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Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During the Voyager Flybys

mrbester Re:Dear Lord, what has happened to Slashdot?! (33 comments)

The fact that you recognised both sci-fi references is also of note.

I find that the more we learn about Saturn's rings (and is thus applicable to all planets with rings and shepherd moons) the greater the fascination that such structures aren't just a bunch of small rocks orbiting a planet but have behaviour that is of interest to chaos and complexity mathematicians that can only lead to greater understanding of the dynamics of such systems.

(Is this the kind of comment you were hoping for?)

8 hours ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

mrbester Re:Since when did Microsoft become a EU company (396 comments)

Microsoft Ireland (which owns the servers the data is stored on) is headquartered and incorporated in Ireland and thus subject to Ireland's laws. QE fucking D back at you.

2 days ago

Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

mrbester Re:customer-centric (396 comments)

If you think possession of child pornography is legal in Ireland then I've got a bridge for you to buy. I'll make you buy it twice for bringing in a "think of the children" flawed argument in a ridiculous attempt to bolster your position.

2 days ago

This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

mrbester Re:And, worst of alll.. (102 comments)

Complete with troopers. You don't want to fall in love with one of them...

3 days ago

Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

mrbester Re: timothy = fail (48 comments)

As distinct from the usual rocks inaction.

I'll get me coat...

4 days ago

Death Valley's Sailing Stones Caught In the Act

mrbester Re:The Lonely Assassins (48 comments)

Maybe something wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey about insects not living very long in the first place so there's no point using all that energy sending them back in time to live to death. Or it's a sentience thing.

Either way, I most certainly can kill a stone. I can smash it to bits with a hammer. Maybe even a *rock* hammer. I don't see anything coming back to life after it has been shattered into tiny pieces apart from a T1000 / Crichton and Aeryn.

4 days ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

mrbester Re:What's a reboot? (252 comments)

While there were at least 12 Zathrases, all were played by Tim Choate...

about three weeks ago

Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

mrbester Re: And so it begins... (252 comments)

The CGI was groundbreaking and a great deal more than just "backdrops". Every ship, planet, piece of debris, weapons fire as well as the interior of various parts of the station was made on *Amigas* with zero model shots. When they had enough money for a small render farm they could create large space battles in real time.

They kept the details secret even though big names like ILM and Paramount wanted to know how the hell they did it with so little equipment and a shoestring budget (we didn't see the battle of Wolf 359, only the aftermath and even that was a few years later because it was too expensive to make). They released old methods to the big studios on a seasonal basis: Mars Attacks used Season 2 quality, ST:Voyager used Season 4.

Yes, the effects look dated. Because they are. But no one else could do what they did 20 years ago.

about three weeks ago

40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

mrbester Re:So 60% positive ? (256 comments)

There are at least 280,000 people who would think you're full of shit. This minimum number is confirmed in TFA.

about a month ago

The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

mrbester Re:While we're at it (259 comments)

Microsoft supports 64 dimensions in VB(Script) arrays, which should be enough for anybody.

about a month ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

mrbester Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

They do. Compare a European car with a US one. Faster with smaller, more fuel efficient engines.

about a month ago

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

mrbester Re:Question for someone with Legal? (282 comments)

Not the point. That would be not entering into a new contract with that person. This is about altering the current contract (possibly after you've left). Pray they don't alter it further.

about a month ago

Fossils of Cambrian Predator Preserved With Brain Impressions

mrbester Re:Oddballs... (45 comments)

The reason it is difficult to match up is normally because that entire phylum got wiped out in any of the mass extinctions so there isn't anything to match up to; nothing evolved further because they were all dead. That there are similarities to extant creatures is coincidence.

We know that hundreds of phyla were wiped out. We don't know for sure how many as we only have fossil records to go on. There could have been thousands.

about a month and a half ago

Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

mrbester Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (749 comments)

I don't see anything in that where a non-US citizen has to supply financial data, only that US citizens do through agreements with the country they reside in. Your wife to be can legally tell the US government to go fuck itself.

Joint accounts are a different thing, of course.

about a month and a half ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

mrbester Re:Also available for UK, Canada, France ... (95 comments)

Except that there's a bunch of edits that to pushed that have nothing to do with politics. Like one for a dance movie.

So while it's good to see the positive spinning, it's also good to see the time wasting on the taxpayers dollar.

about a month and a half ago

Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

mrbester Re:Ewww... (242 comments)

Except they mix it with lake water *after* filtering it, so you've got different shit in it now.

about 1 month ago

UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

mrbester Re:National security (353 comments)

And that bullshit about powering on electronics if you're flying to the States? That just got broadened to *all* flights *anywhere*. I knew it was coming, I just didn't expect it within 3 fucking days...

about 2 months ago

Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

mrbester Re:"Don't be ridiculous." --Balki (311 comments)

She was never in when I called. Popular girl, that Jenny.

about 2 months ago

By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

mrbester Re:Warp Drive (564 comments)

What physical perfection? That's the point of the singularity, to take the mental perfection and put it in a body that is capable of lifting 30 pounds. If not more.

about 2 months ago

New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

mrbester Re:Made of Led? (119 comments)


about 2 months ago



Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps dies

mrbester mrbester writes  |  about 5 months ago

mrbester (200927) writes "BBC News reports:

The former leader of a US church that was widely known for its inflammatory anti-gay protests has died, his family has said. The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas, died on Wednesday evening at 84. The church, made up mostly of his family, rose to international notoriety with its practice of picketing funerals of fallen US troops. It claimed their deaths were punishment for America's tolerance of gays.

Can we have a resounding "hallelujah"?"
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