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Green Cement Absorbs Carbon

Sierpinski Re:Oh brother... (213 comments)

showing that abrupt climate change is a matter of serious concern

Anyone who wants to experience abrupt climate change only needs to move to Ohio. This past year we had a period where the temperature dropped 42 degrees (F) in just under 24 hours. Whoa boy.

more than 4 years ago
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Green Cement Absorbs Carbon

Sierpinski Have other implications been addressed? (213 comments)

The goal to reduce carbon emissions is obvious, and this sounds like a good start (especially as one commenter noted -- on small scales to start, residential sidewalks, etc) but has anyone thought about the potential for impact of removing such a large portion of C02 from the environment on our fauna that requires CO2 for survival? I know we're putting off more than nature would due to processes like the creation of concrete, but could that mean that the plants of today are now depending on it? One argument could be that the amount of fauna in the world has decreased over the last 50-100 years (which is probably true), but could taking away all this extra "food" for the plants in a relatively short time span (5 years, 10 years, etc) have a serious negative impact on the greener places in the world?

I'm all for green, but we need to make sure we look at it from all sides, not just the obvious one.

more than 4 years ago
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Delete Data On Netbook If Stolen?

Sierpinski Skills (459 comments)

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my laptop go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will upgrade your Windows XP to the original version of Vista that is completely unpatched and very vulnerable.

more than 4 years ago
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Giant Spiders Invade Australian Outback Town

Sierpinski Re:I for one... (373 comments)

They mostly come out at night.... mostly.

more than 4 years ago
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Dutch Court Punishes Theft of Virtual Property

Sierpinski Pking - get a lawyer (276 comments)

Man, that horde pally who ganked me last night while I was harmlessly farming for engineering schematics is going to pay now. I'm going to get Weinstein, Feinstein, and Bernstein on the case. They virtually killed me! Then he got his two friends to camp me while he "assaulted" my avatar (re: teabagging me).

I can see the High Court of Azeroth awarding me full custody of his Netherwing Mount, and 5,000 gold for my pain and suffering!

more than 5 years ago

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Viacom might drop 19 channels from Time Warner

Sierpinski Sierpinski writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sierpinski (266120) writes "MSNBC reported this AP article saying that Viacom will drop 19 channels offered by Time Warner if it does not reach an agreement on carrier fees by 12:01am Thursday.

From TFA:

LOS ANGELES — "SpongeBob SquarePants" may be getting squeezed off of Time Warner Cable.

Media giant Viacom Inc. said its Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 16 other channels will go dark on Time Warner Cable Inc. at 12:01 a.m. Thursday if a new carriage fee deal is not agreed upon by then.

The impasse over carriage fee hikes would mean "SpongeBob" and other shows like "The Daily Show" will be cut off to 13 million subscribers, said spokesman Alex Dudley, a vice president at Time Warner Cable. The nation's second-largest cable operator primarily serves customers in New York state, the Carolinas, Ohio, Southern California and Texas."
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Interesting lesson learned about games from eBay

Sierpinski Sierpinski writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sierpinski (266120) writes "My children are 4 and 6 years old, both girls, and they love to play anything with me. Whether its on the computer, outside, anything when I'm involved. One of their favorite activities with me is playing with my Legos. I have a Mindstorms RIS 2.0, as well as other misc sets. I brought them out the other night and we had a blast just building things and playing around. Nothing serious, just good clean family fun.

Later I got on eBay and was searching for the new NXT Lego Mindstorms kit, and found one "Only used once" for sale. Turns out a mother got her son the NXT for Christmas, and on Christmas morning he tore into the package and started building. Later on, he loaded this new game he also received on his computer, "World of Warcraft", and was hooked, and immediately decided he'd rather play that than Legos. His mother said he was selling the Legos to support the monthly fee of WoW.

Now I knew that kind of thing happened, and I'm already aware of the importance of having my children get physical activity (when it's not -4F outside), which they do, but it really seemed to open my eyes about how games can have a negative effect (and I don't really mean negative, but more like not-as-beneficial) on children. Legos inspires creativity, teaches a little about following instructions, and probably several other things that a psychologist could list, but I think I'd rather have my kid playing with Legos than glued to a computer. Being an avid gamer myself, and being raised as a gamer, that comes as a hard shock for me, but if nothing else it will make me want to take my kids outside and play more when the weather gets bearable. I'm sure they will still play games, and that's fine, but I'll make sure they get a healthy balance of both while they're growing up.

Does anyone else have similar stories or viewpoints about this subject? How did you deal with confrontations with your children about these issues?"
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Sierpinski Sierpinski writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sierpinski (266120) writes "CNN has an article telling how the U.S. Census Bureau has lost 1,137 laptops, some of which contained personal (but encrypted) data. Other devices lost include personal handhelds which were used to collect data. The article goes on to mention some other agencies that have reported similar losses."

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