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+ - 10,000-Year-Old Cave Paintings of Possible Aliens Found in India->

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t_ban (875088) writes "The Times of India reports that Indian archaeologists have recently discovered cave paintings in the village of Charama, in Chattisgarh state, cave paintings depicting what looks very like modern visualisations of aliens and spaceships. Natives of the region traditionally talk about the mythical 'Rohela' people who supposedly came down from the skies and carried off villagers and never returned them. The pictures are bewilderingly similar to Hollywood / Pulp magazine depictions of the same. Are the pictures modern fakes? Did aliens really contact ancient Indians? Or are the paintings purely imaginary, in which case there must be something in the human imagination that favours a certain type of alien visualisation?"
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Comment: Was this what Einstein tried to do? (Score 1) 600

by t_ban (#44917487) Attached to: Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics
Disclaimer: I have no formal knowledge of Maths and Physics beyond high school level.

I understand Einstein disliked the untidy nature of particle physics and the Standard Model, and wanted to discover an elegant, geometrical explanation for quantum phenomena. Is the current discovery a step in that direction?

Comment: 123 profit! (Score 1) 151

by t_ban (#38493718) Attached to: Google and Mozilla: Partners, Not Competitors
Say corporations A, B & C have a certain market cornered, each owning 33% of it.

B is really a non-profit, being sustained by donations from A.

A's long-term goal is to drive C out of the market.

I am no game theorist, but common sense tells me that A should dispose of B later rather than sooner, since B is in its pocket anyway. Together, their 66% has a much better chance of taking over the other 33%.

Whereas if A first destroys B by withdrawing funding, then B's userbase is likely to bifurcate and go to A and C, in which case A's 50% would be fighting C's 50%, a much less advantageous situation than the first.

What I should do if I were A:

1. Keep sponsoring B, and together with it drive C out of the market
2. Withdraw funding from B, hopefully destroying it
3. Profit!

You know who A, B and C are.

Comment: Re:GNOME has always been fucked up. (Score 1) 314

by t_ban (#38458434) Attached to: Linux Mint Developer Forks Gnome 3

Good developers don't care for unnecessary licensing politics. They don't create software when there are perfectly fine alternatives they could use instead.

I have no idea about the Gnome development process or the community, so I won't comment on that specific point.

But if you're making the general statement that political ideology is unnecessary, and is mutually exclusive with technical skill, you may want to think again.

Writing the best code is an important goal, but don't you also need to think why and for whom you're coding? I'm sure you wouldn't want to think of yourself as a coding machine that mindlessly churns out the best code for whoever happens to own it. If you discern on that point, then you are already politically aware.

It is the hegemony of the have-s that makes some have-nots regard the politically motivated as zealots and lunatics.

Don't let them take you unawares, and turn you into their willing shill.


- t.

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