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Comment Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (Score 1) 115

People run in circles to try and have god added to the picture

Are you talking to me? Pah. I call out broken logic when I see it, is all. And I also note the hybris of pretending to have any sort of "full picture" that makes any sense at all, defending it from introducing elements which don't. That's some pretty dumb shit, and the strawmen about religious people are expected compensation.

because in the next heartbeat they then want to tell us all about exactly what he's like

Right now, you are telling me how I am like -- take your idiotic projections to someone else, you will have no fun here.

Comment Re:Heh (Score 1) 239

Finding something is exciting when it's how you find out something exists -- if it just confirms what you more or less knew anyway, it's not really.

But oh well, I don't really have time to discuss: somewhere out there, there are two stones with a bigger stone in the middle that has exactly the same mass as the two other stones. The three stones form a 17Â angle. I know it doesn't sound like much when I say it, but just wait until I found that formation.

Comment Re:NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin o (Score 2) 115

Time is such a universal concept... in that it only applies inside the universe, as far as we know. Furthermore, since undoubtedly something exists, we either have to assume it's possible for something to come out of nothing, or for something to have existed since forever, "just because". So then why not grant this to a theoretical god, too? It's not really logic when you apply it that selectively.

I think even the weirdest god you could dream up would not make reality any weirder, it'd be like a drop in the ocean. Considering that, it's hilarious with how much seriousness we debate what is real or true and who is right when it comes to the final things, and if there is no higher being to see this and have a good chuckle at it, it would have need to be invented.

Comment Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 1) 1633

You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid... You refuse to do it because you want to live longer... You're afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you're afraid someone will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand.

Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you're just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. ( )

Comment Re:Heh (Score 1) 239

Well, because when one is making up arbitrary things, they might as well be remotely interesting, and based on my whims.

Seriously though, that it is teeming with life is the *one* thing that sets Earth apart from the other planets we know so far. That's kind of the whole big deal about it. If this criterion doesn't matter, then why care about "Earth-like" at all? What about the Jupiter-like and Neptune-like and Venus-like planets being discovered all the time?

Oh wait, that would be silly, because we already know the universe is incredibly big, and just about anything we just define by size, orbit and mass is going to exist in abundance, including round things roughly the size of Earth.

Comment Re:Old proverb (Score 2) 396

What are governments "competing" about? If anything, many are competing against the people they are supposed to represent.

The nature of the state, and the nature of the secrets, does matter. State secrets are not automatically holy. Fuck what any law ever written, past, present and future says on that matter. Laws are born out of a desire for justice - they do not define justice, they have to answer to it.

Comment Re:Incorrect (Score 1) 396

Archives of the document were on Guardian public servers when the password was mysteriously "leaked."

And you blame Snowden for this?

Also, what's the file name? I assume it's available on random torrent sites?

When people speak like this, debate is dead and we're into monkeys flinging poo at each other.

Not making shit up is debating on the level of poo flinging monkeys? Heh.

Comment Re:Weak (Score 2) 312

Nobody is stopping you from describing your perfect universe in fiction, right? You want omnipotence, buy pen and paper :P

And actually, depending on how one reads the book of genesis, mortality and decay were a conscious design choice, and this is the shareware version of the universe, if you will, temporary testing grounds. Fiction or not, within the fiction, it kind of makes sense.

Comment Re:wait what ? (Score 1) 312

Well, spend the time away from the desk for thinking about the problem? I find I need that for coding sometimes, where going for a walk and arranging the various pieces in my head is actually more productive than staring at the code for another 30 minutes. You gotta give inspiration a chance to occur! I don't mean distraction, doing something else that you have to concentrate on - but stepping back and taking in the bigger picture. And fresh air and some movement really does help the brain get going, too.

Of course, liking what you do, and taking pride in doing it well, is kind of a must. But where that is the case, I think a "long leash" actually improves productivity. And where it is not the case, even fixing people to their desks with super glue will not make them work harder... remember the "boss key"? :D

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