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Old February 23rd, 2017, 08:18 PM   #35741
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Today's Google logo is funny:

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 08:47 PM   #35742
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Let's bring up something less scientific. Do you like wine? What kind in particular?

I like the moldavian semi sweet. It tastes terrifically, costs nothing and always has a beautiful bottle.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 08:48 PM   #35743
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Today's Google logo is funny:

Now let's hope there is no hostile civilization.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 09:08 PM   #35744
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Most media made sensational clickbaiting headlines like '7 new planets suitable to living discovered'.
Little detail: they're 39 years-light away. Even if they'll ever discover a technology able to move an human at light speed (that probably would never happen), one would spend half of his life travelling there (eating what? receiving medical care by whom?). If one reads the first 5-6 lines, he'll realize that 'livable' is intended only with a theoretical meaning.
The only place outside Earth that we have a slim chance to set feet on within this century is probably Mars.
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 09:12 PM   #35745
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On top of that 'only' 3 of the discovered exoplanets are actually within the habitable zone.
And even on top of that the habitable zone is with a lot of guessing because the technology to 100%-certainly determine that the planet is habitable simply does not exist (yet).
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 09:25 PM   #35746
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News is increasingly clickbaity, including most of the mainstream media. It's nothing new either, already 10 years ago the biggest online news site of the Netherlands (nu.nl) used clickbaity headlines for many of their stories, mostly consisting of quotes rather than factual information.

For example a major newspaper Algemeen Dagblad (AD) came with the headline 'congestion in Zwolle is increasing'. However in reality the city of Zwolle scored 213 out of 215 of the most congested cities in Europe. Of course the 'it's getting worse' narrative generates more clicks than 'nothing to report'.

I personally found it more newsworthy that Zwolle is one of the least congested cities across Europe than that, objectively, congestion increased marginally from a very low base.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 10:52 PM   #35747
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Most media made sensational clickbaiting headlines like '7 new planets suitable to living discovered'.
Little detail: they're 39 years-light away. Even if they'll ever discover a technology able to move an human at light speed (that probably would never happen), one would spend half of his life travelling there (eating what? receiving medical care by whom?). If one reads the first 5-6 lines, he'll realize that 'livable' is intended only with a theoretical meaning.
The only place outside Earth that we have a slim chance to set feet on within this century is probably Mars.
Let me calculate:

- the fastest capsule carrying a human can reach 40.000 kph,
- the speed of light is 1.080.000.000 kph
- the distance is 40 light years.

We can attempt to convert the distance into kilometres. If I am not mistaken it should be
40*365*24*1.080.000.000 = 378.432.000.000.000 km

Now let's calculate the time it could take:
t=s/v thus
t=378.432.000.000.000/40.000 = 9.460.800.000 hours = 394.200.000 days = 1.080.000 years

So, If we set off tomorrow, we would reach the new stellar system in the year 1.082.017. Furthermore, If we assume that one human generation takes 70 years and omit the possibility of developing an immortality medicine or at least significant life-extenders, our grangrangran...(repat 15428 times) children could land on the new Earth. Cool. Thanks God they can return because the sun would be still in a stable phase (not in a stage of red giant).

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Old February 23rd, 2017, 11:04 PM   #35748
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Imagine how many times would the kids say "are we there yet?" during this trip.
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Old February 23rd, 2017, 11:38 PM   #35749
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Imagine how many times would the kids say "are we there yet?" during this trip.
I wonder if there happens to be an "entry prohibited" sign at the destination, would that be in English.
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Old February 24th, 2017, 12:38 AM   #35750
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The best are certain social media comments like: "we should send our politicians/criminals/illegal immigrants/whatever undesidered human category there."
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Old February 24th, 2017, 12:57 AM   #35751
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Do you actually pronounce L and J in Ljubljana - so that using English spelling, it would be Lyublyana?

Because some people in Poland write it just as Lublana.
Most people just say [lublana], but it's officially [ljubljana], pronounced like in "million".
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Old February 24th, 2017, 01:34 AM   #35752
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Let's bring up something less scientific. Do you like wine? What kind in particular?

I like the moldavian semi sweet. It tastes terrifically, costs nothing and always has a beautiful bottle.
I enjoy wine a lot.
I like the cheap red wine that comes in a box
I am a bit spoiled, I live in the Canadian wine country now, there are a dozen wineries within 15 minutes driving of my home I can visit... but I still drink plonk
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Old February 24th, 2017, 08:50 AM   #35753
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I started to enjoy Chilean wines, some of those are actually pretty good. My favorites are Italian whites, though, for instance the Passerina and Pecorino from central Italy.
In my hometown an excellent dessert wine is produced, called Visciolino: they take grape must and let it mellow with sour cherries. Since it's impossible to find it anywhere else, every time I visit my parents I get some bottles to take with me.
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Old February 24th, 2017, 12:24 PM   #35754
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French wines are the best!

Romanian wine is okay but not always cheap. For others, Chili is way too far, the transportation environmental cost is too high....
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Holy crap the Los Angeles Times website has become an ad-infested circus.

I was reading this article: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...209-story.html

First they ask you to disable ad-blockers. But then I got full-screen pop-up advertisements, several autoplaying advertising videos with sound and it is so severe that the browser becomes sluggish and slow, almost becoming non-responsive.

Ghostery detects a staggering 137 trackers on that article.

And then they're upset that people browse with ad-blocking features...
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Old February 24th, 2017, 04:35 PM   #35756
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Same goes for Forbes. Something like 16-20 ads per page. Ridiculous.

Toptip: if you disable AdBlocker and go to the page you want to see, you can re-enable your AdBlock and F5, you wont get the don't-use-adblock-message then and the page won't be extremely sluggish.
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Old February 24th, 2017, 04:48 PM   #35757
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Holy crap the Los Angeles Times website has become an ad-infested circus.

I was reading this article: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/l...209-story.html

First they ask you to disable ad-blockers. But then I got full-screen pop-up advertisements, several autoplaying advertising videos with sound and it is so severe that the browser becomes sluggish and slow, almost becoming non-responsive.

Ghostery detects a staggering 137 trackers on that article.

And then they're upset that people browse with ad-blocking features...
I avoid such websites. First of all if it asks to remove addblocks then it doesn't worth being visited by me...
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Old February 24th, 2017, 06:56 PM   #35758
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I have disabled adblock on just a few sites, which I can see that have a minor amount of normal advertising plus they are run by normal people and not click-baits. SSC is one of those sites.

Speaking of wines, I have just bought a rosé Zinfandel from California. Delicious.
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Old February 24th, 2017, 07:08 PM   #35759
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While most of Southern people prefer red wines, I prefer white dry ones. One of my favorite wine regions is Somló, north of Balaton in Hungary, they make tasty dry white wines. And I like wine of the region where I currently live, wine from Rhine's affluents, Ahr and Mosel, especially dry Riesling.
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