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Chinese Bureaucrats Duel Over Right To Regulate WoW

Digitus1337 obvious solution (128 comments)

/roll 100

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One

Digitus1337 Re:Know your market. (964 comments)

What parent is trying to say is that Microsoft isn't racist... Polish people are.

more than 5 years ago
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Sedate Your Kids While They Play

Digitus1337 Forget the safety of our kids (264 comments)

Where do I sign up for one of these things for around the house?

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Calls For Nuke-Free World

Digitus1337 there is only one way to be sure (705 comments)

One of the main problems with getting rid of nukes has been mentioned here: no one wants to give their own up. A few countries have already given up nuclear weapons, including South Africa. All countries cannot be expected to do the same with their weapons, which leaves us with one solution...

We have to nuke the nukes from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

more than 5 years ago
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Trick Used To Pass French "Three Strikes"

Digitus1337 French Political System (488 comments)

In Comparative Politics, France is considered an odd country. The President has almost unlimited power; there is no system in place to remove him except for the next popular election. He does have the power to remove the Prime Minister from power, which is the opposite of how the system usually works in the case of a system with both a PM and a President. Russia acted like it had a similar system until Putin switched from President to PM.

more than 5 years ago
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Pro Video Game Leagues — Another Economic Casualty

Digitus1337 if only... (207 comments)

If only we had some players that were -really- good at "fix the economy" games. I'd grok to that.

more than 5 years ago
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Colbert Wins Space Station Name Contest

Digitus1337 mod parent up (471 comments)

That would make a -perfect- name. I wouldn't be surprised if they plan to mention it on the show.

more than 5 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End

Digitus1337 Re:Two changes that could've been made (852 comments)

You are not the only one. I don't understand why such a big deal was made of Hera or what point the Opera House served (literally as well as metaphorically). The Admiral going off to live alone was pointless. The idea that Kara came back to lead them to Earth -and- another Earth, which happens to have the coordinates of the notes of an inspired song, is ludicrous.

The ending showed that it wouldn't have mattered if the colonials were wiped out at any point during the series. Most of them will die in short order, all of them will have their life spans drastically reduced. The cycle wasn't broken, there was nothing left over to learn from so that humans wouldn't repeat their mistakes.

The ending made the entire series seem worthless.

more than 5 years ago
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Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End

Digitus1337 obviously (852 comments)

A wizard did it.

more than 5 years ago
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If We Have Free Will, Then So Do Electrons

Digitus1337 Inevitable (610 comments)

Someone was sure to arrive at this conclusion.

more than 5 years ago
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Satellites Collide In Orbit

Digitus1337 Haven't you ever seen Space Cowboys? (456 comments)

a Russian satellite launched in 1993 and believed to be nonfunctioning.

It's a cover-up, Soviet nukes are falling from space, run for your lives!

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality

Digitus1337 Re:How ridiculous. (873 comments)

You might want to do some reading into the history of the Democratic party.

You might want to do some reading on "realignment" ;-).

more than 5 years ago
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Every Man Is an Island (of Bacteria)

Digitus1337 Crohn's Disease (193 comments)

I've heard it speculated that this could be one of the causes of Crohn's Disease and Colitis. Can anyone here comment on this?

more than 5 years ago
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Scientists Solve Century-Old Optics Mystery

Digitus1337 and the winner is... (265 comments)

"We report direct observation of a push force on the end face of the silica filament exerted by the outgoing light" said [Weilong] She."

TFS left it out; this was the result.

more than 5 years ago
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Synchrotron Gets Sci-Fi Writer In Residence

Digitus1337 Re:Potential thread hijack (80 comments)

Agreed. The story was quite good, and well worth the read. Kandela's name links to an e-mail address that suggest that he is Daniel Cotton.

more than 5 years ago
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Steve Jobs Issues Update On His Health

Digitus1337 so much for... (320 comments)

So much for an Apple a day keeping the doctor away.

more than 5 years ago
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How Gamers View Their MMOs

Digitus1337 eve online (132 comments)

Disclaimer: I am a former WoW player and a current EVE player. I am not employed, nor am I (beyond the extent of being a player) affiliated with the makers of any game.

It's interesting to see how EVE is distinct and separate as compared to the other games. This is for a number of reasons, the first of which is the learning curve, but there are other factors. The learning curve tends to weed out teenage WoW players; being accused of engaging in anything but PvP leads to the derogatory label of "carebear". The focus on PvP coupled with the harsh punishment of failure (ships do not respawn, they are lost when they are destroyed, and all ships are player-manufactured) is enough to scare away some players that are able to overcome the learning curve. The game is not for casual players, but it -is- fun. If you haven't played, please give it a shot, there are trial periods available.

about 6 years ago
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Adobe Building Zoetrope, a Web "Time Machine"

Digitus1337 it can see into the future! (133 comments)

. . . and see how the price went up and down over the coming months.

This is all I need to make the change from more traditional investments to a DVD-based retirement plan!

about 6 years ago

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Komodo dragons kill with venom, not bacteria

Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Digitus1337 (671442) writes "A new study dispels the widely accepted theory that the Komodo dragon kills by infecting its prey with toxic bacteria. Researchers say the Komodo dragon has venom that keeps blood from clotting around its prey's wounds. Researchers say the Komodo dragon has venom that keeps blood from clotting around its prey's wounds. Instead, the world's largest lizard delivers a powerful bite with its serrated teeth and uses a powerful venom to bring down its victims. The whole story can be found here."
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Obama's FCC Transition Team Co-chair a WoW Player

Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  about 6 years ago

Digitus1337 writes ""Last week, President-elect Obama appointed Kevin Werbach, assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton, and Susan Crawford, who teaches communications and Internet law at the University of Michigan, to co-chair his FCC transition team. In preparation for his incoming administration, the two, both seasoned Net Neutrality advocates, will be tasked with providing information on U.S. government Internet and telecom policies, along with advising on budgetary and personnel matters.

This is clearly good news for Net advocates, and as it happens, it could also be good news for online gamers. The Wharton professor is a hardcore World of Warcraft player, a member of two guilds.""

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Permafrost Layer Found on Mars

Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Digitus1337 writes "Nasa's Phoenix lander has unearthed compelling evidence of ice on Mars, mission scientists believe. Chunks of a bright material found in a trench dug by the craft have disappeared over four Martian days, suggesting they have vapourised. While digging in another trench, the lander's arm connected with a hard surface at the same depth. The finds lend weight to suggestions water is locked up in a permafrost layer close to the planet's surface."
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The Moon and the Magnetotail

Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Digitus1337 writes "'Earth's magnetotail extends well beyond the orbit of the Moon and, once a month, the Moon orbits through it... This can have consequences ranging from lunar 'dust storms' to electrostatic discharges... There is compelling evidence that fine particles of moondust, when sufficiently charged-up, actually float above the lunar surface.' says Tim Stubbs, a University of Maryland scientist. This could create a temporary nighttime atmosphere of dust ready to blacken spacesuits, clog machinery, scratch faceplates (moondust is very abrasive) and generally make life difficult for astronauts."
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Space Station Crew Can Access Gun

Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Digitus1337 writes "A local Orlando news station has a story about the gun on the International Space Station. "Russian Cosmonauts carry a gun on their Soyuz space capsule, which is attached to the space station. Every spacecraft carries survival gear for crash landings, and the Russian Soyuz has a kit that includes the gun... But although the gun has been there for as long as the space station has been in orbit, its existence is kept quiet. NASA and Russian officials won't talk publicly about it." Maybe it's just a backup propulsion system."
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Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Digitus1337 (671442) writes "FTA: "Since Sunday, one of the two channels on Natalie Meilinger's baby monitor has been picking up black-and-white video from inside the space shuttle Atlantis. The other still lets her keep an eye on her baby. Live video of the mission is available on NASA's Web site, so it's possible the monitor is picking up a signal from somewhere. "It's not coming straight from the shuttle," NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said. "People here think this is very interesting and you don't hear of it often — if at all." Meilinger silenced disbelieving co-workers by bringing in a video of the monitor to show her class on Tuesday, her students' last day of school. At home, 3-month-old Jack and 2-year-old Rachel don't quite understand what their parents are watching." Full story available here."
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Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Digitus1337 (671442) writes "I'm looking for a program that can not only constantly watch my rss feeds, but read them to me aloud once they are updated. Is there a program like this out there (or in development?) I have found a number of rss feeds that offer mp3 downloads of the stories, but I am looking for something that would automatically dictate them."
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Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Digitus1337 (671442) writes ""A drug raid on a Los Alamos scientist's home in New Mexico turned up what appeared to be classified documents taken from the nuclear weapons lab," "Los Alamos has a history of high-profile security problems in the past decade, with the most notable the case of nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. After years of accusations, Lee pleaded guilty in a plea bargain to one count of mishandling nuclear secrets at the lab. In 2004, the lab was essentially shut down after an inventory showed that two computer disks containing nuclear secrets were missing. A year later the lab concluded that it was just a mistake and the disks never existed." More here."
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Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Digitus1337 (671442) writes "Space shuttle Atlantis and its six astronauts glided to a safe landing in darkness early Thursday, ending a 12-day, 187-orbit, mission whose smooth success was briefly upstaged by the high drama caused by mysterious floating debris.
"Nice to be back. It was a great team effort," said commander Brent Jett immediately after touchdown at Kennedy Space Center at 6:21 a.m. EDT.
Jett and his STS-115 crew delivered the first new additions to the ISS since late 2002: a new set of wing-like solar arrays and two massive trusses that weighed in at 17.5 tons before the flight's Sept. 9 launch.
More information is available over at CNN, Space.com, and over at NASA's official page."
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Digitus1337 Digitus1337 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Digitus1337 (671442) writes ""It was the new television season, just like any other, and NBC was about to debut their new science fiction show. That in itself wasn't a novel idea: CBS had Lost in Space, ABC had contemporary shows like The Time Tunnel and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. It was pretty standard that networks had something on the air that fell into the general category of science fiction. And while these other shows had their own quaint charms, they lasted a few seasons and mostly drifted off into memory, and later syndication." Full Article here. Do any /. trekkers have anything planned? Maybe a drinking game for for everytime that CleverNickName says something whiney on screen?"

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