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Stephen Hawking Is "Very Ill" In Hospital

evil agent Re:A long time ago... (413 comments)

Your English teacher must have been the Soup Nazi.

Correction: Alphabet Soup Nazi.

more than 5 years ago

NASA Announces Next Mars Mission

evil agent Re:What about digging too? (152 comments)

Nope, they failed because the Fed suddenly felt like lowering the interest rate to 1% for about 6 years after 9/11.

It was a 1% for 1 year. That's about 6 years...

The problem is lack of regulation. Let the "free market" do whatever it wants and people will fuck it up. It could be malice or it could be incompetence, either way, oversight is needed.

more than 6 years ago

Bottom of the Barrel Book Reviews — The Lost Blogs

evil agent Re:Editors? (235 comments)

Come on. The day is Sunday. The ice cream dish is a SUNDAE. Don't let the editors write things without someone else editing them!

But who will edit the editors' editors?

more than 6 years ago



evil agent evil agent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evil agent (918566) writes "From the Washington Post article:

TXU, the largest energy provider in Texas, agreed last night to a $45 billion buyout that would not only be the largest private-equity deal in history but would also feature an unusual twist: The buyers have promised environmental groups they would cancel a slew of coal-fired power plants on the firm's drawing boards.

evil agent evil agent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evil agent (918566) writes "From Scientific American

The traditional story of the peopling of the New World holds that ancient migrants out of northeast Asia slipped into the Americas bearing finely shaped stone projectiles, so-called "Clovis points," after the town in New Mexico where they were first uncovered. This Clovis culture rapidly spread throughout the empty continents and by 1,000 years after their arrival had reached the southernmost tip of what is now South America, making them the original ancestors of indigenous Americans.
However, advances in radiocarbon dating now show that some Clovis sites in South America are the same age or even younger than those in North America. This suggests that the Clovis people were not the first Americans."

evil agent evil agent writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evil agent (918566) writes "Red Herring reports that IBM has filed two lawsuits against over patent infringement. From the article:
The computing giant named five patents that it alleges has willfully infringed on. IBM's patent claims include patents 5,796,967, presenting applications in an interactive service; 5,442,771, storing data in an interactive network; 7,072,849, presenting advertising in an interactive service; 5,446,891, adjusting hypertext links with weighted user goals and activities; and 5,319,542, ordering items using an electronic catalog.

evil agent evil agent writes  |  about 8 years ago

evil agent (918566) writes "The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), a branch of the Commerce Department, has sustained several successful attacks. Chinese hackers were able to gain access to its computers and install rootkits and other malware. The solution: disable Internet access and replace the machines.
From the article:
This is the second major attack originating in China that's been acknowledged by the federal government since July. Then, the State Department said that Chinese attackers had broken into its systems overseas and in Washington. And last year, Britain's National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Center (NISCC) claimed that Chinese hackers had attacked more than 300 government agencies and private companies in the U.K. "This [Commerce attack] is the third or fourth battle that we've lost to China," said Richard Stiennon, principal analyst with security consultancy IT-Harvest. "It's not a digital Pearl Harbor, not yet, but it's getting closer." Although Stiennon said he doesn't have any inside information on the most recent attack, the evidence points to state-sponsored hacking. "The continuous nature of these attacks means there is a link to a state source," Stiennon said. "The Chinese are waging very effectual intellectual warfare."


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