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Comment: Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 290

I don't know about Canadians and Americans in general, but it's certainly true about border agents. I'm not saying that everybody in CBP is an asshole, but based on mine (several times per year for three years) history of travel back and forth between two countries, the chances of running into an asshole were way higher when travelling south.

Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 1) 115

There in no basis for assuming that these conditions would ever occur.

You mean, except for the fact that we observe each of them occurring separately, and are not aware of any reason why having one occur would exclude the other? From those premises alone it follows that it is a statistic certainty that they will all occur at the same time eventually.

Comment: Re:Sure thing, Republicans. (Score 1) 415

by shutdown -p now (#49190265) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

To remind, alcohol was actually illegal for a while. Then it was legalized again, because the society understood that banning it leads to a worse result overall.

Why does the state even need to be in the business of telling sane adults what they can and cannot put into their own body?

Comment: Re:What they really proved... (Score 2) 115

irradiated with high-energy ultraviolet photons

That's a part of "space-like conditions".

surrounded continuously by doting scientists and elaborate test apparatus

That part is to guarantee success and have a thorough measurement of the process. For the natural process, it is reasonable to assume that it took many hundreds of millions of years before some place (and maybe more than one, over those years) happened to have all those conditions in it at the same time. The point here is that all the things that they've done and all the input materials are the kind that occur naturally. From there it's all statistics.

Comment: Re:I Read All of Heinlein's Stuff (Score 1) 314

by shutdown -p now (#49185615) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I'm wondering whether you're confusing Heinlein's treatment of women with his characters' treatment of women. There's plenty of sexism in "Mistress", but I don't recall it being glorified or presented as desirable by the author. It is presented as normal by the character, yes, because it's part of his cultural background.

Heinlein certainly did have some strange notions about women, as evidenced by "Stranger", but they are of a different kind.

Comment: Re:Even worse - extensions == "chmod +x" ?!? (Score 1) 560

by shutdown -p now (#49184993) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Alternatively, you can say that file exension is metadata distinct from the name; it just so happens that the conventional name to record this metadata is as a dot-suffix to the name.

And yes, it is a crappy way to do it, but it's the one that became the de facto standard. Changing it now is very costly, and cannot be done unilaterally.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 532

There are ways to prevent wars between hostile groups. The more obvious one is redrawing the border such that each gets its slice, and in disputed areas, allocating them one way or another and forcibly resettling the population (as was done in the aftermath of WW2). It sucks, but it's better than a genocide later.

And why is it a good thing exactly?

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.