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Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 278

There's no possibility that aliens capable of FTL would find us remotely interesting.

*No* possibility? And you know this how? Through an exhaustive analysis of all the sentient ET species in the galaxy?

Now your arguments are reasonable and I agree that it's quite possible things will be like that. But then maybe not, we just don't know.

I can easily imagine an alien race that is genetically driven to multiply and expand above anything else. Other races to them are just obstacles to be eliminated, kind of like how humans expand into new areas (e.g. Amazon rainforest) and destroy existing lifeforms that get in the way of what they wanna do (e.g. burning down the rainforest so they can use the land to plant crops). Even with FTL travel and advanced energy sources (fusion or anti-matter or w/e), exponential population growth would mean they are constantly looking for new planets to take over.

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 3, Interesting) 161

Like his previous do-gooder effort by throwing money at a problem. Zuck gave New Jersey's failing school system $100 million, and other matching contributions added up the total to almost $200 million. All that money was pissed away on various things and today the New Jersey school system is still failing.

Zuck seems to think that just because he's brilliant with computers (and making money with computers), he's brilliant at other things.

Comment Re:The *only* way to eliminate cancer.... (Score 1) 258

I don't see how you can "force" cells in an organism to perform 100% identical copies, unless you genetically alter its DNA and put in place a new and better cell division mechanism. Which seems pretty far-fetched, in the same ballpark as creating Dyson spheres and Ringworlds.

You could probably treat cancer with a 100% success rate when they occur (which isn't quite the same as eliminating it, but close enough) with millions of advanced nanobots that swim around in your body and kill (or render impotent) cancer cells. This is also pretty far-fetched, but I'd say it's slightly more realistic than the previous method.

Comment Re:Nice, can you do it for your other phones too? (Score 1) 120

My Lenovo laptop has an option where instead of the normal mode (if plugged in, laptop charges until 100%), you can select "Battery Longevity" mode. In this mode the laptop will start charging if batter is under 45%, and stop at 50%. So basically the battery will always be between 45 and 50%. This is supposed to greatly increase the lifespan of the battery.

Comment Re:So? (Score 5, Insightful) 308

If you put a hammer inside a box marked "Newegg" and send it to someone, upon opening the box he will most like *not* use it to destroy his computer.

But if you do the same thing with a USB stick zapper, there's a pretty good chance that he will stick it in his computer and end up with a fried computer.

Comment Stop obsessing over updates (Score 5, Interesting) 190

I'm an Apple user and currently do not own any Android devices, but the constant force-feeding of updates by Apple might make me jump ship to Android.

I had an iPad 2 that I bought in 2011. It was a great device, very snappy and a pleasure to use. It came with iOS 4. When it upgraded itself to iOS 5, it slowed down a little but was still usable. At this point an alarm went off in my head and I have refused all the pop-ups telling me to update to IOS 6 ever since.

Well lo and behold, in the fullness of time an ignorant member of my family tapped "YES" to the "Update to iOS 6" message. Running iOS 6, the iPad became a complete dog. Launching web browser took 3 seconds whereas it used to be well under a second in iOS 4. Not just the web browser either, doing just about *anything* with the ipad (even viewing photos stored locally) became a lag-fest.

Eventually I upgraded to iOS 7 in hopes that it might help (because Apple does not let you downgrade back to an older iOS version, ever). It did not help. At all. I ended up giving away the iPad because it was pretty much unusable.

But why should it be like that? The iPad's hardware was just as fast in 2015 as it was back in 2011. Aside from the ability to hold a battery charge, it should perform the same.

I would be happy with a setting somewhere that lets you turn off the "Update" pop-ups, but no, Apple does not let you do that. They want you on the latest bloated OS, and if your older hardware can't handle it, buy a new device.

Comment We know microgravity is bad (Score 1) 157

We've known for decades that long-term exposure to zero-g causes all kinds of health problems in humans. Including messing up your eyesight/.

We've also known for decades how to solve this problem. Create some gravity by spinning the spacecraft. If spacecraft is too small to make this feasible, attach a ballast on a tether and have the spacecraft and ballast orbit each other.

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