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Comment I'll bet Microsoft is behind that (Score 2) 403

I can totally see Microsoft threatening Dell's volume license if they sell the Ubuntu version for less than Windows. Maybe not in any way that would be outwardly anti-competitive, just the old mafia strategy of telling Dell you would hate it if something bad happened to their volume license.

Yes, sir, that would be a real shame.


Submission + - Nanoparticles Stop Multiple Sclerosis In Mice (

HangingChad writes: Scientists have used nanoparticles covered in proteins to trick the immune system to stop attacking myelin and halt the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

The nanoparticles, about 200 times thinner than a human hair, are made from the same material as dissolving stitches. Scientists compare the process an immune system "reboot". The process keeps the immune system from treating myelin as an alien invader and to stop attacking it.

Comment Nice followup (Score 1) 418

Nice followup to the Obamacare PR fiasco, dipshits. Alienate half your customers by being a dick about providing health care coverage for your employees and then top that by spamming everyone's cell phones with unwanted texts.

One more is a hat trick. You're this close to the stupid trifecta, might as well go for the gold.

Maybe announce you don't want to pay for birth control and alienate your female customers. Or rape comments are all the rage these days, though it would be hard to come up with any new material on that topic.

Comment Re:Disgousting behaviour (Score 5, Insightful) 560

Every time I see this kind of thing it just confirms that the biggest threat to peace and the ones creating racial intolerance and hatred are the US Government.

How exactly is that flamebait? Whether you agree with the sentiment or not, that's what a lot of people outside the U.S. think.

When Customs starts interrogating foreign lawmakers over their political positions, it's only going to make that perception worse.

Comment Re:Gotta keep moving (Score 4, Insightful) 179

Lets try to find something else renewable that will work.

It frightens me that this is the level of intellectual clarity the majority of America brings to big problems.

The report said it would not work for more than 5 percent of transportation fuels at the current state of the technology, not that it wasn't a viable alternative if some of the technological challenges can be addressed.

That's what this bit means: However, the potential to shift this dynamic through improvements in biological and engineering variables exists.

Maybe you should stick to problems that can be solved by banging rocks together.

Comment Gold and diamonds used to lay on the surface (Score 2) 396

It may seem hard to believe now, but gold, silver and diamonds used to lay on the surface of the Earth. It wasn't until man got to the point we were writing things down that we started collecting the shiny things on the surface.

All I'm suggesting is it could be naturally occurring or it could be ejecta from an impact event involving an asteroid with a high metallic content.

Comment Hard time reading train wreck stories (Score 3, Insightful) 192

It's hard reading IT train wreck stories, especially when the damage is self-inflicted. And yet I saw that same attitude, on both sides of the transaction, acted out over and over.

A long time ago a CIO I worked for said he wasn't worried as long as he had a throat he could choke if things went sideways. The only thing he cared about was having somewhere to cast blame.

Those were the days I naively cared about doing a good job.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1, Insightful) 461

Much more likely to deregulate, support offshoring, and expand the H1-B visa pool.

That's because of those moocher tech workers who feel entitled to 8 hour work days, decent salaries and health care coverage.

Obviously they've never lived in the "real world". Where if you don't like your crappy, slave-wage job you can just ask daddy if you can borrow enough money to start your own company.

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