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Giant Dinosaur Unearthed In Argentina

aBaldrich Re:Dinosaur tax (85 comments)

In Argentina owning fossils gets you a shitload of paperwork and regulations that you must fill and abide to, with regular inspections from government and constant threat of expropriation. On educational and culture-preserving grounds of course.

about two weeks ago
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Privacy Vulnerabilities In Coursera, Including Exposed Student Email Addresses

aBaldrich My personal data was leaked by Coursera (31 comments)

Back on Jul 17 an email arrived to my gmail inbox. Subject: "Earn an LL.M. in the United States in Less Than A Year". Sent by UF Levin College of Law, they spammed me and lots of courserans about a program "designed exclusively for graduates of law schools outside of the United States and from the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico who want to enhance their understanding of the laws and legal language and culture of the United States of America."
The distribution list did not ask for permission or confirmation. The design errors didn't stay there: anyone could reply to the list and have the messages forwarded. In less then two hours, 47 angry students from around the world complained and asked each other to send an email to Coursera. Which I did. I only got an automated reply, and never heard back from them.

from: Jesse *, Jr.
reply-to: "Jesse *, Jr."
to:COURSERALAW-L@lists.ufl.edu
date: 17 July 2014 15:20

about two weeks ago
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Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

aBaldrich Re:Rights are not things that are given (132 comments)

Fake. I can sign a paper by which I oblige myself to pay you 10 dollars a month for a year. Now you have a right that I have given to you.

about 5 months ago
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'Data Science' Is Dead

aBaldrich Re:FUD (139 comments)

According to this guy, Mathematics is not a science because you don't conduct experiments. The key error is this:

Science creates knowledge via controlled experiments

Which is false. Science checks hypotheses and tries to prove them, or makes repeated experiments that show the failure to disprove them.

about 6 months ago
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'Data Science' Is Dead

aBaldrich FUD (139 comments)

How to prevent more people from flocking into your field:

1) Write a Slashdot article
2) ???
3) Profit!

about 6 months ago
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EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem

aBaldrich Re:Easy to ACTUALLY solve (470 comments)

In my country bio-degradable bags are mandatory. We have to pay an insignificant amount of money for each bag (equivalent to 0.025 USD - yes: two and a half cents) and it solves the problem completely because we still use them to carry goods from the supermarket and to dispose the trash, but after a year or two the bags degrade and are gone forever.

about 10 months ago
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Black Death Predated 'Small World' Effect, Say Network Theorists

aBaldrich Re:interesting question (168 comments)

>these days people had a favourite hobby that consisted in gather in huge numbers dressed in fancy metallic suites and go paying their neighbours a visit

Yea, and today people have a favourite hobby that consists in building small scale unmanned aircrafts and go bombing their neighbours... oh wait, they don't.

about a year ago
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40-Million-Year-Old 'Walking Whale' Fossil Found In Peru

aBaldrich Re:That's Archaeocetes! (102 comments)

A classicla latin spell checker would say it's a typo, because this is a new word invented by biologists.

about a year ago
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Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom

aBaldrich Automatization (662 comments)

Changing gears is so fun! Who can possibly buy a car that takes away the freedom of changing gears? Oh, wait...

1 year,27 days
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Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

aBaldrich Re:Screeching monkeys ... (478 comments)

The seat of my country's government has inifinite* triplets. The same location is: Booster.correct.direct, drove.flips.packing, changing.dubbing.lump, cakes.formally.snores. reviewed.strides.slug, marriage.moved.poker, activity.resist.glad, quieter.alien.result, mother.tablet.powerful, etc.

about a year ago
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Snowden Offered Asylum By Venezuelan President

aBaldrich Re: How Will He Get There (380 comments)

The USA has been consistent in denying basic human rights outside the borders of their own country - that's why they do all the dirty stuff in Cuba.

about a year ago
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Apple Loses the iPad Mini Trademark

aBaldrich Summary quality (144 comments)

It's ok to comment the news in the summary, but this has gone too far. "Apple is bad, you must hate Apple." Come on.

about a year and a half ago
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Nobel Laureate Wiped From Pakistan's Textbooks As Heretic

aBaldrich Re:Soon to be -1... (445 comments)

It already is in the U.S. It's called democracy. If 51% of the population wants this, they get it. They can be wrong, but it's their choice.

more than 2 years ago
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Nanotech Surprise: Shooting Lasers at Buckyballs Makes Them Bigger

aBaldrich Re:For one moment there (74 comments)

These tiny little things have wonderful characteristics, for instance they're the biggest kind of matter that has shown wave behaviour. They probably don't have an use in this precise moment. Lasers started just like that: as a 'pointless' curiosity.

more than 2 years ago
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In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

aBaldrich Re:"Divinely guided"? (1359 comments)

This is interesting: according to the poll, the group with the highest likelihood of believing in a God-guided evolution are the people with post-graduate studies, at 42%.
Think about it. 42% of all American PhDs believe something along the lines of intelligent design? That's news to me. But it makes sense, it's the best way to join religion and science.

more than 2 years ago
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Woman Wants To Replace Her Non-functioning Hand With a Bionic Prosthesis

aBaldrich Already happened in Austria (171 comments)

And it was also covered by the BBC.

about 2 years ago
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France's Bold Drunk-Driving Legislation - Every Car To Carry a Breathalyzer

aBaldrich Re:the only drug? (706 comments)

Heresy! How you dare! Alcohol has to be the one and only bad drug, otherwise you can't legalize pot... ... ... ...

more than 2 years ago

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Snowden offered asylum by Venezuelan President

aBaldrich aBaldrich writes  |  about a year ago

aBaldrich (1692238) writes "Edward Snowden was offered "humanitarian asylum" by Nicolás Maduro, the president of Venezuela. The country's official news agency reports (oroginal spanish, google translation) that the decision was taken after a meeting of the presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Maduro denounced an attempt to "colonize" several European Countries, and that he is acting "on behalf of the dignity of the Americas"."

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Cow cloned to produce human milk

aBaldrich aBaldrich writes  |  more than 3 years ago

aBaldrich writes "Argentinian scientists have introduced modified genes in a cloned calf that are to cause it to produce a kind of human breast milk when it grows up.
The cow named Rosita ISA had two human genes introduced, which guide the production of two proteins contained in human milk and which are important for the nutrition of babies, Argentina’s National Institute of Agrobusiness Technology near Buenos Aires said Thursday. (SpanishGoglenglish."

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Falkland Is. newspaper hacked

aBaldrich aBaldrich writes  |  more than 4 years ago

aBaldrich (1692238) writes "Penguin News, the most important newspaper in the Falkland Islands, was hacked by a group of anonymous users of the Argentine social networking site Taringa. As reported in the Argentine press (translation): "The online portal Penguin News was defaced this morning with images related to the Argentine claim on the Falklands (...) with an Argentine flag and a homage to the men killed in the war." A chronology of the attack showed many users altering the website over time. Apparently, someone found that the system administrator had not changed the default settings: the master account was "admin", and the password was very easy to guess..."
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