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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

Livius Re:Precison? (49 comments)

Um, no, it means almost exactly - very close to exact. "Almost" is not a good engineering term but in context it's perfectly acceptable.

12 hours ago
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Study: Compound Found In Beer Boosts Brain Function

Livius Finally (87 comments)

...we'll be able to extract the brain boosting compounds and do away with beer altogether!

12 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

Livius Publicly known bugs (158 comments)

...don't seem to have hurt Microsoft or Oracle.

3 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Livius On hold (199 comments)

"Rosneft and Exxon won’t be able to do more drilling, putting the exploration and development of the area on hold"

Who exactly is supposed to be worried this is a bad thing? For the next 10 or 20 years the oil will be more valuable to Russia in the ground as long as they have evidence that it's there.

3 days ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

Livius Manual control (449 comments)

The most unrealistic thing in space operas is the notion that the human crew could do anything in terms of gunnery or navigation better than a computer.

Even worse is having the computer count down when to take a shot, and then have a human insert a random second or two while they manually operate the control.

3 days ago
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Expedition 42 ISS Crew Embraces Douglas Adams

Livius Let them have their fun (39 comments)

You can't blame them for having their fun when the number "42" came up. And you don't have to have liked the movie to acknowledge the photo shoot as a testament to Douglas Adam's creative genius.

Though I'd like to see a journalist interview them to see how many of them actually know where their towel is.

4 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Livius Re:The kinder, gentler terrorism (221 comments)

Perhaps you are confused about which side the NSA is on. They are not interested in reducing anyone's fear, not even their own.

5 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Livius Re:The kinder, gentler terrorism (221 comments)

the terrorists don't need to kill.

The terrorists just need to say a few things on their cell phones, and let the NSA and paranoia do the rest.

Bin Laden's goal was to turn the US into what it's become. He succeeded.

5 days ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Livius HR still says (221 comments)

cheap contract workers are better than investing in employees!

5 days ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

Livius Re:summary (198 comments)

You can't get any more factual than that.

And the best entertainment writers can't come up with material half as funny and/or tragic.

5 days ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Livius Effort (353 comments)

Maybe for a change the police should try "to obtain a warrant from an independent judge". They might discover it's not a difficult as they think it is.

about a week ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Livius Re:Beyond the law? Unjust law is no law at all (353 comments)

Apparently he considers a warrant from a judge as going "beyond the law" -- "within the law" presumably meaning police walking all over constitutional rights.

about a week ago
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Water Discovered In Exoplanet Atmosphere

Livius Clouds (50 comments)

Um, if the planet has clouds, doesn't that mean you've already discovered water in the atmosphere?

(Assuming the cloud is water droplets and not methane or whatever.)

about a week ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

Livius Re:Most promising places (197 comments)

There was rocket technology to reach the moon in the 1960s, but cinematographic technology to fake the moon landing was not available until the 1970s.

about a week ago
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Blizzard Has Canceled Titan, Its Next-gen MMO

Livius Ambiguity (154 comments)

I was really interested in reading about this blizzard that cancelled an entire planet...

about a week ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

Livius Global (207 comments)

Why is the word 'global' so hard for people to understand?

Hint: 'coastal' means something different from 'global'.

about a week ago
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To Fight $5.2B In Identity Theft, IRS May Need To Change the Way You File Taxes

Livius Re:Corporate taxes (407 comments)

Right, because nothing in the real world is ever more complex than a quadratic function.

If you think the real world can be modelled that easily, you, like most economists, clearly have not spent any time in it.

about a week ago
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Fedora 21 Alpha Released

Livius conflicting (37 comments)

Aren't 'alpha' and 'release' contradictions in terms?

(Yes, I know 'alpha' actually is a kind of release, but it's not a release to the public at large.)

about a week ago
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Livius Re:Funny how this works ... (184 comments)

If you think Canadian culture is so fragile that it cannot survive without the protection of the CRTC, they you really don't think much of Canadians.

If you think the American cultural *industry* is less than a whole order of magnitude larger than the Canadian ones (English and French separately), then I don't think much of your understanding of arithmetic.

about a week ago
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Ancient Campfires Led To the Rise of Storytelling

Livius Re:Can I get a research grant? (89 comments)

The next logical step is to research the story-telling of people drinking heavily at a bar.

about two weeks ago

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