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Comment We're here to help (Score 1) 340

The police in Queensland must be different from the ones in the rest of the world or... This is just an update of the 'shake the tree and see what falls out' approach the police have used for years. A pinch of misdirection and a few claims of "proactive public service' gives them the legal means to knock on any door and do a quick eval of the home or business and occupants. Hmmm, husband seemed a bit dodgy... you see what the neighbors have to say about him, I'll check myfacetube using his network, har har. Remember, after lunch we need to make a couple actual 'security' calls to keep the quota numbers on track. ..."I can assure you the Queensland Police is going to do this. I'll make sure it gets off the ground." - Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the Queensland Police. "You are young, life has been good to you. You will learn" - Sweeny Todd.

Comment Re:transplant organs from pork to human... (Score 1) 315

Well, I've got some pig and cow parts in me and I have not developed any 'many new deadly diseases such as this'. If you were in my shoes and alive because of this great technology, you'd probably have a different outlook on the ethical questions. Viruses 'pass the gap' from bird to pig to man (and back, too) all the time and apparently have since animals were domesticated. You are certainly entitled to have uninformed opinions and make doomsday predictions but you'd better hope you never need any extra parts - the human ones are hard to come by.

Comment Re:Wowwowowow (Score 1) 315

It's called reassortment. Different viruses in the same host exchange genes and form new viruses. The Great Influenza, by John M. Barry, is a detailed and highly readable nonfiction account of the 1918 flu that explains this and many other complexities of influenza. Read it while you still have time.

Comment Re:This is how it is in the UK now (Score 2, Interesting) 203

Huge difference! Fingerprints are a match or not, period. DNA matching requires experts, with their own agenda, and results are probabilities, not absolutes. Just a few months age a researcher in the US noticed two identical samples, one was from a black man, one from a white man. I know this is highly improbable - but it happened.

Comment It's not Ringworld (Score 1) 355

This is just a maneuver by the administration that sets the bar for AGW response so far out in wackyland that anything else seems reasonable by comparison. They know that there would be massive resistance (by The Rest Of The World, see above) if this was seriously considered. AGW, real or not, is making a lot of people rich, and those folks don't lead by example. This is not a problem that 'wants' to be fixed - it's making far too much money and keeping the pols in power. The result will be either 1) cook the numbers = yay it worked = reelect us, or 2) cook the numbers = still trying to save the earth = give us more money and reelect us. Want to bet which one happens?
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Submission + - google april fools 2009

segagman writes: "On April 1, 2009, Youtube gave some users a look at a new "viewing experience" when they selected a video within certain areas such as the "recommended for you" section. This new interface caused the whole layout including the video you were watching to flip upside down. Although the option is not visible for some, it can still be viewed by adding &flip=1 to the end of a video URL. There is also a featured YouTube video of a panda by the user 'cadiesingularity' with a profile stating "Cadie — the world's first Cognitive Auto-Heuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity"'s_hoaxes"

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