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UEA Research Shows Oceans Vital For Possibility of Alien Life

halivar Correction (97 comments)

"Vital For Possibility of Earth-like Alien Life"

A lot of assumptions there.

about a week ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

halivar Re:US wars with Congressional approval since 1945: (503 comments)

Semantics. The Korean War was not a "police action." Neither was the Vietnam War. Funny how both of those have "war" in the name. Both, BTW, had congressional approval.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

halivar Re:US wars with Congressional approval since 1945: (503 comments)

The implication of the statement: "US wars with Congressional approval since 1945: 0" is false by the common sense understanding of the word "war". That it is defensible only by a technical legal definition of "war" that does not, in fact, include real, actual wars means that such defenses are picking nits to win debate class, not proffering an actual point.

about two weeks ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

halivar Re:US wars with Congressional approval since 1945: (503 comments)

If you want to talk about whether formal declarations of war should precede any military action, that's a different discussion. The GP intimated that all US military conflicts were done unilaterally by the executive, without consultation of the legislature, and that is demonstrably false.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

halivar Re:Ah. (752 comments)

I think we can squeeze one more "way too high" reply. Any takers?

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

halivar Re:This will die in the senate (148 comments)

Back then, though, the drop-dead date was usually the modern retirement age; so yeah, it could be pushed back a little bit.

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

halivar This will die in the senate (148 comments)

They'll never pass up an opportunity to squeeze more money to fund pet projects back home. Hell, they're already talking about tapping the untouched potential of my 401(k).

about two weeks ago
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Led By Nest, 'Thread' Might Be Most Promising IoT Initiative Yet

halivar Re:WTF (79 comments)

In laymen's terms, they've found a way to upding the samoflanges by a full quarter millithingy while preserving the quantum resonance of the flux capacitor. Theoretically this could mean you get an extra bar on your WLAN while sitting in the dining room. Could be the biggest thing since token rings.

about two weeks ago
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With New Horizons Spacecraft a Year Away, What We Know About Pluto

halivar Re:Anyone have Cliff Notes? (128 comments)

You're not giving us enough credit. We pioneered the nuclear technology that enables these craft to run for decades, and we've been improving that tech ever since. For instance, New Horizons runs on a third of the plutonium of Cassini-Huygens. We got a jump-start in rocketry, yes. All great men stand on the shoulders of giants. Our advances in computing and nuclear power are themselves a giant the rest of the world's space programs may stand on.

about two weeks ago
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Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

halivar His epitaph in future years: (136 comments)

"Microkernels are still better, you little punk!" With an engraving of a shaking fist.

about three weeks ago
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Mathematicians Solve the Topological Mystery Behind the "Brazuca" Soccer Ball

halivar Re:Brasil futbol is national disgrace. (144 comments)

Dude. I don't wanna see what happens when one of those guys gets steamrolled by 300 pound refrigerator in a jetpack. Because that's what it's going to be like.

Ok, I lied; I do want to see what happens.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

halivar Re:Atheism (1330 comments)

Theism: Belief in a god or gods.

Atheism: Without belief in a god or gods.

Trivialism: Belief in zero or more gods.

about a month ago
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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

halivar Re:May we call this ... (173 comments)

Damn that Assange; he's so hot right now!

about a month ago
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Julian Assange Plans Modeling Debut At London Fashion Show

halivar Re:Fifteeen minutes of fame. (173 comments)

Hopefully, avoided a ridiculous career as a male model.

about a month ago
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An Army Medal For Coding In Perl

halivar Re:Who uses Perl anymore? (192 comments)

It's the duct tape of languages. It's for kludgey hacks, and if you see someone using it, you look down on them; but when YOU need it, it's a goddamn miracle

about a month ago

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