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Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator

MRe_nl Babelfish are go. (122 comments)

Now, it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so mind-bogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some have chosen to see it as the final proof of the NON-existence of God. The argument goes something like this:
"I refuse to prove that I exist," says God, "for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing."

"But," says Man, "the Babel fish is a dead giveaway, isn't it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves that You exist, and so therefore, by Your own arguments, You don't. QED".

"Oh dear," says God, "I hadn't thought of that." and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.

about two weeks ago

DARPA Wants Help Building a Drone That Flies Like a Hawk

MRe_nl Yes. (42 comments)

Let us all help the Sardaukar build a better ornithopter.
For the Empire!

about a month ago

CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

MRe_nl Re:Oh bullshit on a stick (772 comments)

There is no such thing as a terrorist. But it must be nice to see the world in black and white, saves you the trouble of having to actually think about or empathize with other humans.
"Wer mit Ungeheuern kampft, mag zusehen, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein."

about 2 months ago

Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

MRe_nl Re:Why only women? (310 comments)

Thanks, didn't read the blog, just linked to the first copy of the study I found.

about 2 months ago

Probe Into NSA Activity Reveals Germany Spying On Germans

MRe_nl Re:News? (83 comments)

Let me put it simply: We are not allowed to spy on our own citizens. Everybody else is fair game. Nobody ever said we couldn't share data with other (allied) intelligence agencies, so we got around the rule by spying on each others citizens and sharing the data. But now that we have been tasked with near impossible tasks we have turned to spying on our own citizens directly, and this is a new development for foreign intelligence services, whether you are aware of it or not. The fact that these are nationals living abroad is the main loophole.

about 2 months ago

HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

MRe_nl Re:don't remember any sex in it (242 comments)

"I call myself the Mule, but not because of my strength." ; ).

about 3 months ago

Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

MRe_nl Re:Anybody notice? (65 comments)

"Increases chance" is not the opposite of "does not necessarily mean".
"There is a slightly elevated risk of a larger earthquake while the swarm is active" said seismologist Ian Madin from neighboring Oregon.

about 3 months ago

Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

MRe_nl It's Good Being The Boss (185 comments)

I never quit, I just go bankrupt ; ).

about 3 months ago

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

MRe_nl Re:Per aspera ad astra (445 comments)

Per ballista ad astra ("Shoot for the stars") ; ).

about 3 months ago

Samsung's Wi-Fi Upgrades Promise Speeds Up to 4.6Gbps

MRe_nl Re:And this being samsung... (92 comments)

As a boy who was 13 in 2000 making flash apps, I resent that...

(j/k, I'm old).

about 4 months ago

Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

MRe_nl Re:I'm sorry (282 comments)

And to add to that the taxi's in Amsterdam are run by the police in every way except legally. The police work for Ajax and Heineken. Their main function is to destroy any new criminal acts or people muscling in on somebody's scam. Ergo no Uber.

about 4 months ago

US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MRe_nl Re:Not MAD. (342 comments)

Today, 54 per cent of the worldâ(TM)s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050


about 4 months ago

Universal Big Bang Lithium Deficit Confirmed

MRe_nl Re:Depressing News (171 comments)

"And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy.
But there was now no man to whom AC might give the answer of the last question. No matter. The answer -- by demonstration -- would take care of that, too.
For another timeless interval, AC thought how best to do this. Carefully, AC organized the program.
The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had once been a Universe and brooded over what was now Chaos. Step by step, it must be done.

And there was lithium---- "

about 5 months ago

Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

MRe_nl Caryatide expert here (92 comments)

Caryatide number two seems to have been hit in the face by a Rod of Smiting.

about 5 months ago

New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

MRe_nl Stop making sense. (215 comments)

You ought to know personal ideology almost always trumps cold hard facts ; ).

about 5 months ago

Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

MRe_nl Re:Not to mention (246 comments)

Well at least you're not an ignorant descendent of those once great Egyptians ; ). But your hypothesis re:lineage is at least as good as mine so I'll call it a day : ).

about 5 months ago

Space Station's 'Cubesat Cannon' Has Gone Rogue

MRe_nl Fellow Humans. (143 comments)

There is no reason for panic.
Return to your standard subroutines.

about 5 months ago



Stephen Hawking hospitalized

MRe_nl MRe_nl writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MRe_nl (306212) writes "Stephen Hawking hospitalized, reported very ill LONDON — Cambridge University says that famed mathematician Stephen Hawking has been rushed to a hospital and is very ill. The university said Hawking has been fighting a chest infection for several weeks, and on Monday he was taken to Addenbrooke's hospital in Cambridge, north of London. The 67-year-old Hawking gained renown for his work on black holes, and has remained active despite being stricken with motor neurone disease as a young man. For some years, Hawking has been almost entirely paralyzed, and he communicates through an electronic device activated by his fingers."


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