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Giant Squid Filmed In Natural Habitat For the First Time

markg11cdn I guess 'Giant' is relative (98 comments)

From the article :

Modern-day scientists on their own Moby Dick-style search used a submersible to get them into the dark and cold depths of the northern Pacific Ocean, where at around 630 meters they managed to film a three-meter specimen.

Though it also says that the squid was missing it's two longest arms and would have been eight meters long if it was whole...

about 2 years ago

Google Bars Site That Converts YouTube Songs Into MP3s

markg11cdn Re:How stupid, and useless (177 comments)

Especially if it's something not many people care about. This is why people like Jason Scott (from textfiles.org) are my heroes.

Err, I think you mean textfiles.com. Unless you meant to point at the domain squatter instead...

more than 2 years ago

WW2 Vet Sent 300,000 Pirated DVDs To Troops In Iraq, Afghanistan

markg11cdn "Reel-to-reel" for real (650 comments)

I thought for sure the 'reel-to-reel' in the summary was a joke, but here's a quote from TFA :

And while Mr. Strachmans movies were given to soldiers as a form of charity, studios do send military bases reel-to-reel films, which are much harder to copy, and projectors for the troops overseas.

more than 2 years ago

Competing Contests To Create Pro- and Anti-Piracy PSAs

markg11cdn Re:script (220 comments)

Thanks for the info on replacement disks from Disney. That's a great policy for the company. That almost makes up for the fact that they are 'responsible' for extending copyright another 20 years in the US.

more than 3 years ago

Ugandan Seeks To Build Backyard Space Shuttle

markg11cdn Four to Six years (136 comments)

I asked Chris how far away he thinks he is from his dream of sending a manned shuttle into orbit. "Let me tell you", he replied, "building a space shuttle is a big job." He thinks he'll have it done in four to six years.

Maybe they'll beat NASA back to space?

more than 3 years ago

Vintage Soviet Space Capsule Sold For Record $2.9M

markg11cdn The Capsule that was Sold... (24 comments)

From TFA: The Vostok 3KA-2 space capsule launched into space 20 days before Gagarin's historic first human spaceflight aboard the Vostok 1 spacecraft. The unmanned Vostok 3KA-2 capsule carried a life-size mannequin nicknamed Ivan Ivanovich and a dog called Zvezdochka ("Little Star" in Russian).

more than 3 years ago

Solar Power On the White House

markg11cdn Re:solar & wind power (405 comments)

I used to dry all my clothes outside on a line. Then I measured how much electricity my electric dryer is using and found it cost around $0.20 to dry my clothes. Now we only use the clothesline for drying sheets. It's not worth my time to hang up an entire load of clothes on the line for $0.20. Raise the cost of electricity and I'll change my mind, until then I'm using the dryer.

more than 4 years ago

What Does Google Suggest Suggest About Humanity?

markg11cdn Re:Wow. just. wow. (513 comments)

In a few months, if I use Google Dashboard to look back at today's history, I'm going to wonder why the heck I was searching for "What are these strawberries doing on my nipples I need them for the fruit salad"

more than 5 years ago

Public Invited to Try Their Luck Against Old Cipher Tech

markg11cdn Cipher Challenge Site (95 comments)

More details on the challenge (and Colussus) can be found here : http://www.tnmoc.co.uk/cipher1.htm

At the same time as the international team receives the enciphered messages, radio amateurs around the world will be able to receive the same radio broadcasts and try their hand at decrypting it. It will be fascinating to see who completes the job first!

more than 7 years ago


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