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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Jarik C-Bol Re:The world needs plumbers too (360 comments)

Hell, I have a college degree in shop class for all the good its doing me. Unless your willing to get up and move to were the jobs are, a degree means nothing.

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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Jarik C-Bol Re:interstellar surveilance (239 comments)

That is a really cool idea. I can honestly say i'd never heard anything like it before, thank you for making me smarter today.

about a week ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Jarik C-Bol Re:People getting wierd about liquid water (239 comments)

Huge advances in manufacturing and computers are creditable to NASA, without which, we probably would not have the smartphones with the capabilities we have today.

about a week ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Jarik C-Bol Re:That's nice.... (239 comments)

I say we build a probe with our best propulsion option, and huck it that way. Sure, it'll be a couple dozen generations before it gets there, but its something for the grandkids to enjoy.

about a week ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Jarik C-Bol Re:People getting wierd about liquid water (239 comments)

The citizens of the USA spend more every year on new cell phones than they do on the entire budget of NASA. Pick something else to bitch about.

about a week ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

Jarik C-Bol Re:But is it a class M planet? (239 comments)

Who cares, its finally an interesting enough target for us to actually think about building an interstellar probe. The sooner we launch one, the sooner our descendants get to hear back from it.

about a week ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Jarik C-Bol Re:How do you get any work done sitting down? (312 comments)

I imagine he means a tech in the same line of work as he is, who's workflow involves sitting in a chair watching scans finish.

about a week ago
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Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

Jarik C-Bol Re:Not sure how standing up would solve anything.. (312 comments)

Indeed. On the rare occasion I have to man a register at work, within an hour, my back is spasming, and my legs are stocking up and getting stiff. I can work all day out on the floor stocking, lifting heavy cases, kneeling, getting up, up and down ladders with no problem, but standing in one place for an hour is brutal. I suppose if I had to do it more my body would adapt to standing still eventually, but it would be a miserable transition.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Pay attention (1617 comments)

This 2 minutes to load bullshit has GOT to stop. a soldier was expiated toreload and fire in 15 seconds for at least 4 minutes. They used a paper cartridge, with the powder, wad, and ball wrapped inside, a solder would take the cartridge, rip the end off with his teeth, pour a little powder into the pan, drop the rest into the barrel, and ram it home with the rod. at this point, it was raise, cock and fire. Now, a Pennsylvania Rifle on the other hand, could take 30 seconds to a minute to reload, because the ball fit much tighter, making reloading a more difficult process. It also had a lot longer range, and was more accurate, and there was not a lot of them in existence.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

This 2 minutes to load bullshit has GOT to stop. A decently trained musketeer can reload and fire in 15 seconds. They used a paper cartridge, with the powder, wad, and ball wrapped inside, a solder would take the cartridge, rip the end off with his teeth, pour a little powder into the pan, drop the rest into the barrel, and ram it home with the rod. at this point, it was raise, cock and fire. Line formation really meant aiming was not that important. Now, a Pennsylvania Rifle could take 30 seconds to a minute to reload, because the ball fit much tighter, making reloading a more difficult process, but the major portion of the armed forces in the revolution would have been equipped with standard muskets, not rifles, which, by virtue of their much greater range, where limited to what amounted to the first snipers.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

I don't need a machine gun to keep people from stealing my TV. Locks, walls, and intelligence mostly does that. I need the machine gun because it is fun to shoot at rotten pumpkins and cinder blocks out at the gun range.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

I somehow don't feel bettered as a member of society immediately knowing when celebrities show their crotches to children or whatever other 'scandal' and other drivel that the news outlets spew, pretending its relevant. Also, the lightning speed at which we lynch our public officials when they make some stupid remark is depressing, the speed of the internet has removed any opportunity for public persons to correct their mistakes before they burn their careers to the ground. Everyone says stupid things, its just that most of us are not under a twitter microscope 24/7.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

I remember listening to an interview with someone who was a presidential staffer back in the 80's and he was talking about how the president had said something stupid, and they where all "well, we have a couple days to run damage control on this, because the papers have already run, and the next edition won't be out for a few days". Compared to today, where if any politician says anything half witted, its all over twitter and the rest of the internet in a matter of minutes. A lot of things have changed, and not all of them for the better. We now hold our elected officials to a hilariously high standard, because there is literally no time between the moment they make a mistake, and the moment they are judged for it. The fact of the mater is, they are human, and they fuck up just as much as we do, the only difference is we are watching their every move.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

Give it a try, see if the cops don't stop you. Hell, there was a guy here who had one of those Katana hilted umbrellas, and they spent half the day searching the town and school for the supposed 'swordsman'.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

Yeah, but the crossbow is cumbersome to conceal inside my waistband.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

I think he's gonna need a video. I'm not saying you can't, because people do some impressive shit, but sub MOA at those ranges with a semi-auto is a spectacular feat, and we gun enthusiasts would love to see it.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

http://www.longrangehunting.co... read that. Its not an AR-15 (which would be far harder to MOA at a mile) but the guy was putting 6 out of 7 .223 cal rounds on a 8" by 12" target at a mile.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Jarik C-Bol Re: Bundy (1617 comments)

Grazing sheep and goats is very damaging. Cows on the other hand, not so much. Sheep and goats will graze down to the root bulb, pull it up, and eat it before moving on. Cows don't do this, they will graze down to the ground, but generally leave the root ball intact. The major portion of the damage done to the southwest was the product of sheep and goats. (I know this because I live where the Chihuahuan desert moved north 100 miles during the wool and mohair era of west Texas) Now, cows CAN damage land, but only if kept on it to the point where they are starving to death anyways, at which point they will probably consume the root bulbs of the grass, but if your to that point, you have another problem entirely.

about a week ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Jarik C-Bol Re:uphill and snowy (355 comments)

All I had was a couple rocks, a decent stick, and some string If I was lucky. Oh, and an extension cord with the female end cut off. You can guess how THAT ended.

about a week ago

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Scale of the Universe as a game

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "Newgrounds user Fotoshop has created a game which allows users to zoom in and out, exploring the scale of universe from the largest distances we can discern, down to quantum foam. Interesting descriptions and explanations abound as you travel through the range of measurements. Well worth a look."
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New Red Faction game in the works

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "in a very short article, CVG released the fact they had been informed by THQ that a new red faction game is in the the making. article at : http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?i d=169331 we can only hope it uses the destructable environments better than Red Faction 2. Which many of us red faction fans considered a bit of a letdown after the original."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "With the recent post about ebay in a lawsuit over its "buy it now" button against MercExchange L.L.C. (whom i had never heard of untill today) I pose the question. Has patent law become to lax, in that it allows the patent of "common sense" ideas? Honestly, I doubt anyone had any inkling that someone had patented the buy it now button when they added the code and functionality to ebays website. How far are we from an age where creating a web service, no matter how mundane, is 90% making sure you didn't violate someone's archaic patent of some menial detail. I say that this is an obvious case of how we need to take a serious look at what can and cannot be patented in this country."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  about 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol writes "http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/873aae7bf86c0 110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html Popular Science has a report on a machine that uses plasma to render anything short of nuclear waste down to is base elements, and use the results to drive generators that produce more power than the machine uses. Its creator has big plans to save the world, one landfill at a time. Hopes are that once in place, we will solve our garbage problems, and be producing cheep easy electricity from the junk we throw away. Here's to hoping, maybe this one will pan out, according to the article, it is being implemented in several cities across the country."

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