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Old 2015-09-28, 11:03   Link #3121
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Evidence of water on Mars

“There is liquid water today on the surface of Mars,” Michael Meyer, the lead scientist on Nasa’s Mars exploration programme, told the Guardian. “Because of this, we suspect that it is at least possible to have a habitable environment today.”

Great! Now let's get on with the terraforming and training up some Undines...
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Old 2015-09-28, 12:24   Link #3122
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How long until the pioneer spirit awakens once more?
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Old 2015-09-28, 18:27   Link #3123
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Let's face it, if the USA spent half as much on NASA as is currently spent on 'Defence', then NASA could do a hell of a lot more to increase our knowledge of the universe.

As far as that 'pioneer spirit' goes, going to the moon got all the funding it needed because of the cold war and the need to beat the Russians. Don't get me wrong, it was a great achievement and I'm old enough to have sat up late with the family around our old black and white TV set waiting for the pictures to come in from the moon.
It's kind of sad that the US has had successive Presidents sound off about going to Mars, but not one of them has ever funded it.

Then again, if Putin wasn't such a dick, a joint US-Russia mission would be a great idea as both nations have a lot to contribute. Add in the ESA as well. A joint mission of all space powers would be pretty good from a diplomatic level, and split the budget.

When I were a lad, back in the seventies, it was expected that Mars would be the next stage in manned space travel. It still isn't, and that's sad. I read books in the seventies which told me I'd be having holidays on the moon by fifteen years ago!

Maybe we need a more advanced propulsion system to get there more quickly, for the sake of puny human meatbags. That seems to be the big problem with getting your ass to Mars (as Buzz Aldrin says) - it takes a long time.
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Old 2015-09-28, 21:24   Link #3124
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Old 2016-01-18, 04:14   Link #3125
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Old 2016-07-26, 01:03   Link #3126
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Yahoo sold to US telecoms giant Verizon
So what will happen to Yahoo mail, Tumblr and Flickr?
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Old 2016-07-26, 04:42   Link #3127
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I wonder about that as well, since my primary email is Yahoo!, though I do have both a Gmail and Hotmail/Outlook account that I have recently linked with my Yahoo! Mail (Outlook's process seems cleaner than Gmail's, TBH - at least the folder structure and the dates are accurate) just in case that Mayer CEO would make an even bigger mess of her company.

Flickr and Tumblr seem to be popular enough to not be outright shuttered. I only hope Yahoo! Mail won't be merged with Verizon's services and will be kept separate.
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Old 2016-09-29, 14:27   Link #3128
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Goodbye World: We’ve Passed the Carbon Tipping Point For Good.

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It’s a banner week for the end of the world, because we’ve officially pushed atmospheric carbon levels past their dreaded 400 parts per million. Permanently.

According to a blog post last Friday from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “it already seems safe to conclude that we won’t be seeing a monthly value below 400 ppm this year—or ever again for the indefinite future.” Their findings are based on weekly observations of carbon dioxide at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory, where climate scientists have been measuring CO2 levels since 1958.
On one hand I am sad for future generation having to deal with problems that will rise from this. On the other I am glad that first changes are going to happen in 100 years form now, long after I am dead.
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Old 2016-11-07, 08:30   Link #3129
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'Web Of Trust' Browser Extension Cannot Be Trusted

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The NDR investigation discovered that while you have the WOT extension installed, extensive data collection is going on in the background. But WOT not only collects and records data on a per-user basis, it then analyzes and sells it on to third parties.
Well that just sucks. I've been using this extension for a long time since it was my first online defense to warn me if a site that i'm going to visit is unsafe or not. Looks like i have to find an alternative extension like WOT.
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Old 2016-12-19, 04:46   Link #3130
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Old 2016-12-19, 09:40   Link #3131
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Kinda reminds me of those mechs from Avatar. Still, looks like Kuratas better step up their game
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Old 2017-01-10, 02:38   Link #3132
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Yahoo says Marissa Mayer will leave board after Verizon deal closes, will operate under new name Altaba

So Yahoo Mail becomes Altaba Mail?
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Old 2017-02-22, 23:19   Link #3133
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Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem
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Old 2017-02-22, 23:39   Link #3134
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I could see this being applied to some industrial things, but I seriously doubt it'll get applies to commercial products any time soon. People have accepted not getting to use all their ketchup/toothpaste/whatever before throwing it away and moving on to the next bottle/tube/etc. The more quickly you move on without feeling robbed, the more quickly the company makes another buck. And I seriously doubt it'd cost less than whatever they're currently lining the products with, so why would they increase their costs to save one more use of whatever?

Unless they find a way to hyper market this as some amazing thing that makes people want to spend like 20-30% more just to get that last bit, but not sure they'd be willing to take the risk.
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Old 2017-03-29, 01:57   Link #3136
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Anger as US internet privacy law scrapped
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Old 2017-07-13, 02:00   Link #3137
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Here we go again. Net neutrality battle 2.0

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Old 2017-07-31, 05:42   Link #3138
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Old 2017-11-29, 10:57   Link #3139
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Well this is troubling.

Indian troops on China border told to format smartphones, delete 42 apps for spyware threat

The apps in question.

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