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Asia's Richest Man Is Betting Big On Silicon Valley's Fake Eggs

VAXcat Mockolate (269 comments)

This reminds me of the Friends episode where Monica has to make recipes for a chocloate substitute - Mockolate.

about 2 months ago

Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages

VAXcat Re:About beta. (268 comments)

They need to remember what happened to Digg. Sites like this can lose almost all of their users in the blink of an eye.

about 2 months ago

Australian Team Working On Engines Without Piston Rings

VAXcat Re:Okay...nice and all... (368 comments)

"...and aren't exactly long lived" Model airplane glow plug engines exist in two states - not broken in yet, and slap worn out. There is no middle ground....

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?

VAXcat Re:50s TV - Antennae (165 comments)

I dunno about the whole country, but in the two big cities I'm familiar with the TV situation, Dallas and Houston, the TV stations all have their broadcast antennas located at more or less the same location, so you don't have to change the antenna aim to change the channel.

about 9 months ago

Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

VAXcat Re:North Carolina drivers are the worst in the US. (413 comments)

Clearly you've never driven in Boston...I had a summer job there driving a patient transport van for the Boston State Hospital (a mental asylum), and I always felt like the lunatics I was driving around in the van weren't a patch on the maniacs driving the other cars.

about 9 months ago

Lead Developer of Yum Killed In Hit-and-run

VAXcat Re:When you ride at night, (413 comments)

He's not blaming the victim, he's quoting a Roling Stones song lyric. Jeez....woooshhhh

about 9 months ago

Malcolm Gladwell On Culture and Airplane Crashes

VAXcat Re:Take the men in the silos out of the loop ... (423 comments)

They say in the future, airliners will no longer have a pilot and a copilot. Instead, there will be just a pilot and a dog. The dog is there to bite the pilot if he tries to mess with any of the controls.

about 9 months ago

FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

VAXcat Re:Harmless? (371 comments)

It goes back to the origins of radio. Originally, it was all amateurs messing arouind. Then, as it became more useful and of interest to companies and governments, amateur radio types were quick to restrict themselves as harmless and non-competitive to these interests, in order to keep from being squashed as nuisances. I think it ought to be more like licensing of pilots - those licensed at the lowest skill levels can't charge for flying and can only fly for personal gain under strict rules. As pilots progress in skill levels, they can perform a wider range of flying for hire. Something similar could be done for radio operations. As it is, it took decades to get legal permission to use a radio link to order a pizza.

about 10 months ago

FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

VAXcat Re:It's dead either way, why not try this? (371 comments)

Can't swear? You clearly haven't spent much time listening to 20 meters, or, at least in my part of the country, 80 meters. Sailors could learn a thing or two about swearing by listening in....

about 10 months ago

Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

VAXcat Re:Seems an unnecessary feature (398 comments)

Never get into a car with a carjacker. People who do that wind up at the secondary crime scene, where the homicide (yours) takes place. Run away if you can, fight if you must, but don't get in the car.

about 10 months ago

New Drugs Trail Many Old Ones In Effectiveness Against Disease

VAXcat Re:The inability to research? (230 comments)

Not exactly true. Thalidomide does indeed have two mirror image isomers,. and there is some research to indicate that indeed only one of these isomers causes damage. BUT - thalidomide undergoes racemization in the human blood stream - that is, even if you start only with "good" thalidomide in your drug, it will be metabolized into a mix of good and bad in the bloodstream - so, even if you only ingest the "good twin", you wind up with the damage causing "bad twin" in your body anyway.

about 10 months ago

'Smart Gun' Firm Wants You To Fund Its Prototype

VAXcat Re:I'm sorry (558 comments)

I'd like a smart rifle, like the one in Vernor Vinge's Bobble series, that lets you designate several targets in the scope, and then, when given the command to fire via trigger pull, actually fires when the barrel is properly aligned to hit the designated target or targets - you mark the targets, then pull the trigger and wave the weapon in their general direction.

about a year ago

Curiosity Rewarded: Florida Teen Heading to Space Camp, Not Jail

VAXcat Re:I Think This Is A Bad Thing (241 comments)

BTW - October Sky is an anagram for "Rocket Boys".

about a year ago

Water Isolated for Over a Billion Years Found Under Ontario

VAXcat Water (207 comments)

There is water at the bottom of the ocean!

about a year ago

Grocery Delivery Lowers Carbon Dioxide Emissions Over Individual Trips

VAXcat Re:Consumerism at its finest (417 comments)

That's right, comrade. Come the Revolution, the proles will get what we on the Central Committee decide they get.

about a year ago

New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

VAXcat Re:I won't be buying one... (632 comments)

WIlliam S. Burroughs! Is that you?

about a year ago

Space Junk 'Cleaning' Missions Urgently Needed

VAXcat Science Fiction is too good for 'em... (165 comments)

Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and cast not your pearls before swine. SF is way too good for the average illiterate student.

about a year ago

LHCb Experiment Observes New Matter-Antimatter Difference

VAXcat CP violation (129 comments)

Matter...Anti-Matter...I'm the guy with the gun.

about a year ago

Google Glass Specs Hit the Web

VAXcat Re:Mother told us not to watch TV from too close (198 comments)

My mother warned us no to sit too close to the TV, because in the good old tube TV days, they tended to emit dangerous levels of X rays from the HV rectifier tube...back then you had to risk your life to get your fill of TV goodness.

1 year,12 hours


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