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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Austrian Anarchy Ah, those were the days (266 comments)

Back when some of us were clamoring for an iOpener to add touch screen and HDD hacks, tinkering with Panasonic touch-screen large palm sized gadgets (forgot the model, still have it in box) and all that stuff. A few more were out there and fizzled too, missed this one.

3 days ago
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Which lefty trolls here got caught?

Austrian Anarchy Zontar The Mindless? (1 comments)

Someone by the handle of Zontar The Mindless ceased a relationship with me. I had no idea I was in a relationship with Zontar to begin with.

3 days ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Austrian Anarchy Re:What the French call la dolce vita? (477 comments)

"Was that a Felicity Kendal show?"

No, that was "The Good Life"

at least in English

I think they translated that as "Goode Neighbors" for American audiences

Maybe it did play in America, but I don't recall that. I remembered it from "The Young Ones."

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Austrian Anarchy Re:What the French call la dolce vita? (477 comments)

without googling, isn't that "The Sweet Life" or something like that?

I don't know any french or Italian, but it's close enough to Spanish.

Was that a Felicity Kendal show?

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Austrian Anarchy If it can be done in English (477 comments)

If whatever work French employers want done can be done in English and online, I am right here ready to do it! I've been unemployed for a while now and would rather be working.

about two weeks ago
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Heck yeah, unions

Austrian Anarchy Re:FDR attitude (33 comments)

Anybody with a clue would see what I said was self evident. Goes right along with FDR's "maximum wage" idea, that whatever he was making should be about right for everybody else.

about two weeks ago
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Heck yeah, unions

Austrian Anarchy FDR attitude (33 comments)

FDR did not oppose public sector unions because they were somehow different than the others. He opposed them because they could challenge HIM. I am sure he would have liked them better if labor were nationalized, like the German Worker's League.

about two weeks ago
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SABATAGE Trailer: Shatner and Schwarzenegger

Austrian Anarchy Re:And the loser... (5 comments)

...for the spelling bee is...

Shatner. And if this ref. is too cryptic for you, turn in your nerd card.

about three weeks ago
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In the Unverified Digital World, Are Journalists and Bloggers Equal?

Austrian Anarchy Maybe it is old age and observation (156 comments)

Seems to me that myths were presented successfully as facts back when dead-tree, radio, and television ruled the roost. Back then, you could scream about falsehoods in newspapers until you turned blue and your word only carried about as far as your voice. Today one can do a good Fisking of most of those articles and get some traction in a wider circle. The biggest problem is the successful rent-seeking efforts of larger, traditional media organizations wooing politicians into granting them special protections that are not afforded to anybody else performing the same tasks as them.

about a month ago
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100 MPG Carburetor

Austrian Anarchy Re:It was pretty much a hoax. (2 comments)

Nothing ever came of that story and I guarantee it was a hoax. There have always been snake oil salesmen and "inventors" claiming outrageous efficiencies in their designs but nothing ever comes of them. Then the conspiracy nuts think there is a cover up involved and come up with equally outrageous stories. You hear things like patents being forcefully bought out or how the inventor was arrested or his invention and patents/paperwork/computers confiscated by the government. Its all a big lie.

Drop three Holley 2 barrels on there and be done with it. That or drop in a twin 4 barrel intake but it sounds like you want to keep it original.

Yea, the hoax and conspiracy items are part of the humor. The other part is what you just did :) Plus, three Holley 2 barrels are an integral portion of the "318 Six-Pack" project. I think the new Holley's have E-85 resistant gaskets, so the car will be "green" as soon as the motor comes off the dyno.

about a month ago
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Started a blog for my Charger project

Austrian Anarchy Re:Nice (2 comments)

Being a gear head is so American, it probably makes you a raaaaacist.

In a way, of course. The way I mean is like that way that some people find big giant SUVs to be rich white soccer momish, yet the majority of them I see on the road, especially the largest ones, are driven by "people of color." Same with an old MOPAR. I learned how to adjust the carb, how to fix the dents, how to strip and prime it, and most everything else I needed to learn for that car from old black dudes at the hobby shop. One of those guys has a really cool 1970(?) Challenger with period correct NASCAR style mag wheels. Awesome car!

Old whitie is into Chevy and Ford.

about a month ago
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Direct election of Senators is idiocy

Austrian Anarchy Re:Damn, why must I agree with DR? (77 comments)

However, I am all for a term limit like that in the Articles of Confederation, where elected officials can only serve X years out of a block of X+Y years, but they are free for voters to evaluate at any time outside of that window.

about a month and a half ago
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Direct election of Senators is idiocy

Austrian Anarchy Re:Damn, why must I agree with DR? (77 comments)

It is not a complete cop-out. You see that the Democrats have more loyalty to their party than their sworn duty, in that they're no bringing a budget up to vote. I think that this is a direct effect of the 17th Amendment.

Yes, it is a complete cop-out and all of these Republicans pushing for this now will be squealing like stuck pigs when the Statehouses switch parties sometime in the future. If someone has as much power over your life as a US Senator, or the local dog catcher, they need to be subject to a direct election, not appointed by a bunch of people 200, or 2000 miles away, most of whom you never had any say in their election at all.

about a month and a half ago
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Direct election of Senators is idiocy

Austrian Anarchy Re:Damn, why must I agree with DR? (77 comments)

Garbage. "More turnover" is a complete copout answer.

I can see from a legislature map why the partisan Republicans are all for this idea. There is not argument for those who are for liberty to support it, and you certainly have not even attempted to make that argument.

about a month and a half ago
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Direct election of Senators is idiocy

Austrian Anarchy Re:Damn, why must I agree with DR? (77 comments)

Somehow you think they would stop representing their various Parties if they were anointed/appointed by the Statehouse? Sorry, I cannot disagree more.

about a month and a half ago
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Direct election of Senators is idiocy

Austrian Anarchy Damn, why must I agree with DR? (77 comments)

Without reading much of this, I will voice my ongoing objection to repealing the direct election provisions of the 17th Amendment. I trust my own vote more than I do that of those rascals in Nashville, that's why. If you really want cronyism, go that appointment route either by the executive or by committee.

about a month and a half ago
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I'm sure the detractors will revise their opinions

Austrian Anarchy Re:I request a clarification (52 comments)

It was not "rammed through Congress with insufficient debate" since Congress crafted this pile and just about anybody in the Congress at the time could have slowed it down for whatever debate they wanted. It went through quite differently than the ACA, for example. Not saying I agree with its existence one bit, of course.

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Border Patrol Drone Goes Down, Rest of Fleet Grounded

Austrian Anarchy Re:Pacific, or Arizona ? (138 comments)

I would believe crashing somewhere in reach of a recovery crew if they were trying to get to an airport and it was apparent it was not going to get over land, no matter where it is based. My first guess is a mangled statement from the sound bite generators.

about 3 months ago

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Enter The Quiet Zone: Where Cell Service, Wi-Fi Are Banned

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 4 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "The US government has been enforcing an RF "Quiet Zone" in West Virginia for over 50 years.
From NPR:
There are no physical signs you've entered the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile area that covers the eastern half of West Virginia. But the silence gives you a signal. Somewhere around the Virginia-West Virginia state line, the periodic buzzes and pings of our smartphones stopped."
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Maker of Physical Bitcoin Tokens Suspends Operation After Hearing from Federal G

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 4 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "Via Reason and Wired: Mike Caldwell ran a business called Casascius that printed physical tokens with a bitcoin digital key on it, key hidden behind a tamper proof strip. He's charge you $50 worth of bitcoin to print a key of a bitcoin you sent him via computer on this token. Cool stuff--a good friend of mine found one sitting unnoticed in her tip jar from an event at which she sold her artisan lamps from 2011 and was naturally delighted given the nearly 1000x increase in value of a bitcoin since then. So, you're making something fun, useful, interesting, harmless---naturally the federal government is very concerned and wants to hobble you. Just before Thanksgiving, [Caldwell] received a letter from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FINCEN, the arm of the Treasury Department that dictates how the nation’s anti-money-laundering and financial crime regulations are interpreted. According to FINCEN, Caldwell needs to rethink his business. “They considered my activity to be money transmitting,” Caldwell says. And if you want to transmit money, you must first jump through a lot of state and federal regulatory hoops Caldwell hasn’t jumped through."
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A Font to Discourage NSA Snooping

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 6 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "The October, 2013 edition of Reason Magazine reports:"The ZXX font is designed to be difficult for machines to read. Former National Security Agency contractor Sang Mun created the font as a response to increasing government incursions on privacy. “I have become dedicated to researching ways to ‘articulate our unfreedom’ and to continue the evolution of my own thinking about censorship, surveillance, and a free society,” he explained after releasing the font online in June." The article is missing a link to the project page."
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Was Michael Crichton's "Andromeda Strain" a documentary?

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 6 months ago

Austrian Anarchy (3010653) writes "NBC Reports that "For 15 years, scientists have benefited from data gleaned by U.S. classified satellites of natural fireball events in Earth's atmosphere — but no longer. A recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned. The satellites' main objectives include detecting nuclear bomb tests, and their characterizations of asteroids and lesser meteoroids as they crash through the atmosphere has been a byproduct data bonanza for scientists. The upshot: Space rocks that explode in the atmosphere are now classified."
Not exactly "Scoop," at least not that they are admitting yet."

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Dang Wind

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 1 month ago

Was going to do a video walk around of the '72 Charger project car today, but the wind is a bit much, even though I am laying on the narration track later. I did find a bunch of soaked paper and cardboard in the trunk, probably due to leaf debris in the gutter around the trunk opening. Side marker in the quarter panel there is open too, so that might be part of it. Found a phosphoric acid based product for rust removal too, next video will be on how to select and use that stuff, along with what not to use.

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Another Week, Another Blog

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about a month ago

Decided to break out the details on my engine rebuild into its own blog: 318 Six-Pack. Yes, part of the project is building up a small block Dodge engine the way it should have come from the factory. The other part is the whole "sleeper" tradition :) Instead of an innocent gas-sipping 318 2 barrel under the hood, there will be a killer bunny rabbit. Original 318 block with the original markings stamped and cast for anybody to peek at, all in Chrysler Blue, but the parts that make it go will be all different. Only outward visible differences will be the big orange breather, six pack stuff, and ceramic coated headers. Even there, she will look like a 318 that gets to eat and breathe a little better due to a better carb setup, but the changes only start there.

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100 MPG Carburetor

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about a month ago

Any of you fellow oldsters out there remember the story about the 100 MPG carburetor that The Man would not let us use because it would reduce petroleum consumption too much? I seem to remember hearing that over 30 years ago, and the story was that Big Oil bought the patent and kept it secret. That patent should be expired by now, and in the US patents are not renewable, so where the heck is the old patent? I'm restoring a classic car and having one of these would fit right in with the period. In sticking with the spirit of the old story, I suppose installing one upside down would bring 100 HP, but will installing them upside down in series have a multiplier effect?

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Kicking around ideas for first video

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about a month ago More details about making the first video for this car project over here. The basics are going over the car I am restoring and details about that make/model/package. One decision I made since that post was putting mistakes I made in the first restoration phase into a different video. Otherwise, I just have some ideas floating around and no script, no outline.

Part of what attracts me to the idea of making it a series, perhaps with crowd funding, is that I am coming at this project from the consumer side of the equation. Nobody is sponsoring me, everybody I've spoken to is purely in the vendor category and I might become their customer as I save money to spend on this project.

Another aspect that draws me to making this a public project is the technology end of things. Carburetion, for example, I went from being all on board for Multi-Port Fuel Injection a few years ago to now being firmly in the traditional carburetor corner. This change did not come at a whim, it came from research and looking at my project as a consumer. One is trying to get an optimal fuel/air mixture into a cylinder and make it ready to explode at just the right time. Consumer Steve really could spend the extra $1,000 difference between carbs and fuel injection on a different part of the project, or send clothes to hurricane victims.

The downside of crowd funding is drawing the crowd. I am not Jay Leno, Adam Carolla, or even Henry Cho. I don't have a crowd yet, I don't think I am funny or all that entertaining on my own, and how people grow crowds seems like a mystery to me. Splitting the project, and funding attempts, into sections seems logical. Like "Bucking The Man by recycling an engine and transmission," for the drive train portion of the project. My car has the original factory installed drive train which needs some dear attention, especially in the leak department. Small manufacturers across America have parts to fix everything that needs to be fixed and I plan on using them. Even Big Detroit made better parts later that are sitting in wrecked cars all over the place just waiting to be picked. Something I leaned right away, big companies do not have the advantage in this area and MOPAR Performance proved that to everybody, without any help. Their modern parts could have been on the shelf at parts stores right between Edelbrock and Pro-Comp. The ONLY reason they are not is because they set the parts seller/distributor margins too low.

Another show could be all about protecting and restoring metal. In my car, there might be a good 2,000 lbs. of metal in the body and it is a shame to watch that rust away. Replacement body panels, even certified replacements, leave much to be desired. Preserving the originals is the preferred way, but what if you are not a good welder? I plan on using a product featured on Jay Leno's Garage and introduced by the Skinned Knuckles magazine publisher Neil Maken for filling metal with more metal without welding and showing people where to use it, and more importantly, where NOT to use it. Another product I saw on Capone Auto's YouTube page is great for reducing rust and keeping rust away for a few days as you get that section protected. That one is going to come in handy for one of my BIG mess-ups on the roof. I used a great product in the wrong place about six years ago, now I need to fix it.

So that is the idea. Now to get down to work.

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1972 Hybrid Dodge Charger

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about a month and a half ago

One of these days if I ever get to restore my Charger, I am making sure to paint the solar panel on the hood like this car. Guess I need to have one of those "Hybrid" badges made for it too Heck, if I ever get to the point where I can work on it again, I'll probably have my own CNC machine by then, lol.

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Ukraine

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about a month and a half ago

So I guess it is a little too late for a meaningless boycott of a Russian Olympics as a show of dislike.

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Is the Demos Study to be Believed?

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 3 months ago

In the State of the Union address last night, President Obama vowed to institute measures to raise the minimum pay of all employees on federal contracts to $10.10/hr. News outlets rushed to a particular report by an outfit called "Demos" as evidence that there are people who would benefit from this act. Problem is, the report does not show that at all. Maybe there are federal contractors out there that earn less than $10.10/hr., but they sure are difficult to find.

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Todd Barry and Jerry Seinfeld - Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Today's guest is Todd Barry and I finally figured out where to go for the code to embed these shows, so you don't have to go any farther than the link above. Interesting item, the boys walked out of an Everyman Espresso location in the East Village after waiting longer than they preferred. The company logo is remarkably similar to the 2004 Fifth HOPE conference. The car for this episode is a 1966 MGB roadster.

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Irregardless

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 3 months ago

The perfect clip to link to the word irregardless all over the internet. Performed by the great Steve Landesberg as Detective Arthur Dietrich in Barney Miller "The Psychic" S7E11. Enjoy.

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Who does not know caffeine is already regulated? Lustig edition

Austrian Anarchy Austrian Anarchy writes  |  about 3 months ago

Apparently Dr. Robert Lustig is one of the last people around who is unaware that caffeine is already regulated. He uses it in an odd example in his crusade to regulate sugars more to his liking. While I was waiting for a magazine to approve or decline this article (they declined) I discovered that Jay Leno thinks caffeine is addictive. Also discovered that Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew, and Dr. Spaz brought some science to the discussion.
Not Regulated Enough Already?

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