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Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Rand Paul Ads on Facebook? (533 comments)

Facebook is already making me doubt the validity of anything I see on the internet

You must be new here.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Same business model, different business (401 comments)

Sounds similar to the experience I had when shopping for my current car. On dealer has what from the picture appeared to be a nice E46 330ci with a manual transmission and the asking prices was in the range for what should be immaculate vehicle. So I go to check it out and the vehicle was off at the shop next door being serviced and I was told that I could wait about 10 minutes and then check it out. After the little wait the guy goes and gets the car and pull up in it. There isn't a single piece of trim that is lined up correctly on this car. At this point I am informed that it pops out of 3rd, but not to worry because "this is a common problem on these cars" and am asked if I would like to take it for a test drive which I do. On the drive it does pop out of third, but there is noise coming from both front wheels indicating bad bearings, lots of suspension rattles, clunks from the differential when shifting, and the VANOS makes the whistling noise indicating that it is fairly far along in the process of failing. I got done with the test drive and the guy ask what I thought of the car to which I responded "It's a piece of junk". The next question was what is wrong with it so I responded with the list. The rest of the conversation went:

Salesman: Well what would it take to get you in this car?"
Me: $3000 and a new transmission installed
Salesman: I paid more than that for it.
Me: Not my problem that you bought a piece of crap. You are asking a pristine vehicle price for this car and even paying $3000 for it with a new transmission it would still cost me at least $6000 in parts to fix everything that I know is wrong with this car and who know what else I will find when I get into it. This car had a very hard life and was not maintained at all, I have walked away from much nicer vehicles.(I then proceed to walk off)

I'm sure I found some young sucker to buy that car since it was a black 2 door BMW who couldn't see anything beyond that but that isn't my problem either.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Bob the Super Hamste Re:105 megabits per second (401 comments)

There are other things to do on the internet other than watch Netflix. I can saturate my 80mb/s connection fairly consistently without thinking about it when doing GIS stuff.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Bob the Super Hamste Re:why would anyone cancel comcast? (401 comments)

Sounds like someone else lives on the outskirts of a metropolitan area surrounded by tree covered hills. I had the big antenna on a 16' mast attached to the chimney but that still wasn't enough to get much of a digital signal, but when the analogue broadcasts were still happening I got all of the channels. When I last tried to watch TV I could sometimes get the primary FOX and NBC station but nothing else so I just basically gave up on TV. Between Netflix, Hulu, and the existing collection of DVDs if I want to watch something I probably can.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Bob the Super Hamste Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

The problem is that Elon Musk thought that Car Salesman are typically third rate scum

You mean they aren't? In all seriousness from my experience they mostly range from mildly incompetent to circus carny levels of dodgyness. There has only been one that I had dealt with that I would say was a good guy but that was at a high end dealer.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Just bloody airgap everything and faraday cage! (244 comments)

Having been in highly secured buildings (not in the US) I'm not worried about the wall scanner being the security measure, but more about the guy with the machine gun next to it.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Bob the Super Hamste Re:If anyone actually cared... (710 comments)

For an example, the most common failure on washing machines is the clutch for the spin cycle.

I always thought the most common problem was the little plastic ratchet thing for the agitator or it seems to be at my house since my wife will over fill the washing machine.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Bob the Super Hamste Re:This is just how people are. (710 comments)

You can see the different attitudes people have. Watch some homeless guys for a while asking for money. Some people walk by, and give them money. Other people walk by and say, "someone should help them!"

And some walk by and notice that they are wearing nicer shoes than I am and that panhandling is their career of choice.

This seemed especially prevalent in Portland OR. The worst example was one lady who was always sitting a a bench near the McDonalds by the naked people building (the Standard Insurance Co building) who every day never bothered to look up from her smart phone and would ask "spare some change for food". She was easily 300lbs and going without food for a few weeks would probably do her some good. Then there was the day in which she asked me in the same breath "Spare some change for food? Can a buy a cigarette from you?". The funniest was the day another bum took the corner up the block and she was yelling at a cop about how he needed to remove him because he was "cutting off my business".

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Bob the Super Hamste Re: user error (710 comments)

From what I can tell the European and American versions of vehicles aren't all that different. Some of the emissions equipment is different, the size of the airbags, and engine and transmission availability (the US needs more small diesels and manual transmissions) but beyond nothing really sticks out. Granted Americans don't get all the vehicles that are sold in the rest of the wold like the Ford Ka (first one to pop into my head) but at that doesn't provide a valid point of comparison. Personally I would take my 12 year old bottom of the line E46 BMW over any similar sized American car past or present for safety or driving enjoyment for a daily driver.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Bob the Super Hamste Re: user error (710 comments)

Sounds about right, as one of the biggest factor in mileage seems to be the driver. Having an '02 325i with a manual I get in the 35-38 mpg range (US) if I drive like a normal human but can get it down to about 27 if I am flogging it on on ramps and at stop lights, problem is I still have a bit too much teenager in me even though that age is long past. This is with a vehicle that has 116,XXX miles on it. Then on the other hand is my Jeep that gets 20 mpg with the 4.0l inline six and a manual, not bad for a box on wheels with 378,XXX miles on it but then I don't use it for much but when I do use it, it is for things that I need the cargo space, high clearance, or 4WD. It only gets driven a few thousand miles a year so 20 MPG isn't a big hit on the wallet and insurance is really cheap at about $12 a month.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Don't forget to comment (69 comments)

I figure it is much like writing my congress critters in that they don't care what I have to say and if I get a response it will probably be patronizing one. At least when it is a congress critter and they send out door knockers I can let them know of the poor experience of receiving a patronizing letter back. Worst example was one of my state reps who sent me a letter thanking me for my support of X when I was actually against X. At least he went door to door himself so I got to let him know what I really thought. I figure that the FCC head will get on TV and explain that an overwhelming of Americans support the new regulations that disallow net-neutrality but at least I made an effort. Also I have contacted my congress critters encouraging them to put forward legislation mandating it but who knows what will come out of that sausage factory.

about two weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Why 80% (278 comments)

I would love it if Obama or congress would "fix" the NSA but that will never happen. They just don't seem to have the balls for it.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Bob the Super Hamste Re:real vs pretend (353 comments)

That was basically my impression as it seemed that auditing a college student with a small income filing form 1040EZ wouldn't net much of anything even if I did screw it up. I would dread having an audit now given how complex my taxes have become, even with tax software it takes a good 6 hours.

about three weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Not new (253 comments)

History in general doesn't change quite as quickly as computer science - only recent history does.

I think that is called current events.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Bob the Super Hamste Re:Speculations (353 comments)

How do I know you aren't one of THEM. I bet you have managed to infect my computer with some ultrasonic malware by responding to my initial post. Do not respond to this post I don't want any more of your malware.

about three weeks ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Bob the Super Hamste Re:real vs pretend (353 comments)

They sit there and hem and haw over it, then start asking all sorts of questions like do you have any capital gains, 1099 income, gambling profits/losses. The auditor then wandered off to "check" some things comes back asks more stupid questions and wanders off again. Then apparently after gathering everything he needed sat down and questioned every line on my 1040 EZ form. I probably spent close to 7 hours at the Minneapolis IRS office 5 of which were sitting in a waiting room and 2 for the actual audit. I agree that you view of what should of happened is what I was thinking was going to happen since it was a 1040EZ with a single W2 and it took me like 5 minutes to fill out originally. I figured I would be in and out in about the time it took to actually do my return initially.

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 9 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  |  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  |  1 year,20 days

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  |  1 year,21 days

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  |  about 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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