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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

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Re: After detecting the transmission of copyright material...

"Sir, we understand you have been illegally broadcasting copyrighted material we intend to own into perpetuity, and must now serve you with this subpoena for damages material and immaterial."

[cue Ominous Hummmmmm....]

"Son, which bit of "high powered laser" did fail to register on your radar?"

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Meh

"Moreover, because Apple is the majority shareholder in Rockstar and Rockstar's lawsuits have a "direct link" with Apple's unique business interests..."

If you can't take them directly, try the flanks? I wonder how much Apple...."Encouraged" this obvious troll.

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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@ Don Jefe

Yes, ultimate it's always humans.

Problem is in the big, fat Institution called "religion" that poisons said humans' minds since whenever the first paddo-tripper invented the Sky Fairy.

I suggest you get off your high horse, and study some medieval european history. It's got Religion in it, in rather large doses. Especially the more bloody bits. And the stuff that still shows the scars after 6 centuries have past.

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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It already has, and has always been.

Trading cards are nothing more than coloured pieces of cardboard. It's only idiots that assign any value on them beyond purchase cost. Same goes for any "collectible" : the'"market" thrives on idiots dreaming themselves rich, and other idiots falling for it.

The actual value of a Bitcoin is the amount of 'leccy used to obtain it. any value above that is Hot Air.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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Let's see...

So the court should disallow all the other evidence in previous cases of mr. Jobs strongarming world+dog to suit his needs?

That's quite a list there..

Face it.. Steve Jobs was a first-class asshat, who did not hesitate to throw his weight around in some very, very questionable ways in his life. Get over it. This is not the Saint you are looking for, Fanbois.

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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So jellyfish see them as their living-fossil cousins...

Still nice to see another "missing link"

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Apple eyes virtual reality goggle game with patent filing

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Apple Patenting

"We have heard of something the competition is developing, and we will be the first to pre-emptively file roughly the same idea, which may or may not be implemented in the form shown, or with the internal components described, or even start working on an actual prototype in as broad a wording as possible to ensure that whatever the competition comes up with we can claim we *thought* of it first."

addendum a) "on a mobile device".

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Re: Wiped out species in existence? @ DougS

Actually the formation they've studied is rather famous for containing microfossils which prove life was already around and thriving 3 point something billion years ago. Certainly *before* that hit, since the microfossils already were present in the then-rock , and were not melted away in the firestorm.

The article, and the geological description of the rocks elsewhere mention shear ruptures which then were filled up by local melt.. that blast was *hot* ....The fireball would have sterilised the "immediate" surroundings, but the effects on the rest of life on the globe could well have been not as devastating as you'd think. You're talking about a time when continents were *just* beginning to form ( that rock structure is one of the old platelets that survived.), and the earth was basically a large ocean dotted with some landmasses, punctuated by * lots* of volcanism. There also was a hell of a lot more debris hanging around in the solar system, so meteorite strikes were rather common then, even big(gish) ones.

Life present at the time obviously was able to cope with it, else we would not be around, we're talking about our furthest ancestors, after all. Life at the time would have been, and *must* have been, resilient enough to take a bit of a scalding and a beating. So in the end the impact probably would have seriously inconvenienced local species, but for the rest of the world, it would simply have registered as "a bit more of the hot red stuff, the neighbourhood is really turning into a slum nowadays, don't you think?"

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Re: So, where was the impact site?

Well.... between plate tectonics and erosion we may well never know where exactly it hit.

Using Google Maps, there's an area the size of Swaziland to the northwest that looks like it's been hit really hard by something, and would be at about the right distance, but looks can be deceiving, and there may well be no trace of the original crater left.

It probably isn't Vredefort, since that one is "only" 2-and a bit billion years old.

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: WAAAAAIT a minute....stop.

What PhilipJ sais....

If the XP system is just used as a control box for some exotic/legacy/custom hardware the whole issue of "support" is moot, since it does not need to be connected to the interwebz ( or for that matter any ( open) network) per sé , so the Security Risks are basically a non-issue.

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Re: Hardware?

yeah , but if you're *still* using stuff dependent on extreme legagy protocols for mission-critical tasks , that you have a whole range of other problems, of which XP not being supported anymore is really minor.

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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Re: in other news

That would be beyond terorrism, and straight into the realm of WMD's...

The aneurisms alone...

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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It's "obvious" , but try to quantify it....

Downey has done a nice bit of work there, really. Not that the conclusion is surprising, or incontentionable, but the article is certainly a step up from the usual trick-cycling.

Secularisation has been going on in at least the "western world' for at least a century, and is indeed intimately linked with personal prosperity and education. A large part is also caused by a definite shift in social structure which makes Religion less Socially Mandatory. Try the difference in Not Showing Your Ass in Church (any denomination) in the 1970s , 50's , 30's and turn of the 19th century and the impact it will have on your life ( and still has in some parts of the Western World) ... It's a bit of an eye-opener.

The internet has certainly accelerated secularisation, but I don't feel that it's simply a matter of "available information". A person suffering from Religion not happy in his/her current denomination would simply use that information to switch to some denomination that is more true to his/her "vision" of "proper worship", be that more or less ...radical.

I think the most likely impact the internet has had is that people who were only Going through the Motions ( which, be honest, is a vast majority) to appease the local busybodies, were suddenly able to get in contact with an extremely large group of like-minded people at relative small cost, making them less isolated, and less dependent on local Opinion, eventually dropping the act.

There's still many pitfalls in the picture painted by Downey, but I think he's on to something.

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Apple sued in Texas troll territory for iMovie patent infringement

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Re: It's OK

If they prove to be entertaining and halfway "competent" the lawyers will be bought out and added to the front line of the Apple <--> Sammy war.. ;)

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The Great Hash Bakeoff: Infosec bods cook up next-gen crypto

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Damn....

And there was me hoping this was about cake..

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: The real difference

Given the *many* useful attributes of graphene a lot of companies will be rushing to push in "Patents" before the stuff really becomes readily available. How many of these are Sueball-bait or real innovations remains to be seen, but just between the Sammy/Apple juxtaposition my money would be on Sammy coming up with a *lot* more useful, interesting, and even innovative ( non-replacement) stuff than Apple.

Apple , however, has the home advantage of the USPTO, which lets it produce patents out of wet towels and even fairy snot, so the sheer volume and scope of Apple patents will probably be a source for ...Amusement... and Lawyers' third seaside mansions for decades to come.

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Re: Boffins

Yeah, Lusty... Except that there is, you know, no actual carbon in the atmosphere. Some CO2 , a whiff of CH4, and traces of more complex compounds containing carbon, but carbon as such? no, not really. None of that stuff is suited to create graphene in any way that may one day be commercially feasible, even with "unlimited energy".

So no stone to kill two birds.

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

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Re: Since when...

Nope.. But there's a whopper of a "patent" ( 8,086,604) involved that basically states that the action of presenting the results of a search on a database ( including the whole bloody internet) , using [any form of input], using [any number] of [not specified] "heuristic methods" on, of course, a mobile device is a true Apple Innovation.

I especially liked the block schematics provided, truly impressive.. [/sarc]

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

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Re: Political Posturing

Sorry to burst your bubble...

But the US invades other sovereign nations ( for reasons which may or may not be politically motivated), the NATO/UN only comes into play after the US has made a mess of things and realises that the people they bring the American Way to may well not be interested at all, and even be outright hostile to those Unwashed Foreigners.

NATO actions are defensive, and stop right at the border of the member state involved. The US is the only NATO member who has invaded unilaterally, and in that respect is simply the Bully of the classroom.

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ICANN boss: 'Russia and China will NOT take over interwebs'

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Re: Well one group may benefit.

As long as they're not cabbage-flavoured...

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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Re: It's about time

Ah, the Extreme Stance, conveniently posted under the Coward monniker..

Japan is in all aspects insular and draconian in their approach. It's a good example of what the MAFIAA et. al. really wants to happen, and a stark reminder for the rest of us what happens when corporate lobbying interferes with the political and judicial process too much. Mileage may vary per country, but for european levels of punishment this amounts to sentences for aggravated assault/involuntary manslaughter up to murder (for providers).. For downloading something which may or may not otherwise be "legally" available locally.

As long as multinational companies try to charge the skin off your back, and preferably each breath you take while possibly-renting their offerings under terms of agreement that can only be seen as ( and legally frequently classed as) "under duress" commitments, there will be Pirates.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

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who wants a more brittle Iphone?

Simple answer:

a) Haters.. the devices will be easier on your hands/feet when "remodelling" them after some snotty hipster sneers at you.

b) Apple, because the devices will break faster, so that the Fanbois are ready for the Next Improved Underwhelming iteration of the iDevice that they've been prepping for the past year.

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Civ: Great Britain

You start with a thriving international empire at the pinnacle of it's power, and have to develop it to the state the nation is in today.

Would be highly educational...

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Research bods told: Try to ID anonymised data subjects? No more CASH for you

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Why would they need more samples from the original donor? If they find anything promising, the DNA sequence is known, so it can be synthesised and multiplied at much less cost than isolating it from a cell culture. Expression in vivo can be done using cloning techniques in cell cultures. ( This aside from any roohah over Moral Aspects of human cell cloning.) Once you have a pure sample of DNA, there's , technically speaking, not much need to ever know who the original owner is/was.

If you need to do population/distribution research you need to cast your net a lot wider than "just family" , in which case going through the proper authorities is pretty much the only way to get your samples/data anyway.

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Zombie Nortel grabs Cisco by the neck, again

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Re: Mostly prior art @ Frank Zuiderduin.

While Cruel and Unusual Punishment for trolls like this is very tempting, it wouldn't change anything, unless the system changes and this type of case is only presented to judges who actually have a clue about proper IP, and the toolkit to snuff these cases as soon as they appear.

Preferably by sentencing the offending lawyers to [x years] of assigned, mandatory pro-bono work.

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ECCENTRIC, PINK DWARF dubbed 'Biden' by saucy astronomers

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Fahrenheit .... in space?

15.4 K would be the the correct denomination, if you bother to explain AU in the same article.

Which makes the presumption it's mostly made of ice rather plausible... It's *just* above the freezing point of hydrogen... brrrrr....

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Enter the metric pole? @ john H Woods

Actually in Dutch the ounce ("ons") is 100 grams, and the usual measure for cooking in the Old Books.

Funnily enough it's not defined as a 10th of a kilo, but rather by it's original as 1/5th of a pound.

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

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Re: be afraid, re: safety.

Yes, people have, at length. Mucking about with bacteria is inherently dangerous, even with non- pathogenic beasties, and there's many protocols in place to ensure safety and reduce the risk of contamination into the "wild population" to a minimum. More so for pathogens even.

That being said, there's no safeguard against undiluted stupidity, so you can never be entirely sure. But the chance of a nutrient-dependent bacterium surviving an overnight autoclave session and then surviving in the wild is ...well... pretty slim.

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MtGox, that bastion of unregulated e-currency Bitcoin, turns to Texas judge for protection

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Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me... @ Mark .

"If people start shouting Ad Hominem, you know you've got them by the balls" to paraphrase an old teacher of mine.

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Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...

Ideally, yes.. you would keep Bitcoins somewhere safe, as in: not in an exchange.

The problem is, that bitcoins in and of themselves are completely useless and valueless, they have no backing of "the equivalent of...." anywhere in their description. This means that their value is determined by their going rate in exchanges, where they are traded for Stuffz that are actually worth something in Real Life ( be that in legal or "illegal" goods or services.) So like with a bank, you need an account with a positive amount of bitcoins with an exchange to actually convert your bitcoins in anythign other than a string of numbers. Unfortunately an exchange is not like a bank, but more like the wallet you leave on the bar in the pub because "you know the blokes here"... No-one will touch it...right? right!..

Compounding factor is that there's also an insane amount of speculation on the value of BC, which requires you to have serious amounts of "BC value" in accounts in exchanges, since actual transfers of BC need propagation through the chain, and are as such not really suited for cowboy-style shenanigans, *unless* they are in an exchange, which (presumably) evens out the transaction lag , so people can use the usual daytrading tricks using other peoples' money.

But hey...anyone with a sane mind stayed off BC even when mining them was way cheaper than their current perceived value. The tech is nice, but it's still based on a couple of impractical and insane notions, and the whole structure of the BC trade amounts to a rat race, with the usual winners. And a whole lot of losers starting useless litigation after their perceived wealth goes up in smoke.

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: The Internet!

"...now none of us has to remember anything 'cos someone has already written it ( probably incorrectly! ) on a webpage somewhere! "

As opposed to the Good Old Times where you had to rely on often-outdated sources in local libraries, or pay $$$$ for subscriptions to publications that *may* contain what you're looking for, or..... And getting your hands on information that was available ( and could be traced) could take weeks, if not months.

Call me hopelessly modern, but I really do not want to go back to the "Good Old Days"..

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Re: Idiots

and IP that thing that gets garbled by the US patent and copyright lawyers?

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Indestructible Death Stars blow up planets with glowing KILL RAY

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protodisks would be irrelevant..

Given that those big hulking neighbours will really rain on the parade of any planetary system "near" them when they inevitably go supernova.

Still.. pretty cool to see that nowadays we can actually image the things Theory predicted to be around.

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Samsung narrows counter-claim against Apple in US

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It seems..

mr. Slant is preparing to lift an eyebrow?

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Re: Wot, no pix

The text is in dutch, but the pics prove the utter Fuglyness of the device...:

http://www.nu.nl/tech/3716674/oorgadget-besturen-met-knipoog-of-frons.html#

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: mutant beef forests

Ah yes... But that doesn't look as good in the Papers.

Nevermind that the Amazon *as a fully mature rain forest* is rather insignificant in the global carbon cycle, as it's total input/output is next to even. ( and before peeps start howling... that one is scientific FACT.. Get over it. There are plenty of other reasons why it's a Bad Idea to indiscriminately destroy a mature rainforest on the scale that happens now, but CO2 balance is not among them.)

Now the (semi)permafrost steppe plains.. There's a true carbon sink for you, especially if it keeps thawing out. Grasses and herbiferous plants building layer upon layer of eventually-to-be peat.

But it's a lot less Glamorous than a rainforest...

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Re: Physics, Chemistry, Biology

except that biology on this level is nothing but applied chemistry and physics.

But hey.. Biology is still counting bugs in the night, just like it was ... oh wait.. it wasn't even that a century ago...

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LOHAN chap brews up 18% ABV 'V2' rocket fuel

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Mead?

From the Bureau that brought us the Bacon Sarnie, and the Ultimate Cuppa this sort of disappoints.

Mead is made from Honey, Water, and Yeast. Period. And yes.... pure-honey mead is notoriously difficult to ferment, which is why there are various strategies possible in the form of pre-ferments ( either beer- or wine-based).

This concoction, while providing a beverage that will most assuredly fortify the festivities after a indubitably successful set of playmonaut heroïsm, relates to proper mead as Ankh-Morpork to...well... chocolate.

While not an utter Blasphemy like some of the suggestions seen in the Cuppa and Sarnie battlefields, since it at least contains sort-of-actual-honey, I would suggest to strike the "mead" monniker off the label.

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Re: It's amazing

Or the usual suspects in the comments who can't resist lashing out at either end of the spectrum of this old and tired discussion.

It evens out....

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Re: Environmental Research

While most of your results seem at first glance to be plausible, and obviously well-researched, I have to wonder at the extremely high rate of "impersonating of a clown" , since previous research by Blagsky and Bent has proven that this particular act of heinousness can only be performed by a true sadist with unresolved masochistic tendencies, at gunpoint. At least in public.

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MIT wants quasars to help put free will to rest

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Re: Intriguing. @ destroy all monsters

Wouldn't work, I'm afraid.

It's a well-known fact that direct observation of any part of government will make that part cease to function, thus defeating the purpose of getting any useful information out of it.

One could try indirect observation, by measuring the effect of government interference on normal processes, but a buttered-toast/carpet test to validate those results invariably indicates Malevolence. You'd first have to apply Deja-Fu to make those results useable.

Edit: Or leave it overnight to Soak.

(Had to squeeze that one in...)

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Groupon plans MORE losses next quarter: Will lob wads of cash down marketing's maw

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Re: groupon is still a thing?

Well Fancy Accounting needs credible loss-leaders..

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

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Re: Whilst I enjoyed the science behind this...

The specific variety they used is thoroughly confirmed as superior fry and mash material, and quite a hit with small-scale/private growers.

So yes.. Unless they b*ll*cked up it should give good chips.

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Re: Can anybody point me at ANYTHING that is not GMO?

There is a LARGE difference between introducing naturally occurring resistance genes in a species to fortify it against disease, and introducing "resistance" genes to quite unnaturally occuring herbicides/pesticides so that the species can cope with the goo you spray on it to keep your monoculture viable.

All that's been done here is fast-track the "natural" crossbreeding practice with genes which *can* be crossbred into the plant, eventually, over years. Which to my mind is a proper application of the technique. In the end the new breed woudl *still* have to go through the usual tests for suitability for consumption.

As for anything not GMO... I guess you could scour the last bits of the great wilds for wild barley and spelt. And even then there's no guarantee those plants are not "touched" by our early ancestors, since early farming methods pretty much ensured cross-pollination between whatever people grew in their farm patches and the environment right nextdoor.

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'The Mystery of the Martian Doughnut' solved by NASA sleuths

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Re: @Graham Dawson

Yeeeesss... And given the readiness with which carbon and oxicen combine tells you how easy it will be to separate the two again..

Good thing a nuclear reactor is assumed to be present, may as well scale it up a bit to pull that one off...

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Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

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Re: Spelling

I think it's done to prevent people glossing over the article..

It *is* decypherable, sort of. But someone's been asleep at the helm here.. ;)

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

"I wonder what those people would do if they would meet in the streets wearing their war colors..."

Probably to your big surprise: Have a couple of cold ones at whichever conveniently positioned pub and reminisce about the dastardly deeds of high treason and other shenanigans people pull off on both sides. This in fact happens officially and regularly, as the leaders of the large coalitions tend to end up in the advisory player comittee that CCP runs to keep tabs on their player base.

The real Ärger is usually found in the smaller skirmishes and some bottomfeeding practices by "EVElitists". Engagements at this scale result from a careful political and diplomatic dance that plays out over months, if not years. When stuff blows up like this, it's reason for celebration for most people. It doesn't happen that often, even in EVE, and just to be a part in it is a thrill.

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Gene boffins: Yes, you. Staring at the screen. You're a NEANDERTHAL

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Re: Hi handsome

Only if you take as the "proverbial ugly" the image people have with this particular species, who actually looked very much like us, to the point of being well into racial variance within H. Sap. Sap. ( aka: us ourselves) in looks and build.

The infertility issue makes it even more interesting: The article states that male offspring would most likely have been infertile. Females, however, obviously were not, else the gene lines would not have merged.

The fact that those lines have survived in such abundance tells us that not only were those females genetically "fitter" , they were actually more desireable and "beautiful" to at least the eyes of our species' males, because else those gene combo's would never have propagated in the gene pool.

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The iPad age is over: The time of the iPad Mini and phablet is upon us

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The why....

Is that if you can engage in crystal ball gazing/tealeaf reading and get away with it while being quoted as a "credible source", you are definitely the go-to compay to fluff your numbers for the Shareholders/Taxmen/Accounting Probe.

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

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Re: It is curious..

Hmmmyes... And the spectrometric and microscopic data which they publicly announced about its composition and make-up shows they haven't examined the object at all....

</sarc>

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