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Monopoly Uses Google Maps To Go Live Online

TFer_Atvar Brilliant! (81 comments)

I was never able to withhold my laughter ... I always told the person right after they forked the money over, just so I could see the expression on their face. Then would follow the inevitable argument about how that isn't fair, and the third (and fourth) people would chime in and say that since the deal was over, the money was lost. Good times.

more than 4 years ago
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Wikipedia To Require Editing Approval

TFer_Atvar Don't you mean... (453 comments)

...make a fork of it?

more than 4 years ago
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The Worst US Cities To Work In IT

TFer_Atvar Popular myth (538 comments)

That was true during the pipeline construction era, but it's far closer to 55-45 male/female now. Funny how a rush of 50,000 male construction workers will skew the demographics of a state with a population of fewer than 300,000 (in the '70s) people.

more than 5 years ago
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The Worst US Cities To Work In IT

TFer_Atvar Come to Alaska! (538 comments)

We'll throw "might get mauled by a moose" for free!

more than 5 years ago
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The Worst US Cities To Work In IT

TFer_Atvar Re:Highly subjective is right. (538 comments)

Well, I laughed that they chose Anchorage as their example for "anytown (sic) in Alaska". The saying around here is that the best thing about Anchorage is that you can drive to Alaska from there.

more than 5 years ago
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The Worst US Cities To Work In IT

TFer_Atvar Already done (538 comments)

I live here, and I've got a friend who works for SourceForge ... I'm not sure in what capacity, though. There's definitely a demand for people with technical skills. There's also ample opportunities for infrastructure development if you're interested in the hardware side of things. The state is working pretty hard to improve broadband access (http://www.newsminer.com/news/2009/jun/21/fairbanks-representative-hopes-highlight-lack-alas/ and http://www.newsminer.com/news/2009/mar/16/internet-companies-hope-stimulus-boon-bush/).

more than 5 years ago
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Best Handset For Freedom?

TFer_Atvar Satellite Phone (232 comments)

If you're worried about censorship, there's no better choice than a satellite phone. They're continuing to drop in price, you're not limited to a terrestrial cellular network, and many models can be tethered to provide Internet access. The big problem for non-Western countries (where they'd be most useful) is the cost, of course. In general terms -- there are cheaper options -- airtime is $1 per minute, and bandwidth also is pricey. Still, they'd be perfect in a circumstance like what's going on in Iran right now, or for any sort of major disaster.

more than 5 years ago
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In the next 12 months, I expect to travel by air ...

TFer_Atvar Re:I'd Rather Drive or Take the Train (408 comments)

Great! I look forward to seeing you in Nome for the Iditarod finish this year.

more than 5 years ago
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The Best Achievements

TFer_Atvar Only half right... (107 comments)

The thing about Xbox Live achievements isn't that you were provided with nifty little goals for doing specific things. It's that you then received acknowledgment after you did them and you could show off your achievement. That networking, allowing other people to see what you've done, is the real success story. I find myself looking at friends' gamerscores and thinking, "hey, I need to catch up with him." It's a lot more than merely notifying you that you've done something.

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Digitizing Literary Treasures Leads To New Finds

TFer_Atvar Re:Oxyrhynchus (132 comments)

In addition to Oxyrhynchus, significant finds have been made at Herculaneum and Pompeii. There's a decent story here about those. The problem (and I suspect it's a common one) is that texts carbonized enough to require advanced recovery techniques aren't recognized as texts by non-professionals. I recall reading a story about 19th-century archaeologists finding a bunch of carbonized lumps in their excavations of Pompeei and Herculaneum. Believing them to be ancient foodstuffs, they examined and discarded them. In the late 20th century, similar but smaller finds were made and identified to be scrolls. Just imagine how much was lost to history due to the disposal of those innocent-looking lumps! And I have to wonder what we're missing out on now because of some future archaeological advancement.

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Some Large Dinosaurs Survived the K-T Extinction

TFer_Atvar Surprising? (269 comments)

After reading the abstract, it sounds very interesting. I do have one big question: Do the remains show any difference from similar specimens prior to the K-T boundary? When you have small, isolated populations, you tend to get rapid evolution to suit the species to that specific area. If this small group of animals survived in an isolated fashion, I'd expect some sort of physiological drift from the mainline in order to compensate for their unique area.

If they don't show much difference, I have to wonder what, if anything, this says about the K-T event itself; whether it created a long-term climatological change in addition to a catastrophic change evidenced by the K-T geologic boundary. I'm also intrigued by the fact that these specimens were found in Colorado/New Mexico, which is pretty darn close to the best impact site candidate. I'd expect any animals that survived to be much further away.

more than 5 years ago
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Twitter Considered Harmful To Swine-Flu Panic

TFer_Atvar Re:This just in (383 comments)

Bull. I work at the second-largest newspaper in Alaska and pick wire stories based on what people are interested in and what folks need to stay informed. Regardless of what you might think, I'm not a part of a conspiracy or the Illuminati.

more than 5 years ago
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Finding Twin Earths Is Harder Than We Thought

TFer_Atvar We'll find one eventually (161 comments)

After all, Battlestar Galactica did it.

more than 5 years ago
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The Lightning Hybrid and the Inizio EV

TFer_Atvar Well... (128 comments)

Looking at the pictures, somehow I don't think it'd do too well up here in central Alaska.

more than 5 years ago
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The Best Games of 2020

TFer_Atvar Looking at those entries ... (136 comments)

reminded me of a saying I once heard. "Humanity's last invention will be the holodeck."

more than 5 years ago
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How the Economy Is Changing Clean Energy

TFer_Atvar Re:Power plant licensing (227 comments)

I dunno. Manpower issues seem to resolve themselves to a certain extent. As demand for a profession rises, the salaries of those in the profession also rise. This attracts more people to the profession, thereby meeting demand. Of course, there's usually a few years of lag time, a la the 1990s boom in IT salaries, but it resolves itself and everyone can go back to being broke again.

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How the Economy Is Changing Clean Energy

TFer_Atvar Re:If you ask me... (227 comments)

Probably would've been better to say "minimize debt obligations," as in the amount due to the creditors in each payment period. Lately, we've seen more than a few otherwise healthy companies brought down by debt obligations due to interest rates suddenly going up or things along those lines.

more than 5 years ago
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How the Economy Is Changing Clean Energy

TFer_Atvar If you ask me... (227 comments)

... the companies that will do the best will be the ones that can maximize their profit with a minimum amount of debt. How cool their toys are doesn't factor into it.

more than 5 years ago
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National Ignition Facility Fires 192-Beam Pulse

TFer_Atvar Still problems? (438 comments)

I didn't see anything in the article about Helium removal. I thought that was the biggest remaining problem with nuclear fusion -- removing the Helium-4 "waste" from the reaction before the Helium "poisons" it and shuts down. Someone please correct me. I'm sure that's not entirely accurate.

more than 5 years ago

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"Series of Tubes" Stevens fights child por

TFer_Atvar TFer_Atvar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TFer_Atvar writes "Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) (Series of Tubes) recently introduced S. 1965, a bill that would increase fines for child pornography on the Internet. Some have interpreted the bill as a move to reduce privacy on the Internet in an effort to protect children. Stevens says the bill is necessary to keep kids safe from cyberbullying in the wake of Megan Meier's suicide. What do you think?
Incidentally, Stevens faces his toughest opposition in over 40 years in this fall's elections."

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