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Google's Next Challenge, Spam Results

Darkman, Walkin Dude Content or scrapers (238 comments)

Is he complaining about actual content being churned out, or scrapers, which just plagiarise real sites? Please google, get rid of the scrapers, you'll clean up the internet in one fell swoop.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Digital Newsstands Stink

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Predicted future news: (184 comments)

Really? You'd rather look at a bright monitor for reading purposes than a book? Wow. The ipad is a pretty toy, but that's the limit of it. Yes, you can use it for constructive work, but you can use a bag of lego for constructive work if you really want to. Even the interface is non optimal, one of the first computers I owned, the Spectrum ZX81, had buttons that were near flush with the computer for typing. It didn't work then and it doesn't work now, tactile feedback is Just Easier.

Before too long people will get tired of the shiny and drift on to something new, maybe apple will be there waiting with that something new, I don't know. This isn't speaking against apple as such, they have an unrivalled marketing department, just an assessment of the practical realities.

more than 3 years ago
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'Colonizing the Red Planet,' a How-To Guide

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Not going to happen (288 comments)

Some hunter-gatherers only had to work for 7 hours a week.

They then had to spend another fifty hours travelling, since the things you hunt tend to move away from you, and the fruit growing wild is a lot more sparse than you'd find in a farm, with the possible exception of tropical areas.

more than 3 years ago
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Pickens Wind-Power Plan Comes To a Whimpering End

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:The conspiracy: (346 comments)

How is it cheaper to explore, drill, fail, and repeat numerous times for fossil fuels before finding something, lay down sub oceanic pipelines or move it via massive freighters, before being stored in valuable dockside space, move it again via trucks and pipes, then push it into gas stations or electrical power plants (where you lose yet more efficiency as it burns), than to pluck energy out of thin air and shunt it directly to consumers? All the fossil fuel industry has going for it is inertia.

more than 3 years ago
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Bank of America Buying Abusive Domain Names

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Clean slate... (249 comments)

Awesomest post on the internet.

more than 3 years ago
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Ice Cube Neutrino Observatory At South Pole

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Wrong Link (78 comments)

Saddest part is I had to wade through dozens of half assed smartasses and bullshit replies about actors to get to the interesting technical information.

more than 3 years ago
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Recording the Police

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:and we should also... (515 comments)

Maybe because organised crime could find a lot of uses for a database of the faces of police officers?

more than 3 years ago
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Scientists Decipher 3-Billion-Year-Old Genomic Fossils

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Wait, what? (217 comments)

really, creationism is the 'elephant in the room' whenever you start talking about the fossil record

No, its not.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Considering Control of the Internet

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:How much more (402 comments)

However there has never been a mechanism to instantly make decisions as a group and have them ratified by whatever democratic process you choose before now. This is one of the reasons the internet is so important, its a new phenomenon, and one that clearly threatens entrenched concerns. There will always be respected spokepeople or what have you, but thats a lot different to executive leadership that doesn't have to justify its decisions. The vast majority might not want control, but the alternative is being led into whatever cattle pen to be dealth with by those who are not accountable as they see fit, so control they must ultimately have.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Considering Control of the Internet

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:How much more (402 comments)

No, I want normal people to be allowed to determine their own fates and communicate freely with one another without the intervention of those who dream themselves our masters.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Considering Control of the Internet

Darkman, Walkin Dude How much more (402 comments)

Will nobody rid us of these lawyer politicians, whose only understanding of communication is how it can be used to control others? For countless millenia, these fools have been holding back humanity, calling themselves priests, or the aristocracy, or the upper class, or whatever. Enough! Can we not have a "normal people's congress" on the internet or something. They want to control the internet? I say let the internet control them.

more than 3 years ago
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The Luck of the Irish Runs Out

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Defaulting is worse! (809 comments)

How did this get modded up. Intel has a lot of R&D jobs in Ireland, as do the pharmas; Viagra was invented in Cork. Chuckle up your sleeve at that one if you like, but its one hell of a money spinner. Not to mention much of that high tech industry is in Shannon, with its very own international airport. As for the incubators, most of the investment in the country was going into property, so that's that.

Hope the WDA didn't pay you too much.

more than 3 years ago
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The Luck of the Irish Runs Out

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Why it won't affect the companies.. (809 comments)

And because the Irish pay so little tax other Europeans have to raise €85,000,000,000.- to bail them out.

Wrong. The only reason the bailout is being forced on Ireland is because of loans given by German and UK banks to Irish banks. Ireland is quite capable of sorting out its own deficit.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:ireland = end of right wing economics (542 comments)

Meh hardly. Ireland is for a lack of a better term fucked, because it taxes businesses little to not at all, but relies heavily on income and sales tax to fill it's coffers.

Incorrect. Its in trouble because the government guaranteed huge amounts of speculator debt.

about 4 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Of course... (542 comments)

On one hand we have Ireland, that has low tax rate... but somehow it is on the verge of bankrupcy

These two are not connected. Bankruptcy in this case has a lot more to do with the banks than anything else.

about 4 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Of course... (542 comments)

They do pay American taxes, the Irish operation only works with European, Middle Eastern and African income.

about 4 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Of course... (542 comments)

Not in the Irish case. Companies "in Ireland for tax reasons" don't necessarily employ many people there.

On the contrary, hundreds of thousands of people depend for their living directly and indirectly on FDI.

about 4 years ago
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Google Warns Irish Government Against Tax Increase

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Of course... (542 comments)

Ireland is in trouble because the government stupidly guaranteed the gambling loans of investors in Anglo Irish, not because of foreign direct investment.

about 4 years ago
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China Demonstrates 25+ Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:Ornithopter, FTW. (97 comments)

If you look at the video, it never seems to actually submerge though - is it in fact a sub?

about 4 years ago
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A Single Re-Tweet Lands Chinese Woman in Labor Camp

Darkman, Walkin Dude Re:But (273 comments)

You dickhead.

about 4 years ago

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Hybrid Air Vehicle set for production

Darkman, Walkin Dude Darkman, Walkin Dude writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) writes "A new airship design looks set for production after its manufacturers secured a £300 million contract with the US military, the heavier than air Hybrid Air Vehicle has the potential to realise the potential of airships which has long been overlooked after the initial teething problems earlier last century. With a carrying capacity of over a thousand tons and the ability to deliver that cargo to any location on earth, able to stay in the air for up to three weeks at a time, we could soon see Bladerunner-style airships in the skies overhead."
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Radar Reveals Ancient Egyptian City

Darkman, Walkin Dude Darkman, Walkin Dude writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Darkman, Walkin Dude (707389) writes "A team of Austrian Archaeologists have uncovered the ruins of the ancient city of Avaris, the summer capital of the Hyksos in the 16th century BC. The excavation team found this area using a combination of magnetometry and resistivity surveys. Several architectural features including houses, temples, streets, cemeteries and palaces can be seen. The team has also been able to make out the arrangement of neighborhoods and living quarters.

Dr. Irene Forstner-Muller, Director of the mission said that approximately 2.6 square kilometers have been investigated using a combination of geophysical survey and excavation. (..) She explained that the aim of the magnetometric and resistivity surveys were to define the borders of ancient Avaris. The team has succeeded in identifying a collection of houses and a possible harbor area. A series of pits of different sizes are also visible but their function has not yet been determined."

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Wheres my flying car?

Darkman, Walkin Dude Darkman, Walkin Dude writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Darkman, Walkin Dude writes "The oft-asked question among slashdotters is, where is my flying car? Well that question has been answered by inventor Gilo Cardozo and British adventurer Neil Laughton with their flying dune buggy, which Mr Laughton plans to take on an expedition from London to Timbuktu, in a voyage reminiscent of the Victorian-era explorers.

With the help of a parachute and a giant fan-motor, Neil Laughton plans to soar over the Pyrenees near Andorra, before taking to the skies again to hop across the 14-km (nine-mile) Straits of Gibraltar. The team behind it calls the Skycar the world's first road legal biofuelled flying car."
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Start your own space company?

Darkman, Walkin Dude Darkman, Walkin Dude writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Darkman, Walkin Dude writes "I am conducting research on using "catapult" style maglev launchers to offer single stage low orbit transport, via a launch tower. If you had the financial backing and wanted to start your own "space company", what would you need, in terms of industrial support, materials required, personnel, and subsidiary companies?"
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Internet war against Scientology escalates

Darkman, Walkin Dude Darkman, Walkin Dude writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Darkman, Walkin Dude writes "In a follow up to an earlier story, the war declared by the internet group calling itself "Anonymous" appears to be spilling off the internet and onto the streets, as rallies and protests are called to indicate a groundswell of support for those opposed to Scientology.

A second message has been released by Anonymous, and rumours abound of DDoS attacks against mainstream Scientology websites, blackfax attacks, and a variety of other assaults on the Church. In unrelated news, many of the "chan" sites said to be associated with the Anonymous have been offline in recent days."

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Internet group declares war on Scientology

Darkman, Walkin Dude Darkman, Walkin Dude writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Darkman, Walkin Dude writes "An internet group calling itself "Anonymous" has declared war on the Church of Scientology, which has made an appearance on Slashdot before. This group has gained notoriety in the past with stunts such as threatening to detonate "dirty bombs" in stadiums nationwide in the US, leading to one arrest. Stories are spreading throughout the web of this bold declaration, and the main Scientology website has been offline since the statement was released."
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Darkman, Walkin Dude Darkman, Walkin Dude writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Darkman, Walkin Dude writes "A recent Daily Mail issue has a fascinating article about the possibility that Homo Sapiens interbred with Neanderthals, which could be the reason for the mysterious disappearance of the Neanderthals some twenty thousand odd years ago. Could this also be the reason that white or pale skin and blonde hair originated in northern Europe, and nowhere else?"

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