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Comment: Nanay boys (Score 1) 163

by mapkinase (#47898537) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

When I hear from time to time those wonderful thoughtful remarks by US politicians that seem to be so upfront against "reactionary" establishment, it always reminds of a 30-year old (at least) Russian meme called "The fight of Nanay boys". Basically, those Nanay folks of Far North of Russia had had this traditional entertainment show called "The fight of Nanay boys" where an entertainer would dress his lower and upper parts of his body in clothes in such a way so when he bends forward and stands on his feet and hands it appears so as if two boys are fighting each other

Here is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

That's what first come to mind when I here statements like the one from Mrs. Sotomayor

Comment: Re:Not so sure (Score 1) 369

by mapkinase (#47790333) Attached to: Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

The level of anti-"terrorist" propaganda is 10 times more than after 9/11, and there is no event even remotely close to that nowadays.

Notice the change in the level of dissent. After 9/11 there were Stockhausen and Maher. Granted, both of them were slapped at their dissident hands, so that contributed to deafening silence that followed.

I haven't heard a single voice that dares to doubt the propaganda.

Comment: thanks (Score 1) 340

by mapkinase (#47393949) Attached to: On 4th of July:

Thanks for providing an answer that at least remotely fitting to Muslim during this month of Ramadan:

> I mostly care about the food

Fireworks started at 9pm, right at the time I just started to eat my Iftar. At first, when I was still hungry, it sounded like pop-corn was finishing last pops in the microwave.

Comment: Re:Policy for Planetary Protection (Score 1) 97

by mapkinase (#47044845) Attached to: Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

To begin with, the article is speculation:

>although no one knows for sure whether the bacteria survived the inter-planetary ride.

> The key part here is that when you are looking for life

You should be able to tell if the life is extra-terrestrial without arbitrarily excluding possibility of contamination.

For example, I do not need a whole history of specimen to determine if genome sequence was contaminated. There are computer programs that will do that fairly easily.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982

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