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Comment: Re:Penis Size Tax? (Score 1) 353

by jackhererUK (#39672647) Attached to: Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax"
"You've just admitted to the internet that you have a small cock" Have I? I thought i was making a joke about the tendency of men to exaggerate the size of their penis and how this could be exploited by the government of Portugal to address their budget deficit. Probably you are right, it is very likely that my penis is so small it would require an electron microscope to view it in all it's minuscule glory. Or maybe I'm a woman, or a spam bot programmed for sarcasm.

Comment: Penis Size Tax? (Score 4, Funny) 353

by jackhererUK (#39671443) Attached to: Portugal Is Considering a "Terabyte Tax"
If you are going create an arbitrary tax on the size of something that affects an arbitrary section of the population why not create a penis size tax. It could be entirely self declared with no verification. The results should be made available on a public register, listed in order of length x girth. I'm sure that would raise a fortune.

Comment: Re:They Do Catch Criminals That Way (Score 3, Insightful) 334

by jackhererUK (#39019471) Attached to: Best Practice: Travel Light To China
They only catch the moronic ones that way. If you want to move data from country x to country y there is this new fangled thing called "the internet" that allows you to move data from one place to another without having to pass through customs. If you are dumb enough to try and smuggle illicit data from one country to another by carrying a laptop across the border containing said illicit data then you deserve to get caught because you are a moron.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 387

by jackhererUK (#38297188) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ubuntu Lockdown Options?
Yes but why are they supposed to do that, what value does that give. Knowing how to get the information you need to accurately understand and answer the question is a very important skill to learn. If you use it regularly then you will remember it, if you don't use it regularly then you can't being able to quickly research and understand things is a very important skill.

Synthetic Genome Drives Bacterial Cell 174

Posted by timothy
from the sharpen-your-pitchforks dept.
Dr. Eggman writes " brings us news of a synthetic genome, produced by the J. Craig Venter Institute, being used in an existing bacterial cell for the first time. Using a combination of biological hosts, the technique produces short strings of DNA by machine which are then inserted into yeast to be stitched together via DNA-repair enzymes. The medium sequences are passed into E. coli and back into yeast. After three rounds, a genome of three million base pairs was produced." (More below.)

+ - First Synthetic Cell Created->

Submitted by aoshi73
aoshi73 (1545405) writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the first completely synthetic cell has been created. Here is an excerpt:

"Heralding a new era in biology, scientists for the first time have created a synthetic cell, completely controlled by man-made genetic instructions, which can survive and reproduce itself, researchers at the private J. Craig Venter Institute announced Thursday.""

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Comment: Depends on your contract... (Score 1) 735

by jackhererUK (#30273504) Attached to: Should You Be Paid For Being On Call?
... and the terms you agreed to when you took the job. The usual deal is that being on call is covered by your salary but if you actually get called out you get more paid for it, usually a standard fee per call rather than an hourly rate. There is usually an on call rota as well so you are not on call 24/7.

Comment: Re:wow, a whole million? (Score 1) 773

by jackhererUK (#30119924) Attached to: Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google
Sorry but this is not true, you can be specific about which robots you want to exclude. More importantly google chooses to respect robots.txt and noindex meta tags, if it decided it was in its interest not to respect them - either at all or just for the sites that did the deal - then there is precisely nothing anyone could do about it.

Comment: Re:wow, a whole million? (Score 1) 773

by jackhererUK (#30119278) Attached to: Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google
The thing is though if the top 1000 sites used robots.txt and the noindex meta tag to remove themselves from google, then google could just ignore robots.txt and the noindex meta tag for the top 1000 sites and index them anyway. Ultimately if the site is publicly accessible then google can index it and there is nothing anybody could do about it.

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