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Comment: Re:Empirical Data Trumps Information Theory (Score 1) 211

by whereiswaldo (#47871637) Attached to: Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Considering our planet only has another billion years before its turned into a crispy planet like Venus (killing all life in the process) due to our sun exhausting its hydrogen supply, it seems even less likely that intelligent life which can spread beyond its planet would have time to evolve.

Comment: Fracking takes water out of action (Score 3, Interesting) 191

by whereiswaldo (#47860837) Attached to: US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

This article tries to compare fracking water use to other uses (eg. golf courses) but fails to account for fracking water being taken out of the system - it's not recycled, it's disposed of. With lakes drying up or disappearing in California and other countries fighting over fresh water, how can the fracking industry be so wasteful?

Comment: Re:Do it yourself? (Score 2) 130

by whereiswaldo (#47846445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

I've been using a DVD Player/Recorder machine to digitize old home movies from VHS-C (using a converter tape in a VHS player) to DVD. Then I rip the DVD into a VIDEO_TS folder using RipIt for Mac and also have it create a .m4v file. I save both formats for posterity, as well as the physical DVD I burned and (for now) the original tape.

Comment: Re:Hell no (Score 5, Insightful) 362

by whereiswaldo (#47842139) Attached to: Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

My personal point of view is that high school history was full of dates and names and difficult for me to memorize. I did not find it interesting, even though on paper my teacher was a published author and one might assume was doing a fine job teaching. Fast forward to my adult life and I have found many sources of interesting historical accounts and am more interested in history now than I ever was. The interplay of different events on different parts of the world is fascinating.

Comment: Re:Predators (Score 2) 85

by whereiswaldo (#47832073) Attached to: Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

Pack behaviour - that was my thought as well. I have seen video of a pack of lions exacting revenge on an elephant. The elephant got so exhausted with all those lions on it that it fell over and the writing was on the wall after that. What a slow, horrible way to go. An article recently suggested that T-Rexes may have hunted in packs which makes it plausible that an animal like the Dreadnoughtus could actually be taken down.
Also worth considering what vulnerabilities being that large could pose, such as getting stuck in a ravine or falling victim to some other terrain hazard making it easy for predators to wait for it to weaken before striking.

Comment: Re:Probably not. (Score 1) 546

by whereiswaldo (#47827651) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

In the cases where coding experience alone makes someone better than someone who has education and coding experience, that would lead me to suspect a high level of innate coding talent in the person without formal education in the field. Certainly could happen. If you could take the same person and measure their talent with and without formal education, what would you expect to find?

Comment: Re:Still having misery with Firefox. (Score 1) 220

by whereiswaldo (#47813321) Attached to: Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

Have you tried creating a new profile and comparing speed? There have been a number of Firefox issues caused by certain profile data. How about disabling all addons and trying again? Do both of those things and see how that compares, then narrow down the options.

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