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Comment: Rather than Mars, we should look to Venus. (Score 1) 254 254

Why? Mars doesn't have a magnetosphere. Until this is remediated, any atmosphere will be whisked away by the solar winds.

Venus has a magnetosphere. We could and should start not terraforming Venus, but "atmosphere-ing" Venus so that it can then be terraformed. Develop bacteria that live in the Venusian extremes, eat sulfuric acid and output fixed sulfur and H2O. Let the process run. We can then handle the rest.

Comment: Two Macs from a few years ago for specific reasons (Score 1) 558 558

Quad core i7 MacBook Pro 17" and Thunderbolt display with 16 GB of RAM, a 1TB HD and a 480 GB SSD running Mac OS 10.6.8

Why? I like the 17 inch screen and 1920 x 1200 resolution on the 17" screen and I HATE the UI of all the Mac OSes after 10.6.8.

Quad core i5 iMac 27" with 16 GB of RAM, internal 1TB HD and 16 TB external storage on Firewire 800

Why? I like the 27 inch screen and 2560 x 1440 resolution on the 27" screen and I HATE the UI of all the Mac OSes after 10.6.8.

I develop iOS applications professionally, and I can switch into a VM if needed or use my work laptop.

This minimalist & heavily animated OS approach thanks to Jony Ive needs to die in a fire.

+ - Colosseum killing machine reconstructed after more than 1,500 years->

An anonymous reader writes: They hoisted up tens of thousands of terrified wild animals to the blood-soaked sands of the Colosseum.

Now, more than 1,500 years after the last fights between lions, leopards and bears, one of the ingenious wooden machines that carried the beasts to certain death has been reconstructed in the middle of the ancient Roman arena.

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We were so poor that we thought new clothes meant someone had died.