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Court: NRC In Violation For Not Ruling On Yucca Mountain

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:Yet another anti-Obama article (258 comments)

Disagree. Supreme Court said it's effectively a tax. We're "mandated" to pay tax for lots of things that we either consume individually and/or help the public good.

about a year ago
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Court: NRC In Violation For Not Ruling On Yucca Mountain

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:I can switch insurance easier than switch presi (258 comments)

Well a lot of people can't switch (it's linked to their employment and the only affordable option) or they actually can't get it at all (though that's changing for the better). I guess you don't have any pre-existing conditions.

It is a matter of public good vs individualism here and the balance between the two is shifting a little for health care. There are lots of other things the government does for the public good that affect you as well. Would you rather pay for your own security force vs have the government require you to pay for their police? I'm sure you can think of other examples. The deal is that they have decided the public good issue relating to health care is important enough at this time that things need to change. I think they're probably correct, and that in the long run pretty much everyone will benefit.

about a year ago
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Court: NRC In Violation For Not Ruling On Yucca Mountain

RalphTheWonderLlama Re: Yet another anti-Obama article (258 comments)

George W: "if this were a dictatorship it'd be a hell of a lot easier, as long as I'm the dictator"

I don't begrudge him saying that as I understand the spirit it in which was said. Same for Kerry's quote you have there. I'm pretty sure both realize that the way it is now is the best way.

McCain: "If I were dictator, which I always aspire to be, I would write it a little bit differently."

about a year ago
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

RalphTheWonderLlama Don't they track and report this already? (637 comments)

My insurance has a max out-of-pocket and they do keep track of it. I see it on stuff they mail and I see it when I log in to their awful site. I don't get it.

about a year ago
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AMD Details Next-Gen Kaveri APU's Shared Memory Architecture

RalphTheWonderLlama OK so how do I (or someone) use this? (128 comments)

The technology is supported by mainstream programming languages like Python, C++, and Java, and should allow developers to more simply code for a particular compute resource with no need for special APIs.

So how do you do this in Java, Python? Did nobody ask? I did a search for "java huma uniform memory access" and this page came up first with nothing from java.com or oracle in sight.

Ok more searching says to use OpenCL and lots of stackoverflow questions... but they're not new... and OpenCL is not Java. What do you do for this new easier to program hardware? Is their definition of "supported" currently a bit optimistic? Supported by Java..... because Java lets you do lots of things not actually in Java and still work with a Java program, so pretty much anything is "supported" in Java. Is that the jist? I guess we need the tools to evolve before things really take hold.

about a year ago
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Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:All the way to the top (893 comments)

Is that for real, he April Fooled his resignation?

Lifetime appointed???

about a year and a half ago
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Israeli Firm Makes Kilomile Claims For Electric Car Battery Tech

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:SI vs. US customary? (247 comments)

My buddy ran the Boston Kilomarathon. He's dead.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Launches "Home" For Android

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:When do we return to real tech? (138 comments)

Just one point. I use Google Picasa web albums without having Google+. I know they are kind of becoming integrated now since I've seen one web album that is on Google+ but mine aren't.

about a year and a half ago
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How Beer Gave Us Civilization

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:It might be true but (325 comments)

Tea is a diuretic too. I wonder how it compares though... do you still get more hydrated with tea than with beer? Is tea a positive hydrator? (people above said beer is a negative hydrator).

about a year and a half ago
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How Beer Gave Us Civilization

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:It might be true but (325 comments)

There's a pork chop in every beer :)

about a year and a half ago
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How Beer Gave Us Civilization

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:It might be true but (325 comments)

Early beers didn't actually have much alcohol content from what I've read. The wine was more like what beer is now for alcohol percentage and beer less.

about a year and a half ago
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How Beer Gave Us Civilization

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:Everything gave us civilization (325 comments)

But maybe not Mead, which uses honey, not grains, so agriculture wasn't a big help. Yeah it's not beer but kind of related.

"It can be regarded as the ancestor of all fermented drinks," Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat has speculated, "antedating the cultivation of the soil."
"The earliest archaeological evidence for the production of mead dates to around 2000 BC."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mead

about a year and a half ago
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Dr. Robert Bakker Answers Your Questions

RalphTheWonderLlama Thanks! (47 comments)

Fantastic write-up! Thank you Dr. Bakker!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:Get a life? (328 comments)

That's no joke.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Flagged Channels For XBMC PVR?

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:this worked for us... (328 comments)

I wish but damn the sports. My hope is that the cable companies will be forced into ala carte channel choices by competition with online sources. Or hell, maybe I could subscribe to individual TV shows.

about a year and a half ago
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Former MySQL CEO Mårten Mickos Talks About Managing Remote Workers (Video)

RalphTheWonderLlama Re:Millions of pixels? (100 comments)

Ah damn, they said "used" instead of "wasted" in the original post.

about a year and a half ago

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TD Ameritrade Finds Cause of Client Spam

RalphTheWonderLlama RalphTheWonderLlama writes  |  about 7 years ago

RalphTheWonderLlama writes "There have been many remarks from users of online stock brokers about how their emails have been improperly given over to spammers and today TD Ameritrade released details of their investigation into the matter (along with a video message from the CEO and special FAQ at www.amtd.com). It seems some "unauthorized code" had exposed client email addresses and possibly other sensitive information from an internal database. Many had just expected they gave away that info like evil corporations are wont to do. Being a client myself, I don't know if this is any better to hear."

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