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That's also a great way to teraform Mars. Just hold the stargate open until the pressures equalize.
Might work better to dial Venus from Mars, for pressure equalization.
I accept your premise but reject your conclusion. Where is the study that shows the population to be more vulnerable to such obfuscation over time, or since the adoption of calculators?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elfquest "This series was one of the early successes that marked the establishment of a phase in underground comics at which a new market of alternative independent comic books emerged that were closer to the comics mainstream." Wiki seems to underplay the impact of this title, as it was the mother-ship that had such broad appeal and sales, that led to a revolution at Marvel and DC.
Remember when Elfquest of all things, broke the back of the comics code, by going the independent route? Demonstrating that the independant route could be profitable AND allowing creators to keep creative control of their content? Then the mad rush of artists fleeing Marvel and DC to independant start-ups like Dark Horse and Image leading to the one of the greatest renaissances in comics? The comics code kept artists chained to their easels, writing pap. Good riddance.
Where else is that money going to go that would provide and equivalent improvement to revenue, earnings and share price (how XEOs get bonused)? With Treasury yeilds falling like a brick, and the currency and equity markets in turmoil, acquisitions are a no-brainer for boosting share-prices. Add in the facts that you get to keep a competitor from piking up a key element to their business plan, and they get to deflect some attention away from the questionable ouster of Hurd, it makes perfect sense.
"The news page on Digg, and particularly the Technology category, is currently plastered with links to discussions and images posted on rival Reddit instead. That’ll bring Reddit some traffic this morning, but more importantly it’s a bit of an embarrassing situation for Digg."
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My name is Cris Mitchell and i'm the publisher of an educational website for Photographers called ProPhotoResource.com, We currently have over 12k photographer members across the globe.
As mentioned above, ProPhotoResource.com was scrubbed and cleaned of any offending code within minutes of the notification and we have now been waiting over two days for a review of the site to restore our name and get us back online.
While some might feel that Google are doing internet citizens a service, in actuality they are killing small businesses just like mine in the process. We have spent over 5 years building good will on the internet which has now been completely obliterated by a simple 'fully automated' process, with no throat to choke when the process breaks.
What is most infuriating with this matter is that it only took Google seconds to disrupt my site, but who know's how long to restore it. There are no published reinstatement times listed on their site that we could find. Some folks report the process taking up to 4 weeks to complete the review. Judge, jury and executioner will be played by a 'fully automated' script. No SLA, no license agreement, and nobody to call to explain the situation.
While some members and Twitter followers of @CrisMitchell claim that google has not taken us OFFLINE because you can still reach the site by choosing to ignore the warning or by using another browser such as Internet Explorer, this is only partially true because ignoring the warning breaks the CSS and all the links in the site. Our records also indicate only 16% of our visitors are using the Internet Explorer browser. To us this is the equivalent of standing on the street corner and saying "Kiss me it's just a Cold Sore" It's just not gonna happen.
While we completely understand the severity of the situation at the same time there are no published contact numbers on the google website of who to contact to expedite this matter,in the mean time we are losing existing and potentially new members to our site.
Over the weekend we have received an outpouring of support and sympathy from other small business owners who have gone through the same issue, many who did not have the resources to recover and had to shut down their websites.
If you feel this is a newsworthy story, I welcome the opportunity to speak with you further about our situation.
In the interim, I thank your for your time and consideration.