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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory

Bob the Super Hamste Re:*drool* (171 comments)

We have probably passed the point where for most applications more speed, memory, cores, etc does anything for users but I welcome the latest and greatest. I don't do much gaming and that which I do is mostly old games that would run fine on an old Pentium 166 MMX. There are other resource intensive computations for which this is useful. My personal example is I do some amateur cartography and GIS stuff and to do what I wanted with my last machine (Athalon 64 x2) was painful and sometimes would take days to complete a single operation, mostly due to being stuck at 4GB of physical RAM. That machine got replaced by an i7 3770k with 32GB ram and what use to take almost a week could be done in about 10 minutes. Now granted a use case like this is rare but there are probably others like it, but not everyone is doing dick measuring based off of frames per second.

3 days ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Just buy a CRT (166 comments)

Not new condition as in mint in box, but new as in still has plenty of useful life and functions just fine. The old CRT TVs are things that worked very well and tended to last for long times, much like the old model 500 phones. Granted you will find some that have been abused, dropped, had liquids spilled on them, etc but even if you get a dud you could always bring it back for recycling.

I have found that the county recycling center is a great mostly one stop shop for freecycling (another stupid term I hate but is useful). Granted things that aren't household chemicals, solvents, and paints, are shipped out weekly so there is a lot of turnover but it is a great place to get stuff. In addition to the above mentioned chain saw case I have gotten a few extra chainsaw bars and chains, a compressor that only had a bad starter cap that needed replacing, lots of unopened solvents, a couple of unopened gallons of the deck stain I use, paint primer, lots of wood finishes, many unopened quarts of motor oil, and even an unopened case of synthetic motor oil. The recycling center is entirely government operated and owned (unlike the one in my father's county) so if something is useful to you they will let you take it instead of not letting people take the profitable things.

3 days ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Bob the Super Hamste Re: No device necessary (166 comments)

This is the sole reason I still have a CRT. It is a bigger TV that was bought near the end of CRTs. It is much cheaper than paying for a few rounds of skeet at the range, and a hell of a lot warmer in the winter too. It is a fairly good way to stay reasonably good at shooting the shotgun since it does provide a fairly decent approximation.

4 days ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Just buy a CRT (166 comments)

Try a local government run recycling center. The one in my county lets you take stuff if you want it. I got my chain saw case that way, as well as a number of solvents that I use and a number of other things all for free.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Bob the Super Hamste Re: Call your state Attorney General (353 comments)

Not in all states, in some cases they seem to mostly have a political ax to grind and act only based off of that regardless of weather they complaint is from a few citizens or "job creator".

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Bob the Super Hamste Re:court (353 comments)

Although if you get a default judgment there is usually some amount of time that the the defendant has to either pay or file for appeal. If you do not have to inform them of the judgment then (in my case I didn't) just stay quiet, wait out the period, and once expired raise a ruckus. Judges really don't like it when some entity doesn't do what they say, that whole contempt of court thing. Depending on the laws in your area you may be entitled to freeze or seize company assets. This is usually possible since it takes time and money for them to file an appeal usually requiring someone show up to do things in person at the court the next level up which would still be fairly local in most parts of the US unless you are in the north slope area of Alaska.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Bob the Super Hamste Re:court (353 comments)

This a thousand times. It is amazing how well small claims court works if you can provide good clear evidence. It is nothing like you see on TV even with shows like Judge Judy, or the People's Court. Gather you evidence, have things in order, and present it clearly, and be sure to have tried to resolve the issue before hand. Also I can speak to Minnesota as being similar to Iowa in that if you win your case you get your filing fee back.

I had to do this with an insurance company that was didn't want to provide me the fair market value for my car that was totaled. They insisted that the vehicle was only worth about $1200 when every other thing indicated that it was in the $2900-$3100 range. I had attempted to work with them for several months but they refused to budge so eventually I had to sue them. I showed up with an independent appraisal, pictures of the car before the accident, sample vehicles that were for sale, the KBB valuation of the vehicle, the NADA value of the vehicle, and the insurance companies data points and method used for assessing the value of my vehicle. I presented my data showing that the vehicle was worth far more and then went through the insurance companies data points (2 vehicles with lots of unknowns) and method for calculating values. The biggest problem was that the 2 vehicles they chose as data points had no stated information about the mileage, options or condition so the insurance company assumed that for options and condition they matched my car which seems unlikely as min was a California car with all available options and the others were Minnesota cars. Additionally since the mileage wasn't stated on either of their data point cars they insurance companies method went like this:
1. Assume each vehicle in their set had the same amount of miles as my car as well as options and condition then subtract some value from each one for mileage
2. Average the 2 resulting values and then subtract mileage again
3. This is now the base value so subtract mileage yet again

Also as one of my data points for representative vehicles I found a similar vehicle to mine that was just over the value they were offering. The only problem was that it was a non running one that was really rusty and had over 750,000 miles on it. It was however the same year and model though. After presenting my evidence the judge went to the the representative from the insurance company and asked if my description of their valuation of the vehicle was correct, to which the responded yes. The judge then asked if they had anything else to add, to which they responded no. At this point the judge ruled in my favor and told the insurance company that there was no reason for this to have gone as far as it did any that everything I had requested was entirely reasonable and valid so they should have just settled 6 months previous (just after the accident) instead of dragging it out as it would have been far cheaper and it wouldn't have wasted everyone's time. In the end I got $3135 since I went for the highest justifiable value plus the $35 filing fee and the insurance company had 20 days to pay or appeal. The insurance company still didn't pay within in the required 20 days and it took a phone call to them informing them that I had a judgment against them and at this point I could legally get a court order to have their assets frozen and I would be doing so the next day if I didn't receive my check before the court opened on the following day. I got a hand delivered check 2 hours later.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Bob the Super Hamste Re:DSL paload + ATM = 16% (353 comments)

For a 2x4 yes the finished ones are 3.5"x1.75" but if you get the rough ones they are actually 2"x4" the rest is removed by the planers they are sent through so you don't have the rough finish from sawing.

4 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Bob the Super Hamste Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (522 comments)

Sounds about right. Being raised in a fundamentalist baptist church I figure that if there is a god and it is the god of the Abrahamic religions I should have no problem getting into heaven for time already served. The fact that I didn't become a raging self loathing ass hole amazes me given the amount vitriol and hate that I was brought up with. In addition to the standard cruft that most are familiar with in that church there was a fair amount of how other races carried the Mark of Cain and this was in the early '80s.

5 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Bob the Super Hamste Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (522 comments)

Cataclysmic floods are commonly accepted as having happened now days and probably did influence early paleolithic cultures who would have been around to witness them. The ones that jumps out to me in the Americas are the various emptying of Glacial Lake Missoula in Montana. Other such events happened in Europe and Asia at the end of the last ice age so there would have been a number of flood stories of entire groups of people washed away.

5 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Bob the Super Hamste Re:This is good! (522 comments)

Time to tell the wife that I have a few hypothesis that need testing when I get home.

5 days ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

Bob the Super Hamste Why not some really old movies (126 comments)

Why don't they see about getting some really old movies that have passed into the public domain and cleaning them up. The first one that comes to mind is Nosferatu but there are a number of other old films that would qualify as well.

5 days ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

Bob the Super Hamste Re:My 0.02 (525 comments)

People should live in a desert.

Seriously why to people do water intensive farming in a desert in an effort to preserve their water rights? I am not all that sympathetic to farmers and ranchers that through our governments subsidy rules and their use it or lose it water rights are having a hard time in what normally is a desert. Guess what you live in a desert and if you can't get the water to grow your alfalfa, lettuce, grape, etc crops maybe you should be trying to grow those things there.

5 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Bob the Super Hamste Re: Sigh (335 comments)

Basically they said if it can be interpreted that it looks like a duck then it is a duck, even if it is actually a goose. Specifically see pages 31 and 32 of the ruling for the reasoning spelled out based upon existing long standing precedent.

5 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Bob the Super Hamste Re: Sigh (335 comments)

Also the ACA was also ruled not at tax by the supreme court so that there was standing. What has confused me about the ruling was the first and 3rd portions (the second being the part about removal of federal medicaid or medicare dollars). The first part of the ruling was to decided if the ACA individual mandate penalty was a fine or a tax since if it was a tax there wasn't standing. At this point the court ruled it was not a tax and thus the lawsuit could proceed. Then later in the 3rd part of the same ruling the court finds that it actually isn't a fine but is a tax and therefore allowable by the taxing power of congress. My question since this has been did the court overturn their own ruling within the same ruling or have we now entered a state of quantum law where things can exist in a superposition where depending on how you look at them you get the outcome you are looking for?

These 2 parts of the ruling did manage to accomplish one thing though which is I now have no faith in the supreme court to make logical well reasoned decision that is even coherent within the same ruling. This becomes most clear on pages 31 and 32 or the ruling where the court felt compelled to treat it as a tax for the purpose of ruling it constitutional yet somehow wasn't compelled to at the same time to rule it was a tax for purposes of standing. This line of reasoning I find rather disturbing since it basically states that if there is a way or reading or interpreting a law that might make it constitutional then the law must be ruled constitutional. There are 2 previous examples where this was done and any legal mind arguing before the supreme court would be wise to make use of this to ensure all laws government writes get ruled constitutional since there is a very long running president of this now (about 180 years).

5 days ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Sigh (335 comments)

A backhoe.

5 days ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

Bob the Super Hamste Re:I got those calls every few days (248 comments)

I should just hand him the phone, and say, "hey, this guy wants you to tell him all about Minecraft, Rainbow Loom, and Pokemon!!"

With my 3 year old replace those with things with the trips up to the iron range, the threshing shows, and the railroad museum in Golden, CO. The kid would talk for hours if you let him.

5 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Not surprising (505 comments)

Nice, most people don't know that much about their vehicles. Posi is fairly rare on vehicle but is great if you have it and getting the 4 wheel disk is always a worth while upgrade if not standard. Also good job on maintaining the oft neglected diff fluid

While the purpose of a burnout is in part to remove the debris from the tires it is mostly to heat the slicks up so they are good and sticky so you can get a good launch off the line and not spin the tires as much. If it were just about scraping the crap off there wouldn't be a need to keep going beyond the first couple of revolutions until they smoke. Some drag races do like the big burnouts which as you stated really wastes tires, while others (like my father) do them until they see the smoke out the rear view, or enough to get the tires hot and sticky but not waste them. Also most of the drag I've seen are running 4.10 or 4.11 gears so it is even easier to break them loose. There still is the difference between drag slicks and street tires with street tires offering no where near the traction of the traction of even cold slicks.

5 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Not surprising (505 comments)

That is the parking brake which doesn't do much of anything except help stop you from rolling when parked on a hill. As mentioned elsewhere it is a steel cable that basically pulls the shoes or pads of the rear wheels so they press against the drum or rotor. This is different from the hydraulic system that produces the majority of the braking power.

5 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Not surprising (505 comments)

I drive a '95 Impala. I can hold the brakes at a stop and floor the throttle, and cut the back tires loose.

Congratulations you have successfully mastered the art of the burn out with one wheel (I doubt you have a limited slip diff in that thing) on street tires. Now depending on what the vehicle has for rear brakes this this might be somewhat impressive to someone (4 wheel disk) or is just meh (rear drum). You also didn't mention that the front wheels stay put during this exercise. To be fair I did similar things in my '97 BMW 540i but that had 4 wheel disk brakes with an aftermarket posi diff but even then the front wheels would stay planted.

Speaking of burnouts I take it you haven't seen a real drag race. Even with some nice extra wide hot drag slicks on the back with the small pizza cutter tires in front the braking action only cause the car to slide forward very slowly.

about a week 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 10 months 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,11 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 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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