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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Bob the Super Hamste Dutch Sandwich (228 comments)

So now where are corporations going to get their Dutch Sandwiches?

10 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Ya, but... (347 comments)

Although with some liberal arts degrees I highly doubt the critical thinking skills. I off up some of the degrees offered by my school:
Avation (learn to fly a plan)
Physical Education (you get to be a high school gym teacher)
Parks and recreation management (be an events coordinator at a local park or if you are lucky a park ranger with the NPS)

All of these were liberal arts programs, all of them had the same general education requirements as a STEM or any other degree, and all of them were much more vocational than a regular degree. I had roommates who majored in each one of these and even they admitted that apart from the vocational skill training they got nothing from these courses.

11 hours ago
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Artificial Spleen Removes Ebola, HIV Viruses and Toxins From Blood Using Magnets

Bob the Super Hamste Doc Brown (104 comments)

I went to a rejuvenation clinic and got a whole natural overhaul. They took out some wrinkles, did hair repair, changed the blood, added a good 30 to 40 years to my life. They also replaced my spleen and colon. What do you think?

I wonder with these types of artificial filters would there be any benefit for an otherwise healthy person to have this done?

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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Snowden is a communist spy and no whistleblower (192 comments)

I would go with more of a convenient US annoyance Putin can keep around to poke the US government with instead of communist spy. Also if I didn't want to find out what is is like to experience extreme rendition or be sodomized by a hellfire missile Russia seem like a pretty good country to flee to.

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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Great one more fail (580 comments)

Now that sounds like a range I would like to avoid. I like the one I go to since they take a very strict approach to those things and it sounds like you did as well while you were at that one. That seems to be how a lot of those things are one person leaves and things get lax.

yesterday
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:99.99%, eh? (580 comments)

As much as I would like to avoid the bears, I have had close encounters with them while out in the woods, as well as the wolves and cougars. Then again that is the only place where I carry a hand gun because my chances of needing it are fairly high. I haven't had to kill any of those critters but have used it to scare off the one wolf in front of me who was trying to drive me back into the waiting pack. I have also discharged it while heading away from a mamma bear and cub up the trail, and was very glad when I came around a bend in the trail and was about 2 feet from the ass of a black bear that was crawling into a hollowed out log. This ignores the times that I have seen such critters off a ways. A lot of it is being aware of your surroundings but being stalked by wolves is not fun and cougars really to move silently through the woods but even then it seems I have a 50/50 chance of seeing one of the large predators up there. With critters there is no quick draw, if something seems a bit off or I can see one I get it out and ready.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:If You are Too Incompetent (580 comments)

but this seems like a good middle ground between your "guns are something the feds allow you to have" and what the constitution says.

Then change the Constitution.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:But what about... (580 comments)

Unless you are one of my uncle's co-workers why wouldn't you clean the barrel or the gun after you use it? It should be considered regular maintenance just like changing oil and belts on your car. Of course if you don't take car of your shit it won't work, just like one of my uncle's coworkers has the same shotgun I do and his doesn't fire over half the time, while mine works perfectly and has never had a problem even though I use mine a lot more.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:But what about... (580 comments)

This a thousand times. In the US we live in a society that has lots of firearms so the genie is out of the bottle on that one. What we need is compulsory education on them just like we do for vehicles. In my high school everyone had to take the drivers ed course where everyone learned the rules of the road and hopefully enough to get their learners permit. We need the same thing for firearms. Hopefully this would accomplish two thing, the first being fewer stupid people doing stupid things with firearms, and the other might be fewer people who are absolutely terrified by the mere existence of firearms.

As far as training goes the following models are all good with the first 3 being among the best:
The basic firearm safety
Hunter education course (same as above but also focuses on hunting)
The BSA shotgun or rifle merit badges.
A state carry permit course (not impressed with these compared to the other options)

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Great one more fail (580 comments)

My friend came up with "Pro-gun, anti-NRA"

Sounds about right. The NRA like to say they speak for all gun owners but they don't. I support some of the initiatives (trigger locks) but there is a lot of rhetoric coming from them that I don't support. Because of this I will never join their organization and they will probably be pulled more to the extreme since there are groups farther out that are pulling away members. I would much rather support groups like Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever who do good work advocating for hunters and restoring and preserving wild spaces.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Great one more fail (580 comments)

Don't worry the Boy Scouts of America still offers rifle and shotgun merit badges and they still have the same requirements that they did ~30 years ago when I got them. When I got them the range instructor was an old salty marine so we all learned how shoot like the marines do. I managed to make it into the dime club and to demonstrate proficiency to the instructor for the badge you had to be able to get 5 shots in a group that was quarter sized. There was a lot of emphasis on safe handling, when to shoot and not, cleaning, maintenance, and shooting proficiency. Both the rifle and shotgun merit badges were more comprehensive than the standard firearm safety, or even the Minnesota carry permit trainings that I have also done. They are an excellent program.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Great one more fail (580 comments)

I prefer to start with an air rifle instead of blanks. No I am not talking the $40 daisy BB gun but the higher end .22 or .25 cal breach loading $200+ air rifles. They are easier to handle than a .22lr and are very accurate and I can shoot it in the back yard while a .22lr I couldn't. I did expose my children to handling and cleaning my firearms before I started teaching the oldest to shoot (6 years old) but that was to remove their curiosity. They have seen me disassemble and clean the firearms and have seen me handle them properly. I have explained what to do and why you do it so that it isn't a mystery. This summer I showed the oldest one why you handle firearms safely and besides it is always fun to explode a watermelon. Good fun targets were always the store brand pop cans. Shake them up really good, toss them out a ways (still closed) and even with an air rifle they make a big mess when hit.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Great one more fail (580 comments)

At least to me it doesn't sound like those cited cases where responsible gun owners and that should be the response of any reasonable person. There was so much neglance in each of those cases it shouldn't come as a surprise that such things happened. We need to proscute more people for neglance especially in cases like this and responsible gun owners need to come out in support of such things.

I am one of the responsible gun owners who has a nice fireproof gun safe that is bolted into the concrete floor in my basement and have the ammunition stored elsewhere. I also use the trigger locks when I remove the firearms from the safe to go hunting or to the range (I also have a couple of nice hard sided cases for them as well). The problem is that responsible gun owners never make the news since nothing happens, the only time I see a news story about a responsible gun owner is maybe once a year on the back page of the sports section if someone gets a really big buck during deer season.

You are correct in that if you have children and firearms you need to introduce them to them but it needs to be done in the correct fashion. Kids think such things are neat and are naturally curious so you need to remove that curiosity. My oldest for the first time got dad's introduction to what a firearm can do this summer (12 gauge slug vs a watermelon) but has been taught how safely handle a firearm for several years. I have also started to introduce him to shooting using an air rifle (not a BB gun).

I also don't like the current movement of people doing open carry, especially of rifle and shotguns. I understand their reasoning but it does not draw the kind of attention they want and only makes them look like loons. They state it is for their protection or to exercise their rights but a lot of people feel intimidated by such actions. Also it seems that they are trivializing the firearm by using it to make a political statement. And for the record I do have a carry permit, but I only carry in places where I am likely to need it which is up by where I hunt since there are large predators that I have had close encounters with.

As far as the fingerprint scanner to unlock the gun I am fine with it as an option but I do not want to make them mandatory. Having it as an option is fine but the last thing I want is to trust in something additional that might fail if a bear is charging me or if I am being stalked by wolves. Add in that most of the time when I am carrying a sidearm I am wearing thin gloves this would be a complete failure.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Great one more fail (580 comments)

I would like to know what range that is so that I can stay clear. I have only once seen a problem at a range and that was from someone who probably shouldn't have owned a firearm. The were shooting a 20 gauge with slugs and even at 25 yards only managed to hit the paper about 75% of the time. The individual after emptying the shotgun didn't follow the rules and was not handling it correctly (unloaded but waving it around). The range officer gave the cease fire command and had everyone put down there firearms and this person still didn't have a clue what was going on. They got a good yelling at, told to leave, and banned for life.

2 days ago
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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

Bob the Super Hamste Re:This ignores the big problem of hydrogen, leaka (113 comments)

If you are worried about running out of water by doing this on large scale industrial process then you have far too few concerns in your life. Seriously we have use about 1 trillion barrels of oil in all of human existence, or about 55 trillion gallons. Assuming that all 1 trillion barrels of oil were used in the last century and if we used water at the same rate it would take somewhere around 5000 years to completely drain Lake Superior and by volume there are bigger lakes and on top of that there is still the oceans which I gather are rising so it might solve that problem as well.

4 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Bob the Super Hamste Re:How about (208 comments)

If they are that desperate I wonder if I could make them a counter offer and send them $50 US to go and kick their boss in the crotch as hard as they could while having the phone on speaker so I could hear it.

4 days ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

Bob the Super Hamste Re:It's a bad sign (223 comments)

[Citation Needed]

While I would like to believe that this is the case reality seems to differ. I have been a fairly active citizen when contacting my elected representatives and the various candidates. Problem is that far too many people don't care and spout the anything for safety or if you have nothing to hide bull shit so they don't really care.

4 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Bob the Super Hamste Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (461 comments)

While sitting in a similar boat to yours self I have wondered if one could file theft charges against the officer doing the seizure. I don't know if this has been tried or is even prevented by law but if I found my self in that situation that is what I would do.

Granted you would be filing it in the with the department that the officer works for but if you had a video and audio recording of the incident it would seem like good evidence and make some hay with the local media about it providing them the recording.

4 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Bob the Super Hamste Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (461 comments)

This just gives me some ideas of what condition I should keep the interior of my old junk jeep in. It is perfectly road worthy but beat up and rusty on the exterior and I don't bother to really clean the interior after hunting or camping. There are even blood stains on the roof from the deer I have shot over the years. I am the kind of person who would make a big stink about things and do my best to put the screws to the police department if they pulled that on me.

4 days 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  |  1 year,26 days

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 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 a year and a half 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 a year and a half 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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