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Comment: Re:The (in)justice system (Score 5, Interesting) 291

-or they would have to be more selective about what they prosecuted.

5-17 year old took a nude picture of herself? Well I'd *like* to prosecute that, but I'm too busy prosecuting this other case.

Kill in clear self defense? Again, I'd *like* to prosecute that, but I'm too busy prosecuting this other case.

Can you imagine how horrible that would be?

Comment: Re:Any actual examples? (Score 1) 598

by theedgeofoblivious (#48742851) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Or enter a different name completely. Note that that's not an apology. It's just something that will accomplish what you're trying to do. Once you enter a different title and no other songs have the same mistake then it won't present that suggestion. This behavior is still unacceptable.

The problem is that iTunes is autofilling what you're typing, but is using a list of all similar items(song names, artist names, et cetera, including the item you're trying to replace). It's fine to include a list of all similar items, but what's already there should not be a suggestion for what you're trying to enter there.

Comment: Re: Nosedive (Score 1) 598

by theedgeofoblivious (#48742711) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

In Mission Control in System Preferences you can uncheck "Group windows by application" to get Exposé functionality back. It's not that I disagree with anything you've mentioned, because I don't think that should be checked by default, but I thought it should be mentioned so that other Mac users can see it.

Comment: Re:Flip the switch (Score 1) 247

by theedgeofoblivious (#47770997) Attached to: Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

I'm not sure what it would mean. For all we know, maybe there's only one sentient being, and maybe they're reading this(or wrote it), and maybe they created this simulation and just don't remember doing so.

If the universe is a simulation, the fact that other bodies act in ways that approximate my own activities is not itself definitive proof of their consciousnesses. Or maybe some have consciousness but not all.


Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution 95

Posted by Soulskill
from the assuming-the-little-green-men-are-not-too-green dept.
coondoggie writes: If what we know as advanced life exists anywhere other than Earth, then perhaps they are dirtying their atmosphere as much as we are. We could use such pollution components to perhaps more easily spot such planets. That's the basis of new research published this week by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. They say that if we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions (PDF), it would offer a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence."

Comment: Re:next 50 to 100 years? (Score 1) 453

by theedgeofoblivious (#46957307) Attached to: Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

How long would it take for someone to walk from the southernmost tip of Africa to the southernmost tip of South America?

A long time, right? Has anyone done it?

But over generations, humans moved little-by-little, farther and farther out, and given a hundred thousand years or so, there were humans all over the face of this planet. It's not like one person left Africa and made the trip by themself in one day. No, but humans multiplied and spread out.

Given the universe's age, more billions of years old than we can comprehend, even if we can't bet on a traveler making a non-stop streak across the sky to our backyard, why is it unreasonable to assume that they might have learned to live in space, and might have moved further and further out, little-by-little, and that they could be within a lifetime's travel of Earth right now?

The fact that you're unlikely to meet some form of life from another planet is in no way an indication that you're unlikely to encounter something whose great great great* ancestor was from said other planet.

We're so busy searching for signs of life that we don't realize that a sufficiently capable civilization might be able to exist where such signs of life don't exist, in the same way that we can exist in a plane or on a submarine. For all we know, the first bacteria on Earth could have been scraped off of the "boot" of some interstellar traveler visiting the Earth as the cosmic equivalent of the Grand Canyon. They could have been nearby before we were even here.

And we're searching for intelligence, even though it's much more likely that we'd find simple life akin to bacteria? Has a scientist ever considered that if we do find bacteria and we set out in that direction, by the time any of us get there there might be intelligent life there? And has anyone ever considered that somewhere out there some extrasolar travelers might have made the same bet regarding Earth?

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.