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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

BobandMax Same old story (187 comments)

Every time a new discovery is made, legions of naysayers appear to tell us how it will not make a difference or is impossible to implement or too expensive or, well, you fill in the blank. Never underestimate the ingenuity of people wanting fame, wealth, professional success, better mate selection or whatever. Graphene will be whatever it will be. It was only a relatively few years ago that these same people, or their ilk, thought they knew everything there was to know about the well-explored element, carbon. The future will reveal itself in due course and those who predict utopia or disaster are both likely to be wrong.

5 days ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

BobandMax Oil option says it all (219 comments)

What has motivated almost all exploration on Earth is pursuit of profit, wealth or colonization. There have been a few explorers that pursued it for knowledge, adventure or glory, but they are by far the minority. Although the "oil" option was facetious, it is actually dead on the mark. As soon as someone determines that there is money or power in space, then there will be a real race.

about 2 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

BobandMax Deniers! (207 comments)

This is apostasy and can only be punished by academic death. They will never get a grant in this town, again!

about 3 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

BobandMax Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Ignoring science in favour of conspiracy theories is ignorant.

No, science should not be ignored but that does not mean that conspiracies do not exist. They do.

Citing the errors of celebrities as evidence of the failings of science is... jibberish (sic).

Al Gore is not just a celebrity. Sadly, many people are influenced by his gibberish. I agree with your basic premise but most AGW advocates ignore and will not address contrary evidence, preferring instead to ridicule and cast aspersions, as you do. What is there to fear from an open discussion and equal treatment of all available evidence, unless a predetermined outcome is the goal?

about 3 months ago
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Code.org Discloses Top Donors

BobandMax CS degree no panacea (59 comments)

My last company was a well-known, major defense contractor. HR sent CS grads, with credible paper GPA's from well regarded universities, who claimed to know C, and could not explain the source code for "cat". I'm no C programmer and it took me about thirty seconds to puzzle through it. It does no good to produce legions of CS grads whose diplomas are valueless. Coding, even with modern tools, is not easy and never will be. The way to attract more ***QUALIFIED*** people to CS is to allow the market to price their services accordingly.

Friends with H1B hungry commercial companies report similar experiences. A few imports are very good, most range from barely Ok to competent and the rest are dead weight.

about 4 months ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

BobandMax Re:Eliminate municipal monopolies (111 comments)

The subject under discussion is broadband. Try to pay attention. And, yes, municipalities do prohibit competition through sleazy deals with all-too-eager providers. In those areas where there are no contractual monopolies, lower rates, better service and higher consumer satisfaction are the norm. The reason why there is only one choice in so many locations, like mine, is because local government has sold the monopoly rights.
http://www.wired.com/2013/07/w...

about 4 months ago
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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

BobandMax In doubt? (141 comments)

I'm with the other two posters who also thought this was considered fact.

about 4 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

BobandMax It's for your own good (299 comments)

But, if you must complain, file a grievance with the Internal Security Ministry, Sedition Division.

about 4 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

BobandMax Re:Global Warming is NOW, kidlings (327 comments)

What caused the dust bowl in the thirties? Global warming? What caused the Saharan climate shift six thousand years ago? SUV-driving Republicans? Attempts to link individual weather events or even climate shifts to the eidolon of "climate change" are pointless and scientifically vacuous.

about 4 months ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

BobandMax Impressive! (136 comments)

Just when I thought there could not possibly be another reason for not reading WaPo. Wow, Bezos is a true innovator!

about 4 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

BobandMax Leftist Hypocrisy (327 comments)

They are adamant about the letter of the law if you are a conventional business, just trying to address market needs and make a profit. But, if you are supporting their wet dream crap (windmills, solar farms, trains to nowhere, etc.), they throw all the rules out the window. To hell with the environment, raptors, Desert Tortoises or anyone and anything that gets in their way. If the laws and regulations are necessary and good, they they are necessary good for everyone. If they are bad, then they are bad for everyone. Should leftists ever gain full control of government, does anyone still believe that corruption of this ilk will not be the norm?

about 4 months ago
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The Man Who Invented the 26th Dimension

BobandMax Did he invent or discover? (259 comments)

If he invented the 26th dimension, then it did not previously exist and probably still does not. If he discovered it, then it previously existed and probably still does. Both within reasonable uncertainty bounds, of course.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: IT Personnel As Ostriches?

BobandMax Unless it is blatantly illegal... (246 comments)

...it stops with you. I saw many embarrassing/absurd/job threatening/demeaning things while servicing employee computers. One of them belonged to the company president. None ever appeared to be criminally illegal and did not go beyond me. Part of the job.

about 5 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

BobandMax Contradistory positions (514 comments)

Jackson and others routinely take the position that corporations are money grubbers that only care about profit. If that is true; why would they not hire a qualified candidate, regardless of ancestry? I strongly suspect, as another poster alluded, that this is a problem specific to Silicon Valley. But, it is clearly ripe for plundering by shakedown scammers like Jackson, who has perfected this sort of swindle to a high level.

about 5 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

BobandMax Re:Same lies told about Canadian TFWP (225 comments)

Hear, hear! If they were actually hiring Native Americans and lifting them out of poverty and dependence, I would support them wholeheartedly. All they want, as many other posters have noted, is abusable workers that they can pay sub-market wages.

about 5 months ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

BobandMax What contemptible crap (564 comments)

People have been predicting either utopian or dystopian futures for millennia. The reality is that humans largely continue to do the same kind of crap, over and over again. I predict more of the same. Maybe, if we're lucky, a significant die-off.

about 5 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

BobandMax A modest proposal (619 comments)

Hey, why not raise the gas tax to $3 per gallon? We could fund all kinds of useless crap with that kind of money. All those lies the Republicans tell about market forces are BS. We have those CO2 spewing bastards over a barrel. If they want to drive on roads that were built by and belong to the government, make them pay! Taxes like this also have the charm of regressivity, affecting lower wage earners far more than those in higher income brackets. Who doesn't like that?

about 6 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

BobandMax Let's simplify this (465 comments)

The Congress should provide a list of all IRS employees under suspicion so that the IRS can lose all their emails and documents from the relevant period. Then, the Democrats will declare the investigation closed and we can move to the next scandal. P.S.: I got this plan from Harry Reid, Thanks, Harry!

about 6 months ago

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Cryogenic fracturing recovers hydrocarbons without water use

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  about a month and a half ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "Researchers at the Colorado School of Mines claim they have developed a method to unlock hydrocarbons trapped in shale with using any water at all. They are seeking to perfect Cryogenic fracturing, which replaces water with searing cold liquid nitrogen (or carbon dioxide). Used at temperatures below minus 321 Fahrenheit, it is pumped underground at high pressure. Once it comes into contact with the heated, pressurized shale, a reaction occurs which caused the shale to crack open and creates fissures through which the hydrocarbons can gush out. They liken it to pouring hot water onto a frozen car windshield, with the sharp and sudden temperature change causing the glass to crack."
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More touchscreen "calibration" errors changing votes

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  about 2 months ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "There was a story last week about touchscreen voting machines in Cook County, Illinois changing votes from Republican to Democrat. Now, this touchscreen ebola seems to have infected machine in Maryland, too, still changing votes from Republican to Democrat. Why does this only seem to happen in Democrat strongholds?"
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"Calibration" error changes Illinois touchscreen votes

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  about 2 months ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "In a truly shocking occurrence, a Cook County, Illinois touchscreen voting device changed votes from Republican to Democrat. Voting officials removed the machine and determined that a calibration error was at fault. The voter who brought the problem to their attention, Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan, was later "allowed" to vote for Republicans. Some things never change, regardless technology."
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Bar Exam Fails Law Grads

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  about 5 months ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "ExamSoft, the management platform software that handles digital bar exam submissions for multiple states, experienced a severe technical meltdown on Tuesday, leaving many graduates temporarily unable to complete the exams needed to practice law. The snafu also left bar associations from nearly 20 states with no choice but to extend their submission deadlines."
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Don't Panic About Global Warming Say 16 Scientists

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "16 Scientists, Physicists and Engineers signed an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today urging caution about prescriptive remedies to "Global Warming." Burt Rutan was among those who signed."
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