Why is it that questions about a given Linux distro are so numerous? You can do anything equally regardless of distro.

Although all Linux distros are built upon the same core, some versions do better than others for certain tasks.

For example, my wife and I have separate computers. She likes to run Runescape on hers. To date, I’ve only found Ubuntu to be able to handle Runescape graphics. (Probably Linux Mint also.)

I like to watch Netflix and Amazon videos. There are a lot of distros that support that, but not all. I am presently running the KDE flare of Fedora 28 on my machine, and this suits my needs perfectly.

Now, if you like to fiddle and have a basic understanding of how software compliments other software, you could probably get any version of Linux to do what any other version of Linux does, regardless of distro (as you point out). But I see it as easier just to pick a distro that suits your purposes best, install that and run with it.

If an intelligent alien came to Earth, would it have the same rights as humans?

Well, now that the President is taking away rights from humans who are from alien countries, I’d think it would be worse for an alien coming from another planet. I suspect they would lock the alien up and study it and you’d never hear another word.

How close are we to commercialising space travel? 

We have already commercialized space travel. Private companies are now being paid to resupply the International Space Station on a regular basis, and commercial companies are hiring SpaceX, another commercial company, to place satellites into orbit.

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President Trump did something Presidential

In one of the first “Presidential” things our President has done since he took office, Trump seems to be on the verge of having a summit with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, and I have to give Trump credit for doing that.

We were seriously concerned with losing Hawaii or Los Angeles with one of his bombs and now Mr. Kim seems to have realized we have a crazy President, like him, and he’d better have talks or we might not have a North Korea anymore.

Meanwhile the Earth is melting, but at least the U.S. is not missing a city.

How did life on Earth begin? How was it formed?

We don’t know. Some people think we know, but a real scientist will agree with my first sentence.

The theory, still unproven, is that life evolves from dead matter. We’re still searching for life on other planets to prove this wet-dream of scientists, but still we have no proof of concept – just a concept – to the chagrin of science. We are frankly disappointed we haven’t found life elsewhere than Earth.

Evolution starts with creation of stars that create elements like the ones we have on Earth. We think when conditions are right that the chemicals develop amino acids (this is proven), which are the basic building blocks of life.

From there, eventually by combination and permutation it develops into something that could be called life.

Again it’s not proven but widely accepted. We don’t know for sure, hence my first sentence.

What happens when the planet is over populated?

Every heterosexual couple should have no more than 1 child. This would reduce the population and allow us to continue to abuse the environment and enjoy our pleasures of modern civilization at a sustainable level.

I assume you mean over populated by people because there are far more germs and insects than people on Earth.

In fact, we have very few people, but we are a destructive people that are capable of and are in fact changing the environment and not for the better.

Without population control it will just get worse and worse. Every heterosexual couple should have no more than 1 child. This would reduce the population and allow us to continue to abuse the environment and enjoy our pleasures of modern civilization at a sustainable level. However, in absence of that it will not get better and it will come to a point where there is a crunch. Sooner or later things will crash and eventually nature will balance things out.

 

Why are we so obsessed with finding the smallest amount of life on another planet when we have amazing life that we take for granted here on Earth and we destroy it?

We have no proof life exists anywhere in the universe other than Earth. Given a planet with the right conditions, life can spring from matter and eventually evolve into something greater is the wet dream of science, but still an unproven theory.

I don’t think this scientific quest detracts from our appreciation for all the wonderful things we have here on Earth.

You’re right. We need to do both.

However, just why are scientists “so obsessed” with “finding the smallest amount of life on another planet” in the first place, and why are people taking life for granted here on Earth and destroying it?

First, the searching for life in space boils down to an ancient feud between Science and Religion. Galileo (1564-1642), father of modern physics, astronomy, cosmology, mathematics and philosophy, was put on trial by the Catholic Church and convicted. This has never been forgiven.

We spend billions of dollars listening 24/7 for repeating radio waves, sending rovers to drill rocks on Mars, search the nearby stars for signs of “Earth-like” planets, and so on just to have at least some evidence that life has evolved on some other planet in the galaxy or moon in our solar system. It’s such an important endeavor that finding an alien and a UFO from space would delight scientists. If only. Unfortunately, we don’t even have a fossil of a microbe from space. No evidence at all.

We have no proof life exists anywhere in the universe other than Earth. Given a planet with the right conditions, life can spring from matter and eventually evolve into something greater. No God required. It’s the wet dream of science, but still an unproven theory.

Second, people taking life for granted here on Earth and destroying it because – even in our schools – children are being brainwashed to believe the Earth was created 4,000 years ago and not 4.5 billion years ago, and that God created life on Earth and all life and things on Earth are meant for the descendants of Adam and Eve to rule over and enjoy. That mentality drives people not to care about what we do to Earth.