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Clearly. But we didn't choose those 20 just like you don't chose out of your millions who will run.
Rajesh R Subramanian wrote:
but great job nitpicking, and missing the humour and point completely!
I did a great job doing that. It wasn't funny at all. I did totally miss any humor that was there.
I see people use this same ridiculous statement over and over so you just happened to be the one I finally responded to. There are many people more qualified to be President but did not chose to run. This nonsense that "these are the best 2 they can come up with out of millions" is old, dry, and was never actually funny at all. Griff's thoughts of the day are funnier than this dry piece.
There are only 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't.
In the US, they'll only get gallons, because we don't measure things in litres.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 - You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 - When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
"Send 10^30 kilograms of hydrogen to the each of the top 6 star systems on this list, erase the top name, add yours to the bottom of the list, and send it to all your friends. Within a million years, you are guaranteed to receive enough hydrogen to power your civilization until your star goes nova.
Do not break this chain!
* The foobars of Epsilon Indi III did so, and became the dumping ground for all of the galaxy's spam mail.
* The bazbangs of Alcor 5 did so, and all the galaxy's newbie programmers headed there, driving them to racial suicide."
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
Whilst I'm firmly convinced that much of the universe is infested with life, I do find it unlikely that SETI is the way to find it. SETI has always struck me as having a ridiculously anthropocentric view of the universe, seeming to be based on the notion that any "intelligent" species will follow a technological development that closely mirrors that of homo sapiens and reach an inevitable point where they start playing with radio telescopes and send out some code that any other life-form will somehow get.
What would such a message say, any way? We already struggle to communicate with the vast majority of the millions of life-forms on our planet, God help any poor alien that tries to decipher all that useful information that we put on Voyager.
If what the article says is true about the amount of energy required to broadcast in every direction, then it's hard to imagine any intelligent species expending such colossal resource on such a random process (especially when any message could easily be interpreted as "come and invade us if you're more advanced than we are").
If the message is actually targeted at our tiny corner of space, then the obvious question would be why? It would have to be in response to something that happened at least 190 years ago (time for a signal to get there and back at light speed) and it's hard to imagine that anything done on Earth prior to 1826 would have been detectable that far away.
It seems a lot more likely that we've stumbled across a natural phenomenon rather than an interstellar message in a bottle.
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