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Comment Miscreants! (Score 4, Funny) 86

Why, I very nearly dropped my monocle when I heard that the rascals might be cahoots! Perhaps they have some sort of network (a system of tubes, perhaps?) that allows them to share their diabolical plans! Fiendishly clever!

We must safeguard our computing engines! I say we must find these these rogues and hang them from the highest scaffold in the land!

Comment Hmmm... (Score 1) 288

Interesting. The site is legit, but.... you would think McAfee would provide these links from a page on their main domain, instead of (although whois confirms that McAfee does indeed own this domain).

Also, I find it disturbing that McAfee doesn't provide a SSL certificate for this page to confirm the site's identity. Seems to me that this page would be a high-profile target for hijacking, especially considering that most people will blindly download and run the executables that it contains.

Comment Are these tests even legal? (Score 1) 547

Questionable accuracy and stilted, archaic language aside, can an employer legally require a (potential) employee to take this kind of test?

Many of the questions dwell on the applicant's state of health ("I have had no difficulty in starting or holding my bowel movement"), sexuality ("I am very strongly attracted by members of my own sex") or religious beliefs ("Everything is turning out just like the prophets of the Bible said it would"). Seems to me that this thing is a veritable minefield of discrimination lawsuits.

Comment Re:SABLE-3 did it on August 11/07 - 117,597ft/ 358 (Score 2) 106

Granted, this kind of thing has been done before, but that doesn't diminish the fact that this is simply a really cool project, particularly for a group of high school kids.

They have a flickr page with more photos of the balloon and the results (note that much of the captions are in Spanish). I'm impressed; in fact, I'd love to try this myself.

Comment Re:That is, as the Brits say, bollocks (Score 1) 951

The issue is that this ignorant view may be perpetuated in America. I have never heard anyone in Europe utter such crap.

Then let me introduce you to another American invention: Google

Despite the past eight years, stupidity is still alive and well in places other than America.

After all, the American Idol TV show did originate in Britain.


Researchers Test Whether Sharks Enjoy Christmas Songs 142

Scientists plan to test whether sharks enjoy listening to Christmas pop songs, after US research showed fish could recognize melody. Chris Brown, senior marine biologist at the Loch Lomond aquarium, said seasonal music would be played through walkthrough underwater tunnels where they can be heard by dozens of nurse sharks, black-tip reef sharks, and ray species. Experts will then monitor the sharks' reactions to different songs. We'll play everything from Kim Wilde and Mel Smith's Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade to Wham's Last Christmas. We may find they prefer something softer like White Christmas by Bing Crosby," Brown said. Thank you for answering this question science.

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