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Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

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) 259

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: Bravo indeed (Score 1) 424

Well, she's dead now. She reached a point where the suffering had gone on so long that she felt putting a rope around her neck and strangling herself until her vision went black and she shit her own pants.

But hey, at least you know the shameful history of a woman you have never met on the other side of the world.

Priorities, right?

Comment Re: Bravo indeed (Score 3, Insightful) 424

People have feelings. They make mistakes, then change in response to those mistakes. The horrible thing about this is, she was actively prevented from growth by people who wanted to freeze her identity at a moment in her development which caused her pain, and force her to writhe there, suffering, for the rest of her life.

You can make all the comments you want about openness and transparency and accountability, and they may have merit, but that doesn't change the fact that this woman genuinely grew past the point where these videos accurately reflected her as a human being, she tried to communicate that, no one would listen, so she killed herself. The people didn't have a greater understanding, they had a misunderstanding which could not be corrected, and we lost her and everything she had to offer as a consequence.

I can relate. I wish I'd hung myself instead of trying to overdose, I might be enjoying her peace.

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.

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