SpaceX Challenges Blue Origin Patents Over Sea-Landing Rocket Tech
...for decades with the Sea Harrier; using thrust to land on an aircraft carrier! First use, from a quick glance: Before Apollo 11 (April 1, 1969) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... .
Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the latter." - Albert Einstein.
Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand
Google is just Googol (10^100) for dyslexics, even though I see that someone's edited Wikipedia to claim it was intentional... To my knowledge, no-one claimed, on or about y2k, that it was anything but a misspelling.
IBM Discovers New Class of Polymers
Actually, there should be one more comma:
"IBM Research has published a new paper to the journal, Science, in which the describe...
Standards Group Adds Adaptive-Sync To DisplayPort
I was under the impression that it used to be measured as B-W-B (or W-B-W), and only when quality of displays increased, they switched to measuring GTG (since it was the lower number).
The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse
Ummm... The speed increase might (just might) have something to do with the SSD upgrade. Just a thought...
The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'
I think I have a "Feature Phone"... it's an LG Optimus 3D, the 'feature' being 3D camera and 3D display (I don't use either feature; I might've used the 3D Camera if I had a proper 3D TV...).
Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Get Lawyers Fees In Patent Cases
Almost, but not quite, true.
In Norway, you get your sentence of e.g. 21 years imprisonment, then there's forvaring (translates to something like custodial sentence), which means you cannot be released until a board deems you to be rehabilitated. This can mean that you may get out of jail after 2/3rds of the sentence, i.e. 14 years (unless there's a different minimum specified), if the board thinks you've understood the seriousness of the crime and are remorseful; if they don't think so, you're stuck.
Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing
Oh, it may be easy, but it's not cheap, in either time or in money... if you want a good book to be the result of your efforts.
Charles Stross, http://www.antipope.org/charli... , had a series of posts about this a couple years ago (can't find the specific posts, sorry).
First, there's proofreading - you're unlikely to spot your own errors in a 40,000-word novel, because you know what you meant and will be blind to typos.
Then there's editoring, checking for continuity errors and/or anachronisms? Same as above.
Both of could be done by crowdsourcing, but then your book would be in the wild before it's released and would be torrented or on IRC (I know, right? But it's still very much alive!) within hours.
Getting those tasks (and others) done is what publishing houses are for, and those tasks are not cheap to get done well by freelancers.
Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'
When it's clear that there are some legitimate religions that are vehemently opposed to all abortions on religious grounds?
Hang on, there are legitimate religions?!
Besides, I don't see why your superstitions should rule over my (or my girlfriend's) body.
The only way you can support that is if you don't think freedom of religion is a right.
I think freedom from religion is a basic human right.
Hell, forcing someone who's anti-abortion on religious grounds to pay for abortifacients would be akin to forcing someone opposed to capital punishment on religious grounds to pay for a private execution.
Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found
Technically, you're there, since the "first inch of expansion" contains the entire universe... literally.
NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization
As for the incredible standard of living I have gained due soley to Capitalism, who do I thank for my Pension, the money I've been able to save for retirement, my vacation time every year, my 40 hour work week, that sort of thing?
Ummm... I hope that was facetious, since you wouldn't be able to enjoy "the incredible standard of living I have gained" without "my Pension, the money I've been able to save for retirement, my vacation time every year, my 40 hour work week, that sort of thing" that came from that most anti-Capitalist of all things, Labour Unions.
Embarrassing Stories Shed Light On US Officials' Technological Ignorance
What does having a licence to practice law, an MD or (especially) an MBA have to do with intelligence? If going to a college was a proof of intelligence, the US wouldn't like a prequel to Idiocracy from the outside. As long as all you have to do is pay to get a diploma, IQ isn't an issue (I thought Dubya proved that once and for all - maybe not inside Douglas Adams' Asylum...??).
Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
Are you sure?
I'll give it 16 years 'till China owns USA outright at the rate you're going...
Dead Reckoning For Your Car Eliminates GPS Dead Zones
Ooo...! You! I mean... What? Oooh!
(Or rather, What about internal consistency?)
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