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Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

Spugglefink Re:Turf (134 comments)

If a car has no drain plug for a fluid service that has to be performed several times a year, or can't handle a simple battery replacement without squawking, then the manufacturer is doing something wrong. Either their engineering is terrible or they're assholes.

A good English friend of mine once told me all about how common it is to find cars there which have no user serviceable parts at all. The hood doesn't open, you can't check, let alone change the oil. I have no idea how long these cars last, but I know they couldn't last forever without some kind of service. Brakes have to be relined periodically, for starters, at a bare minimum.

7 hours ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

Spugglefink Re:Skin deep, but that's where the money is ! (174 comments)

We gots them too. If'n you call them town car folks 'round here that feller picks you up in a four-door dualie with "POWERED BY CUMMINS" wrote across the back winder. If you pay extra, that feller takes a hose to wash off most of the cow shit before he picks you up.

2 days ago
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Want To Influence the World? Map Reveals the Best Languages To Speak

Spugglefink And that's why... (142 comments)

If you're only going to speak a paltry three languages, English, Spanish, and French make a good trio.

Thinking about this reminds me of the day a German-born guy from Québec, three Africans from three different countries, and I all came together one day to find common ground in our mutually mangled French. That basically proves the point underlying the graphic and the article right there.

3 days ago
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How Birds Lost Their Teeth

Spugglefink Re:The beaks won (137 comments)

So I got this beak installed, and now I'm having trouble playing the trumpet. What's the solution?

3 days ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

Spugglefink Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

No, they couldn't find the entire wealth of their employees in their couch cushions. It is impossible to find a negative amount of money. Their employees total wealth is a very large debt which most of them will never be able to pay off.

What's even more irritating is that the richest and largest company in the world staffs itself through subsidies that come out of your pocket and mine. Most of the people working there are barely scraping by, and when the hours get cut after Christmas, they go file for welfare and unemployment benefits to supplement their meager income. People can afford to work there because we make up for their pathetic salary through taxes. This seriously pisses me off.

3 days ago
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'Mirage Earth' Exoplanets May Have Burned Away Chances For Life

Spugglefink Re:One step forward, two steps back (62 comments)

Then I said that that makes me sad. I forgot to mention that it makes me sad because the further apart we are, the more difficult finding and talking to each other are.

On the bright side, if we did find intelligent life out there, we would immediately launch into action doing something nasty to them. They're better off not knowing us, and if they're like us, we're probably better off not knowing them too. Good fences make good neighbors.

about two weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Spugglefink Re:If it helps: (88 comments)

Thats nice, except Facebook tags them anyway because of their use of facial recognition.

I can't imagine somebody on Facebook posting a picture that includes me. Possibly this is because I have no social life.

about three weeks ago
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Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

Spugglefink Re:Same as Columbus (70 comments)

Even if all of Mars was habitable, it would only add one quarter additional Earth surface. But it isn't. And the rest of the solar system is even less hospitable than Mars.

That's why in the long run, we've got to get out of the solar system and plant colonies somewhere else. Mars isn't an interesting end destination, but getting to Mars would help pave the way to start sending colonies out to all those exoplanets we keep discovering, and hoping one of them is habitable.

This may actually be impossible. I've been working up a novel whose premise was a completely believable last ditch survival shot at colonizing the stars with as little new technology as possible. What if some dinosaur killer event is going to happen in the present time, and we've got to just get it done? My novel stalled out, because I'm going to have to invent far more magic than I wanted to make this remotely believable. The problems are immensely daunting, and we're nowhere close to being able to solve them.

We might never solve them. If we don't, our extinction is 100% guaranteed unless some friendly space faring neighbors give us a lift off of this rock. We won't go extinct in the foreseeable future, probably, but it's inevitable that we will go extinct eventually.

Much as we are hard wired to kill our neighbors, fuck their women, and take all their shit, we are hard wired to survive. We want to live forever, which is why we have invented so many religions that allow us to pretend that we get to do just that. To anyone who truly understands the inevitability of the sun going red giant and scorching our home planet, remaining entirely on this one rock runs counter to the innate human survival instinct, and the innate raping and plundering instinct. Thinking about how to get us off this rock isn't a flight of fantasy, it's a compulsion, and the most critically important problem we need to solve in the long run to ensure our version of eternity for ourselves.

Do we accept extinction, or do we figure out how to get this done? Personally, I don't want to accept extinction. A very small minority of us have enough foresight to agree, while the vast majority are playing shuffleboard on the poop deck of the Titanic saying the sun will be around forever and ever, and anyway, Jesus will save us, so why invest in all this crazy space fantasy when we could be spending money on yachts and luxury cars instead?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

Spugglefink Obviously... (195 comments)

The most hackable car is obviously the Adobe. You can hack it into damn near anything.

about a month ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

Spugglefink Re:huh? (187 comments)

People Eating Tasty Animals says hell yeah. I'm sure there's a big market for mammoth if we resurrect the species, and I'm sure nothing could go wrong, like them turning into velociraptors or something.

Besides, just think of the absolutely ridiculous new cartridges you'll be able to buy. Shoulder-fired artillery, just like our ancient ancestors used to use on mammoth hunts. Flint spear, 1000 grain projectile flying at 4,000 fps, they're almost totally the same thing!

And besides, if we resurrect an ice age species at the peak of global warming, we'll have to hunt them back into extinction so they don't die from heat exhaustion! Win!

(As an aside, I find it really awkward that I'm a long-time treehugger who has actually started hunting normal game for food purposes with reasonable rounds. I'm serious about eating these things and I'm still a snarky hippie wannabe making fun of hunting generally too. I think I'm finally schizophrenic now. I've been working on it for a long time. Next up, I should go beat up a homo and then have sex with a dude.)

about a month ago
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Worrying Aspects of Linux Gaming

Spugglefink Meh... (265 comments)

I heard the big news that this Steam thingie was coming to Linux. Wow, now we have games! I haven't played games since I left Windows, in 2001. Cool.

So I installed the Steam thingie, and I dug through hundreds of games that looked sort of maybe interesting. None of them ran on Linux. Then I figured out how to find the Linux games. There was some stuff there, $10 here, $15 there, but I had no idea what any of that crap was, or whether it would even work. I continued digging until I found a game that kind of sort of maybe possibly looked like it could be interesting, and it was free.

I installed it, and got a black screen. My computer isn't foofy enough to run that game. Or any game, apparently.

After thinking about it for awhile, I realized I would never get anything done if I started wasting time playing games. I used to play games when I only worked 30-40 hours a week, but I haven't played one since the Wii came out. I bought exactly one game for the Wii, and they never did release a second game for that platform that looked interesting. I never played anything on the PS2 after the last Spyro game.

Games suck.

My son disagrees. He grew up on Linux pretty much from his first real experience using a computer. He's almost as good with Linux as I am. He bought a ridiculously impressive $2,000 gaming machine with teragigas and petaflops and stuff. He tried Steam. He bought a copy of Windows 7 to install on that thing.

There you go. Linux != games, but we will always have Tuxracer until the end of time.

about a month ago
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The Strangeness of the Mars One Project

Spugglefink Depressingly impossible (246 comments)

I spent a lot of time pondering this very thing recently. After considering all the problems that have to be solved for a one-way mission to Mars or anywhere else, I have to conclude we're probably going to go extinct on this rock one day, unless we develop radically magic technology.

about a month ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

Spugglefink Re:Efficiency (78 comments)

So what if any precautions would you take for jet fuel that you wouldn't take for say petrol or methanol or other common flammable liquids?

The main thing is that if the tank is ever used to haul any of those other common flammable liquids, you can't load jet fuel onto it. Every last scrap of the transport pathway has to be dedicated 100% to jet fuel, down to the last gasket. There are extra security and training requirements too.

about a month and a half ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

Spugglefink Re:Efficiency (78 comments)

I don't think jet fuel requires any more special handling than other similar fuels.

In this case, it's the difference between thinking and driving a tanker for a living. Bring on the jet fuel contract!

about a month and a half ago
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Enzymes Make Electricity From Jet Fuel Without Ignition

Spugglefink Re:Efficiency (78 comments)

Why? You still need the jet fuel. The Petroleum Industry still gets their cut. They may actually sell more jet fuel if this works out. Imagine every battery replaced by a canister of jet fuel. It would be the Petroleum Industry's dream.

It would be the petroleum transportation industry's dream too. Jet fuel requires expensive extra handling, which means more money everywhere.

I'm down. Sign me up.

about a month and a half ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

Spugglefink Re:All Slashdotters in favor of the merger... (132 comments)

In Comcast territory now, and thinking about moving to Time Warner territory. Better the devil you know and all that. I hope they merge before I move, so I don't have to change companies and deal with a bunch of all new bullshit.

about 2 months ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

Spugglefink Well shit (367 comments)

Windows Technical Preview isn't available

Thank you for your interest in updating to Windows Technical Preview. Unfortunately, you can't install the preview on your operating system.

Get info about installing the preview on another device.

I can't upgrade to the newest Windows? Linux is a piece of shit. I want my money back!

about 2 months ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Spugglefink Re: People (481 comments)

You needed to get your wife eating more clover. That always makes milk taste extra good.

Considering my wife just made it official, and she is now all the way to morbidly obese, the image of that cow munching on clover makes me giggle.

about 2 months ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Spugglefink Re:Serving staff (126 comments)

FAT MEXICANS!

about 2 months ago
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Diners Tend To Eat More If Their Companions Are Overweight

Spugglefink Re:America = snowball (126 comments)

Doritos happened.

In all seriousness, when I was a kid growing up in the '70s and '80s, Doritos were like the most awesome thing ever, and I loved those things. Doritos, Oreos, Pringles and Fritos were my favorite pleasures on earth.

Two things have changed since then. First, I bet if I could go back in time and look at that "big" bag of Doritos I used to savor for a month or something, it was probably only a little bigger than a modern "big grab" bag, if not the same size. Second, I only got to eat any of the above foods once in a rare while, because they were "too expensive" to keep on hand. My staple diet growing up was home cooking from either my aunt or my mother.

We all need more home cooking, and less junk. Junk has its place, but too many of us make a staple diet of it, and I'm pretty close to being as bad for this as you can get. Some weeks I literally live on Doritos and Dr. Pepper and never have a real meal at all. Imagine, if you will, how it could possibly have come to pass that I am overweight, and about to turn obese. It helps nothing that I earn money by putting my ass in a seat and doing very little physical activity.

Unless you're a porn star or an athlete, there's just no money in physical activity.

about 2 months ago

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