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Comment Immature Terminology (Score 5, Interesting) 63

Okay, I know this is off topic and I apologize, but can we agree that its time to stop calling them "Cybercriminals"? It's not 1997 anymore and internet-enabled devices are deeply integrated into most aspects of all our lives - they're just criminals.

I'm serious by the way, this isn't an attempt to be funny. Appending the cyber- prefix automatically sets them apart and I think that's a bad thing. They're thieves, and we already have plenty of words for those.

Submission + - Scientists in China predict pentagonal graphene

TechkNighT_1337 writes: Chinese scientists made calculations and predict that a new 2D allotrope of carbon based in a pentagonal form resembling an common pavement in the streets of cairo can be synthesized, they call this new form penta-graphene from the announcement in the Chemistry World they say: "The team found that not only should a pentagon-containing version of graphene be fairly stable, it should also be stronger than conventional graphene and be able to withstand higher temperatures, up to 730C. It would also be a natural semiconductor, unlike conventional graphene, which is a highly efficient conductor and has to be chemically modified to turn it into a semiconductor."

Comment Needless complexity or necessary evil? (Score 2) 413

I'm sure I'm being incredibly naive, but what's wrong with a plain old popular vote? I don't know why there's always this obsession with districts, electoral colleges, all of that bollocks. If you get the most votes you get the job, why must that be complicated? I'm not trying to be facetious here I'm honestly curious.

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