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Comment Re:Apple (Score 1) 116

Don't worry, the applefans will soon forget about this problem with apple like they have all the others and again start promoting they myth of apples are perfect and never have any problems. Of course, those people have never worked in tech support that handles both apples and windows. Heck, I still hear that apples don't have viruses from some of them, when back in the 90s I had a list of over a thousand were in the wild on them, and this was before the big malware explosion.

Comment Impossible vs Reality (Score 3) 87

Just to point out a simple thing.

When I was a kid, they said there's no life without photosynthesis either to make a cells food, or to be another creatures food.
They said nothing could live in battery acid.
They said nothing could live in the the vacuum of space.
They said nothing could live in the high radiation of a nuclear reactor or space.
They said nothing could live in the sub zero conditions in ice itself.
They said nothing could live in the boiling waters of a geyser. (They hadn't found the oceanic hydrothermal vents yet.)
They said blood couldn't be based on copper, it had to be iron.

You know what? Since then every one of those things have been proven wrong. On Earth we have found life that violates those rules. Everything from Chemosynthesis to Extremophiles and Tardigrades, among some many weird and wonderful examples. Not all of these are newly discovered creatures or microscopic. Take the Horseshoe Crab and it's copper based blood as an example.

You'd be amazed at what actually exists in nature. Even if you think you've created something unique in the way of life forms, odds are mother nature beat you to it, and you just haven't realized it yet.

Comment Re:What about diatoms? (Score 1) 87

Well if you want to exclude silica because it's part of a molecule comprised of something in addition to just silicon, then you have to exclude organic molecules as well because they are composed of things other than just carbon. So I guess by your definition, life on earth doesn't use silicon or carbon.

I'd suggest you rethink your stance there as your reasoning is a bit off.

Comment Re:What about diatoms? (Score 1) 87

Incorrect. Diatoms grow their own frustules, and the shapes of those vary greatly between species.

To again post something from wikipedia because they phrase things so much better than I do:

When diatoms die and their organic material decomposes, the frustules sink to the bottom of the aquatic environment. This remnant material is diatomite or "Diatomaceous earth", and is used commercially as filters, mineral fillers, mechanical insecticide, in insulation material, anti-caking agents, as a fine abrasive, and other uses.

By the way, if you didn't catch it earlier, Frustules are "A unique feature of diatom cells is that they are enclosed within a cell wall made of silica (hydrated silicon dioxide)".

Comment Re:What about diatoms? (Score 1) 87

I was going to bring that up as well. Oh well, I'll still put in the bits I copied from wikipedia.

A unique feature of diatom cells is that they are enclosed within a cell wall made of silica (hydrated silicon dioxide) called a frustule.

The frustule is composed almost purely of silica, made from silicic acid, and is coated with a layer of organic substance, which was referred to in the early literature on diatoms as pectin, a fiber most commonly found in cell walls of plants. This layer is actually composed of several types of polysaccharides.

Comment Re:You can't (Score 1) 1321

Not specifically the government, but rather one of the two leading parties (if not both to some degree) that has an interest in that, and actively takes steps to disenfranchise those groups it sees as being primarily against it whenever it thinks it can get away with it.
For example, the black communities almost exclusively vote Democrat in certain states, and in several of those states, the Republicans have instituted various voting changes that make it very difficult for the black communities to vote. This isn't actually legal, but they do their best to try and squeeze it into a grey legal area so they can keep at it, and they use their own political influence to run interference on any attempts to investigate or prosecute such attempts to stop it.

Comment Re:You can't (Score 1) 1321

There has been a lot of contention over that since they started. It's not as clear cut as the scanning machines that the TSA was using that were supplied by a company a bigwig in the TSA was tied into heavily, but it's still seen as questionable ethics. I don't remember the details, but I'm sure you can google it, there was plenty of talk about it around 10-15 years ago.

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