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Smart Battery Tells You When It's About To Explode

Pharmboy Re:Solving the problem backwards... (97 comments)

Lead acid batteries can produce hydrogen gas. Not sure what nicads do, except for "very little".

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

Pharmboy Re:Margaret Cheney (140 comments)

Exactly. This is the probably the best and least error prone book I know about his life. I've read it more than twice.

about two weeks ago
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Antiperspirants Could Contribute to Particulate Pollution

Pharmboy Your OWN air quality (70 comments)

I gave up spray deodorant and switched to stick years ago, simply because I didn't want to be inhaling aluminum chlorohydrate and other goodies. That it isn't good for the environment is secondary to that.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Pharmboy Re:Government involvement (346 comments)

I agree that smaller government isn't "the" answer, but smaller is easier to keep an eye on, and much of the "smaller" means that things instead get shifted to the state or local level. Frankly, I like that, because I can easily go downtown, or easy enough to the state capital, but when D.C. is in charge, there is zero chance of being heard. I would rather be a tiny voice here in NC than a non-existent one in DC.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

Pharmboy Re: Why only LGBT? (280 comments)

So you are saying only rich people should be able to break the rules? Do you have any fucking idea how patently offensive and elitist your comment is?

about three weeks ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

Pharmboy Re:striking distance (191 comments)

But this is one of the few times when the article is actually more interesting than the comments here. Worth reading, even if that is breaking the unwritten rules around here.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Pharmboy Re:Oh good (907 comments)

That is right. I was in during the middle 80s when it existed, but was still rare.

about a month ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Pharmboy Re:Oh good (907 comments)

No, it was called a Senior Airman. Very few Sr.Amn went to NCO school and took the rank of buck sgt. before just going for staff, so the majority of E4s were Airman tier, not NCO tier. Sr. Amn and Buck paid the same, both being E4, with the only difference being NCO school and tier, plus some advantages (priority) if you wanted to separate rats and quarters and were single. Oh, and the star on your sleeve was silver instead of blue, although that isn't a perk, just an indication you were an NCO.

Note that most of the "exceptional" airmen back then would simply go below the zone (make E5/Staff Sgt. in less than 4 years) rather than seek buck sgt. Bucks were fairly rare for a variety of reasons, including the above.

Yes, I was in the Air Force. So was most of my family.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Pharmboy Re:Deism (937 comments)

It's funny, you speak of "no meaning" as if you have a scientific basis for this. Unless you do, your opinion is no more valid than the guy strapping a bomb on himself to get 72 virgins, and no less dogmatic. Not everyone defines "meaning" is as narrow a manner as you.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Pharmboy Re:Deism (937 comments)

For starters, deism isn't a religion, which makes the rest of the comment not worth bothering with.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Pharmboy Deism (937 comments)

I've been deistic for decades. It discounts the idea that god is an old man on the mountain, but maintains the idea that there is purpose and meaning to everything, not just man.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

Pharmboy Re:If it happened in China or North Korea or Iran (223 comments)

As you point out, not all birds of a feather stick together. I'm not a Tea Party guy. I'm just not closed minded enough to judge a friend by their politics. If you only have friends that agree with your politics, you are probably narrow minded or take politics too seriously.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

Pharmboy Re:If it happened in China or North Korea or Iran (223 comments)

Has the United States of America become a member of The Totalitarian Club ?

Yes. Each President has been moving in this direction more and more, but Obama has managed to overreach even more than those before him. Take the IRS, for instance. I personally know of people who have been getting involved with Tea Party politics and now are getting audited. Like their politics or not (it doesn't matter), that is totalitarianism, which means the next time a GOP'er gets in, he can do the same thing. It isn't a good time to be an American.

about a month and a half ago
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To prepare for a coronal mass ejection, I ...

Pharmboy Re:Backup My Data (151 comments)

However, it takes a really fast car to stay on the other side of the planet.

about a month and a half ago
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Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Pharmboy Re:Define technology (231 comments)

Slingshots (ie: wrist rockets) are better for squirrel, faster projectile. You need perfectly round projectiles, like marbles, so they don't wobble in flight. And yes, I've eaten squirrel, usually "Squirrel and dumplings". Not bad if the squirrels aren't too gamey, it just takes a lot of squirrels to make a pot. We ate normal food most of the time, but my parents made sure all 7 of us tasted squirrel, turtle, rabbit and lots of deer, dove, quail, duck, lake fish, wild turkey and other game. Most parents don't teach self-sufficiency and basic survival skills, except those that the majority snidely call "rednecks".

And the "wrist rocket" IS technology: the taking of an old concept, and updating it with the most modern materials. You can do some serious damage with one of those.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Pharmboy Re:Discrimination (579 comments)

That is a Foundation issue, not something we at WER can do much about. I think they have spent a great deal of money and resources on the issue, but I've yet to see anything come of it, to be honest. Child rearing is probably to blame in part, if we are honest and accept that our culture still has a divide between the genders. Men tend to have a bit more free time, and perhaps that is the threshold: free time. I notice a lot of unemployed people editing, for example.

about 2 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

Pharmboy Re:Discrimination (579 comments)

Wikipedia's WikiProject Editor Retention has looked at the same problem, but from a retention point rather than the perspective of attracting new women. There were no real answers, just lots of speculation. Lots of people blame the culture, or say the place is too "rough and tumble" but I found that conclusion rather sexist, as it says that women can't compete for ideas in the same environment as men. There doesn't seems to be a difference in retention of men and women, they just aren't coming to Wikipedia to begin with.

about 2 months ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

Pharmboy Re: Do the math (338 comments)

Obviously, because everyone knows that DC travels great distances without loss and transformers love it.

about 2 months ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Pharmboy Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (260 comments)

Right idea, but we have two tabs, two laptops, two phones, etc. Everything that is fixed, yes, hardwired.

about 2 months ago
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Rightscorp's New Plan: Hijack Browsers Until Infingers Pay Up

Pharmboy Re:Tor (376 comments)

If the ISP is redirecting every port coming from your IP, it doesn't matter what protocol you use. Instead of getting the "hotel" like page, you get nothing.

about 2 months ago

Submissions

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Sony Hacked Yet Again

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, So-net Entertainment Corp., a Japanese ISP owned by the technology giant, said that hackers accessed its customer rewards site earlier this week and stole customers' redeemable gift points worth about $1,225. The company said there is no evidence that any personal data such as names, addresses, birth dates or phone numbers were viewed."
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Greenpeace says Internet emits too much CO2.

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "In an article entitled "Cloud computing and Internet use suck energy, emit CO2, says Greenpeace", the argument is put forth that the Internet is equal to the 5th largest "country" in emitting green house gases. It doesn't mention how much CO2 is saved by telecommuting and higher corporate efficiency, however. So exactly how "green" or "polluting" is the internet, really?"
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Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, others

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes ""The complaint, filed Friday morning in a Seattle federal court, named AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo and Google's YouTube.' The suit does not name Microsoft , which Allen co-founded with Bill Gates in 1975 but left in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Microsoft did not reply to a request asking whether it had licensed some or all of the applicable patents from Allen's firm."
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FTC floats "Drudge" tax

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism. According to a May 24 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. In short, the FTC wants to create a new tax for websites like Slashdot, The Drudge Report, Fark and others, and redistribute the funds to "mainstream" news agencies, partially to create an incentive "to encourage people to keep reading the dead-tree version of the news". This would be done with "copyright licenses". Rather than having faith in the capitalistic system, it would appear the FTC bureaucracy wants to declare freedom of the press as irrevocably broken, and insert their own controls, thus empowering Congress to decide who gets what funds. While some news agencies would welcome this new source of income, can we actually afford to have a press that is partially funded by the government?"
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Man travels back in time and is arrested at LHC

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes ""A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world." He warns that "Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I'm here to stop it ever happening." He was taken to a mental health facility "but later disappeared from his cell." Perhaps it was using his time machine, which resembles a common kitchen blender."
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Liberalism, atheism linked to IQ

Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "CNN is reporting that "Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs. This applied also to sexual exclusivity in men, but not in women. The findings will be published in the March 2010 issue of Social Psychology Quarterly.""
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Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Pharmboy writes "Seems a 13 year old was trying to pose as a Steam employee to gain access to someone elses Steam account, but had the tables turned on him and ended up giving out his OWN Steam account information. In a battle of wits, it helps to be smarter than the next guy. Reported here at The Register, based on the forum exchange found here. I won't spoil the ending for you, it is something you just have to read for yourself."
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Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  about 8 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "Just a simple poll to generate some real conversation. And yes, CO2 can be a liquid, at sufficient pressures.


Poll: Which liquid is the most deadly?

1. Dihydrogen monoxide
2. Hydroxyethane
3. Carbon dioxide
4. Partially hydrogenated palm oil
5. Whatever CowboyNeal is having"
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Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  about 8 years ago

Pharmboy (216950) writes "The Register reports that the main chemical in marijuana (THC) may help stave off Alzheimer's. This was also reported on CNN, based on data published in Molecular Pharmaceutics. Add this to the recent reports that the fastest growing age group for smoking marijuana are 50 to 59 year olds, you have to ask yourself: Is it is finally time to reclassify the evil weed? Perhaps ironic that a drug know for temporary short-term memory loss could treat a disease known for its permanant long term memory loss. Technically, it is illegal for anyone in the US to use marijuana for treatment of any disease, no matter how effective, which would make this finding moot if the laws were not changed."

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Pharmboy Pharmboy writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This is the message I got from the system the other day. Now, I had spend that last two days off, and really bored, so I guess I posted a lot of messages. My karma has long since capped off, so it doesn't make a difference in rating, and several are negative, but the sheer quantity of moderation just took me back, so I thought I would journal it. Keep in mind, this is a single days worth of moderation. I have no idea what the two 0's are. They are not from moderators who posted afterward, since those are shown lower.

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