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Comment: Progress needs 'random goals' even if unachievable (Score 2) 137

by winterice (#37013764) Attached to: SETI Finds Funds For the Allen Telescope Array (For Now)
The way I see it is this: One of the way science and engineering advance, is when a difficult arbitrary goal is set with enough conviction. We try to reach to it, putting a lot of resources into it. Along the way, we are forced to solve difficult engineering problems and gain scientific insights. War is one way to achieve this (and certainly gets its share of resources) but trying to find life elsewhere or putting man on Mars, for example, is a much more pleasant way to do it.

Comment: ... produced by automatic translation (Score 3, Informative) 203

by winterice (#30534160) Attached to: Amazon Kindle Proprietary Format Broken
You are, of course, aware that with the exception of the first quote, the quotes are simply mangled automatic-translations (from Hebrew) by Google-Translate? For example, you may be disappointed to find out that the (excellent) new term "Open DRM" was not even used in the original text. In fact, it was something along the lines of: " I come back and see that you already managed to crack open the DRM".

Comment: Re:You've GOT TO BE KIDDING ME, part 85984374 (Score 2, Insightful) 252

by winterice (#25052331) Attached to: City Uses DNA To Sniff Out Dog Poop Offenders

Having solved all other problems within their country, Israel turns it's attention and taxpayer dollars towards the onerous problem of DOG SHIT.

As I said, you've got to be kidding me.

Well, there's the government who's job is to handle things like war and peace, intercity roads, and fiscal policy. And there's the municipality who's job is to make sure that you have nice parks and that you don't step in dog poo. This is how a country operates.

Evolution is a million line computer program falling into place by accident.