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Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 640

This is a hoax. From:

[UPDATE: The Senior Administrator for the London International School of Performing Arts informed me that Keanu Reeves made no appearance there, assuming that's the correct school. We're waiting on WB for more info.]

[UPDATE 2: Keanu's rep and the studio confirmed that this is entirely fabricated. The only somewhat true part is about the future Robin Hood script, which we knew about already, but it didn't cost anywhere near as much as $5 million]


WHO Declares H1N1's Spread Officially a Pandemic 368

juggledean writes "The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global flu pandemic after holding an emergency meeting, according to reports. It means the swine flu virus is spreading in at least two regions of the world with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile." Whether it's called a pandemic or not, there's a hopeful note in the story about H1N1's spread: "...there were people who believed we might be in a kind of apocalyptic situation and what we're really seeing now with H1N1 is that in most cases the disease is self-limiting."

Junior-Sized Supernova Discovered By New York Teen 154

Matt_dk writes "In November 2008, Caroline Moore, a 14-year-old student from upstate New York, discovered a supernova in a nearby galaxy, making her the youngest person ever to do so. Additional observations determined that the object, called SN 2008ha, is a new type of stellar explosion, 1000 times more powerful than a nova but 1000 times less powerful than a supernova. Astronomers say that it may be the weakest supernova ever seen."

Comment Re:Summary is hopelessly wrong... (Score 1) 492

Most nuclear powers don't brainwash their people and shut out the entire outside world to maintain an iron grip on the populace.

Most nuclear powers don't keep on the brink of war at all times and use threats to extract aid.

Hm. both of these sound like America actually. Brainwashing the populace with biased media, and threatening the populace with the idea of terrorism in order to stay in war (and then extract money).

Comment Re:I haven't read the EULAs of other browsers, (Score 1) 171

i c what you did thar.

Instead of responding to the positive things I said about google and negative things I said about microsoft, which clearly stated why I appreciate google over microsoft, you decided to call me ignorant.

I respect your urge to change the culture of slashdot, and encourage people to become more open minded, but insulting them is a terrible way to do it. If you decide to actually respond to what I said, I'd welcome that. As it is all I can do is shake my head and wonder what you're doing here.

Honestly, I think that my post wasn't so much "google fanboism" as much as "good software fanboism" Which I'm not embarrassed to be a part of. Any company (even if it's microsoft) that promotes good software, I'm willing to "be a part of" where "being a part of" simply means participating in their products.

When Microsoft makes a product, and prices it low enough or hands it out for free, then I'll buy it. As it stands, they won't. Everything they either price too high (Office) or don't put enough work into it (Vista). So I won't back Microsoft.

Comment Re:I haven't read the EULAs of other browsers, (Score 3, Informative) 171

Well, it's quite a bit easier to back google then microsoft when google's software:
  • is reasonably priced
  • is clean
  • is easy to use
  • has a good interface
  • is fast
  • doesn't crash constantly

And this is amplified by Google's stance on Open Source (in comparison to Microsoft), which as you can imagine is a reasonably persuasive stance in this crowd.

The only good argument I've heard against google is people being worried about all their data being off site: ie, it's available to someone else, and possibly unavailable to you.

In summary: Have you even used Google Chrome? It's amazing!

Comment Re:Um No, (Score 1) 250

If you tell a computer to synthesize 10000 compounds using X, Y, z and 1 one of them will kil everyone in the building and you dont EXPLICITLY tell it to not synthesize it. What do you think will happen?

Except, wouldn't you agree that the same thing could be done by simply maneuvering a robotic arm to drop someone down a large shaft?

In order for a computer to decide that humanity is worth killing, and for it to go out of it's way to kill us it would have to be programmed that way, or very complicated.

Failed Physicist did point out though, that if we basically simulate the whole brain, then we may "create" malicious intent accidentally. So I'd buy that.

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