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GOD particle MAY NOT BE GOD particle: Scientists in shock claim

Kimo
Boffin

The solution is always...

WE NEED BIGGER TOYS!

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

Kimo

I see what you did there...

Batman Begins ... Christian Bale ... inception ... Leonardo DiCaprio

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Sir, sir, my cloud ate my homework: Google touts grading tool to teachers

Kimo

So they are getting around to introducing what every classroom management software on the market has had for years? Thanks.

And I am pretty sure that at my University, I can't use it. We have our own system with pretty tough privacy protections for our students (and you have to go through our legal department if you want to see anything, instead of trusting Google to protect your students' privacy).

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

Kimo

Slater supplied the equipment and set the conditions where the monkey took the picture. Sounds like Work for Hire to me.

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Elon Musk wants SpaceX to launch spy sats – and will sue US gov to do so

Kimo
Boffin

Silly SpaceX

They have been wasting their money on research and development. Putting it towards lobbyists and campaign contributions might have gotten them the contract.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

Kimo

I will continue to run a copy of XP for old games. But aside from Steam, it does not need to talk to anyone on the internet.

I do plan on making a disc image today with all the patches released in case I do need to restore in the future.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

Kimo

Making it almost exactly 99 Rhode Islands.

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"120,000 square miles, making it equal in size to the British Isles – which, for you stateside readers who may be unfamiliar with that geographical designation, encompasses both Great Britain and Ireland"

Or in American Standard units, The Size of New Mexico.

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Internet cafés declared 'illegal businesses' in Ohio

Kimo

The Actual News was Boring...

...so they hype the internet cafe angle. The local papers reported this more properly as a crackdown on illegal gambling. The practice of renting computers is still perfectly legal (there are some places near Ohio State that students can use, most of them in copy shops instead of coffee shops) and will not be altered by the law.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

Kimo

I played this on the Portland Public Schools mainframe in the early 80s. I recall it used a lot of paper.

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New nuke could POWER WORLD UNTIL 2083

Kimo
Pint

Better PR spin...

We could always build a few of these at Hanford as Waste Disposal Units (that inadvertently generate electricity as a by-product).

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

Kimo
Pint

Having been “designed for conversion”, and conversion having proved far more expensive than we expected, do we have any comeback against those companies that did the design?

Comeback with a sandwich?

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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

Kimo

To remove the review from Yelp and prevent the reviewer from repeating the claims in other sites until after the case is heard.

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Kimo

Re: "A threat of legal action where lies are concerned is justified"

Generally you have to prove malicious intent and a reckless disregard for the truth. But as the reviewer accused the contractor of a criminal act, the courts will assume malicious intent, and place the burden on the reviewer to prove their side.

This case isn't as grey as many online review challenges because the accusation of a crime is a provable fact and not an opinion. Had the reviewer stuck to her opinion of the quality and scope of the work, then they would be legally protected, and winning a suit (and a pre-suit injunction) would be difficult.

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Neil Gaiman’s saucy pop wife agrees to pay her musicians in money

Kimo

I like Amanda Palmer, but I was with the musicians on this one. I applaud creating new business models, but it's got to be all business. Asking professionals to play for token amounts when work is hard enough to come by is not a sustainable business model, especially when everyone knows you took in a decent pile of cash to meet expenses before the tour even gets started.

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Win8 tablets may cost MORE than iPads – AND LAPTOPS

Kimo

Re: In fairness

And to be fair, Asus is still managing to make the Google Nexus 7 for the same price as a Kindle Fire HD.

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Kimo

Re: In fairness

If you look at Asus' own current line-up, a TF700 with the 1.6 GHz T3 and 32 GB storage lists for $499 with $150 for the dock. On Amazon or Newegg, they can be had for $488. The screen on the TF700 is a 1920x1200 Super IPS (increased brightness) which looks f-ing amazing.

Something is driving up the cost if Asus is selling lower spec for more money. Granted, the Tegra 3 could be a newer model (but the TF700 is using the current top of the line) and it will have more RAM. Storage appears to be the same as the current crop of Asus Android tablets starting at 32 GB.

Vendors have indicated that MS is charging about $85 for a Windows RT license, which would account for the higher price. except you are still giving up the excellent screen on the TF700. So it is not unreasonable to at least let them share the blame.

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Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

Kimo

Re: The list of non-dangerous creatures in Oz:

Australia is the only place on Earth that makes west Texas look safe.

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Kimo

Re: Not that dangerous

Yeah, brown recluse have a nasty bite but not dangerous as in a threat to a healthy adult. I've been bitten, and took the better part of a year to fully heal, but didn't cause so much as a fever. This is another spider that is thankfully not aggressive. They are common hose spiders in places (NE Arkansas among others) but seldom bite. I owe mine to brushing against a bunch of webs when restoring a car that had been sitting for a few years.

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Sony: Our Xperia S tab COPIED Samsung's slab ... on price

Kimo

Clearly not competing on price...

While the Sony has some nice features, the added $100 for the 32 GB version puts it way over some solid offerings by Asus. You get the choice of the 16GB Sony at the same price as the 32 GB TF300, where it wins on features but has more limited app storage, or the 32 GB version for the same price as the TF700 with its faster processor and better screen. A smaller price bump for the extra 16GB would make it more attractive (does it really come anywhere near $100 to add 16 GB storage?).

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Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

Kimo

Re: It exists...

"Exists" =/= "On store shelves." The hardware that was showed off can be had now running either Android or Windows. The missing piece is Windows 8/RT.

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Meh

It exists...

Pegatron has been announced as the manufacturer. The Surface RT specs look surprisingly close to their current lineup of Tegra 3 tablets, and Asus even demo'ed their own Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets recently. Sure, the case is new and the keyboard on the Tegra model is a novelty, but the hardware in this case isn't a boardroom fantasy: it is a high-end version of current technology (perhaps a bit dated once it hits shelves) made to showcase Windows 8's two versions.

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Dinosaurs on a diet shed tonnes

Kimo
Headmaster

Re: And in Reg Std Units?

"Libraries of Congress"

Should be "Library of Congresses" as there is just the one library (and Congress almost never stops by to read anymore).

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

Kimo

Ultimate in suspense.

A group of teenagers arrive at a secluded cabin for a post-graduation night of drinking and debauchery in the woods.

No one dies. They talk about stupid things, listen to awful music, and alternately cry, hug, and argue about inconsequential stuff. The beer is watery crap and everyone ends up puking and passing out.

The captain of the football team awakes the next morning...next to a naked, ugly...girl? Guy? (camera fades to black)

Directed by Richard Curtis.

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Kimo

Re: My entry

After a particularly nasty Ohio winter, I developed a treatment for "Parallel Parking on Ice."

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Kimo

Zach Snyder Directs...

Life With Archie No. 16

http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/01/08/just-married-archie-comics-first-gay-character-weds-doctor-beau/

I'm sure he would do a faithful and sensitive handling of the source material.

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Kimo

Clowns on Vespas, Capsules on Harleys. Imagine the chase scenes with Danny Elfman's reinterpretation of "Yakety Sax" playing in the background..

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Kimo

The Baroque Cycle

...as a 90-minute Michael Bay action/adventure. Shia LaBeouf will star as Half-cock Jack. Bjork will make a surprise appearance as Eliza. Enoch Root will be a CGI alien using leftover Jar Jar Binks footage redubbed with a courtly English accent.

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Kimo

Possible female leads: Kristen Stewart as Kei and Bjork in a stunningly tragic portrayal of Kaori.

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Kimo
Pint

How about a big-screen version of "Barbary Coast" starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline?

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Kimo

I'm currently trying to line up funding for a musical based on the Third Reich. Working title is "Springtime for Hitler." I'm in talks with Nicolas Cage to play the lead and Kristen Stewart in her first all-singing role as Eva Braun.

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Kimo

Yes...but I added I've upped the bad to unfilmable levels.

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Kimo
Alert

A live-action remake of Akira with adult, white actors in the role of young Japanese teenagers. Perhaps Keanu Reeves as Tetsuo and Micholas Cage as Kaneda? Surprisingly, Michael Bay will not direct. Lars Von Trier will be at the helm.

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Harry Potter e-books go on sale

Kimo

Thanks for clearing that up...

I would rather read the original text, so having that option is nice. I can live without the illustrations, as I have the movies for that.

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Kimo
WTF?

Pricing oddities

According to the Pottermore site, the complete set in English (US) costs $57.54 and is a 14,830 KB download. The same set in English (GB) is $61.34 for a 8,820 KB file.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

Kimo
Childcatcher

Death Race 2000

David Caradine sex scene...need I say more?

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Kodak heading to Chapter 11

Kimo

Too bad they didn't fall back on their long history of selling affordable, quality cameras (despite what the article states). My 1950s Retina is still going strong, and has Leica-quality glass on a German-made body. But I've been running Ilford products on it exclusively since Kodachrome died.

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New species of dinosaur discovered... in museum

Kimo

Not surprising. At the turn of the 20th century, there were so many collecting trips with pressure to announce spectacular findings that most of the material has never been properly examined. A curator once told me that the best way to discover new dinosaur species is to simply take a close look at the Smithsonian's shelves.

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One-third of US consumers will buy an iPhone 5

Kimo
FAIL

Holy Unwarranted conclusion, Batman.

"Our survey data confirms the strong following Apple has built around its iPhone, with more than one-third of consumers planning to upgrade to the latest model only a little over a year following the release of the iPhone 4," stated Graham Jones, general manager of PriceGrabber. "Anticipation and brand loyalty are certainly high, but in today's 24-7 work culture and uncertain economic environment, consumers are cautious to look for a reasonably priced phone that will perform optimally over an extended time period."

Note a few interesting words in here: "more than one-third of customers planning to UPGRADE to the latest model" and "Anticipation and BRAND LOYALTY are certainly high" make me believe that this is a survey of current iPhone owners, not general consumers.

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HP exec: WebOS tablet will trounce iPad

Kimo

The title is required, and must contain wit and/or profanity.

Ummm...doesn't Dell also play in the business and consumer markets? I seem to recall them launching a few pads as well.

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

Kimo

Too lazy to read them all...

...but if not yet said, I would like a facepalm icon.

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The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow

Kimo

It's the story...

...not the format. There are a few excellent SciFi comics and/or graphic novels. And more than a few SciFi books that are complete rubbish. The quality of the work is unrelated to the format it is published in.

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Kimo

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There seems to be a very dedicated Ringworld fanbase here. Could be tough competition.

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So, what's the best sci-fi film never made?

Kimo

Agatha Heterodyne and the Incredably Long Anime Series

Girl Genius is already too long for a feature film..but a series would be welcome.

Work it like Harry Potter...start filming now, release so that the comic will conclude before the final film comes out.

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Kimo

Possibly....

With the right directors/showrunner, I could see six seasons on HBO or Showtime doing justice to the source material.

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Kimo

You are assuming...

...we did not ALSO email. But we are SCIFi nerds, and therefore compelled to post IN ADDITION to sending said message.

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