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Comment Cry me a river (Score 1) 108

I bet he also thinks it really hurts his efficiency that he can't simply open letters as he pleases or simply storm suspects' homes and take away whatever he considers to be evidence.

Pesky thing those "liberties" and "rights". Things are so much easier for police in a police state, I tell ya.

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 2) 110

How about falling into a pile of mud that instantly covered her?

Fossils are rare. For many reasons. One of them being that back then burial rites were not really the big craze and animals that die rarely get to fall apart where they fall to the ground. Carrion eaters tend to pluck them apart and carry parts away. Sometimes a corpse gets buried quickly by natural events. Falling into a swamp, or an animal suffocating from a volcano eruption and getting buried under ash.

Yes, that's rare. But so are fossils. If you consider just how many animals have lived on this planet and then compare that with the amount of fossils we have, it's actually amazing that we DO have Lucy at all.

Comment Re:AMD May Nearly Catch Up (Score 1) 78

There are no CISC processors, only CISC instruction sets. That ignorant fanboy feud died back in the 90's. Processor architecture is not driven by instruction set.

Nor are the "interesting times" unique to CISC. All processors have this issue unless they are uncompetitive.

AMD hasn't been competitive in quite a while and there's nothing new there. What has changed is the inherent need for x86 processors at all. Intel's threat is from ARM, not AMD.

Comment What the hell is the big deal with "planet"? (Score 2) 125

Pluto is no planet!
Because it's not cleared its orbit.
Well, we have found almost a dozen others out there like Pluto!
We'd have to call all of them planets!

What the fuck is the big deal? I am still waiting for a really good reason that explains why "clearing its orbit" is so friggin' important. Technically, given its Trojans, Jupiter hasn't even done that. So let's call that biggest gasball outside the sun itself a planetoid.

I can see the "has to be large enough to have enough gravity to get round". Ok. Just for the sake of having a lower limit in mass. I can of course see the "has to orbit the sun itself and not another object" so we can tell it apart from a moon (which gets our very own planet into rather hot water, considering that outside Pluto we have the biggest moon compared to planet mass, at what point do you have a dual-planet system rather than a planet-moon system? Probably when the common center of mass is outside both bodies, I'd say).

But "clearing out the orbit"? C'mon, find a better reason if you want to keep the planet club exclusive and not include the likes of Pluto. I bet it's just 'cause you noticed that it's half-black, isn't it?

Comment Re:Oh please (Score 1) 110

Potentially exactly his "chance" death caused it to be preserved? If it had been eaten by a predator, we would not get a complete skeleton (more likely we'd maybe find a bone or a tooth somewhere, with scavengers carrying off what's left of the carcass).

There are many examples of preservation by accident, simply because the specimen in question did something extraordinary. Think of this one for example. He traveled, presumably alone, across the alps. Something you didn't do back then, there was nothing to prove or no reason to go for some kind of misguided "self-realization", back then people had real problems and didn't feel the urge to make their life harder to "feel it". So most people weren't stupid enough to climb onto glaciers. This guy did. And that's what preserved him while everyone else from his tribe has turned to dust long ago.

So yes, the random, odd sample may well be all we can still find.

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