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Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

Black Parrot Re:No data, so choose your favorite villain (303 comments)

Any chance to pin that on the content mafia or patent trolls? C'mon, at least ONCE such a story has to hit someone we can uniformly hate and not be controversial.

So long as you don't blame it on Tesla, Bitcoin, or Starts with a Bang, everyone here will cool with it.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Black Parrot Re:god dammit. (521 comments)

FWIW, windmills and skyscrapers kill a lot of birds too.

And automobiles, for that matter.

about two weeks ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

Black Parrot Cut out the middle man! (521 comments)

Why not skip all the expensive equipment and just use birds for fuel?

about two weeks ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Black Parrot Re:Infingers? (376 comments)

Apparently they think it's ok to put your fingers in, so long as you pay.

about two weeks ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

Black Parrot Re:science and religion agree! (123 comments)

according the some billboard on I-35 the bible says the world will end in 2017

Does it say when we can start looting?

about two weeks ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

Black Parrot Re:We could only be so lucky (123 comments)

Tunguska, Chelyabinsk, you see the pattern.

The heavens punish always those evil comunists.

Yes! At Tunguska, even before they existed!

about two weeks ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

Black Parrot For some reason (123 comments)

I wasn't particularly worried about a 2880pocalypse to begin with.

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima's Biological Legacy

Black Parrot Re:Population declines (116 comments)

What chemicals spilled, other than all the radioactive water?

And since when have people not been interested in the effects of chemical spills, genetic or otherwise?

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima's Biological Legacy

Black Parrot Re:Population declines (116 comments)

By not studying the narrow strip of land that was affected by the tsunami.

Bah, you're making the radical assumption that scientists have a clue about the things they study.

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima's Biological Legacy

Black Parrot Re:Not That Surprising (116 comments)

Yes, if there's a reactor meltdown in your neighborhood you should stay put and ignore the panic mongers. A little radiation never did anything.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:because... GOD! (109 comments)

No, my life would have been changed (i.e., ended in the cosmic collapse) if I *had* hit him.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:When did the universe get so big? (109 comments)

The speed of light is a limit on how fast you can accelerate something *in* space, but it's not a limit on how fast space can expand.

In fact you can't even state the rate of expansion of space as a velocity, because the velocity apparent as the speed of recession depends on how far away you're looking.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:LOL (109 comments)

It has a psychological effect because ignorant economists use limited knowledge about the universe to justify austerity policies. Friedman using TANSTAAFL, for example. Except now Dark Energy violates TANSTAAFL, and it didn't hold in General Relativity anyway. So we suffer from an artificially imposed scarcity of money because economists suffer from a lack of knowledge about the universe.

That's not rigorous enough for physics, but I do believe it meets the standards for good economics.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:Black Magic is the reason! (109 comments)

This is all hogwash.

At least that much of your theory is correct.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:because... GOD! (109 comments)

God is the fundamental reason for why the universe didn't became a black hole in the early stages after the Big Bang

I can stated with equal evidence and authority that the stray cat I almost ran over yesterday is the fundamental reason for why the universe didn't become a black hole in the early stages after the Big Bang.

Be glad I missed him.

Ok, let's hear it.

[clears throat] "the stray cat I almost ran over yesterday is the fundamental reason for why the universe didn't become a black hole in the early stages after the Big Bang."

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:Summary (109 comments)

So to extrapolate from the TFA: The laws of physics do not exist in a vacuum...

There's a difference between 'a vacuum' and 'nothing'.

about two weeks ago
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Fukushima's Biological Legacy

Black Parrot Best of all, (116 comments)

Godzilla is now based on science!

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:because... GOD! (109 comments)

God is the fundamental reason for why the universe didn't became a black hole in the early stages after the Big Bang

I can stated with equal evidence and authority that the stray cat I almost ran over yesterday is the fundamental reason for why the universe didn't become a black hole in the early stages after the Big Bang.

Be glad I missed him.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:Big Bang is RELIGION (109 comments)

Can't you folks see it is just religion disguised as science, how it implies a divine hand?

No, you're thinking about the Divine Monkeyspank hypothesis, which is indeed religion, but not disguised as science.

p.s. - Your troll score is: 0

about two weeks ago
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Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

Black Parrot Re:Because of the expansion (109 comments)

The only kind of new part was the bit about not becoming a black hole if it should re-collapse.

Which he stated, but did not attempt to explain.

I always wondered why collapsing matter would drag space with it. After reading the link, I still do.

about two weeks ago

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Video Games at Museum of Modern Art

Black Parrot Black Parrot writes  |  about a year and a half 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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