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Ganesh V
Scientist. Engineer. Human.
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We've released our most powerful ‪#‎Ubuntu‬ smartphone to date with the Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition available globally. See full details >> http://ubunt.eu/OFs0Sa

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The aliens are silent because they're dead

Life on other planets would likely be brief and become extinct very quickly, say astrobiologists from The Australian National University (ANU).

In research aiming to understand how life might develop, the scientists realized new life would commonly die out due to runaway heating or cooling on their fledgling planets.

"The universe is probably filled with habitable planets, so many scientists think it should be teeming with aliens," said Dr Aditya Chopra from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences and lead author on the paper, which is published in Astrobiology.

"Early life is fragile, so we believe it rarely evolves quickly enough to survive."

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Nothing official about MS, but was just fun reading 👍
Windows 10 (n): A 64-bit "upgrade" to a 32-bit patch for a 16-bit GUI shell running on an 8-bit operating system, written for a 4-bit processor by a 2 bit company that can't stand 1 bit of competition! ;-)

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I used to think that I was good at building my own machines. I may have to re-think that.

I've pretty much always put together my own hardware, originally because it was cheaper to build your own system (which hasn't been true for a while now), and lately mainly because I end up having somewhat odd hardware - I've had access to development boards from Intel etc, so my machines tend to be these Frankenstein's monsters of random parts put together.

But recently I decided that I'd want to upgrade to a Skylake CPU and get rid of all my legacy stuff in favor of just a M.2 NVMe SSD. No more silly DVD drives, no more SATA disks.

And it turns out you can only take your Frankenstein hardware so far. My old power supply I was getting a bit suspicious of, and decided to finally upgrade for a fanless one, and my lovely old case with sound dampening panels didn't have USB3 ports, and honestly, without any rotational media the sound dampening probably didn't matter that much any more.

So I decided to pretty much upgrade everything. Go for really quiet fans etc. I went so far as even upgrade my mouse, because while I enjoy my Logitech MX Anywhere mouse, I decided that if I'm upgrading my machine, I'm getting the MX 2 Anywhere that is rechargeable rather than changing batteries every two months or whatever.

I'm now on week two of my upgrade, simply because I'm so completely disorganized. Just putting the machine together took something like four hours, because I noticed much too late that I couldn't actually mount the nice big (and quiet) fan with the motherboard in place, so I had to disassemble it all again and start from scratch, and in the meantime I misplaced one of the hex nuts for the fan.

And that was after I had delayed the build by several days just because I hadn't realized the USB issue with my old case, and then hadn't gotten a fan with my CPU, and...

But it's all good now. Almost. The mouse should arrive tomorrow, and my new machine should finally be all ready. I'm already using it with the old mouse, and refusing to change batteries despite the warning red light. It can damn well last one more day.

But next time I might just decide to go and get a pre-packaged machine rather than think I'm competent with hardware. Because I clearly am not.

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The newest Raspberry Pi costs just $5, and is available to buy now. It's free with the December issue of +The MagPi, in UK stores today.

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App for computational genotoxicity alerts is now live on Google Play Store. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
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