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Comment Re:Classic /.inflammatory summary (Score 1) 674 674

Bonus points for misspelling 'extracting' as 'abstracting'. English ain't even my first language, but these words aren't even pronounced the same way.

So try looking in a dictionary before spouting off. Abstracting_electricity It rather undermines your point about taking time to RTFA before posting.

Comment Re:as a school administrator, i can explain. (Score 1) 535 535

This would be a valid theory, had an entire legion of the Emperor's best troops not lost to the build-a-bear workshop at then end of the Jedi.

Well, a legion is probably in the region of 1000-10000 troops: more than enough to deal with a commando raid but not an entire indigenous population. I give Lucas the benefit of the doubt and assume that the Ewoks were slaughtered in large numbers out of shot but they just kept coming.

Comment Re:What does this mean? (Score 1) 396 396

There isn't really much news here. The Bank of England is somewhat independent of government, so it gets to offer an expert opinon on some possible scenarios. However, it needs to keep some appearance of impartiality, so it will make it in confidence.

If its advice were "Holy shit, you really don't want to do this", that would be a story.

Comment Re:Stupid Question (Score 2, Informative) 162 162

You need two things to make such a sort of a journey practical: as well as the reactionless drive, you need some sort of Star Trek like deflector shield: because to you every 'stationary' hydrogen atom is a cosmic ray travelling at near light speed. And God help you if you hit a grain of dust.

Comment Re:Well, I guess I've got to watch it now. (Score 1) 356 356

Etymology is not always indicative of current meaning. OP may have been unaware

In any case, it's a highly dubious etymology anyway. Funnily enough, I discovered the word first in the works of that notorious anti-semite, Isaac Asimov.

Comment Re:Origin of *Species* (Score 4, Interesting) 249 249

You fall into the common error of equating the selfish gene with selfish individualism. Life is more complicated than that. There are times when protecting your family or the wider community at the risk of your own life is absolutely what is best for the survival of your genes.

And for sure, 'dove' is a lousy strategy in iterated prisoners dilemma. Hit him if he hits me first works fairly well though.

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