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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011
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    @Kosmos - Early GPS test ones? GPS satellites are really simple little things compared to some of the stuff we stick up there.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011
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    @nelzbub: That's a interesting read which seems to make some sense to me.
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011
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    @Kosmo
    Several such balls have dropped in southern Africa, Australia and Latin America in the past twenty years, authorities found in an Internet search.

    Don't worry guys, they did an internet search.
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2011
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    Seems to be a tank from a Russian satellite. It was identified in the comments.
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2011
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    Footballer's scrotum splits after tackle
    His manager makes a good point...
    • CommentAuthorarcaner
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2011
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    @cardo

    broken link
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeDec 27th 2011
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    Damn - bbc website. Is it something I'm doing wrong?
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011 edited
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    The 28C3 'Behind Enemy Lines' is ongoing.

    The schedule is around about -> Schedule
    And you can stream the talks from -> Official Streams

    Enjoy!

    *** EDIT ***

    Keynote:
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      CommentAuthorD.J.
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011
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    Tarzan's chimp dead at 80

    "When he didn't like somebody or something that was going on, he would pick up some poop and throw it at them. He could get you at 30 feet with bars in between," Mr Priest said.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 28th 2011
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    I remember a documentary with that chimp Cheetah driving around on the back of a motorbike dressed as a human.With shades on.I think he was smoking a cigar as well.I'm not too sure,though-I was laughing from disturbation...
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    Parisian flat containing €2.1 million painting lay untouched for 70 years

    For 70 years the Parisian apartment had been left uninhabited, under lock and key, the rent faithfully paid but no hint of what was inside
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      CommentAuthorVornaskotti
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011 edited
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    This has been painfully clear in Finland, where the "market value" theory has gained a lot of ground amongst these "activists".

    Dismantling the Men’s Rights Movement

    At its heart, men’s rights activism doesn’t really seem to be about activism at all. What the movement has turned into is a strange parody of “victim feminism,” an endless search for proof that men (despite earning more than women, heading up the overwhelming majority of companies and governments in the world, getting all the best movie roles, never having to wear heels, and so on and so on and so on) are in fact second-class citizens.


    EDIT: This is so spot on it's not even funny.

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    Enough with people in fiction exploding or flash freezing in space...

    http://www.geoffreylandis.com/vacuum.html
    • CommentAuthorandycon
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
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    I could only understand about 3 lines out of the whole thing, but it was very interesting, thanks.
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    Vorn:
    The comments to that Men's Right's piece are exemplary, aren't they? It's like a magnet to those fuckwits - and I think the clearly intelligent (or at least passing literate) ones are by far the worse.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2011
     (10382.16)
    The irony of this article is just painful in it's beauty:

    Marvel Lawyers Fighting to Prove that Mutants Aren't Human

    Toys manufactured in various countries and later imported to the US have to be taxed. And the taxes for each kind of toy vary, depending on the description. Specifically, "dolls" are toys that represent some sort of human, and "toys" are representations that are non-human, such as robots or animals. And it turns out, the non-human toys are taxed at a much lower rate than the human ones, 6.8 percent versus 12 percent. Hence, two Marvel lawyers are arguing that Mutant action figures are not actually human — and therefor shouldn't be taxed as much. And thus unknowingly unleashing the age-old Mutant debate that has long been a part of the X-Men's world.
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    Five Years After Banning Outdoor Ads, Brazil's Largest City Is More Vibrant Than Ever

    Before being enacted, the law triggered grave alarm among city businesses and other economic constituents. Critics worried that the advertising ban would entail a revenue loss of $133 million and a net job loss of 20,000. Fears that the city would look worse without the mask of the media alarmed residents. Despite the concerns, the law passed and the 15,000 billboards cluttering the world’s seventh largest city were taken down.

    Five years later, São Paulo continues to exist without advertisements. But instead of causing economic ruin and deteriorating aesthetics, 70 percent of city residents find the ban beneficial, according to a 2011 survey. Unexpectedly, the removal of logos and slogans exposed previously overlooked architecture, revealing a rich urban beauty that had been long hidden.
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      CommentAuthorVornaskotti
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2011 edited
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    What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success

    "Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality."
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      CommentAuthorVornaskotti
    • CommentTimeDec 30th 2011 edited
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    LETS HAX0R LIKE IT'S 1903!

    Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker's 1903 lulz

    A century ago, one of the world’s first hackers used Morse code insults to disrupt a public demo of Marconi's wireless telegraph
    [...]
    Mentally decoding the missive, Blok realised it was spelling one facetious word, over and over: "Rats". A glance at the output of the nearby Morse printer confirmed this. The incoming Morse then got more personal, mocking Marconi: "There was a young fellow of Italy, who diddled the public quite prettily," it trilled. Further rude epithets - apposite lines from Shakespeare - followed.