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Comment Re:One in twenty? (Score 1) 884

Yes, those odds seem inconceivably low. If an unguided rock can hit a plane with that frequency (1 in 20 times), you'd think we'd be able to develop an anti-ballistic missile system that worked.

They said there was a 1 in 20 chance that some plane in the last 20 years could have been taken down with a meteor. Not that 1 in 20 meteors takes down a plane.

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Submission + - David Arneson, co-creator of D&D, dies at age (

Alotau writes: Following a two-year battle with cancer, David Arneson died Tuseday at the age of 61. He was a co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons. In an e-mail statement released by his family shortly after his death Tuesday, his daughter Malia Weinhagen, of Maplewood, Minn., said 'the biggest thing about my dad's world is he wanted people to have fun in life. I think we get distracted by the everyday things you have to do in life and we forget to enjoy life and have fun.'

Besides his daughter, Arneson is survived by his father, John, and two grandchildren.


Submission + - Immigrant Chinese, Indian techies heading home (

Alotau writes: A survey of 1203 returnees to India and China indicates that increased opportunities back home and the economic problems the U.S. are leading many immigrant techies to return home. The study's authors say it illustrates the need for the United States to do more to retain its skilled immigrants in the face of growing global competition, for example by increasing the number of permanent residency slots for them in science, technology, engineering and math. An interesting tidbit on this study is that it used LinkedIn to gather some of its data.

Don't Double Dip That Chip 2

A study by some Clemson University undergrads has shown that putting a food item in your mouth and then putting that item into a bowl of dip, causes that dip to have more bacteria than normal. Transfering 50-100 bacteria between mouths with every dip to be precise. Amazing. The results of their, "running downstairs with scissors in your mouth" study have been inconclusive.

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