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Super-Earths Discovered Orbiting Nearby, Sun-Like Star 242

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-for-one dept.
likuidkewl writes "Two super-earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away. 'These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away,' said Steven Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC. Among hundreds of our nearest stellar neighbors, 61 Vir stands out as being the most nearly similar to the Sun in terms of age, mass, and other essential properties."

Comment: Re:its not censorship (Score 1) 94

by papapurinii (#30171788) Attached to: <em>Modern Warfare 2</em> Not Recalled In Russia After All
"You don't have..." "You don't have..." "You don't have..." You don't have to play the stage. Skip it. "If they already knew you were a spy why did they risk having you on this job, why not just kill you, bring your body in the ambulance at the end and drop your body at the scene?" Because then they'd have to drag your body through the terminal and past all those SWAT. The logistics are a tad impractical. Additionally, it doesn't matter if the attack was multi-national. An American soldier's body was found. The American soldier was on active duty, and was serving under the auspices of the US military. This is cause for declaration of war regardless of whether it was a multi-national effort.

Comment: Re:On the other hand... (Score 1) 94

by papapurinii (#30171476) Attached to: <em>Modern Warfare 2</em> Not Recalled In Russia After All
If it is a social commentary against Americans in general, then yes, we'd be pissed about it. As it stands, though, every country has their share of scumbags. Russia is no different. This could have easily taken place in any other country. But to suggest that this depiction of a Russian national going on a rampage as part of a terrorist cell is somehow racist is a sad commentary on society's unwillingness to accept that someone might further the stereotypes that have been propagated by the nation's troubled past. As it stands, a Russian terrorist is a good plot device because it is a plausible one, BECAUSE the country has had a troubled past. The problem is that many people hate to be reminded of this fact. Of course, that's why censorship was born: We don't like to be reminded of the dark side of human nature.
Censorship

Modern Warfare 2 Not Recalled In Russia After All 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-the-thought-that-counts dept.
thief21 writes "After claims that console versions Modern Warfare 2 had been recalled in Russia due to complaints from politicians and the gaming public over the infamous airport slaughter scene, it turns out the stories were completely untrue. Activision never released a console version of the game in Russia." Instead, they simply edited the notorious scene out of the PC version. They did this of their own volition, since Russia doesn't have a formal ratings committee.

Comment: You may not have room to complain... (Score 1) 168

by papapurinii (#29943038) Attached to: 1,600 Names Suggested Daily For FBI's Watch List
... if you've been critical of the US government for knowing that terrorists were intending to attack on September 11, 2001. Before 9/11, the FBI received word of possible threats all the time, and there was no way they could possibly pursue all of them. Thus they glossed over the possibility of a terrorist-instigated hijacking of planes and subsequent piloting into buildings. Now the FBI is trying their best to make sure that doesn't happen again, and are keeping a better eye on ALL possible threats with their Watch List. So what's it going to be, folks? You can't have it both ways. Don't complain that they're doing their jobs if that's what you demanded in the first place.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.

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