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Russia To Help NATO Build Anti-Missile Network

Futile Rhetoric Re:never trust the Russians (175 comments)

'Evil men have no songs.' How is it that the Russians have songs?

about 4 years ago
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LHC Hits an Energy of 3.5TeV

Futile Rhetoric Re:Not pompous, (149 comments)

Probably a Fermilab fanboy.

more than 4 years ago
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The Key To Astronomy Has Often Been Serendipity

Futile Rhetoric Re:Meh (51 comments)

Explain, guy.

more than 4 years ago
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The Key To Astronomy Has Often Been Serendipity

Futile Rhetoric Meh (51 comments)

There are so many things going on out there that you are likely to stumble upon something that in hindsight appears serendipitous. You may have won a lottery, but since you have tickets to million different ones, it's not that amazing really.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Sued Over Bing Trademark

Futile Rhetoric Re:Trapped! (191 comments)

"Prior art" is not a trademark-related term.

more than 4 years ago
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First Electronic Quantum Processor Created

Futile Rhetoric Re:Yay! (205 comments)

Your workplace? Snicker. How quaint!

more than 5 years ago
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The Battle Between Google and Facebook

Futile Rhetoric Re:Why not have both? (202 comments)

That was supposed to be "user base", I'm not entirely sure what happened.

more than 4 years ago
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The Battle Between Google and Facebook

Futile Rhetoric Re:Why not have both? (202 comments)

Fair enough, but Microsoft already has a social network with a p. large installed user system (MSN and Hotmail). They would just need to tweak it and add functionality (the same thing Google is doing by adding Wave to Gmail). That is where the big difference is; whereas Google codes stuff that works, and generally works better than what came before (or adds something of value at the very least), Microsoft rarely does.

As far as Facebook goes, I think that ultimately they are just poorly positioned to become a "paradigm of the internets", if you will. It is just too easy to add Facebook-like functionality to Google's already rather impressive set of tools. Plus, anyone expounding on the virtues of social networks should visit this sometimes.

more than 4 years ago
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The Battle Between Google and Facebook

Futile Rhetoric Re:Why not have both? (202 comments)

And besides, Google is already making forays into just this sort of thing with Wave. Holy false dichotomy, batman.

more than 5 years ago
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First Images of Memories Being Made

Futile Rhetoric Re:One Step Closer (71 comments)

You forget things all the time. Are you still you when you do? Your consciousness shuts down for prolonged periods (sleep). Are you still you when you do? If we are nothing but software, then we're going to have to get used to the idea that any identical (or maybe even nearly identical) copy running is in fact you, mind-bending though it may be.

more than 5 years ago
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Cory Doctorow Says DIY Licensing Will Solve Piracy

Futile Rhetoric Re:BRILLIANT IDEA (189 comments)

YOU WOULDN'T DOWNLOAD A CAR.

more than 5 years ago
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Sources Say EU Will Find Intel Anti-Competitive

Futile Rhetoric Re:EU is EU Centric (210 comments)

First, your arithmetic is atrocious. Work on that. Second, I'm not entirely sure what you mean by "the Microsoft fine", seeing how Microsoft has been fined several times, since unlike those European companies, it just doesn't want to learn. Third, none of the companies I listed were stupid enough to try to string the commission along. But then, with profit margins reaching 81%(par. 464), perhaps it's not really a matter of "stupidity", ey.

more than 5 years ago
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Sources Say EU Will Find Intel Anti-Competitive

Futile Rhetoric Re:EU needs more money (210 comments)

From what I remember, the commission can impose fines up to 10% of annual turnover, which for a company like Intel is a funny sum of money.

more than 5 years ago
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Sources Say EU Will Find Intel Anti-Competitive

Futile Rhetoric Re:EU is EU Centric (210 comments)

In case you need examples:

Saint-Gobain ( 900m euro)
ThyssenKrupp ( 500m)
Hoffmna-La Roche ( 500m)
Siemens ( 400m)
Pilkington ( 400m)
BASF ( 300m)
Otis ( 300m)

more than 5 years ago
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Sources Say EU Will Find Intel Anti-Competitive

Futile Rhetoric Re:EU is EU Centric (210 comments)

All the time?

more than 5 years ago
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Sources Say EU Will Find Intel Anti-Competitive

Futile Rhetoric Re:EU needs more money (210 comments)

You forgot:

4) The company abuses its dominant position.

more than 5 years ago

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