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Comment Re:Ah, The B-Ark... (Score 1) 299

Put both Clinton and Shatner on the ship and see who can score the most green chicks / moon maidens / Venusian Princesses. We might not be able to conquer the aliens through force but, we can out breed them with the above tag team. Of course wars then might be fought over who has the best hair.

Comment What? (Score 1) 107

I don't know about anywhere else but, the hermit crabs out here aren't hurting for shells. The problem should be even worse as they are in competition with young coconut crabs too.

Comment Re:Promised bandwidth? (Score 1) 160

Sorry to whomever he was replying to but, I'm going to dig the hole a tad deeper...currently (going on about 10 years now) the US govenment has issued multiple grants for a Bandwidth study with "purpose" of extending reach into rural areas and improving overall speed (links to the posted FCC stuff). One of the largest "non-profit" organizations taking advantage of this grant provides data for around 20 states and is so closely tied to the telecom industry a circle jerk isn't possible.
My town paper http://www.statesman.com/business/survey-texas-companies-with-broadband-internet-outperform-those-1686241.html was nice enough to give them some coverage. See if you can spot the errors.

Comment Re:Really bad idea. (Score 1) 1173

Dude, thats Riverside...mostly college kids who haven't the common sense gave a summer squash. Add to that the congestion at the IH-35 intersection as well as the Montopolis BS (ACC Riverside campus close to the AMD fab) and you have a major traffic problem. The city of Austin would be better served if they restricted downtown traffic to only bike, mass transit, & delivery so all the college kids could leave their cars at home. City council might actually do that if they get the light rail stuff approved. Austin street planning was never plotted for the growth its experiencing, ask some of the old residents they can tell you the city council was activly resisting growth for a long while.

Comment Re:Modern bloggers do not need any journalism skil (Score 1) 34

And that goes the same for many of the news media outlets the bloggers get their info-rage from. Take a look at a NYT article from today and compare it to something 60 years ago...then compare it to the average blogger vent. Its the same for many newspapers as the editing team is handpicked by the owning group. The Austin American Statesman suffers from this as well as an inability to report without prejudice. The news is polarized these days and you have to really pick through it to get to the truth...its almost not worth the effort.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 185

That, for some reason, keeps posting stories about Australia. Riiiight.

What, why shouldn't an American site post Australian topics...Australia is a great place and has good beer. Risk factor aside, gaining Australia is important in the quest for world domination as they have the only supply of Koalas which are crucial to the hearts & minds portion of the COIN strategy.


Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."

Comment Re:Prices (Score 1) 538

Webscription sells books from multiple publishers other than Baen. The $15 price is for the ARC editions of the book which are pre-print editions that get updates as the author writes/edits the work. When the work is finalized you can buy it for ~$6. The other catagory of $15 books are the serial compilations where they cut seven books into three parts and you get one part of each book per quarter. If you buy and end up not liking what you read you dont have to continue paying. So thats slightly more than 6 bucks for what usually amounts to a few new books and some old ones. All in all 90% of the books are priced at $6 or under. The collection of 7 books you refer to is the "Fafhrd and Grey Mouser Collection" by Fritz Leiber. I believe the rights were purchased after a member poll showed some interest and even without the bundle deal the individual books normal price are $8.99...a buck less than what Amazon would charge for the Kindle version if Amazon were to have it available for the Kindle or even for sale new.


PhD Candidate Talks About the Physics of Space Battles 361

darthvader100 writes "Gizmodo has run an article with some predictions on what future space battles will be like. The author brings up several theories on propulsion (and orbits), weapons (explosives, kinetic and laser), and design. Sounds like the ideal shape for spaceships will be spherical, like the one in the Hitchhiker's Guide movie."

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