atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#7015: A real atomic fungus!!!

Check this out!
In the eerie environment inside the abandoned Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, researchers remotely piloting robots spotted pitch black fungi growing on the walls of the decimated No. 4 nuclear reactor and even apparently breaking down radioactive graphite from the core itself. What's more, the fungi seemed to be growing towards sources of radiation, as if the microbes were attracted to them!
That is simply amazing.

Guess I'm not so special after all....

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This is certain to confuse the shit out of Osaka:

This won't help you understand the joke very much if you've never seen the series and/or don't understand Japanese, but this is what I was referring to. The girl in the pink tank top is nicknamed "Osaka":

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Trump gave Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

...for the first time in my life I regret not watching the State of the Union speech.

Well, it'll probably be on YouTube soon anyway.

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Well, from 3 eps in, I can say with authority that Avenue 5 is just not funny at all. The only good thing about it is Hugh Laurie.

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This site lets you compare the performance of a whole slew of processors. I've been trying to figure out what processor is in Seiren, the vintage 2008 laptop, but I can't get a handle on it without powering it on and I don't feel like doing that at 3 AM. I haven't turned the thing on since...uh, before the battery will be completely dead and I'd have to use the power adaptor.

But somewhere I saw that there's a laptop you can get from Walmart for $200 with a Ryzen 3 3200u, and using that comparison tool I find the processor would be 4x as fast as my best guess at the one in Seiren. I picked a Core2 Duo processor; I remember that it ran at 2 GHz but I don't remember the designation for it, so I just picked the highest numbered processor that ran at that speed. And the label on the laptop says "Pentium Dual Core" on it rather than "Core2 Duo" so that may even be overestimating how fast the processor is.

Oh, it's from Pixy Misa's blog. $280 is the current price, apparently.

I think I could stomach paying $200 for a machine like that. I'd have to upgrade the memory and the SSD anyway--4 GB and 128 GB, respectively, won't cut it--so I wouldn't want to pay too much for the base unit. But it uses DDR4 memory and it's got Vega 3 graphics, which are pretty fast.

Well, it's not really vital, anyway.

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