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Stay Home When You're Sick!

arkham6 the peril of working from home (670 comments)

Working from home is nice, except now managers are seeing the following:

Andy works from home
Andy's job can be done remotely.
Andy's job can thus be moved overseas where it will be done remotely by lower paid people
Andy understand this, thus never works from home to keep his job.

more than 2 years ago

Tapping Shale Reserves, US Would Become World's Top Oil Producer By 2017

arkham6 There is NO SUCH THING as being self sufficient! (467 comments)

I hate whenever i hear people say "Well, if we drilled more we could be self sufficient from foreign oil and have oil prices come down.

NO, it does not happen that way.

The US government does not drill oil. They lease out the mineral rights to companies such as shell, BP and Exxon who extract the oil and then __sell it on the world market__. Let me say that again. The oil goes into a central market and could be shipped anywhere if the costs are right. Just because its produced here does not mean it stays here.

Another example was Norway after Hurricane Katrina. Their oil and gas prices jumped significantly after the hurricane in the gulf, yet they are a major exporter and producer. Why? Because supply went down after the storm, so prices had to go up. It didnt matter that they got all their own oil, the world markets made the prices go up.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?

arkham6 Don't bother (321 comments)

My wife and I asked our Ob/Gyn and pediatrician about this before the birth of our second child, and both of them said that doing so was a waste of time and money. The cord blood is only good for specific genetic conditions that occur in one out of a hundred thousand live births, while most medical conditions that may occur would be treated without the need for cord blood.

Finally the doctors said that banks play on your emotions as new parents. They said that donating the cord blood would be nice, but a lot of hospitals dont want to deal with the bother and administrative hassle of collecting and shipping.

Ultimately I'd ask your doctors about it and see if they recommend it, but most likely you are just going to be wasting money.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Scientists Revive Plant From 30,000-Year-Old Seeds

arkham6 Does this make it the world's oldest known life? (162 comments)

Since its 300,000 years old from seed to flowering, would that not define it as the world's oldest living thing?

more than 2 years ago

Fate Saves Workprint of Manos: The Hands of Fate

arkham6 MST3k (94 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Minecraft Is Finished

arkham6 Gone gold! (272 comments)

Notch: Look what we have built team! Look at this beautiful creation we have made! Hours of sweat and labor finally complet*SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSBOOOM*

Notch: DAMMIT!

more than 3 years ago

Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?

arkham6 Re:WRONG! (315 comments)

find their error, not find their data. Blah.

more than 3 years ago

Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?

arkham6 WRONG! (315 comments)

The researchers made no such claim! In fact they explicitly said they disbelieved they saw faster than light particles, and that they thought their data was faulty somewhere. But what they DID do is ask for other scientists to check their data and find their data, and if possible recreate the experiment to help track down where the error was.


more than 3 years ago

Why The US Will Lose a Cyber War

arkham6 Re:Is it me or is the article a load of bollocks (244 comments)

Why would WWI soldiers be worried about the 3rd light? They would all be hanging out in their trenches down below the sight line of the enemy, NOT lighting matches and having a smoke in the middle of no mans land.

more than 3 years ago

iPhone Tracking Ruckus Ongoing

arkham6 Re:OMG big brother... (353 comments)

Sorry, but the problem is that apple is not tracking anybody, its that apple is not tracking anybody....yet.

Also, there is the issue of why the phone is doing this in the first place. Why spend the time programming this 'feature' into a phone unless its going to be used for something.

Just because apple isnt doing anything evil with this data does not mean they could not later, or someone else could make a trojan to gather this data now that its widely known.

Apple is getting stomped for this, and rightly so.

more than 3 years ago

Old People Enjoy Reading Negative Stories About Young

arkham6 In other words... (122 comments)

People like to read stories that confirm their own preconceived notions.

"Damn kids, back in my day we didnt do that sort of thing, we did it another way, and it was better! Kids ain't got no respect these days. And see? This book proves I was right!"

more than 4 years ago

The Hell Known As Internet Screening Services

arkham6 I wonder how these guys relax after work (557 comments)

Maybe a nice soothing viewing of the human centipede?


(warning, even reading the description will make you reach for the brain bleach)

more than 4 years ago

Revenge of the Cable Customer

arkham6 Why I switched from Cablevision to FIOS (397 comments)

Simple. The three plan (Internet, TV, Phone) all worked out to be cheaper and better. I got faster and more importantly, more reliable internet. When I was with cablevision/Optimum Online I would get maybe 5Mbit speeds that would flake out during prime time hours since they were over subscribed. Now I get 20 Mbit consistently, even during peek usage hours. The TV was a better quality image, more channels and more innovative products (Multi room DVR rocks). Phone is nothing exciting, but since we also have cell phones with verizon, we get a small discount for linking all our bills together.

Overall, I got the impression that cablevision simply stopped innovating since they were the only game in town, and they did not care that much about their customers. They sure got a big surprise from Verizon, and they are calling us up every week it seems begging us to come back.

more than 4 years ago

Gulf Gusher Worst Case Scenario

arkham6 OK, going to attack the source (799 comments)

From the cited web page:
Paul Noel, 52, works as Software Engineer (as Contractor) for the US Army at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He has a vast experience base including education across a wide area of technical skills and sciences. He supplies technical expertise in all areas required for new products development associated with the US Army office he works in. He supplies extensive expertise in understanding the Oil and Gas industry as well.

Born in Lynnwood Washington, he came to Huntsville Alabama, when his father moved to be part of NASA's effort to put men on the moon. Neal Armstrong may have gotten the ride, but his father's computers did the driving.

Paul is also a founding member of the New Energy Congress.

So..this guy has no training on physics, geology, chemestry. He __says__ he supplies extensive expertise in oil indusry, but how exactly? Software engineering?

I'm sorry, but I'm not going to get too freaked out by what this man says. If I can get some supporting information from a geologist I'll then worry.

more than 4 years ago

Treasury Goes High-Tech With Redesigned $100 Bills

arkham6 RFID? (515 comments)

I wonder if the bills will have encoded RFID chips somewhere, somewhat like they do with passports? Being that a lot of 100 bills circulate outside the US, this would be a good way to track them, and see how money passes from person to person. Antiterrorism effect perhaps?

more than 4 years ago

Cows On Treadmills Produce Clean Power For Farms

arkham6 Healther meat too? (640 comments)

I would imagine that cows that get regular exercise like this probably have meat that is much leaner than regular feed fed cows.

Power to help the farm AND a healthier product for the population at large? Sounds like a double win.

more than 4 years ago

Real-World Outcomes Predicted Using Social Media

arkham6 Collective wisdom? (93 comments)

Collective wisdom? In today's popular culture? Surely there must be a better term than that.

more than 4 years ago

Obama Administration Withholds FoIA Requests More Often Than Bush's

arkham6 How many FOI requests in 2009? (601 comments)

If the same number of FoI requests were submitted in 2009 in 2008 then there is reason to be angry. However, if there were twice or three times the requests, then an increase in denials is consistant.

However, there had damn well better be good reason for this. O promised to be a more open administration.

more than 4 years ago


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