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'Internet Freedom Panel' to keep web overlord ICANN out of Russian hands – new proposal

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Still..

Is he going to allow ...let's see... Russians, Chinese, Iranians, etc.etc.etc. in then ?

Thought not.

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Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads

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Re: What about security?

you've never dealt with politicians in real life, have you?

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Just because they're organic doesn't mean they're biologic...

not very likely.

what would be a serious "hit" would be either complex cyanides and/or penta-chain monosaccharides. put those in water and let stew for a year, and you'll have your amino-acids and rna precursors. From there on it's just a matter of time...

The idea of whole, viable bacteria brought in over interstellar distances over stellar timescales is downright silly. The environment within our galaxy cooking up a significant amount of the precursor molecules that make up what we call life, saving a hell of a lot of time in the synthesis of sufficient amounts on a suitable planetary body is not.

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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They do, and [assorted boffinry]. The problem lies in actually isolating a strain. It's easy to get a blip saying "yup, the same agent is in there *somewhere*..." . Isolating the strain and proving it does indeed melt starfish is quite another matter.

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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or...

It is a simple maneuverable box that the russians *know* will be tracked , just for the purpose of saying: "Look buddies, you're not the only ones able to put stuff in orbit and move it around" .

Especially when with modern tech it is entirely possible, although expensive, to build something that will be damned hard to track. The russians are not averse to a bit of grandstanding where they feel it's needed, after all.

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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Re: Ok, I'll be the one to ask.

Several actually. There's been studies into this area in STD prevention and various other subjects in medicine and life sciences in general.

Given that the microflora that uses us as a playground is a major barrier to all kinds of other nasties that are...less civilised.. about cohabitation, it's a rather serious field of research.

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NASA launches new climate model at SC14

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Re: from the article ...

they parsed the data and refined the grid, call it "image enhancement" . and that takes a *lot* of cycles...

As the animation goes, as far as I can tell it should be accurate enough to work with. It does concur with thermal barriers, coriolis effects, seasonal growth ( watch how the Big Red disappears as nature wakes up and gobbles up the CO2 on the northern hemisphere..), population centers, and other stuff, like the brush fires in Africa. Everything you expect to be there is in there.

As is, it shows a couple of things both sides of the Climate $deity have been crusading on, and debunks a couple of arguments on both sides of the fence. I for one would very much like to see a longer run, say, over the past 20 years, extrapolated or not. It would (hopefully) show whether or not the cycle is progressing or stable, or.. can't tell anything from one cycle except that "world is moving on happily as expected".

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Re: Fluid analogue Computer

Only if el Reg employs an Igor, and makes sure the thing is not *quite* accurate...

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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Re: Additional explanation? @ frank ly

That would be the most obvious, and actually generally assumed, proposition. Especially since primitive man ran more on a social structure as the modern apes, and nigh-on all species of monkey, which means you actually got a chance to mate if you don't go so far away, and nip in with the ladies before the alpha troop comes back...

However, (modern) anthropology isn't, unless sex or sexuality isn't the prime motivator, preferably from a modern Feminist point of view. This is why nowadays the discipline is classed with the arts, not science.

As far as spatial awareness in females is concerned.. I suspect they generally simply don't much care about that skill... unless needed.. The deadly accuracy of an irate woman with crockery/household implements/assorted sundries on hand is an ancient trope, and can be found in all cultures, and in historical anecdotes dating all the way back to the dawn of the art of writing...

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U wot? Silicon Roundabout set to become Silicon U-BEND

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Re: London is a dirty unfinished shithole

funny.. they've been saying that about it for nigh-on 2000 years.. ;)

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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"Why does it always have to be a genuine honking workstation actually sitting on your desk?"

It's your desk. you're paid to be there and generally available in that vicinity, and , if slightly possible, do something that can be classed as "productive" . Signed, your boss.

While a mobile workspace, like "open office plan" sounds nice in theory, and in several high-level use-cases is actually practical, for the most of us drones things come down to the above. And then I haven't even touched the bits where company policy or law *requires* the use of physical connections on isolated or firewalled networks while handling $data.

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Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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Re: "They gave us windows 8" @ Rosie.

I have, very carefully, re-read that entire section of the article. And yes.. after all these years I'm pretty well versed in El Regs' ways of hyperbole and verbal subterfuge.

But alas... I wish the author employed some nefarious style scheme I wasn't familiar with as yet, but unfortunately it's a sad, sad case of an el Reg contributor going $Boss in a tale from Simon.

Please.. Someone at Vulture Central get the Prod...

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"They gave us windows 8"

Are you serious? the Cult of Jobs is bad, but could you possibly plant your lips any firmer on Ballmers' puckered brown rosette?

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

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Re: Occam's Razor

But that's the point, isn't it?

The Higgs announcement was done very carefully. After all, much Egg-in-Face would be involved if they got it wrong... So the basic theory stands, and until they fire up the LHC again to get better measurements, we won't know.

The CERN team was very clear that they found a Higgs particle. They couldn't be sure if it was the only one, or, like some theories stated, there could be a set, until after the refurbishement so they could make bigger bangs.

To me, this danish announcement sounds premature and...pet-theory-peevish... and there's not a single solid thing where the team involved points at the data and says: "hey, that's funny..."

So until they do I'd classify it as fund-fishing.

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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Re: Disney patents internet search censorship

"Its patented... so no one else can use it..."

Only if you're based in the US..

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Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'UNLOCKED tailbooms' going through SOUND BARRIER

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*Pictures the feathering, under power, at more-or-less Mach 1..... *shudders

Any airframe would have broken up under those circumstances. If this has indeed been the case, there will be Serious Questions asked how this would have been even possible, even *if* the safety was off and the manual command given. You'd expect the feathering actuators *and* their controls to be locked down completely on engine burn. You know.. just to be sure.. Because Murphy.

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Let's make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

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Re: In the Hands of the People

"If not for the Macintosh, there would have been no Windows 3.1."

Until you realise that a large and increasing number of games already worked through a GUI.. It was only a matter of time before a shell like that would be developed for the DOS/x86 platform, simply because a growing number of people were already familiar with it, and it simply...worked.. as far as user-interaction was concerned.

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OK Google, do I have CANCER?

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hmmm...

Given that the techniques involved have already existed for *at least* 20-odd years ( but, of course, "nano" wasn't a buzzword back then...) , are currently widely in use in diagnostics and fundamental research , and most of all, not in Googles patent portfolio, I have but one question for mr. Thinktank....

Have you found the common denominator that identifies "cancer cells".. No? Thought not.. Else your smug mug would have been the one getting a Nobel prize this year...

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NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

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Re: What is the El Reg Unit of Current?

the *Bzzzerrt!* (Bzt) defined as the current needed to make a member of Management jump up one Standard Office Floor Level upon sitting down.

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

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Re: Confused

Torrent searches in and of themselves have never been illegal. Sites that specifically aim to publish torrent links to copyrighted material may be, depending on where you are. There's a difference..

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COMET 67P is basically TRAILING a HORRIFIC STENCH through space

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Re: Hydrogen Sulphide doesn't stink

Actually both cases are true..

Humans can smell pure H2S at as low as 1ppm initially. The human nose, however, adapts rapidly to the smell, so that after the initial whiff it's quite possible not to smell the stuff up to near-lethal levels. The same more or less goes for cyanide gas.

This is why people wear detectors on hazardous sites ( like on or near a primary precipitation tanks or anaerobic reactors under maintenance on water treatment sites) and gtfo when the things start to beep, even if the odour is not ..less bad.. than usual.

[insert mandatory reference to the Smell of Ankh-Morpork here]

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RUMPY PUMPY: Bone says humans BONED Neanderthals 50,000 years B.C.

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dating techniques, @Alister

Welllll... to be honest.. Us poor lab-bound nerds had to do some significant and thorough research into "dating techniques" to come up with the notion that this could be something other than a temporal reference frame... ;)

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ummm nope... The most compelling reason is that the evidence so far points to mixing *after* the exodus from the african continent. Before that the particular Neanderthal genes were not present in our genetic makeup. (Points to lack of those specific genes in the genetic makeup of the part of humanity that stayed in africa, and developed their own specific and unique mutations.)

A Theory is all good and nice, but if it ignores basic facts....

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Actually, no... It's easy to use hindsight to reverse history, but it's taken over 100 years, and some really big advances in science, especially regarding the molecular sciences and dating techniques to get from isolated finds that proved there were actually predececcors to us modern humans ( which in and of itself was a bit of a shock, and is still not believed in some mental backwaters of humanity ) to the point where we can reasonably accurately tell who bonked who. And shows us that (modern) humanity went through some really tight squeezes regarding extinction that do not show up in the fossil record, but do in our genetic record.

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Re: Why 400 days for men and 300 days for women? @ Dave 126

Social life? Probably a lot, or not. Menopause is a population control mechanism that can be switched on. The mammals that do exhibit menopause naturally expect their young to *survive* , and have an extremely long infancy phase. It prevents an older animal to give birth to offspring that will most likely not survive because the parent will most likely die of old age before the child gets out of infancy.

Given that you can turn it on in mice and rats ( which have a version of it where the older females et infertile with high population pressure... Or you just introduce the right hormone in a lab.) it's expected the same mechanism is pretty much universally present in most mammals. It's simply not triggered under normal circumstances.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Re: Founding fathers?

well, with all their pro's and cons as seen from a modern point of view, they sure would have had a very simple answer for people who wanted to snoop into their yards whenever they pleased..

Oh wait.. they did...

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Ancient Brits 'set wealthy man's FANCY CHARIOT on FIRE' – boffins

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You can't take it with you...

they said to the Hero.

"We'll see about that..." he replied, and dropped the torch with his final breath .

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Jonny Ive: Flattered by rivals' designs? Nah, its 'theft'

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Re: Apple invented nothing @DougS

Wellll.... Making the film prop into reality has been a neat feat of engineering and technical design. As for the actual look of the thing... Well yes, I think you could credit Roddenbury ( or whoever came up with it in the prop department) for that.

But it sure as hell wasn't Apple that came out with the first flip-phone.. I think it was Nokia or Ericsson who came up with that one.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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actually.....

We did start to light up more stuff immedeately, and as soon as the technology was (cheaply) available :

Quite a lot of light produced by LED is not for interior lighting.. It's for lighting screens.. TV , any number of mobile gadget, billboards... It's all done by LED nowadays, and quite bright as well.

I think if you take all those lumens into your equations you'd get quite a different figure.

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Hey, get the ZUCK up – let's unionize Facebook buses, cry Teamsters

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I see....

You have refrained from calling them "The Mob"...

Such a good headline wasted , while surely your average desk is more dangerous to your kneecaps.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

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Blaming Thorvalds is easy...

The whole Linux/open source scene has been rife with Fanbois from day 1. These are notoriously ...difficult.. to deal with.

It's one of the many reasons why I personally never bothered with Linux-flavoured stuff. It's not that the whole OS/ideology is without merits. It's simply that the loudmouths killed off any semblance of proper adaptation and acception in the 90's, and in some respects still do.

it's not just one person, it's a whole bloody religion you have to deal with sometimes. And no, the Few Good Men do not compensate for the hordes of cellardwellers** you had/have to contend with if you're even just looking for information on whether or not a partcular flavour is suitable/adaptable for something you're working on.

** granted... nowadays it's Fashionistas *and* the cellardwellers.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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the number makes sense, actually...

Given that win8 is a complete turd, especially on the user-end, but that at the same time the hardware is once again changing rapidly, requiring a number of structural changes in the interface, they *could* have kept going with win9. They could have *tried* to rebrand, but the stigma, well to be honest: shitstain, of Win8 would keep haunting them either way.

The reason for "10" is already hinted at in the "Joke": MS considers this their first truly multi-platform OS, and as such the start of a new generation of their product line.

So they'll probably want us to read it as 1dot0. Plenty of headroom for Marketing to play with there...

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NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'

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Re: nice surface

dear James, I think I'll leave you to your assumptions...

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Re: nice surface

The engineers at both companies would have looked funny at them..

at the temperatures and (lack of) atmospheric pressure involved any "protective" material would have either been shattered, have been abraded, or simply disintegrated.

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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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yup....

that's a mom picture.. slightly out of focus and streaky-blurry of something she *insists* you should recognise immedeately... ;)

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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@ Robert Long 1

Nope. Company law.... A company is a *distinct* natural entity, just like a real person, that happens to be able to be "owned" by other natural persons or entities.

In this case the judge expects an american owner to force an irish "citizen" to break local and EU law, thereby breaking US and EU law, and quite a few international laws, customs and treaties.

The Judge requires Microsoft US to become an international criminal simply because (s)he knows (s)he hasn't got a paper gnat's chance in hell of getting done what (s)he wants through international legal channels.

So yeah.. Microsoft is in the right there, as the whole concept is ridiculous.

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Will Europe's ISPs unmask anonymous IP infringers?

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Re: Whats wrong with catching real crooks

Sorry...Vimes is notorious because he goes after the real criminals. It's why "He's not a diplomat. He's the reason diplomats exist."

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request for "clarity" ....

equates to : "we've been approached by well-paying lobbyists to attempt to get this be made illegal by law."

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Re: How do you 'Carbon-Offset' a Volcano?

I think it's more "customer-image friendly" they're worried about.

Even though the whole AGW thing is still very much debatable scientifically, the Activists, Politicos, and Tabloïds have taken it to their sweet little larcenous hearts, and are creating a lot of hot air about it. Which is what Joe Average really encounters, since the Intarwebs and Media are not about who has the correct answer, but about who shouts loudest.

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Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize

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Children of the Night...

I think that one is meant as a prime example on the correlation <--> causation pitfall.

At least..... I do hope they're not actually serious about that one..

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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There's a couple of places....

I'd keep any putative nude selfies of me.. Or any other sensitive private information for that matter.

"the Cloud" most definitely isn't one of them.

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Was Earth once covered in HELLFIRE? No – more like a wet Sunday night in Iceland

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Re: Goldilocks

Given the sheer amount of planets with origins similar to ours in the entire universe, and considering current theories on how life came to be, you're probably right. Getting to the point where we are takes quite a few other hurdles that are less well-determined.

Mind.. this is a pretty important find, since it extends the buildup time of "natural organics" needed to actually make up "life" by quite a margin. It certainly debunks the "not enough time" apologists in the whole, ancient discussion.

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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Re: The region lies at the top of the comet

you pick the longest end in cross-section, then flip a coin.

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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

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"since it seemed to embody technology which used to be considered far beyond the roughly 60 BC societies that created it." FTFY

According to the post-19th C Spinners-of-Tales that classed themselves as "historians". There's plenty of surviving sources and artifacts that clearly show knowledge of what we would class as "machinery" including gear systems, and a level of technological ability that rivalled if not surpassed our own in some ( now "obsolete" ) areas.

Most of that stuff would have been trade secrets, and would not have been widely known, but you can see the *results* in the existing archaeology and whatever has been preserved. No tinfoil hat needed.

But I do hope they manage to find more pieces. It's an elegant thing, judging from the recreations I've spotted around, and a really nice piece of brainsweat.

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NASA on Curiosity bot: Mission accomplished (for now at least)

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curioser and curiositier

Very excited about this one. :)

Even if curiosity does not find any (direct) evidence of extraterrestrial life as such, a decent slice of extraterrestrial planetary history is basically priceless already for so many scientific disciplines.

Drive on, brave chariot!

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: Europe

only if you live down south..

over here between the Dikes it would be "W8chtw00rd" ..

come to think of it.. "Y0uSh4llN0tP4ss" would be a nice one ;)

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AH, but you're forgetting the pecking order of showbusiness... IT is just about the lowest form of life as seen from the Floor, hell they're not even directly associated with it, and they can probably not even comprehend the fact that there just may be people around that actually know Stuff.

Even if someone does, the mere thought of giving someone that low on the Ladder actual airtime will probably cause a couple of heart attacks and aneurisms.

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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Re: Art or Design?

Nope. You don't sharpen a stone tool in a way that leaves marks like that. In fact, you'd only blunt it.

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BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV

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Re: "Coding" may not result... @ boltar

" Its not teenagers per-se that are the problem but the current moronic dumbed down celebrity culture where the only qualification that seems to be needed to get on in life is a look-at-me haircut and the ability to hold a mic and not fall over for 3 minutes."

Which was different in the '70's until now exactly how? The only difference since roughly the '90's may be that there's the addition of the powergrrrls that adorn teenage girls' rooms.

And seriously... Learning to program (and associated activities good for Preparing for your Future ) has never been conductive to get a bit of snogging in, between, say, age 14 and 18. And certainly never from the girls you (hopefully somewhat discreetly) hoped to get it from at that age..

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: "hard core of folks"

Sticking to XP may have various, sometimes even valid reasons...

But what on earth must people be on to still use bloody Vista?!!

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