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In a remote Martian crater over 200 million miles from Earth, NASA's Curiosity rover sung "Happy Birthday" to itself using instruments in the rover's Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) chemistry laboratory. The SAM unit uses a gas chromatograph, quadrupole mass spectrometer, and tunable laser spectrometer to analyze the soil and air …

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Don't tell the RIAA!

Don't tell the RIAA that there is no breathable atmosphere on Mars.

If we are lucky they will send a bunch of their lawyers out there ASAP!

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Re: Don't tell the RIAA!

Does the Record Industry Association of America cover Mars?

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Re: Don't tell the RIAA!

Its an American Mafia organization they believe they have the right to sue you even if your Satan and live in hell

or God in Heaven

Somewhere in America every song and Hymn in the bible is copy right protected

wait till they start sueing all those churches worldwide for copyright infringment

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Re: Don't tell the RIAA!

They consider themselves to cover the entire world, I'm pretty sure they'd love to have a crack at the entire universe.

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Aww

I can imagine it now, it's just like that scene from Borderlands 2 where the robot invites everyone to his birthday party and no one shows up so it's sitting there, singing happy birthday all on it's own, millions of miles away from anyone. Brings a tear to my eye.

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Re: Aww

I tried to explain this poignant moment to my wife and she laughed! Oh well, Happy Birthday Curiosity!

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Re: @Red

Yeah, just tried the same with my 13 year old daughter. She kind of got it, but didn't understand why I was so emotional about the whole thing.

Which is, I guess, a good thing. It's become commonplace. I'll settle for that.

GJC

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Naturally natural.

So this thing can blow a tune by itself....

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But Curiosity is on Mars

This is the one earth year anniversary of the landing.

Birthdays are the celebration of the anniversary of our arrival, should Curiosity not have to wait until it has been on Mars for 1 Martian year before it can celebrate its birthday?

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Re: But Curiosity is on Mars

We define time for us. We have deemed 1 year to be the average solar year of Earth. Why would a creation of ours celebrate its birthday in Martian years?

I am sure if they do find life on Mars or, previous life, they will understand! Well they would if they have a concept such as time or can even do more than just exist.

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Machines are made not born.

I find the whole notion lame.

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How to fail a turing test

Congratulations - in a stunningly ironic comparison, Curiosity has managed to display more humanity than you.

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Re: How to fail a turing test

Except this is a year since it landed. How is that a birthday any more than me celebrating the day I emigrated to America my birthday? It's an anniversary not a birthday.

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Re: Machines are made not born.

Machines are made not born.

So are you! You are just an organic machine. You are made, then you are born when you leave your protective incubator (this is your Mum in case you are wondering.)

Curiosity was made by us (well not me but humans you know), then born onto Mars as it left its protective incubator.

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Re: How to fail a turing test

The trick is not to get hung up on the organics. All will become clear if you read Ragarath's (below) excellent analogy.

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Voyager 1 & 2 had records

With Johnny B. Goode on them. Sorry, no Elvis (they wanted to but couldn't get the rights).

Music goes a long way!

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Nobody has played them yet though.

I wonder if anybody ever will?

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Alien

Happy Birthday, Curiousity!!

Well, more "one year anniversary on Mars", but close enough.

Thanks for the science!

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I was hoping they'd have recorded the song being played on Mars and beamed that back rather than played the tune in the lab. There's enough atmosphere to hear sound, right?

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This...

With Curiosity recording a selfie, that is what I was hoping for when watching.

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Awwww... how sad is it that the little tyke sang its own birthday song, all alone. No wonder it's in minor key.

I'd suggest this next time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHJOz_y9rZE

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