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Comment Re:Well, that's embarrassing (Score 1) 484

Actually C14 skyrocketted with atomic tests, so much so they've been able to map how long the average cell lives based on the year-to-year curve (!) Then in the 1960s, above ground testing was banned, and levels are returing to normal.

Science has about 10 or so years to figure out the rest of it before the deltas are so small as to be useless, in studying cell age.

There is a whole Radiolab about it.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 771

1) Buy a nice house. 2) Buy a nice car to stick in the garage. 3) Pay off all bills and ex wife. 4) Continue downloading porn when not eating out from my penthouse. 5) Hide as much as legally possible from the mooching meme sensibility used by politicians to gain power. 6) Donate to them, playing their game of paying them to get back out of the way, which is why they got in the way to begin with, using aformentioned meme as hoi polloi fraudulent cover story.

Eventually) Die, and they take a huge chunk of it anyway, having taxed it all once already.

Comment $57 for Zaxxon, yikes! (Score 1) 61

$108,000 / 900 = $120 per cartridge

Assuming $40 price in 1982, after inflation, that is $98.92, so an "investor" would profit about $20 per. That doesn't account for shipping, and assuming his mom let him store them in the basement for free next to his bed.

Of course you could buy them for a dollar a pound soon after release.

Comment Just no bunny hopping please. (Score 1) 36

From the look of it, a better description might be The Real Quake III. The gameplay looks identical to old Quake with the Threewave Capture The Flag mod, which included the sub-mod grappling hook, and rocket jumping, a serendipitous discovery that fell out naturally from the physics.

Later hacks who were in charge of Quake (on retrospect, they got lucky with Quake I in spite of themselves) obliterated this stuff out of existence...and the game suffered...and in their arrogance they paid the price.

Don't mention names; these people were terrible.

Comment So far, so good (Score 2) 37

So is there hydrogen peroxide naturally in blood, or it can be safely introduced, to drive these things? (It reacts with platinum particles in the tail to provide thrust, and are externally guided by magnetism via iron in the nose.)

Drug delivery is by ramming into the area in question and dissolving, releasing the payload (already proven in previous, simpler experiments.)

Bad particle "eating" is done by binding the fish with some chemical that attaches to it.

Comment I raise you, Mr. Freedom and Small Government (Score 3, Informative) 559

Both the Republicans and Democrats know the only way to stave off Social Security money scarcity is to inhale large numbers of younger workers (this, by the way, is the exact problem Ponzi schemes have, and why they were made illegal, and why it's a legitimate comparison -- they always run out of new investors to pay back previous ones. They just don't have the legal power to force everyone to invest, delaying, but not stopping, the inevitable. No "investor" gets back as much as they put in...in either.)

The Republicans are just pissed The Donald has made a stink of it, and now they have to respond with idiocies like this, the more outrageous the better, apparently. Seriously.

Comment Re:Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 1) 711

I mean, if you wanna claim "Nazi-ism" was so rampant after the war that you need extreme emergency measures to beat that meme out of existence, fine, but at least admit to it.

Stop trying to pretend you have a holier-than-thou, benighted interpretation of what freedom of speech means. You do not. You are still part of the problem.

Comment Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 2) 711

I thought it was an unconditional surrender.

"There's no scope for misplaced tolerance towards internet users who spread racist propaganda. That's especially the case in light of our German history."

Perhaps a more important lesson "in light of our German history" is learning that dictators require the power to silence opposition...especially political opposition. They can't wield it if it doesn't exist. Now it does. History gives no confidence it won't ultimately be misused. Your own country, along with ancient Greece and Rome, are prime examples of nominal free democracies that gave up "emergency powers" to someone who never gave it back.

Comment Re:Dubious (Score 2) 23

No, if you stumble across something, you have freedom of speech and government cannot pre-silence you. Nothing save an imminent D Day type invasion launch would pass the Supreme Court, and they would mean imminent, like 24 hours.

Government has worked with anti-spyware people to overlook certain things in certain cases, if stories are to be believed, but that is voluntary.

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."

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