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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

Black Parrot Re:When is too soon? (92 comments)

How long do they have to be dead before we dig them up and take their stuff?

1 / expected value of loot to be found.

5 days ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

Black Parrot Re:Who is buried (92 comments)

"So where are you fom, Utah Johnny Montana?"
"Idaho."

5 days ago
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Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

Black Parrot Alexander (92 comments)

I recently read a hypothesis that the purported relic bones of St. Mark in the San Marco cathedral (Venice), which were smuggled out of Alexandria, are actually the bones of Alexander.

I don't suppose they'd be eager to allow a DNA test.

5 days ago
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US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

Black Parrot See... (191 comments)

There's an upside to all the earthquakes and poisoned water supplies!

about a week ago
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Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone

Black Parrot That's odd... (260 comments)

I figured they would power it with hype on Slashdot.

about a week ago
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Newly Discovered 60-foot Asteroid About To Buzz By Earth

Black Parrot Wow, two on the same day! (68 comments)

Or is the same asteroid making two passes?

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

Black Parrot Re:Yes (206 comments)

"Sorry, my dear Intelligent Kneecap. We've had good times together, but now you know aye too much!"
*BLAM*BLAM*BLAM*
[Drags rest of self away from crime scene.]

about two weeks ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

Black Parrot Re:Why? (97 comments)

'cause they aren't getting our money fast enough yet?

Re #2, Teh Beeb or someone on the telly said that the IPO was already for a front company, 'cause foreigners aren't allowed to own Chinese companies.

Also said some potential investors are shy because it's not clear whether / how long China will tolerate the kind of workaround set up for the IPO.

about two weeks ago
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Alibaba's US IPO Could Top $20 Billion

Black Parrot Re:, , , and his 40 thieves (97 comments)

You beat me to it, 'cause I paused to look it up. He was a woodcutter, not the thieves' leader. The wanted to kill him because he knew how to get their treasure.

Not that that version of the story is particularly reasurring for an IPO either...

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Black Parrot Re:But of course! (322 comments)

s/customer/consumer/

about two weeks ago
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The Argument For a Hypersonic Missile Testing Ban

Black Parrot But of course! (322 comments)

All missiles have civilian applications: governments can use them to blow up civilians, and malcontent citizens who can get their hands on the can use them to blow up governments.

And other governments are always there to provide missiles to the malcontents.

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Black Parrot Re:Stop Making Up Words! (157 comments)

Dude he can call it "cucumber" if he wants as long as it creates actual STEM jobs in North America.

Once it's built it will probably only employee low-paid assembly line workers and some managers.

(Which isn't STEM, but may still be an improvement on the way the USA has been hedded for the past few decades.)

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Black Parrot Re:Stop Making Up Words! (157 comments)

WTF is a "gigafactory?"

A factory that makes giants.

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Black Parrot Re:Well that's a relief (157 comments)

Anyone can get a sweetheart deal in Nevada. Microsoft and Amazon are already firmly established their.

Nevada's economy is so weak that there was once serious consideration of reverting its rushed statehood.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

Black Parrot Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

But dealing with reality is very logical.

If you don't want people to see pictures of you naked, don't take the pictures.
And if you do, don't put them on a computer.
And if you do, don't put them on a computer on the internet.
And if you do, don't put them on someone else's computer on the internet.

If they're out there, someone is going to get them.

about two weeks ago
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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Black Parrot disingenious (199 comments)

lawyers for the federal government argued that provisions within the Patriot Act that legalize mass surveillance without warrants have already been carefully considered and approved by all three branches of government

Two of which are irrelevant for deciding constitutionally.

And if a higher court has already agreed that what they are using the Patriot Act to justify is constitutional, they need merely cite the case. Otherwise they're just trying to blow smoke up the judges' asses. Or arguing that Appeals Courts' opinions don't matter.

(I wouldn't think either was a good strategy for an argument in an Appeals Court, but maybe they think Appeals Courts' judges are stupid.)

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Black Parrot "Phony" cell towers? (237 comments)

Is this article some kind of joke I don't quite get?

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

Black Parrot Re:not surprised (90 comments)

I suspect people put too much emphasis on brain evolution as an explanation for technological innovation. Think how slow innovation would be coming now if the world population was 50,000 and we didn't have writing.

Our ancestors of maybe 10,000 years ago had a material culture closer to the apes than to us, but we probably hyaven't changed much during that period.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Black Parrot Re:Sigh... (789 comments)

Probably I should learn to spell it, but if you got a laugh out of it, more power to you.

about two weeks ago

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Video Games at Museum of Modern Art

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The New York Museum of Modern Art is collecting video games for an exhibition. MoMA is the most prestigious museum for modern art in the world, and according to Wikipedia, is the third-most-visited art museum (of any type) in the USA, 13th-most-visited in the world. The museum holds all that famous stuff you (maybe) learned about in art history class: Jackson Pollock, Henry Moore, Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, etc. Maybe art historians of the future will talk about Dwarf Fortress as 'Animated Cubism'."
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Did Anonymous prevent election hijack?

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "The internet is abuzz with a story about Anonymous setting up a "firewall" to prevent a scheme to hijack Ohio's electoral votes, as some claim actually happened in 2004. Reportedly there are similarities this time around, except that the votes didn't suddenly shift to the other candidate, and Karl Rove got a big surprise. Fact, fiction, or conspiracy theory? Only Julian Assange knows for sure."
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Company of Heroes 2 announced.

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "THQ announced Monday that the long-awaited Company of Heroes 2 is scheduled for release next year. The initial offering is designed from the perspective of the Soviet Army, which never made an appearance in the original game or its add-ons."
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Global Warming Skeptics Discover Global Warming

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "A team of Berkely Scientists skeptical of global warming, led by prominent skeptic physicist Richard Muller (and funded by the Koch Brothers) unexpectedly testified to skeptical politicians in the US House of Representatives that theiir results — still preliminary — is finding the same thing mainstream climate scientists have been telling us. Other scientists are unsuprised; the article quotes Peter Thorne (not on the team) as saying "Even if the thermometer had never been invented, the evidence is there from deep ocean changes, from receding glaciers, from rising sea levels and receding sea ice and spring snow cover." However, Thorne criticizes the team for announcing the preliminary results before publishing an peer-reviewed papers on their work."
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Textbook references Wikipedia

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about 4 years ago

Black Parrot (19622) writes "Not as a source, but as a destination. From the third edition (December 2009) of Russell & Norvig's popular AI textbook: 'The Encyclopedia of AI (Shapiro, 1992) contains survey articles on almost every topic in AI, as does Wikipedia. These Articles usually provide a good entry point into the research literature on each topic.' Has Wikipedia passed a milestone of respectability?"

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