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Comment Re: Build one (Score 1) 320

While I agree with you regarding the up front costs, you'll make the money back on the cost of games, which are on average £10 cheaper on Steam at release (more so if you use a key reseller) than the console equivalent.. Also as game development follows the consoles nowadays, the old two year upgrade cycle no longer applies.. A decent PC now will serve you for as long as the consoles life, which was 10 years for the last generation.

Comment Re:The people asked for Circuses... (Score 1) 485

I would go as far a to say the first two seasons of every Star Trek series sucked (except perhaps TOS). They all seemed to take until around season 3 go get into their stride. The exception to this is ST:Enterprise, which didn't get into its stride until season 4, because it wasted the whole of season 3 on a misguided war on terror analogy.. Unfortunately, by then it was too late and the audience had left.

Submission + - UK prisons ministry fined for lack of encryption at prisons

Bruce66423 writes: http://www.theguardian.com/soc... reports that the UK Information Commissioner has levied a fine of £180,000 on the Ministry of Justice for their failure to encrypt the data held on external hard drives at prisons. The fine is nominal — one part of government fining another is rather pointless, but it does show that there's a little bit of accountability. Of course it's interesting to consider the dangers of this hopefully old way of storing backups; but the question of whether we do a lot better now is quite pointed.

Submission + - Water clouds tentatively detected just 7 light-years from Earth (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have found signs of water ice clouds on an object just 7.3 light-years from Earth—less than twice the distance of Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to the sun. If confirmed, the discovery is the first sighting of water clouds beyond our solar system. The clouds shroud a Jupiter-sized object known as a brown dwarf and should yield insight into the nature of cool giant planets orbiting other suns.

Comment Re:Goddammit! (Score 4, Interesting) 97

so without reading the article, the answer is going to be no, there's no evidence ...Except for that pesky 4+ sigma deviation between the expected and measured value of g for a muon (and a brief mention of a new Fermilab experiment to push that to 7 sigma). Other than that, nope, no evidence at all.

Well, yeah okay there's that. But as others have said, that's not new information. I should have said there's no new evidence.

The point of my moan is that this is yet another puff piece from StartsWithABang that frames itself as "Holy shit! Earth shattering breakthrough occurs!" when it actually hasn't. I find that annoying and something that seems to be happening more and more lately.

Comment Goddammit! (Score 2, Interesting) 97

I'm not a physicist, but I do find this kind of stuff interesting enough to know that the headline is a big deal, but now I see that firstly, its another Starts With A Bang advertisement and secondly, the headline end with a question mark, so without reading the article, the answer is going to be no, there's no evidence.. *sigh*

Comment Pity it wont hit (Score 1) 123

860 years is long enough away that we would be able to develop any number of solutions to the problem, plus it would give us something to shoot for. I mean, nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of a fiery death.

Then again, if we're still stuck on this rock, arguing over pieces of land by then, I guess we deserve it...

Comment Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (Score 1) 353

I am willing to agree that blanket censorship is a bad thing.

How can you be opposed to the censorship of child pornography? Please avoid the slippery slope argument. That one has been played out.

How about the idea that a pedophile viewing child porn has an outlet that may provide enough of a release for them so that they don't go out and abuse a child themselves?

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig