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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

Arancaytar What they left out (200 comments)

NASA didn't decide to build that; a Republican senator from Mississippi forced through the budget amendment even though it was pointless. Apparently stimulating the economy down there with some completely useless waste of resources is more important than actual space research.

Blaming NASA for it is just adding insult to injury - what an asshole reporter.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

Arancaytar CAPTCHAs (134 comments)

Instead of fancy breathalizer equipment, making people read a bunch of letters and numbers is probably enough.

about two weeks ago
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Julian Assange Trying To Raise Nearly $200k For a Statue of Himself

Arancaytar Life-size (171 comments)

That's supposed to mean the size of his body, or the size of his ego?

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Arancaytar Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

All you need is a small black hole to bend the light towards you...

about a month ago
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Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly, Less Infectious

Arancaytar Re:HIV, now friendlier than ever! (172 comments)

Ebola and ISIS both still have fairly bad raps, so fat chance for Comcast.

about a month ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Arancaytar Re:One letter? (127 comments)

Unary representation of your program's Gödel number. You can code in one letter, but your program may get pretty long.

about a month ago
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Attack of the One-Letter Programming Languages

Arancaytar Re:Web Searches For These Suck (127 comments)

(which Google, btw, finally realized can be more than two words to be omitted from a search because they're too common)

Yeah, in the early days multiple words were just an AND keyword search. I think that changed over 6-7 years ago, though.

about a month ago
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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

Arancaytar Re:sooo.... (307 comments)

In the time between these bursts, maybe a few species got lucky and made it almost to space colonization before getting scrubbed.

Maybe we're one of them.

about a month ago
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Scientists Discover Diamond Nanothreads

Arancaytar Re:Elevator in the sky with diamonds (79 comments)

Wow! That sure is an unexpected application of a new super-tensile material. :P

about a month and a half ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

Arancaytar Would've ended US administration of root zone (120 comments)

No government would want to trust their TLD (on which relies the entire country's infrastructure and economy) to a foreign country that interferes with it. Once that can of worms is opened, you'd probably end up with each country hosting their own alternative root and mandating their ISPs either default to using it or being able to fail over to it quickly when necessary.

about a month and a half ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

Arancaytar Re:That's quite a warranty! (249 comments)

But for one simple payment or $100,000, you can pre-purchase your batteries for the next 500 billion years!

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Arancaytar Re:"not so much as a default wallpaper" (110 comments)

Unity's equivalent to Metro tiles

I don't know if this is a joke, because when I install Ubuntu these days I kill Unity and replace it with Gnome before doing anything else. But I sure hope so.

about 2 months ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Arancaytar Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

There is, but they're not content to do it there because they want to fool other people into thinking it's not bullshit.

about 2 months ago
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Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

Arancaytar JMP Considered Harmful (175 comments)

(...)

about 2 months ago
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

Arancaytar Re:And three weeks to think it over. (95 comments)

That would be overreaching, since Google now has actual competition. Trying to apply pressure too widely would drive industries to use and endorse Bing instead.

(I don't think "anti-trust violation" means what you think it means, by the way.)

about 2 months ago
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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Arancaytar "not so much as a default wallpaper" (110 comments)

WHAT?

I'm not installing such a crap update. Why would they leave out the most important thing?

about 2 months ago
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NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

Arancaytar Next FOIA Request (106 comments)

- "Please list the FOIA requests you have complied with in the past twelve months"

- "That information is classified."

- "Please state whether or not you will comply with this FOIA request"

- "That information is... " *headexplode*

about 3 months ago
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Gmail Security Is a Problem For Tor Users In Repressive Countries

Arancaytar Re:Authenticator (74 comments)

Yeah, but if you're using a smartphone at all, you'd need expert knowledge to protect your anonymity from it (rooting, etc.). The authenticator app doesn't require network access though (it's basically a time-synchronized security token, afaik), so it might be possible to port it to some non-connected device.

about 3 months ago

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