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Comment Parents or children or rituals? (Score 0) 252

demise of wild owls in the country as children seek to emulate the boy wizard by taking the birds as pets.

Ah, silly children.

there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls

Oh, so it's the parents' fault.

Researchers found that a growing number of owls were being trapped, traded or killed in black magic rituals. [...] Diwali, one of the biggest Hindu festivals, [...] It said owls were sometimes sacrificed on auspicious occasions.

Oh, right. We were talking about black magic. This article is really easy to follow.

Comment As Predicted in 2008 (Score 0) 218

From a preview article showing the building/pool design in 2008, the author said:

I'm extremely worried that the synergy of the energy reflection is going to turn this pool deck into a frying pan. Think ants + magnifying glass. [...] Perhaps CityCenter's crack team of architects have done enough mathematics and simulation tests to have figured out a solution. Perhaps they haven't. We'll find out August 2010.

Comment Re:Greedy Capitalists! (Score 0) 290

No, a loss of $2M a day assumes that their current dollar amount that they bring in continues. If they didn't bring in a single dollar, they would be burning through that cash to cover expenses very quickly. Their current income covers their expenses so that they don't have to burn through their cash on hand. If you take away all revenue, you're left with expenses and that wad of cash goes bye bye in much less than 21 years. For instance, they spent $2.7B on R&D in 2008. You can turn off that bill without firing everyone. Then there's $3.7B on General/administrative expenses. I think they'd have to shut down their operation if they were to hope to run for 21 years, which kind of defeats the purpose of existing if you have to shut down and fire everyone.
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Starcraft 2 To Be a Trilogy 253

The Starcraft 2 gameplay panel was an eventful one at Blizzcon today. The developers faced an obstacle when designing the game; the plans they had were just too massive to implement in a single game on anything approaching a reasonable timeline. Their solution was to divide the game up into three separate, stand-alone titles: Terran: Wings of Libery, Zerg: Heart of the Swarm, and Protoss: Legacy of the Void. Read on for further details.

Submission + - Eating Beef is Less Green than Driving (

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes: "Japanese scientists have calculated the overall effect on the environment of producing beef for consumption, and show that 2.2lb of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car non-stop for three hours at 50mph. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days. Taking into account all the processes involved, they said, four average sized steaks generated greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 80.25lb of carbon dioxide. Most of these emissions are in the form of methane released from the animals, but over two thirds of the energy is used to produce and transport cattle feed."

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