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Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 2) 542

by 0a100b (#47800833) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

"W" is the 23rd letter of the alphabet, W = 23 = 2 X 3 = 6 : WWW = 666.

This I've never understood. What's wrong with WWW = 232323, 216 (6 X 6 X 6), or even 2 (2 X 1 X 6 = 12, 1 X 2 = 2)?
When to multiply digits and when not seems kind of arbitrary to me.

Comment: Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (Score 1) 542

by 0a100b (#47800631) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Why don't we ask the atheist communists that imprisoned, tortured, and murdered people for going to church?

What has that to do with this thread about the number of the beast?

But I'd guess that you would get the same answer from them as other groups that have imprisoned, tortured, and murdered people for their beliefs; it is for the good of the community, or even humanity.

BTW, why single atheist communists out from other ideological or religious nut cases?

+ - Steve Ballmer Steps Down as Microsoft's CEO->

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An anonymous reader writes "Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, has announced today his retirement from Microsoft, stepping down from his position within the next 12 months after a new CEO has been chosen. Ballmer said that he would have stepped down anyway, but later, after the current organizational transformation Microsoft is going through has been half completed. He has decided to do it though because “now is the right time.”"
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+ - How Intel's faith in x86 cost it the mobile market->

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concealment writes "Intel executives continue to claim that the key benefit of x86 is compatibility: with Windows and with the vast library of application software already coded for the platform. Otellini banked on buyers wanting to run that software on their mobile devices too.

May be they do, though there’s no real evidence to show that that’s the case. Certainly, users have exerted little pressure on makers of ARM-based mobile devices to develop x86-based versions that can run Windows and Windows apps. Yes, Microsoft is offering an x86 version of its Surface tablet, but that’s as much about Redmond playing all the angles as a firm sense that some folk don’t want an ARM-based Surface."

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+ - Astrophysicists Explain Dimmest Supernovae Using Supercomputer Models->

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RobertFisher writes "If thermonuclear supernovae are standard candles for cosmology, as the Nobel committee emphasized in 2011, all originating from the explosion of white dwarf stars, then why are some orders of magnitude dimmer than others? Recently, a group of astrophysicists (including myself) completed a large set of supercomputer models of these supernovae to uncover some peculiar cases which fail to detonate. These supernovae duds have remarkable properties, including the fact that the white dwarf gets kicked by the explosion but survives, and will go careening through the galaxy. This kind of exploratory science is only possible with the advent of petascale computing."
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Comment: Re:Sounds like government censorship to me (Score 2) 118

by 0a100b (#39724425) Attached to: Avian Flu Researcher Plans to Defy Dutch Ban On Publishing Paper

And fuck the Americans too?

Initially the Dutch government had no problems with the scientists publishing their research.
It was the US government didn't want the paper to be published and they somehow made the Dutch government take the same stance on the issue.

(In Dutch) Article from University of Wageningen about the issue

It is not for me to attempt to fathom the inscrutable workings of Providence. -- The Earl of Birkenhead