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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

Tetetrasaurus On the upside (288 comments)

Now there's 15,000 more people vying for the first post in Slashdot stories.

about 6 months ago
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Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

Tetetrasaurus No choice (157 comments)

If the US doesn't make it easier to challenge patents, we're screwed because foreign entities who don't honor patents like we do are innovating more and more, and patenting more and more.

A good example is to look at who has all the patents for graphene research. It mostly ain't us.

http://www.businessinsider.com...

about 6 months ago
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Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

Tetetrasaurus Re:Shut Up (568 comments)

Hi. I was having the discussion with you in another thread regarding climate change where I called you dishonest, and you told me not to assume evil intent. Point taken. I was anonymous then. I'm wondering if you would be interested in taking the discussion offline, and perhaps make your acquaintance. My email is my username (tetetrasaurus) at gmail dot com. I should also be available by google chat at the same.

about 6 months ago
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Cobalt-60, and Lessons From a Mexican Theft

Tetetrasaurus Re:Cold Pastuerization (174 comments)

You totally ignored the entire point about the dangers of having all this Cobalt-60 lying around all over the country, unprotected in the hands of idiots, but instead choose to defend the image of these food processors and the quality of their contaminated product, responding with a standard "citation please"? WTF is wrong with you? Whatever your motivations, you need help.

about a year ago
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Cobalt-60, and Lessons From a Mexican Theft

Tetetrasaurus Cold Pastuerization (174 comments)

This is why food irradiation using radioactive elements, fondly rejiggered with the euphemism "cold pasteurization", is so insane. There are cheap food factories all over the U.S. with amounts of Cobalt-60 much greater than in this recent heist, with laughable security, all so we can be fed rotten, contaminated food they shouldn't be selling anyway.

The possible costs so outweigh the questionable "benefits" in this case, there is no other way to describe this terrorist-tragedy-waiting-to-happen other than willful, reckless endangerment of the lives of millions. All to make a few more dollars selling diseased meat.

about a year ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Tetetrasaurus Re:How Much Would Obamacare Cost the First Family? (644 comments)

Now you resort to ad hominem, when you've got no other nonsense to spew? That's pretty lame, but honestly, given what you've been saying, I'm really not surprised.

about a year ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Tetetrasaurus Re:How Much Would Obamacare Cost the First Family? (644 comments)

I think your unpatriotic vitriol should get you a visit from those who dedicate their lives to provide you the freedom to spread such drivel. Love it or leave it.

about a year ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Tetetrasaurus Re:Tried to Sign Up, Already Frustrated (644 comments)

If all you guys have to complain about is you can't use your email address as your username, which by the way is the norm for most health care, bank, and credit card sites, I think that's a standing ovation of how good it is.

about a year ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Tetetrasaurus Re:How Much Would Obamacare Cost the First Family? (644 comments)

I see you don't share the "can do" attitude that makes our country great, so much so you think we can't even do what every other major country has done, much less do it much better, which apparently with your low opinion of our country, you don't think is possible.

about a year ago
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Officials Say HealthCare.gov Site Now Performing Well

Tetetrasaurus Re:How Much Would Obamacare Cost the First Family? (644 comments)

Seeing as most every other first-world country in the world has waved that very wand, probably wouldn't be too hard for us to do, don't you think? Or do you think we are less capable than other countries?

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Has Bizarre 'Vampire-Like' Thirst For Electricity At Night

Tetetrasaurus Re:The only fix for vampire draw (424 comments)

When electric cars come down in price and there is essentially a base-model Honda Civic EV, you'll get your manual windows cranks, no power locks, etc. For now because of the inherent high cost, they have to put all the bells and whistles in so that the people with enough money who demand all those luxuries will buy their cars and keep Tesla afloat.

about a year ago
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The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath

Tetetrasaurus The point is... (241 comments)

anyone can try and overcome and get help with their issues if they first acknowledge them, decide to try to address them, and let others know. You don't have to do it alone, and you will be accepted. Keep trying, and you will succeed.

about a year ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

Tetetrasaurus Re:Just price? (499 comments)

Actually I was also talking about something else, I think it was jello.

1 year,5 days
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Dell's New Sputnik 3 Mates Touchscreen With Ubuntu

Tetetrasaurus Microsoft Tax (166 comments)

1300 bucks seems like a LOT for an Ubuntu touch-tablet whatever. Is this because you have to pay the Microsoft tax, because anyone not purchasing a windows machine must be installing a pirated copy on the sly?

1 year,6 days
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

Tetetrasaurus Re:Just price? (499 comments)

Kinda sorta contradictory to express sympathy for those that could benefit from the ACA when you just want to screw them over and abolish it, but then again that's how anti-ACA types try to portray themselves, as actually representing the interests of those the ACA is intended for. How cynical.

1 year,9 days
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

Tetetrasaurus Re:Just price? (499 comments)

Thanks for admitting to what I said. Seriously, crying about the website? It's like saying you want to get rid of the car because it needs a wash, but refuse to simply wash it. Let's see what criticism you have when the website is working normally. I'm sure there will be something. In the meantime, the House is wasting congressional time by pointlessly voting for the 645,246th time to repeal the ACA, the law of the land, after passing it in the first place..

1 year,9 days
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Desert Farming Experiment Yields Good Initial Results

Tetetrasaurus 7m sq ft of Greenhouse, just for Qatar (178 comments)

65 hectares = 7,000,000 square feet, that's a heckuva lot of greenhouse to invest in just for the tiny state of Qatar.

Looking up the cost per square foot for greenhouse construction, I got a number of $7.56. That would be a $50,000,000 up-front investment cost, not even counting the maintenance or operating costs.

Since the nation of Qatar is only 2,000,000 people, that's $25 per person to make the greenhouses. This actually isn't a lot of money.

Let's take India, with 1,200,000,000 people, roughly 500 times as many people as Qatar. The upfront cost would be $30,000,000,000. That's A LOT of money for a poor country. Also you'd have to find 4.2 billion square feet of desert to construct the greenhouses. Good luck with that. On that kind of scale, the infrastructure costs like road building, trucking, maybe even rail, etc, would far eclipse the greenhouse costs.

Basically, this makes sense for a sparsely populated region, but isn't really scalable to a larger country, it seems. I'm not saying they were claiming it to be, just making the observation.

1 year,10 days

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