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Comment Re:The system always wins (Score 1) 950

With a growth in his chest, two ruptured disks and no job, Verone hoped a three-year stint in prison would afford him the health care he needed ...

But the charge of larceny, not armed robbery, is unlikely to keep Verone behind bars for more than 12 months

You can't win. Even the simplest of plans the powers that be manage to screw you over on.

Yes but this guy cant afford a lawyer so a 3 year sentence could still be a possibility!

Comment Re:A new kind of space ship? (Score 1) 181

The core of this planet has been hot for billions of years, perhaps it could be coaxed it into staying hot for billions more. A couple of well placed moons might gravitationally provide some heat in the core.

Also the planet could be stocked with water to provide thermodynamic energy, O2, and water for us and plants. Not sure how effective a big layer of ice is against gamma radiation, but it couldnt hurt.

And who says we have to have a large population, just big enough to withstand any disasters that might befall us along the way (earthquakes, radiation, comets, etc...).

Comment Re:Not an YRO (Score 1) 634

The problem is most Slashdotters were hailing as "free speech" the Facebook thing where someone decided an employer couldn't fire an employee for blatantly badmouthing him on Faceboook.

I think in this case there is some implied confidentiality given to the student. Maybe she didnt name names (I did not RTFA), but perhaps the identity could have been inferred by those in the class or their parents.

Frankly though, if i were a school administrator, trying to keep students in school, or attract more students to the school, i would argue that she is damaging the public image of the institution and thus financially harming it.

Comment Re:Is it on another planet? (Score 1) 405

::facepalm::

If what's being reported is accurate, they've discovered a life form whose DNA was previously thought to be completely, unequivocally, no-exceptions impossible. Not just "we haven't found it", but impossible.

From the NASA article, according to Carl Pilcher, this was already thought possible: "Until now a life form using arsenic as a building block was only theoretical, but now we know such life exists in Mono Lake."

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