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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

pr0nbot Re:In Reverse (64 comments)

Surely "mild" and "harsh" are subjective? From the point of view of a molecule, what constitutes "harsh"?

Perhaps evolving life in high temperatures turns out to be easier than at room temperature, e.g. because there's more free energy around.

yesterday
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Culberson As Chair of NASA Fundng Subcommittee Makes Europa Mission More Likely

pr0nbot Europa (56 comments)

Don't worry... the Republicans will veto this for fear of finding yet more Europeans.

2 days ago
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How To Anesthetize an Octopus

pr0nbot Re:I for one (105 comments)

I remember a little interview (in the New Scientist I think) with a marine biologist who said he stopped experimenting on octopi when, after inserting a probe into the head of an octopus he thought was anaesthetised, the octopus calmly raised its tentacle and pulled the probe back out.

about a week ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

pr0nbot Re:That sounds nice... (170 comments)

Not sure why you're currently modded redundant as I came to say pretty much the same thing.

Although it's pretty funny if saying one doesn't trust the NSA is now considered redundant...

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

pr0nbot command line branding? (230 comments)

Isn't putting branding in a command's name a bit of a hostage to fortune?

If this had come out 10 years ago, would we all be laughing at having to use get.NET / OLEget / ActiveGet / Get95 / etc ?

about three weeks ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

pr0nbot Re:Define trolling (489 comments)

Roughly speaking, as I understand it, if it would be criminal to say something to a person's face, it will be criminal to say it to them online. For example, a death threat.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

pr0nbot Re:No Brainer (407 comments)

"No Brainer" was a nice touch for a zombie suggestion :)

about a month ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

pr0nbot Re:USA 1969 (314 comments)

In what way is a $1000 bill more anonymous than a $100 bill?

about a month ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

pr0nbot Re:USA 1969 (314 comments)

What advantage can you think of that a $1000 bill has over 10 x $100 bills?

I can dream up a few, like if I want to bribe my congressman maybe I don't need as many envelopes, or on those days where I need to shift $20,000,000 in cash it's a few pounds lighter so the shipping is cheaper.

But none of these would make me "strongly favor" bringing it back.

about a month ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

pr0nbot Re:Eurozone... (314 comments)

"How can they stop to individuals that have agreed to use these notes doing business with them?"

That seems pretty unlikely - why would criminals want to set up their own currency (which is effectively what this means). Currencies operate entirely on trust, and there's no honour amongst thieves...

I could imagine them using something that has intrinsic market value and is fungible, like gold or cocaine.

about a month ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

pr0nbot Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

The point of the Economist article is that whereas previous technological shifts resulted in more but different low-skilled jobs, the current technological shift is likely to result in fewer, high-skilled jobs.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

pr0nbot Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

So if I can work out that in the past year you attended seven jazz gigs in your area, I shouldn't presume you might be interested in future jazz gigs in your area?

about a month and a half ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

pr0nbot Re:Of course (356 comments)

I'm not Mexican but I believe it's spelled "frijole"

about 2 months ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

pr0nbot Re:.info (178 comments)

A private domain for all the stuff you only want to share with close associates doesn't sound useful to you?

Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter results in my google searches are just noise that I have to filter out.

about 2 months ago
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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

pr0nbot Repair (53 comments)

It was like this in the Tepito market in Mexico City in the 80s... as well as all the refurbished and stolen goods, if you had a broken walkman or whatever, there'd be some guy who could fix it for you. I miss the culture of repair.

about 2 months ago
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The State of ZFS On Linux

pr0nbot Re:Unfamiliar (370 comments)

It's also not great with disks of mixed size. For example, you can't create a 4TB mirror using a 4TB drive and 2x2TB drives (spanned). For home users, who will have a collection of mixed-size disks, you can do things, but it involves partitioning. I ended up doing something along the lines of this guy: http://tentacles666.wordpress....

about 2 months ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

pr0nbot VC (205 comments)

Was he arrested for subversion? He should assure them he's a git user! *rimshot*

about 3 months ago
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Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

pr0nbot Re:Going to Battle (85 comments)

Episode 16: The missing TPS cover sheet

about 3 months ago
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Dramatic Shifts In Manufacturing Costs Are Driving Companies To US, Mexico

pr0nbot Re:Good for China, goods for us (233 comments)

Outsourcing is probably less of a problem going forward than automation, which is increasingly replacing white collar jobs as it has done blue collar jobs previously. Even lawyers' work is being automated these days, especially profitable work that requires you to be a lawyer but is otherwise low-skilled.

about 3 months ago

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pr0nbot (313417) writes "The Register reports: 'Nokia will this weekend begin giving its Smart2Go satellite navigation software away free of charge, first for select Series 60 (S60) and Windows Mobile 5.0 devices, but later for other mobile platforms, including S40 and Linux, too.'"

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