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Comment Re:Of course! (Score 1) 91

Correct, we are still learning about this field. However, you are erring in that you are treating a planet like it is a living entity rather than what it really is. The planet isn't having any trouble at all in maintaining itself due to our existence. What is having trouble maintaining itself is the complex balance or ecosystems which reside ON this planet. The fact that Earth has oceans and land and a favorable atmosphere does not in any way suggest that the planet itself is alive or predisposed toward making life possible. You are attempting to consider the entire planet to be an organism simply because it harbors an ecosystem on it, and while you believe that just because we do not have a solid model of how everything works in space, it does not open the door for any and all possibilities. What you hint at is outside the realm of scientific logic and really doesn't have a foot to stand on.

And a large amount of our models of space are currently hypotheses, not theory. In science, theory is about as good as fact.

Comment Re:Of course! (Score 1) 91

And I would have to ask you how life would form when the rocky core is encased in a solid hydrogen shell. Not to mention once you have a gas giant close enough for its atmosphere to be stripped by its star, then you're pretty much a lost cause for developing life. Especially when the entire atmosphere has been stripped and all that is left is an airless world. This isn't like a gas giant being stripped of most of its atmosphere and leaving an Earthlike world behind.

Not to mention that cocoons were an evolved trait in insects to fulfill a need. There is no mechanism in astrophysics which acts as you believe. Gas giants form because they accreted gas and rocky material during the formation of that star system. This is not due to some cosmic evolution whose purpose is to create life on a planet.

Mars is also the way it is because it no longer has a magnetic field to protect its atmosphere from being stripped away by the sun. There is no way that we will ever be able to replenish the atmosphere, nor is there a way that the planet will be habitable for us without protection from the environment and solar radiation.

Comment Re:The best service pack for Vista (Score 1) 334

The version numbers in the background are the actual versions of the Windows NT kernel itself.

Windows 2000 was kernel 5.0.
Windows XP was kernel 5.1.
Windows 2003 was 5.2.(This was also Windows XP 64-bit Edition)
Windows Vista is 6.0.
Windows "7" is kernel 6.1. It was supposed to be a wild change from Vista for the better, but is very similar and not a real shift in kernel, so it's just 6.1.

There you have it.

Comment Re:Heat (Score 2, Informative) 148

eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS 512. It's a wonderfully cool card. Nearly silent if you manually lock the fan at 55% speed. At that speed it idles around 45 degrees with a well vented system. I've honestly never seen it go above 55 degrees even in Crysis. The fan is just that good in it. The air coming out of it does get a fair bit warm when running the most modern games, but I've found that your CPU will be putting out more heat than this thing unless a game is made to tax the VPU THAT much more than the CPU.

I definitely suggest it as a mid-high range card. Plays Crysis at 128x1024 with all settings on high between 25-35 fps. Also, this card works beautifully with an Antec 900 case.

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