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Enormous Tunneling Machine 'Bertha' Blocked By 'The Object'

uncle slacky Paging Dr Quatermass... (339 comments)

I'm sure I saw an old documentary about this kind of thing happening in the London Underground. Watch out for giant ants...

about 7 months ago
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Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

uncle slacky Re:If evolution is true... (1293 comments)

Almost right. The following explanation was (I think) originally posted on Slashdot a while back: If there was no Adam & Eve, there was no Fall, therefore no Original Sin, therefore no need for Jesus (assuming he existed) to die in order to "save" us from said Sin, therefore no "eternal life" - so it destroys the entire basis of their belief system. Or, as someone else pointed out downthread, it boils down to fear of death.

about 10 months ago
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The Last GUADEC?

uncle slacky Re:They shot themselves in the foot (376 comments)

The recent announcement of a merger between LXDE and Razor-Qt is another nail in the coffin of GTK+3, and should produce something rather lighter than KDE.

1 year,6 days
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

uncle slacky Re:Rounded down a little to 10,000x (587 comments)

Yep, with an appropriate choice of distro (Bodhi in my case, though Peppermint, Lubuntu, Crunchbang or AntiX are also acceptable) it's still quite useful. That's my home machine, of course. My work laptop is a bit meatier (Fujitsu Lifebook E780, Core i5, 4Gb RAM).

1 year,11 days
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Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

uncle slacky Rounded down a little to 10,000x (587 comments)

Actually 10922.67 times as much (48Kb ZX Spectrum to 512Mb Asus EEEPC 701 4G).

1 year,11 days
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MS Handed NSA Access To Encrypted Chat & Email

uncle slacky Re:Burying the lede (379 comments)

Where's the downside?

1 year,18 days
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Woz Compares the Cloud and PRISM To Communist Russia

uncle slacky Re:FIrst Post Maybe? (549 comments)

No, the answer is robots - and a basic income for everyone.

about a year ago
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Windfarm Sickness Spreads By Word of Mouth

uncle slacky Re:Someone should do this coal power (482 comments)

IIRC coal plants release more radiation into the environment than nuclear plants do, so you're quite probably correct.

about a year ago
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10 Ways To Celebrate International Pi Day

uncle slacky What about 22/7? (180 comments)

July 22nd would seem to be a more accurate value for Pi day, shirley?

about a year ago
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Earth May Have Been Hit By a Gamma-Ray Burst In 775 AD

uncle slacky Re:How many times did this happen? (157 comments)

This link also makes clear that the press release referenced in this submission got the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle date wrong, saying it was 776 when it is actually 774 and therefore *is* a valid candidate for the explosion. Has anyone fired up Stellarium yet to check out the area of the western sky after sunset as viewed from Britain in 774?

about a year and a half ago

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