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Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

MrLogic17 Re:Practically alone... (306 comments)

If you're stranded on a desert island, with no ability to reach another island- you are very much alone. Doesn't matter how many billions of other people there are out there, if you have no chance at reaching or talking to them.

If this math holds up, the next interstellar island is further away than we thought... and we are likely going to be a very lonely species.

4 days ago

NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

MrLogic17 Re:uhhh... (153 comments)

No but you might want those contracts from NASA to subsidize the launch fees. Space isn't a game for the poor.

4 days ago

Amazon Releases (Not Many) Details On Its Workforce Demographics

MrLogic17 Proof of racism! (123 comments)

Amazon demographic of African Americans: 15%
USA 2010 census African Americans: 12.6%

There we have it, proof of racism within Amazon. I eagerly await Jessie Jackson's protests of non-black victims.

about three weeks ago

The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

MrLogic17 Re:Am I the only one? (478 comments)

Ah, but it is spread through casual contact. Someone cough near you? Droplets are evil little creatures. Handshake with someone who coughed on their hands?

If you've not had the flu ever in your life, then you can feel safe. Ebola spreads at least as easily as the flu, likely much easier.

What I really worry about is the non-human vectors. Imagine one dog (1) in the park, finding the vomit of an infected human (2), and this becoming a new, very hard to track infection source. "Our family isn't feeling so good - can you watch Fido while we go to the doctor?" Repeat.

(1) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm...
(2) - http://www.nbcnews.com/storyli...

about a month and a half ago

NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

MrLogic17 Re:Wait, they couldn't of... (185 comments)

Wait - why would Facebook have her address? I've never given that info to Facebook.

The problem here is that an unreliable, unsecure, unverified account for a person claiming to be her is being used for official legal notice. It's even worse than E-Mail, and I'm not aware of that being a valid means to receive legal notices.

This is all a very bad idea.

about 2 months ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

MrLogic17 Re:heh (611 comments)

Slashdot is a bad example. Back when it was owned in Ann Arbor, I kept ads on - to reward the site for giving me value.

Since the buyout by Dice, I now check the box to hide the ads. They are a large for profit company, they can live just fine without my ad hits. Oh, and most of the ads I do see on this site are for other Dice sites. I don't want to reward bad behavior.

about 3 months ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

MrLogic17 Re:$230 isn't the problem (611 comments)


If ad ads were 100% gone today, someone would re-invent them by tomorrow night.

Advertising isn't a way for users to subsidize a web site - it's a method for companies to advertise their products & services. If it became illegal to charge or pay money for ads, they would still exist. Companies want to grow sales, and one way to do that is advertising.

about 3 months ago

Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

MrLogic17 Re:Now do that with an AA-12 (219 comments)

Good comment, however when I got to this line:

Shoot him with a missile, and now you're sure he's not just merely dead, he's really most sincerely dead.

...my mind was suddenly speaking with a helium voice. Don't you know that helium is rapidly becoming very expensive?!?

about 4 months ago

Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly

MrLogic17 Who has the market share? (336 comments)

I read the very short article, so you don't have to.

Windows is the bulk, at 91.68%, of that Windows 7 is 51.22%

Mac is 6.64%

And overall, Linux is 1.68%

about 4 months ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

MrLogic17 Re:Take two cars (205 comments)

Which (gasp) didn't exist when I was a child and yet somehow we managed without. ..... Prior to that you either had a full sized econoline van, a VW mini-bus, a station wagon or a second car. Worked out just fine.

What percentage of the population could afford that back in the 70? or 80's?

Never was a problem getting all the people wherever we needed to go. I rode from the Great Lakes down to Florida several times in the back of a VW Scirocco.

And now we get to the heart of the problem. Would the local police or resident busy-bodies (with 911 on speed dial) let you get away with that today? Everyone needs a proper seat with seat-belt and side air bags. Rolling around lose in the back of a station wagon was good enough for us X'ers, but it's now considered reckless and dangerous today. And that is why minivans are essential to anyone with more than 2 kids.

about 4 months ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

MrLogic17 7 weeks? (277 comments)

Wow, giving the company 7 weeks before Network Solutions took the site down? That's going way above & beyond. The average luser like me would be taken down the day of expiration.

about 4 months ago

Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

MrLogic17 Re:Or Just Use a Password Manager (280 comments)

Can I borrow your phone for a second? I need to E-Mail myself some copy & pasted data real quick...

A single point of failure is a single point of failure, be it desktop, phone, or cloud. I trust no one to hold onto my passwords for me.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

MrLogic17 Re:Hairdresser (509 comments)

Would you make the same recommendation if OP's offspring were a son?

Yes, there are male hairdressers - but your recommendation smells of gender stereotyping.

about 4 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

MrLogic17 Re:Only 100 mph? (443 comments)

In an urban area, where speed limits are typically either 25mph or 35mph, yes, that is special. (40 km/h and 56 km/h respectively)

This also explains the large number of other wrecks in the chase.

about 5 months ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

MrLogic17 Re:Unsafe at any speed (above 100 MPH)... (443 comments)

>My guess is the Tesla hitting one of the "street poles" (telephone pole?)

Normally these poles are called "utility poles", because most of the time they are installed & owned by the local power utility. There are folks in the electric industry that get down right bristly at the term "telephone pole". Telephone service is inferior (lower down the pole) to power, which is at the top of the pole. (Lowest of all, in every sense of the term, is cable TV service.)

Source: I work at a power company

about 5 months ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

MrLogic17 Re:Back in the day? (502 comments)

As I recall, Windows 3.1 came with a driver for the case speaker to do sound. Quality was awful, and constantly had a high-pitched ring in the background - but it worked.

The day motherboards started coming with real sound chips built-in was the day I stopped buying sound cards. Good enough for me, considering the quality of speakers I used most of the time.


about 5 months ago

Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

MrLogic17 Re:It's working so well in Venezuela (530 comments)

If people continue to breed as they currently do, we're going to be just fine. Birth rates globally are on the deline. As education (espcially education of women) becomes commonplace in a country, birth rates drop. We are in no danger of over populating the planet. Depending on the projection, "peak people" just might be within our lifetime.

With advancing technology. why can't everyone have a high standard of living? Technology & weath are not a zero-sum game. More people with education & skills raise the standards for all. (If you disagree, explain to me where all the silicon valley wealth was durring the stone age.)

Stop worrying about how big your slice of the pie is. Let's make the pie bigger for everyone.

about 5 months ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

MrLogic17 Real TSA Motivations (702 comments)

I'm starting to think that the TSA's real motivation is to slowly put all of the airlines out of business.
If so, they're going to be one of the most successful covert operations in history.

about 5 months ago


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MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

"What Liberal Bias?" Dept

36 percent of stories about Bush were negative compared to 12 percent about Kerry.

20 percent were positive toward Bush compared to 30 percent of stories about Kerry.

Stores about the Iraq war were 25 percent were negative and 20 percent were positive.

The three network nightly newscasts and public broadcaster PBS tended to be more negative than positive, while Fox News was twice as likely to be positive as negative.

To which I reply, someone *paid* to find this out? News flash! The Pope's Catholic, film at 11.


MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Cool Tool:

Spell checker for IE - great for web-mail, SlashDot, and other on-line postings.


England's Mythical VAT Refund

MrLogic17 MrLogic17 writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Random Rant:
On a recent (Feb 2005) trip to London, every store we went to told us that the 17.5% VAT (sales tax) was refundable for goods we took out of the country. 17.5% is a mighty stiff tax (remember that the Boston Tea Party was over a 1% tax on one product!), but if it's refunded, it's not an issue, right?

That is, until we got to the airport. After checking in, checking bags, and going through customs, we found the VAT refund office at the end of a long, narrow, poorly marked hallway. (No, there was no "Beware of leapoard" sign, but you get the idea...) The ever friendly government employee had no intention of helping us get a refund. She informed us that:
-Not all shops participate in the VAT refund (Apparently it's the store's burden, not the Queen's)
-You have to get a form from *each and every* store you shop at
-You have to prove to the VAT officer that you really did purchase the stuff you paid for- by showing all goods at the window (yes, after you've checked you bags and gone through security!)
-I think she also said there was a per store minimum of 200 pounds before you could get a refund. (Don't quote me on this one.)
-If you've managed to get this far, you have to mail back the VAT refund form to each and every store for a refund, less a service fee!

Needless to say, we didn't get a single pence back from the VAT refund. The part that most upsets me is that *none* of the stores, clerks, or information we'd read hinted at *any* of the barriers involved. Be warned: if you travel to England, don't be fooled into thinking you'll get any of that 17.5% VAT back.

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