I've been renting for a while now. Rented a house cheaply enough about three years ago, and earlier this year, when my lease was coming up for renewal, we got a 30 days notice to vacate. The owner is selling the home. I feel like it's worth buying home now just to avoid this kind of situation, where you get settled… » 4/23/14 10:12am Today 10:12am

You know, I was about to face palm about this, but then it dawned on me. We are actually at the point now where the only thing these people have left is a desperate attempt to paint scientific understanding as being equally as ridiculous as their beliefs. That's actually heartening instead of depressing. » 4/22/14 8:15pm Yesterday 8:15pm

It wouldn't detect a civilization per se, but I do remember reading recently that the James Webb Space Telescope should enable astronomers to tell if there is a large amount of O2 in a planet's atmosphere, and since the only way we currently know that happens is through photosynthesis, it would mean an individual… » 4/11/14 10:49am 4/11/14 10:49am

I've got my GF's old desktop tower hanging around. It's also a pentium 4 with 1GB of Ram and a 60GB HDD. She still wants some data off of it, so I haven't tossed it yet, but I should probably just pull the hard drive and recycle to rest. There's no use that I can think of for it. I tried to put Ubuntu on it a few years … » 4/11/14 10:19am 4/11/14 10:19am