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

"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) 353 353

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) 334 334

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) 387 387

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.
Classic Games (Games)

Fan-Developed Ultima VI Remake Released 161 161

An anonymous reader writes "20 years after the original game launched, a fan-developed Ultima 6 remake has finally been released! The Ultima 6 Project was formed in 2001 by Sliding Dragon to develop a remake of Origin's Ultima VI: The False Prophet with newer graphics and a more immersive engine. Soon assembled under the banner Archon, the team members, who hail from all over the globe, have set about recreating the world of Britannia, adding an enhanced storyline to bolster intraseries continuity and building on the Ultima legacy in a way that will please fans new and old."

Synthetic Genome Drives Bacterial Cell 174 174

Dr. Eggman writes "Physorg.com 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->

aoshi73 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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HTC Android Phones Found With Malware Pre-Installed 158 158

Trailrunner7 writes "Security researchers have found that Vodafone, one of the world's larger wireless providers, is distributing some HTC phones with malware pre-installed on them. The phone, HTC's Magic, runs the Google Android mobile operating system, and is one of the more popular handsets right now. A researcher at Panda Software received one of the handsets recently, and upon attaching it to her PC, found that the phone was pre-loaded with the Mariposa bot client. Mariposa has been in the news of late thanks to some arrests connected to the operation of the botnet."

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

... 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.

At these prices, I lose money -- but I make it up in volume. -- Peter G. Alaquon