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Comment: Re:Well, duh (Score 2) 385

And she gets her terms wrong.

Knowing that we are not alone in the universe would be a profound realization, and contact with an alien civilization could produce amazing technological innovations and cultural insights.

The universe includes all the galaxies. Our sun will probably burn out before we get a message from another galaxy. Stick to your own galaxy. That is difficult enough.

How has she "got her terms wrong" there? If we find out we're not alone in the galaxy, we'll also know we're not alone in the universe.

Comment: Re:We suck as a people (Score 1) 28

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.

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