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Satellite Captures Glowing Plants From Space

Thelasko So Much Desert... (40 comments)

Until I looked at this map, I had no idea so much of the planet was inhospitable. Basically all of the purple on the map is a desert, excluding a few places in the southern hemisphere where it was winter.

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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

Thelasko Re:Welcome news (232 comments)

I was told my clock can be fixed by having the dealership reinstall the OS. That would take about 6 hrs they say, which I can't really be without my work vehicle for that long so I've just lived with it.

My wife's car has an older version of Sync, and I can update it myself by downloading a file to a USB drive and plugging it into the car. It took less than an hour. For some reason, dealer mechanics can't do anything computer related in less than a day.

about a week ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

Thelasko Re:Requirements didn't change though (176 comments)

We emissions-test everything 1967+ that was not exempt at manufacture.

Who is we? The federal emissions regulations don't require testing of every vehicle. That is up to the states. Most of them don't check.

Allow me to explain how emissions testing works. A vehicle is assigned an "end of useful life" by the EPA based on the type of vehicle. The manufacturer then ages the vehicle artificially by running it 24/7. The manufacturer then has to test the aged vehicle to show compliance. This typically means the emissions from a new vehicle are much lower than an old one. Even if it is working properly.

California added an diagnostic requirement that says your "Check Engine" light has to come on if it's likely you aren't meeting the emissions regulations. How many people drive around with that thing on?

I'm simplifying a bit, but the point is, the great recession has caused a lot of vehicles to be driven past their declared "end of useful life". Even if they are still meeting the emissions requirements. They will be higher.

about a week ago
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IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

Thelasko Re:This is ridiculous. (196 comments)

Industrial applications - Will let Walmart cut a few more cents off their prices and still make a profit. Barely noticeable.

Retail profit margins are razor thin as it is. The reason they make so much money is the volume. If they can shave a few cents off of each of the billion products they sell each year, that's tens of millions of dollars! That's very noticeable!

Of all the possible applications for the IoT, industrial applications are by far the most promising for that reason. Some industries are so competitive that successful companies look at fractions of a percent improvements as major investment opportunities. Industries that don't have that kind of high volume, fiercely competitive market, won't invest in this technology. However, the logistics industry is currently investing heavily in this technology.

about two weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

Thelasko Re: Why (395 comments)

And modern diesel engines emit more NO2 than they used to.

I believe you mean N2O. NO2 is broken down by SCR. Unfortunately, N2O can be formed as a side effect of the SCR reactions. However, N2O is regulated as a greenhouse gas.

about three weeks ago
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How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

Thelasko Re:Do we have 4G now? (216 comments)

I kind of got the impression most things being called 4G weren't even properly that.

You are correct. The ITU defined 4G, and none of the carriers followed the standard. Instead, they strong armed the ITU to change the definition of 4G to fit the technology they had already deployed. I suspect the same will happen with 5G as well.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Thelasko Re:Aerial or underground ? (516 comments)

No - it's not even a question. Bury the lines and you will remove a large number of causes for power outages.

My parents live in a neighborhood with buried power lines. Yeah, on average the power goes out less often. However, they've had a recent issue with the buried lines decaying after 30+ years underground. When that happens, it's a much longer, and more expensive repair.

The thing that bothers me is well meaning landowners planting trees near power lines. Personally, I blame schools that hand out saplings to children without proper education. Yeah, they look nice when they are small. They don't stay small.

about three weeks ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Thelasko Elon Musk's Opinion (293 comments)

Elon Musk really hates hydrogen as a fuel. Not just for cars, but even for rockets.

The energy cost of methane is the lowest and it has a slight Isp (specific impulse) advantage over kerosene...it does not have the pain-in-the-ass factor that hydrogen has

I know hydrogen has a high "pain-in-the-ass" factor, but are electric cars that much better?

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Turn Air Into Petrol

Thelasko US Navy Research (580 comments)

The U.S. Navy is doing similar research creating jet fuel from sea water. This would allow aircraft carriers to stay on location longer because they wouldn't have to worry about running out of fuel for aircraft. Basically the only things that would need to be delivered would be supplies for the crew (food, toilet paper, etc.).

more than 2 years ago
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Texas Schools Using Electronic Chips To Track Students; Parents In Uproar

Thelasko How is this different... (540 comments)

than what every major employer does in the United States? I know when I go to work, I have to wear and RFID badge that gets scanned when I enter the building. I also have to use it to access certain areas. The last three places I've worked had similar systems.

more than 2 years ago
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Reiser4 File System Still In Development

Thelasko Re:Rename it (317 comments)

If you can find any name that's not related to murdering your wife, go for it.

Take a page out of the Android playbook only instead of naming the releases after something sweet, name them after a man convicted of murdering his wife.

more than 2 years ago
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Physicists Devise Test For Whether the Universe Is a Simulation

Thelasko Cogito ergo sum (529 comments)

I believe René Descartes already asked this question. His response was ultimately, "I think, therefore I am".

Sounds like this area of physics is crossing into philosophy.

more than 2 years ago
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Air Force Lab Test Out "Aircraft Surfing" Technique To Save Fuel

Thelasko Re:drafting... (205 comments)

But I'm surprised someone didn't patent it and charge the military for doing it.

The innovation isn't in the concept of "drafting" another plane. The innovation is in the autopilot system that does it safely and automatically. As shown on Mythbusters the concept is viable, but a human is not capable of keeping the plane in the "sweet spot" safely for an extended period of time.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?

Thelasko Re:Do you have a sign? (340 comments)

I'm seeing a lot of posts stating something like, "any idiot should know not to dump on your land" etc. However, in many states, under law, you have to post signage or build a fence to notify others of your property boundary. You may be able to prosecute without these things, but it will make your life easier if you clearly mark your property boundary. This usually corresponds to hunting regulation, but in this case I imagine it applies to dumping.

I'm not aware of any States require a fence (although it is a good idea), some require a paint mark, or some signage. I'm not a lawyer, look up the law in your own area.

more than 2 years ago
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Singer Reportedly Outbids NASA for Space Tourist's Seat

Thelasko Re:WTF is Sarah whatever ? (242 comments)

I agree with your sentiments, but the sad reality is that there's zero chance that you will sell 50,000 tickets at $150 a pop to any science fair or astrophysics lecture.

That's why you charge $50,000 for 150 tickets!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Include In a New Building?

Thelasko Re:Cooling (422 comments)

You have solvents, grease, lubricant, metal bits etc in that shop air.

You have that stuff on the people too. Make sure you have some sort of buffer between the plant floor and the server room to clean yourself off. Like a mud room, but not as OCD as a full cleanroom. You don't want to bring metal shavings in with you if possible. It may be something as simple as making sure you have to pass through an office before you get to the server room.

Also, a lot of people are mentioning HVAC. It might be a good idea to have a slightly higher (1psi) air pressure in the server room than the rest of the plant. This way contaminants will tend to flow away from the server room, instead of towards it.

more than 2 years ago
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Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

Thelasko Re:Labelling (1080 comments)

Is there yet a way to tell at time of purchase whether a CFL bulb is going to warm up in an acceptable time?

This is why I subscribe to Consumer Reports. They do all of this testing for me so I don't have to do it myself.

I've had excellent results with EcoSmart soft white bulbs (sold only at Home Depot). If you time it right you can get them for $1 for 4 bulbs in my area. That's cheaper than the old fashioned incandescent bulbs! Honestly, as long as I don't have them on a dimmer, I can't tell the difference.

more than 2 years ago
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Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

Thelasko Re:Ban is dumb (1080 comments)

Agreed, cigarettes are harmful too, but it's still legal to sell them. They just get taxed into oblivion. The same should be true for incandescent light bulbs.

more than 2 years ago
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Toyota Abandons Plans For All-Electric Vehicle Rollout

Thelasko My Requirements (490 comments)

My requirements for an electric car are simple. I must be able to drive it at highway speeds for 4 hours before I need to recharge it. At that point I should be able to recharge the vehicle in under an hour.

I choose these requirements because these are the same requirements of a typical human. We typically eat around every 4 hours, and while many of us scarf down our food in 20 minutes, a leisurely meal takes about an hour. This would require a slower pace of travel than we are used to these days, but it would enable the return of road side diners, which disappeared in an era of fast food.

If I were in a position of power at Denny's corporation, I would look into installing 1 hour fast chargers at all of my restaurants. When electric cars do meet these requirements, (hint: one already comes close) I'd want to be the first to capture that market.

more than 2 years ago
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When the Hiring Boss Is an Algorithm

Thelasko Re:If you cuaght your mother stealing... (245 comments)

"Honesty tests" are always one of my favorite topics on Slashdot. I took a psychology class on hiring practices in college. The professor mentioned that he had a group of Catholic monks take one of those tests and they all failed. Why? There was a question that asked, "do you know anyone that has used illegal drugs recently?" The monks ran a drug rehabilitation center, so they all answered "yes" to that question.

There are some "gotcha" questions on those tests. The one that comes to mind is, "what do you do if you find a quarter on the street?" There are some answers like, "take it to the police station," etc., but the correct answer is to keep it.

As the article mentions, hiring practices can open a company up to some lawsuits. However, all a company has to do is show data that correlates hiring methods to employee performance. The study has to be double blind, this requires hiring employees that both pass or fail the criteria, and reviewing their work performance later. There is no requirement to show causation, etc., only a correlation is necessary. Most "honesty tests" don't meet that requirement.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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How Celebrity Photos Get Out

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "The internet has been buzzing with news that celebrities' smart phones have been hacked, and pictures, including nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, have been circulating the internet. Liam Allen, of BBC News, suggests that it wasn't smart phones that were hacked, but web mail."
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Do the Type of Calories Matter?

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "To test his hypothesis that consuming fewer calories than burned, regardless of type, will cause wight loss, Kansas State University Nutrition Professor, Mark Haub, has subsisted on little more than junk food for the past 10 weeks. However, he carefully measures out his caloric intake to 1,800 food calories (7536 kJ) per day. So far, he has lost 27 pounds (12.25kg)."
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Why no one should be using Hotmail

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "A few of my friends have had their Hotmail accounts hijacked. Some of them haven't used those accounts in years. As this blog points out, Microsoft blames the hijackings on spyware. However, how could spyware steal account information on disused accounts?"
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Google to kill off YouTube ripping tools

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "YouTube is apparently testing a new system that allows you to pay money to download videos from its site. To prevent users from downloading the videos with the variety of tools available for free, YouTube is cracking down. Specifically on an offering from TechCrunch."
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Studies Reveal Why Kids Get Bullied and Rejected |

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "I'm sure everyone on Slashdot has been the victim of bullying at some point in their life. A new study suggests why.
" ...now researchers have found at least three factors in a child's behavior that can lead to social rejection.

The factors involve a child's inability to pick up on and respond to nonverbal cues from their pals.""

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The First Hints Of A Dinosaur's True Colors : NPR

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "The colors of dinosaurs have long been a mystery, since soft parts aren't preserved in the fossil record. But for the first time, scientists have teased out colors from fossilized feathers to reveal the orange-and-white ringed tail of a 125-million-year-old dinosaur."
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Supreme Court Removes Limits on Corporate, Labor D

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "The United States Supreme Court has ruled that corporations and labor unions can donate as much money as they wish to political campaigns. Prior to this ruling, federal campaign finance laws put limits on how much money a corporation or union could donate. The Supreme Court ruled that campaign donations are protected under the 1st amendment as a form of free speech."
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Purdue University Utilizes Collaborative Classroom

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "

Hotseat, a social networking-powered mobile Web application, creates a collaborative classroom, allowing students to provide near real-time feedback during class and enabling professors to adjust the course content and improve the learning experience. Students can post messages to Hotseat using their Facebook or Twitter accounts, sending text messages, or logging in to the Hotseat Web site.

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Hosting Your Windows 7 Torrenting Party from FoD T

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "Be a part of Windows history by hosting your own Windows 7 torrenting party. ... Watch videos about windows 7, torrenting party, windows 7 torrent party, hosting, piratebay, vuze, isohunt, torrentreactor, mininova, torrentspy, Mike Wozniak, Nadia Kamil, Danel Lawrence-Taylor, Nico Tatarowicz, Al Campbell, Daniel Maier on FunnyOrDie.co.uk"
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Judge Rules Court Must Reveal Identity of Poster

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Lawrence ruled the Daily Herald and Comcast must reveal the identity of a person who posted a comment on dailyherald.com directed toward the teenage son of Buffalo Grove Village Trustee Lisa Stone.

Even if Comcast reveals the identity, how does one prove that that person in fact posted that comment."
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Journals

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Lone house stands after Ike

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago After Warren and Pam Adams lost their house to hurricane Rita in 2005, Warren, a retired electrical engineer, hired an engineering firm to make sure his new house would survive a category 5 hurricane. Now, after hurricane Ike, the Adams' home is the only house left standing for miles.

This has been confirmed by CNN. The pictures are not photoshopped.

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Mythbusters silenced over RFID security flaws

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago In a recent appearance event, Mythbuster, Adam Savage explains why they won't tackle myths about RFID security:

Texas Instruments comes on along with chief legal counsel for American Express, Visa, Discover, and everybody else... They were way, way outgunned and they absolutely made it really clear to Discovery that they were not going to air this episode talking about how hackable this stuff was, and Discovery backed way down being a large corporation that depends upon the revenue of the advertisers. Now it's on Discovery's radar and they won't let us go near it.

From Consumerist and Wired.

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Advice for running an ecommerce site

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago A user on Ubuntuforums is asking for advice on running an E-commerce site. Mregister asks:

i am new to ubuntu/linux and was just hired as a tech guy for a small company. they are putting their catalog online and are putting an ecommerce site together. they have hired a consulting firm to build the site and it is going to run on an ubuntu/lamp box which i am going to adminstrate. Yikes!! I have for the last couple of weeks built a test sever and installed ubuntu 8.04 with the lamp configuration and added openssh, ssl, and have played around and have become somewhat familiar with navagating around ubuntu and various config files and such. i have setup and then broken openssh, public/private keys, etc. anyway, when i build this thing for production what areas do i need to pay specific attention to? what advice can you guys give me? i have no help except you guys here and i am not even sure what questions to ask. any advice is much appreciated.

Seeing how Slashdot is a wealth of knowledge on this topic. Let's help mregister out.

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Using a UPS for other things

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago Over the holiday weekend I went over to my parents' house to help my dad with his battery backup sump pump. He purchased a Basement Watchdog a few years ago to protect his basement, but we have become disappointed by the amount of service it needs. The battery needs to be opened and distilled water needs to be added to the sulfuric acid every 6 months. My dad doesn't feel comfortable doing this so I have to help him. The first battery completely failed after two years and cost $95 to replace. For that price I am considering buying a computer UPS system and plugging in a standard sump pump. Has anybody tried this? Please feel free to share any other UPS applications you have tried in the past.

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Flickr the new Napster?

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago Lifehacker has an article on how to hide MP3 files within JPG images. This is not new technology. However, what is keeping this technology from becoming a mainstream method of illegal music distribution? If it's merely an issue of user familiarity, this may no longer be the case. How long will it be before music industry officials catch on?

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Blu-ray Struggles Dispite Downfall of HD-DVD

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago Recent market research discovers that despite the end of the format war, Blu-ray market share is not growing as expected. The article notes, " NPD said 45 percent of U.S. high-definition television owners now claim to be familiar with Blu-ray, up from 35 percent in June 2007. While just 6 percent of all consumers surveyed said they plan to buy a Blu-ray device, 9 percent of high-definition TV owners plan to buy one in the next six months, NPD said."

The article doesn't compare Blue-ray market share growth to that of successful formats like DVD or VHS.

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Trouble viewing articles

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago Is anybody else having trouble viewing articles on Slashdot? The main page works fine, but if I try to click an article I get, "The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading."

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Ebay is broken

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago An article in the Consumerist points out that it's almost impossible to sell anything of value on Ebay anymore. What can Ebay do to fix these problems? Is this the end of online auctions?

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How to start a company?

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago A friend of mine recently graduated college and is currently doing freelance work. It's currently quite profitable and she is interested in starting her own company. I told her that an LLC is probably the way to go. Are there any Slashdotters who have gone through this experience willing to give some advice? I have heard that Delaware is the best place to start a business, but does this only apply to major corporations, or can the small business owner benefit too?

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Netcraft confirms Slashdot outage

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago Netcraft confirms that Slashdot has been down all morning.

All of Netcraft's globally distributed performance monitors have recorded a solid period of downtime at a number of sites hosted in the VA Software netblock.

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What Patrick Stewart does for fun

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago According to a CNN article Patrick Stewart has spent the past year playing Macbeth on Broadway. "Part of his sci-fi life has followed him to Broadway. In his dressing room sits a boxed up Capt. Jean-Luc Picard action figure and a bumper sticker that reads 'Picard/Riker 2008: Make It So.'"

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Caught by ISP, now what?

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago In an article on Lifehacker, a reader writes in that she was caught downloading movies via BitTorrent by her ISP. Lifehacker readers offer their suggestions, but what do Slashdotters think?

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Trees vs. Solar Panels

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago A couple in California are being forced to cut down their redwood trees because they block too much light for their neighbor's solar panels to work properly. CNN writes, "But the couple next door insisted they should not have to chop down the trees to accommodate Mark Vargas' energy demands because they planted the redwoods before he installed the solar panels in 2001." Apparently the trees grew since the solar panels were installed, in violation of California's Solar Shade Control Act. (PDF)

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Chicago Electrical Code

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago I'm considering doing some electrical work on my new place. I live in the Chicagoland area and I know parts of the area used to require all electrical work be in metal conduit. I'm not sure if that's the case anymore but I have come to find out that a copy of the electrical code is available for $145 in print and $155 for PDF! Come on! This is a law and I should not be charged for viewing it.

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Time: Cell Phones Prolong Your Commute

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago A few people here at Slashdot are lucky enough to work at home. The rest of us have to manage gridlock on our way to and from work, cursing at the person going ten under the speed limit while talking on their phone. This article in Time says, "researchers estimate that such distracted drivers lengthen the average car commute by about 5% to 10%. That amounts to only a few extra minutes a day, but those minutes add up. Say your hour-long commute were cut by 10% a day -- or 6 mins. -- in each direction; the savings would translate to an entire weekend of free time a year." The study was performed by the University of Utah.

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New drinking game

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago My new drinking game involves watching a political debate and whenever a candidate makes an informal fallacy take a shot.

On second thought, unless you want your stomach pumped, don't do that.

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I hate shopping for jewelry

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 6 years ago After shopping for some jewelry for my girlfriend I have decided that it is the most uninformed purchasing decision one can make. I am a mechanical engineer and I know a thing or two about materials. Granted, I was far from the head of the class, but can somebody tell me what the heck does 18 karat white gold mean? 75% pure "white gold." White gold isn't an element! It's an alloy. What did they alloy it with? I looked it up on Wikipedia and it can be several things. But jewelry stores don't tell you what it is. The best thing you can do is know your diamonds. Follow the GIA specs. They are standardized and are how the jeweler purchases the stones. It's the only way to remotely level the playing field between you and the person behind the counter.

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