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The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

actionbastard Re:$5? that's nothing (1205 comments)

Most of the price of your fuel is in taxes. The US Federal tax on gasoline -which goes to pay for maintenance on the the Interstate highways- is somewhere around eighteen cents a gallon and hasn't changed in thirty-something years. States also have individual sales taxes that are a fixed amount or a fixed percentage of the sale price -with Florida being the highest (with a sliding scale) the last time I bothered to look.

The root cause of the increase in the price of oil and gasoline is speculation by large banks, brokerage firms and commodities traders. Most of these 'traders' never take actual delivery of the product. If the Obama administration would get off its ass and re-regulate the commodities markets to prevent all the 'paper trading' of commodities, then the price of oil and gasoline would drop by fifty percent and we wouldn't be talking about this.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech Manufacturers With Better Labor Practices?

actionbastard Re:Really? (375 comments)

It goes a lot deeper than just the components. It goes down to the minerals and metals that make up those components:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coltan#Ethics_of_Coltan_mining_in_the_Democratic_Republic_of_Congo

http://sitemaker.umich.edu/section002group3/coltan_mining_in_democratic_republic_of_the_congo

Apple gets the spotlight thrown on it because of its popular following. But every company that makes anything electronic or that contains electronic components is just as culpable.

more than 2 years ago
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Water Droplets In Orbit On the International Space Station

actionbastard Re:What could possibly go wrong (159 comments)

They should have used an inanimate carbon rod.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Orders Banks To Stop Leaking IPO Details

actionbastard Gordon Gecko... (110 comments)

It's all about bucks, kid. The rest is conversation.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Create World's First Atomic X-Ray Laser

actionbastard Burning question (145 comments)

Where are the atomic-level sharks with atomic-level lasers attached to their heads?

more than 2 years ago
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On December 10, the Last Lunar Eclipse Until 2014

actionbastard Technically... (76 comments)

There is a lunar eclipse every 29.53059 days (29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, 2.8 seconds). It's just not always visible from the Earth's surface. The complete calendar for the next decade is here:
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEdecade/LEdecade2011.html
so you may plan ahead.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Too Big For the Dow Jones Industrial Average

actionbastard Two Words (218 comments)

Stock Split

about 3 years ago
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Who is Your Favorite Avenger?

actionbastard Re:Black Panther? (300 comments)

You forgot these:
Harvey Birdman, Hiram Mightor, Myron Reducto, X the Eliminator, Peanut, Mentok the Mindtaker, Zardo The Funky Phantom, Cumulus the Storm King, Captain Caveman, Azul Falcone, Stan Freezoid Apache Chief, Garok, Shazzan, Atom Ant, Nitron, Vulturo, Black Vulcan, Birdgirl, Murro the Marauder Elliott The Deadly Duplicator, The Perfectionist.

more than 3 years ago
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Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

actionbastard Steve said this years ago (577 comments)

In a 1997 interview with Ric Ford of the Macintouch website, Steve Jobs said that he would; "milk the Macintosh for all it's worth and then kill it." A citation would be nice if someone would like to search for it in the wayback machine. I came up blank on this so this is just from memory...

more than 3 years ago
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Wardrivers Target Seattle Businesses

actionbastard Re:No surprise (138 comments)

That's the funniest comment I've seen here in month's. Brah, seriously; I LOLed.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Russian Space Images Look Different From NASA's

actionbastard It's only... (203 comments)

a model.

more than 3 years ago
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House Fails To Extend Patriot Act Spy Powers

actionbastard Re:Bold prediction: (284 comments)

...ever since the Patriot Act made wiretapping of un important people ubiquitous.

There. Fixed that for you.

more than 3 years ago

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Gas injecting knife

actionbastard actionbastard writes  |  more than 6 years ago

actionbastard (1206160) writes "This is really beyond classification. The Wasp Knife Company markets this patent pending weapon for diving, hunting, and tactical use. It is comprised of a hunting blade knife that has a hole drilled through the length of the blade, with a compressed gas cylinder in the handle and a push-button to release the gas. It is designed to 'over-inflate' the organs -or body cavity- of the 'animal' that the knife is inserted into, both freezing and exploding them, at the same time. There's even a video of the knife versus a watermelon. I find this absolutely astonishing..."
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Virtual border fence to be scrapped

actionbastard actionbastard writes  |  more than 6 years ago

actionbastard (1206160) writes "The government is scrapping a $20 million prototype of its highly touted "virtual fence" on the Arizona-Mexico border because the system is failing to adequately alert border patrol agents to illegal crossings, officials said. The move comes just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced his approval of the fence built by the Boeing Co. The fence consists of nine electronic surveillance towers along a 28-mile section of border southwest of Tucson. Boeing is to replace the so-called Project 28 prototype with a series of towers equipped with communications systems, cameras and radar capability. Less than a week after Chertoff accepted Project 28 on February 22, the Government Accountability Office told Congress that it "did not fully meet user needs, and the project's design will not be used as the basis for future" developments.

That sound you hear is your tax dollars swirling down the drain. Swell."

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Login window bug in OS X

actionbastard actionbastard writes  |  more than 6 years ago

actionbastard (1206160) writes "As if the undocumented API use wasn't enough to rile the 'Apple Faithful',
now Security Focus brings us this eyeopener:

"Bill, Paul, and I have discovered that LoginWindow.app doesn't clear
credentials after a user is authenticated. We discovered this while
testing our EFI-based memory recovery utilities discussed recently[0].

We've found that depending on the state of capture, the passwords for
currently active accounts are stored in memory in plain text form, at
least once if not more times."

Swell."

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