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Comment Re:Can't be true (Score 2) 173 173

damn it, I modded but I need to say that this number 8777 is the number of beekeeper not bee population. The highest was in 1986, but 2014 is close to that all-time max.

What I find interesting is the value of honey is rising exponentially (with a slight dip between 1983 and 1999)

Of interest too is that the total production per colony went from a ratio of 0.06 in 1924 to an all-time high of 0.18 in 1998. So the bees were working 3x as much as in 1924. Maybe they got tired? ;-)

Comment Source of money for repayment (Score 1) 485 485

I'm wondering if Greece will help itself to the lavish and rich Greek Orthodox Church possessions to help repay the debt, since "the Greek Orthodox Church owns property worth some €700 billion - more than double the country’s national debt." (source, dated 2011-06-27)

Comment Great book on the topic (Score 3, Informative) 182 182

If you like the topic of EMP and how it would affect the society, check this fiction from William R. Forstchen. It's called One Second After and it's written from the perspective of the US being brought to its knees after a terrorist EMP strike and its effects on all societal levels.

Comment Article is short sample from book (Score 1) 365 365

For the sake of completeness, I would like to let you know that the fine article is by Lewis Dartnell, the author of the book "The Knowledge". What you have read in a short sample from the book, which is an excellent read. If you are into knowledge to restart a civilization (think food, chemistry, electricity, clothes), then you probably will appreciate the book.

Submission + - Leonard Nimoy passes at 83

JigJag writes: Actor and director Leonard Nimoy, known to Star Trek fans for his portrayal of the character Spock, has died. He was 83.

The newspaper reports the actor died at his home in Bel Air, Calif., Friday morning.

Comment Re:Language is not truly unique to humans (Score 1) 154 154

The summary highlights that humans are very special: no other species can communicate as sophisticated concepts as humans can.
What you say makes sense and in a way I agree with you, in the same way that an abacus and a microchip are alike since they can both do calculations.

Comment Re:permanent death? no save points? (Score 1) 222 222

I'd love to find an RPG with the depth and detail of rogue/nethack/angband/etc but with the same learn-as-you go vibe, where everything has more depth than it seems at first. (Wait - you can eat your kills? And there are so many different effects depending on what the critter was? Now I have to try every one! Everything was like that.)

Try Ultima 6 or 7.

Sometimes, too long is too long. - Joe Crowe