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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Wook Man Not Evolution (115 comments)

This is the theory of abiogenesis, not evolution. Evolution is how life changes, not how it got started.

about 9 months ago

UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance

Wook Man Definition of "Sanction" (217 comments)

As a verb, as used in this headline, "sanction" means approve of. So the headline here doesn't match up with the contents of the post.

The headline, if it must use the word "sanction", should be "UK court levies sanctions against Apple..."

more than 2 years ago

Google+ Registers 25 Million Visitors

Wook Man The Nice Thing About Social Networks... (213 comments)

The network wouldn't be social if there was just one. It has to have someone to talk to so it doesn't get lonely.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Breeding Super Bees

Wook Man All Hail!!!... (248 comments)

I welcome our new bee overlords!

more than 3 years ago

The End of Paper Books

Wook Man The Books Won't Last... (669 comments)

Just buying a hardback or paperback and sticking it in a warehouse isn't going to do it. If they aren't cloth-based or special archival paper they will have deteriorated to dust long before the end of this century, no matter what the storage environment is.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Logging Locations of All iPhone Users

Wook Man But Not Logging Location Very Well (591 comments)

I ran the app against my phone. It has locations that I would have only gone to on a recent driving trip. But it doesn't include the whole trip, and it includes locations that I have never been too.

So yeah, it is tracking locations, but is not very accurate. I'm not even sure it is doing it via GPS. It might be doing it via the towers, and the locations are where the base stations are for the towers. Maybe.

more than 3 years ago

Skynet Becomes Aware, Launches Nuclear Attack

Wook Man TZ = ??? (274 comments)

What timezone does this happen in? If UTC it has already happened, and SkyNet is just reading /. to see who's loyal and who to eliminate first.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux

Wook Man TiVo... (481 comments)

Netflix has a client on Tivo, which is Linux. Netflix on Tivo looks like crap, but it is there.

more than 4 years ago

Will Netflix Destroy the Internet?

Wook Man Re:Streaming Netflix was disappointing (577 comments)

Streaming Netflix has NOTHING last time I used it on my Roku box. I only found some of the worst b-rated movies and documentaries and a tiny amount of semi-new releases. No Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark...nothing.

This. No movies from the last 5, or sometimes 10 years. The quality of Netflix "HD" content is almost, but not, as good as a DVD. The non-HD content looks really bad even on just a 46" HD TV, which isn't huge by today's standards. Pretty disappointing.

If they ever fix this -- have current movies at good quality -- then the bandwidth required will be HUGE. That could take some adjusting.

more than 4 years ago

BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

Wook Man The Main Reason Why Kethinov's Solution Won't Work (602 comments)

You have to be able to measure advertising. I like the idea of no DRM and such on the downloadable content as much as the next person here. But the reality is that TV creators must be able to measure how many sets of eyes see the adds, and what kind of eyes they are. TV ratings are not about which show is most popular. TV rating are about who's watching, and what value those viewers have to advertisers. Without metrics like "how many" and "what age/gender/ethnicity/etc" it is a very hard sell to advertisers that have limited budget to spend, and want to spend it on the best possible audience for their products.

more than 4 years ago

Huge Arctic Ice Shelf Breaks Off

Wook Man The Northwest Passage is not "Fabled" (736 comments)

It has been sailed over 110 times since 105, when it was sailed by a dude in a wooden boat. Wooden boat != icebreaker.

more than 6 years ago



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