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Comment Re:Five minutes too long (Score 1) 852

Wow, managed to fuck that up even though I'm sure it looked alright in the preview.

It should read:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". However you can differentiate based on the assumptions each argument makes.

The difference I can see in the two is one assumes that a race after a large period of time developed technology that we see as impossible. A fair assumption, as we can see this in our own recorded chronology.

The Supreme being makes a much larger assumption, the supreme being must somehow exist outside of the rules that all the other characters live by, and be able to affect those who are constrained by those rules. We cannot see this from our own chronology, or anywhere that has not later been re-explained, and re-attributed to something living within the rules of the system, through investigation using the scientific method.

This is what I see as the difference between the two, and why for me, any explanation that amounts to "God did it", or "It was all a virtual reality" will be a cop-out (both situations where something exists outside the set rules of that reality). Especially in fiction, when you can make up any plethora of more exciting endings, which fit.

However, you could argue that this ending does fit the series, as it is constantly mirroring western theology, and implying someone knows what's going on.

Comment Re:Five minutes too long (Score 1) 852

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". However you can differentiate based on the assumptions each argument makes.

The difference I can see in the two is one assumes that a race after a large period of time developed technology that we see as impossible. A fair assumption, as we can see this in our own recorded chronology.

However, you could argue that this ending does fit the series, as it is constantly mirroring western theology, and implying someone knows what's going on.
The Supreme being makes a much larger assumption, the supreme being must somehow exist outside of the rules that all the other characters live by, and be able to affect those who are constrained by those rules. We cannot see this from our own chronology, or anywhere that has not later been re-explained, and re-attributed to something living within the rules of the system, through investigation using the scientific method.

This is what I see as the difference between the two, and why for me, any explanation that amounts to "God did it", or "It was all a virtual reality" will be a cop-out (both situations where something exists outside the set rules of that reality). Especially in fiction, when you can make up any plethora of more exciting endings, which fit.

Comment Re:Just got hit by a .exe with adblock+ on (Score 2, Funny) 285

What a poorly designed Malware site.

I was attempting to download the file to have a fiddle with it, and the JavaScript prevented me from clicking the download link by being too persistent in poping up JavaScript Cancel/Ok boxes.

They should do usability testing before releasing a product onto a production site like that.

Comment Re:That would imply that non spam tweets were usef (Score 1) 301

I agree strongly with this opinion. If you want to chat with your friends, they are much more fully featured ways of doing it via other social networks. Most of these have mobile application for them too. For example Facebook, which is (or was) based around a shared photo album, as well as your twitter like statuses, and walls for public messaging.

Twitter also doesn't work well for notifications, as you only have 160 characters, and it's pretty hard to get a full title + URL in there, let alone a summary. RSS, Atom do this much better, offering no limits on the article size. As well as this feeds are much better integrated with your browser, phone, as almost everything has a feed reader now.

Comment Re:Yes, and yes. (Score 1) 1100

That is because HP (Compaq), and Dell are big fans of the BCM43xx chipset which has long been a problem for Linux due to Broadcoms hostility to it.
But this has been solved in the kernel after the current one (.25) because the B43 driver now supports Rev 01 and Rev 02 chipsets without being buggy.
All you have to do is paste the firmware into the firmware folder, I presume for the next release Ubuntu will have a GUI clicky thing for this.
Unfortunately Hardy is the .24 kernel, but full support isn't far away :)

Written from a laptop with a BCM4312 Rev 02 on the .25 kernel

Not sure if Toshiba are a fan of Broadcom, but they probably are.
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