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Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

phayes Re:Junk science/reporting (63 comments)

Precisely. Nothing in their test is new or surprising. We've known for decades that DNA can survive the environment in space and sheltered nooks on a sounding rocket gives no info on how meteorites moving much faster prove anything about panspermia.

Junk science/reporting...

8 hours ago
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Swiss Scientists Discover DNA Remains Active After Space Journey and Re-entry

phayes Junk science/reporting (63 comments)

So they use a sounding rocket and paint it with a substance including DNA.

Launch the sounding rocket into a brief experience of no atmosphere & where some parts (but not all) of the rocket are heated to 1000 degrees.

Then, after recovery, they scrape the paint out of recesses like the screw heads.

Oh, gee so a brief exposure to no atmosphere, Zero G & no extreme temperatures doesn't destroy DNA? Who'd a thunk it?

13 hours ago
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Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

phayes Re:Federal law has an effect, too (354 comments)

So? As long as the gerrymandering respects the law, Dems cannot be complaining about a system that on the whole has been benefitting them disproportionately for decades. Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.

yesterday
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

phayes Re:EUgle? (224 comments)

By the time Gmail was no longer an invite-only beta service, everyone had been talking about it for months. The buzz was enormous

Among geeks, sure. Among normal people? Not so much. A year after GMail launched, I still had non-geeks asking me 'what's your hotmail address?' meaning 'what's your personal email address' (as opposed to the work-run one).

Geeks, being those who do the most linking show up much more strongly in Google results than "normals".

Thanks for reminding that of the email hosting company Microsoft destroyed was hotmail & for the correction freebsd/Linux.

yesterday
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

phayes Re:EUgle? (224 comments)

I'm not sure if the EU is aware, but Google is absurdly popular. I'd be shocked if Gmail didn't come up #1 in a search for email

That's certainly true now. But when gmail launched, it wasn't absurdly popular, it was a new contender in an established market, yet it still showed up at the top of the search results.

No. By the time Gmail was no longer an invite-only beta service, everyone had been talking about it for months. The buzz was enormous & Gmail's advantages enough to make people drop their Yahoo/other in droves for Gmail. Hell, Microsoft bought a well reputed linux based webmail service (whose name I can no longer recall) that they painfully migrated Linux>Windows to attempt to jumpstart their entry into webmail.

By the time Gmail was opened for everyone, Gmail had legitimately been linked to and talked about on the web to make it the #1 search result.

yesterday
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

phayes Re:The directive does not mention google. (224 comments)

"Competition" is the smokescreen justification, the excuse they give to the public to attempt to appear noble. The EU doesn't care about competition, the real justification is the EUs volition to control online search. The right of EU politicians to erase old scandals trumps free speech & the public's right to know.

yesterday
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Sony Pictures Computer Sytems Shut Down After Ransomware Hack

phayes Re:Who is going to get the pink slip (154 comments)

No, you blamed BYOD, which remains to be seen. I take it you've never seen a corporate iPad? I assure you they exist & while they can be infected just like corporate laptops can, it happens a lot less often...

3 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

phayes Re:Oh bull. (373 comments)

And for the most of the french population and in particular journalists, the USA has no left, only two right wing parties.

4 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

phayes Re:Oh boy! (373 comments)

Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

5 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

phayes Re:Oh bull. (373 comments)

I'm a dual national & have lived in the USA and France (Paris for the last 35).

For the proof of french journalists political orientation, I need only look back at my experiences, among them doing support for la nouvelle obs. In particular I point to the acceptation without any criticism of the extraordinarily anti-American Thierry Meysson who was the toast of every news/press outlet for over 6 months. Even today, years after his lies were shown to be complete fabrications they pop up regularly across the board of France's political spectrum.

So, you can take your typically "I /am/ french" & other assumptions & stick them where they belong.

5 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

phayes Re:that's because (373 comments)

they keep their government in check

What?!? If we really kept the government in check, the authors of "Responsable but not guilty" would be in jail. If you don't understand the reference, you don't know enough about french politics to be making comments.

and take the streets at the hint of an real or perceived BS coming from it

They? Who is this they? Ahhh, the lucky few life public transport workers who are in guaranteed life long jobs and can go on strike without any repercussions meanwhile forcing millions of others to spend hours more getting to/from work.

5 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

phayes Oh bull. (373 comments)

Those who prétend that France is in any way different than the U.S. in stupid internet memes are liars, and I say that as someone who has lived here for 30+ years & tries to ignore as much of these idiotic stories as possible. However, the French "journalists" being in their great majority left of Ché Guevarra have an automatic knee-jerk reaction to everything in modern life that they do not like: Call it American &/or "ultra liberal" so that they can blame it on the USA or the UK.

5 days ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

phayes Re:Nope. NopeNopeNopeNopeNopeNopeNope (91 comments)

I know a few people that use FB as a way to drum up business but they are generally self employed or in public facing jobs like Musicians announcing a new gig.

For the rest of us who are employees, & it's hard to stress this enough, FaceBook != LinkedIn!

I do not use FB through company ressources, it's for friends & family only. Work relations are through LinkedIn.

The two sets rarely have anything in common & that's how it will stay.

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

phayes Re:Obama (706 comments)

Big Pharma & the HMOs who are making billions more thanks to Obama agree wholeheartedly with you. People who aren't one subject voters enthralled with Obamacare & those paying more for their healthcare, not so much...

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

phayes Re:Obama (706 comments)

Obama doesn't care about Net Neutrality, it's a political move to attempt to look good.

If Obama really cared about Net Neutrality, he wouldn't have waited until he lost both houses & thus any chance of pushing his own legislation through Congress.

Now that Obama & the Dems no longer have the power to determine the legislative agenda, he can pretend to want Net Neutrality without loosing the support of all the MAFIAA contributors in Hollywood.

about three weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

phayes Re:It's what you do with it that counts (184 comments)

You have to be abysmally ignorant to think that England's courts have anything to do with America (I'll assume the USA because the ignorant often conflate the two terms) but that's neck beards for you..

The risks to Americans and Britons to terrorists is going to be pretty close. I'm not sure about their risk to bathtubs, though. Bees are about on par with them, though.

Woosh. You have absolutely no idea whatsoever how different the UK terrorism risk is to that of the US. You've never visited the UK, never studied the risks, have no idea what the populations at risk are or how many UK/French/American citizens are fighting for ISIS at present but you'll just pull theoretical fuzzy risk evaluations out ouf your ass.

The subject is UK Justice & terrorism risks. You have no knowledge of the subject & nothing intelligent to say so just shut up.

The influx of people with western passports (that being the UK, France & even the USA For the ignorant) being trained by ISIS who then return (or are sent back) to the west are the most dangerous threats inside our countries. The USA has been lucky up to now to have avoided attacks on this vector. France, where I live, hasn't, nor has the UK.

No, there are plenty of more dangerous mundane threats than terrorists. Basically anything you would expect might kill you, and half of the things that you think couldn't possibly kill you,

None of your mundane threats are shutting down public transport, causing massive disruptions in public life or getting politicians scared enough for their reelection that they completely reorient government policy. Again, you have no idea what you are talking about & nothing intelligent to say.

You, on the other hand, cower behind those who are attempting to protect you and are well enough protected by them to ignorantly criticize the work of authorities in countries far away. Your theoretical statistics mean nothing to people with something you do not possess: experience.

Those are actual statistics, and while I'm sure your experiences make it hard to grasp the reality. I'm not sure how saying that they aren't a threat is a criticism of authorities other than the authorities trying to grasp power by preying on public fear, for which they obviously deserve criticism.

What "figures"? "Figures" you pull out of your ass are only "real" to you; boy-child. No references, no reality.

Before denigrating public fear, you need to experience some. I suggest trying to council rape victims. Given your track record here, you're bound to say something like "I've never been raped but I've read statistics that say that...". Their reaction to your drivel will at last give you an idea how stupid your arguing from ignorance is & how debilitating public fear can be.

Also, how am I cowering? The FBI, CIA, and NSA haven't protected me from terrorists. In fact, the US government has arguably had some role in creating just about every terrorist or terrorist group that has attacked domestically. They are a net negative on my susceptibility to terrorist attacks.

You know this how, oh ignorant one? Yeah, that's right, you don't, all you know is how to fart while exclaiming "smells like roses".

about three weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

phayes Re:It's what you do with it that counts (184 comments)

You have to be abysmally ignorant to think that England's courts have anything to do with America (I'll assume the USA because the ignorant often conflate the two terms) but that's neck beards for you...

As for thinking that ISIS isn't a clear and present dangerous threat, well yet again you display ignorance. The influx of people with western passports (that being the UK, France & even the USA For the ignorant) being trained by ISIS who then return (or are sent back) to the west are the most dangerous threats inside our countries. The USA has been lucky up to now to have avoided attacks on this vector. France, where I live, hasn't, nor has the UK.

I was in Paris during the series of bombings in the Metro in 1995 & my future wife was close enough to the Champs-Élysées bomb to feel the shockwave. I was in the UK during the Tube bombings in 2005. I remember the disruptions to normal life. Even though I, like most people never felt enough sense of personal danger to change how we lived our lives, the shutdown of services like the metro/tube/busses will effect you.

You, on the other hand, cower behind those who are attempting to protect you and are well enough protected by them to ignorantly criticize the work of authorities in countries far away. Your theoretical statistics mean nothing to people with something you do not possess: experience.

about three weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

phayes Re:It's what you do with it that counts (184 comments)

Because ISIS, Putin, the London tube bombers & co are all so cute & cuddly.

about three weeks ago
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British Spies Are Free To Target Lawyers and Journalists

phayes Re:It's what you do with it that counts (184 comments)

Ah, so you're one of the fuzzy bunny crowd, criticizing those who are protecting him from the cruel reality he refuses to admit exists. There can be no useful debate with people of your ilk unable or on willing to live in the real world.

Neckbeard indeed...

about three weeks ago

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