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Apple Reportedly Buying Beats Electronics For $3.2 Billion

semiotec Re:3.2 B (198 comments)

iTunes downloads are 256 kbps AAC. Just because you converted them to 320 kbps doesn't mean you've increased the quality to 320 kbps. If anything, the lossy conversion means you've actually decreased the quality again.

about 3 months ago
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The Case of the Orca That Killed Its Trainer

semiotec Re:Ahem (395 comments)

Maybe "Barbicide" was originally created to kill Barbie dolls (say, in case they get possessed by evil spirits and start murdering people) and they just found that it's more useful and commercially viable to sell as a disinfectant.

1 year,17 days
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Huge Pumice Rock 'Island' Seen Floating In South Pacific

semiotec Re:not exactly an island (104 comments)

No, not an island. It's a flotation device.

about 2 years ago
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Hungarian Sequencing Company Vets DNA For 'Gypsy Or Jew' Genes

semiotec Re:As a hungarian (467 comments)

Maybe he meant throwing the towel into his bag.

more than 2 years ago
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Texas Jury Strikes Down Man's Claim to Own the Interactive Web

semiotec Re:What? East Texas Jury? (151 comments)

You mean Microsoft didn't have enough money when they went up against Eolas and lost?

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes

semiotec Re:smug grammar nazi's... (709 comments)

Only if you were brought up with the silly American English system. Smug Americans piss me off.

Not to mention, the plural form of Nazi is just Nazis.

more than 2 years ago
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DHS Sends Tourists Home Over Twitter Jokes

semiotec Re:Zeig Heil (709 comments)

I beg to differ!

Perhaps to your untrained eyes, the poster appears to have poor grasp of the English language and suffers from frequent lack of accuracy in spelling, but I am entirely convinced that this Anonymous Coward in fact wields English with such Mastery as to dethrone the Bard at his finest!

Let's examine the two examples that you have brought up:

"Emporer" appears to be an incorrect spelling of the word "Emperor". However, I believe the word in fact derives from "emporium", i.e. the "emporer" would in fact mean the "shopkeeper"! It is obvious that he or she is alluding to the rise of USA through capitalism, and making the claim that the ones of stand highest in the land are corporate CEOs!

"Assinated" also appears to be a poor rendition of the word "assassinated". But the correct interpretation is that it comes from the word "asinine", i.e. to be "assinated" means to be made "extremely foolish or stupid", indeed the fate most feared by despots! And ironically, through your ignorance, you were correct in your guess and that the word "assinated" does in fact mean "to be made an ass clown".

I pray that you will careful study this particularly fine piece of writing again and try to divine the finer meanings!

more than 2 years ago
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Gene Therapy Approach 'Completely' Protects Mice From HIV Infection

semiotec Re:How to conduct human trials (190 comments)

Basic experiment design:

1) start large group of test subjects

2) randomly divide into two groups, one will receive placebo and the other the vaccine candidate

3) [double-blind] but you don't tell test subjects which they are receiving, nor the people administering the vaccines

4) let everybody carrying on as they have before. In a large group, whatever non-standard behaviour will be distributed more or less evenly across the two groups

5) wait a while

6) see which group has fewer cases of infection and whether the differences are statistically significant

more than 2 years ago
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Gene Therapy Approach 'Completely' Protects Mice From HIV Infection

semiotec Re:How to conduct human trials (190 comments)

which is why there are methods such as double-blind tests and placebos.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Vs. Apple Tit-For-Tat Down Under

semiotec Re:Hey, buddy. (313 comments)

oh yes, like pieces of paper on my desk never ever overlap.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

semiotec Re:You are hero worshiping too (1452 comments)

I know perfectly well who Alan Turing was: an instrumental player in the development of electronic computing.

You are clueless.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

semiotec Re:You are hero worshiping too (1452 comments)

Are you freaking serious? Do you even know who Turing was? Do you know what he did in WWII? I don't know if he started any companies, but he was head of the crypto division in Bletchley Park. And that's only a part of what he contributed to the field of computer science. J H C, you kids don't know a thing these days.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

semiotec Re:You are hero worshiping too (1452 comments)

You've got to be joking if you think Jobs was in the same league as Turing.

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Risk Expert: Fukushima Fuel May Be Leaking

semiotec Re:Seal it and shut it down... (500 comments)

You meant _ineffectively_ run by Russia, right?

more than 3 years ago
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$1.2 Million Worth of MS Points Taken After Hackers Figure Out Code Algorithm

semiotec Re:$1.2 million worth of Microsoft Points (203 comments)

In case you've never come across this before, it can also be used to point out when something is ridiculously low or worthless, as I believe is the intention of the original post, that at least in his/her opinions MS points are worthless, specifically that even though they are technically worth $1.2 million, there's very little you can buy with them.

more than 3 years ago
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MPEG LA Attempts To Start VP8 Patent Pool

semiotec Re:Evil & good (186 comments)

hah, that's the point. a single person's experience doesn't mean a lot.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Taking Medical Leave of Absence

semiotec Re:Wishing him well (471 comments)

I don't like his personality, nor the cult of Mac that has built up around it. But I do hope he'll recover soon, and perhaps finally realises that homeopathy does not work.

Seriously, for someone so intelligent and rich, how could he possibly even consider homeopathy could cure his cancer? All it has done is delay proper treatment, and likely allowed further damages to occur.

more than 3 years ago

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semiotec semiotec writes  |  more than 7 years ago

semiotec (948062) writes "Scientist have found that the collagen from a fossilized T-Rex matches more closely to chicken collagen than other species (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/316/58 22/277). While this merely "confirms" what we already know from the movie-documentary "Jurassic Park" (relax, it's a joke), the other interesting part here is that they managed to run protein (Western) blot and mass spectrometry on a fossilized tissue/protein sample. And all this just to let us know what most of us have already suspected: dinosaurs tasted like chickens."

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