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Comment Re:What are they looking for.... (Score 1) 103

The real suprising thing is how on Earth Finland wasn't overrun by Soviets. They did so well in Poland, and later, when they were pushing the Germans back. Agreed, the Soviets were busy with Germans at the time but seriously, it's shocking that Finland managed to do so well without completely being wiped out. Somehow they managed to stay out of the partitioning of Eastern Europe too, I should go and read on that. No one cared about Hungaria or Poland, but Finns managed to get away with their independence, only less than three decades after their independence from Russian Empire.

Comment Re:Looks pretty impressive... (Score 0) 115

Boohooo, cry me a river.

Reality check: No one uses Windows phones, they're crap. The only places use them are very low end users who get a discounted hardware crippled with a non-functioning OS - thanks to Microsoft selling those phones at a loss and nearly bankrupting Nokia in the process, and cheap enterprise users who suddenly realised giving iPhones and high-end Droids to their road warriors is getting a bit costly, esp. since there is no good Blackberry solution left - my last work Blackberry was a disgrace compared to the bottom of the barrel cheap Android device. No one gives a shit about Windows phone's (lack of) functionality.

Comment Re:All about perception (Score 1, Insightful) 200

Nothing to do with this. White men running NASA, white men running the Air Force, white men running the show could not and would not have a woman beat them to space. End of story. It's pure discrimination. It was widely known that physiologically and psychologically a woman is better suited for space flights. It was just ignored. Just like the claim "they can't fly", in WWII many women pilots proved that they could do the work as well, if not better, than their male colleagues who were busy with things "more important".

Don't forget that the same was true for black and hispanic astronauts. First black astronaut? 1983. First woman astronaut? 1983. First hispanic astronaut? 1980 (Cuba on Soviet flight), 1991 (first American born hispanic astronaut), 1993 (first American born hispanic woman astronaut).

It's all about white men.

Comment Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (Score 1) 200

Because ice is not expanding in Antarctica. It's flowing off the continent into the sea at faster and faster rates.

For example, see: http://www.iflscience.com/envi...

Arctic sea is different, is is a sea. The ice level there is completely proportional to the amount of water that freezes.

Comment Contact a farmer: we've got Grade A Bullshit (Score 1) 795

to spread around...

What the heck? Being against the scientific method? The reason it's called science is because it's based on the scientific method?

Ignoring God? What god? When religious people can bring a testable hypothesis about god, only then we can pay attention.

Magic? What magic? Everything in Science can be traced back to its origins with proof. If we don't have it yet, no hand waving, no excuses but the honest answer: We don't know, we're working on it.

Comment Re:Assumptions (Score 1) 155

Don't forget, we don't hear what the techies are talking about. What we're hearing is what the techies told to the PR guy distilled down to a journo, being summarized in The Register (!) and some other soft-tech sites, finally an inaccurate summary on the frontpage of Slashdot.

I wouldn't be surprised if it were just a "fsck.ext4 -cc" (I know it's not an ext4, it was't even released when Opportunity soft-crashed and bounced around on Mars nor it runs Linux).

The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives. -- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project

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