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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Bob the Super Hamste Re:I just don't understand (999 comments)

I hunt for food and won't shoot a critter unless it is for food food or self defense. If I want to waste ammo I prefer to put holes in old hard drives, cans, phone books, paper targets, clay pigeons, etc. so that I don't have a bad inhumane shot when hunting.

13 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Bob the Super Hamste Re:The Same Game (378 comments)

They probably should have recruited from some of the local schools. I did corn detasseling for minimum wage from age 12 to age 15 when I was finally able to get a non agricultural job. Hard manual unskilled labor in hot humid corn fields for 8 hours a day with an hour lunch. So the question in your case should be what would it have taken to get people out in the fields as agricultural workers, it wasn't the ~ $7/hr minimum wage but might it have been $8/hr or $15/hr?

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Number of interviews... (378 comments)

I always hated group projects in gen-ed classes in college. I had a group research paper in one of my writing classes. The rest of the group didn't do a fucking thing as far as gathering information, providing input, or typing the thing up they assumed I would just do it. One of the group members even stated that she didn't have 30 minutes in the next 96 hours to go down to the school library and check out 3 potential sources to take on spring brake with her. I did do the paper but left their names off and handed it in. Before it was returned a couple of weeks later the TA asked to see me after class and stated that she knew who my group was and wanted to know why only my name was on the paper. When the papers where handed back I was docked 20% for not being a team player and got the B on the paper. My "group" members came over and asked what they had gotten on the paper to which I replied that I had gotten a B on the paper I turned in but didn't know what their grades where on their paper since mine only had my name on it and that they should go ask the TA. Turns out they all got 0s on it so I was still happy with the end result.

Contrast that with the projects that could optionally be done in group in my upper level undergraduate major courses where you know the people and everyone is in competition to out do each other and we did some cool things (autonomous robots playing tag with obstacle avoidance, optimizing compiler for our own created object oriented language) and no one slacked off. Those were good projects and were a lot of fun

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Number of interviews... (378 comments)

I have always like to ask them to solve a problem. I will throw and idea out at them (usually something I worked on recently that is fresh in my mind) and ask them to try to solve it. I am not looking for someone to get the right answer, or even come up with a complete quick solution. What I am looking for is someone who is willing to think and work through a problem. I even tell them they can ask me questions and discuss with me. There are a lot of people who just say "I don't know" and give up or say they never studied that type of problem in school. Even then I am willing to prod them along seeing if I can get them to start thinking for themselves but a good number just refuse to do so. The people who are willing to try work things out are the ones I am looking for, I don't want someone who throws in the towel but will dig in to a bizarre problem as that is a lot of what I do and the people in my group do. For example a customer rolled their own code into sshd and it broke a bunch of stuff and they don't bother to tell you so you get to figure out what is wrong with the system.

As a side note in my younger college years working at a gas station as assistant manager I liked to ask in interviews the question "Why shouldn't I hire your?" as you would get all sorts of why would you say that type of responses. But there you are dealing with a different type of person who is applying for a minimum wage position.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Number of interviews... (378 comments)

How about some form of the pigeonhole sort for physically sorting 1000 numbered sheets of paper? Put me in a conference room and let me have at it. If I have more information on the numbers like they are all sequential from 1 to 1000 then something like a radix sort might be faster.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Duh (378 comments)

That is what always gets me. I get calls and e-mails from companies fairly regularly looking for someone with my skill set. I live in a fairly low cost area and they want me to relocate to a higher cost one but yet the pay is 1/2 to 1/3 what I am currently making. I laugh at them and have told them I already make 2 to 3 times what they are offering and that it would take at least 2x what I currently make to get me to relocate out of my low cost area to their high cost area. I'm not going voluntarily decrease my standard of living just to change jobs.

yesterday
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Duh (378 comments)

What I always hear is from those pushing for more H-1B visas is that they need these people and cannot find anyone who can do the job. Given how critical these individuals are made out to be for the companies it would only seem correct to open up the floodgates to fill all of these critical positions. I would be all for this provided that these individuals are also compensated as such. Meaning that they are the highest compensated person working at a company, taking into account all benefits and other forms of compensation like bonuses, stock options, relocation expenses, access to corporate travel, vacation, etc. If your company is in such dire need for an individual with these skills that you can't find someone in the entire US who has those skills or can't afford the time and expense to train someone then this must truly be an exceptional skill set and thus should be compensated as such.

For a small company who needs to bring on a foreign worker for a short span of time to accomplish a highly specialized task this shouldn't be too big of a deal as they are a small company and I doubt the highest paid person is rolling in cash and it would only be for a limited time. For large companies that are basically body farms or are trying to depress wages well sucks to be you, you lying fuckers.

yesterday
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Bob the Super Hamste Re:I just don't understand (999 comments)

How was there Brown's blood more than 150 feet from the cop car and Brown's body was fell around 130 feet(blood splatter does not go 20+ feet) ?

I would think it could go 20 feet from my experience having done deer hunting. Granted that was with a high powered rifle with a heavy expanding type bullet (203 grain soft point) but it has always been shooting in a downward direction but there was always a big spray out the exit wound at least 6 feet. Also getting shot in the heart or lungs means there will be a lot of blood out the exit wound. Finally if Brown was running forward he probably would have kept running for at least a few more steps before falling since getting shot doesn't usually drop the target instantly as every deer I have shot has been a good shot yet they still all ran about 20-40 meters.

yesterday
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

Bob the Super Hamste Re:UPS & Power Conditioner (223 comments)

No UPS on my home computer but I have a few of power conditioners I picked up years ago at the home improvement store that plug into a wall outlet and they you plug a power strip in to. I initially go them when I had a string of cheap electronics that started dying once I moved into my house. They weren't that expensive as I think they were like $40 or $50 each and after putting them to use I haven't had anything crap out. I figured it was probably just very noisy power on the lines and a worthwhile investment.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Hacking in convenience features? How Inconvenie (194 comments)

Project cars are wonderful. Depending on how far you want to go just having most of the pieces initially is enough even if they are in rough shape. With the right project car there can be a very large community and market so tinkering and getting what you want or need is easy. I have a MG midget that I am in the process of restoring and basically you can get every part ever made for them so part availability is a non issue. Add in the large number of vehicles with A-Series engines that weren't really developed much during their production and a healthy racing series for little British cars and you find that there are lots to hacks and improvements that can be made. Personally I am going for a lightened, better handling, supercharged, alcohol burner for mine.

4 days ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Bob the Super Hamste Re:The real ripoff here (137 comments)

Well if the SCOTUS ruled they were a cable company couldn't they just tell the lower District Court to eat it since what ever the SCOTUS is the final word on any legal matter?

4 days ago
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Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Changed the laws? No (137 comments)

Well I lost all faith with the ACA ruling where it was ruled not a tax (used to decide standing) and then in a different part of the same ruling a tax (to determine if it was constitutional). If you are for or against Obama Care it was just a bad ruling. At leas with other rulings there seemed to be some logical coherent reasoning even if most would agree the court created a bad ruling. Then again I am young enough to not have paid much attention to what the court has done until recent so maybe others have other examples of truly shitty legal theory like "Walks like a duck" or "it is not a tax and a tax at the same time" coming from the court.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Yawn ... (167 comments)

If your business's server goes down for an hour, it does not make news

Not everyone is in that boat. If there is a system outage with the systems I deal with it will make the news, sometimes even the national and international news. That problem wasn't with one of the systems I deal with or was provided by the company I work for but was a wake-up call to the industry.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Sample letter for those that voted against it (437 comments)

Apart from the first question these are questions that should have been asked of every one of them about 4 weeks ago and the results published by the media.

about a week ago
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TSA has seized an outrageous 1,850 guns on travelers so far in 2014

Bob the Super Hamste Just getting better at spotting them (1 comments)

My guess is that they are just getting better at spotting them. It isn't like they have been doing a bang up job on stopping things. Hell I have personally brought a number of prohibited things through security without attempting to conceal them any more than forgetting to empty pockets after hunting.

about three weeks ago
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Undersized Grouper Case Lands In Supreme Court

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Overreach... (251 comments)

The whole thing is basically one big "please interpret me however you see fit" paper

So like any number of regulations. The one I am most familiar with is NERC CIP which from what I can tell from practice means whatever the regulator thinks it means. I design for the most strict interpretation as that just prevents any future problems but that gets expensive and customers don't always want to pay.

about three weeks ago
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New Particle Collider Is One Foot Long

Bob the Super Hamste Re:so size DOESN'T matter? (161 comments)

off color joke

Racist! [/sarcasm]

Some people just find it too difficult to believe that someone may disagree with the president not because of the color of his skin but because they have a different view on various policies. Then there are the people who just lack a sense of humor.

about three weeks ago

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TSA airport screenings now start before you arrive at the airport

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  about a year ago

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) writes "The New York Times is reporting that the TSA is now doing background investigations on passengers before they arrive at the airport. The publicly stated reason for this is that it is to streamline the security procedures at airports allowing more passengers to receive less scrutiny while at the air port but this new authority allows the TSA additional information about each traveler. The prescreening that is being performed for domestic travel now uses a simiar standard to that of foreign individuals who where entering the US. The new measures go beyond what is used in the Secure Flight program and while light on details mentions that the passengers passport number will be used. The article does however point out the data sources that are available to the TSA to conduct these pre-screening with such as tax identification number, past travel itineraries, property records, physical characteristics, and law enforcement or intelligence information. Also mentioned is that individuals who do not have a passport will not be subjected to the rules and from my reading will not be eligible for lesser screening at that airport. The stated goal of this program is to have 25% of all airline passengers in the US receive lighter screening at the airport so that they don't have to take their shoes off, remove jackets, or remove laptops from bags. Additionally passengers who are in higher risk categories can receive additional screenings. Also mentioned is that all passengers are currently prescreened and that airlines are required to share your passport data with the TSA if they have it."
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Judge refuses to throw out case of man who videotaped ambulance crew

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  about a year ago

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) writes "In a follow up to the case of the man who was charged with HIPPA violations for video taping an ambulance crew doing their job the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the trial will go forward. The charges against Andrew Joseph Henderson currently are disorderly conduct and interfering with an ambulance crew. According to Henderson he was 30 feet away from the ambulance crew and thus could not have been interfering with their work while the police claim it was 3 to 5 feed. Henderson also challenged the disorderly conduct charge which in law is defined as "offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct that the actor knows or has reason to know would tend to alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of the peace." One of the issues in the previous story was the deletion of his video recording which the police took as evidence, as stated by one police officer, which had it not been deleted would have been able to clear this issue up.

The /. article that covered the previous story is this one."

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Copyright keeping books and music from the market

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  about a year ago

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) writes "CNN Money is reporting on a study by Paul J. Heald of the University of Illinois College of Law which shows what many Slashdoters already believe, that our current copyright laws actually keep books and music off the market instead of helping to increase their availability. The study looked at the availability of new (not used) books that were copyrighted in 1850 and 1950 and found that there were 3 times the number of books available from 1850 than from 1950 even though more books were published in 1950. The issues brought up in the study and article are that our current copyright laws:
Actually hurt the availability of works
Don't provide the the incentive to create that we have been lead to believe
the copyright of a works correlates with the disappearance a work rather than its availability."

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Computer trading and dark pools

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  about a year ago

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) writes "CNN Money has an article on computerized trading specifically the non-public markets that are often used to execute orders. The company that the article discusses executes 1/8 of all stock trades in the US or about 900 million trades a day, for comparison the NYSE executes about 700 million trades. The article discusses dark pools or private markets where quotes aren't disclosed to the broader public markets. If the company is unable to fill an order from within its own dark pool it will submit the order to the broader public market, 13 public exchanges, as well as up to 20 other private dark pools. The quotes offered by the private dark pools by law have to be the same or better quote than those offered on public exchanges. There have been recent questions about whether the quotes provided by dark pools have been the best for customers and there is a current investigation by FINRA into the methods used by market makers and dark pool operators to fill orders."
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Comcast to expand public WiFi using home internet connections

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) writes "The St. Paul Pioneer press is reporting that Comcast is planning on expanding its network of public WiFi hot spots in the Twin Cities area by using home internet connections and user's WiFi routers. Customers will be upgraded to new wireless routers that will have 2 wireless networks, one for the home users and one for the general public. Subscribers to Comcast's Xfinity service and customers that participate in the public WiFi program will be allowed free access to the public WiFi offered by this service. Non Comcast customers get 2 free sessions a month each lasting 1 hour with additional sessions costing money. The article mentions that a similar service already exists and is provided by the Spain-based company Fon."
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PETA looking to use drones to watch hunters and farmers

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) writes "CNN is reporting that PETA is looking into using drones to monitor hunters and farmers. Specifically PETA wants to use drones where ever animals may be abused to killed. At present they do not possess any drones or have specific locations selected for deployment. The article point out that PETA isn't the first group to deploy drones to watch hunters and mentions the incidents with the group SHARK that has made news previously when their drones were twice shot down while monitoring pigeon hunts."
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Comcast buys out GE's remaining 49% stake in NBC

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  about 2 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "On Tuesday Comcast announced that it would accelerated its acquisition of NBCUniversal and purchase the remaining 49% owned by GE for $16.7 billion.Previously GE and Comcast were expected to operate NBCUniversal jointly until mid 2014 with Comcast having the option to extend that out until 2018. So far there are not details on when the deal with be completed but the article indicates that Comcast's complete acquisition of NBCUniversal will be completed years earlier that initially thought."
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Man charged with HIPPA violations for video taping police

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  about 2 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that Andrew Henderson was recording Ramsey County sheriff's deputies frisk a bloodied faced man who was then loaded into an ambulance by paramedics. Then the sheriff's deputy Jacqueline Muellner approached Andrew Henderson and confiscated his video camera stating "We'll just take this for evidence" which was recorded on Andrew Henderson cell phone. On October 30th Andrew Henderson went to Arden Hills sheriff's office to retrieve his video camera where he was told where he would have to wait to receive his camera back. A week later Andrew Henderson was charged with obstruction of legal process and disorderly conduct with the citation stating "While handling a medical/check the welfare (call), (Henderson) was filming it. Data privacy HIPAA violation. Refused to identify self. Had to stop dealing with sit(uation) to deal w/Henderson." In mid November Andrew Henderson went back to the sheriff's office to attempt to retrieve his camera and get a copy of the report when Deputy Dan Eggers refused. Deputy Dan Eggers pulled Andrew Henderson and have the following discussion which was also recorded by Andrew Henderson.
Deputy Dan Eggers: "I think that what (the deputies) felt was you were interfering with someone's privacy that was having a medical mental health breakdown," "They felt like you were being a 'buttinski' by getting that camera in there and partially recording what was going on in a situation that you were not directly involved in."
Deputy Dan Eggers stated that Henderson should "have a little respect" for people's privacy to which Andrew Henderson stated that he had done nothing illegal
Deputy Dan Eggers noted that the incident report stated nothing was recorded on the camera.
Deputy Dan Eggers: "I mean, were you just pointing it?"
Andrew Henderson: "No. It was deleted,"
Deputy Dan Eggers: "You deleted it?"
Andrew Henderson: "No. She must have deleted it," referring to Jacqueline Muellner.
Not possible, Deputy Dan Eggers replied. "There would have been some documentation about that."

Randy Gustafson Ramsey County sheriff's office spokesman states "It is not our policy to take video cameras. It is everybody's right to (record) ... What happens out in public happens out in public. One exception might be when a law enforcement officer decides that the recording is needed for evidence, he said. In that case, the officer would generally send the file to investigators and return the camera on the spot."

Jane Kirtley professor of media ethics and media law at the University of Minnesota states that "Law enforcement has no expectation of privacy when they are carrying out public duties in a public place." She also notes that the seizure and alleged erasure of recorded evidence "raises significant Fourth Amendment issues for him ... The seizure here was not to preserve the evidence — it was to destroy the evidence."

Jennifer Granick, a specialist on privacy issues at Stanford University Law School, states that the alleged violation of HIPPA rules by Andrew Henderson is nonsense stating "There's nothing in HIPAA that prevents someone who's not subject to HIPAA from taking photographs on the public streets, HIPAA has absolutely nothing to say about that.""

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Ford plans to use Aluminum body panels in its F-150 trucks

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Ford is planning on using aluminum body panels in its F-150 trucks. By using these panels they expect to be able to cut about 750 pounds from each vehicle. This move is being driven by the need to meet new EPA fuel economy standards. The article also points out that this will add approximately $1500 dollars to the material cost of each F-150. This may eat into the profit on each vehicle or may be passed along to consumers. Additionally there are manufacturing difficulties in switching from steel to aluminum body panels such as aluminum having more of a tendency to return to its original shape, requiring suction instead of magnets to lift, bonding to other panels. Additionally bonding and welding panels together requires different techniques and the dies that stamp the parts will need to be kept cleaner to prevent scratching the metal. The presses that stamp the panels will need to be run at a slower speed as well to prevent tearing the sheet metal. The article notes that biggest challenge facing Ford in doing this may actually be convincing truck buyers that aluminum is just as tough as steel. This isn't Ford's first time working with aluminum bodies for vehicles as they have in the past produced a small fleet of aluminum bodied Tauruses as well as producing aluminum bodied Jaguars while they were owned by Ford. Several other manufacturers are currently making use of aluminum in vehicles as well as having been used in the past."
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Venezuela bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC is reporting on a new law in Venezuela that effectively bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition to private citizens. Previously anyone with a permit could purchase a firearm from any commercial vendor but now only the police, military, and security firms will be able to purchase firearms or ammunition from only state owned manufactures or importers. Hugo Chavez's government states that the goal is to eventually disarm the citizenry. The law which went into effect today was passed on February 29th and up to this point the government has been running an amnesty program allowing citizens to turn in their illegal firearms. Since the law was first passed 805,000 rounds of ammunition have been recovered from gun dealers. The measure is intended to curb violent crime in Venezuela where 78% of homicides are linked to firearms."
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UK Draft Energy Bill avoids banning coal or gas power

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC is reporting that the UK's new Draft Energy Bill avoids banning coal or gas powered plants. The bill would guarantee profits for new nuclear and offshore wind plants by putting a levy on people's energy bills. The bill does not mandate a statement that minsters had previously made about having totally clean energy within 2 decades. The government states that provisions within the bill will ensure a balanced diverse energy mix as well has stating that future emissions from gas powered plants will have to be captured and stored. The bill also aims to increase competition in the UK energy market by making it easier for new competitors to become connected to the grid.

Joss Garman of Greenpeace states:
"By failing to set a clear goal for carbon-free electricity by 2030, ministers are opening the door to a dangerous new dash for gas that will put up both bills and carbon emissions, and increase our dependence on imported fuel. This means families and business will be exposed to rocketing international gas prices. The fastest and cheapest way to bring down bills and carbon emissions is by ramping up energy efficiency but Ministers have totally failed to deliver on this."

Additionally it would appear that the guarantee of profits for for new nuclear power plants may not be legal as there is a ban on subsidies for nuclear power under European law and the UK coalition government agreement"

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Sicence fiction writer Elizabeth Moon believes everyone should be chipped

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC has an opinion piece from science fiction writer Elizabeth Moon who believes that everyone should be chipped at birth. Her reasoning is that it would prevent identification mistakes and even allow soldiers to identify combatants from non combatants. You can hear the full piece from the BBC World Service programme The Forum here."
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In communist North Korea even nature mourns Dear L

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC is reporting that state run media KCNA is reporting that even nature appears to be mourning the loss of Dear Leader. Such incidents include the ice on lake Chon cracking so loud it seemed to shake the Heavens and the Earth, a snow storm hitting as Mr. Kim died, once the snow storm subsided a message carved in rock on the mountain read — "Mount Paektu, holy mountain of revolution. Kim Jong-il" and glowed until sunset. Additionally the Manchurian crane on the statue of Kim Il Sung adopted a posture of grief."
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Ask Slashdot: Reccomended Print On Demand Service

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "One of my side projects is amateur cartography because I have always been kind of a map geek. A few years ago I got tired of maps targeted to hunters that were at best a glorified road atlas and at worst unusable and not worth the paper they were printed on. After a few years of part time effort on gathering, processing, and rendering various data sets I now can create some impressive maps that provide the kind of info that hunters actually care about. I would like to get it in printed book format as that would be the most useful format when on long trips. I have looked at Lulu and Create Space so far but haven't had anything printed by either one yet. Ideally I would like the book to be spiral bound so it will lay flat or can be folded over. Additionally I would like it to able to be available for others to buy and have an ISBN so it can make it into book, retail, and online stores if it does well. From my initial reading on both Lulu and CreateSpace it seems like I can get most of what I want but can't do it if the book is spiral bound. Also the book is going to be in the 300 to 400 page count range and it is all color images. My question is what have been /. users experiences with the quality, options, and costs of various print on demand services?"
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Mystery of 2000 year super noval solved new myster

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC is reporting that the mystery of a 2000 year old supernova has been solved. The supernova RCW 86 was observed in 185AD by Chinese astronomers and was visible for eight months. Recently sicentists have wondered how the supernova grew so big. By combining data from the Chandra X-ray telescope and the XMM-Newton Observatory with recent images from the US space agency Nasa's Spitzer and Wide-field Infrared Survey (Wise) telescopes scientists scientists have figured out that the supernova expanded into a relatively empty bubble of space. These empty bubbles of space are typically associated with a core collapse supernova but the core remnant is high in iron which instead is associated with a type 1A super nova. The findings are published in the Astrophysical Journal."
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Public supports geo-engineering

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The BBC is reporting that there is strong among the public in the US, UK, and Canada for research into geo-engineering with approximately 72% respondents supporting the research. The survey was focused on solar radiation management. The article also mentions the UK Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE) project which would inject water particles into the upper atmosphere as a prelude to spraying cooling sulphate. Researchers for the SPICE project calculate that 10-20 balloons could cool the global climate by 2C. Also mentioned in the article is the voluntary moratorium on the procedure by the international Convention on Biological Diversity"
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Algae fuel summit

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting on the fifth annual Algal Biomass Organization Summit from October 24th through the 27th. The University of Minnesota will be kicking off the summit with a tour of their laboratory at St. Anthony Falls. The University of Minnesota operates an algae growing greenhouse at it's research facility in UMore Park Rosemount MN. The article covers the usual points that is typically grown in warmer sunnier climates and also that algae avoids the food vs fuel debate associated with corn ethanol and soybean bio diesel. An interesting point the article makes is that currently algae based bio fuels do not count as renewable fuels because they are not made from the right type of plant. As usual John Sheehan, science director of the University of Minnesota's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment points out that this is 5 years or longer for high volume fuel production, with emphasis on the longer."
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Is online property real? Lawyer says no.

Bob the Super Hamste Bob the Super Hamste writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Bob the Super Hamste writes "The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting on an analysis by lawyer Justin Kwong in the William Mitchell Law Review about virtual property and ownership. Justin Kwong asserts that virtual items are not real items and that you do not own them but only have a license. The analysis stems from a 2008 case of a Blane, MN man who filed a police report for the online theft of approximately $3800 of virtual goods. Justin Kwong compares virtual items to a mug club at a bar where patrons purchase rights to a specific numbered mug but cannot remove the mug from the premises. He does note that if in game items are purchased there needs to be clear language stating:
"the transaction is a license, not a sale, and that traditional consumer protections afforded by sales of goods do not necessarily apply""

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