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Comment: Re:That makes little sense. (Score 1) 117

by painandgreed (#49184817) Attached to: The Mexican Drug Cartels' Involuntary IT Guy

Why abduct a guy and force him to do IT work. It's not like there is a lack of skilled people, that can't be bothered with moral/legal questions about who their employer is or what they are doing. If there was banks, mpaa/riaa, phone/cable companies, etc... would all having to abduct IT staff too.

There is a lack of skilled people that will work for free, require no benefits, who you can make sure will not carry your secrets to their next employer. It was suggested that they could have actually sent gang members through school to learn the same thing, and while that would take a pitiful amount of money for a loyal employee, it would also take years. If the cartels started sending people through school when they had started setting up their own networks, those people might just be graduating by now, which would be too long to wait in the cut throat business of Mexican cartels.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 268

by painandgreed (#49183955) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

But changing the title from "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" to "Uprising" does not bode well; the book is not about an "Uprising" but about how a society develops when the rules of normal society are removed. The actual "uprising" in the book is almost a by-product and not a central theme.

Maybe Peter Jackson is going to do work on the film and this is just the first installment of the new expanded movie trilogy?

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 1) 268

by painandgreed (#49183925) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Many of his books also featured communal living, with many people living together and freely sharing resources, and even sharing sexual partners. Usually this was not part of the main plot, but just happened to be the way the characters were living.

Sounds like college.

Comment: Re:I agree. (Score 2) 122

by painandgreed (#49180993) Attached to: Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

Assuming gravity propagates at the speed of light as a force, rather than being an artifact of space-time, which would mean you don't get any waves. Which we've so far not been able to detect, probably because they don't exist. 8-).

I believe I remember running across the proof for gravity waves while looking at the special relativity derivation of the Lorentz transformation. So, if gravity waves don't exist, then Special relativity is under some pressure. Of course, special relativity happens in Minkowski space which is flat and not warped due to gravity which we know is not the case anyway. Unsure about a similar proof of gravity waves using general relativity.

Comment: Re:"North Korean rebel movement" (Score 1) 62

by painandgreed (#49180827) Attached to: Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement

It wouldn't surprise me if some people believed that our movies and information are just our propaganda to deceive them.

Well, that's not too far from the truth. Not that we are actively trying to deceive them, but there are plenty of North Korean defectors that upon reaching South Korea are disillusioned that what they saw in South Korean soap operas and movies, usually portraying well to do if not upper classes, is not the reality for the common person.

Comment: Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 64

by painandgreed (#49176665) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain

No, it's just fucking dumb. By forcing people to have to tediously paint each piece by hand you limit the actual number of people who become interested.

Three colors is not really tedious. Black spray Primer. One color on the front to denote facing with more spray on paint. Different color on the back. Done. That's all that needs to be done to satisfy the rules and be allowed into a tournament. Of course, now you have to deal with the other players. I've seen people with similarly painted armies (and partially guilty myself) and they still get respect if they can actually win.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 522

Let's face it, besides Fox News and Al Jazera, you can't tune into a news program that isn't controlled by the left wing.

Because usually at that point, "left wing" is being defined as somebody who doesn't tune into the news program they watch. Try BBC, they usually get panned for being left wing by the rights and right wing by the lefts. That's usually a good sign you might actually be getting news. Wall Street Journal is also usually not called left wing too often and is usually said to be the only real news outlet left as the people who read it expect their news to be straight as they plan to base decisions involving lots of money on that news. Just go to Reuters or AP directly and get the news from the sources as it's not like hardly anybody else (except for Al Jazera and some French language one) has news offices across the world, they just buy from the news services. There is certainly complaints to be had about the state of news today, but if yours is that everything is controlled by the lefties, I doubt you have much of a rational argument to back it up.

Comment: Re:Just a thought... (Score 1) 151

by painandgreed (#49174663) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

The Big Bang didn't have a center? Just pointing out that calling it "an expansion" also requires it to have a center within space.

Not really. As is usually explained, think of the universe as the surface of a ballon. Now blow the balloon up. The surface expands, but doesn't have a center just like the surface doesn't have any edges. Of course the surface of the balloon is 2D which we are describing in 3D. Our universe is 3D which is why it is often described in even more dimensions.

Comment: Re:Headbender (Score 2) 151

by painandgreed (#49174529) Attached to: Astronomers Find an Old-Looking Galaxy In the Early Universe

For a while after the big bang, the universe was opaque, so there would be nothing to see.

True. For those not familiar, after the big bang, the universe was really hot. Too hot for matter like we know it to even exist for long. A newly formed electron would just collide with another newly created electron or photons of sufficient energy to turn it also back to energy. As space time expanded, things cooled down because the energy density was reduced to the point that particles could form and not turn be turned back into energy. Even after normal particles of matter were able to exist, it was still to hot to form atoms as the electrons would constantly be stripped off. Thus all the matter was in a plasma. Plasma, as a charged particle, will happily interact with EM waves, and since the universe was full of this plasma, the universe was opaque because the mean path that a photon could travel before interacting with a charged particle, being absorbed and then being re-emitted was quite small. We saw the same effect with the space shuttle when it re-entered the atmosphere. During a period of its re-entry, the air became a plasma and essentially opaque to any sort of radio communication, so their was always a period of time when the space shuttle could not communicate with the ground as it landed.

Comment: Re:I AM SICK OF ZOMBIES! (Score 1) 244

We needed /some/ horde of faceless bad guys after Nazi Germany and the USSR fell, so now we have zombies.

Uh, we needed some more bad guys?

No, because zombies aren't the bad guys. Zombies are a natural disaster that can be shot in the face for action. The real bad guys are the other survivors and their interactions after the break down of society that is supposed to happen. If Jack London had been born later he'd write zombie stories about man died because they were stupid but the dogs survived because of their natural instincts.

Comment: Re:Zombies versus Predators (Score 1) 244

In an actual zombie apocalypse I think my list of threats would be:

1. Opportunistic bastards (thugs, gangs) 2. Desperate bastards (hungry, cold, afraid) 3. Devious bastards (poisoned, stabbed in sleep) 4. Survival skills (and fighting for the good spots) 5. Zombies

Which is the point of zombie movies and the media niche they fill. The conflict in them all is not Man versus Zombie, but Man versus Man. Zombies are nothing more than a natural disaster that can be shot in the face for greater action and the real drama is the survivor's interactions with each other.

There are three kinds of people: men, women, and unix.