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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.).

about 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.

about 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.

about 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.

about 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.

about 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.

about 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!

about 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.

about 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.

about 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.

about 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.

about 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.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?

Thelasko You're not going to like this... (340 comments)

but if you are sailing around the world, electricity is going to be hard to come by. Sure, you can start your engine and run the generator, but how much fuel can you carry? How much money is that going to cost? You will probably want to go old school. Things I would buy are:

Wind Vane self steering - If you are traveling solo, who is going to steer the boat while you are in the head?

Diesel Heater - It gets cold out at sea, you don't want to be lugging around propane and diesel, just get a heater that burns diesel and worry about one fuel. For that mater, get a diesel stove too!

Solar cells/wind turbine - As a geek, I doubt you will be able to go without all of your toys, so make sure you can have some power without burning precious fuel.

However, your most difficult problem is fresh food. Refrigerators use A LOT of power! Lack of fresh fruits and vegetables can cause diseases like scurvy. You may want to consider gas absorption refrigeration units, or some method of food preservation.

about 2 years ago
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The Motivated Rejection of Science

Thelasko Once again... (771 comments)

correlation is not causation.

This "study" is heavily polluted by republican propaganda. Did these test subjects come to these conclusions under their own accord, or were they influenced by right leaning media (Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, etc.).

People feel the need to identify with social groups, and therefore may be influenced by others in their social group. In my opinion, it's why people align along party lines. In other words, I suspect the cause is social, not neurological, as implied above.

about 2 years ago
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Wood Pulp Extract Stronger Than Carbon Fiber Or Kevlar

Thelasko Re:Comparisons (208 comments)

Sorry, but elastic modulus usually isn't a big consideration, unless the structure has to be extremely rigid for some reason. Otherwise, you might as well let them flap in the breeze like airplane wings.

The best way to compare materials is a plot of density vs. tensile strength.(Java warning!) In this plot, the materials in the upper left corner are ideal. TFA states the material's density as 1.6g/cc (or 1600kg/m^3) and the tensile strength of 7.5GPa (or 7500 MPa) which would make it the best material on the graph.

about 2 years ago
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IDT and Intel Join Forces For Wireless Charging

Thelasko Re:Efficiency (87 comments)

Also direct connect isn't completely direct connect either. Inside that wall-wart is a step-down transformer which is basically a small inductive power transfer (wireless power), which has its own power efficiency issues.

The "more or less" I put in parenthesis was referring to this wall wart issue you mention. However, many people, including the U.S. Government, have identified these devices as a potential way to increase energy efficiency. It just seems to me that wireless power technology would negate all of this hard work.
Thanks for your reply!

about 2 years ago
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Bethesda: We Can't Make Dawnguard Work On the PS3

Thelasko Re:I've developed for the PS3. (371 comments)

Translation: "We would like to release this game on the PS3, but the cost benefit analysis showed we would never make our money back from all of the development work required to make it work on the PS3's crazy architecture."

about 2 years ago
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IDT and Intel Join Forces For Wireless Charging

Thelasko Efficiency (87 comments)

Forgive me, but every time I hear about wireless power, I think about how inefficient that sounds. Wouldn't a (more or less) direct connection to the power source be more efficient? Aren't we trying to conserve energy, and improve energy efficiency?

about 2 years ago
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Tata Intends To Sell Air-Powered Car In India

Thelasko Re:This story comes up every now and then.. (398 comments)

..so when are they going to do it, like, for real?

Judging by the picture in the article, it's going to be a while. Notice the vehicle in the article doesn't resemble a car as we know it. A car has a certain form factor for a variety of reasons. Until they get their heads out of the clouds and put this thing into a practical chassis, this thing is going nowhere.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?

Thelasko Let's see (789 comments)

1. You need liquid money. Go to the bank and get some cash. $20 bills are preferable as they are most common. An ATM would be simple, but they usually only allow you to take out $500 per day for security reasons. So, you may want to go to the counter.

You have more assets than just what's in the bank. Jewelry, TV, Computer, etc. Pawn it. Yes, they will likely want ID, but you haven't lost your tail yet.

2. Lose your tail. Buy some airline tickets on a credit card. Drive to the airport and park in long term parking. Walk into the airport and through a crowd. However, you probably don't want to go through security. Leave the airport. I used to say, get on a train and catch as many transfers as possible. Most cities don't check your ticket at each station or when you leave the system, so you become very difficult to locate. However, cities such as Washington D.C. aren't like that, be careful. Also note that light rail surveillance systems have become much more complex in the last decade and they may have facial recognition that will ruin this plan.

I personally like the Borne Identity approach of finding a shitty old car, and giving the owner a wad of cash for it. Yeah, the car may break down, but no one knows it's yours, and it most likely won't be reported stolen. It'll be very hard to track.

3. Keep on the move, and keep a low profile. Try to travel in a direction other than the one you bought airline tickets for. You've bought yourself some time to come up with a plan from here. Weather permits, you can sleep in the car/camp. Truck stops have showers, etc. to keep you civilized. If it's cold, you may need to hide out in homeless shelters. Traveling on foot in the wilderness has advantages and disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage is you won't cover enough ground. It'll give the people after you a very small area to search. If you decide to ditch the car and travel on foot, be sure to hide the car well. Once your car is found abandoned, they will figure you are near by.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Do the Type of Calories Matter?

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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ASCAP Sues AT&T Over Ringtones Heard In Public

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Thelasko (1196535) writes "The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is suing AT&T claiming that each time the ringtone plays it counts as a public performance and a royalty should be paid. The article goes on to note that ASCAP wants the carrier to pay the royalties and not the consumer. Like that really makes a difference."
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Journals

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Lone house stands after Ike

Thelasko Thelasko writes  |  about 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  |  about 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  |  about 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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