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Dutch Cold Case Murder Solved After 8000 People Gave Their DNA

RabbitWho Re:Sounds improbable (513 comments)

If 96% of people had done it the social pressure might have been insurmountable. He might have figured if he was the only person in the village who didn't give DNA the police would investigate him and find him anyway, so he might as well give the DNA, hope that there would be a mistake, or hope that he could claim "If it was me, then why did I give them my DNA?"

about a year and a half ago
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An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

RabbitWho Re:Money (609 comments)

"I am better than someone else because of the software I use."
Nice man, real nice.

The fact is you shouldn't have to reinstall windows or install linux on a new computer just to get it working properly. And an awful lot of people, like my parents for example, aren't going to realize what's causing them all the problems.

more than 3 years ago
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Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads

RabbitWho Re:My Face (344 comments)

Right, my mom is the only person I know who uses her face on her facebook account and I think it would be really awesome to see her on a billboard or something, as would she.

more than 3 years ago
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Betelgeuse To Blow Up Soon — Or Not

RabbitWho Re:Soon? (312 comments)

If i had known so many people were going to say it I wouldn't have said anything. I feel like a bit of a drone now. But it's the first thing that came into my head when I saw the headline.. "Isn't betelgeuce the past?" I said to myself. Oh well.

more than 3 years ago
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Betelgeuse To Blow Up Soon — Or Not

RabbitWho Soon? (312 comments)

What they're saying is it might have blown up around 600 years ago... or not

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Huge Pile of Bugs

RabbitWho Re:Opera (481 comments)

I don't think firefox has crashed on me in 3 years.. I use lazarus every single day.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Huge Pile of Bugs

RabbitWho Re:No shit (481 comments)

I was thinking that... glory fades.. mundi?

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 4, A Huge Pile of Bugs

RabbitWho Re:Opera (481 comments)

I really want to but i can't till they have an extension for form recovery.

more than 3 years ago
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UK To Offer PCs For £98, Subsidized Internet Connections

RabbitWho Re:Nice idea but... (224 comments)

Kids learn really fast though, if a lot of those families have kids in them they'll figure out how to use everything in a few weeks and can teach their parents, not to mention they probably do ICT in school.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Opens Up Home Addresses and Phone Numbers

RabbitWho Re:Nice! (459 comments)

Great thing about twitter is that it's not really a social networking site anymore. Most people don't post about themselves at all, it's more like slashdot. You share interesting stories and articles you read. And you follow your favourite news sources, journalists, writers, etc. But it's better than Slashdot now in my opinion because you get the information sooner. Not to mention slashdot users are often unfriendly and endlessly looking for opportunities to act superior to each other, where as in twitter you want your stream to stay interesting and dynamic and don't waste your time on the typical petty arguments typical of other social outlets on the internet.

more than 3 years ago
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Dating Site Creates Profiles From Public Records

RabbitWho Re:Ugly people date (257 comments)

I hope they don't also automatically categorize us under such headings too!

more than 3 years ago
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Record Labels To Pay For Copyright Infringement

RabbitWho Re:Let me get this straight ... (235 comments)

Also..

"let's try this illegal thing! Maybe we won't get caught and we can keep the 50 million. if we do, what harm?"

So you can keep yourself out of prison and do whatever you want if you're a millionaire. I am shocked.

more than 3 years ago
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Real-Life Frogger Ends In Hospital Visit

RabbitWho Re:Stupid is as stupid does. (314 comments)

arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh

really? You have no sympathy for another human being whatsoever? I'd rather be missing intelligence than missing empathy and basic human kindness

more than 3 years ago
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PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months

RabbitWho Re:Computers vs. appliances (449 comments)

You're just trolling now. The machine is programmable. It doesn't say "A computer is a machine which is programmable at all times by anyone". Someone programmed it, it's still programmable, you get a firmware upgrade it'll be reprogrammed, it's a computer. What else? A butterfly?

more than 3 years ago
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PC Era Forecasted To End In 18 Months

RabbitWho Re:Oh happy day (449 comments)

Right.. I feel like complaining about the fact that smart phones and ipads etc. ARE personal computers.. but then someone will punch me in the face.

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

RabbitWho Re:Why it won't affect the companies.. (809 comments)

Tax credit is now €15,200 since the 4 year plan.

To be honest 40% is much too high anyway. If you have a high income it's because you generate a lot of money, you deserve it (unless you're a banker), you are an asset to the country and are probably bringing in more money than you're being payed.

more than 3 years ago

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Bing uses Google search results— denies it

RabbitWho RabbitWho writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RabbitWho (1805112) writes "Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings.

http://searchengineland.com/google-bing-is-cheating-copying-our-search-results-62914

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At Google we strongly believe in innovation and are proud of our search quality. We’ve invested thousands of person-years into developing our search algorithms because we want our users to get the right answer every time they search, and that’s not easy. We look forward to competing with genuinely new search algorithms out there—algorithms built on core innovation, and not on recycled search results from a competitor.""

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Scottish scientists develop whisky biofuel

RabbitWho RabbitWho writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RabbitWho (1805112) writes "It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "one for the road". Whisky, the spirit that powers the Scottish economy, is being used to develop a new biofuel which could be available at petrol pumps in a few years.

This biofuel can be produced from two main by-products of the whisky distilling process – "pot ale", the liquid from the copper stills, and "draff", the spent grains.

Copious quantities of both waste products are produced by the £4bn whisky industry each year, and the scientists say there is real potential for the biofuel, to be available at local garage forecourts alongside traditional fuels. It can be used in conventional cars without adapting their engines. The team also said it could be used to fuel planes and as the basis for chemicals such as acetone, an important solvent."

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Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You Have

RabbitWho RabbitWho writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RabbitWho (1805112) writes "Are you the least popular person you know? Do you blame your awkwardness, love of garlic and countless hours of introspection? Well, as usual, charts, graphs and field tests are here with to save you!

Satoshi Kanazawa writes: "The title of Feld’s paper says it all, and here’s a little demonstration you can do to confirm his conclusion. List all of your friends. Then ask each of your friends how many friends they have. No matter who you are, whether you are a man or a woman, where you live, how many (or few) friends you have, and who your friends are, you will very likely discover that your friends on average have more friends than you do. [...]
If you think about it for a moment, you’ll figure out the source of this seeming paradox (although this simple insight did not occur to anyone before Feld published his paper in 1991)."

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Say Goodbye to Google Wave

RabbitWho RabbitWho writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RabbitWho (1805112) writes ""MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google Inc. said Wednesday it will shut down Google Wave, a Web-based program that lets people chat, share files and collaborate on documents in real time.

In a blog post , Google said Wave "set a high bar for what was possible in a Web browser." The Web search and software company pointed to the ability to drag files from a computer desktop into the Web application and to see what someone else was typing as they typed it, character by character.
"Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked, [...] We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. " said Google senior vice president Urs Holzle.""

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Google to Answer your Questions Directly

RabbitWho RabbitWho writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RabbitWho (1805112) writes ""Google (NSDQ: GOOG), which just last week launched a redesign of its search results page, is now introducing some changes to the content of its results too. The company says it will directly answer 'millions of different fact-seeking searches' with short answers at the top of its results. Search for 'Catherine Zeta-Jones date of birth', for instance, and the date shows up at the top, along with where Google is pulling the information from. Google says the feature is based on Google Squared, the experimental search tool it rolled out a year ago that gathers facts from the around the web and presents them in an organized way. ""
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