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Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus 205

Posted by timothy
from the concealed-carry-in-australian-waters dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. ... 'I was gobsmacked,' said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. 'I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh.'"

Comment: Re:Gluten? No thanks (Score 1) 920

by Cal27 (#30435840) Attached to: The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...
There's a pizza place in Baltimore called Egyptian Pizza that has delicious pizzas as well as Mediterranean dishes. They have a soy cheese option that's basically soy and grease which makes for pure deliciousness. They cook it in a brick oven and the crust is delicious too as a result. I've been vegan for years, but I think that this pizza is on par or better than a regular pizza.
I could be a bit biased since I haven't had a pizza from anywhere else (excluding cheeseless pizzas; they don't count) in years, but I think they're just as good as real pizza and for anyone in the area who is vegan or otherwise unable to consume cheese, this place is awesome.

Comment: Re:Old (Score 1) 342

by Cal27 (#30384092) Attached to: New <em>WoW</em> Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances
I don't think WoW would have any problem supporting every player on the same 'realm', but the client might have some problems. From my experience, most of the players are concentrated in the major cities (Orgrimmar, Undercity, Stormwind, Ironforge, Shattrath, and Dalaran). I play[ed] on a low-population realm, so other servers might be completely different. I guess it doesn't really matter for the sake of the argument. Anyway, even with the low population on my realm, the major cities consistently killed my FPS; I could not imagine having every bored player in the entire game hanging out in Shattrath. Plus, the chat channels would be even more clogged. On my server, there's always off-topic chat going on in trade (and that's about the only thing really), with every player it would be impossible to read anything before it gets scrolled away.
WoW just isn't designed for large amounts of players in the same place. It would require a complete overhaul to both the server and client sides to keep the game even remotely playable with the huge amounts of players that this would entail. It's just not feasible.

Comment: Re:Old (Score 1) 342

by Cal27 (#30382716) Attached to: New <em>WoW</em> Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances
Last time I checked (which was about a year and a half ago), you could have characters on as many servers as you want, until you hit the 50 character limit. I don't think they would change this as it would create lots of problems if you already had characters on more than ten servers, so I'll assume they didn't.

Comment: Re:One time comcasts DNS servers were down... (Score 1) 275

by Cal27 (#30360254) Attached to: How Does the New Google DNS Perform? (and Why?)
Verizon returns ad-riddled yahoo searches instead of NXDOMAIN:
http://wwwwz.websearch.verizon.net/search?qo=www.dfgdsfasdfasdf.com&rn=KGStLXJazkT6isZ&rg=
And all of the links that are supposed to show you how to opt out (you have to change your DNS servers) have been giving 404 errors for months.
See for yourself, all the links on this page are broken: http://www.verizon.net/central/vzc.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=vzc_help_contentDisplay&case=dns_assist&partner=verizon&product=dsl
Now, I have no problem changing my DNS servers by myself but not informing anybody on how to opt out seems a bit fishy.

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