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Comment Re:Good luck with that. (Score 2, Insightful) 347

Correct. But not only that.
It's most likely also 'tidal-locked', meaning one side will always face the sun (and be damn hot) and the other side permanently dark (damn cold) - with storms between which will make Earth's hurricanes look like the blow of a butterfly.
With an evironment like that, we can rule out higher life forms.
However, even primitive algae and amoebae in the belt between the extreme zones would be a sensation.

Comment Re:What could go wrong? (Score 4, Funny) 73

At least the thing can't come back to earth, right? Right?

Eventually it will reproduce.
When our first astronauts arrive on Mars, they will notice that not only Mars is populated by robots, but also the robots have developed into an intelligent life form.
And then Earth will be bombed into oblivion as soon as the astronauts exit the lander and wave their "Get Windows 10" flag.

Comment Re:Design by cobbling together (Score 3, Interesting) 125

As an extreme example there is Obi-Wan's lightsaber: it was built from an 1940's airplane engine, a WWI rifle grenade, a 1970's calculator, a WWII machine gun, a 1930's camera flash and a 1970's faucet knob.

That's way to sophisticated ;)
In the 1960's German TV series "Raumpatrouille Orion" (Space Patrol Orion) they used things like faucets and electric irons as controls, easily identifiable as such in the films.

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