top CERN Wants a New Particle Collider Three Times Larger Than the LHC
They'd better get the name of it right: I presume, previous to the LHC, there have been a Small and a Medium so Xtra Large might be good - plus there's plenty of room for further, bigger colliders.
But if they leap straight in with "Mega" or "Super Ginormous" - well, they're gonna run out of names for future colliders pretty damn quick.
"Quite Big" is nicely understated; but in this age of superlative madness, where everything is "Giga", and "Ultra" - even though it's the first iteration of a product - and people who manage to walk across a room without blinding themselves with a spoon are labelled "Heroes"...
Well, they'll probably call it the "Omega Class, Hyper-lightspeed, Super-massive, Multi-yottabyte Particle Annihilator"
And then, when they want a bigger one, they'll be fucked - like Beta should be.
top I wish my cell phone was...
Here's someone without one. A mate gave me one a few years back, I put ten quid credit on it which lasted about 18 months. When it ran out I thought "do I really need this, considering I make a call or two a month?" The answer was no, so no phone for approx. 5 years - and previous to that I didn't have one. If circumstances changed I'd get another no problem. Currently it's a waste of money
top Can the US Be Weaned Off Ethanol?
According to quick research the US uses 370 million gallons of gas a day, so that's about 37 million gallons of booze at 10% additive.
Quick research show an adult population of about 250 million in the US
A number of that 250 million adults might not drink booze due to religious, medical or personal reasons, let's say 10% - so 225 million like a drink
Some of those people might not want to get drunk every day - let's say 20% - so 180 million might want daily booze
A gallon of booze would probabaly get 5 people drunk - so that's 185 million people that could be drunk every day
Roughly every person who wanted to, could be drunk every day if the Government didn't make you burn booze in your car
Write to your Government NOW and stop this shameless waste of booze !
top Did Snakes Help Build the Primate Brain?
There are countless of examples of people picking up shapes of what looked like "angels", or "face of Jesus", or whatever
... from things as diverged as rust on a door to oil stain on a glass window panel, and so on ...
AC is so right - I was in a church the other day and looked up at a glass window panel and I was like "OMG it's full of angels and faces of Jesus!"
top How One Programmer Is Coding Faster By Voice Than Keyboard
Really ? He'd have been better off with VI - everyone knows it stands for Voice Input
top The World's First CPU Liquid Cooler Using Nanofluids
Wait till we get nanobots into our nano-coolant. They'd be there for maintenance if a component starts going wrong.
However, I do see problems... "Sorry teacher, my computer had a coolant leak and the nanobots ate my homework. They also disassembled my dog and turned my roller skates into a tiny death star."
top Cold War Plan Tried To Put a Copper Ring Around the Earth
This is "Men who stare at goats". In space. With copper.
top The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet
Bidets are like royalty. Nobody quite knows what they're for but they do give a touch of class to a room if they're in it.
top First Ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef Burger
A programme about this was on BBC Radio 4 a couple of years back. IIRC both the scientist and the presenter tried a little bit of "burger" grown in a lab and it was tasteless. Not horrible - just.... nothing much. Also the texture wasn't quite right.
I think the scientist said that meat (muscle) derives a lot of its taste from the surrounding fat when it's cooked - and, of course, this had no fat. The next stage on was to make it taste nice - perhaps in the past two years they've got somewhere with it.
top Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of
Ah, hence my apologies to Irvine Welsh - I fucked up my "Scottish" more than I could possibly imagine !
top Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of
Aye, he'll be a great Doctor...
" D'ye fucking ken who ye're dealing with here? Nae ? Well I'm the fucking Doctor ye alien shite, now get the fuck outta mah sight or I'll beat ye like a red-headed step-bairn ! "
( With apologies to Irvine Welsh )
Oh, and maybe move the time slot for the show to 11pm ;)
top New Doctor Who Actor To Be Revealed This Sunday
I'd go for Christopher Lloyd - in full-on Emmett Brown / Jim Ignatowski mode, preferably with a British accent but it's not that important. That'd be awesome
top Yahoo Puts AltaVista To Death
Spellcheck patently sucks - presuming you posted from Chrome ?
top I am fairly prepared for a storm outage of ...
Or perhaps a toilet with a love of interior design and showtunes ?
top How often do friends/family call you for tech support?
Probably not The Maldives
top Modelling Reveals Likely Spread of New H7N9 Avian Flu
Maybe one of the medics told them ? You know like Dr. WHO or someone
top Baseball Software Can't Score What Jean Segura Did Friday
Had to reply as it reminds me of an old joke: Whar's the difference between rugby and football ? Football is 11 players pretending they're injured, rugby is 15 players pretending they're not.
top Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?
Nostalgia: It's not as good as it used to be.
top Inside Mantis: a 2-Ton Hexapod Robot With a Linux Brain
Imagine a beowulf cluster of these robot overlords running linux, in Russia, throwing chairs !
top Indie Horror Film Shows What You Can Do (And Get) For Free
It's in the subject line, the comment is redundant but I had to type something
about a year and a half ago
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