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Comment: Re:Where do you draw the line (Score 1) 106

And why should it, pray tell?

It shouldn't. But the further we allow the line between "right" and "privilege" to be blurred and/or moved, the closer we get to that point. If Grandma were to enter into a contract with Google, maybe there is a story; however, simply relying on the current Google algorithm should not afford anyone protection under the law from it being changed.

Comment: Re:Live (Score 1) 232

by thedonger (#49172233) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

I have seen Predestination, and I enjoyed it. I don't think the Star Trek reboot is meant to get into such heady topics, at least not in that detail. Predestination is specifically about the exact things you mention. Primer is directly about time travel. Star Trek uses the idea of destiny and time travel to further a story line, but isn't specifically about those things, because it wouldn't survive as a franchise if it was.

Comment: Re:Live (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by thedonger (#49164335) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

Agreed the second movie sucked balls. The homage was pure hollywood crap. Shows how JJ Abrams is utterly over-rated. After creating their Star Trek universe they had an opportunity to create new story lines. Instead they punted and decided to destroy a classic movie.

My thought on the reboot is not that they punted and rehashed old story lines; rather, it is meant to demonstrate that even with an alternate future from the original movies -- a smart way to retell a story with the same characters and not be beholden to an old story arc -- they couldn't escape their shared fate, or their shared destiny.

Regardless, I'm just going to enjoy the reboot. That is, unless the next one involves whales and time travel.

Comment: Re:Breaking news! (Score 2) 148

by thedonger (#49136945) Attached to: Artificial Intelligence Bests Humans At Classic Arcade Games

I figured out an endless pattern to Atari 2600 Space Invaders and PacMan, high score stuff. Was thrilled and disappointed to read about my solution in some Atari mag several years after my discovery.

I figured I had beat the computer and was disappointed when I wasn't asked to help defeat Xur and the Ko-Dan Armada.

Fixed that for you.

Comment: Re:What if... (Score 1) 212

by thedonger (#49002135) Attached to: The Search For Neutrons That Leak Into Our World From Other Universes

Yeah, but most of them can spell "holes" properly.

Oh yeah, and math.

I meant to write "whores." Stupid auto correct.

And math? Having all the math we know about correct doesn't mean it isn't based on a faulty premise to begin with. The stranger, or more Star Trek that predictions and hypotheses get, the more I wonder if people are using a little too much imagination to fill in the gaps. Maybe they are correct. Or maybe the alternate universes aren't what we typically conceive them as -- Buckaroo Banzai, et al -- and instead they are states of matter we lack the science to comprehend.

Comment: Re:What if... (Score 0) 212

by thedonger (#49001791) Attached to: The Search For Neutrons That Leak Into Our World From Other Universes

What if the other brane also has a reactor shield in the same spot?

What if this prediction is the result of too many people making a life out of academia, such that they now have to come up with ever-wackier notions? It's as though current theories leave all these wholes, and people get PhD's coming up with nonsense to fill them. It seems like the control against which their observations are measured is their own assumption about what they should not expect to see.

Comment: Re:Boom. Boom. Boom. Another one bite's the dust.. (Score 1) 121

No worries ladies and gents. Just some black hole or star being absorbed into a circle of more stable vacuum than the twitchy sort of vacuum we have over here. Move along. Move along. There's literally nothing to see there.

C'mon, there's got to be some highly implausible yet scientific sounding explanation that blames it on a time hole to the future slamming shut. Right? Maybe Elon Musk has been working on a time portal, but he hasn't quite figured out how to make it appear close enough to be usable?

Comment: Re:A Simple Retort (Score 1) 556

Yes, ultimately I *believe* in gravity. People find evidence of God's existence; others find evidence of gravity's existence. The difference - as I'm sure you are aware - is that one passes the scientific method; the other doesn't or won't submit to it. Then again, dogma finds a way into many non-religious things (hang out with raw vegans and you'll see that in action).

Playing my own Devil's advocate - one can argue that a man-derived scientific method is insufficient to test for the existence of God; after all, if I bake a cake and it decides I don't exist, the cake doesn't disappear.

One thing I think you have wrong -- God wouldn't be inside the universe. God created it. I suppose - going back to the cake analogy - God could bake himself into the cake. But he would still be an exo-cake being, and would have existed before the cake.

Mmmmm, cake.

Comment: Re:A Simple Retort (Score 1) 556

The probability that life would develop on any given planet...

That doesn't prove God; it only provides a good argument that we are very likely alone in the universe, at least to the extent that life has developed here. Sure, 100 light years away there may be a planet with some kind of primordial ooze on its way to becoming life as we know it; however, I'm guessing we won't be around in 100 million years to meet them. Or perhaps by then we will be the Borg and assimilate them all.

"Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit, Kill the Wabbit!" -- Looney Tunes, "What's Opera Doc?" (1957, Chuck Jones)