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Comment: Re:Something which I do not understand (Score 3, Insightful) 641

by pr0t0 (#46712699) Attached to: Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

Simple experiment: Blow up a balloon half way but do not tie it off, just pinch the end. This represents the universe. Now take a marker and put dots all over the surface of the balloon. These represent stars, planets, everything. Now start blowing into the balloon again to simulate the universe's continued expansion. You'll notice that all the dots are moving away from each other on all sides. No dot is getting closer to any other dot. This would also be true if you could somehow place dots inside the space of the balloon; and while it would remain true for a dot in the very center of the balloon, it also remains true for every other dot.

So seeing everything moving away from us does not require us to be at the center. We're just another dot...a pale blue one.

Comment: Form a watchdog maybe? (Score 1) 172

Given his recent experience with the ORI, I wonder if David Wright's talents might serve the public better by forming a watchdog group that essentially does the same thing as the ORI. It wouldn't have the teeth the ORI has in terms of access to data, that in itself may make it a non-starter; but if possible the group could serve to inform the public, and when necessary, embarrass the ORI by pointing out inaction.

Comment: Re:Nothing Will Come of It (Score 5, Interesting) 131

by pr0t0 (#46351463) Attached to: Visual Effects Artists Use MPAA's Own Words Against It

I'm going to go ahead and call Shenanigans.

American politics is theatre, a drama, a mummer's fiction. It has organically grown to keep people divided and warring over the insignificant, while matters of import are settled behind closed doors. I believe that many politicians get into the profession for benevolent reasons...wanting to make a positive difference...regardless of party affiliation. The nature of the game though is eat or be eaten; say what you have to say and do what you have to do to maintain your position. Of course, this is all fueled by money and power. There's really simply nothing else. We're all greedy. At this point in our development as a species, it is still more natural for us to want more than our neighbor than to make them our equal.

DC is little more than a circling colony of vultures, and we're all lost in the desert. Evangelize your politics if you really feel the need, but to me you'll just look like someone who is kind of simple. After paying attention to how this game has been played over the last few decades, I give up. I prefer my fiction with spaceships and aliens, probably because I want off this rock.

Comment: Re:Have you stopped beating your wife yet? (Score 2) 101

by pr0t0 (#46280005) Attached to: Are You a Competent Cyborg?

I'm guessing you are being modded as troll because the well-known logical fallacy you used in your subject to illustrate your point, went straight over the heads of the mods. To wit:

The question "Have you stopped beating your wife?" is a common illustration of the "loaded question" logical fallacy. Kruach's point was the question "Are you a competent cyborg?" is also a loaded question. We are not cyborgs at all, and the use of a cell phone doesn't make me a cyborg any more than using a car makes me a mode of transportation. In primitive terms, a cell phone is a tool not an augment, and its use is a conscious endeavor.

Comment: Kidneys, now bio-free! (Score 1) 234

by pr0t0 (#46104133) Attached to: 3D Printing of Human Tissue To Spark Ethics Debate

So this is really more of a side-topic, but I thought I'd throw it out there. I guess I've always thought we would get closer to artificial/mechanical creatures as time and technology progressed. I'm wondering if the advent of 3D printing makes it possible for printing kidneys made of alloys that aren't rejected, and polymer membranes that filter the blood. Bio matter wears out, but functional artificial kidneys may not.

Then again, a human heart lasts an astonishingly long time (2-3 billion beats) and I don't know that the artificial versions we have created at this point last longer. Perhaps it will go the other way around and rather than humans becoming more mechanized, our machines will be come more bio-mechanical? Will bio-printed organs be the stepping stone to fully artificial organs, or will it be a step toward making our technology less distinguishable from biology? Can we improve upon nature in this regard, and is it hubris to try?

Comment: Shut Up and Take My Money! (Score 4, Informative) 160

I would gladly pay $15 per month to access all movie content. I don't think I know a single person that wouldn't pay that. It's considerably more than I pay to production houses right now. My only movie expense currently is Netflix. $8/mo and production companies have to split that with Netflix.

Comment: Prior art all over the place? (Score 4, Insightful) 169

by pr0t0 (#46025983) Attached to: <em>Candy Crush</em> Maker Has Trademarked 'Candy' For Games

Google: candy games -crush
Set date filter: 01/01/2011 - 12/31/2011 (Candy Crush was released on Facebook 04/12/2012)

I mean really? Could thousands of online and mobile games with the word "candy" in them, existing years, even decades before King Games released Candy Crush, suddenly be in violation of a newly registered trademark?

Comment: Re:Watch for the Fan shaped tail (Score 1) 84

by pr0t0 (#45575321) Attached to: How Much of ISON Survived Its Closest Approach To the Sun?

After watching several animated gif's of the event (like this one:, I'm left a little perplexed. I was under the impression that as a comet approaches the Sun, the heat causes outgassing and evaporation, and the tail forms as the solar wind blows that away from the comet. Accordingly, I thought a comet's tail roughly always pointed away from the sun with maybe a slight curve due to momentum. But the gif's I'm seeing don't show that. I know the comet is speeding up as it approaches the Sun, and certain gains a slingshot effect as it whips around, but I didn't think that speed would overcome the solar wind.

Can anyone explain why the tail is still pointing in opposition to the direction of movement like jet exhaust?

Comment: Re:Read section (I) of the law for the whole story (Score 1) 670

by pr0t0 (#45521927) Attached to: Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing

I think it is as bad as the article makes it out to be.

They searched the car? Did the have a warrant? Probable cause? What was the probable cause? Wires to the trunk? The tail lights are in the trunk. Those need wires. Aftermarket speakers, amps, and alarm systems usually require wires running to the trunk. What is about wires that are so damning? Do these alleged secret drug compartments typically use their own climate control system or something? Even if they had probably cause, which it doesn't sound like, was there visible drug residue in the secret compartment? The officers may have asked if they could look in his car. If so, that would be the owner's own dumb fault for saying yes (never say yes), but I still don't see that holding up in court (IANAL).

The article doesn't mention residue either, so that could have been withheld to sensationalize the piece, but I don't think it matters. The law is sensational enough as it is, and the ACLU is correct. There's already a law on the books against drug-trafficking. There's no reason to extend that to the type of container it may be found in.

Also, this.

Comment: Obligatory movie quote (Score 2) 188

by pr0t0 (#45422389) Attached to: SnapChat Turns Down $3 Billion Offer From Facebook

This reminds of a line in the movie, "Entrapment".

In this case, the line would be: What can you buy with $6.68 Billion that you can't buy with $6 Billion. It was dumb for Groupon not to sell out. Just as it was dumb for the Snapchat guys not to sell out.

When you're in billion dollar territory, you've made it. You can spend the rest of your life trying to grow a $3 Billion company into a $10 Billion company, but the odds and history are greatly stacked against you. You can invest and grow that money into the same target amount, all while spending your time on other pursuits. How much innovation is left in Snapchat? How much more work is there to do with it? It's a simple, single-purpose app that does one thing very well and that's what makes it successful. Once you start tacking on features, you start losing customers and momentum. It probably reached 80-85% of its utility right out of the gate.

Take the money and go invent something else. Or buy a basketball team. Or help bring an end to disease in a developing corner of the world. But don't waste your time and talents trying to milk one good idea for a few more bucks.

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