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James Randi's Latest Debunking Operation

JiffyPop Re:"a fraudulent religious organization" (498 comments)

I will shamelessly plug my church which has a long tradition of liberal/atheist members. Services pull from various religious traditions as well as modern authors. The wisdom of words is not limited by their source. We may not be trying to debunk religion, but we are trying to sift out and use the best of it. Stop by if you are passing through Grand Rapids, MI.

more than 2 years ago

HP Reviving the $99 Touch Pad On December 11th

JiffyPop Re:HP isn't exiting WebOS (121 comments)

Where is the "-1 - Navel Gazing" moderation option?

more than 2 years ago

University Switches To DC Workstations

JiffyPop Re:AC vs DC (468 comments)

You are right that the type of power doesn't matter (AC/DC), but the voltage does NOT dictate the gauge of wire needed. It can dictate the insulation used, however most wire I have seen is rated to 600V. The original post was probably correct - in this application - that the DC power distribution will need larger gauge wire. The AC/DC power supply normally in a computer is not terribly inefficient, so the DC power supplied to the computer will need to supply almost the same number of watts as the AC circuit. Unfortunately the DC power is supplied at a much lower voltage so the current must be raised to compensate for this. Of course it is possible that they are distributing high-voltage DC power (maybe ~250V?) and including a DC/DC power supply in each computer. This would let them run smaller gauge wire, but increase the cost of the components in the computers. Additionally it would eat into the efficiency of the system, which would seem to be the biggest benefit of a central AC/DC conversion. As for the trains, I would be surprised if they were running on low voltages. Copper is expensive, and thicker wire will also make a motor less efficient for a given frame size.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Releases File On the Anarchist Cookbook

JiffyPop Re:Great Page Turner for Miscreants ! (375 comments)

Was that recipe the gasoline and styrofoam or gasoline and dish soap? I can see how not adding enough of the thickener to the gasoline could easily leave a lot of fumes hanging around. It was really fun watching the foam disappear into the puddle of gasoline. Only tried it once (probably 15 years ago...), but kept my eyebrows intact. There were plenty of miscreant how-to manuals in the late 90's. I had a lot of fun comparing all of the slightly different instructions on making nitroglycerin. I was (thankfully) never dumb enough to try synthesizing it...

more than 3 years ago

Open Source Transcription Software?

JiffyPop Easy answer (221 comments)

Just make a call to your favorite terrorist-harboring nation, add in some carefully chosen phrases, and them do an FIA request for them.

more than 4 years ago

Halo Elite Cosplay Puts Others To Shame

JiffyPop Re:Of course, he's a professional... (115 comments)

Electric reciprocating knives have been the choice of foam-cutting professionals for decades. My dad burned out at least one (and ticked off my mom in the process) when he was a packaging engineer more than 20 years ago.

more than 4 years ago

Pakistani Lawyer Wants Mark Zuckerberg Executed

JiffyPop Re:I love moderates (1318 comments)

So you are saying they have progressed from chaotic evil to lawful evil?

more than 4 years ago

Actually visible to me right now, IRL:

JiffyPop The poll hates me (274 comments)

I see 4 people...

more than 4 years ago

California Moves To Block Texas' Textbook Changes

JiffyPop Re:Fight them (857 comments)

You should really look up what the Jefferson Bible actually contains before assuming that it supports your position. In short he removed all magic from the new testament, including god(s), angels, miracles, etc. There is no claim in the text that Jesus is magical (ie: "God", or even "a god").

more than 4 years ago

Couple Converts Public Toilet Into Home

JiffyPop Don't worry (3 comments)

I am sure this is just an artsy-fartsy couple vying for attention.

more than 4 years ago

The Mystery of the Mega-Selling Floppy Disk

JiffyPop Re:OK, I admit it. (558 comments)

I am just imagining a stack of 34,000 floppies... used to back up 1 blu-ray disc.

At an eighth-inch a piece (rough estimate) that would be a stack more than 350ft tall!

more than 4 years ago

The Mystery of the Mega-Selling Floppy Disk

JiffyPop Re:Floppies (558 comments)

"... And now for some reason every third sheet of steel gets cut in the shape of a giant c*** and balls."
Sorry, just imagining what a virus would want to do on a CNC machine. Although, if I ever get disgruntled enough I could have the laser cut an 8ft c*** out of 1/4in steel as a parting gift. Maybe I should get the G-Code together for that...

more than 4 years ago

SCO Asks Judge To Give Them the Unix Copyright

JiffyPop Re:And if SCO _did_ get it... what? (286 comments)

There has been no examples exposed by SCO or anyone else that would indicated that Linux has anything to fear from the holder of UNIX copyrights, whoever that may be. If there were any code that infringes on a copyright then that functionality can be re-coded from the specifications, eliminating any infringement.

more than 4 years ago

BC Prof Suggests Young Children Need Less Formal Math, Not More

JiffyPop Re:How long ago was this? (427 comments)

Curriculum varies widely by school. I finished the Calculus course my high school had as a Sophomore (in 1994) and before I graduated they had removed that class entirely. Nothing past the Pre-Calc level.

This was due to (or, at least, at the same time as) the phasing in of the dreaded "Chicago Math" program. The teachers got lazy and the students were bored.

more than 4 years ago

SQL Injection To Beat Traffic Cameras

JiffyPop An even easier way to attempt (10 comments)

Although it would only keep you from getting a ticket, while the above would "help" everyone, this doesn't obscure your license plate.

Tape to the left of the license plate:

more than 4 years ago

Carbon-14 Dating Reveals 5% of Vintage Wines May Be Frauds

JiffyPop Re:No One Would Notice (336 comments)

Are you trying to send a secret message with your misspellings? They have a surprisingly high density in your post... Try Firefox, it has a built-in spell check feature when typing in textarea inputs.

more than 4 years ago

50% Efficiency Boost From New Fuel Injection System

JiffyPop Not that impressive (379 comments)

That is a lot of effort to make a diesel engine run on gasoline... I'd guess the 50% improvement includes increasing the cylinder compression ratio and excludes the fuel pre-treatment. This won't displace gasoline direct-injection systems in the market.

more than 4 years ago

My resting pulse, as of today, is ...

JiffyPop Re:An onion on my belt. (329 comments)

I had a similar experience where I was in the hospital for 2 weeks, but my exercise was tuba in the college marching band. That probably caused the hernia that laid me up, actually. The nurse woke me up and the automatic machine couldn't find my pulse. She did it by hand and came up with 42 bpm.

more than 4 years ago

Behind Menuet, an OS Written Entirely In Assembly

JiffyPop Re:From the license... (419 comments)

Oh no. Now you get to be hammered by the pedantic amongst slashdot crowd. They will explain the difference between assembly language and machine code for you...

more than 5 years ago

Suitable Naming Conventions For Workstations?

JiffyPop Re:Worst ask slashdot ever (688 comments)

+1 for the reference to Fifteen Animals (My toddler loves it)

Either that, or you know the name of my car from high school... that 1965 Mercury was the only machine I ever named "Bob." He was named after something very obscure: if anyone remembers a magazine from around 1994 with a comic of a group of clueless D&D players let me know. (Player: "I attack the gazebo with Magic Missile!")

more than 5 years ago


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