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Nicholas Carr Foresees Brains Optimized For Browsing

el3mentary Re:pssssssh (110 comments)

Pfft that's ridiculous, on Python just type "import consciousness" and you're done

more than 2 years ago

'The Hobbit' Pub Threatened With Lawsuit

el3mentary Re:Lend them your support! (388 comments)

Retweet with the hashtag @savethehobbit if you don't have either then send Saul Zaentz a letter I believe his company's details are on their site.

more than 2 years ago

Aussies Could Use Elephants To Fight Invasive Species

el3mentary Re:End game (274 comments)

Elephants breed so slowly their numbers would be incredibly easy to control

more than 2 years ago

Symantec Admits Its Networks Were Hacked in 2006

el3mentary Re:Surely this is a good thing... (113 comments)

I love the fact that comment got an +5 Insightful mod...only on Slashdot...

In all seriousness though that program is evil, I would be glad to see it lose market share by any measure, I never completely managed to remove it from an old desktop of mine (came pre-packaged) and that's despite removing all the program files, using their own uninstaller and purging the registries. I've since given the box away to a friend but I wiped all the drives before doing so and apparently it still comes up with popups occasionally.

more than 2 years ago

A Planet Literally Boils Under the Heat of Its Star

el3mentary Re:How'd it get there in the first place? (163 comments)

Could have fallen into a lower orbit? Or maybe it was originally n orphan planet which got captured by the newly formed star's gravitational pull.

more than 2 years ago

Symantec Admits Its Networks Were Hacked in 2006

el3mentary Surely this is a good thing... (113 comments)

Surely this is a good thing, the hackers might release an anti-virus for Norton

more than 2 years ago

Are Engineers Natural Libertarians Or Technocrats?

el3mentary Re:Libertarians? (727 comments)

Obama is right of center

Only if center is the Communist party.

By most of the worlds standards Obama is indeed right of centre, there are few if any American politicians who aren't. Ask anyone with a basic knowledge of Politics, from Europe, South America or Asia, hell even Canada and they'll give you the same answer. A lot of us also think your medical system is a complete disgrace.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook To Put Off IPO Until Late 2012

el3mentary Apocalypse how? (129 comments)

The Mayans predicted it, Facebook will bring about the end of the world in 2012!

about 3 years ago

Linguists Out Men Impersonating Women On Twitter

el3mentary Re:Who Knew! (350 comments)

I'm totally going to hell for this but in order to re-enforce my manhood, I must say:

My zipper was down and my wife found my gf. My nigga wanted my beer and my shorts! I took my jeep and my woman to my vegas timeshare.


You used an exclamation mark you are clearly a woman.

more than 3 years ago

The End of Cheap Labor In China

el3mentary Re:Nah (422 comments)

Do you realize that the US is the largest manufacturer in the world not China. Countries see these big gains as they improve thief infrastructure but they never surpass the US. Look at Germany and Japan both have had times in the past 60 years where "experts" said they were over taking the US.


more than 3 years ago

Using Flywheels to Meet Peak Power Grid Demands

el3mentary Re:and if you use maglev bearings (325 comments)

The Coriolis effect is far too small to have any significant impact on flywheels this small, it only really has an effect on large scale systems such as cyclonic storms and even then it's amplified due to the proximity to the equator.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Deemed Top of Movie Product Placement Charts

el3mentary Re:I don't think that was product placement (321 comments)

Steve Jobs used to own Pixar, he's still the largest single Shareholder of Disney due to the acquisition a few years back. Disney, in particular Pixars links with Apple are incredibly strong.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Deemed Top of Movie Product Placement Charts

el3mentary Re:And it's fucking irritating (321 comments)

It's better than productions that try hard to avoid product placement while still keeping an element of reality. Case in point, iCarly, a Disney show which features computers with a pear-minus-a-bite logo on the lids. Why didn't they just use an Apple?

In your perfect movie world everyone eats Hershel's chocolate bars, wear Levo jeans and have Cherryos for breakfast. I, however, like my movie worlds to be in my same universe. In my universe, there are common products with household names and when well placed can make a movie world more relatable. Personally, I think Dexter looks quite comfortable driving a Mac.

Some productions do go too far (ahem, Demolition Man / Taco Bell)

Simply put that show is Nickelodeon and Steve Jobs just so happens to be Disneys largest single shareholder (thanks to the acquisition of Pixar a few years back)

more than 3 years ago

Thrifty, Anonymous Benefactor Backs Up BBC Websites Before They Go Dark

el3mentary Re:author makes no reasonable point (159 comments)

The funny thing about the BBC is that when the Tories are in power they are accused of being to the left whereas when labour were in power they were accused of being to the right. You just like to feel victimised.

Looking at it from a neutral standpoint the BBC are by far the most balanced provider of news in the UK and quite possibly Worldwide.

more than 3 years ago

Cancer Resembles Life 1 Billion Years Ago

el3mentary In other words (223 comments)

It's more evolved than 4chan?

more than 3 years ago

UK ISPs Consider VPN To Avoid Piracy Crackdown

el3mentary Re:Interesting (133 comments)

"intellectual property is the only major export most Western nations still have" - That statement is in dire need of a citation.

No, that's not how this works when you're not editing an encyclopedia. If a comment about a topic has piqued your interests, it is now up to you to research that topic. If you find information that contradicts someone else's position, let them know.

Are you familiar with the concept of the burden of proof?

more than 3 years ago



Sarah Palin joins up with Fox news

el3mentary el3mentary writes  |  more than 4 years ago

el3mentary (1349033) writes "Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has signed on as a contributor to Fox News Channel, her lawyer announced.
Ms Palin, who ran for the post of vice-president during the 2008 election on a Republican ticket, stepped down as Alaska governor in July 2009.
Fox News said that while Ms Palin would not have her own programme, she would appear on the channel on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal."

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Teen killed mother in Halo 3 row

el3mentary el3mentary writes  |  more than 5 years ago

el3mentary writes "An Ohio teenagers attack on his parent left his mother dead and father wounded. Daniel Petric, 17, shot his father in the head severely wounding him, he proceeded to shoot his mother dead. The defence team argued that playing Halo 3 had made the boy insane and leaded insanity. On the night of the shooting in October 2007, Petric used his father's key to open a lockbox and remove a 9mm handgun and the game,which his parents had confiscated, the court heard. The teenager was tried as an adult and could face life without parole."
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