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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

WillKemp Re:Mohammed is the #1 boys name in England (455 comments)

[......] the majority of the population bows to Mecca and Media five times a day [......]

Majority? What planet are you on?

You've been reading the lies spread by that British fascist group that seems to be like a disease on Facebook at the moment, haven't you?

yesterday
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

WillKemp Re:oil discovery = terraforming (216 comments)

That's why you have to burn the oil.

That releases the CO2, which is what plants use to make oxygen.

Do you even understand what "burn" means? I'll give you a clue... How does the O get into the CO2? (it doesn't come out of the oil.)

about a week ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

WillKemp Re:They _Should_ Replace It (180 comments)

What does it even mean that tables should only be used for "tabular data"? Isn't that a tautology? It's like saying, only pour water on things that are already wet.

No, not even close.

Tables should only be used for tabular data because tables have a semantic meaning. Making layout look like it has some meaning is stupid. If you only ever think in terms of sighted people looking at your web pages, then i guess you don't care. If you care about people using screen readers, etc, then maybe you should care.

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

WillKemp Re:Floppies (180 comments)

[......] 21 floppies for the original version [......]

Not according to the article you linked to. It says there were 13 floppies in series A and 11 floppies in series X. That equals 24.

I have to say i'm surprised there were that many. I first installed Slackware on my Digital HiNote laptop in 1995 - after downloading the floppy images via Digital Equipment Corporation's "FTP by mail" service (my only internet access was via UUCP). I don't remember there being that many floppies. But maybe you didn't need all of them to install a basic system. I installed X that way too, but probably once i'd got the core Linux system up and running, so i probably reused the floppies.

about two weeks ago
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CSS Proposed 20 Years Ago Today

WillKemp 500 years? (180 comments)

I'll bet a million dollars in 500 years time money that there won't be any such thing as computers in 500 years!

about two weeks ago
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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

WillKemp Nessie? (65 comments)

The Loch Ness monster hasn't been seen for a while.

about three weeks ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

WillKemp Re:Police?? (302 comments)

That tiny part has financed most of englands colonisation efforts

Bullshit! Robbing the victims of colonisation is what financed it.

about three weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

WillKemp What argument? (201 comments)

arguably bigger than the Gulf of Mexico

Arguably? You've carried out your own exploration and you disagree about its extent?

about three weeks ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

WillKemp Re:Restrictions (96 comments)

I guess you haven't heard of earplugs then?

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

WillKemp Re:Soft Spot for Yahoo Directory (116 comments)

Yeah, for a few years back there, i was constantly amazed at what was on the web. That would have been a bit over 10 years ago and there was hardly anything compared to what's there today. I've been using the web for 20 years now and i can barely imagine (let alone remember) what life was like before everything was online.

about three weeks ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

WillKemp Re:Yay SA! (169 comments)

Yeah, but you'd have to live in that dismal town to take advantage of that.

about three weeks ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

WillKemp Re:Yay SA! (169 comments)

As for the Labor government that followed, I can't think of anything they achieved :).

They got the police to pull their heads in a bit. Queensland was a bit less safer if you were Aboriginal or a feral for a few years there.

Under Joh Queensland got: It's last significant new water dams, the Gateway Motorway, new International Airports, James Cook University, Queensland Cultural Centre, Griffith University, the South East Freeway, Captain Cook and Merivale bridges, World Expo 88, 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, etc, etc.

Almost complete destruction of anything remotely historic or attractive in the CBD, the ugliest river bank fuckup in the known world (the riverside expressway). Oh, and a police state. Also, the Great Barrier Reef narrowly escaped turning into a collection of oil rigs.

And the cultural centre is one of the ugliest collections of buildings in Australia. More blind than visionary.

about three weeks ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

WillKemp Re:This is huge (308 comments)

Further to what ShanghaiBill wrote.....

There is a common misconception that nitrogen fixing crops / organisms add nitrogen to the soil. They don't - the nitrogen goes directly from the rhizobia (nitrogen fixing bacteria) to the plant. If you then plough that crop back into the soil (i.e., green manure), after it is broken down by soil organisms plant available nitrogen will be released into the soil. However, most crops aren't returned to the soil - they're removed and sold. Most of the nitrogen fixed by rhizobia in association with peanut crops will end up in the nuts themselves (nitrogen is a key component of proteins) - which will be removed.

about a month ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

WillKemp Re:This is huge (308 comments)

Nowhere. Chemical fertilisers add nitrogen (in the form of nitrates or ammonia) to the soil. Those nitrogen compounds are made in a factory and cost a lot of money. Nitrogen fixing organisms get nitrogen from the air - for free.

about a month ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

WillKemp Re:Yay SA! (169 comments)

Yeah. Anyone who thinks SA is backward should go and live in Queensland for a couple of years - then they'll know what "backward" means. You know what they say: when you cross the border from New South Wales into Queensland, you have to put your clock back an hour and thirty years.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

WillKemp Re:I know! (545 comments)

[......] they fail to achieve the other 10% which is the most important part!

It's the most imprtant part for Microsoft, too - it's their marketing strategy. That other 10% keeps the suckers coming back for more - always hoping for the missing 10% and never getting it.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

WillKemp Re:Fallacy (937 comments)

Here's a quote, that I believe to be reasonably accurate, from Wikipedia: "Among the members of the National Academy of Sciences, 7% believed in God, 72.2% did not, and 20.8% were agnostic or had doubts" I don't really need to elaborate any more on that one, do I?

Yes, you do. The point you're trying to make is not clear. You seem to be offering this as evidence that "atheists flock to science" - but it's not evidence of that at all. It says nothing about atheists. However, it may say something about scientists. It may be evidence that scientists "flock" to atheism - but that's a totally different thing altogether, and has nothing to do with atheists flocking to science.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

WillKemp Re:Fallacy (937 comments)

It has nothing to do with atheism, but atheists flock to it because it gives them the proof and rationality they crave.

Was that your attempt to illustrate what a straw man is?

I've never noticed atheists having any more interest in science than christians. Atheists, however, tend to question things - and that's what science is all about, therefore some atheists may tend to have an affinity with science for that reason.

about a month ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

WillKemp Scientific curiosity (228 comments)

Because it will be interesting to understand the genetics of the plant.

about a month and a half ago
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DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

WillKemp Re:Add genetic sequence for .... (228 comments)

Who was the first person to brew coffee beans picked out of the feces of a cat-like animal?

Obviously an addict whose last beans had been eaten by the civet - much like the way a junkie might retrieve an accidentally dropped hit from a toilet bowl.

about a month and a half ago

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Australian lawyers to serve notices via Facebook

WillKemp WillKemp writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WillKemp writes "In what is probably a world first, the Australian Capital Territory's Supreme Court has ruled that Facebook is a sufficient means of communicating with parties to a legal action. Court notices have previously been served by email and mobile phone messages, as well as by traditional paper documents. But, according to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, lawyers in a mortgage repossession case were granted the right to serve notices on the defendents via their Facebook profiles after private detectives failed to come up with any other means of contacting them."
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