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Comment Re:Oh yes! TOUGH! (Score 1) 726

Because nobody can buy a basic gaming box for about $800.

Nope. Just never happens.

Buy? I just recycle 3 year old retired business desktops from customers. Slap in a 850W PSU, a graphics card, some more memory and an SSD. Not the cutting edge of gaming, but it is cheap.

Submission + - There are four quarks! (home.cern)

slew writes: Although last year saw the first LHC observations of pentaquark particles, apparently there are indeed tetraquark particles too! And the LHC found four of them (coincidence?) Even more interesting, although they apparently each have a unique internal structure, mass and their own sets of quantum numbers, all of the four particles apparently contain the same quark composition (charm,anti-charm,strange,anti-strange). Weird stuff ;^)

Comment Re:Feasibility of a rerun? (Score 1) 693

It's mostly anecdotal at this point but there already seems to be a lot of buyers remorse. Thoughts on the possibility they'll have a follow-up "are you really sure?" referendum or at least an election where one of the parties campaigns on ignoring the result.

It would not be unprecedented. I'm Irish, and we have re-run constitutional votes twice in recent history to keep the EU project on track. We didn't have the xenophobic bullshit of the Brexit campaign going on though, so we didn't have the likes of Junker immediately shouting to get out.

Comment Re:may might predicts (Score 1) 655

>Unless you are more than 100 years old, you have never lived during a time when there were no commercial airlines.

100 years is definitely "not that long ago". It is a merely 0.1% of RECORDED history, which is itself a mere 100th of a percent of the history of the human race, and that is still only about 1/4 of 1000th of a percent of the history of life.

Can I get the records from 90000 years ago please? (Yes, I am poking fun at your math mistake, and I do agree 100 years is not a long time.)

Comment Re:Okay... so what am I supposed to do about it? (Score 1) 368

I suggest you download and watch Idiocracy: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt03...

Birth control by smart intelligent people who care about the planet is just a way of handing it over to stupid uneducated people who don't use birth control and don't care about the planet.

If you wouldn't vote for people like that in an election, why on earth would you hand the future of the planet over to them and their descendants?

I haven't watched that movie. However, I would suggest, given your quick summary, that it vastly over-simplifies the problems faced by humanity, blames poor people for being poor, and was written by someone who's understanding of genetics does not include the idea of regression toward the mean.

Comment Re:There's no "may" about it (Score 1) 940

I do agree with everything you said. However, you are looking at the long term future of employment, which does not address the immediate needs of poor people. Raising the minimum wage does address immediate poverty, as nobody is going to automate everything overnight. Obviously it will have negative effects on some businesses, but the market will correct itself eventually, if guided properly (I would describe myself as a free-market socialist, not a capitalist. Systems can have multiple equilibrium points, and we should expend the effort to push them into the most desirable ones)

Comment Re:May spur automation (Score 1, Insightful) 940

I've never understood the argument that minimum wage increases increase unemployment. People on minimum/low wages spend all of their money, and usually locally. People who can save money invest it where they get the best return, which is likely not locally. Increasing the minimum wage is the best thing you can do for an economy, as long as it isn't taken to ridiculous lengths where wages exceed production.

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 109

The Celts, according most thinking on the subject, originated in Central Europe or there abouts some time in the bronze age, something like 1200BC. The earliest evidence of humans in Ireland, according to the BBC article quoted in the OP says:

Since the 1970s, the oldest evidence of human occupation in Ireland has been the hunter-gatherer settlement of Mount Sandel on the banks of the River Bann, County Derry, which dates to 8,000 years ago.

Actually, just today in the news that has been pushed back to 12500 years ago. But this article is about remains from ~4000 years ago.

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