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Comment: Re:We suck as a people (Score 1) 21

by wonkey_monkey (#48635285) Attached to: Kepler Makes First Exoplanet Discovery After Mission Reboot

If I simply posted something controversial*, like an entire article about how "global warming is bullshit", that would get 300 comments, easily.

That's practically a tautology. Of course you'll get comments if you post something controversial, since those tend to be matters of opinion and everyone's got a different one.

If you post about something that's a plain, simple fact (such as this discovery of yet another exoplanet) there really isn't a lot of room for discussion. 300 "Yes, this is a thing that happened" comments don't contain a lot of information.

The fact that discovering exoplanets has become routine is, in and of itself, awesome, but that happened some time ago.

Comment: Georgia and Georgia, silly use of hyperlinks (Score 1) 153

by wonkey_monkey (#48626187) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Note: This Georgia, rather than this one, that is.

You could have actually said which Georgias you were talking about, instead of requiring someone to visit (or at least hover over) the links. Hyperlinks are great and all, but using them to disambiguate plain text when better-written text would have solved the problem is a bit silly. For example:

"Note: that's Georgia the Eastern European country, rather than Georgia the US state."

If nothing else, it would probably make it a lot less confusing for anyone relying on a screen reader.

Comment: Re:There is no such thing as AI (Score 1) 125

and never will be

How could you possibly know that?

An electronic switch knows nothing. A massive piles of electronic switches cannot know something.

A neuron knows nothing, and yet a "massive pile" of neurons can know, understand, imagine, lie, cheat, steal, love, hate, and dream.

AI may not be here yet, but it's practically inevitable.

Comment: Re:Displacing five times as much water... (Score 1) 113

by wonkey_monkey (#48618789) Attached to: New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

It'd be hard for it not to given that it weighs five times as much.

But that's not "given" - it's not stated in the story, and I don't personally happen to have any idea how much an aircraft carrier weighs off the top of my head, so the story pointing out that it displaces as much water as six aircraft carriers - that's what the linked article says - is useful information. Though a direct weight comparison would probably make more sense to the average reader.

Comment: A 10,000ft tether? (Score 4, Interesting) 175

by wonkey_monkey (#48618549) Attached to: Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Technically considered aerostats, since they are tethered to mooring stations, these lighter-than-air vehicles will hover at a height of 10,000 feet

What do you make a 10,000ft tether out of, and what are the dangers? Presumably it's going to limit air traffic in the area, and will the angle and direction of the tether will vary depending on wind strength and direction?

What would happen if the tension provided by the balloon's lift was removed, for whatever reason?

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