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Boffins DREAMING of a WHITE CHRISTMAS ... on MARS!

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> The surface of the planet is young

Written in all seriousness underneath an article with a surface picture showing more unerased pustules than the face of a teenager running on fast carbs.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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So what's with the drugs? Or is that the "war on drugs" whereby you get killed by SWAT team raiding your home in the woods at six in the morning for fun and giggles?

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MYSTERY of 19th-century DEAD WALRUS found in London graveyard

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Babbage shrugged

Medical students - corpsoid fun and silliness even before universal healthcare and mobile-phone mediated pic sharing.

People don't change.

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Senator: Surveillance state based on secret law 'has no place in America'

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Re: Only voters can change this, but...

> The rich and the corporation know

Yeah, yeah. It is always the "rich and the corporation" instead of power-hungry civil servants, the bipartisan consensus to have more of it, all the time and the fact that most people can't be arsed to check what is currently happening in the corridors of power as long as their home team of the double-faced monstrosity is currently at the control levers. Then you have guys like Ron Paul veering off the beaten path who then gets villified and cold-shouldered from "left" and "right" as the crazy uncle.

Notice how okay every Nazi trip of the administration has become with "liburls" since the Brown Changer has taken over from Coke Dude.

But there may be hope yet.

Also: "If Snowden is a traitor, how come everyone is suddenly discussing this?"

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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Re: Ledswinger

Hold on, diodesign.

1) Shouldn't you have a Vulture Gong instead of the Gold Gong meant for the Hoi Polloi?

2) Aren't you the moderatrix of yesteryear?

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Re: Is it just me?

Hopefully it is just you!

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Re: CE? not

CE = "China Export"

The feel when you realize you may have thrown away a working cold fusion device!

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Re: Doesn't matter...

The fun thing about the real world is that it doesn't care about a "shouldn't".

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UK gov 'still failing' at procurement, says Commons committee

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Re: "lack…understanding" on how to collate their requirements, measure suppliers attributes, etc.."

Never underestimate the lubrication power of goodies "falling off" a delivery truck.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Re: Damn horses

> pedonoia

"Pedonoia represents the child state of Mind and the first child-like thoughts and child-models of information"

What?

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Of course not. Any self-respecting horse wears in-line skates. What do you think this is, the 70s?

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Horselover Fat?

I'm sure there is a possibility to bring up VALIS but I can't find it.

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Tango down! Chat app millions ransacked by pro-Assad hacktivists

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Re: WTF?

The fun thing about Syria is that you get deathsquatted by BOTH SIDES. What do?

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Tango was hit thanks to a vulnerable WordPress installation

Maybe people should stop using integrated third-party WebShit 2.0 left and right (those dozens of integrated flypapers icons that NoScript always complains about) and have dedicated secure tools.

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100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

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Re: The stars have spoken...

Don't you first need to pull a sword out of a block of concrete poured by Kellogs-Brown-Root?

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Troll loses 'we own the Web' patent appeal

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Re: Own goal

I sure hope so, it is a private company.

No wait, this is 2013, it probably isn't legal.

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There should be a "you didn't stand your ground" law

...whereby settling companies get invited to defray the legal costs of the rest.

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Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

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Fracking Bullshit I call you on!

So I sit here today at my desk and Java (or rather JEE) is a bloated mess of a language with all kinds of crap I dont need, buzzwords, frameworks, annotations, black boxes, conventions, wierd gotchas and general broken-ness. And to cap it all the black hats are now a step or two ahead at all times.

Yeah, Mr "propellorhead". It's your arse that is a bloated mess. Hint train incoming:

1) You can leave JEE out if you just want SE. Do you know what I'm saying? Notze that you will have to pull in Hibernate or write your SQL queries through JDBC when you want persistent storage, which you will want pretty quickly.

2) If you want Spring, Groovy or soem other non-JEE API or framework building on SE, you know where to find it.

3) JEE is not "bloated" in any particular way. It is just what it is: an environment in which to write server-side applications. And it's pretty elegant, too. Compare with J2EE which was the wrong approach.

4) wierd gotchas and general broken-ness ... care to be precise?

"Black boxes"? What? "Annotations"? Do you prefer XML markup in side-dish files? "Conventions"? Yeah, these are bad, right?

Are you actually sure about what you are talking about? Because you sure don't sound like it.

gb2 your pseudo-assembler fail.

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Released together with Windows 95? One would think there is no useful stuff that runs on Java Beta or that the power supply on the i486 box blew up at some point in time...

Epic Freud Stuff of the Week:

"Oracle is yet to respond to Gowdiak's discovery, so it's unclear if and when a fix might become available. The security giant last released..."

Tell me more about your security...

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Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

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Re: As per Raiders of the Lost Ark...

It will pupate and emerge as Lynch's version of Dune.

This will not ameliorate things a lot.

I will be listening to the soundtrack by Toto, thanks. And the thought of using Dick Cheney as Baron Harkonnen comes up...

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At least it's not a Sandworm

And didn't Armin Müller Stahl transform the desert of Tataouine into a lush cornfield of genetically engineered corn bearing the alien-black-oil repelling virus in X-Files: The movie?

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Mobe SIM crypto hijack threatens millions: Here's HOW IT WORKS

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True but irrelevant as you just need the mark's phone number and his old SIM.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Hmmm.... a Nanny State.

Yes, the Nanny with the leather outfit and the cats ears for me, please.

My coat? The one wih Gotlib's "Rhââ Lovely" in the pocket. Thank you, young lady.

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Titsup Apple Developer Centre mystery: Database interloper fingered

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spent a weekend on the Refresh button wondering when the site would return

Could have helped me mixing concrete...

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SIM crypto CRACKED by a SINGLE text, mobes stuffed with spyware

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In President Klingon's days....

Back in the sad, and portent-laden fading days of the Republic (the "Bubble in Time"), the following went to the printers:

Cracking DES: Secrets of Encryption Research, Wiretap Politics, and Chip Design

by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Statements of note:

We noticed an increasing number of situations in which highly talented and respected people from the U.S. Government were making statements about how long it takes to crack DES. In all cases, these statements were at odds with our own estimates and those of the cryptographic research community. A less polite way to say it is that these government officials were lying, incompetent, or both. They were stating that cracking DES is much more expensive and time-consuming than we believed it to be. A very credible research paper had predicted that a machine could be built for $1.5 million, including development costs, that would crack DES in 3-1/2 hours. Yet we were hearing estimates of thousands of computers and weeks to years to crack a single message.

On Thursday, June 26, 1997 the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on International Relations heard closed, classified testimony on encryption policy issues. The Committee was considering a bill to eliminate export controls on cryptography. After hearing this testimony, the Committee gutted the bill and inserted a substitute intended to have the opposite effect. A month later, a censored transcript of the hearing was provided; see http://jya.com/hir-hear.htm. Here are excerpts:

Statement of Louis J. Freeh, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

". . . And we do not have the computers, we do not have the technology to get either real-time access to that information or any kind of timely access. If we hooked together thousands of computers and worked together over 4 months we might, as was recently demonstrated decrypt one message bit. That is not going to make a difference in a kidnapping case, it is not going to make a difference in a national security case. We don't have the technology or the brute force capability to get to this information."

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Ubuntu forums breached, 1.8m passwords pinched

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I forsee an NSA public relations drive, whereby sputnik gets doxed within 24h.

Then the Prez can appear on the whiteouse lawn for another bombastic speech.

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Confirmed: Bezos' salvaged Saturn rocket belonged to Apollo 11

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Re: Don't be fooled

Well, the assassination of Stanley Kubrick covered all the tracks. We will never know the whole story.

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NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint

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Re: Sharepoint isn't the only thing they use

> There's also an information sharing system called A-Space etc. etc.

More acronyms and kewl buzz than Calvin can come up in an afternoon of dwelling in the house of club GROSS ("Get Rid of Slimy Girls").

You guys really need to have the keys taken away.

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'It's GOOD we stopped selling the iPhone'

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Re: "Cower" is the word

If he had the courage of his supposed convictions, he'd emulate Manning and face judgment for what he's done.

Snowden made the right call when he fled the U.S.

After the New York Times had been enjoined from publishing the Pentagon Papers — on June 15, 1971, the first prior restraint on a newspaper in U.S. history — and I had given another copy to The Post (which would also be enjoined), I went underground with my wife, Patricia, for 13 days. My purpose (quite like Snowden’s in flying to Hong Kong) was to elude surveillance while I was arranging — with the crucial help of a number of others, still unknown to the FBI — to distribute the Pentagon Papers sequentially to 17 other newspapers, in the face of two more injunctions. The last three days of that period was in defiance of an arrest order: I was, like Snowden now, a “fugitive from justice.”

Yet when I surrendered to arrest in Boston, having given out my last copies of the papers the night before, I was released on personal recognizance bond the same day. Later, when my charges were increased from the original three counts to 12, carrying a possible 115-year sentence, my bond was increased to $50,000. But for the whole two years I was under indictment, I was free to speak to the media and at rallies and public lectures. I was, after all, part of a movement against an ongoing war. Helping to end that war was my preeminent concern. I couldn’t have done that abroad, and leaving the country never entered my mind.

There is no chance that experience could be reproduced today, let alone that a trial could be terminated by the revelation of White House actions against a defendant that were clearly criminal in Richard Nixon’s era — and figured in his resignation in the face of impeachment — but are today all regarded as legal (including an attempt to “incapacitate me totally”).

I hope Snowden’s revelations will spark a movement to rescue our democracy, but he could not be part of that movement had he stayed here. There is zero chance that he would be allowed out on bail if he returned now and close to no chance that, had he not left the country, he would have been granted bail. Instead, he would be in a prison cell like Bradley Manning, incommunicado.

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US secret court renews government telephone snooping

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Re: Let's be honest

Is this the Upstanding Citizen Message of the week?

Have a thumbs up. I always vote Blockleiter.

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Re: Warning - about to make clichéd BB reference

You will get arrested for causing "public disturbance"

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Please adopt this notation

This week in press freedoms and privacy rights by Glenn Greenwald:

The kangaroo tribunal calling itself "the FISA court" yesterday approved another government request (please excuse the redundancy of that phrase: "the FISA court approved the government's request"). Specifically, the "court" approved the Obama administration's request for renewal of the order compelling Verizon to turn over to the NSA all phone records of all Americans, the disclosure of which on June 6 in this space began the series of NSA revelations. This ruling was proudly announced by the office of the Director of National Intelligence, which declassified parts of that program only after we published the court ruling. In response, the ACLU's privacy expert Chris Soghoian sarcastically observed: "good thing the totally not a rubberstamp FISA court is on the job, or we might turn into a surveillance state"; the Wall Street Journal's Tom Gara noted: "Reminder: The style guide for mentioning the FISA court is that it's written 'court' with scare quotes."

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Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, world+dog urge NSA transparency

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Re: Transparency?!

Of course, there is no reason at all not to trust Google. Oh, wait ..

Way to miss the point entirely.

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Re: You aren't forced to compute like that

"Are you really going to rely for your security on someone who drifts on the wrong side of the law?"

Don't know whether retarded or just trolling. Or a Fed.

Either way, this must be one of the bestest citations of the year.

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"No Mr. Bond. I expect you to rat."

It goes on....

Journalist James Risen ordered to testify in CIA leaker trial

A federal appeals court has delivered a blow to investigative journalism in America by ruling that reporters have no first amendment protection that would safeguard the confidentiality of their sources in the event of a criminal trial.

In a two-to-one ruling from the fourth circuit appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, two judges ruled that a New York Times reporter, James Risen, must give evidence at the criminal trial of a former CIA agent who is being prosecuted for unauthorised leaking of state secrets. [The authorised leaking is of course fully encouraged]

The timing of the appeal court ruling is ironic as it comes just days after the new Justice Department guidelines were published. Those guidelines were drawn up at the request of President Obama following the controversy over surveillance of the phone lines of Associated Press.

Lucy Dalglish, co-chair of the First Amendment Committee of the American Society of News Editors, said the decision would add to the chill that was rapidly taking hold in America as a result of the aggressive pursuit of leakers by the Obama administration. "It has really got bad, and not just in national security reporting. Every official now knows that if they talk to a reporter they are potentially in a world of hurt."

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Re: Transparency?!

No because the "tech companies" can be controlled by law or the customers' purses. Whereas the bureaucracy is evidently above any law, even above the constitution and takes its sustenance by sending armed people to your house to collect the protection money.

I will trust the techs. If I could trust the framework.

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Meanwhile, deep in the dark woods of bureaucracy, not far away.,,

The Obama Administration's Hostility to Whistleblowers Is Both Immoral and Illegal

That's where the Insider Threat program comes in. Detailed by McClatchy newspapers in recent weeks, the new scheme encourages all agencies of the federal government to come up with their own disparate anti-whistleblower rules, at the center of which will be a threat to punish anybody who even suspects a potential whistleblower and doesn't turn them in. The details of the initiative get more terrifying the deeper one delves into them, with the conclusion that recent divorcees and people with perceived money troubles have to be turned in, and will face preemptive action against them, likely ending their careers on mere suspicion that they couldn't be trusted, when the chips are down, to continue betraying the public trust in the name of secrecy.

Yeah. "More Transparency". You want a pony with that, faggot? Medium rare, slightly hellfired? Certainly, sir.

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Still not getting that Nazi smell, I see

'More disclosures on secret data gathering, please'

Followed by an IRS bullet to the head of those companies.

"Dear Apple. Our tax records show...."

What's that? Ok, that's better. Now shut up. You know the president can kill you at his pleasure?

Talking about bullets, any news on the explodo-car "accident" of Michael Hastings?

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Worldwide tax crackdown planned against tech globocorps

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Re: Not a chance

Luckily we can't agree. I can still have my ethanol at 15% VAT (a nice tax on the little man, that).

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Re: Hmmm... loot!

Oh... "profitable" and "government owned".

Care to show the numbers?

Additional hint: "50% of GDP" does not mean "generated". It means "outlays that go on the credit card"

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Re: And Russia will be the first to sign up!

Taxation is the way to make sure that you won't find a job.

Neither will you find the service that is supposed to be provided by the income generated by taxation.

However, your minister will have a brand-new shiny car.

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Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

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But... This is unfair to the gnomes!

A more charitable interpretation of what the gnomes are about can be found at Cartman Shrugged: The Invisible Gnomes and the Invisible Hand in South Park. They are mysterious, vaguely menacing, and may not know what they are doing. With 20/20 hindsight their antics are laughable, but they could have been a contender...

But what about the gnomes, who, after all, give the episode its title? Where do they fit in? I never could understand how the subplot in "Gnomes" relates to the main plot until I was lecturing on the episode at a summer institute, and my colleague Michael Valdez Moses made a breakthrough that allowed us to put together the episode as a whole. In the subplot, Tweek complains to anybody who will listen that every night at 3:30 a.m. gnomes sneak into his bedroom and steal his underpants. Nobody else can see this remarkable phenomenon happening, not even when the other boys stay up late with Tweek to observe it, not even when the emboldened gnomes start robbing underpants in broad daylight in the mayor’s office. We know two things about these strange beings: (1) they are gnomes; (2) they are normally invisible. Both facts point in the direction of capitalism. As in the phrase "gnomes of Zurich," which refers to bankers, gnomes are often associated with the world of finance. In the first opera of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold, the gnome Alberich serves as a symbol of the capitalist exploiter—and he forges the Tarnhelm, a cap of invisibility. The idea of invisibility calls to mind Adam Smith’s famous notion of the "invisible hand" that guides the free market....

Even the gnomes do not understand what they themselves are doing. Perhaps South Park is suggesting that the real problem is that people in business themselves lack the economic knowledge that they would need to explain their activity to the public and justify their profits. When the boys ask the gnomes to tell them about corporations, all they can offer is this enigmatic diagram of the stages of their business:

Phase 1: Collect Underpants

Phase 2: ?

Phase 3: Profit

This chart encapsulates the economic illiteracy of the American public. They can see no connection between the activities entrepreneurs undertake and the profits they make. What those in business actually contribute to the economy is a big question mark to them. The fact that entrepreneurs are rewarded for taking risks, correctly anticipating consumer demand, and efficiently financing, organizing, and managing production is lost on most people. They would rather complain about the obscene profits of corporations and condemn their power in the marketplace.

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FCC votes to bring faster internet to US schools

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Re: More Obama and his meaningless bullshit.

> But by 2017 100% of Americans will be employed in surveillance of other Americans

Truly, A Scanner Darkly. You can watch yourself on camera, via high-speed Internet.

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

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Dear fandom...

Finally a good link

Unfortunately it is marred somewhat by the second link to WiseGeek where the author is terminally confused about the Northern Basin and Vallis Marineris not being the same thing at all. Not-so-WiseGeek also says "Moon-sized object nearly hit Mars, but instead scraped a deep scar in the planet".

NO! The MIT article says

"We knew there must be impacts between these size ranges," Zuber says. "But nobody had identified one." Analysis in the theoretical papers accompanying this one show that the impacting object that produced the huge basin on Mars must have been about 2,000 km across - larger than Pluto -- and struck at an angle of about 45 degrees, creating the oval shape of the basin.

I would say that's a "full absorbtion impact". Masses of that size do not behave like billard balls. They behave like very liquid droplets.

Must have been a slow-motion impact though so that the southern half of Mars is even retaining any trace of the before-impact era.

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Re: so that's what it was......who knows? Ah, nobody!

It doesn't know whether to turn clockwise or anticlockwise, so it's still hesitating.

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Re: You don't need to think, you can look it up

My life experience says that it's too late anyway.

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Re: "how did Mars get its atmosphere and water in the first place"

> Millions and millions of eyars ago billions even....

EPIC STORY BRO!

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Re: Impact? Isn't lower G and solid core sufficient?

> stolen atmosphere

But can it be found on Pirate Bay? Quick, call the RIAA.

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Re: Turing is a national hero ... but I don't agree

"a return to such repressive days"

What RETURN are you talking about?

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Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

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"Together, we are working to ensure that the industry imbeds persistent technology that is effective, ubiquitous and free to consumers in every smartphone introduced to the market by next year"

Of course they are. Retards.

Why are they even dealing with this in the first place? What they should do is make sure that one can install such a switch without going through "app store" shenanigans or that network operators get off their fat arse and offer a blocking service.

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