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Comment Re:Oh yeah? (Score 1) 308

Further out, the big question about asteroid mining I've never seen plausibly answered is: how do you make mining bulk metal in space cheaper than mining it on Earth?

Silly, why would anyone want to go mine an asteroid? We'll just send a fully automated self-propagating probe to the asteroid, it can build ships and send them back to us on autopilot filled with raw-materials... Wait, what future are you referring too again?

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Submission + - InnoDB Dropped From Oracle MySQL Classic Edition (digitizor.com) 2

dkd903 writes: In a move to make MySQL more profitable, Oracle has dropped support for InnoDB storage engine from the MySQL Classic edition which is available for free. So this free version of MySQL – the classic edition is left with only one storage engine, that is MyISAM. InnoDB Storage engine will be available only from MySQL Standard edition and above which starts at US$2000.

Immaculate Conception In a Boa Constrictor 478

crudmonkey writes "Researchers have discovered a biological shocker: female boa constrictors are capable of giving birth asexually. But the surprise doesn't end there. The study in Biology Letters found that boa babies produced through this asexual reproduction — also known as parthenogenesis — sport a chromosomal oddity that researchers thought was impossible in reptiles. While researchers admit that the female in the study may have been a genetic freak, they say the findings should press researchers to re-think reptile reproduction. Virgin birth among reptiles, especially primitive ones like boas, they argue may be far commoner than ever expected."

Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty Black Ops Edition 102

gadgetking writes "When I first saw this I thought it was a joke — the Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition. Seriously? I mean I like my COD first person shooter game as much as the next nerd but this really shows how mainstream video games have become. From the article: 'The Jeep brand today announced it has been named exclusive automotive partner by Activision for Call of Duty: Black Ops, and that they're making a COD Jeep. Hitting show floors next month, this limited-edition Jeep Wrangler will be available for a MSRP of $30,625 for the two-door model and $33,500 for the four-door. The 2011 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition comes standard with "aggressive 32-inch tires, unique military style and Call of Duty graphics."'"

Comment Re:Mod the summary funny (Score 1) 663

Tuna isn't the only fish high in mercury, Salmon (especially farm raised, well farm raised of most varieties of fish will be quite higher) and anything from certain streams and lakes. In some regions it is recommended you only eat a fish caught in the area once a month if memory serves me, this can differ depending on where you catch it so I suggest if you are a big fisher (not the catch and release type) you do your own research.

[citation needed yah yah yah, well depends on where and when. Even in the Adirondacks of the North East I'm basing the one a month off of]

Comment 2 questions... (Score 1) 88

I wonder where the best place to view this from would be? The Aurora Borealis are best viewed in Alaska, but during the winter. My girlfriend just got to Alaska recently and I'm on the North East coast, we'll have to compare notes!

Speaking of Alaska, I wonder what time dude's plane crashed?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said a minor radio blackout event occurred at 2 pm EDT on Monday when an M1 flare erupted on the Sun. Solar flares are classified as C (low intensity), M (moderate intensity), and X (high intensity).

Submission + - The Mystery of the 87-star flag (slate.com) 1

remember_clifford writes: Slate has a piece on how to design American flags of N stars, from 1 to 100. None of the six different patterns they identify work for flags of 29-, 69-, or 87- stars. Would be curious to see what Slashdot readers can come up with.

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