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Look out! PEAK WIND is COMING, warns top Harvard physicist

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Re: Stop the tea party

So where does the Tea Party come into this?

Will the Gun Ownership Debate and Wind Power be linked by people trying to change physics by law? How about Violence to Women, BLG Rights and the Social Security Crater?

Stay tuned...

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>2013

>Not using NoScript

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Re: Peak Nothing

> every house has a wind turbine on its roof

Hold on! Debt-laden families shelling out several cars of dosh for a turbine and its maintenance? How??

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Re: Why not just build a solar panel that covers half the world....

" Surely cities bursting into flame can't be good for the environment"

THANKS SPACE OBAMA!

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Re: Hardly a scientific approach.

Anything with "Koch" in it should be disregarded, unless it is ALSO accompanied by the picture of the Koch Brothers torturing Progressive Damsels in an underground lair in Montana while stroking white fluffy cats and reading Ayn Rand.

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Boffin shows pics of germs grown on SPOTTY STUDENTS' MOBES

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Psychedelicious!

I misread "Boffin snaps spotty student mobe sperm horror", which would have been interesting.

IIRC, these microsbes can be harmless or really nasty skin eating strains. I foresee a market for slightly radioactive mobiles, though the hardware would fail quickly.

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Ancient lost continent discovered lounging on Mauritian beach

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Re: Mu and Lemuria

But lemurs don't yell "Tekeli-Li" while owning you with ruguous yet squamous tentacular appendages.

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BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony

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Re: Publicly funded again...

"Her opinion was always that Y just went wrong somewhere and was really good inside."

The hallmark of really rotten shite.

Y = Marx, The Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Patent Law, Obama, SCOTUS, Kony 2012, Progressivism, BNP, The Occupy Movement etc. etc.

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Is world's first space tourist Dennis Tito planning a trip to Mars?

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Re: Just what you need

> the great American divide

Is that the one created by a hundred years of Progressivism which shall be fixed by MORE Progressivism?

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Re: Falcon Heavy will freeze in deepspace...

HYDRAZINE! OXIDIZER! KERO!!

Are you DONE with your caveman tech yet?

Where's the fracking NUCULAR ENGINE?

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> He could cure all known illnesses with the money needed for this jolly.

By building a time machine to get info from the future?

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Free Riak database acts like depressed teenager to assure data reliability

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Listening to Linking Park?

So this is all about how to patch up things after the CAP theorem struck and made things go haywire?

Any numbers on how much of such a database is in an inconsistent / non-replicated state? The whole approach sounds bizarre and wild, something I might have come up with in my earlier years...

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RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push

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"Legitimate download sites like amazon.com"

1) Go to amazon.com

2) Just shitty MP3 and "cloud service", WTF? Needs windows. WTF???

3) Oh all right then. Clickety clickety click VISA click click

4) "This service is not available in your country"

5) FUUUUUUU.......

6) Become proud user of bittorrent

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Google announces I/O conference registration

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Mission Impossible

"Unless, that is, you skydive onto its roof and then dodge various guards using your biking skills, as some Google Glass–wearing bandits did at I/O 2012."

Pics or it didn't happen.

Seriously, why would anyone do that? I guess because they can!

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PSF warns on angry trademark attacks: Python coders, this is not our way

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Re: Compromise

Yep.

Going from Veber "blowing off" the PSF to both parties now engaged in "'good-faith negotiations' to settle the trademark dispute" sounds like someone wanted to eat a lot of lasagne but it turned out there was a horse in it. Or serpent maybe.

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Because that's the Red Hat / Fedora installer?

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Delving deep into Microsoft's 'Cloud OS'

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Re: Windows can deliver clouds, but it takes a week to recover your data

Eadon!

Hush now.

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Nvidia plans new 'reptile HQ' to match its IT aggressiveness

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"the Shanghai Tower, which will be the tallest building in China when it is finished next year"

Bad sign, Johnny!

Skyscrapers and Business Cycles

"The skyscraper is the great architectural contribution of modern capitalistic society and is even one of the yardsticks for 20th-century superheroes, but no one had ever really connected it with the quintessential feature of modern capitalistic history — the business cycle. Then in 1999, economist Andrew Lawrence created the 'skyscraper index' which purported to show that the building of the tallest skyscrapers is coincidental with business cycles, in that he found that the building of world's tallest building is a good proxy for dating the onset of major economic downturns. Lawrence described his index as an 'unhealthy 100 year correlation.'

The ability of the index to predict economic collapse is surprising. For example, the Panic of 1907 was presaged by the building of the Singer Building (completed in 1908) and the Metropolitan Life Building (completed in 1909). The skyscraper index also accurately predicted the Great Depression with the completion of 40 Wall Tower in 1929, the Chrysler Building in 1930, and the Empire State Building in 1931. There are, however, important exceptions in the ability of the index to predict, so the first question is: how good of a predictor is the skyscraper index?

Changes in the rate of interest (the relative price between consumption goods and capital goods) can have three separate Cantillon effects on skyscrapers. All three effects are reinforcing and all three effects are interconnected to the transformation of the economy toward more roundabout production processes. When the rate of interest is reduced, all three effects contribute to the desire to build taller structures. The world's tallest buildings are generally built when there is a substantial and sustained divergence between the actual interest rate and the natural rate of interest, where the actual rate is below the natural rate as a result of government intervention. When the rate of interest increases, the financial effects all reduce the value of existing structures and the demand to build tall structures and when combined with depressed economic activity, the desire to build at all."

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Mobile dev site: We never knew about Facebook, Apple hacks

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Re: Hmmm

The AntiLeague of Bicycle Repairmen!!

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PunkSPIDER project founder defends 'Google for web app vulns'

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So is this like Qualys web vulnerability scan?

Unfortunately, I suspect that a honest-to-god "vuln scan" might well make the scanned site unresponsive or worse and get the author into hot water. So these will be avoided...

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Perfect sex minx calculated from 'deep' probe of X-rated flicks

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Re: No Stoya in that mix up?

Great idea, mylord!

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Higgs Bosona!

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Re: ::yawns::

"Wasting institution bandwidth is a firing offense."

> 2013

> Still thinks in terms of 1990s micropipes.

Get on my Porn Delivery Level.

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Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim

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Re: SHC = I don't know

> Unexplained does not mean ALIENS or anything like that.

But it could be ENORMOUS HEAT generated by a spontaneously nucleating vacuum.

Or politicians.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

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CounterStrike and checking on your GF

> not finding out where your GF is before shooting through a door

Why do you want to find out where your GF is before shooting through a door?

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> How does wearing blusher help defeat the empire?

For that you need to ask Princess Leia Orgasma.

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Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Re: He's quite right

So?

> Support your local shops.

Only makes sense if they sell foods. Or are *very* specialized.

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Meh

It's 2013 and people still think "rockstar" opinions are relevant?

Get outta here!

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Brit robot programmers banged up for £500,000 tax evasion

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Sanctimonious crud for the rubes.

"You cheated the Inland Revenue and therefore this country, by evasion of income tax"

Because we need more money for our friends, the friends of our friends as well as a few wars.

"Crimes motivated by greed and selfishness."

Not socialistic enough? Guilty!

"To suspend these sentences would offend any reasonable sense of justice on the part of the honest taxpayer."

The suckers have to keep on believing that we rob them for their own good.

Judge should just say "You better pay your protection money. What you gonna do about it?". End of story.

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: Legalities? Where's the EU when you need them

The EU is currently busy in a lawsuit against Luxembourg and France because they tax e-books at 6% VAT instead of [something higher agreeable to I don't know who].

Please hold the line... [Ode to Joy sounds through the speaker]

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Hey customer, not feeling f*cked enough? Smell Ballmer's sweaty armpits, then.

So we will have yet another one of those NONREMOVABLE UNDER PENALTY OF DEATH ... I mean CONTRACT BREACH ... stickers on our machines?

Nope.jpg

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Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

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Re: Psst Stalin. Wanna attack Poland? Let's make a pact.

I also find it disgusting that Eugene Spafford is on the same side as crud like the BSA and confused nerds like Scott "You have no privacy, get over it" McNealy. Fuck all those guys.

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Psst Stalin. Wanna attack Poland? Let's make a pact.

As they say "Be careful what you wish for".

This might result in an even bigger horror than the patent cancertrip, with lawsuits flying every day and tech development coming to a complete standstill, at least in the "western world" of IP retardation. China would give a fuck, and rightly so.

Lawyers would be enriched tremendously of course, which is what this is all about.

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E-taxes aren't really stuffing Uncle Sam's pockets enough

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Re: Until unemployment reaches 6.5% or his version of inflation exceeds 2.5%!!!

At least credit cards give you honest-to-god credit, not obfuscated wealth transfer from the taxpayer to your best cronies.

AFAIK interest on bonds held by the Fed must by law be paid back to the treasury after deductions for the cleaning lady.

It's an interesting masturbatory exercise.

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Until unemployment reaches 6.5% or his version of inflation exceeds 2.5%!!!

> Of course, the fact that federal coffers have been a bit light since the global economic recession

What? What do you mean? The treasury is issuing bonds like crazy to the Federal Reserve and receives ~50 billion USD per month (either as a container of paper with pictures of dead white males or as an XML datablock, not sure) for the privilege.

I don't call that "light".

At all.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

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Re: Sigh

YOU MUST BUILD ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE!

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Apple FINALLY fills gaping Java hole that pwned its own devs

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It's pretty hard to keep up, it's not like they are exactly loaded with money.

Isn't it, Apple?

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Clarkson: 'I WILL find and KILL the spammers who hacked me'

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Time for copypasta

"What the f*ck did you just fucking say about me, you little bitch? I’ll have you know I graduated top of my class in the Navy Seals, and I’ve been involved in numerous secret raids on Al-Quaeda, and I have over 300 confirmed kills. I am trained in gorilla warfare and I’m the top sniper in the entire US armed forces. You are nothing to me but just another target. I will wipe you the f*ck out with precision the likes of which has never been seen before on this Earth, mark my f*cking words. You think you can get away with saying that sh*t to me over the Internet? Think again, f*cker. As we speak I am contacting my secret network of spies across the USA and your IP is being traced right now so you better prepare for the storm, maggot. The storm that wipes out the pathetic little thing you call your life. You’re fucking dead, kid. I can be anywhere, anytime, and I can kill you in over seven hundred ways, and that’s just with my bare hands. Not only am I extensively trained in unarmed combat, but I have access to the entire arsenal of the United States Marine Corps and I will use it to its full extent to wipe your miserable ass off the face of the continent, you little sh"t. If only you could have known what unholy retribution your little “clever” comment was about to bring down upon you, maybe you would have held your f*cking tongue. But you couldn’t, you didn’t, and now you’re paying the price, you goddamn idiot. I will sh*t fury all over you and you will drown in it. You’re fucking dead, kiddo."

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Chip daddy Mead: 'A bunch of big egos' are strangling science

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Reference for the "Brahmins put laser down" story, whereby experiments beat principles

Chapter 5: Maser Excitement—And a Time for Reflection

Shortly after we built a second maser and showed that the frequency was indeed remarkably pure, I visited Denmark and saw Niels Bohr, the great physicist and pioneer in the development of quantum mechanics. As we were walking along the street together, he quite naturally asked what I was doing. I described the maser and its performance. “But that is not possible,” he exclaimed. I assured him it was. Similarly, at a cock­tail party in Princeton, New Jersey, the Hungarian mathematician John von Neumann asked what I was working on. After I told him about the maser and the purity of its frequency, he declared, “That can’t be right!” But it was, I replied, and told him it was already demonstrated.

Such protests were not offhand opinions concerning obscure aspects of physics; they came from the marrow of these men’s bones. These were objections founded on principle—the uncertainty principle. The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is a central tenet of quantum mechanics, among the core achievements during the phenomenal burst of creativity in phys­ics during the first half of the twentieth century. It is as vital a pillar in quantum theory as are Newton’s laws in classical physics. (...)

To many physicists steeped in the uncertainty principle, the maser’s performance, at first blush, made no sense at all. Molecules spend so little time in the cavity of a maser, about one ten-thousandth of a second, that it seemed to those physicists impossible for the frequency of the radiation to also be narrowly confined. Yet that is exactly what we told them hap­pened in the maser.

There is good reason, of course, that the uncertainty principle does not apply so simply here. The maser does not inform one about the energy or frequency of any specific, clearly identified molecule. When a molecule is stimulated to radiate (in contrast with being left to radiate spontaneously) it must produce exactly the same frequency as the stimulating radiation. In addition, the radiation in a maser oscillator represents the average of a large number of molecules working together. Each individual molecule remains anonymous, not accurately measured or tracked. The maser’s precision arises from principles that mollify the apparent demands of the uncertainty principle.

Engineers, whose practical tasks up to that time almost never brought them face to face with such esoterica as the uncertainty principle, never had a hard time with the precise frequency the maser produced. They dealt all the time with oscillators and cavities, based on a wide variety of physi­cal phenomena, which produced rather precise frequencies. They accepted as a matter of course that a maser oscillator might do what it did. What they were not so familiar with was the idea of stimulated emission, which gave the maser its amplifying power. Birth of the maser required a combi­nation of instincts and knowledge from both engineering and physics. Physicists working in microwave and radio spectroscopy, which demanded engineering as well as physics skills, seem to have had the necessary knowl­edge and experience to both appreciate and understand the maser imme­diately. Rabi and Kusch, themselves in a similar field, for this reason ac­cepted the basic physics readily. But for some others, it was startling.

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I am not happy

> "obscure mathematics"

Crank alert. Seriously, didn't we have that discussion back in the 1920's? When Weyl first went for the jugular and applied appropriate mathematics to QM (i.e. the book Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics) came out, physicists complained about mathematization and "Gruppenpest". The approach of throwing math structures at fundamental problems has been successful ever since. There are still massive open questions and one hopes that investigation of the math structures of math space one can derive useful, applicable mappings to physics. Just take a look at, for example this SUSY and QM blogpost.

> "I have found personally that I had to go all the way back and reformulate the laws of electromagnetism, starting with the quantum nature of the electron as the foundation"

No, no, no, no. No. Anything that goes like "I found personally" is a bad sign. Anything that single-handedly tries to reformulate 100+ years of complex research -- which does not just include research into maths, genius brainwaves, possibly dodgy approaches that turned out well 20 years after and theorem-proving but also many many many experiments tying that research to the actual world (aka. unit testing your description) -- is a bad sign. These approaches have been tried. They have all failed miserably.

> "We have a list of fundamental constants that we're not allowed to ask where they come from."

BULLSHIT IN A CAN. If anyone knows where alpha or whatever else comes from, the Noble prize is GUARANTEED. People try numerology on the mass spectrum or whatever all the time, a fruitless approach as it doesn't yield insights just patterns. QCD makes physicist very happy btw because it doesn't seem to need any fundamental constants in its description. How cool is that?

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Software update knocks out Space Station communications

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> Comms down but the backups are very resilient

For the price, you would hope so.

How many hundred times over budget up there? And then they can use the military comms. And then they can drop to ham radio. And then they can use morse with the attitude thrusters.

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Chinese PLA soldiers 'mastermind cyber-espionage Cold War'

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Re: China

> Unit 31337

That would blow the cover. It's prime!

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Re: Computer insecurity ...

far less data was kept online

Of course, but....

You really need to read Clifford Stoll's "Stalking the Wily Hacker", available online, with hacks emanating from East Germany. Those were good times. Uni networks were open to all and sundry and led directly to peripheral databases of military contractors, or to mainframes of research groups with interesting subjects. Kevin Mitnick was making a name etc. And that was even before Gulf War I. It was clear what was coming. Cyberpunk was exploring the subject, for what it's worth. Anyone remember Thierry Breton's "Softwar" thriller about a logic bomb in a Cray sold to the URSS btw?

I still remember "Computers Under Attack: intruders, worms, and viruses", 1990.

A review notes:

"Although prescriptive in how to deal with particular instances of computer insecurity, such as viruses and worms, the book does not make specific recommendations or predictions for the future. The view implied to the reader here is that most types of illicit activities are fairly well understood by the computing community. These are given treatment in some detail in the book. What new twists might be added to the cracker's bag of tricks, or what entirely new types of mischief might yet be invented, are left to the reader's imagination."

Indeed.

After Gulf War I, US security consisted in endless discussion whether it would be appropriate to shove Clipper Chips up everyone's arse so one could eavesdrop at leisure. Appaling. Nowadays we have secret unconstitutional investigations, torture, extrajudicial killings and quite possibly disappearances, but alt least the crypto is hard. But I digress...

It was not so much that US security services hadn't enthused the 'computer' makers to dilute security as that really nobody gave a f*ck, as consumer-level operating systems were hitting the market and network cards were plugged in enthusiastically. People where happy when connection worked at all! Open dialins where everywhere! X.25 was dying. VPNs? Nope. Firewalls were unknown.

Note that the classic "Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker." by Chesvick and Bellovin came out only in 1994.

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What's Cantonese for "Muahahaha!"?

"Either a secret, resourced organization full of mainland Chinese speakers with direct access to Shanghai-based telecommunications infrastructure is engaged in a multi-year, enterprise-scale computer espionage campaign right outside of Unit 61398’s gates, performing tasks similar to Unit 61398’s known mission, or APT1 is Unit 61398."

Maybe it' just exploits of a massage parlor working mom?

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MIT boffin teases space-station probe's DARK MATTER DISCOVERY

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Re: Dark matter

No, not enough

Really, fermionic matter is like the moss one finds clinging to the interstices of a locomotive engine block. Very disturbing.

Time to read some Lovecraft...

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Re: Dark matter WIMPS

Mainly that he managed to stay on topic for 2 whole paragraphs without plugging an anti-MS rant in there.

Good show.

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Amazon ditches 'neo-Nazi' security firm over alleged harassment of workers

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Re: Is anyone really surprised?

...superior distribution channels?

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Re: Bad Hersfeld! Bad Hersfeld!

Nein Nein Nein!

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Oh no, ANOTHER issue of "Der Spiegel" with Hitler on the front page coming

Every third week for the last 50 years....

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Re: Amazon is VERY sharp

> who wanted to copyright, or patent the term "python" her

It's called trademarking. Just sayin'

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Top Firefox OS bloke flames Opera for WebKit surrender

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Re: too bad the Gecko engine is half-baked bloatware

Thank you for playing. Your opinion is valuable to us for continued improvement.

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