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Why You Should Be More Interested In Mars Than the Olympics 409

New submitter hugeinc sends this quote from an article by author Andrew Kessler: "Next week, while we're all watching NBC, a nuclear-powered, MINI-Cooper-sized super rover will land on Mars. We accurately guided this monster from 200 million miles away (that's 7.6 million marathons). It requires better accuracy than an Olympic golfer teeing off in London and hitting a hole-in-one in Auckland, New Zealand. It will use a laser to blast rocks, a chemical nose to sniff out the potential for life, and hundreds of other feats of near-magic. Will these discoveries lead us down a path to confirming life on other planets? Wouldn't that be a good story that might make people care about science?"

Comment Re:Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 758

There's nothing you can actually be charged for even if the RIAA could influence Apple or Google or Amazon.

IANAL, but I know a lawyer who said you could be charged with receipt of stolen goods. Yeah yeah I know, copyright infringement != theft, but he was confident that charge would be workable, and that the only reason the RIAA hasn't used it is because it isn't worth it compared to going after the uploaders.

Comment Re:I'm my own cloud, thanks (Score 1) 364

So, my files (like almost everyone else's) are on hard drives, but very rarely are those drives in the machine I'm actually using at the moment.

Well yeah, but the data is still on hard drives that you own, and are in your home. Doesn't "the cloud" tend to refer to data storage that you don't physically control and is physically remote?

Comment Re:Characterizations (Score 1) 160

These people are devious, selfish, resourceful, and have no respect for the law.

The above statement is about: A - record labels B - people who download music illegitimately C - people who distribute music illegitimately D - EVERYONE EXCEPT US MUSICIANS

A - she is cute at best, certainly not a hottie
B - i've heard better voices in my hometown local music scene
C - who the fuck cares what Gene Simmons thinks?
D - if you think every non-musician is "devious, selfish, resourceful, and have no respect for the law"......then your comments are not worth reading.

Comment Re:Evil commenting on evil (Score 1) 378

For me, piracy is a form of boycotting sony, for treating me like a second-class citizen.

Keep all of that in mind before thinking people who pirate games are just "cheap".

You are using their products, so you aren't boycotting them. You are just flipping the middle finger at them by not buying legit versions.

Comment Re:American Kids can't write in cursive (Score 1) 508

Frankly, cursive is stupid, and people who use it today are just trying to make themselves look erudite.

I use cursive sometimes because it is faster than printing block letters (for me) and is legible (to me). I am not just trying to make myself look erudite. Stop being so obnoxious with your opinions.

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