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Comment Re:Drifters (Score 1) 102 102

There is a theory of a link with asian aborigenes (not australian ones) for both the Ainu and the Jomon people that were there before the Ainu, based on the bone structure. The Ainu came from Sakhalin to the archipelago towards the end of the Jomon era. The Ainu and the Jomon may possibly be from the same genetic group or similar genetic groups, but they were very distinct cultures. The Jomon culture ran from about 10500 BCE to about 300 BCE.

Genetic analysis does point to a North-eastern Asian ancestry for both the Jomon and Ainu people. It's far from settled tho :)


'Pluto Truthers' Are Pretty Sure That the NASA New Horizons Mission Was Faked 320 Screenshot-sm 320

MarkWhittington writes: Forget about Apollo moon landing hoax theories. That is so 20th Century. Gizmodo reported that the "Pluto Truthers" have followed the astonishing images being sent back by NASA's New Horizons probe and have come to the conclusion that they are faked. After all, if the space agency could fake the entire moon landing, it would be child's play to fake a robotic probe to the edge of the Solar System.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 452 452

The users (mods included) aren't the customers, they are the product. A customer is a person who buys goods or services from a shop or business. The advertisers buys ads placement from Reddit, that money pays for the infrastructure and the salaries. One could agree that the mods pay with the free time they spend maintaining their subreddit working, but in the grand scheme of things they're mostly there to attract more users.

Also, based on the fund raising last October, expect more attempts to increase revenue by any means. Reddit was valued at $500M (60 years of their latest annual advertisement revenue) and raised $50M from investors based on that valuation. At the current level of revenue, 10 years on, Reddit is still operating at a loss and can't survive without investors.

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1307 1307

If German made cars end up priced out of Greeks budget, wouldn't the materials and equipment required to build Greek cars also be? Also their steel industry is already dying, due to energy costs, mismanagement and lack of demand (their production capacity was higher than the demand, and they borrow money to modernize and increase it). The largest Greek steel company already has over 1 billion euros in debts.

Comment Re:Pao Wants "Safe Spaces" for Shills and Ideologu (Score 4, Informative) 385 385

Reddit, so far, is living on investors money... their last published revenue from advertisement was $8.3M in 2014, of which they gave 10% to charity. In 2013, they operated in the red... as far as I know, they also operated in the red in 2014. In the last funding round (Oct 2014?), they were valued $500M and got $50M in extra funding. 6 times their annual advertisement revenue...

News at 11, reddit is a company and needs to produce money to stay afloat. Do you know what happens when an overvalued company runs out of investors while still not operating in the black?

Comment Re:What happened to the scientific method? (Score 2) 278 278

I'm sure there was a time when 9 out of 10 scientists would have said the world is flat

The earth as a sphere has been known for something between 2400 years and 2600 years. Its size was calculated about 2250 years ago, with amazing accuracy for the time. The only major publication whose words could be twisted to reference a flat earth would be the New Testament in Revelations 7:1 (four corners of the earth).


US Wind Power Is Expected To Double In the Next 5 Years 262 262

merbs writes: The U.S. Department of Energy anticipates that the amount of electricity generated by wind power to more than double over the next five years. Right now, wind provides the nation with about 4.5 percent of its power. But an in-depth DOE report (PDF) released yesterday forecasts that number will rise to 10 percent by 2020—then 20 percent by 2030, and 35 percent by 2050.

Comment Re:Hitler and the NAZIs were so stupid. (Score 1) 292 292

Hint: how prevalent are handguns in Germany?

It would depend on the lander or even the landkreis... it's roughly 30 guns per 100 persons averaged over Germany, in my landkreis it's just below 90 handguns per 100 persons (5 years old statistic). That's just privately owned handguns... if you throw in the hunting weapons and service weapons, there's probably more weapons than people.

Comment Re: Why (Score 1) 395 395

In the real world, I have never been able to get even close to the announced mpg-rating of the 2011 econetic fiesta. I had one for 3 months as a replacement vehicle and I enjoyed it except for the mileage. My 2011 A3 2.0TDI has consistently given me a better mileage, even with the DSG gearbox... I do get around 54 MPG with the Audi.

Comment Re:Reputation (Score 1) 212 212

8. Oracle managed services failed to grasp what a replication timestamp was. For a week, their daily report was indicating that the replication had worked flawlessly even tho the timestamp on the target hadn't changed.

9. Oracle managed services sent me the daily report of another company, with financial information, on more than one occasion. They have also obviously sent my customer's data to other companies.

10. Back when Sun was still a separate entity, they won a 4 years staffing/project contract where the first action point was implementing unified authentication with LDAP (the site was mostly Solaris 8, with some HP-UX and a pair of AIX boxen). They only successfully delivered this feature 7 years later, after three contract extensions, when the whole site had been migrated to Solaris 10. They were surprised when they didn't win the new staffing/project contract and even more surprised when the customer massively migrated to RHEL.

He who is content with his lot probably has a lot.