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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Bodhammer Re:1st post (260 comments)

On /.? Are you new?

4 days ago

Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Bodhammer the Fluffer (182 comments)

Wow, already adopting the Fluffer's vicious campaign tactics! Well I guess if you can't compete on value, you might as well cheat! The Fluffer is going to do for Uber what Obama's done for the country - too bad...

about a week ago

Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

Bodhammer Binoculars (187 comments)

I have had five scopes. My current primary scope is Celestron CGE 1100.

First, get a good set of binocs and a star atlas. I recommend either "Turn Right at Orion" and/or Sky & Telescope's Pocket Sky Atlas. I have the Orion Mini-giants 9x63 and they are wonderful for astronomy. They are also light enough to be used without a tripod. It really helps to know the basic constellations when starting. Also get

Craigslist has used scopes all the time. You could pick up a Celestron C5, C6, or C8 for a few hundred and prob. not lose too much on resale. Stay away from "department store" scopes!

Check out your local astronomy club. Our club has 20+ scope for loaning and at a star party you could check out a bunch of scope live.
Finally, the is a great resource:

Clear Skies!

about two weeks ago

Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface

Bodhammer Easy explanation (117 comments)

Plankton on the ISS happens the same way SpongeBob and Patrick can build a campfire in Bikini Bottom. (in fact, there is a cosmic connection between the two)

about two weeks ago

A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

Bodhammer 640k? (56 comments)

640 kilobots ought to be enough for anybody.

about three weeks ago

California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Bodhammer Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

The article never mentioned UI but good try...

about three weeks ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Bodhammer Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)


This is the very essence of the parties, both of them. An unsold politician has no influence whatsoever. It's a shame to see the voters reward this behavior. Nothing will change until they do.


about three weeks ago

3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

Bodhammer Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

It stands for RINO - these clowns are being bought off by ULA ( just like the bought and paid for dems ( . SpaceX is threat for those that suckle at the big government teat...

about three weeks ago

Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

Bodhammer Obvious solution (141 comments)

Fish from helicopters. There, problem solved.

about three weeks ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Bodhammer Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

I was paying $180/month for Basic plus with 4 digital converters and 1 set top box + a cable card for the Tivo. No premium channels. We added 40Mps/5Mbps DSL to our phone from CenturyLink for $30/month.

about three weeks ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Bodhammer Crapfinity (224 comments)

I dropped Comcrap for OTA and DSL and I save $150/mo.

about three weeks ago

Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

Bodhammer Re:Huh? (406 comments)

Let's all be honest here (hear?) - it was a beer can, not a "beverage" can. Do we always have to be so politically correct?

about a month ago

EFF: US Gov't Bid To Alter Court Record in Jewel v. NSA

Bodhammer 1984 (78 comments)

And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. "Reality control," they called it: in Newspeak, "doublethink."

1984 - George Orwell

about a month ago



PayPal shuts out ProtonMail

Bodhammer Bodhammer writes  |  about a month ago

Bodhammer (559311) writes "PayPal is restricting payments to and from Geneva based ProtonMail. ProtonMail offers end-to-end encryption of email.

“When we pressed the PayPal representative on the phone for further details, he questioned whether ProtonMail is legal and if we have government approval to encrypt emails, the statement read.

“We are not sure which government PayPal is referring to, but even the 4th Amendment of the US constitution guarantees: ‘The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.’ It seems PayPal is trying to come up with ANY excuse they can to prevent us from receiving funds,” ProtonMail said.
Time to close that PayPal account?"

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Porn shrinks your brain

Bodhammer Bodhammer writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bodhammer (559311) writes ""German researchers looked at the brains of 64 men between the ages of 21 and 45 and found that one brain region (the striatum, linked to reward processing), was smaller in the brains of porn watchers, and that a specific part of the same region is also less activated when exposed to more pornography."

Real Genius Quote
"[Mitch Taylor speaking through the microphone so that Kent hears voices in his head]
Mitch: And from now on, stop playing with yourself.
Kent: It *is* God.""

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New National Database will house all your personal and financial information

Bodhammer Bodhammer writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bodhammer (559311) writes "The Washington Examiner is reporting that the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are building a massive database to hold all of Americans mortgage and financial information.

"But under the April register notice, the database expansion means it will include a host of data points, including a mortgage owner’s name, address, Social Security number, all credit card and other loan information and account balances.
The database will also encompass a mortgage holder’s entire credit history, including delinquent payments, late payments, minimum payments, high account balances and credit scores, according to the notice.
The two agencies will also assemble “household demographic data,” including racial and ethnic data, gender, marital status, religion, education, employment history, military status, household composition, the number of wage earners and a family’s total wealth and assets."

What could go wrong? They have done so well with"

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Peakl Oil Threat Gone - Era of Cheap Biofuels finaly here?

Bodhammer Bodhammer writes  |  about 8 months ago

Bodhammer (559311) writes "Pacific Northwest Nation Labs has developed a new technology that turns algae to crude in an hour. This press release describes process and the partner they have selected for the pilot plant. The process is efficient and produces crude oil which can be traditionally refined, clean water, gas which can be burned or cleaned to make LNG, and nutrients that can go back into the process. Is this the end of the Peak Oil threat?"

ask slashdot - Should I conventionally fund (beg, borrow) or use crowd funding?

Bodhammer Bodhammer writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Bodhammer (559311) writes "I'm a hardware tinkerer and have come up with product for home brewing. I would like to commercialize the idea. I could go the conventional route of self-funding, borrowing from friends & family, SBA loan, etc, or go the crowdfunding route. I think I need about $75-100k to get manufacturing, trademarks, circuit boards, and molds made. I would appreciate the opinions of this community on the pro's and con's of the funding options for a startup tech small business."

Obama Grabs the Internet

Bodhammer Bodhammer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Bodhammer (559311) writes "Even though a Federal Appeals Court said the FCC did not have the authority to regulate the internet, those clever folks in the Obama Administration have chosen to "reclassify" the internet under rules written for Ma Bell in the 1930's. I'm sure it will be better than health care, autos, and Fannie & Freddie — I mean, what could go wrong? Have a read here:"

Machining for the Geek?

Bodhammer Bodhammer writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Bodhammer (559311) writes "I've been feeling the urge to play with tech that is not directly related to computers and electronics. Metalworking has caught my eye after doing some research on Stirling engines. I've been thinking about getting a cheap Chinese milling machine and lathe after reading sites like The Little Machine Shop, Varmint Al's, and Mini-Lathe.
Anyone have some tips on getting into the hobby? Should I take some classes at the local VoTec or just go for it?"


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