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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

theshowmecanuck Re:they will defeat themselves (543 comments)

Exactly why I don't go to church. Which I hate. Because now I have to always tell the truth. Tell the truth or go to church. One or the other. Sigh.

1 hour ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

theshowmecanuck Fallout 3+ (283 comments)

I agree. It is why I enjoy the Fallout universe. Even if parts of the story are frankly lame, the fact I can wander around and find better 'mini stories' and interesting characters makes it worth while. I have finished the game a number of times trying different approaches: piling on individual attributes/skills at the beginning (get to max at agile or intelligence etc, and at small arms or sneak or melee weapons as fast as possible etc), being good, being bad, being neutral, etc. I'm looking forward to the next release.

If they ever do go online, I would prefer being able to be the lone wanderer if I still wish. And as far as the PC/console game, I'd rather not have to always be online. That one thing has been the major reason I don't game very much any more.

2 days ago
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If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

theshowmecanuck The Holy Grail for Pharmaceutical Companies (140 comments)

This is what they have been looking for: long term drug therapy they can charge whatever they want for. Pay or die. A cure doesn't pay enough. Yes I am cynical.

2 days ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

theshowmecanuck Re:LOL (213 comments)

As to uncivilized retards making it into space, any place that still behaves the way you describe doesn't exhibit much intelligence and has very little likelihood of ever making it into space. And face it, any corporation that will make it to space has more resources and brain power than most uncivilized countries. And to to be generous, the places that can make it into space are the places that sell the tin pot dictatorships you speak of their fourth rate war gear. So if there was any concern the industry that does make it there will have access to far better defence technology than your banana republics. For the foreseeable future there is pretty much no chance that space flight will be so common or easy that we see the kinds of space pirates written about is science fiction. So all told, your point is moot.

Since you started a pissing contest: Sure. I have lived long term in two countries, worked in 3 on two continents, and have travelled to and through at least 14 countries on 3 continents (worked in 4 provinces and 5 states... only two of which count in months, been to six of the ten provinces in Canada, and 41 of the 50 US states). And I pay attention, from multiple sources, to what goes on in the world. And I suspect the reason you can claim to have worked in 14 countries is because mostly the countries are fairly tiny and close together, which means not that big a change in terms of the general culture. Anyone who moves around North America can make the same claim. The difference is it is civilized here, unlike it seems, anywhere you've been (compared to Africa, what went on in Ferguson MO, is a blip).

4 days ago
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Congress Can't Make Asteroid Mining Legal (But It's Trying, Anyway)

theshowmecanuck Re:LOL (213 comments)

"any resources obtained in outer space from an asteroid are the property of the entity that obtained such resources."

Sounds to me like it says that whoever gets the iron, gold, iridium, space fairy dust, whatever from an asteroid owns it. I don't see how that is different from what happens on earth (aside from the space fairy dust). Whoever digs the hole generally owns the minerals extracted. What I didn't see is how they determine who owns the mine or has rights to mine a particular rock. Being a pretty extreme environment, at first it may just boil down to possession is nine tenths of the law. But I personally don't see any issues with this. Whoever gets the stuff out should own it. Just as long as they don't fuck up returning material to earth and accidentally drop a football field size chunk of iron or nickel (or whatever) on a city at orbital velocities. Maybe better to make the finished goods on the moon if they need gravity, or in lunar orbit first. Keep the big dangerous shit away from the planet.

4 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

theshowmecanuck Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

I call it shitty, because it is shitty that people don't care enough. I don't know how you can take it that I don't care just because I think it's shitty that other people don't and/or are fatigued about it. So don't bitch at me. And the reason your suggestions won't work is because most people in the U.S. (and in many western countries) are too fucking apathetic to actually try to pressure their representatives to do something about it or vote for someone who will. Personally I eschew libertarianism, And as for Green Party, it depends what their platform is. Some, maybe many among them are too socialistic for my tastes. Some realize that business is important and try to strike a sustainable balance. Those I could go for. But without a populace willing to learn about their own systems of government and will to do something about it, it won't fly.

4 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

theshowmecanuck Re:Yahoo knew fine was a bluff (223 comments)

FTFY

Easy: have an apathetic electorate. We the people by the people and all that.

"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." - John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Right of Election for Lord Mayor of Dublin, 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.) as quoted in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

If you don't do something, then people that will do something, will get what they want. And it won't necessarily be what you like or even want; and you will have to live with it until when and if you do something about it.

5 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

theshowmecanuck Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

I call it shitty.

5 days ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

theshowmecanuck Re:Thanks, (123 comments)

I used to play that every day at the arcades. I knew one guy who was so good at it he could put in a quarter and play for hours and walk away with tons of extra men; if he didn't want to put his name up on the high scores.

about a week ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

theshowmecanuck Depends on Company Funding (123 comments)

This will depend on how much each company is willing to fund individual congressmen.

about a week ago
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SpaceX and Boeing Battle For US Manned Spaceflight Contracts

theshowmecanuck Re:Prime and sub contractor (123 comments)

One word: Joint Strike Fighter. ummm I mean... Joint Joke Fighter? ... what am I missing? Did I get the number right?

about a week ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

theshowmecanuck Re: QUESTION? (448 comments)

Read up on the Battle of Queenston Heights. America had a 3 to 1 advantage and even killed the British General Brock. But America suffered a decisive loss. Or how about The Surrender of Detroit where an entrenched American force surrendered to the British even though they numbered twice as big as the British force. It was the engagements during the war that count. Not a side show that happened after, even if those parties didn't know it was actually all over. Hey, I generally like America. I lived there long enough. But facts are facts. It was victory for the British/Canadians considering the objective of America was to take over Canada, which they didn't. Canada was successfully defended, which also counts as a victory. Not the overwhelming ass-whooping Canadians like to think of it. But still a victory. And it was 200 years ago. So get over it. Everyone.

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

theshowmecanuck Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (253 comments)

Same complaint in Canada. When they have no choice, then they do it.

about two weeks ago

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Newly Discovered Asteroid Passing Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about two weeks ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A newly found asteroid the size of a house will give earth a close flyby this weekend. It will pass just below satellites in geostationary orbit, and above New Zealand around 14:18 EDT / 18:18 GMT / 06:18 NZST this coming Sunday (Monday morning in NZ).

"Asteroid 2014 RC was initially discovered on the night of August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, and independently detected the next night by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope, located on the summit of Haleakal on Maui, Hawaii," NASA officials said in a statement.""
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Blackberry Passport Specs "Leaked" Synopsis: Powerful, more than expected

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about three weeks ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Digital Spy says:"BlackBerry's square-shaped Passport smartphone will be more powerful than first thought if a specs leak turns out to be accurate. N4BB has posted a page of what they say is the full specification sheet for the new device."
It is set to be released in September, so time will tell. N4BB says it will include:
  • 4.5-inch 1,440 x 1,440 display with a pixel density of 453dpi. possibly a higher resolution than the iPhone 6.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.2GHz Quad-Core CPUs (MSM8974-AA)
  • Adreno 330, 450MHz GPU
  • 3GB of LPDDR3 800MHz RAM
  • 32GB Flash storage
  • micro-SD support (hot swappable) to 64 GB.
  • 13 MP back camera, 2 MP Front
  • 1080p HD video recording at 60fps (back)
  • image stabilization front and back
  • USB 2 support out of the box
  • USB 3 support with optional (as in buy separately) BB cable
  • etc... see the N4BB link for more detail
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Private Data On iOS Devices, Not So Private

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 2 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week.

The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the "trusted" computers to which the devices have been connected, according to the security expert who prompted Apple's admission.

Users are not notified that the services are running and cannot disable them, Zdziarski said. There is no way for iPhone users to know what computers have previously been granted trusted status via the backup process or block future connections."

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Selfie of Stroke Symptoms Finally Gets Woman Correct Diagnosis

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 3 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes " Canada's CBC TV reports that a woman suffering from a transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke) was diagnosed by the attending emergency room physician as suffering from stress, given tips on how to manage it and sent home. As she left the hospital she again began suffering the same symptoms in her car. Thinking quick she pulled out her smart phone and started taking a video selfie of herself to show the doctors the classic symptoms of a stroke. She was originally stricken at home and remembering the symptoms of a stroke from a public service announcement, went to the hospital when the symptoms subsided. After the second episode, her quick thinking and video convinced the doctors they were wrong and she was right, and they sent her for the proper diagnostic testing and treatment they should have given in first place. The article has a link to the video she took, but here it is in case, and I know it is unlikely on Slashdot, you don't want to read it."
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Toyota Paying $1.2 Billion Penalty for Safety Issues

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 6 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Remember the safety issue with Toyota vehicles causing them to accelerate uncontrollably while not allowing the drivers to turn them off? The one caused by killer firmware? Seems they have now been dinged for $1.2 billion for lying about it. From this article on the CBC:

Under the agreement, announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the company will admit that it misled U.S. consumers by making deceptive statements about two safety issues affecting its vehicles. As a result, Toyota will pay a $1.2-billion financial penalty under a "deferred prosecution agreement."

The article also said, "the payments are unlikely to hurt Toyota's finances much." It seems even if the government has decided to punish Toyota, the consumer hasn't."

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Graphine Condom Proposed By Bill Gates

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 10 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Well it's not exactly carbon fibre, and might not be bullet proof, but scientists at the National Graphene Institute in Manchester are working on blocking another kind of shot. According to the BBC, "The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded scientists $100,000 (£60,000) to create stronger, thinner condoms from the new 'wonder material'." Perhaps they might even provide an enhancement so that you can broadcast some 'getting in the mood' music at the same time?"
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Putin Beats Chuck Norris

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 10 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "In a true news for nerds flash, Slashdot's favorite ass kicker Chuck Norris has just been eclipsed by Vladimir Putin in the realm of Taekwondo. It seems our man Vlad has just been granted a 9th degree black belt, one better than yesterday's news Chuck. The king is dead, long live the king. Now to start rewriting all those old Norris jokes. Let's see, Chuck Norris^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HVladimir Putin is the only person that can punch a cyclops between the eye."
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Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 10 months ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "From the 'Think Of The Children' Department: OK, so this isn't a tech article. But it is about something that is so messed up I just had to post it. A school in British Columbia (the province that now even California can call flakey) has just banned elementary school students from touching each other during recess. You know, one of those times for play and more importantly learning how to socialize (which itself includes touching). CTV News reports: "A ban on touching during recess at a B.C. elementary school has shocked parents, who call the new no-touch policy "ridiculous." For most kids, recess is a chance to run around and goof-off with their friends, but a new ban on touching at a school in Aldergrove could put a damper on playtime. School administrators at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in B.C. have banned kindergarten students from touching each other during recess.""
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Bell Canada Will Begin Tracking All Customer Online Activity

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A report in the Financial Post says: "A move by BCE Inc. to track its cellular customers’ every move and use that information for marketing purposes has prompted public complaints along with an investigation by Canada’s privacy regulator. ... BCE plans to change its privacy policy on Nov. 16 and begin using account and network usage information to serve up personalized advertising it says will be more relevant to users. ... BCE’s policy states it will collect network usage information including: web pages users visit from their mobile devices or home Internet, search terms used, location, app usage, television viewing and calling patterns." BCE == Bell Canada Enterprises. Granted Google and Facebook do this already, but you have a choice to use them or not. With limited competition in the mobility market, when your service provider gets in on the act, it gets increasingly hard for people to opt out of corporate bother's ever watchful eye. Is VPN (or similar mechanism) for all mobile users the answer? Or do we just have to learn to eat whatever they feed us?"
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CDN Gov Security Concerns - Egypt Accelero Barred from Buying CDN Telco Division

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reports that:

Manitoba Telecom Services says the federal government has rejected a deal for it to sell its business unit Allstream to Egyptian investment group Accelero Capital Holdings due to "unspecified national security concerns." ...

The Winnipeg company said late Monday it is "extremely surprised and disappointed" by the decision to not approve the deal, which was announced last May. At the time, the company valued the sale at $520 million.

The company said it and Accelero, which is owned by Egyptian telecom magnate Naguib Sawiris, have offered to "take whatever actions are necessary" to address Industry Canada's concerns, but have been rejected.

Sawiris is an original investor in small wireless company Wind Mobile, which operates in Canada. ..."

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Gore Site Operator Arrested for Posting Video of Murder

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "

The owner and operator of a well-known “real gore” website is charged with corrupting morals for posting a video allegedly depicting the murder of student Jun Lin by Luka Magnotta.

Magnotta, 30, is currently in custody charged with first-degree murder in the death of the 33-year-old Chinese international student, who was killed in Montreal in May 2012. The victim’s severed limbs were then mailed to political parties and elementary schools, and his torso found inside a discarded suitcase.

A news interview with the detective in charge of the case, airing on CTV as I type this, says he believes the web site hosts a lot of racist content and unimaginable violence. You should note that Canada has less free speech than in America (we have 'hate crime laws'), but there will likely be some arguments in this vein. The charge against the operator is quite rare and no-one so far remembers it ever being used before."
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Ask Slashdot - Node.js vs JEE/C/C++/.NET in the Enterprise

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "I'm working at a small to medium sized company that creates software for mobile devices, but came from a 'large enterprise' world before. I see node.js being used increasingly in smaller companies (including ours) or in web/mobile related software. Meanwhile we see languages like Java/JEE, C/C++, and .NET continue to be used for medium to large enterprise corporate software. Compared to the status quo in the enterprise (JEE/C/C++/.NET ... and yes, maybe even COBOL) maybe Slashdotters can chime in on how they see Node.js in this role. I'm thinking of things like complexity of business logic (dependencies, workflows, linear processes, etc), transaction support (for processes in general and database support), messaging services, etc. etc. etc. Also what is the state of Node.js in terms of paradigms like application containers, where much of the 'plumbing' is already set up for your (one of the main benefits of JEE application containers). But there is also the question of maintainability, deployment, and ongoing operations. What say you, Slashdot?"
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Electrolyzer Discovery Could Boost Use of Fuel Cells

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about a year and a half ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "(Despite the misleading headline in the article) Researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada have discovered how to make highly efficient electrolyzers using common metals instead of rare earth metals. I think the key quote from the article is this:

Electrolyzers depend on rare, difficult-to-work-with and sometimes toxic metals, but the method developed by Chris Berlinguette and Simon Trudel uses metals as common as rust. It delivers results comparable to current techniques but costs about 1,000 times less.

This seems like it could make the use of fuel cells common place with an economical fuel source. If this pans out, what other hurdles might need addressing to get a fuel cell into every home?"

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Island's Historic Hotsprings Dry Up After Earthquake

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The National Post newspaper in Canada reports: "Days after the remote B.C. archipelago of Haida Gwaii emerged virtually unscathed from Canada’s second-strongest earthquake, locals discovered that the shifting earth had mysteriously switched off a centuries-old hot spring considered sacred by the Haida. ... A Parks Canada inspection party set out to investigate and stepped ashore to find that the island’s three main hot spring pools, which once bubbled with water as warm as 77 Celsius, were bone dry. “Not even a small puddle,” said Mr. Gladstone. Surrounding rocks, once warm to the touch, were cold." The earthquake measured 7.7 on the Richter scale."
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Toronto City Council Bans Plastic Bags

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A CBC radio news item just in reports that at the end of council debate today, the council rather than passing a resolution to discontinue the current 5 cent tax per plastic bag imposed on shoppers a couple of years ago, instead the council imposed a complete ban on plastic bags. The mayor had initiated the debate in order to have the tax rescinded. However, at the end of the day, the council of the city of 2.5 million people voted for a complete ban on plastic bags from stores. It was close, 24 to 20 voting in favour of the ban. It comes into effect January 1rst, 2013. Along with an earlier rebuff to his effort to add subways to a system that sorely needs them (they voted for surface transport), this latest push back from city council might make Mayor Ford reconsider what he wishes for. The mayor is politically right wing, the majority of councillors are on the left. The metro area has 5.5 million people but the ban applies only to the city itself. If this carries through, we will see a strangely retro look in supermarkets and stores next year, baggers with paper bags. What's next, government imposed bell bottoms?"
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Text Messages Suspected of Leading to Accident Death Released

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "From TFA: "A series of heartwrenching text messages is being used by the boyfriend of a car accident victim to warn people to pay attention when driving. Mathieu Fortin has created a Facebook page (fr-ca) to get the word out in memory of Emy Brochu, who died Jan. 18 when her car slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer truck as it merged with traffic near Victoriaville, Que...." Hopefully getting the word out will help... hopefully. Too bad humans aren't as well programmed for pro-action as we are for re-action."
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Ohio Quakes Caused By Fracking Waste H2O

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "A series of small earthquakes in Ohio (largest Saturday Dec 31, 2011, Magnitude 4.0) may have been caused by briny fracking waste water being injected into the ground close to a fault line. The waste water comes from one of the processes used in fracking natural gas. The company involved agreed to stop pumping the waste water in that location (but the activity is still ongoing elsewhere, further from the fault)."
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No Security At Russian Rocket Plant

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "Reuters reports that there is little or no security at one of the main factories in Russia responsible for military and Soyuz rocket manufacture. Blogger Lana Sator was able to walk right into the empty (off hours) facility through huge gaps in the fences that no-one bothered to repair, and there was no security to stop them aside from some dogs that didn't bother them either. In fact Lana even has one picture of herself posing next to an apparently non-functional security camera, another of her sitting on what looks like to be possibly a partially assembled rocket motor (someone who knows better can fill us in), and has about 100 photos of the escapade all told on her blog about this (it's in Russian... which I don't speak... any translators out there?). Russian officials are said to be deeply concerned. I wonder if this has any bearing on why Russian rockets haven't been making it into space successfully, or whether it and the launch failures are all part of some general industrial malaise that is taking place."
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Mythbusters Shoot Up Someone's Home With Cannon...

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  more than 2 years ago

theshowmecanuck (703852) writes "The Mythbusters ran into some "issues" while using the trusty cannon they built a while ago on another mythbusting event at the bomb range yesterday (Dec 6, 2011). Seems they were firing at a bunch of drums full of water parked in front of a concrete wall. Trouble was that they got the powder charge and elevation a little high on both counts and the cannon ball missed the water, punched through a cinderblock wall, sailed on over the berms for 700 yards, bounced on the ground, punched through the front door of someone's house (pictures), up the stairs, through an occupied bedroom (they only woke up because of the plaster dust) and through the back wall on the second floor, across a six lane road, and took out a minivan (well broke through the passenger window and demolished its dashboard). Maybe they need a little more room for that thing, or at least somewhere that doesn't have housing developments on the other side of the berm... or at least knock a little less forcefully next time."

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SA Scientist: Dolphins Smart As a Bag of Hammers

theshowmecanuck theshowmecanuck writes  |  about 8 years ago A scientist from South Africa (Paul Manger from Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand) is basically saying that the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy got it all wrong. Dolphins are stupid. Or more succinctly, they are as smart as a bag of hammers. In fact says he, Goldfish are smarter. It seems the size of the Dolphin's brains are due to an overabundance of glia, and well, an underabundance of neurons. The neurons do the thinking (so to speak), and the glia have the support roll, feeding, making connections, and most important in Dolphins, providing heat in cold environment. Here are a couple of links to check out. To the Dolphin's defence, one scientist says that their complex social behaviours tend to refute Manger's claim.

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