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All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online

SuricouRaven Re:Wait, what... (42 comments)

The media love the idea of the Dark Net (Capitals strongly encouraged). They don't actually know what it might be, but it's just such a great media-friendly term they can't pass it up. Even if they have to search for a definition to apply after starting to use it.

7 hours ago
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Ars Reviews Skype Translator

SuricouRaven One annoyance... (63 comments)

The translation is only available if you use Windows 8.

There's no technical reason for this. It's a simple business issue. Microsoft wants people to upgrade to Windows 8. Microsoft owns Skype. So it's obvious what happened: Someone called the Skype management and told them that any new features are to be Windows 8 exclusive in future.

I'm really surprised Microsoft haven't ordered the linux client discontinued yet.

yesterday
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

SuricouRaven Re:Home of the brave? (574 comments)

You have a larger chance of being struck by lightning in the us than being killed by a terrorist. Lightning killed about fifty people a year (US only), which is considerably more than terrorists ten-year average.

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

SuricouRaven Re:Seems unintuative (170 comments)

It grants them unprunability. That doesn't imply cancer-resistance. It's quite possible that aspect of sun damage would be worsened, as you're shutting down one of the evolved damage-mitigation mechanisms.

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

SuricouRaven Re:Seems unintuative (170 comments)

So they could come up with a cream that lets you remain wrinkle-free until you are past your nineties, but at the expense of being unable to tolerate prolonged exposure to sunlight?

Even if they were entirely open about this drawback, it'd still sell. A lot of people really are desperate to look young, and wouldn't mind giving up their time on the beach and having to douse themselves in sunscreen when attending outdoors events.

2 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

SuricouRaven Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (137 comments)

Oh, everything I said above was in relation to the film, not the book. The book has it much simpler: No-one in the future speaks english at all.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

SuricouRaven Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

Only if your CD was recorded using that more recent technology, rather than an 80s ADC.

It doesn't matter anyway - you'd need superhuman hearing to tell the difference.

4 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

SuricouRaven Re:Anthropic principle (137 comments)

There were bigger birds once, eating bigger mammals. Haast's eagle, for one. Bloody huge, still capable of flight. The local tribes still tell legends of the terrifying creatures which could once descend from above and carry off human children.

4 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

SuricouRaven Re:So which came first (137 comments)

Modern biologists tend to shy away from the idea of reptiles entirely. It's a bit of an ugly classification.

4 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

SuricouRaven Re:Genetic testing (137 comments)

Why do they have to kill them in the egg? I want to see what it looks like! Probably with horrible facial deformities, but come on... we kill billions of chickens painfully for food anyway, what's wrong with a couple more for science?

4 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

SuricouRaven Re:Wasn't there a book about this? (137 comments)

There is at least some brief attempt to explain this: English is no longer a widely spoken language, but there is a religion-like effort to preserve it as a ceremonial language, aided by conserving any text in a sufficiently durable form.

It's not a very good explanation considering the time scales involved, but it's better than no explanation at all. It does have some historical basis. Hebrew, for example, all but died out for a time before being revived by religious schoolers. Eight hundred thousand years, though, may be pressing things a little.

The morlocks don't need to preserve english - their leader is telepathic.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

SuricouRaven Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

Yes, but CD wasn't designed for modern hardware. It was designed for the hardware of the era - and to be low-cost enough for the mass market on hardware of the era too.

4 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

SuricouRaven Re:I don't really get it either. (433 comments)

I used to have one of those. From it I learned how to recognise the german label for 'Do not remove this retaining screw, the mechanism is spring loaded and will launch delicate parts at your face.'

I used it for a while, even though the sound was poor, just because I did like to have it running in the background and it looked cool. But it had no collector/ebay value, and I couldn't justify the price to replace another failed drive belt when my mobile phone and some cheap external speakers actually sounded better.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

SuricouRaven Re:Not really missing vinyl (433 comments)

20KHz. The 'extra' 2KHz is to allow for the limitations of analog processing. No filter can be perfect, so you need a little padding to allow for that.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

SuricouRaven Re:Nukes Now (389 comments)

Nuclear also has a PR problem. It scares people - and if it scares people, politicians end up following the will of the people for once.

Look at Fukushima, for example. It was a media-fest for weeks. Minimal release of radiation, no nuclear-related fatalities, no land left unusable for a thousand years - but even so there was more coverage of that plant than all the rest of the tsunami damage put together. It was a bit hairy for a time when they needed to bring in emergency pumps for the cooldown, but even that was only due to a problem with the outdated plant putting all their cooling pumps in one place - not an issue with newer designs. You can blame the media for a lot of the panic, but they just can't resist a story about nuclear catastrophy. Even when there isn't actually a catastrophy, they still try to hype it up.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

SuricouRaven Re:We are doomed... (389 comments)

Even China is starting to lessen their population control program now. It was only intended to prevent a period of explosive growth that could otherwise outpace the country's ability to industrialise and construct infrastructure - and then to be abandoned once the population stabilised naturally.

5 days ago
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The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

SuricouRaven Re:THERE HAS NEVER BEEN CLIMATE STASIS! (389 comments)

The Nazis were also strongly opposed to abortion* and homosexuality, and frequently spoke of the richness of German Christian heritage and declared themselves a Christian party. Sound a lot like the American right-wing?

Or - and here is a notion that many may find strange - could it be that the left-vs-right divide is rather artificial, and not all political parties can be neatly fitted into one of two buckets?

*Though they did make exceptions for their eugenics programs, abortion was otherwise strictly prohibited.

5 days ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

SuricouRaven Re:The battle of extremes. (176 comments)

That's one of the best parts. Pregnancy is very, very stressful on a woman's body. So much so that in the US, the maternal mortality rate is actually greater than the mortality rate for abortion. Every time a woman dies following complications of abortion it gets widely reported all through the right-wing media - and it's true, some women do die as a consequence of abortion. But even if you ignore the ones conducted for medical reasons and include only the electives, it still saves more women than it kills.

about a week ago
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Hollywood's Secret War With Google

SuricouRaven Re:The battle of extremes. (176 comments)

You're right. Simply banning abortion doesn't get through courts, so the accepted pro-life strategy is to make sure abortion is legal yet as impractical as possible. They pass safety standards for clinics that are impossible to meet. They pass requirements that doctors have admitting privilege at a nearby hospital, knowing that many hospitals will refuse to grant such to any doctor who performs elective abortion. They mandate patients be emotionally blackmailed by forcing them to look at 3D ultrasounds for no medical purpose and require doctors tell lies about abortion causing breast cancer. This all in turn affects the position of the pro-choice faction: Many of them don't actually like the idea of abortion on demand, but they feel they have to support it anyway, knowing that any victory for the pro-life side is just going to serve to justify the next restriction they try to impose, and the next, until they reach their ultimate objective of a country where abortion is legal but not a single doctor will perform the procedure.

about a week ago

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