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Comment Is it even possible to buy a new 32 bit chip? (Score 3, Insightful) 378

I think that the trouble finding testing hardware is quite telling.

Can end users even buy a new, off-the-shelf 32-bit system these days, except for specialized devices like embedded systems?

Is there anything more than a relatively tiny fraction of the user base that is stuck on 32-bit hardware, that can't use virtual machines to run that software on something that's not a potato?

And I mean, it's not like the old 32-bit versions of OS's are gone. Windows 95 is still around. It didn't go away. I'm willing to bet there are still Windows 95 machines running somewhere in mission critical systems in places around the world.

Yes, there's no security updates, but just unplug it from the internet and you're safe from the vast majority of attacks, and if you're worried about local access to your Windows 95 machine... install a thicker door?

At some point technology has to move on.

Comment Re:Women.... (Score 1) 499

The solution to this seems to be ludicrously simple. Why not simple help and encourage her to get a job, then use part of your combined incomes to hire a maid?

They'll probably do a better job (I'm guessing your girlfriend is not a professional cleaner), she'll be a lot happier, and your house will still be clean and livable. You'll probably also have much more money to throw around, too.

Seems like a win in every sense.

Comment Re: LOL (Score 4, Insightful) 410

Even if you're 100% not trolling (heh), it's still incredibly insensitive. Would you accept an Atheist posting something like, "Well, they're just hunks of meat and organs now, I don't get why we're spending so much money and effort worrying about something we can't change. They're dead, can't bring 'em back!".

Everyone of every religious creed (and none at all) can be total jerks. Would it be too much to ask to just at least pretend to be sympathetic?

Comment Re:Hilarious (Score 3, Insightful) 412

>Maybe the aliens are in contact with NASA/Government

If so, in't it much simpler for NASA to say to these aliens (who can travel between worlds easily), "Hey, don't fly in THIS specific spot during this specific time, by the way it's optical range for a shitty webcam on a fixed, predictable path, so like, it's really really tiny and SPACE IS BIG GUYS, just seriously avoid this tiny strip and you're fine."

That's like them saying, "Hey aliens, when you're visiting Earth and wandering around totally undisguised, try to avoid the front door NASA headquarters because we are filming a press release there today."

> The aliens might just be humoring the governments they're in contact with, they have no reason to hide from us or fear us

So now they're... just trolling us?

Space is big, so obviously, this is deliberate action. If they wanted to reveal themselves they wouldn't do so via a grainy image from the ISS; they could just appear over New York City and just hover for a while. If they wanted to hide, again, they could simply not be in this one specific spot at this one specific time.

> Space is big, observers are few, and non-official observers are easily discredited if something slips through

It's possible to discredit a few people, but with collaboration it becomes harder. I can concede an occasional independent voice may be silenced, but this kind of thing requires a competence that the US government has shown with literally no other part of its administration.

> The aliens might similarly be in contact with the other space-faring governments on the planet

That assumes that essentially the Chinese (current frenemies of the US), the EU (a group of many man disparate countries with plenty of quasi-rogue-state elements present), the Russians (traditional enemies of the US and relations are quite cold right now), the Indians (who are third-world aligned but lean toward Russia) would all agree to, under no circumstances, no matter how bad it got, no matter what, including things like the total collapse of the USSR which happened not all that long ago, or during heightened tensions such as Russia playing in the Syrian sandpit, or Russia invading Georgia, or Russia carving up the Ukraine, would never ever blab about this, ever.

It's the same problem with fake moon landings. The Russians had roughly equal instruments pointing toward the moon and tracked every US launch made there, and put their best minds to work analyzing it (for military purposes). If the landing was fake, they would laud this over the corrupt capitalist pig-dogs for all eternity, but even they acknowledge the US was really there.

Comment Re:Hilarious (Score 1) 412

Interesting, since I just learned about this kind of thing...

This is what's called the ad-hoc fallacy. The fallacy is where one party introduces new information for which there is no evidence at all, except that it fits a conclusion that party has already accepted.

For example:

Your neighbour Ted is your best friend, and an honest man. Ted would never steal from you. Yet you come home and find your house is burgled! You find muddy footprints that match Ted's unique shoe-print in your house, and you confide in your wife. "Maybe Ted stole from us..."

"Or maybe," says your wife, "someone stole Ted's shoes."

You peek out the window. Ted's shoes are by the door.

"Maybe," says your wife, "the thief put them back when they were done."

"Why would they do that?"

"Maybe they wanted to frame Ted."

"Why would they want to do *that*? Everyone loves Ted."

"Maybe Ted owes the mafia a gambling debt from college."

Etc etc. The problem is there's an infinite amount of bullshit in the world and only a finite amount of truth.

Comment Hilarious (Score 5, Insightful) 412

All of this assumes:

- NASA has enough money to pay someone to watch the feed, their hand hovering over a giant "SHUT IT ALL DOWN" button. They don't.
- NASA knows they might have something to hide, so DOESN'T delay the live stream by one minute in case "Hey, aliens wandered into the frame, let's just static out those seconds and go oops, technical difficulties".
- The aliens are smart enough to travel between worlds but aren't smart enough to hide from a camera that NASA could have told them, in advance, that they were pointing in this one place (space is VERY big).
- None of the other observation devices pointed randomly at the sky (including people observing the ISS through their amateur telescopes and stuff, as people are want to do) saw this.
- The EU, Russians, Chinese and Indians with all their hardware and observation technology (none of whom save possibly the EU have any incentive to cooperate with the US and would, in fact, leap at the chance to discredit and shame them) didn't see it either.

The worst part is the Schroeder's competence that has to take place here. NASA have to be crazy-dedicated and funded in order to successfully cover up something as obvious as alien spacecraft whizzing around within visual range of the ISS, but also dumb enough to let it get exposed so trivially and easily as a public camera with the world watching.

When you start to think about it even a little bit the likelihood that it's real, live, true alien visitors and not just some kind of weird light reflection, space debris, or whatever is vanishingly small.

(...which is exactly what they WOULD say, isn't it...)

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