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NASA Discovers Life's Building Block In Comet

raffnix The explanation: (148 comments)

somebody at NASA had a fatty burger for lunch

more than 5 years ago

Even More Restriction For German Internet

raffnix Re:" I say Freedom " (330 comments)

The same rule that applies to all things that bring joy and happiness to your life also applies to the internet: If something sounds too good to be true it usually is. So say bye-bye freedom now.

more than 5 years ago

Even More Restriction For German Internet

raffnix Re:Free advertising for the Pirate party. (330 comments)

Apparently, some people in the German government haven't realized yet that the Pirate party has made it on the ballots in some places, and that the next election is less than two months away.

Good that the pirate party has already a member in the parliament.. sure he'll have plenty of TV time to comment on this in the next days.

more than 5 years ago

Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

raffnix Re:Start a petition to make linking legal again (1870 comments)

"There are two ways of submitting a petition:
* by post
* via the online form

Your petition may include attachments, including copies of any supporting documents you may have. The petition should be sent to: European Parliament, The President of the European Parliament, Rue Wiertz, B-1047 BRUSSELS"

Maybe I could just link to those documents?

more than 5 years ago

Quantum Theory May Explain Wishful Thinking

raffnix So they found a complicated model (415 comments)

.. that might explain a fact that has been too obvious for so long: humans do not act rationally, but are driven by other factors, such as greed, feeling of superiority, fairness, or whatever.

more than 5 years ago

Better Living Through Nukes?

raffnix Re:Security and Radioactivity (432 comments)

AFAIK that's the only one on Earth where they actually let you see the reactor and the 70's style control room. It's kind of fun to see Soviet technology still working as intended.

In fact, you can book guided tours to the Chernobyl plant. I haven't been there myself but supposedly they show you the reactor.. or what is left of it and not covered by concrete.

more than 5 years ago

Earth May Harbor a Shadow Biosphere of Alien Life

raffnix Re:Obligatory (267 comments)

Strange.. I thought I posted the quote first but now it appears to be a few minutes late and earned me a "0, redundant". Well, I guess there are just too many trekkies on ./

more than 5 years ago

Earth May Harbor a Shadow Biosphere of Alien Life

raffnix Re:You know... (267 comments)

On behalf of all trekkies from Boomer to Gen X, it's about damn time.

"It's life, Jim, but not as we know it."

more than 5 years ago

A Quantitative Study of How Memes Spread

raffnix Re:25 things was extremely wide-spread. (219 comments)

A nice demonstration for the Small World hypothesis.

Maybe you just have friends who click on all the "your friend XXX has just added the YYY application, if you want to see how your ZZZ compares to his, click here". To see anything similar to a "small world" you would need a small diameter, yet a large clustering coefficient. Something like "Mark Zuckerberg is a friend of my friend's friend" and 80% of my friends are friends as well.

more than 5 years ago

False Fact On Wikipedia Proves Itself

raffnix Re:1984? (513 comments)

Wikipedia + Google = WorldDomination

more than 5 years ago

German Bundeswehr Recruiting Hackers

raffnix Re:very informative! (156 comments)

The actual source of the article seems to be an article on the website of the German magazine "Der Spiegel" which can be found here:,1518,606096,00.html It seems that those guys are actually mostly graduates from Bundeswehr universities meaning the "recruiting hackers" theme is not really correct. (remarking this as a native German speaker). The rest of the article is rather uniformative though..

more than 5 years ago



German court: voting machines not constitutional

raffnix raffnix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

raffnix (1472681) writes "Voting booths in Germany can no longer be equipped with electronic "vote computers", the Constitutional German Court ruled Tuesday. At this year's general election due in September, voters can expect to use pen and paper, after the Karlsruhe-based court ruled that the machines contradict the public nature of elections. The terminals, which electronically register a voter's choice, have been used in German elections for 10 years, including the 2005 general election when 2 million people voted by button. Voters should not need to be computer literate to register their choice, the judges ruled. They also criticized the fact that the machines didn't let voters check what choice they had made. For this reason it was difficult to detect programming errors or deliberate manipulation of the machines."

Google buys paper mill

raffnix raffnix writes  |  more than 5 years ago

raffnix (1472681) writes "Today, Finland-based paper group Stora Enso has announced that Google is buying the buildings and most of the Summa Mill site, where production of paper was ceased last month in January 2008, for approximately 40 million euros ($51.7 million) (full story here). Obviously the space is most likely going to serve as a data center, which has now also been confirmed by Reuters ."


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