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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

JeffOwl Re:Outrage! (190 comments)

Are you really that stupid?

Not in the way you are implying (maybe other ways). You see, the post wasn't meant to be taken literally. If you go back to the first woman is space, during that specific period of time there were only women in space and no men. But it loses something when I have to explain it. Now, as for your first question, I could retort with an equally juvenile response, but it wouldn't add anything to the conversation.

Regards

9 hours ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

JeffOwl Outrage! (190 comments)

This is an outrage. I say we need to get a woman up into space as soon as possible. What? Women have been to space? OK, then I think we need to have a female pilot a spacecraft. Oh, that's been done too. Now it is time for a female mission commander. Already been done? What we really need is to have a female mission commander and a female ISS commander at the same time. No! that's been done too? Arrrgghhh. We need to setup a time when only females are in space and no men. Only then can we be equals.

yesterday
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

JeffOwl Re: All about perception (190 comments)

For the US, I think fruit flies were first, then some monkeys that died, then some that lived, and some mice, and a whole bunch of other stuff before people.

yesterday
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

JeffOwl Re:It's a Republican Thing (291 comments)

The Michigan State Senate has a 26-to-12 Republican majority and in the House a 59-to-50 Republican majority. With control of both the executive and legislative branches of government, it is certainly Republicans who are accountable for revoking the freedom to purchase a Tesla in Michigan.

So wait, 49 of the 50 democrat reps vote for this and all 12 democrat senators vote for this and it's a Republican thing?

you must be trolling.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JeffOwl Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

I interpreted your comment to mean individuals. It is clear now that you mean the entirety of the middle and lower classes. That doesn't strike me as meaningful in the context of "hardest hit" which is perhaps why I was (or maybe still am) confused.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JeffOwl Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

Progressive means rich people pay more than poor people (not just absolutely, but as a percentage of their means). Taxes on consumption tend towards being progressive naturally, and you can exempt basic needs to make them more progressive.

Not sure what "taxes on consumption" you are talking about. Sales tax, the way it is typically implemented, is NOT progressive. Sure rich people will pay more because they buy more expensive stuff. But most of the wealthy (spoiled heirs aside) are able to support an extravagant lifestyle and still put money away. Poor people are spending 100% of their income on consumption. If the statistics that show the middle class shrinking (in favor of the lower-middle and lower classes) are correct then the middle class is also spending a very high percentage of their income.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

JeffOwl Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

A tax on consumption hits those hardest who consume the most: the middle and lower classes. And it does nothing to stop or slow the growth of wealth accumulation.

To be clear, the middle and lower class do not consume the most. The wealthy do. Their consumption is just not as high a proportion of their wealth or income. I don't think it would be a good idea to tax wealth, but it doesn't matter what I think because politicians will always build in some loophole that allows the truly wealthy to hide their money.

4 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

JeffOwl Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

Where I live there are several other companies offering to sell electricity to me. One company owns the infrastructure, other companies sell electricity and compete on rates, and other deals like free nights or weekends. I pay significantly less here than I did where I lived before. On the other hand, when I firsts got DSL, I had the option of several different ISPs. That is no longer the case.

4 days ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

JeffOwl Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

I don't even get to choose between a cable and phone company. I get to choose between ATT and satellite. Three blocks in any direction and they get the choice. This is a recently build neighborhood too. There was a deal struck between ATT and the developer. Bad on me that I didn't investigate that prior to moving in.

4 days ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

JeffOwl Going backwards... (404 comments)

Maybe they are on to something. Maybe we should go backwards to the old flight attendant rules...

"During Pan Am’s heyday in the 1960s, there were strict requirements for stewardesses: They had to be at least 5-foot-2, weigh no more than 130 pounds, and retire by age 32. They couldn’t be married or have children, either. As a result, most women averaged just 18 months on the job."

No? Don't want to do that?

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

JeffOwl Re:flight attendants? (404 comments)

I won't dispute your commitment to safety, but I really have a hard time believing that your union gives a rip about passenger safety. They may be concerned about your safety, your livelihood, your work-life balance (which they should be), but I really can't believe that they care about passenger safety except where it affects those things.

about a week ago
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Birth Control Pills Threaten Fish Stocks

JeffOwl Re:Birth control pills signifcant contributor? (147 comments)

According to a former slashdot story, that is absolutely where the estrogen is coming from. The primary point of the story was that tap water processing plants do absolutely nothing to filter it out. This is why I don't drink tap water.

Right. Only rain water and grain alcohol. God willing, we will prevail, in peace and freedom from fear, and in true health, through the purity and essence of our natural... fluids.

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

JeffOwl Nice wording (179 comments)

I like how the title of the article is "Jitters over US surveillance..." implying that the surveillance itself isn't the problem, we just need to get comfortable with it.

about two weeks ago
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How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program

JeffOwl Re:Nixon getting credit for starting Apollo? (125 comments)

All presidents get both the blame and credit for things that started before they got into office.

about two weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

JeffOwl Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

Mostly though because so many conservatives have a "we have always done it that way" attitude. ... think the system must be good "because its traditional".

I think you may have inadvertently stumbled upon the textbook definition of conservative. Congrats.

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

JeffOwl Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

They both share the 4 pints to the gallon, but there's no weight equivalent.

Am I missing something or are there 8 pints to a gallon?

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

JeffOwl Re:FP? (942 comments)

Changing one state would probably be harder than changing the whole thing.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

JeffOwl Re:Oh good (907 comments)

On the other hand FTFA:Mr. Pena of C.A.G. Acceptance said, “It is impossible to cause a vehicle to shut off while it is operating,”... While PassTime, the device’s maker, declined to comment on Ms. Smith’s case, the company emphasized that its products were designed to prevent a car from starting, not to shut it down while it was in operation.

one or both of them are full of something.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

JeffOwl Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Your theory relies on the ability to actually repo the car. That is largely what the device is for. Report the location of the vehicle and make it harder for anyone to move it before the tow truck gets there. In addition it actually allows the flexibility of an intermediate penalty before actually retaking possession of the vehicle.

about three weeks ago

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USB flash drives used in robbery of ATMs

JeffOwl JeffOwl writes  |  about 10 months ago

JeffOwl (2858633) writes "BBC is reporting that thieves are infecting ATMs with malware using USB sticks. The malware creates a backdoor that can be accessed at the front panel. The thieves are damaging the ATM to access a USB port then patching it back up to avoid notice. This indicates that the crew is highly familiar with the ATMs in question. Once the ATM is infected, the thieves use a 12 digit code to bring up the alternate interface. The thieves, not wanting their crew to go rogue, have built a challenge-response access control into their software and must call another member who can generate the response for them. Maybe they believe in the saying "no honor among thieves.""
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