World's First Fully Functioning Missile-Shooting Robotic Transformer


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Astronomers discover the most massive black hole ever


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Pacific island 'does not exist'

We are facing a major cover-up here. Now they say that an island does not exist and never existed. Tomorrow they'll support the same for Greece :p
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11/07/12 PHD comic: 'Punctuation mark decoder'


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via PHD Comics on 11/7/12

Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "Punctuation mark decoder" - originally published 11/7/2012

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Μία σύντομη κριτική της προπαγάνδας στον ηλεκτρονικό τύπο (στο .gr domain)

Διάβασα ένα άρθρο στο www.in.gr με τίτλο "Στη δίνη της ψηφοφορίας για τα επώδυνα μέτρα στροβιλίζεται το πολιτικό σκηνικό" [1].

Πίπες. Υποτίθεται ότι η δουλειά ενός site που περιέχει ειδήσεις είναι να ενημερώνει τον κόσμο για τις εξελίξεις, όχι να προβάλει μια κριτική της ποιότητας των μέτρων. [2] (γιατί το "επώδυνα" και γενικά η σύνταξη του τίτλου αυτό κάνει) 

Το πώς θα χαρακτηριστούν τα μέτρα είναι καθαρά υποκειμενικό θέμα του καθενός και σίγουρα δεν είναι κάτι που ένα "σοβαρό" site ειδήσεων πρέπει να αφήνει τον εκάστοτε αρθρογράφο να κάνει.

Μπορεί (δεν ξέρω; απλά υποθέτω*) ο χαρακτηρισμός των μέτρων, ως κάτι που προκαλεί αισθήματα οδύνης, να συμπίπτει με την γνώμη που τρέφει για αυτά η πλειοψηφία των κατοίκων της Ελλάδας (που υπόκεινται στο φορολογικό της σύστημα), αλλά το να παρουσιάζεται αυτός ο χαρακτηρισμός σε πολλά ([3], [4], [5], [6]) άρθρα του site ενός έγκριτου δημοσιογραφικού οργανισμού [7] θεωρώ ότι είναι καθοδήγηση της κοινής γνώμης [8] (αυτή μπορεί να εκλιφθεί από conspiracy theorists σαν υποκινούμενη από διαφόρων ειδών συμφέροντα [9]).

Αυτή είναι η γνώμη μου, αλλά εγώ δεν είμαι δημοσιογράφος και άρα μπορώ να μην είμαι αντικειμενικός.

Euronews FTW [10].

* σε εμένα προκαλούν αίσθηση μίσους για οποιονδήποτε πολιτικό** της δημοκρατικής Ελλάδας, αλλά όχι οδύνη. Δεν θα κλάψω, ούτε λυπηθώ και ούτε θα νιώσω έντονο ψυχικό πόνο [11], πράγματα που έτσι και αλλιώς συνδέονται με την αποδοχή της κατάστασης [12] (και άρα παραίτηση από την αντίδραση [how's that for a conspiracy?]).
** όχι γενικά για μας τους Έλληνες, γιατί όπως ποτέ δεν φταίνε οι υπάλληλοι μιας εταιρίας, αλλά πάντα φταίει ο manager και όπως δεν φταίει το παιδί που συμπεριφέρεται κάπως, αλλά οι μαλάκες οι γονείς του που το αφήνουν [13], έτσι δεν φταίνε οι πολίτες που είναι κάπως μαθημένοι, αλλά οι πολιτικοί που είναι λαμόγια, αλήτες, ρουφιάνοι, αισχροί, προδότες, αρκουδέιδες και καθιζήματα [14] και τους οδήγησαν να γίνουν έτσι.

[9] Wilhelm Reich, "The Mass Psychology Of Fascism" (Section X.3.2 "Objective criticism and irrational fault-finding"), English translation by Theodore P. Wolfe, Orgone Institute Press, New York, 1946
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Mars Curiosity Rover takes a high-res self-portrait


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via SlashGear by Craig Lloyd on 11/2/12

Today, NASA released a high-resolution self-portrait of the Mars Curiosity rover taken by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI). The photo consists of 55 images that were stitched together to create one giant photograph of the rover. The images were taken on October 31, and were sent down to Earth this morning.

Obviously, this is nothing short of stunning. The image shows Curiosity in Gale Crater, and you can see the base of Aeolis Mons (or Mount Sharp) in the background, a 3-mile high mountain. To the left on the ground, you can see four small holes where Curiosity was digging around in order to find out if life on Mars ever existed.

However, the photo isn't just for entertainment purposes. NASA uses the self-portrait to track the physical state of Curiosity, like dust accumulation and wheel wear. NASA will take several of these throughout Curiosity's mission to track changes over time. However, due to the MAHLI's location on Curiosity's robotic arm, it's only able to capture a certain portion of the rover.

Then again, Curiosity has 17 cameras on board, which is way more than what most professional photographers have on hand. NASA is making sure that Curiosity takes a lot of photos of different areas of Mars, and you can keep up with all the photos on NASA's website. In the meantime, enjoy the self-portrait and think about the fact that this photo was taken on a different planet.

[via Universe Today]

Mars Curiosity Rover takes a high-res self-portrait is written by Craig Lloyd & originally posted on SlashGear.
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“Apology” Didn’t Cut It; Apple Ordered to Really Apologize

omg, Apple's butt must be in pain from the judge's spanking :P
hey apple! hey apple! hey apple! [1] can't you simply say "I'm sorry?" [2]
[1] Annoying orange
[2] SouthPark: Season 14 Episode 11, Coon 2: Hindsight (1)


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Last week, we told you about Apple's creative "apology." We expressed our opinion that Apple failed at following the order from the UK Court of Appeals. The court felt the same way, and has ordered Apple to correct their statement within 48 hours. It must be in at least 11-point font instead of the small text used by Apple and ON the front page rather than a linked page as Apple attempted to do. They called the statement Apple posted as "untrue" and "incorrect" and were, to put it lightly, quite displeased. Judge Robin Jacob had this to say about Apple:

"I'm at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. That is a plain breach of the order."

Apple's lawyers said that it would take at least 14 days to comply with the order and requested that timeframe, to which the Court denied and had this to say in response:

"I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can't put this on" their website, Jacob said. "I just can't believe the instructions you've been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?"

What also appears to be missing are the newspaper adverts that Apple was ordered to place, but no mention of them were made by the Court. We'll have to stay tuned to see what else turns up in this now mind-boggling case.

Source: BloombergGuardian


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Voyager 1 encounters mystery at the edge of our solar system


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via SlashGear by Shane McGlaun on 11/1/12

The Voyager 1 probe has been soaring through the solar system for 35 years. Voyager 1 is currently the most distant man-made object from the Earth in history. Scientists believe that the probe recently left the suns protective sphere of influence. The sphere of influence I'm talking about is the Sun's magnetic bubble called the heliosphere.

Scientists analyzing data being sent back from Voyager 1 have discovered a mystery at the edge of the solar system's magnetic boundary with interstellar space. The probe is so far from Earth that it takes over 17 hours for signal to travel from Voyager 1 back to the Earth. Scientists have been anxiously watching key data, including the particle energy count and the magnetic field strength indicator and orientation in an effort to determine precisely when the probe leaves our heliosphere.

Scientists previously believed that when the probe entered an area known as the heliosheath the magnetic field would begin to fluctuate, and the number of high-energy cosmic rays would decrease the magnetic fluctuations. However, scientists looking at the data throughout 2010 found that the opposite actually occurred. When the probe entered the heliosheath, the magnetic field became more chaotic and the number of high-energy particles detected by Voyager 1 actually increased.

This is the mystery that scientists are working to solve right now. The researchers suspect that the magnetic fluctuations in the area surrounding Voyager 1 are somehow energizing charged particles within the heliosheath and therefore, increasing the number of detections by Voyager 1. The scientists are also working now to determine if Voyager 1 has finally left our solar system, and is now cruising through interstellar space.

[via discovery.com]

Voyager 1 encounters mystery at the edge of our solar system is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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VIDEO: Greek officials 'lied' about list

to the abyss with thee, greek politicians


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via BBC News - Home on 10/31/12

A Greek journalist goes on trial today after publishing a list of over 2,000 Greeks said to hold bank accounts in Switzerland, some of whom are suspected of tax evasion.


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