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Asteroid Impacts May Have Formed Life's Building Blocks

gargleblast Re:It's all "asteroids this" and "comets that"... (46 comments)

...isn't Earth what happens when a gazillion "asteroids and comets" bump into each other?

While everything on Earth came from comets (and asteroids, which are basically just sun-dried comets), this isn't about Earth. It is about one minor detail on Earth called Life.

That said: Another day, another proposed abiogenesis mechanism. I am looking forward to the day one of these gets promoted to a model.

about two weeks ago
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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

gargleblast Re:Wait, what? (409 comments)

The real thought experiment is rather more philosophical than Betteridge's law allows. It goes like this:

If Bennett Haselton writes a time and motion study on ice sales at Burning Man and nobody gives a rats arse, did he actually get laid?

about three weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

gargleblast Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

What article?

Don't you read the newspaper?

There are two kinds of solar systems: "passive" systems collect the sunlight that hits your home, and "active" systems collect the sunlight that hits your neighbors' homes, too.

-- Dave Barry, "Postpetroleum Guzzler"

about three weeks ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

gargleblast Re:Hey don't worry (337 comments)

Bro I feel your pain. But we were discussing injected-Bitcoin-guy one para up on the main page.

about a month ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

gargleblast Re:Why? (77 comments)

next up, some guy injects it into his dick, then announces his dick will pay you.

On that topic: Bitcoin isn't the only thing this guy has injected into his hands.

about a month ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

gargleblast Re:Sounds like OZ (264 comments)

If it is called "How To Win Elections and Influence People Through Populism and Fear Mongering", then yes.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Plans To Open Up Malware Analysis Tool To Outside Researchers

gargleblast Re:online jobs (31 comments)

Yeah. Just long sentences.

about 3 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

gargleblast Re:Why still 32bit builds? (554 comments)

Other than that pointer-intensive 64-bit programs run more slowly than pointer-intensive 32-bit programs because of all the cache misses.

Donald Knuth was wrong. The cache hit problem is of minor significance. Most programs use 10% or less of memory for pointers and 90% or more for data. Most (but not all) of the others have an infrastructure problem. Most often, it is poor choice of language.

about 3 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

gargleblast Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

Invite yourself around, sit down at their machines, right click on the task bar and select 'Start Task Manager.' Look over particularly the Processes tab and its CPU and memory columns, also the Performance tab and its Resource Monitor button. Take some notes, and think a while. You might earn yourself a free dinner.

about 3 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

gargleblast Re:same reason there won't be a windows 13 (399 comments)

same reason there won't be a windows 13

You sure? There could be an ace buddy film starring Tom Hanks as Paul Allen, Macaulay Culkin as Bill Gates and Mike Myers as Fat Bastard.

about 3 months ago
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Fukushima Radiation Still Poisoning Insects

gargleblast Re:Relevent (119 comments)

Earth will become unsuitable for life in about 1.2 billion years (give or take a few hundred million years) due to the increase of solar luminosity.

Tell that to a few hyperthermophiles.

about 3 months ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

gargleblast Re:Schizophrenia is multiple diseases, really? (222 comments)

Well - no, and no. Recall that schizophrenia is a perception-of-reality disorder and has almost nothing to do with dissociative identity (a.k.a. multiple personality) disorder

about 3 months ago

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