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Comment: Re:Square Wheels (Score 1) 393

by Hittite Creosote (#32836952) Attached to: No iPhone Apps, Please — We're British
Yes, it's obvious that the unemployed are less likely to own an iPhone. So there's lots of unemployed people this won't help. So what? There's also enough unemployed people it will help - recent graduates, those recently made redundant. If it helps enough of them (and 50,000 downloading the app in ten weeks suggests there are thousands who at least thought it would help) then it may well be cost effective. It doesn't take a lot of people in work to generate 35k in income tax. So it is not stupid, and it is probably not ineffective.

Comment: Re:I was under the impression (Score 1) 175

by Hittite Creosote (#31078260) Attached to: Re-Engineering the Immune System
I assume you're thinking just of optical microscopes, where a standard one can see down to around 200nm. If you include electron microscopes, however, there are plenty that can see down to the size of individual atoms - so definitely enough resolution to see viruses. There are also a load more visualisation techniques around which can also give info on virus structures.

Comment: Re:I Actually Side with Dick's Estate (Score 1) 506

by Hittite Creosote (#30686106) Attached to: Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate
I think Google could only be accused of the homage bit because of the previous "android" name. To be frank, Nexus is a more appropriate name for their mobile phones than android anyway - nexus being latin for a form of connection, a connected group or the centre of something, so a phone qualifies by one definition as a "nexus". "Android" means designed to act and look human, so not so close.

Plus latin is so dead that even the most extreme proposed copyright rules wouldn't mean you owe Rome anything...

Games

Whatever Happened To Second Life? 209

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-blame-ralph dept.
Barence writes "It's desolate, dirty, and sex is outcast to a separate island. In this article, PC Pro's Barry Collins returns to Second Life to find out what went wrong, and why it's raking in more cash than ever before. It's a follow-up to a feature written three years ago, in which Collins spent a week living inside Second Life to see what the huge fuss at the time was all about. The difference three years can make is eye-opening."
Sci-Fi

Terminator Franchise To Be Auctioned Off 256

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the i'll-be-back-in-syndication dept.
"For sale: One slightly-used Terminator. Still works, minor attitude problems, get it cheap now!' Several sources are reporting that the Terminator franchise is set to be auctioned off just three weeks after another well known franchise, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was sold for $60 million. The present owner, Halcyon, has filed for chapter 11 after a dispute with a hedge fund that lent Halcyon the money to buy the rights to begin with. The auction will include rights to everything but the first two films.

Comment: Re:10+ the max? Come on... (Score 1) 958

by Hittite Creosote (#29667715) Attached to: How many countries have you visited?

Try to aim for the Channel Tunnel. If you make it to France and keep your course straight, you could make it all the way through the alps into Slovenia.

Good luck!

I'd imagine the express train trying to use the same rail-only tunnel could cause some discomfort.

(yes, I know a lot of the trains are car-carrying ones, but you're not driving if you're parked on a train)

The Internet

+ - rubyonrails.org - Poached!

Submitted by Trailer Trash
Trailer Trash (60756) writes "The domain name "rubyonrails.org" has been snapped up by a domain farmer. Navigating to the site — any of the sites on the domain — brings up a smiling young lady and a list of "links" related to Ruby on Rails. I'm not adding an actual link; the new owner is probably getting plenty of traffic as it is."
Space

+ - Is "Space Junk" always?

Submitted by Hqrsie
Hqrsie (1243758) writes "After reading the article on Brazilian pirates using US military satellites for communication, I've wondered what's done with decommissioned satellites. I always thought they would be viewed as a precious commodity due to their complexity, expense, and status. However, with many critical systems reliant on them, it seems likely that replacements are sent prudently before critical failure. What I wonder is if there are functional satellites that are simply not in use. Or is anything in orbit that continues to work already re-purposed until it is of no further use at all? Is "space junk" always truly that?"

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