* Posts by Grikath

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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Tennessee.....

plus "Law"...

Google it for a bit of light Friday Reading before our hopes for a BOFH get dashed.

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Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

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non-issue...

".....and require only access to a PC to execute."

With a level of security breach having the culprit touching the actual box, I think you have a different kind of problem, having very little to do with a BIOS.

Especially in the consumer arena, you tend to have no PC ( and peripherals, and several others this-and-thats...) if Unfriendlies get that close.

In a business environment? Really..

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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"..the Google headset was immediately beset by early adopters who leveraged the headset for their own creepy ends."

Been to Bong!-U have you? How the poison creeps...

Icon, because it's the only cure.

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Boffins FOAMING over a Nickel's worth of hydrogen

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@ x7

"the basic rules of chemistry rule out catalysis as a source of electrolysis anyway."

Bet your life on that?

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Dutch telcos build data bonfire after judge nixes retention law

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Re: Minister probably not guilte of a crime

almost right.. The deal was done by Opstelten's Secretary, Teeven, then "attorney-general". Who suddenly couldn't remember the details of the deal, and led his minister by the nose, making him state some rather awkward things. Which proved to be untrue when some digging *did* turn up the right numbers about the deal.

Opstelten, being "responsible" as minister, had to resign when that little doozy come to light. After which Teeven huffed and puffed and went into Solidarity Mode. and resigned as well. Full well knowing that had he stayed on, there'd have been an Enquiry where he'd been roasted, given that there's more of those (rather unpopular) Deals on his resume.

So we lost a Fossil and a Rat. no-one is crying particularly hard over here.

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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Funny comparison...

Given that in the parts of social strata where watches *are* worn to denote status, Rolex is something like the not-quite-right cousin the Family doesn't talk about.

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Does my star look big in this? Milky Way 50 per cent fatter than expected

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Re: Fatter than expected...

Nooo... Their picture is correct.. They just met more mass on the way.

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Boffinry listicle MADNESS: ONE THING you need to know about CHAMELEONS

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Re: The deeper you look

Given that chameleons don't display what we class as "conscious decisions" the response is hardwired, like in many animals displaying "proper evasive measures" from birth.

As for the selection mechanism... the predator recognition wiring predates the clour change, so starting from a random colour variation under predation-stress, the selection pressure for getting the right colour scheme would be immense. After all, the ones that got the lucky right guess would be far less likely to be Lunch... Under such strong selective pressure, it would only take a couple of generations to have all [species x] display the same behaviour under a given kind of stress. The rest simply get eaten before they can breed. Of course, having multiple predators would complicate things a bit, but ultimately it would only add to the number of generations needed to have the majority of [creature x] display the "correct" behaviour in avoiding predation.

With maturity at 6 months to a year, and a lifespan of 5-8 years for chameleons, you're looking at a couple of decades to have the "new model" be the norm, rather than the exception. A mere mayflies' wingbeat in evolutionary terms.

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Salesforce straps sales analytics to Apple Watch

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so essentially...

Wear this thing and use our Stuff to proclaim yourself prime B-Ark material?

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Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

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This is the Age of the Internet. Entitlement is a god-given right, which should be treated as a basic human right! Why isn't the UN doing anything about this and send out Strongly Worded Reprimands to Microsoft!!

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: Simply fascinating... @ Brewster.

Not really.. The article is an overview for I'm-but-an-egg's like me.. The Threat of Math is in every single line...

Compare it with the demonstration of a standing wave using a piece of rope.. Yes. it can be demonstrated and even proven by Math, but it's a hell of a lot easier on the laymen to use the piece of rope, and still be right.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Re: I'm sure we're missing something here

You're not missing a thing actually..

Delusions of former Empire dictate that Britain Must Have Toys As Well, which in and of itself sidetracks common sense from the start.

March of the zombies and all that.

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Boffins find Earth's earliest Homo in Ethiopian hilltop

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Re: "the dinosaur was holding a placard with “Ban the Bomb” written on it" @alien8n

Given that Sir Terry, especially in his early work, borrowed a lot from the old Masters (ladies included), while applying his unique twist to the concept/characters/archetypes he borrowed, it wouldn't surprise me at all.

The real art there is actually in spotting what he used where, and how well it's integrated in the stories.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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Not too difficult:

Replace old (XP) PC because it's really not getting the job done anymore.

New PC/Laptop comes with Win8 flavour.

Cursing and frustration ensues.

Look into the comments about Win8, and the Promised Land of Win10 around the corner.

Get Handy Cousin to install XP until Win10 arrives **

You'd expect Win7, but XP simply has more "This one will work" codes in the wild.

(** or swap in old harddisk, or any variety)

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Re: You could duplicate it ...

"we might always know how to read DNA" .....

Ummmm not so much... It will take only a couple decades' worth of technological setback to render this type of archive useless. Reading DNA pair-for-pair quickly is pretty advanced stuff y'know..

Even then, the Read/Write rate is, let us say, somewhat awful, and cannot be improved much upon, because physics...

This kind of thing has always been a nice thought experiment since the 70's , and there's been quite a bit of oddball work around ( at least when I was at uni in the 90's) on how you could "organically compute" stuff. But reality dictates that the best speed you could manage would be in the order of magnitude of the old tube-driven beasts of the digital stone age.

Practicality? Naught.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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superphish?

'nuff said methinks..

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Boffins grasp Big Knob, get ready to go ALL THE WAY at the LHC proton-punisher

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Re: we need a black hole icon

Just stack all the funny-cat-pics on top of each other.

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: I mostly agree, but, but BUT.....

Nutritionists? You mean the branch of trick-cyclists dependent on their continued relevance by (re)inventing a new health scare every other year?

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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Re: What idiots

you don't think they are actually *serious* about it ?!!!

(the arms control, for all we know the remark could be a coded message for "party tonight at my place?" )

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SWINGBELLIES! Take heed AGAIN: Booze shortens your life

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Ah, but you're forgetting the whole Advisory Industry, whose subsidies depend on people having a stroke over the next health-fad. The whole living forever while looking like you're in your prime thing is so universal you can find it in any culture, past and present, and the industry surrounding it is huge, and needs fuel.

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Amazing, cool, wow: Humans naturally use POSITIVE words, and that is GOOD

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poking holes

As quite a few of the fellow commentards here pointed out in so many words already, the study has a small, but fatal flaw.. : Words are used in context , with inflection, changing their value in conveying meaning.

Which, as the above comments show, is pretty self-evident.

Now ordinarily this kind of...research would be hailed with a resounding and quite endearing categorisation of "trick-cycling" which strangely enough seems to be lacking in the article. I wonder if all the post-pub neckfilling preamble has incapacitated the editorial staff, or that they've simply fallen asleep at the desk.

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ALIENS are surely AMONG US: Average star has TWO potentially Earth-like worlds

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Re: Tidal forces required in early evolution

competition/mutual benefit.

One of the steps in evolution most overlooked is that the eukaryotic cell is actually most likely a symbiont of several separate "ancestor-organisms", of which one, the mitochondrium, even still has its' own DNA and reproduces separately within the cell.

Something along the lines of that mechanism still exists today,where ( very anaerobic) methanobacteria survive in an oxygen environment by living in the creases of the cell walls of E.Coli bacteria, occasionally temporarily being incorporated as "organelles" within the host body itself. ( and giving rise to the rather rare, but fun, "lightable fart". Ain't biology fun.. ;) )

As far as I can remember the biggest influence the moon has on the earth with regards to the "sustainability of life" is that it stabilises the earth's spin with regards to the ecliptic plane, creating an environment that is more stable than it would be without. Then again, we don't see Mars, or any other planet flipping its axis of rotation all around, so ymmv there.

Never been too fond of the tides-enabling-life/driving evolution theory, given that the moon at the crucial time was a lot closer to the earth, and the tides it created were a bit more frequent and.. prominent.. than the gentle stuff the moon gives us nowadays.

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Re: It's a long way to the chemist, etc... @ GedT

except that star distribution is not even, rather clumpy, and simply doesn't work the way you just calculated, spot on.....

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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*ahem*

"The FBI and intel agencies such as MI5 have been vocal in complaining that strong encryption technologies are paving the path toward a dark web where they will no longer be able to intercept terrorists' communications."

Call me stupid, but if you are going to act up against whole nation states, the first thing you do is ensure the Other Side will have the utmost trouble intercepting your communication, and figuring out who you are..

Fail that, and you're a bloody amateur.

The moon is not the only harsh mistress, y'know..

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Black Beauty Martian meteorite IS a SPOT-ON match with Red Planet's DARK PLAINS: boffins

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Re: Selection bias?

"It should be pretty obvious that this particular rock will show signs of being beat up, but that does not mean the rest of Mars is that way."

Except for the bits that, you know, have been pounded so hard chunks flew out at escape velocity.. Which according to the data to date is still a significant amount of martian real estate.

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Re: Uber limits

"Uber apparently doesn't like its drivers to tell insurance companies what they're using their cars for. That's not good."

Well no, then again, the absolutely last thing you want to do is bring professional extortionists into a business model. More so for state-sanctioned extortionists.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Re: We need to make clear...

oh, when it comes the the US/GB/Aus it's already gone way past that point...

The only hope we have is that their rotting carcasses won't poison the surroundings too much.

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SUPERHANDS! Fossils of early human ancestors reveal a GRIPPING development

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Re: hand shandy

Australopithecus already used tools, and posessed rudimentary stone knapping techniques.

Mind.. you can do quite a lot without a "powergrip" opposable thumb, so rather than "tool use" this little bit of info shifts precision tool use ( and the whole brain development thing) back quite a bit.

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

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medieval?

Dear AC, please read up on your history.

I think you'll find that western european medieval systems of punishment were on the whole pretty much comparable to what we are used to: fines in lieu of incarceration, incarceration as a last resort, and capital punishment only for capital crimes and crimes against the Crown.

Torture as a method only came into "vogue" during the 16thC onwards, mostly tied to religious courts, and even that wasn't a patch on what passed for justice under the British Empire, which even in its day was seen as "overdoing it" by most other european nations.

There's a sharp shift from "salvation through penance" to "condemnation through suffering" tightly tied to the period we now call the Reformation. It's actually interesting reading up on, since it emphasises how bloody important the Trias Politica as a social and political concept is.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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The worst part of it is...

That there's really no need for cyber-crypto if you want to be up to Nefarious Things....

Which makes you wonder if amongst all the dredgers in the "national security business" there's actually people left who are aware of, and versed in, the various OldSkool methods.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Hot Spanish tongue action

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Re: An oldie, but goldie

so you won't eat something that's used in going in, but do eat something that's generally known as coming out...

hm'kay... to each his own, I guess..

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ALIEN fossils ON MARS: Curiosity snaps evidence of life

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Re: Unconvincing hype @ ST

So comparing photographs is Bad Science?

If you've actually read the whole paper, it's a bit more than the couple of shots shown in the article. The lady in question has a very valid point, because the structures in the martian photo's are exactly what paleo-sector scientists are looking for here on earth if they want to find Interesting Things. If you find the same structures on Mars, you really want to determine whether or not you've found the Golden Grail.

This is not some little green men work , the organisms that cause these structures to appear on earth are the most likely candidate to have had cousins on our red neighbour, and they have been around here on earth since both planets were wet enough to support them. Mars' geological evolution may have been different to earth, but the comparisons are between rocks of a similar age, when conditions, according to all data found so far, were similar. ( Which includes the point that the environment then would be lethal to any current lifeform, except the cyanobacteria mentioned in the paper...)

This comparison shows that there's most definitely something to look out for when driving the Rovers around, and almost rates a "hold on chaps, let's turn back and have a real good look at that place." maneuver.

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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Re: Literally @ ravenviz

sorry bub... but rain mostly sinks into the ground, washing out whatever waste elimination product by [organism] is on it into the soil, where it is recycled by [organisms] which think of [excrement] as [food], in turn producing [stuff] ..... etc...

You can be assured that water from a natural source ( be it a well or pumped up from several 100 meters down ) has seen so many "faunal oesophagi" that there's literally nothing left to use as [food]. This is known as a natural filter, quite widely used, and nowadays actively induced in waste treatment plants.

I know that most modern dutch waste treatment plants turn out a water quality that's significantly better than our "cleanest" surface water, and that the only reason it is not piped directly into the drinking water plants is the well-known Squeamishness about "recycled poo". Which is funny as hell given that the water that is used in those drinking water plants comes straight out of the Rhine/Meuse delta, carrying....well you can do the math...

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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the worrying thing....

is that it's all good and nice to make fun of Putin et. al. But in the end the whole damned Free World™ runs on this principle.

Now....When , besides US Lawyers and the USPTO, are we going to put Bankers up against the wall and shoot them for Crimes Against Humanity? After all... a foreclosure kills just as much as a bullet.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

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Re: Arguing over nothing

"No-one purchased it under those circumstances. They invested in its development via Kickstarter.

If you want to be sure of a game's feature set, you wait till launch, and buy it. Then you are protected by consumer laws."

This is the crux of the matter, isn't it? The people screaming their head off funded a kickstarter project. They did not, in any way, buy a game. They invested in the development of a game, for the incentive of a working copy of the final product which aimed to include Feature [X]. And with investment in a software project comes risks, including the fact that not all, or even none of the features you invested in become actual reality. People may not like this, and scream Entitlement all over the Intarwebs, but it still doesn't change this simple, but harsh fact.

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Sucker for punishment? Join Sony's security team

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Re: that's what I call

challenging? An excercise in futility, since you know that somewhere someone up the corporate ladder will insist that he should still be able to.... Unless they authorise the use of the Cattleprod for all IT personnel it's ...well... hopeless..

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

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Re: The beginning of the end of driver as an occupation.

I doubt trains will disappear, as will human-operated vehicles. At least not this century. An integrated solution between railway transport and driverless cars may well be a solution in heavily urbanised/metropolitan areas though. I gues we'll see in the next 10 years or so.

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Hackers pop German steel mill, wreck furnace

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Re: Why the fcuk...

why the fcuk not? Given the setup and inherent workings of steelworks the controlling machinery is already heavily networked and operated/monitored from a remote control room. It takes but one beancounter insisting that the machine that actually handles the controls also is quite capable of doing the in-company email and "intranet" so a separate box is Unnecessary Expenditure and you are quite literally down with your pants on fire.

Been there, done the Facepalming, and yet It Was Done, and not as an isolated incident either.. Production security to Beancounters is personnel not walking off with a packet of soup from the Management restaurant, not the very real possibility of a whole plant borking because the "intranet" is compromised and crashes all production systems.. They simply can't be bothered until it inevitably happens.

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Terror bomb victims demanding Iran's .ir will appeal US ruling

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Re: Can we have .com & .gov then please

Well.... There's a fair share of hardcore USA-ians amongst the commentards who dislike anything that critisises the nation of Freedom, Truth, Justice and etc..

This would be one of the topics where a well-crafted inflammatory post could land you the Stick of Fail or the Dropping of Excellence.

[grabs popcorn]

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Branson sinks sub dream: Plan to explore Earth's bottom scrapped

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Re: Colour me surprised

Not too sure about that, with modern glass-making/laminating techniques. But a dome like that would probably be prohibitively expensive. Especially if you factor in the "zero"-risk tolerance you need to have if you want to take Tourists to an environment that's even more lethal than outer space. Vision distortion would be a major problem too at the thickness needed. It's probably technically possible, but it would be effectively useless.

If you do want to have a look around down there, the only economic way would be to use a closed shell and camera feeds, which sort of defeats the purpose of being physically down there for most people in the first place. You can do the same with a robotic craft, without the risk to life and ..oh wait.. there's no other choice down there...

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

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Re: Capitalism at its finest

Well... we are talking about Australia, where you can spot Holiday Seasons just by watching the price hikes... It's not as if Uber is suddenly the only Bad Guy around...

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: "a program to identify and destroy any copies of Sony-derived data"

Well yeah, you read that particular juicy bit, and the first thing you think is: "They can't possily be that stupid, can they?!", and then you realise that, yes, they are...

It only serves to show how much whole sections of Sony are divorced from reality, and that the people/attitude that gave rise to the rootkit episode have neither moved nor learned from the experience..

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Sony Pictures email hack: The bitter 'piracy war' between Google and Hollywood laid bare

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Re: so if they can automate the moving it down the ranking

Yes they could indeed.. And then it would be waiting for the next Entirely Reasonable Request from [X] to remove [Y] , and then the next.. and the next..

Google can get away with downgrading some search results, but giving in to outright censorship? Really good for your business, that...

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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problem...

Uber has raised the jolly roger and has, at least here in the Netherlands, stated they are not planning to go through due process, ignore national laws and regulations, and soldier on regardless. This does not endear you to our otherwise extremely tolerant government, let alone less tolerant ones. If you interfere with government revenue streams ( which taxy licensing is...) and make long faces while doing it, well..

But let's go with the autocab idea.. Assuming the technology is refined at current speed, trials are held, larger scale trials are held, laws are adapted to allow for the technology, infrastructure is modified to allow for the technology... you're talking 10 to 15 years in the future. If there's an actual political will to do so. It might be feasible in a dense urban area, but even then I simply can't see it happening, unless the scheme is comprehensive and would effectively act as the sole mode of transport, except the few top dogs who could afford the permits for a personal vehicle.

It won't fly, and Uber will eventually be a nice black hole.

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Parliament face-sit-in to spark mass debate on UK's stiff smut stance

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All the protesters need to do...

Is bare their ankles..

The sheer sight of such an abominable sight of pure carnality would surely cause the MP's in question to faint, spark riots, mayhem, and general civil unrest of the insubordinate kind!

I'd use the joke icon, but it seems the british neo-Victorians are serious about this kind of stuff, and collectively the normal british have failed at stopping this kind of nonsense.

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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Large samples....

You'd need a really large and comprehensive sample to piece pedigrees together..

Parchment was both locally produced, but also heavily traded across well.. the world. Many pieces of parchment were also recycled (scraped) , bound, rebound, cut up, etc. The stuff ended up all over the place, so you'd need to do quite a bit of sampling to get a comprehensive picture, and prevent tagging, say, italian sheep as a british breed.

Still, impressive work.

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

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Re: You can't use science to disprove theories not based on science

Oh yes you can. Getting the Troglodites to actually accept the results is quite another matter though. Facts don't make nice Stories.

My biggest problem with the rather unsurprising results of this research is that the boffins in question may have looked at the wrong class of proteins, or even the wrong mechanism when it comes to mild EM fields affecting the general state of an organism. If our energy transfer chain was that sensitive, MRI scanners, for instance, would be lethal. Or thunderstorms, for that matter.

There may be an effect of EM fields on (human) health. But if there is, it is not one simple "cause" you can point your finger at, but rather a matter of addittional stress, compounded with susceptibility to that particular kind of stress, like so many things. There is plenty of science that proves EM fields can influence homeostasis or even perception, provided... etc... As such there may be people whose health is indeed affected negatively by (mild) EM fields, but it's certainly not the norm, and you'd need to be extremely sure you've eliminated every other possibility/sensitivity to have a scientific case.

But the answer is not in our electron-transfer chain(s). That stuff is, and needs to be, quite sturdy.

And where's the "extremely simplified" icon when you need it?

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Mars was a WET mistress: Curiosity probes once-moist bottom

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Re: Rocks.

which other liquid would that be then, pray tell? You may assume temperature and atmospheric pressure to be equivalent to current temperate climate on earth with about half the atmospheric pressure. ( or a nice spring day halfway up the Alps/Rockies if you want the romantic picture)

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ummm you do know that even now Mars is too warm to sport liquid methane in any quantity, let alone a while ago?

*hands Eddy Ito a Physics For Dummies booklet. With pictures.

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Re: well , there you have it.... @ P.Lee

Besides ending a couple of centuries of debate on Matters , giving a strong indication "life" could be the norm, rather than the exception in the universe given favourable conditions, and some other minor stuff in the realms of pure science which obviously wouldn't interest you at all.. ?

nothing to see here, move along..

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