* Posts by Grikath

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Russian space geckos caught on film playing with jeweled collar

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well they certainly weren't hungry.. those worms wouldn't have stood a chance ... ;)

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Boffins laser print flexible transistors

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Re: No mention of how fast these transistors are

Given that they state that their primary application would be in sensors and the like, MHz range would be good enough.

Not everything needs a multicore GHz processor to function...

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Republicans in sneaky bid to reauthorize Patriot Act spying until 2020

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Re: probably a lost cause

"Then when it's over, what do you do with your former ally?"

Well.... there was this guy Bin Laden whose "bunch of plucky rebels" even featured as the Good Guys in Rambo III ( which is in and of itself a perfect example of US propaganda..) and ummmm....

Well you get the picture...

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Got a big day planned in 15 BEELLLION years? You need this clock

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Re: Obligatory Terry Pratchet reference

*sigh*

I'll just get my broom then...

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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Re: Come on guys

Having worked for a "small" dutch PC manufacturer in the past... Yes, we did..

Sometimes there were boxen that simply refused to work properly whichever part you switched out, batches of cards that were *just* inside of spec, etc.. And sometimes a sacrificial lamb was slaughtered to pay for its misbehaviour and to appease Murphy. We actually had a special suggestions box for it to see who could come up with the most original way to mangle the next sacrifice.

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Google guru: Android doesn't have malware, it has Potentially Harmful Applications™ instead

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agressive retail

No that'd be when they sell you stuff at gunpoint.

I think you mean "proactive coercive asset redistribution" there.

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Ebook price-fix saga: Official Apple peeler says probe is fruitless

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he's going for....

The stretch goal..

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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Not too sure about the crater.

If it lands on the sunny side, it may hit something soft..

More of a splut! than a crash..

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: What's stopping them...

Cost.

Glue, especially the grades that actually work and don't degrade, is pretty expensive.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Landing a rocket is retarded

To use your F1 analogy: Try racing when you have to chuck out and replace the engine every single lap. Things get expensive that way....

As for parachutes... They tend to drift a bit, and while slowing you down, do not make for a very soft landing. Wich is why the Russians use Siberia and retro rockets, and the US the ocean. With the added disadvantage of the ocean that salt water tends to disagree severely with high-precision parts, and you need quite a number of ships of sufficient cruise speed to be in the several-square miles landing zone. Also, the ocean makes for a bad campsite if pickup gets delayed a bit.

It remains to be seen if the Dragon engines are reusable after launch, but Musk must first prove he can Hit the Spot Marked "X" reliably and without much Boomage to several stuffy officials and potentially armed and angry locals ( for reasons explained earlier in this thread).

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Conservative manifesto: 5G, 'near universal' broadband and free mobes for PC Dixon

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Re: tech centre of Europe

Now... I'm not exactly up to speed with the current state of bleedin' edge tech development in the UK, but afaik the only tech the UK really excels in is Outsourcing.

All the other stuff that actually, you know, *makes* things happens on the mainland.

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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shouldn't the first question be...

What has changed in the Universe?

If those supernovae are caused by the same physical phenomena, under the same circumstances, creating the type... What Has Changed?

Whether we're up for heat-death or contraction, or gravity-pit oblivion is ultimately a minor, if not moot question compared to this, given that it's based on several constants which should be, well.... constant.. as far as current theory goes. If there's two populations based on distance = time, we either measured wrong, or *something* happened around the border between the two.

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Pregnant pause: Ancient JUMBO MARINE LIZARD pushed out sprogs in open ocean

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Re: The classic out...

well it does make sense....

Mosasaurs and Ichtiosaurs were *very* highly specialised to an oceangoing life, and there's ( technically more "primitive" ) lizards who are (ovi)viviparous. As a matter of fact, oviviviparity is a rather standard adaptation where the conditions are adverse amongst the clades that are ordinarily egglaying. It's not as if Mosasaurs are suited for waddling up a beach, they simply weren't built for it, and reptile ( and assumedly dinosaur) eggs are *not* viable when submerged.

So the only option would be something that left them swimming, and *still* breed. Not many options there, so the theory is a pretty safe bet, as far as I can tell.

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

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Re: very fair and balanced

"shameless terrorist pirates"

When it comes to abandonware? shameless..

If that makes me a Pirate... m'kay..

If my idiosyncratic love for for ancient games strikes terror in the hearts of the soulless barstards holding on to their Eternal Copyright? So I be arrr Terrrrorrrist! yarr.

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Urine for a treat this Monday, ISS 'nauts: SpaceX to launch pee-powered coffee pot

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Re: At least it will...

which one? the stuff starbucks insists is "coffee" would class as "grout" or maybe "rat droppings" here in this bediked little bit of lake-bottom.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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I wonder...

The sheer ...stupidity.. of this makes you wonder if this is not a side effect of a deeper power struggle somewhere in the mazelike layers of US bureaucracy.

Ah well, if the US ticks off China hard enough the chinese can always simply decide to no longer fund their pet hobby. How much did the US owe China nowadays again?

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Re: "Fingers crossed they’re the Spielberg ones"

Well, within the solar system, looking at the available real estate and possible conditions, and assuming that the laws of chemistry constrain "life" to a system of data transfer to the next generation, and construction method that is pretty similar to ours **, the best you could expect would be something similar to cnidaria or echinoderms, or possibly molluscs Of which the first two could be considered "alien" to an extent since the closest common relative would have been a sponge ( the first stage of cellular specialisation). While everything else*** alive has bilateral symmetry ( at the least at the start before development into adult form), they follow a different body plan. And all three groups have quite a few examples that happily thrive under conditions assumed to exist Out There in the solar system.

Intelligence? Maybe.. it depends on whether the local race for supremacy favoured the smart ones, instead of the usual Bigger/Stronger/Meaner.

** I have always considered the fact the precursors for the necessary molecular chemistry are produced by the universe itself by the gigatonne a Bloody Big Hint about the feasibility of "life" under the proper conditions. That stuff + liquid water + time = life.

*** Oversimplified, but verifiable without the aid of magnification.

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Everything's code, 'zero tolerance for assholes': Yup, it's ChefConf

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Re: Cute...

something like that..

I'm pretty sure the method was used while developing Win8 and Metro.. And we all know where that ended...

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TTIP: Protect our privacy in EU-US trade deal or ELSE, snarl MEPs

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actually... yes...

The crux of the matter is that as far as the relevant law is concerned the US technically offers the same protection to individuals' data as the EU. All the stuff that is classed as "personal/private data" under that law is subject to roughly the same procedures and safeguards, including Spook Action. Peeps will need to go through Channels to get at it, for which the procedures are more or less the same as well.

In a case of "Law is always 10 years behind Reality" the laws in question do not offer the same protection to metadata. Which is where the problem lies, since the use of metadata has evolved to the point where it can just as easily identify a single person as, say, credit card details, yet the use of said metadata is not yet treated as such in existing laws.

This is a huge, and widely (ab)used loophole which is in desperate need of Fixing, but until that happens, no actual law is broken, as any lawyer/state attorney would be quick to point out. Questionable? Yes. Not within the spirit of existing regulation? Definitely. But unlawful? No.

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Drill, baby, drill: HIDDEN glaciers ON MARS hold 150bn cubic metres of precious frozen WATER

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well..

Now we know the general region where the next probe should be sent...

Keeping "snowball earth" and glacial extremofiles here on Earth in mind, if life ever developed on Mars, and if anything survived the changes in the planet's ecosphere over the aeons, the most likely place to find it would be in that ice.

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You. FTC. Get over here. Google is INVADING our children's MINDS – anti-ad campaigners

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Ummmm

This is the US we're talking about, right?

Where is the difference with their television then? Last time I checked that was about an ad a minute..

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Win Server 2003 addict? Tick, tock: Your options are running out

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@ Hans 1

I do think the author knows a thing or two about IT, whereas your approach suffers from a lack of understanding of several very basic facts about the whole business.

The article is aimed at people/setups which are firmly rooted in a microsoft environment, with the inclusion of the possible existence of some very specific business-critical business apllications developed for and on this microsoft platform. It's acually pretty comprehensive for a quick overview.

Now the thing with open source, as it has been from the early beginnings, is how well it supports your existing infrastructure when/if you decide to switch, and how much of the needed knowledge is already in-house if you would implement it. Which usually amount to double negatives for most small companies, and as such is as much of a No-No as moving your entire business to the Cloud.

Switching "Offices" alone gives a bunch of headaches, besides retraining staff, because the Microsoft variety is so well integrated compared to the Libre flavour. This means that you'd need to go over all of your scripts, letterheads, shared spreadsheets, etc. etc. to find out what gets broken ( and oh boy.... things will get broken.. ) and fix them. If Libre supports whatever-you're-used-to-doing at all to begin with. Libre has come a long way and is quite good nowadays, but it still has some idiosyncracies that makes it necessary to upend some things which are "natural" and expected when you're used to working with the Microsoft line.

Server-wise you're dealing with something similar. Your staff is trained in using/maintaining Microsoft servers. With all their little foibles and workarounds, and ...stuff... They may or may not be versed in Linux/BSD flavours, but even if so, they're not getting paid to administer them. They're getting paid for keeping the microsoft servers running, and their training and inclination will reflect that. They also keep those legacy applicaations running, and will in general have a dim view of some new kid coming in wielding the "Open Source is da Bomb!" hammer. BOFH's look for suitable PFY's.. The ones that aren't tend to meet the same fate as Sales Drones and Bosses. They generally are not waiting for a year-long session of More Work, More Headaches, More Incompatibilities forcibly introduced into their lives. More so if they actually have looked at Open Source in the past and encountered the flag-waving, barricade-bashing Lintard crowd and other types of cellardwellers frequenting the Land of Support in Open Source land.

Admittedly, these hurdles can be overcome. Technical issues are just that, issues that can be solved by the competent, and Software, open source or proprietery, can be assessed purely on it's merit and business case, ignoring the activists and trolls. Which leaves the business case. Because you will have to shell out extra cash to get things done, even if you choose "free" open source software. You will either have to get the knowledge in-house and keep it there, which means hiring new personnel, or rather ...replacing... the personnel you work with, or buy a service contract with one of the business oriented open source solutions. Which for small companies means you have to boot people you actually know and/or do business with a different kind of devil that so far has an unproven track record.

Whichever way you look at it, it will cost you, as a business owner, a lot of time, effort, money, and in extreme cases some Unpleasant Conversations to switch to open source. As opposed to having your existing personnel ironing out the few differences while upgrading to the next version of the devil you know. It's really a no-brainer, since the total costs of migrating to open source are simply far greater than extending/migrating within the microsoft environment.

IT, for a modern business, has indeed become part of the backbone. And just because of that, business owners and managers have become very conservative in applying major surgery on it, lest they break the spine..

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

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they got a point actually.....

It's not that the simple physics of force applied to the middle of a thin object will either bend it or break it eventually. That one's easy and obvious, and anyone sitting down on a thin, expensive, slab of metal and glass in his/her back pocket should receive no pity, imnsho.

The thing is , from observation of a lot of Youf in skinnies + mobile phone mangling this actually rarely happens. The phone comes Out before the behind is parked on whatever surface is used for reposing, so is rarely ever sat on.

While in Attenborough mode I did notice that the majority of cracked screens had their telltale lines along the diagonal of the screen, indicating that the force applied was a twisting force along the long axis of the phone, not the straight-up downforce used in the test. This is what you get while bending forward or squatting down in not-even-so-tight jeans where the force of the rolling action of the gluteus maximus, backed by the hinge of the hip joint ( plus the mass of any tight-packed adipose tissue ) is applied to anything present in the back pocket.

anecdotal as it is, I do believe Sammie has a point in stating the performed tests are less that useful, given the observed results in the wild. I doubt that they would want to test this though, given that a thin phone can take even less twisting force before giving in, and the results may show that the force required falls well within the realms of Normal Use, giving rise to another kind of embarassment..

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: Bank Holiday?

Because there are days when an event doesn't rate the usual dose of sugar in the vitriol?

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You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

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Re: Change the targets

Our dear govt can and has done already.

The current issue is a separate offense, where Uber is "non-cooperative" in providing details in exactly how much rides they're facilitating in this way. The arrest is about one person flat-out refusing to cooperate with the court order.

We're Dutch. Laws are ...interpretable.. But you really don't want to mess with a court order.

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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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