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Comment Tough one (Score 2, Interesting) 390

Wow. Two thoughts immediately come to mind:

1 - Seek some competent legal advice. Don't be a fucking moron: You're about to lose your job and reputation and maybe be sued out of existence and your biggest worry is to "avoid incurring the cost of a lawyer"? So you come to slashdot instead? Mindboggling. Maybe some other competent professional advice as well?

2 - Sounds like too many coincidences to convince a jury. To prove you've been framed you would have to find out who did it and how they benefited doing it or you'll just sound like your garden variety disgruntled employee / asshole too clever for is own good or something like that. If I were you I'd start looking for another job.

Comment Please reconsider (Score 5, Insightful) 417

The best toy for a kid that age is a good sized cardboard box. Nothing else comes close when it comes to stimulating their imagination, curiosity and social development. If you for some reason are opposed to cardboard boxes: How about some real world open ended interactive toys like blocks, teddybears, a tricycle, a pail and a shovel, some toy cars or a ... gasp... big red ball?

Comment Re:No more HollyWood films in ... (Score 4, Interesting) 233

Brazil has a stellar record of not caring much what the US thinks or does. They are true pioneers of "un-American" practices in many areas, like reducing dependency on oil through ethanol fuels, requiring as tough visa/immigration requirements of Americans as the US does of other countries and so on. If anybody can pull it off it's the Brazilians.

Comment No less interesting (Score 1) 149

Even if you rip out the whole extraterrestrial and panspermia mumbo jumbo you end up with something pretty interesting. Let go for a moment of the prejudice that terrestrial life requires DNA and/or RNA. Perhaps at some time in the early days of the earth alternative wholly terrestrial "life" existed and competed unsuccessfully with the DNA/RNA life systems. If you allow for that you could be looking at an ancient living fossil, life as we don't know it as opposed to life as we know it. Pretty cool and well worth looking into by people with less kookiness-cred than Godfrey Louis.

Comment tried it (Score 1) 271

fritz:~$ ping apple.com

PING apple.com ( 56(84) bytes of data.

64 bytes from eg-apple.apple.com ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=236 time=95.2 ms

64 bytes from eg-apple.apple.com ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=236 time=95.8 ms

Not quite like facebook, but almost as exciting!

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