The chances of life existing elsewhere is unchanging. Regardless of what humans discover.
I think it just increases the hope of those wishing for the discovery life on other planets.
I personally think it's a false hope, although I'd be excited to be proven wrong.
I also think it's dangerous to rely on a belief in life on other planets, as far as we know life here is rare and unique, and the idea that we can trash this planet, and escape to other worlds as a plausible scenario, or that we can erase all or some life here, and believe that life still exists elsewhere, stands a chance of being tragically incorrect.

Comment: Manifest Destiny (Score 1) 377

by okmijnuhb (#42063677) Attached to: Why Iron Dome Might Only Work For Israel
If the Israelis are emulating the American Manifest Destiny, they may be doing it the hard way.
Wiping out the Muslim population from Turkey to Pakistan would more closely resemble the way it was done in the US.
The question is raised, "can a military occupation defending itself, be defined as self defense?"

Comment: Get a Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker (Score 3, Interesting) 447

by okmijnuhb (#42063579) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?
Get a Weber Smokey Mountain BBQ Smoker or equivalent to smoke the turkey. That's not the geeky part.
Add an ATC (automatic temperature control). This will allow you to set it for precise, unattended low and slow cooking.
Better still, get one with wifi and an internet server like the Stoker Power Draft from (no affiliation, but I do own one).
You can check and adjust your meat and fire temperatures from inside your home on wifi or remotely via the internet on your smartphone or computer.
It can even email you, or serve twitter updates. Run it with, and give your buddies a simple URL to monitor your cook as well.
Then install Stokerlog to your system, so that you can graph meat and fire temperatures and share temperature graphs with your geeky buddies on the bbq forums.
Use a digital camera and take pictures of the smoke ring (smoke penetration) on a slice of meat. Share it on your favorite photo sharing site.
Lastly, get farkles like an instant read thermometer, (I like the Thermapen), and measure the precise temperature of the meat everywhere on the bird.
The satisfaction, apart from the eating, is taking a stone age process; barbeque; and bringing it into the internet age.
I don't know if you could get geekier than that...

Comment: Re:Not the Bible. (Score 1) 700

by okmijnuhb (#41649513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?
It reinforced my atheism, and affirmed my belief that the Bible is essentially to be discarded as a source of truth, facts, justice, morality, word of God etc, with it's extensive detailing of proper animal sacrifice methods, and recommendations of stoning individuals to death.

Comment: Re:This is the best argument for Windows 8? (Score 1, Insightful) 344

by okmijnuhb (#41645587) Attached to: Windows 8: Do I Really Need a Single OS?
The worst thing about Patch Tuesday is when Windows decides to reboot your system when you're not there, without your knowledge, and closes all your data logging programs, or unsaved files, etc.
They don't know how to make software that doesn't assume that the user is some type of inept, mindless, or unimportant jackass.

Nothing is finished until the paperwork is done.