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Confirmed: Earth's Oldest Rock In Australia

Razalhague Re:Amazing! (74 comments)

Whenever you see a science headline that says something retarded, you should assume bad science journalism, rather than bad science.

about 6 months ago
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NASA Now Accepting Applications From Companies That Want To Mine the Moon

Razalhague Re:I need NASA's permission to mine the moon now? (251 comments)

Maybe you're thinking of the Outer Space Treaty? Wikipedia says it forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon or a planet, but doesn't say much about private entities AFAIK.

about 7 months ago
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Building a Better Bike Helmet Out of Paper

Razalhague Re:I'm personally way more interested in Hövd (317 comments)

Looking at the videos, I don't see why they don't airbag the whole head.

Because certain death from suffocation is worse than potential death from head trauma.

about 7 months ago
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Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander

Razalhague Re:Are they claiming more territory? (268 comments)

Frankly, the ability to withdraw from the treaty is irrelevant. The stern words and looks would just come when they withdrew from the treaty, instead of when they claimed their bit of the moon (actually, they'd probably receive some of the words and looks then, too).

about 8 months ago
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Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander

Razalhague Re:Are they claiming more territory? (268 comments)

The treaty doesn't say anything about them not being able to mine the shit out of the moon.

Never said it did.

It just says they can't claim territory or place nukes in space (which you can be damned sure we've already breached) It also says the parties retain rights over whatever the launch into space, so should they start building mining platforms and shipping stuff back, we couldn't touch the equipment without breaching the treaty.

We wouldn't need to touch the equipment, just implement trade sanctions on whatever they mined out (or the resulting products made from them).

about 8 months ago
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Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander

Razalhague Re:Are they claiming more territory? (268 comments)

Considering that China has signed and ratified the Outer Space Treaty (which explicitly forbids any government from claiming a celestial resource such as the Moon or a planet), they'd probably get a few stern words and looks. On the other hand, if they actually manage to mine and transport something back, then there might be some mild repercussions.

about 8 months ago
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

Razalhague Re:PDroid (324 comments)

I guess the news is that Google released similar functionality as a built-in, then removed it. Sounds nasty.

They didn't release it, per se. The code was there, but it was only accessible with third party tools. Not saying disabling access to it was the right choice, but it isn't as nasty as it sounds.

about 8 months ago
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Indian Government Lifts Nokia's Asset Freeze, Factory Can Transfer To Microsoft

Razalhague Re:The Way India Works... (53 comments)

No notification in that case either.

about 8 months ago
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Indian Government Lifts Nokia's Asset Freeze, Factory Can Transfer To Microsoft

Razalhague Re:The Way India Works... (53 comments)

Made you look!

No you didn't, because when someone posts anonymously, they don't get notifications about replies, so they will most likely never know that you replied. Remember, only reply to ACs if you think it will help some other reader. Replying to them in the hopes that they will read your reply is delusional.

about 8 months ago
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Munich Open Source Switch 'Completed Successfully'

Razalhague Re:It'll cost them more in the long run (275 comments)

There's a good reason why Microsoft is the standard for business computing and that's because their products are almost always better than open source.

No, it's because Microsoft is better at running legacy software (or at least that's how businesses see it). And business computing is all about legacy software.

about 8 months ago
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Moore's Law Blowout Sale Is Ending, Says Broadcom CTO

Razalhague Re:A decade long product cycle sounds good to me (267 comments)

No, you don't grasp that, I DO NOT UPGRADE, THEY DO.

and you carry the cost, whether it be in the form of actual money, or increased amount and obnoxity of ads.

about 9 months ago
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The Challenge of Cross-Language Interoperability

Razalhague Re:The real issue (286 comments)

Because some syntaxes are better at expressing some concepts while others are better at expressing other concepts.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android

Razalhague Re:If I were Google (476 comments)

They wouldn't be able to sell anything on the US market, which is considerable.

about 10 months ago
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FBI Seized 144,000 Bitcoins ($28.5 Million) From Silk Road Bust

Razalhague Dread Pirate Roberts (162 comments)

I wonder if this "Dread Pirate Roberts" is only one person, given how the name was used in The Princess Bride.

about 10 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

Razalhague Re: Sounds counter-productive... (1160 comments)

Hmph. Stupid facts always ruining my jokes :(.

about 10 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

Razalhague Re:Sounds counter-productive... (1160 comments)

Europe doesn't have magic fairy dust that lets them manufacture drugs nobody else can.

Yes they do. It's called "patents".

about 10 months ago

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