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Mysterious Feature Appears and Disappears In a Sea On Titan

WillKemp Nessie? (16 comments)

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

39 minutes ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

WillKemp Re:Police?? (296 comments)

That tiny part has financed most of englands colonisation efforts

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

2 days ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

WillKemp What argument? (199 comments)

arguably bigger than the Gulf of Mexico

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

2 days ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

WillKemp Re:Restrictions (94 comments)

I guess you haven't heard of earplugs then?

2 days ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

WillKemp Re:Soft Spot for Yahoo Directory (115 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.

2 days 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.

5 days 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.

5 days 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 week 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 week 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 week ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

WillKemp Re:I know! (543 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks ago
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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

WillKemp Re:Lesson (91 comments)

"Objective interpretation" is an oxymoron, moron.

Yeah? Explain.

about a month ago
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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

WillKemp Lesson (91 comments)

The lesson from the recent bout of frantic backpedaling on Neanderthals is not to take the slightest bit of notice of the extrapolations of archaeologists. The raw data of their findings is interesting, but it's always open to interpretation. However, archaeology as a science seem to be largely incapable of objective interpretation. Maybe it's time they stuck to digging things up and stopped trying to interpret what they find. That interpretation really requires quite a different discipline.

about a month ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

WillKemp Back door (174 comments)

Even if it's not true [......]

Considering all the revelations that have emerged about surveillance in those ten years, the possibility that it's not true seems barely worth considering.

about a month ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

WillKemp Re:New for Nerds? (132 comments)

I don't have any figures on hand, but it seems that people do still read them. And they certainly appear to have a huge influence on election outcomes.

about a month ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

WillKemp Re:New for Nerds? (132 comments)

News Ltd owns the only national daily paper, as well as the only daily paper in four state capitals, one territory capital, and a number of large regional centres - of the capitals, only Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra have competing daily papers. Admittedly, that covers nearly half the population - but that leaves a massive proportion of Australia dominated by Murdoch.

about a month 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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