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N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition"

b_dover Re:Who votes in those bozo politicicans? (555 comments)

The problem is that the Triange is only one small area represented by a few state legislators...The vast majority of NC is still very rural and mired in the old south's Good Old Boy way of thinking. There are two very different North Carolina's...urban and rural. Just look at the split on the voting on the gay marriage issue. The Charlotte and Triangle regions heavily against the gay marriage ban, but most other counties were heavily for it.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

b_dover Lenovo (570 comments)

Order it an you can choose 7 instead of 8

about a year ago
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Standard Kilogram Gains Weight

b_dover How can a unit of mass gain weight? (177 comments)

One thing I learn in school, you HAVE to get the units right. BTW, honk if you love slugs.

about a year ago
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FIA Adds Rome To Formula E 2014 Inaugural Season

b_dover Re:Extreme racing (91 comments)

If this were true, F1 cars would be alot faster and more powerful (remember the turbo era of the 1980s?). F1 is about using the most advanced engineering and technology to meet the limitations of the "Formula". the "1" is just that its the formula that allows for the fastest cars, but its still limiting by its nature. The details of that formula is not important, so F1 could go electric. Having said that, the long history of F1, its connection with the evolution of IC engines and people not liking their sports screwed with, I suspect Formula E will separate.

about a year ago
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Spectacular New Views of Saturn's Polar Vortex

b_dover Alien Base!! (49 comments)

A hexagon!? Clearly that has to be the work of intelligent beings. There must be some sort of alien presence on Saturn. The clouds probably hide the base they have used to observe for centuries. I hope the History channel's Ancient Aliens puts some of their first class investigative journalists and deductive scientists on this right away.

about a year ago
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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

b_dover Thank you transplant!! (524 comments)

4 years ago I was in the ICU on dialysis. A liver transplant saved my life and I am now healthy and active again, but financially insolvent. I have more medical debt than I can every repay. The health care crisis is looming an I have a first person perspective. We have a major problem. Medicine and technology have progressed to the point where we can do incredible amazing things, but at staggering cost. Our current system of balancing the premiums payed by the healthy majority against the costs of infirmed minority is no longer viable. We face a moral dilemma, should we tell people that they could be helped but won't be because its too expensive? If not, how do we pay for it?

about a year and a half ago
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Even Windows 8 Users Prefer Windows 7

b_dover Re:Win+X (436 comments)

Hitting the Windows key alone will toggle Metro and Desktop views.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8 Has Scaling Issues On High-PPI Displays

b_dover Service Pack 3 (171 comments)

Some things never seem to work right until Service Pack 3.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Satellite Measurements Show Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Melt

b_dover Re:You are the alarmist. (411 comments)

Its funny...I've seen this paraphrased quote several times, but seldom see the real quote: "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

about a year and a half ago
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Oldest DNA Recovered From 7,000-Year-Old Skeletons In Spain

b_dover Irony (146 comments)

Anyone else find irony in the fact that a journal named Current Biology publishes an article about 7000 year old DNA?

about 2 years ago
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Rudimentary Liver Grown In a Dish

b_dover Need bile ducts! (129 comments)

Unfortunately, the bile ducts are an important part of what the liver does, i.e. produce bile, which we need to digest fats. Furthermore, bile is used to remove bilirubin, a was product of the liver tearing down red blood cells. An excess of bilirubin is what makes people with liver problems turn yellow. This does seem like a great step forward in growing organs however. The liver is one of the most complex organs in the body.

about 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

b_dover Re:Check your lifetime maximum (651 comments)

You do one of two things:

  • 1) get on a payment program with the debt collectors, and give them all your spare money for the rest of your life.
  • 2) declare bankruptcy.

more than 2 years ago
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Last year, I spent the most on ...

b_dover Check your lifetime maximum (651 comments)

Testify....Went from working, home owning tax payer to apartment dwelling with half a million in debt with one extended hospital stay. Exceeded the lifetime maximum of my employers insurance. Everyone should really check the lifetime maxium on their insurance...these days it doesn't take much to max it out...then its all out of pocket. (and no...a million two is not enough)

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

b_dover Re:Older cars vs. Hybrids (633 comments)

Simple...new cars are fat pigs. A 2012 stripped civic weighs over 2600 pounds....600 pounds more than you CRX. Blame added safety requirements and luxury features.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality

b_dover Re:I can counter his example with my own (633 comments)

Diesel....2002 Golf TDI, 46 mpg mixed use without driving like a granny....will last 300+K with little maintenance.

more than 2 years ago
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Comet Lovejoy Plunges Into the Sun and Survives

b_dover SIGI!! (209 comments)

I love Seeing It Go In and come back out again.

more than 2 years ago
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Congress's Techno-Ignorance No Longer Funny

b_dover Obama veto (477 comments)

Any chance the midly tech savvy Obama will veto this horrid bill?

more than 2 years ago

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