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The Passenger Pigeon: A Century of Extinction

anyanka Frog DNA? (108 comments)

I'd guess bird DNA would be better – for both cases....

about two weeks ago

Diamond Suggests Presence of Water Deep Within Earth

anyanka They have found water on Earth! (48 comments)

I suggest we send a rover to check for signs of life immediately.

about 6 months ago

Star Trek Economics

anyanka Re:Wow (888 comments)

Some might say this out-of-control self-replication thing has already happened...

about 7 months ago

Photos Stream Back From China's Lunar Lander

anyanka Be careful... (268 comments)

They better be careful... We all remember what happened to the Tsien. Fortunately, this one is not manned...

about 9 months ago

NASA's Next Mars Mission Will Join the Interplanetary Internet

anyanka Re:signals by laser from Alpha Centauri (53 comments)

True – but seriously, if we could get a continuous stream of images and other data back, the four year delay wouldn't matter that much. Of course, the probe would have to be fully autonomous, not need any patching and be prepared to expect the unexpected.

about 9 months ago

Chimpanzee "Personhood" Lawsuits Fail In New York Courts

anyanka Re:Human soceity not ready for this (370 comments)

Like how we're the only living primate with a voice box capable of producing speech?


about 9 months ago

Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

anyanka Re:Yes. (1216 comments)

The healthcare in the US is second to none. The problem the US has is access to it. This problem is not entirely unique to the US but waiting lists and pannels refusing coverage as what happens in socialised medical countries seem to get ignored in the tallies.

Ah, yes. But then again, life here in Europe simply wouldn't be the same with out the death panels. It spices up an otherwise dull and boring life.

about 10 months ago

Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

anyanka Re:Tomorrow in the news: (495 comments)

No, Norway was under Danish rule until 1814, when Denmark lost it to Sweden after the Napoleonic wars. The Swedes didn't get the Norwegian territories, though (Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, which is why they're now (former) Danish dependencies).

And technically, it wasn't an "annexation", it was a personal union; Norway retained its own parliament, liberal constitution, government and other institutions, but shared king and foreign policies.

I don't believe Norway has been annexed by Sweden at any other point either; but the King of Norway was elected King of Sweden in the lead up to the Kalmar Union, which united Norway, Denmark and Sweden. But since Norway was seriously weakened after the Black Death, the center power moved to Denmark, and Norway was left more or less as a Danish dependency after Sweden pulled out of the union.

about 10 months ago

Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian

anyanka Re:An example to follow (495 comments)

It's not CO2, it's methane, and the carbon comes from the grass / feed. The problem isn't that the cows "magically" create carbon out of nothing, it's that the methane they emit is a much more potent (25x, at least) greenhouse gas than CO2 (which is mainly what humans and other non-ruminants emit).

about 10 months ago

Porn-Surfing Execs Infecting Corporate Networks With Malware

anyanka Re:Why porn sites and malware? (151 comments)

It's because execs don't want to pay for porn, so they end up on the bad side of the webs, where free porn is used to lure people to malware sites.

about 10 months ago

Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

anyanka Re:Kind of the point (752 comments)

And those that go, shoudl go to be rehabilitated into civil society.

At least in this case I think the original AC had a very good point in this. A good capitalist will outsource when the result is cheaper and more effective. Sweden has shown the ability to rehabilitate around twice as effectively as the USA(20% recedivism vs 60% here, ergo 80% effective vs 40%), with about 1/3rd the sentence period.

Which makes one wonder what the rate would be if one just did nothing – wouldn't be terribly surprised if no punishment at all would give as good or better recidivism rates than the US prison system.

about 10 months ago

Where Does America's Fear Come From?

anyanka Re:Fear and Paranoia... (926 comments)

My family visited Europe this Fall and were surprised at the level of civility experienced there.

I just visited the US last week, and was surprised at the level of civility I experienced there.

Seriously, whenever I meet USians (even in the wild), they're generally friendly, sensible people. Which makes it perhaps even more depressing that the country as a whole is run by sociopathic assholes. Unfortunately, European leaders (both political and corporate) are learning quickly.

about 10 months ago

UK Court Orders Two Sisters Must Receive MMR Vaccine

anyanka Re:Good. (699 comments)

Except gut bacteria, maybe?

about a year ago

Juno Needs Radio Amateurs!

anyanka Trouble ahead (82 comments)

Juno's coming home, and if all the usual stories about her are true, she's not going to be particularly amused that Jupiter has been hanging around with his mistresses all this time.

Quite possible the whole mess is due to the US govt's overreaching surveillance, from which not even ancient gods have been spared. I blame Snowden's leaks for Juno's desperate run to the outer reaches of the solar system.

about a year ago

Cassini Probe Sees Plastic Ingredient On Titan Moon

anyanka Re:Space station (71 comments)

Yes. I seem to remember someone comparing the light levels to moonlight – but can't remember if that was Saturn or Jupiter, or perhaps even closer.

about a year ago

Cassini Probe Sees Plastic Ingredient On Titan Moon

anyanka Re:Space station (71 comments)

Which means, basically, using solar power – and if there's enough for the plants, there is likely enough for other purposes as well. And you'll need carbon dioxide (which is, apparently, available in trace amounts, which is perhaps enough).

about a year ago

Members of Parliament Demand Explanation For Detention of David Miranda

anyanka Re:Would not have expected? (321 comments)

I don't believe it's fair to blame iraqis for resisting an invasion – or are you advocating hunting down and prosecuting WW2 allied resistance fighters/soldiers for the deaths of German soldiers?

In Afghanistan, you *may* argue that the whole thing should be blamed on Al Qaida; but given that the whole Iraq thing should have been enough for a war crimes case, we might as well skip arguing about that.

1 year,29 days

Time Reporter "Can't Wait" To Justify Drone Strike On Julian Assange

anyanka Re:Try claiming "Death to the Great Satan". (490 comments)

And believing that you are always followed and snooped on will impair your ability to function.

But that turned out to be true – so is it really pathological, then? You might very well say you're delusional if you believe you *don't* get snooped on all the time.

about a year ago


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