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Comment: Fermi's paradox is hubris (Score 2) 193

by wbr1 (#48919825) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox
Fermi's paradox assumes that intelligence is the endgame of evolution, and that any (or some) intelligent species will survive. Perhaps intelligence is an evolutionary dead end, that we just have not reached yet.

Regardless even if billion year old civilizations do exist, as posted above, there may well be hard physical limits on expansion due c etc. And just listening for radio evidence is unlikely, both due to distance, and the fact that out own radio window (and any other species) is likely to be short. already more and more of our radio transmissions are low power and directed. This will only continue, reducing our emissions, Listening for any leakage from a great distance is akin to trying to smell a fart in a hurricane.

Comment: Re:am disappoint (Score 1) 78

by wbr1 (#48744349) Attached to: Intel Unveils 5th Gen Core Series Broadwell-U CPUs and Cherry Trail Atom
It is not 'a simple browser' when loaded with extensions. Without extensions, the performance of chrome and firefox are fine. My argument holds, and the issues is not the browser. The biggest issue I see is webpage bloat. 2-3 tabs can easily take over 1GB RAM, but RAM is cheap and easily upgradable in most cases.

Comment: Re:am disappoint (Score 1) 78

by wbr1 (#48742379) Attached to: Intel Unveils 5th Gen Core Series Broadwell-U CPUs and Cherry Trail Atom
This... aside from hard drive failure (other hardware failure is rare in comparison), and malware/OS bloat. There is nothing a core 2 duo cant do for 90% of computer users.

The only way that will change is a killer app that requires more (which I do not see). For workstations and scientific data the march is great, but it has moved beyond consumer needs.

Comment: Re:But its cold where I live today (Score 1) 560

by wbr1 (#48717733) Attached to: 2014: Hottest Year On Record
Not only that, if you believe in mythical sky beings (I do not), then God gave HUMANS the power and responsibility to make of this world what we will.
To say whatever happens is God's will and we have to accept, not change is either willful ignorance, abject laziness, or masking some ulterior motive (IE greed and power).

And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:28 KJV

Comment: Re:requires root access and will only run on Qualc (Score 1) 71

by wbr1 (#48714181) Attached to: New App Detects Government Stingray Cell Phone Trackers
You seem to know more than I do,however, the COW, being a device inserted into the carriers network by said carrier, I would think would have a different ID for whatever loadbalancing/handoff protocols occur on that network. This may not be true, as it may be easier to just copy an existing base station ID than provision all the backend hoo haw for a temporary device. But if it is true, my scheme should not produce as many false positives as thought.
By their nature (unless willingly installed by the carrier), a stingray would be spoofing its identity and therefore slightly easier to detect. Combined with a crowdsourced map to create a basic whitelist, you could do quite a bit I wager.

"It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, and I'm wearing Milkbone underware." -- Norm, from _Cheers_