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

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the good thing about science

is that when some new evidence comes along, we can say - oh, yes, we were wrong - lets change how we think about this, instead of, say, calling that person a heretic and burning them,

science doesnt claim to know everything, science is about making the best models we can of what we can detect around us. as technology improves, more things are revealed to us. we would be stupid to, say, hang onto the idea that the earth is flat today even in the light of the ancient greeks (predating christ by a good few cenuries) knowledge.

and so science is changeable, and the best science happens when someone says "woah - THAT doesnt look right...lets investigate"

the religious angle again is always, at the bottom of the pile of turtles "god did it".

not any use for making anything usefull like an mri scanner, anti virals, landing on the moon etc etc.

you have your book, which is manifestly wrong on many many things. its morals are also massively questionable in lots of it, just go read the evil bible website. if you stand by the "facts" in that book, then you are blind to the truth. thats fine if you want to bury your head in the sand, but thats not what science does.

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Re: If...

pretty sure stephen baxter wrote a short story including exactly that

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Re: They may be rocket scientists...

they obviously took lessons from my missus. she uonce put together a wardrobe using a hammer to bang the screws into it.

i called it "the great leaning wardrobe of woodstock"

how the fuck it stayed (vaguely) vertical is probably proof of the existence of god. which god though, is in question. im thinking norse - IKEA

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both could be / probably are true

panspermia doesnt rule out the possibility that life evolved here anyway without help from panspermia - and vice-versa - life could have been seeded here by panspermia but that doesnt rule out the possibility that life can evolve elsewhere without it.

theres also an intersection of the two, where life wouldnt have evolved somewhere unless helped by panspermia, and the flip side of that too, where the panspemia additions wouldnt have made any difference without the local planets attributes.

they arent mutually exclusive and dont need to be. in fact, they both lend support to each other.

also, life is only "as we know it" - there may be other forms of chemical structrures that can evolve to the level of self-questioning intelligence.

there could also be intelligences out there that were made by precursor intelligences too.

life may have happened once and spread.

life may have happened multiple times, and some of them spread.

life may have only happened once.

maybe theres another kind of life out there that wouldnt recognise us as "life" and believe that they are the only ones.

personally, given that we are not remarkable as a place in space time, and given the time and space available for it to happen, for me the the chances of us being the only ones are close to zero.

the problem with the religious argument is that its pointless. "god did it" is the bottom of the turtle pile for every single question you ever ask. that to me is completely pointless and unsatisfying. its a nice comfort blanket for a lot of people though, so that they dont have to think too hard about stuff.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4: Spawn of Galaxy Alpha and a Note 3 unveiled

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got mine last week

superb piece of kit. upgraded from a note 2. camera is way better. the stackable apps quick switch is the best new feature - i dont know how i got along without it before. it is very loud which is great for hands free.

great phone.

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Cries of spies as audit group finds possible 'backdoor' in Bittorrent Sync

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The writer needs to proof read. It's a painfull read. Shell out for a few commas next time.

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Intel: A tiny video drone? Disguised as a BRACELET? Great! Take half a million dollars!

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Re: This is the winner?

wearable 3d printer.

could be good for retro gags - have it sewn into the arse end of your pants. get it to print reams of paper like substance

"oooh...ive got a fax coming through!"

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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5 second film ?

fade in (on an apple, obviously, although not the beatles apple, coz that would be copyright infringement probably. well, its apple after all, maybe it wouldnt)

some clouds...aka simpsons...

a man......with a halo drifts into view obscured by a ball of white light with a bite taken out of the side

light gets brigther...fills the whole screen...

then....deep, booming voice "and so the entire world of tech was invented, BEFORE TIME ITSELF, thus allowing us to invent EVERYTHING before anyone else. mwahahahahaha!"

fin

maybe an outtake where bill gates is crushed to death by an apple, or kicked in the balls by jack black "so now this is happening"

fuck knows.

can i have 50 million billion dollars to make it now please?

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Got a spare $600k? Then an ancient Apple-1 could be yours

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U571

ah. i see apple have managed to invent the entire digital world now. funny, it wasnt like that yesterday. im sure of it. maybe my memory is failing but wait...whats that big shimmery thing approaching? its in the shape of ...what is that? oh its a piece of fruit....mememememememmememeeeewwoaoaoaoahahahbep beeptemporaldistortioncompletebeeop.

sorry something odd happened there.

oh yes. wow, this was the first ever digital thing ever. id sure like to own it!

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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surprised? anyone?

Bueller?

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Remote code execution flaws fixed in tnftp and wget

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wtf is a boilerplate response?

anyone? bueller?

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Tales of infiltration from Fight Club man Chuck Palahniuk, Peter Carey and Anonymous

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chuck palahniuk

is one of the most twisted, sick and funny writers i have ever read, think bret easton ellis combined with william burrows combined with tom sharpe.

i love him!

read his stuff now!

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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Re: Terrorists!

well said.

if you want to proclaim that your god is a homophobic, xenophobic biggoted, capricious asshole, and you think that those kind of statement are going to convert people to your religion, we can simply say that , no thanks, we have already far exceeded the hideous and meager expectations (by some hundreds of years) that you hold your self too.

religion is a dying breed with the advent of knowledge, thank fsm.

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"Those plagued by it need help thru love"

means:

yes we love everyone. unless you are gay of course and then we dont love you. our love is conditional. oh and we ignore the other stuff in leviticus because it doesnt suit us. but gays...oh gays are going to hell

what a bunch of assholes. at least iof you have thast opinion just come out and say "i think its disgusting". to which any right minded persons response is "well, its your right to be a homophobe, but that doesnt mean we have to respect it. now fuck off"

"God hates homsexuality. It's a sin. He loves you and wants you to repent of such evil."

ok, so what the fuck has it got to do with you then? surely that contract is between him and god (if you go for all that bullshit)

and lets not even get started on the muslim guy. there are no gay muslims. ok! i believe that as much as i believe all the other bullshit religious types come out with, i.e. not at all.

im happily hetero and fully atheist, but i hate this kind of hiding behind my religion bollox.

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Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

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or...

just make the big companies (amazon, google, starbicks...etc etc) pay tax - get rid of this "licensing to our base in ireland" bullshit. just do it on gross turnover. if you have to pay a license fee and that license fee makes up x% (say, 40%) or more of your costs and is payed to a compnay that owns you then tough shit.

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One hard ghoulie: 1985's Ghosts 'n Goblins

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oh man i just found this

www.ultimatearcadecabinets.co.uk

dribble....want want

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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fucking fucking retards

as above. this has been done to death.

12bn quid.

IT WONT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLES ENERGY CONSUMPTION! IT WILL ONLY POSSIBLY MAKE THINGS WORSE YOU FUCKING IDIOTS AND ITS GOING TO COST 12 BN POUNDS

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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an excuse to write the word dick (phillip k)

maybe if hp did a scanner darkly we would be getting there

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Xen says its security policies might be buggier than its software

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but surely

their servers have failover? so why cant you patch one, reboot and meanwhile the others pick up the load? the do the next one...etc...etc...etc

unless of course they dont really have redundancy or failover....

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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how fucking stupid is this

id quite like to buy this phone.

id like to buy it now.

i dont want to piss about.

if they are going to mess people about who are just trying to buy the phone, imagine what the scenario would be if it goes wrong under warranty?

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

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FuckUp

best i can do at this hour of the morning and not enough tea

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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ereaders

the reason people like them over tablets is that trying to read on a phone or tablet is very difficult - the sheer output of the white light from the tablet does your eyes in pretty quick in the dark, also the weight of the device will do your hand in after a short while if you actually hold the thing while you are reading.

i used to be a complete book fanatic, i wouldnt countenance the idea of an electronic device because i like the feel of books and the err, gui experience??? its so simple.....just like that ikea ad for their catalogue - sounds a bit weird but there you go -

but since the very first time i used a kindle i havent bought another paper book.

i had an original kindle - no touch, no keyboard for years. its light, so your hand doesnt get cramped and the reading experience is just like a book. last for months, i have 1000 or more books on it. now my suitcase isn't half full of books when i go away

unfortunately, it is somewhere in Germany now....no idea where.

so ive ordered the new kindle voyage. but its not waterproof which is a bummer (sandwich bags aside). however, the amazon ecosystem is going to prevent me from going elsewhere as there are just so many titles available.

i also dont like the crap attention to proof reading that seems to be endemic in the ebook community, but you can live with it.

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Citrix: Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'

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Watching Arsenal on your wrist during a first date?

Ive never heard it called that before. 'I was up the arsenal with karen the other night"

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Sky's tech bets pay off: Pay TV firm unveils blazing growth for Q1

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support 4k?

its be nice if these providers could supply proper hd, let alone 4k. they will just compress it to fuck like they currently do with their "HD" channels.

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The iPAD launch BEFORE it happened: SPECULATIVE GUFF ahead of actual event

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"Tim Cook is not Steve Jobs"

will that stop steve from suing tim? prior art possibly? the fact that one of them is no longer on this plane probably wouldnt matter either

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Securobods RAGE over $600k Kickstarter Tor box components

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Re: Never mind the source of this box

"get ready for Tor to become a lot less useful for legitimate purposes"

umm

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Drupal SQL injection nasty leaves sites 'wide open' to attack

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Re: "Interesting"

i think thats interesting spelt "w-h-a-t-a-b-u-n-c-h-o-f-c-u-n-t-s"

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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"There’s no official word from Tesco on the weight of the Hudl 2"

yes its a real mystery. i wonder how you could have worked it out?

edit: jdx just beat me to it!!

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Women in tech: Not asking for raises is your 'superpower' – Nadella. *chirp*...*chirp*

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this proves

that lying down next to naked beautiful women can lead men to religion. although for me its usually a short while later....

im an atheist. not sure what that says about my missus....

actually she's an atheist too. i might have to ask her what the hell she means by not being religious when she lies down next to me!

bitch.

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AndroidScript returns to Google Play Store: Ad giant YIELDS TO THE MIGHT OF EL REG

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Re: Vulture Central

christ you are right. we were geting all sentimental there.

right,

droid script is shit and the bloke who invented it is a twat!

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No 12-inch maxiPads for Christmas: Suppliers 'smothered by iPhone 6'

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christmas day

Ahh. Yet another dissapointment. Ive been waiting years for santa to pull out a 12 incher whilst unloading his sack all over our living room floor.

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Splitters! First HP's cut in two, now it's Symantec’s turn – report

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Re: Any chance...

Like pgp?

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

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Re: 8gb? really?

im getting to the stage where i need 128 gb sd and at least 64 gb internal for music.

im happy its got a 128gb slot though.

and no, i dont want to stream all my stuff...i want local storage, for local people tubbs.

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8gb? really?

i mean really?

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BT's consumer mobe network suffers tech snags – but telco denies delay claims

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Re: is this correct?

im pretty sure its on all the consumer ones too - i see a lot of home networks and theres always btfon and bt openzone (or similar, going from memory) on the same channel. a lot of these customers only get 2 or 3 megs, and i dont think thats the result of bandwidth throttling, its just that the line is shit

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is this correct?

are they then intending to use the bandwidth all their broadband customers have to service this?

sorry - your internet line is even slower than normal due to the fact that we are using it to route somebody elses mobile calls?

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

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Re: oh, and your laptops

a copper coin! thats genius! would be a shed load cheaper than the flat copper strips i have to use. and a lot cheaper. copper coins only cost what, tuppence ha'penny??!

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Re: good

this is true. but epson are nowhere near as bad as lexmark

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Re: good

a good point!

well, maybe the new owners will want to spend less on dvd's and download bandwidth...

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oh, and your laptops

your fecking laptops - although i make a huge amount of money out of shimming the gpu heatsink and reflowing the gpu's, the overheating gpu issue has been around for what, 5 years or more now and you still havent fixed it.

i used to love hp kit. well, actually, i used to love compaq kit. then hp compaq kit for a bit. after that,. not so much.

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good

because your printers and particularly your driver software have been enormous, shit and enormously shit for the last 10 years.

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'Apple Watch' sapphire glass maker files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: bankruptcy

fair enough. is this a US thing or can people do that here?

from comments above i guess its to stop foreclosure of the company before they have a chance to sort it out then? actually sounds reasonable now if so

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bankruptcy

"GT said there is still about $85m of cash in its coffers."

how then can you go bankrupt?

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Yahoo servers? SHELLSHOCKED? by Bash?

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living under a rock

"As soon as we became aware of the issue, we began patching our systems and have been closely monitoring our network," a Yahoo! spokesperson told The Register in an emailed statement.

its even been on the bbc ffs.

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Apple's iPhone 6 can REVERSE BALDNESS (and cause it, too)

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Re: "It catches my scruff in the seam"

is that like rimming? its so difficult to keep up these days

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4 what? inches? i would aim a bit higher mate...

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Yahoo close to investing $20m in disappearing chat app Snapchat

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Re: a mesage to my pension fund manager

this is just another case of arseholes selling shit to idiots...seems to be the tech-startup stock market defacto position these days.

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a mesage to my pension fund manager

please, in the name of fsm, keep the fund away from things that are valued at stupid prices WHEN THEY DONT MAKE ANY MONEY

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FLASH drive ... Ah-aaaaaah! BadUSB no saviour to plug and play Universe

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Re: Already out there, called "U3" and "startkey"

Ahh that u3 crap! You can blow it away using diskpart

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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ahead of the curve

they might well be just around the corner. well, the other half of it might be

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