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Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 1) 242

You are assuming that they would be scientifically and technologically so far beyond us that we would seem like ants to them, but that at the same time they would have morals as backwards as ours. I would rather expect (hope?) that any civilisation old enough to reach a Kardashev II stage without obliterating themselves or their ecosystem, would also have developed a moral system abolishing specism. In their eyes sentient beings of any kind would have the same right to exist and develop in their natural environment. If anything these aliens could choose to intervene and stop our needless exploitation and enslaving of other species (a.k.a. livestock farming).

Why would you think such a thing? Is there some competitive advantage to be altruistic towards once's neighbors? Maybe a society that has a philosophy of killing its neighbors is the one to survive?

Unlike earth where cooperating tribesmen help perpetuate the species as a whole even if they don't improve their own tribe's survival, there's not a whole lot of incentive for a spacefaring society to foster the growth of up and coming competitors - much easier to nip them in the bud while still technologically undeveloped. Maybe poke at them for a while for amusement, because why not?

Comment What's the problem? (Score 1) 175

I don't see the problem -- Genesis and Equus are just as opaque as G80 and G90, and I hadn't heard of any of those model until reading this article.

Most consumers only have one or two cars and only shop for a new car ever 5 -10 years, so they need to learn the current models when they shop, and they can learn alphanumeric models just as easy as unique model names. And if the increasing number signifies increasing cost, that sounds even better.

Unless manufacturers went with functional names "Ford Econobox", "Hyundai SmallSUV", "Toyota SmallHybrid", "Chevy HugeAssSUV", then there doesn't seem like much difference between using model numbers or model names.

Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 1) 242

Does not have to be a whole civilization sanctioned signal. It could be some "aliens are out there" nut over there who detected a weak signal from Earth, but nobody believes him, and now his is beaming a signal towards us, hoping someone will respond to him, proving his point. Using off-the-shelf parts or devices available there, mind you.

Possible, but seems unlikely that a small group would have access to a planet's worth of power output to make a long distance call to someone that might not even exist without larger societal cooperation. But yeah, for a sufficiently advanced society, that much power might be available in children's home science experimentation kits.

Comment Re:It's not aliens (Score 1) 242

> Aliens that are advanced enough to signal us with that kind of power aren't going to find us advanced enough to be worth talking to

  A highly developed civilization does not always imply rationality, as most of us understand it. Case in point: a real non-zero possibility that Trump can be the next president.

Perhaps if Trump were to be elected by a highly developed civilization I could see your point. I think the Brexit vote is a better example.

Comment Re:These are good changes (Score 1) 66

Binge-on isn't a data cap, it's a bandwidth limiter.

If you think that 10+ phones using DASH, RTSP, etc, to try to stream an HD video (5Mbps+) out of a single 50Mbps LTE tower, isn't going to cause severe problems for everyone else using that tower, then you have a strange understanding of network protocols and video protocols in particular.

I'd also like to know where the "money making ploy" is in a system that gives you unlimited video for free if you're willing to stream it at lower, DVD-quality, bitrates.

Comment It's not aliens (Score 3, Interesting) 242

Aliens that are advanced enough to signal us with that kind of power aren't going to find us advanced enough to be worth talking to if they can even understand our primitive methods of communication at all. If there's anything we have that they want, they'll just come take it, much like we don't ask permission before clearcutting forests inhabited by animals. Even if they just want to study us, our scientists don't send a beacon to an ant colony before they come and fill the ant colony with molten aluminum to take a casting -- so there's no reason to think that advanced aliens would do so either, they'll just come and do their studies and if they happen to kill humanity with their research techniques, that's just a necessary part of research, no big loss.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 5, Insightful) 110

Everyone dies of something.

Go and survey all the apes in the wild. Everything from murder to falling out of trees, to predators, to falling-out-of-trees-while-fleeing-predators.

Most animals DO NOT die of old-age. That's a very human-centric view.

Getting eaten is visible on the fossils. Disease is often visible too, or suspected only because there are no other injuries (which is suspicious in itself). Even Tutankhamen is thought to have had several fractures when he died and he was only a boy.

For a tree-dwelling species, dying from falling out of a tree is right up there. Once you slip once, whether learning toddler, careless adolescent or fleeing adult, you break bones that are a) visible on your skeleton and b) crippling to your ability to survive.

No antibiotics. No way to monitor or stem blood loss (especially internally). No knowledge to heal the bone. No painkillers. Can't keep up with the pack. You're dead. Hell, you could have just picked the rotten branch and by the time your weight was on it, it was too late to do anything.

Watch a cat. The most graceful of animals. Sure-footed. Sleek. Can land on their feet from stories up. Able to leap up and down trees at stupendous speeds with little or no warning, dive over obstacles, sprint faster than you ever could.

In the last year, from three cats in my house, two have fallen off a windowsill more times than I care to mention, one got trapped in a catflap (by backing out of it while half-way, requiring human intervention because it just kept pulling on it while its tail was caught in the flap the wrong way to escape the flap), one got stuck in a tree, one has a supreme deathwish where sitting in front of moving cars is concerned and only saved by driver prudence (i.e. me), one has come back with bloodied paws on more than one occasion (believed to be from a bad jump down from said tree again, onto sharp ground!), and that's not counting modern hazards, predators, actions made under panic, running between human legs on stairs, etc. for a domestic cat roaming a small garden territory.

I've actually just watched one fall off a sofa because it was sitting on the back of it, went to rub against my hand, misjudged it, and fell to the floor. It shook it off, but it completely messed up a simple action. And this was a young cat, not a kitten or something too-old-to-survive.

It's like saying a professional juggler never drops his balls, or that a professional acrobat never misses a leap. Ask them. They ALL do. They just don't always do it every show. But put enough shows on (i.e. climb enough trees) and it will happen eventually.

Few animals EVER reached old age, unless they were impregnable or zero-risk animals (e.g. tortoises, elephants until humans came along - slow, ploddering, no jumping, etc). Almost none of the hunter-cats ever really get to old-age because they all die of simple injury or infection of injury. There's not much to challenge an old established-pride lion, but the simplest of slips on a rock will kill him.

Comment Re:Apple is the devil (Score 1) 192

The only reason Apple are in Ireland in the first place is that someone wanted all this tax stuff to just slip by under a regime designed to ignore it - pretty much.

Here, we'll throw a few jobs your way and a free round of golf, and you won't tax us like the UK, EU, US, Australia, etc. would if we did it there. That's the deal.

So if Apple are made to pay it anyway, they'll just take their ball elsewhere, where someone will turn a blind eye for less, which is why Ireland are APPEALING the decision...

Comment I'm still unlimited (Score 1) 66

And so far intend to stay that way.

I don't get throttled. Ever.

I don't get rate limited. I get HD video all I want, so far.

I've only gone over 13GB/month once, but no impacts.

I need to add a line soon, but it won't be these. I'm not ready to sacrifice functionality (video quality) for cost, at least not this formula.

Submission + - SPAM: Québec politician vows to nationalize internet

Pig Hogger writes: Québec (Canada) official opposition Parti-Québécois leadership candidate Martine Ouellet says that she would nationalize ISPs if they fail to be able to deliver consistent high-speed (in the gigabit range) for an affordable price.
It is, however, doubtful that they would be able to achieve this, because in Canada, telecommunications are solely regulated by the federal government.
But, nevertheless, it’s a good acknowledgement that Internet is being recognized as a necessity.

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