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Comment Incorrect (Score 1) 219

I'm paying 100% less now for cable than I was 10 years ago. Once the internet became a mainstream thing there was no point in paying absurd amounts of money to cable companies for content that is mostly ad-riddled garbage. I don't mind paying for content, but make it on-demand, and make it things I actually want to watch.

Comment Re:Think about it (Score 1) 280

The Dodos didn't go extinct because we were so skilled at killing them, they went extinct because they were so very easy to kill and didn't adapt to the situation by learning to run away. This didn't make us amazing hunters, it makes them incredibly bad survivalists.

Carrier pigeons on the other hand aren't extinct so that part of your statement makes no sense.

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

There are other theoretical ways to travel that don't involve travelling at or beyond the speed of light. These theories have existed for over a century and have a strong basis mathematically.

At one point flight was not possible, ever. At another point travel to the moon was not possible, ever. Seeing a bit of a trend here? There are many things which were once considered fantasy which are now a reality.

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

Christopher Columbus was far more advanced than the Native Americans, but that didn't stop him from a mass slaughter.

For all our theorising about the number of available habitable worlds, we're still not really sure exactly how many there are or what their distribution is in the universe. For all we really know planets like earth might be incredibly rare. They may want to take earth simply because it has life sustaining properties. Or maybe slaughtering primitive species predator-style is a national passtime. Who knows. The point is that we can't guess at their disposition or their motives, and we can't count on the idea that their motives will even be similar to ours.

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