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My favorite simple machine is ...

Frymaster Re:Too Easy... (490 comments)

this brings up a question that has been haunting my house for years now. those spiral slides, like they have in playgrounds. is that a ramp or a screw?

more than 5 years ago

How do you get to work?

Frymaster Re:Me too (887 comments)

If your really want to carry a lot of stuff (e.g. several bags of groceries), you'll want a trailer

or, better still, the xtracycle!

about 6 years ago

Study Says Cosmic Rays Do Not Explain Global Warming

Frymaster Re:Global Warming (656 comments)

People like Al Gore fill your minds with this propaganda so that you'll go out and buy their *green* light bulbs

so you prefer the propaganda from people like exon who want you to go out and buy their gasoline?

1. Volcano's and things alike emit more C02 gas then the entire human race.

sure do. and for a long time, before the advent of industrialization, the climate has experienced only moderate fluctuations even with all that volcanic co2. then along came escalades and coal plants and massive human-engineer deforestation projects that when added to all that volcanic co2, it tipped the balance to a general warming trend.

2. The Earth heats up on a cycle. It just so happens that in this point in time were on the warming part.

of course the earth heats and cools on a cycle. no one is claiming otherwise. the concern currently is the amplitude of the cycle and the speed at which the general warming trend is expected to occur... not the existence of the cycle itself.

If we were going into an ice age, I'm sure Al Gore would be saying "Save the dingos from the ice" instead of "Save the polar bears from the heat".

uh, yes, of course he would. people who are opposed to climate change, which so many here seem to call "global warming", are not by extension in favour of global cooling. they're in favour of a global climate that is stable within the normal and natural rates of fluctuations.

Just my two cents.

and fair value at that price.

more than 6 years ago

Esther Dyson Grudgingly Defends Internet Anonymity

Frymaster Re:Why Not? (516 comments)

Why not encourage anonymity?

Because it also encourages the lack of accountability that goes along with it.

it's only been six weeks since the u.s. election -- and already people are forgetting the importance of anonymity.

in the united states, indeed in every western democracy, ballots are secret. no one questions this anonymity -- indeed, it's mandated by law.

the reason we have secret ballots is simple: the framers of the constitution (any western constitution) realized that people could only truly vote their conscience, express their political preference, if they could do so without fear of reprisal or ridicule. anonymity is a cornerstone of a free and democratic society.

it's kind of a shame that ms. dyson doesn't realize that.

more than 6 years ago

Canadian Groups Call For Massive Net Regulation

Frymaster Re:What if everyone got a piece? (318 comments)

and the tax on cd-rs is such a wild success.

witness my band. we suck. people hate us. no one comes to our shows. so, we release a cd. since we're not big enough to be granted an exemption, we pay the cd-r tax on all the blanks we use (and, yes, we used a legit duplication plant). of course, our cd sells miserably and we get nowhere near the beak-even point.

which means.... we lose $300 putting out our cd, and the tax we paid on the blanks goes straight into the pockets of a big-name canadian act. perhaps avril levign. that's right: levign makes more money off my artistic creation than i do.

thank you socan!

more than 6 years ago

Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating Energy

Frymaster Re:Conservation of energy (618 comments)

This process will NOT "create" energy.

seriously. at best this sounds like a marginally novel take on cogeneration.

more than 6 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Unix Tricks?

Frymaster Re:rm -rf / (2362 comments)

or the "unix koan" grep "" /dev/null

more than 6 years ago


Frymaster hasn't submitted any stories.



my boss is stalking me...

Frymaster Frymaster writes  |  more than 11 years ago yeah, well, just realized that my boss is stalking me on slashdot.

of course since, if i sit up really straight, i can see what's on his screen it's a turnabout == fair play sorta thang.


Frymaster Frymaster writes  |  more than 11 years ago i need it back! i know i am a bad person for forgetting my password *and* email - i promise to be better in the future.


the smell of capital

Frymaster Frymaster writes  |  more than 12 years ago

the texan vc's came and went:

"these guys are like the fucking x-men! go down to the car and get the money..."

well, not exactly. but close. i love the smell of job security.


oh yeah, the webpage

Frymaster Frymaster writes  |  more than 12 years ago

really, i like my mac a lot. i do. however i admit i was a bit peeved losing my .mac page. so now, i host it myself:




Frymaster Frymaster writes  |  more than 12 years ago

greed has been the driving economic force since surpluses were first created. since then all economic advancement has been based on distribution models.

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