Britain's Eastern Coast Yields Oldest Human Footprints Outside Africa
Yes, I have read in the article that it presumably was 'Homo antecessor'. Species determination fromsets of footprints is very hard. We are 'homo sapiens' so calling it human is a bit of a stretch.
Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites
What kind of 'fact' is that? it seems to me to be of the opinion kind.
You seem to be so scared shitless by whatever phony news/entertainment you consume, that you think that 'muslims' (probably all of them) will come to kill you with "grenade launchers, sharp knives, bombs, and guns" if you insult their faith. Islam sucks, just as christianity or any other religion (except the holy church of the flying spaghetti monster, off course). What will happen to me now I made this deliberate insult to all these violent religions..?
HTML5 vs. Flash — the Case For Flash
Perhaps you suffer from the belief that the brushes make the painting?
Besides, are there any straight page websites left? I pity the person that needs to maintain a cms-less pile.
Australia Air Travelers' Laptops To Be Searched For Porn
Where women blow and men chunder. That is the lyrics as I recall them at least. Blow as in sexual act, chunder as in projectile vomit. But your version with pirates and radio active booty is fun too. Can't get many of them sheilas to blow anyway.
The MPEG-LA's Lock On Culture
Except this is not a copyright case, it is about patents. Software patens to be exact. Since this codec works on every processor/os imaginable, it is not bound to a physical device, thus not valid in Europe.
If such contract practices are legit/enforceable at all is another matter.
Senate Votes To Replace Aviation Radar With GPS
Not really, it only needs to be accurate enough, and the errors must be common. So if a sattelite is off course and positions a plane 100 meters aside, the other planes in the vicinity must have the same error and it will not pose any problems.
China To Connect Its High-Speed Rail To Europe
Maybe 10 hours flying, but that is omitting the 4 hours to spend in customs/security checks or whatever the fashion is then.
The reason why America has not electrified a lot of their tracks is just plain costs, it is cheaper only for short-sighted people/managers to run diesels. With electricity, you can build a windmill next to the track for every few kilometres to defray the costs. You cannot do that with diesel, nor can you put more diesel back in the tank when you brake.
Thinking that a diesel lorry is cheaper than a train of them is deluding yourself. Metal on metal contact for the wheels is much more economical, especially combined with the constant motion of a train. The problems/costs rise when the next step in distribution is not adapted or suited very well for train transport. But there are no indications that cannot be overcome with technology.
If Everyone Had To Pass A Particular 101 Course, It Should Be About...
My morals say that it is immoral to force your morals on someone else. Every already has them, by definition. Some just don't match with yours.
Android and the Linux Kernel Community
Well good on ya! Drop it if you like, or make it into a balmerbot and let it throw chairs at your Linus idol, I don;t really care (but I do want to see the vids though:). Linux is available in a LOT of different flavours. The free BSD's however have much less mind and market-share. Yes you may argue OSX is a BSD variant, but there you have a company that is more evil then google IMHO.
Nobody forced them to built on a linux kernel, they choose that one partially because it was Open and Free. On top of that they built an operating system that they could have kept very closed. (The GPL kernel does not imply anything about the licence of the software that runs on top of it), but they chose not to.
Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...
This is not a case of a tragedy of the commons, as it is not about a common resource. The publisher is not a common resource, his decisions are not dictated by those who use his services. He can in theory work out a business model that works better then the one he is losing (not making enough) money on. That is not my common responsibility.
Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...
A corporate-led economy needs a lot of middle class people like you that accept their given order/hierachy and try to impose it on others that rebel against it. You seem unaware of the influence advertising has over you and you seem to wish to deny others their right to free themselves of it.
Oh, you say that if I refuse blockable ads, I should just not watch those sites/TV channels/magazines, because after all that is only fair and they would go bankrupt otherwise? My answer to that is that advertisers are not 'fair' at all either, they just wish to maximise their profits and do whatever they can get away with. So why should I act any better towards them? I can get away with using an ad-blocker and they still serve me their content. It is not 'stealing' (another great act of brainwashing that you think it is, denying someone their profit is not stealing -ever), as they can just choose to not serve it to me. They can get away with obnoxious and/or deceiving ads, I can get away with blocking their ads. No need for any moral grandstanding there. It only becomes a moral issue when you start believing in a corporate state where it is amoral to deny the incumbent corporations their profits. It is freedom to not be responsible for the financial welfare of the companies I do business with.
Researchers Pooh-Pooh Algae-Based Biofuel
Phosphorous is mined, not produced. Sewage treatment plants can collect phosphorous too (stuvite IIRC). If cattle wastes were treated too, more phophorour could be recylced. Unlike Nitrogen, phophorous itself is not removed from the cycle in great amounts. Unless it runs off into the sea...
The Year of the E-Bicycle
With the population density my country has, and the big number of cyclists, there is a big chance that as a truck driver you will kill a cyclist in an accident. People tend not to like that. Besides, him driving a 10ton truck does not mean he has more right of way and overtaking has to be done with sufficient margin, usually in the next traffic lane.
Another Crumbling Reactor Springs a Tritium Leak
Cars cause orders of magnitude more death than Nuclear power plants. Coal fed power plants need coal that is mined. Coal mining kills dozens of miners each year, many more than uranium mines (you need much more coal then uranium ore). Thus coal power plants kill many more people than nuclear power plants. Next factor in modern reactor designs that use reprocessed fuel, breeder reactors or Thorium based reactors, and that count goes down even further. As for waste: as widely cited, coal releases more radioactive waste, on top of the global warming agent CO2. You could capture these ashes and gasses, but most plants don't yet. Just as the waste problem for nuclear power plants has not been solved yet. An increase in nuclear waste requires just some land area, the CO2 problem from coal power warms up the whole world.
Chevrolet Volt In a Gasoline-Only Scenario
Yes borrowing money is something most governments do. Most of the time, that does not lead to big problems. There is this graph doing the rounds that suggests that most republicans governments spend their way into debt, while the deficit is reduced on a democrat watch.
iPhone-Controlled Helicopter With AR Games
that is quite long actually. Discharge rates of 10 or 20C are not uncommon. That leaves you 6 or 3 minutes of fun. These kind of batteries are pretty cheap, so you can just put in a fresh battery and go fly again. But that leaves of something important: most of the video is an obvious fake animation, not the real thing flying. Adding all this stuff like wifi and a camera is feasible, but not for a toy. Maybe they have a real product, but I want to see some real footage from the cam while flying. In the video where they show something real interacting with humans, the pilot has to look at the craft, not at his screen.
Bono Hopes Content Tracking Will Help Media Moguls
You failed to mention Malthus or cycles of growth & famine. To every biosystem there is a maximum of people it can sustain. It is likely that the villages you talk about have grown until that limit was reached. What happens next is a you described: one resource runs out. But digging deeper wells will only help until those run out too.
What did not happen is that the villagers have adapted to the new situation, or hat they have a brighter future. In the west less then 1% is active in farming, but you forced another generation into farming, which does not have a very bright future without modern practices.
You brought in manpower, which Africa has more then enough of. When you were done, the knowledge your engineers had is leaving the country again. Your African co-workers might have learned something too, but they will want to cash in on that and will likely move into the city.
Foreign aid needs to improve all aspects of life, not just digging a well and call it a day.
UK Consumers To Pay For Online Piracy
you need serious lightning, for serious money.
The first part may be true, the second part does not follow (if serious == a lot). There is no law that states that more money equals better quality. It is human perception that makes you assume that. If the most talented director sells his services for 10$/hour, does that make his work worse? Or if some crook charges 500$/hour, does that make him more talented?
The amount of effort/knowledge you have to put into lighting with digital is a lot less, because you can get direct feedback from what is being recorded. And with more sensitive recording equipment, you need less light in an absolute sense, so you need less expensive lights too.
But in the end it is not the equipment that makes the film interesting, that is only a diversion for us geeks with less then stellar soft skills. The acting and the script contribute a lot more then the equipment.
Religion in Video Games
of course, it is not violence when it is a proper and deserved punishment. The problem is your 'god' that was disobeyed and 'punished' them, was in fact not their god. How would you feel if your god condemned you to death? Others, you can maybe accept, but yourself, that is not your god and not 'true'.What you are doing is trying to cleanse yourself from some atrocities in your holy book. You could ask yourself, if you have to make such illogical excursions to justify the place you give your holy book, is it really your holy book?
Not that it matters much, no discussion on the internet will sway you from your beliefs, you just love to reiterate and reconfirm them, otherwise you would not be discussing it.
The First Robot To Cross the Atlantic Ocean Underwater
But just because some technology is becoming available does not mean that it already must be being used for smuggling. Drugs cartels are limited in numbers and employ a limited number of people. Somebody up high in the hierarchy must make a decision first, and to make a positive decision for it, he has to know about it and be able to find the right people for it that can make the concept a reality. Even then, it has to compete with other methods, like attaching external cargo to the underside of containerships. Even smuggling is a business.
this is my moment of /. fame: my first post.
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