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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

should_be_linear Anthropic principle (137 comments)

Anthropic principle can be applied here. If birds had teeth, they would evolve into mammal-eaters and pose great threat to any mamal that lives above surface. It is hard to imagine human evolution in such circumstances. Basically, if birds had teeth, there would be nobody intelligent to observe them. It is one of many unlikely random events in nature (including many constants physics) that is somehow biased towards our existence.

4 days ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

should_be_linear Re:Better comparison site (377 comments)

BGP trashes everything, easily. Thanks for the link.

about a week ago
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NVIDIA Launches Mobile Maxwell GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M Notebook Graphics

should_be_linear HDMI 2.0 (29 comments)

Good news for developers is: You can connect this to HDMI 2.0 4K TV set in native res (if TV actually support it 60Hz 4:4:4 or RGB mode in 4K, which is not always the case in current range of 4K TVs).

about 2 months ago
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Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

should_be_linear Re:XBMC (133 comments)

There is Android MX Player, right? As soon as Android apps are running OK, problem of multimedia on ChromeOS is solved.

about 3 months ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

should_be_linear Eurasia vs. oceania (215 comments)

If Saddam was still in power, he would be major american ally in "fighting terrorists". Orwell would laugh his ass out if he lived to this day.

about 3 months ago
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Researchers Say Neanderthals Created Cave Art

should_be_linear Elephants can paint too (91 comments)

We know that african elephants are capable of painting beuatifull pictures, so it is quite easy to imagine Neanderthals doing that and much more then that. It seems, that intelligence is not "so special" as we tought. We probably slaughtered Neanderthals, otherwise we could have 2 intelligent species already (and probably many more to come in the coming millions of years).

about 4 months ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

should_be_linear Java? (180 comments)

They basically recreated Java language, minus all libraries already available for Java.

about 5 months ago
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HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture

should_be_linear New OS? (257 comments)

There is probably major problem in using "it" with Linux, I wonder what the problem is....

about 6 months ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

should_be_linear Public transport (363 comments)

This is great for public transport. Changing units every 3000 Km is non-issue there. Vehicles are in the garage over night anyway...

about 6 months ago
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Google Rumored To Be Making 3D-Scanning Tablets

should_be_linear Porn (55 comments)

I would definitely love to see this used in porn, I just don't know how yet...

about 7 months ago
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This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

should_be_linear Reason (276 comments)

If we imagine society as noise of randomly colored dots, for example, blue dots can represents people currently connected to Facebook. There are so many blue dots in current society, that highly intelligent person could easily predict this even 20 years ago, right? Well, problem is, this color first appeared couple of years ago, there was no blue color among dots we see *at all*. Breakthrough events that forms society like this comes like explosion, and brings new colors that was never seen before. We can predict and imagine only in colors we know, not in colors we've never seen.

about 8 months ago
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Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

should_be_linear "Dolmush" (72 comments)

In Turkey, I saw even better thing. Idea is this: public transport bus is too slow and awkward: stops are either sparse - lots of walking, or dense - making traveling too slow, and taxi for single person is too expensive (fuel + driver). In Turkey these is this "Dolmush" thing, which is mini-bus, that stops anywhere (like Taxi), costs fix rate (like public transport) and is just practical. It kicks ass of all other forms of public transport *AND* computerized car/taxi sharing.

about 9 months ago
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Java 8 Officially Released

should_be_linear Modularity (302 comments)

Person that says "runtime dependencies and interoperability are still a huge problem in Java" clearly never used C/C++ on multiple platforms.

about 9 months ago
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German Court Forbids Resale of Valve Games

should_be_linear From the courtroom (261 comments)

Valve won this case on the grounds that judge was not able to pronounce "Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband".

about 10 months ago
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The "Triple Package" Explains Why Some Cultural Groups Are More Successful

should_be_linear Re:It'll work if you want to suceed (397 comments)

When we (and I can speak only for the Chinese here) fail, we look into ourselves trying to find where we have failed - and in doing so, we mend up our weakness, and turn that failure into a lesson.

OK, fair enough, but from my European perspective, person that (rightfully) blames society for unfair treatment, for example in rich afroamerican pop-culture, is doing "human" thing. Community that "look into ourselves trying to find where we have failed" seems more like colony of ants to me. Maybe this is why unions are strong in Europe, I don't want to "blame myself" all the time, for everything that goes wrong, I am often quite comfortable with blaming those in power, actually.

about a year ago
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US Geneticist Discusses North Korea Trip With Dennis Rodman

should_be_linear Nazi regime (101 comments)

DPRK is basically Nazi regime. Visiting this crazy fat asshole is equal to friendly visits to Adolf H. in 1938.

about 10 months ago
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University Developing Technology To Vote On Your Tablet, Smartphone

should_be_linear Great idea (259 comments)

All hail the ruling party of AT&T

about a year ago
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YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES

should_be_linear Re:Still 3K$ for a monitor (255 comments)

There is SEIKI and other chinese manufacturers with 4K TVs for $500-$1000. Not sure if difference is big to these $3K monitors for programming work, which is what I care.

about a year ago
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Graphene-based Nanoantennas Could Allow WLANs of Nanodevices

should_be_linear Ultimate Spying Network (45 comments)

Billions of nanobots spread in the air, capable of audio/video streaming... now that would be "1984" on steroids. Think of NSA being able to look anywhere at any time, live.

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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

should_be_linear Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (752 comments)

It made some sense to compare civilian to government guns until like 1930. Governments have all those airplanes, hellicopters, NSAs, prisons, so best thing you can do with bare gun against government is to shoot yourself in the head.

about a year ago

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World Wide "Chuck Norris" Botnet Found

should_be_linear should_be_linear writes  |  more than 4 years ago

should_be_linear (779431) writes "Czech-Army spokesman today announced they found botnet which already infected many homes and small businesses around the globe. It is extremely difficult to detect or destroy, because it infects modems rather then computers. "Chuck Norris" intercepts sensitive data, like banking accounts. It is assumed that botnet is preparing for massive DDoS attack(s)."
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Strong Evidence Of Martian Life

should_be_linear should_be_linear writes  |  about 5 years ago

should_be_linear (779431) writes "New research on meteorite Allen Hills ALH 84001 using advanced High Resolution Electron Microscopy seems to bring strong chemical and fossil evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars. From the article: "Sources tell Spaceflight Now that the more detailed data on magnetite crystals and carbonate discs now available largely counter a wide range of opposing theories as to why the finding should not be supported as biological in origin. Now, 13 years after the Martian meteorite life story emerged, the science team finally feels vindicated. Their data shows the meteorite is no smoking gun but is full of evidence that supports the existence of life on the surface of Mars, or in subsurface water pools, early in the planet's history.""
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Sony Ericsson To Ditch Proprietary Ways

should_be_linear should_be_linear writes  |  more than 5 years ago

should_be_linear (779431) writes "New Sony Ericsson smartphone Xperia X10 may suggest major revamp of way not only Sony Ericsson but Sony Corp. in general is doing business. Basically, all long-standing proprietary stuff are ditched at once: 3,5mm audio jack instead of SE port, microSD card instead of M2, Android instead of Windows Mobile. Unlike any other previous Sony or SE product, as far as I can remember, this phone is following open standards. Perhaps they learned their lesson from rootkit debacle and underwhelming rate of Blu-ray adoption."
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Elmarco announced solar cell breakthrough

should_be_linear should_be_linear writes  |  more than 5 years ago

should_be_linear (779431) writes "Nano-technology company Elmarco claims major braketrough in photovotaics with transparent cells capable of "functioning very well also when it is cloudy or even raining". From TFA: "Due to their transparency it would be possible to use the cells, for example, on the windows of buildings, without the need to build complex structures on rooftops,". In article (Google translation) for Czech daily newspaper, company claims mobile phones and laptops can be constantly charged from ambient light."
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Where is Chrome for Linux?

should_be_linear should_be_linear writes  |  more than 5 years ago

should_be_linear (779431) writes "After many delays of Google Chrome for Linux it seems it is slowly becoming Duke Nukem Forever of Web browsers. It certainly wont feel alone among Windows-only Google desktop applications. Picasa, Google Talk and Google Earth are most visible examples of rather sad state of Google Applications/Linux Desktop relationship. Given that this company built its (entire?) fortune around Linux OS, is established image of geeky "do no evil" company in danger or is it only another sign of economy recession and cutting budgets?"

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