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California's Santa Clara County Bans Happy Meal Toys

Xandar01 Re:High calorie toys (756 comments)

When I first read the headline, I thought it might have been to prevent all the trash that comes from those cheep toys. Don't know how many times I have gone to clean my kids room to find those cheep toys broken and stuffed in drawer or toy bin.

more than 4 years ago

Battlestar Galactica Feature Film Confirmed

Xandar01 TnA casting? (342 comments)

Did you watch the show? Both Grace and Tricia had to play different versions of themselves throughout the entire series. They sure made a believable presentation out of it. I am pretty sure they both received some sort of awards. Maybe not Emey's/Oscars, whatever that crap is that they give to them lowest common denominator movies.

more than 5 years ago

GPS-Based System For Driving Tax Being Field Tested

Xandar01 Your comparison is a bit faulty. (891 comments)

Umm I don't really think 16lb difference is going to matter when most roads are designed to hand regular truck traffic. Prius: 3000lb (~15 sq in per tire * 4) = 50lb / sq in (P195/65R15 tires) Hummer H2 6600lb (~24.8 sq in per tire * 4) = 66lb / sq in (LT315/70R17 tires) This is not even taking in account for under inflated or overinflated tires! http://www.fao.org/docrep/w2809E/w2809e03.htm

more than 5 years ago

News Sites Slammed By Michael Jackson Traffic

Xandar01 New sig for all (387 comments)

This is good enough to be a sig!

more than 5 years ago

One Fifth of World's Population Can't See Milky Way At Night

Xandar01 Re:Milky Way, hell... (612 comments)

>I'm lucky if I can see cyclists and pedestrians after sunset. That's just population control, if there stupid enough to step in front of a moving car then they don't need to be spoiling the gene pool.

more than 5 years ago

Voyager Clue Points To Origin of the Axis of Evil

Xandar01 Re:Why should we care? (293 comments)

But without Replicators we would never have Repli-Carter or Fran.

more than 5 years ago

Space Station Crew Drinks Recycled Urine

Xandar01 Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (349 comments)

yeah dhmo is good for making people look like idiots. To bad I didn't read the whole thread first. oh well.

more than 5 years ago

Space Station Crew Drinks Recycled Urine

Xandar01 Re:How does that make it not "real water"? (349 comments)

Someone should start a petition to ban dihydrogen monoxide. Why do we waste our time banning shit that's nowhere near as bad as this, while we have almost zero regulation on such a hazardous chemical?

someone already has

more than 5 years ago

I'll keep my castle secure primarily with ...

Xandar01 Re:FUD (828 comments)

So you need a good marketing campaign to spread your FUD. What flavors will you use?

more than 5 years ago

Sarah Connor Chronicles — Why It Died

Xandar01 Re:Here, I'll summarize. (834 comments)

Still it is perfectly able to transport all that iron on your blood, duh!?

It's the midi-chlorian's that allow organisms to time travel, duh!?

more than 5 years ago

Sarah Connor Chronicles — Why It Died

Xandar01 Re:Here, I'll summarize. (834 comments)

It doesn't have to be "John Connor" that saves the day. I am sure the humans would find another leader just as SkyNet "finds" a new creator everytime one is blown up.

Really want to mess with skynet, take away the nukes. Now how's it going to massively retaliate when it throws a tantrum?

more than 5 years ago

Sarah Connor Chronicles — Why It Died

Xandar01 Re:Here, I'll summarize. (834 comments)

If you have a time machine that only goes backwards, made of metal that can't be transported back with you, how are you going to relearn something from the past to go back even further? Leave yourself a sticky note somewhere to be found on the next loop?

more than 5 years ago

When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

Xandar01 Re:Can YOU imagine 3.8 billion years, though? (604 comments)

Maybe instead of 3.8 billion years that we throw around, make the numbers more user friendly.
take 3.8, that don't sound too big and yeah billion is big but you only have 3.8 of them.

How about 3800 million years, sounds bigger intuitively, especially if your mathematically challenged?

Or shorten it to something you could related to, such as 127 million generations? hmm maybe not, that seems small again like 3.8 billion.

more than 4 years ago

Google Launches CADIE, the First True AI

Xandar01 Re:Wanted 3D but no colour printer (246 comments)

No color printer, you should have gone for the polarized printout to go with the polarized 3D glasses.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Launches User Achievements

Xandar01 Re:Slashdot achievements (1582 comments)

>posted here only for the april fools achievement, obviously.

Quote from the bottom of the page:
I think we're all Bozos on this bus. -- Firesign Theatre

Are we a sad group of people or are just eclectic?

more than 5 years ago

Study Finds Hundreds of Stolen Data Dumps

Xandar01 New Passwords (58 comments)

>Modern keyloggers use algorithms and/or regex to find certain data like credit card numbers or email addresses and some even specifically filter out "wasd" patterns.

Then make all your passwords "wasd" derivatives!

more than 6 years ago

My top-level book organization is based on ...

Xandar01 Re:Library of Congress (423 comments)

Even better on that list is BJ - Ethics. Those must be some great books!

more than 6 years ago

My top-level book organization is based on ...

Xandar01 new super villian (423 comments)

> they engrained this emotional attachment to books mostly so the school wouldn't need to spend a fortune on text and library books which are lend to the most destructive force on earth... Kids.

Makes me think of a new super villain; He shoots kids from his EYES!!! His favorite targets, schools, libraries, and private book collections.

more than 6 years ago



Majel Barrett-Roddenberry Passes

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Xandar01 (612884) writes "Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the wife of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, has passed away, Access Hollywood has learned. She was 76. The actress died of leukemia at 12:27 AM on Thursday in her Bel-Air home with her son, Rod, by her side. She is noted to be the only actor/actress to be a part of all 6 series and 11 movies."
Link to Original Source

Wheel of Time heading to Hollywood

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Xandar01 (612884) writes "One can only wonder how badly butchered the Wheel of Time is going to get once Hollywood get its hands on it. SciFi.com is reporting here http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=58590&type=0 that "Universal Pictures has acquired film rights to the late Robert Jordan's best-selling Wheel of Time series of fantasy novels in a seven-figure deal."
Interesting that the movie rights have been sold now."

Link to Original Source

Tsunami Warning System ready to searve

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Xandar01 (612884) writes "NOAA recently deployed the last two buoys of its extensive tsunami warning network. http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2008/20080310_buoy.html

Since the Indonesian tsunami of December 2004, NOAA has made significant upgrades to the U.S. tsunami warning system, including:
        * Installing 49 new or upgraded tide gages
        * Installing or upgrading eight seismic stations
        * Expanding the network of DART buoys from six (exclusively in the eastern Pacific) to 39 (from the western Pacific to the Atlantic)

It may have taken a few years but it appears that the scientific community has made leaps and bounds in understanding this dangerous phenomena. Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D. remarked "As a young scientist who researched tsunamis and built early models of their effects, I never imagined that we could come so far in our ability to understand, to detect, to model and to warn on such a scale as we have just achieved.""

Link to Original Source



Lurking way too long

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I have been lurking off and on for a year. I decide to make on stinkin' comment and bam!, I am slammed with the responsibility of mod points. Well I guess I can keep up the the work I started over a year ago now.

Interesting comment that points to the Endor Holocost. I've read it before so I was looking for a mention of it.

Informative quote of an article declaring why the geneva convention rules need updating

Informative quote describing a good place to watch a launch from VAFB


The poll the almost made it.

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I sumbitted a poll
that kind of made it but shows rejected. What did I do wrong?


The slashdot job network

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

JobCenter has created a great centralized networking site for us slashdotters.

What I am I looking for? Network/System Admin. I've got 5 years Experience although it is almost entirely W2K and NT. I have worked with Active Directory, Clusters, DNS, DHCP, WINS, IIS, and Exchange. I have worked with FreeBSD UNIX and Red Hat Linux. I've been in the military and corporate sectors. I have had training in security, Cisco networks, and MS Windows 2000.

Where am I looking? I live in southern California, so my order of preference here is San Diego County, Orange County, and LA County. Other places I am considering are NC, VA, WV, and MD. If the pay was good enough, I would also consider OR, OK, WA and the rest of CA.

Here is the Summery of Qualifications that appear on my general resume:

- MCP, CCNA, A.A., MCSE 2000 Curriculum
- 5 years administration of Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 Server/Advance Server
- 6 years experience as Help Desk/Onsite Support Technician
- Excellent PC/Server/LAN/WAN troubleshooting and research skills to expedite repairs
- Extensive experience with MSDOS, Win 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP and MS Office 95 - 2003
- Familiar with FreeBSD UNIX and Red Hat Linux 6.2 - 9.0
- Extensive experience assembling, configuring and repairing computers
- Design, setup, and maintenance of wired and wireless TCP/IP networks in fixed and mobile environments
- Highly effective team member and capable team leader with strong communication skills
- Formally recognized numerous times for outstanding job performance
- Held secret clearance during military service

For when this becomes archived, you can contact me at slashdot at Fitzingo dot net


How a good day can turn bad.

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

My car broke-down about 2 miles away and 15 minutes before my interview.
    I had scoped out the area about an hour before and went to get a light lunch. On my way back, waiting at light, the engine died. When I tried to restart it, it would turn, some cylinders would fire but it would not start. I push it out of the road as soon as the light changed as at least I was in a good position to do this. I checked my plug wires real quick but to no avail and time was a ticking. I found a ride, thank you to the kind gentleman who I do not recall his name. I made it right on time.

    The interview went pretty well. After the interview, one of the "HR" guy walks me out and keeps talking with me. He is not going away, so I ask him if he is looking for my car. Yup he is. So I have to tell him that it broke down. He is kind enough to give me a ride to it so I can call my towing company. (I couldn't remember the cross street it was on.) The guy tells me that I did really well in the interview and it is over. However, during the interview they had mentioned that you would have to use your own vehicle when visiting local client sites. As he is giving me a ride, I tell him I was intending to purchase a new car once I was employed and I point out that despite the breakdown, I did make the interview on time. So the mystery twist to this interview is will I still get an offer??

    So what went wrong with the car? Distributor housing went bad. Sometimes I really hate my car, but then I have had it for 10 years now. On the other hand, for a 90 Acura Integra with 250K miles, it still runs fairly good. (Except of course when it tanks like this on me. Last time was a broken timing belt near the Dallas, TX airport, April 2000. I was stationed 150 miles away at Ft. Hood.) Well, my car is in San Diego, and here I am 150 miles north in Santa Clarita and it is probably fixed by now. I'll be going back down Monday to pick it up. I tell you this really eats into my job searching time.



Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I have mod points that expire 10-03. I will not have time to search, I have an interview and a job fair to go to tomorrow. Give me your suggestions...

Lost the mod points. See next journal entry for the why.



Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Mod points. You know the drill. They Expire 9/22/03.

Since I had time I decided to cruise on over to the latest Hurricane
Isabelle Poll, cast my vote for nothing (10), and moderate. I found this joke
about the Navy to be funny. Then there was the comment about subsidized insurance for coastal homes that I rated as informative. Of course I actually based that on some documentary TV show I watched several years ago, so I could be wrong. I hope not. Lastly I found dvk's informative comment which had some very good links to the "broken window" fallacy and how it is not an economic stimulus.

Then there is GMontag. Now this guy seems to be well informed most of the time. So I go looking at his journal entry from last week (yes it had been a while since I had gone through all my /. messages) I find that he has pointed out what he calls a troll. It's in an article about hybrid/electri vehicles and I know the GMontag talks about his Jeep regularly. I go take a look and at first GMontag seems right and even provides several informative links. But then Anonymous Canard posts a counter to GMontag using a link from the Natural Gas site that GMontag had used. So after much reading I believe that Anonymous Canard is correct. I gave him my last two points for an informative here and here. (It will be interesting to see if those two survive meta-mod.)


Mod XI

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Mod points again. Since I am so busy job hunting give me recomendations I won't really be searching. They expire Sept. 7th.

Didn't have much time. So here were a couple quick
ones for two of my fans. Lost the other three.


Cap'n Canuck


This Sucks?

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Well, yesterday morning I got laid off. It sucks as it forces me to actually look for work now.

My company has been through a lot of shrinking and I had survived several rounds of layoffs. I was frustrated with the apparent lack of direction and the poor communication from upper management. I had been planning to look for work after this fall semester. This weekend I'll be polishing the resume and getting that ready to go. If anyone is interested I'll update this in a few days with links to my resume.

My wife and I had also been trying to decide whether or not we should move to San Diego County, CA or possibly Raleigh, NC. We have family in both locations, but no real family here in Santa Clarita, CA. Currently we favor San Diego County.

Despite the company's shortcomings I think packet of information they gave me regarding job hunting is pretty decent info. Most of it I already knew though thanks to all job hunting/resume classes the military provided on my way out.



Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Before we even start, I am not a plumber. This weekend I replaced my water heater. The old one was rusting through the outer jacket. The project went fairly smoothly even though I had to build a new floor for the utility closet that the water heater was in due to excessive water leakage. Well I have the new one installed and everything seemed fine and the T&P valve started to "weep." I had not even turned on the gas for the heater yet so I thought that maybe it was some pressure stabilizing since it was the first time it was filled. I open the hot water tap at the sink for a few seconds and the weeping stopped. I lit the pilot and let the tank start doing it's job. About 30 minutes later the T&P valve started weeping again. I again relieve pressure by briefly opening a hot water tap. Since it late Sunday night I decide to leave one of the faucets open to drip. This effectively kept the water heater from weeping (important because I had reused the drip pan, which appeared to be in good condition but I discovered pinhole leaks in it last night.)

I am concerned because although I bought a water heater that was all the same specs that all the buying guides had suggested, all except the maximum supply pressure. I don't recall any guide listing this as critical, although I am sure it must be. The installation guide that came with my water heater suggested that the pressure problem came from a closed system. I am at a loss at what I need to do. I will probably call the 800 number tonight after work to see what help they can provide. Any have any ideas?

Install guide's troubleshooting help says for a weeping T&P valve the possible causes/solutions are:
Water pressure to high - possible closed system
Stacking - Caused by turning hot water on and off for short periods to often
Third cause I don't remember but it was definitely not even closely related to my problem. Update 8/29/03: After talking to the help line and checking the manual the third cause was a closed wate system which may be my problem after all...

Water specs are (New - Old) Update 8/29/03: These are gas pressure ratings
Minimum Supply Pressure -- 4.5 - N/A
Manifold -- 3.5 - 3.5
Maximum Supply Pressure -- 10.5 - 14.0
- Following are the same on both:
Input BTU 34000
Capacity 40 Gal
Update 8/29/03: These are the important water pressure ratings
Tested Pressure 300psi
Working Pressure 150psi

Update 8/29/03:
I have checked my water pressure and it seems that my pressure regulator may be bad. Pressure before the regulator is 140 psi. If I have used water recently the pressure after the regulator is 80 psi, but over a period of time the pressure equlizes to 140. Not too sure that is good. My HOA is sending a plumber to check the regulator.

One thought that occurred to me is to adjust the water pressure regulator outside. Of course I have no idea which way to turn the screw, as there are no indicators. It's a Wilkins model 600 and I try to look up on the net, long shot I figure, and no luck. I notice a tag on it the adjusting screw that lists the following:
Range 25-75
Temp. 180 deg
Max 300
Still no luck. So anyone have any ideas?


Moderation X

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

MOD points this morning. While I am open to suggestions, RobertB-DC has offered all his mod points for suggestion. I am off to dig through the stories for something worthwhile...

I originally got these mod points on the 19th of August, not sure if editing my journal is going to change the date or not, but here is what I moderated. It has taken a while to post this cause I was busy. There was even a funny post that I had forgot note, I had thought I would never find it till I got a metamoderation results message.

First I found this comment by Shamino0 slightly interesting. I know it's not a perfect concept, but it would seem feasible. In fact isn't this what AOL is?

phantumstranger had an insightful view of the Matrix series. I find myself waiting to see the third part of the story before judging the second half too harshly.

As I was reading through the Most Effective Subject Line poll, a post by an AC caught my eye with this. It made me laugh. (Still makes me laugh.)

It is rare that I mod down, and while I am sure every parent is as proud of there kids as I am of mine, this guy should have gone to a parenting forum to brag about his kids. The parent post was a good joke, but fwr's comment just doesn't seem to fit the whole /. feeling. I was still skeptical about modding negatively, so I went with an overrated.

Finally, for my buddy Gmontag, here is an informative.


An examination of my Friends and Fans

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

A few Saturdays ago in the early part of August 2003, I was getting ready to change my sig line again when I noticed I had two new fans, zedmelon and RobertB-DC. I think I picked them up after my comment about roller coasters (which must have been hard to moderate because I had thrown a bit of humor in with what was really intended to be informative.) Today, since it's a slow morning, I have decided to look into my fans and found a few more, dracocat, MonTemplar and turg. I think I picked up turg because of zedmelon's journal and the other two because of my bits joke. (Oh the grammar errors in that one. I was in such a hurry to get the joke up where it could be seen.)

As for the rest of my fans, lets see who the are. Since I have typically made fans my friends, we'll take a look at friends after this.

Cap'n Canuck (622106) - One of the first few fans I remember getting. Not sure why but I am going to go out on a limb and say maybe it has some thing to do with this story on slow day.

cyt0plas (629631) - Hmm not really sure with this one, but he's been here for a little while.

dracocat (554744) - Picked up this month, see above.

forged (206127) - I believe forged added me after I added him to my fiend list.

GMontag (42283) - I believe GMontag also added me after I added him to my fiend list.

Kredal (566494) - Another one that I am not too sure when he showed up. We both posted in this article although this is just merely coincidence.

mabster (470642) - Added as friend when he posted in my first journal entry.

MonTemplar (174120) - Picked up this month, see above.

RobertB-DC (622190) - Picked up this month, see above.

thomkt (59664) - The one person I know from real life and the one who got me to reading slashdot in the first place. We were buddies in the Marine Corps and still keep in touch.

turg (19864) - Picked up this month, see above.

VladTheBad (178747) - I remember seeing Vlad show up as fan and wondering if I should make him a friend. There weren't many comments at the time, no bio, no journal. Alas I decided to add him/her as a kind geasture.

zedmelon (583487) - Pick up this month, see above.

Here are my friends who have not made me their friends. These are people who have impressed me in some way. Lets see if I can recall why...

Atzanteol (99067) - Not sure where this one came from.

Galvatron (115029) - We both had posted in this article, but I don't think that is why I made Galvatron a friend. Maybe it was because his username has something to do with transformers.

Moofie (22272) - I remember Moofie claiming to be a rocket scientist. I thought that was pretty cool.

neuroticia (557805) - I seriously must have added this person because she is a girl. I look at her journal entry in June and it seems she has decided to leave. I also look at her fan list and it is huge. I must wonder to myself, should I bother keeping myself on her fan list. Hmm....

nigelc (528573) - I see Nigel posted an intellegent reply to my post about Lucas Arts. Maybe I added him for that reason. Or maybe it was this funny post. Can't think of any other reason why I might have.

PIPBoy3000 (619296) - Cool user name. Gotta love Fallout. I think I was playing Fallout Tactics when I saw a post from this guy. He hasn't posted that much, no BIO, no journal entries its got to be the name

Radio Shack Robot (640478) - Must have been something funny this guy said.

SlashChick (544252) - Another person added most likely on the sole reason that this is a girl. FortKnox says that he met SlashChick in person.

softsign (120322) - I added softsign because he reads Wheel of Time. He was even kind enough to give me a spoiler on the most recent book.

syukton (256348) - I have no Idea why I added this person as a friend. Since he hasn't returned the favor, maybe I'll consider removing him.

Xavier000 (449480) - Another person I have no idea why I added them as a friend. They haven't posted a lot and they haven't posted lately. This is their best post so far.

Alas I have some freaks too. I have had the same three for a while and we'll look into these later. I'll just list them, for the record.

Incognito Dastard (657140)

SANTA'S LIST (655608)

spazoid12 (525450)

If you made it this far, you might still be wondering what I was going to change my sig line too.

Ready or not? Here it comes! - MS OEM T-shirt for Windows 2000.



Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I must say I was completely surprised to find that I had mod points this morning. I had them just last week. Here I was trying to read slashdot less too. Maybe I really should pick a different home page for my browser...

Anyway, off to find some good comments.

I guess I am not on the Bash MS Bandwagon (TM) today. So here is an Informative, an Insightful, and a Funny (some people pick some really stupid reasons to bash on MS.)

As for people looking out for one another, these two really impressed me. I realize these two posts, 1, 2, support each other, but I agree with both. In retrospect, as I am typing this, this generosity seems to closely compare to what open source is. Hmm? Maybe I am wrong, maybe not.



Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Mod points again today. Time to start looking.

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=72155&cid=6511766 (see this http://www.giac.org/practical/Michael_Murphy_GCNT.doc)

http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=72290&cid=6520804 (I too also worked at an amusement park and I surely knew that job was not the best I could do.)





Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This morning I have moderator points again. I should have time to moderate this time. Interestingly enough, last week I started getting the option to Meta Moderate. I had considered tracking that also but that seemed too much of a hassle. I am glad I decided not to because so far it seems I get an opportunity to Meta Moderate on a daily basis.

Anyway, below will be the list of what I moderated...






Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Great, mod point's again... except that I am real busy this week. Let's see if I can use them instead of lose them.

Well, I was to busy to use em so I lost em. Oh well.



Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Mod points again?? so soon? It's not my birthday.

Anyway as usual I will post links to what I mod.

He he he, funny.


I realize the parent to this comment is a joke... an old joke, but instead of giving an overrated I'll give this one an informative.

And one mod for a random fan...


Mod II

Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Once again, I have MOD point's. Let's start looking for those "gems".

Again I will post links to the comments I mod.

I thought this was informative and helped the +5 Funny attached to it.

This was also informative.

Insightful, I REALLY need to take the time to do this my self.

Another insightful.

And finally as a favor to GMontag, because it was funny.



Xandar01 Xandar01 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I just got moderation points today. This is the second time so far, the first being just a few weeks ago. I have decided to track what I moderate. It will be sort of a personal accountability check. I will have think about whether or not to put a link to my journal.

I will post links to the comments I moderate later.

I found this informative.

I found this interesting.

I found this insightful.

I found this funny.

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