top Can the Multiverse Be Tested Scientifically?
"Let's be blunt, it's a nasty game" (says The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), "but then anyone who has been to any of the higher dimensions will know that they're a pretty nasty heathen lot up there who should just be smashed and done in, and would be, too, if anyone could work out a way of firing missiles at right angles to reality."
top Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing
+1 nicely stated
about a month and a half ago
top My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
I have a few dimmable Cree bulbs and they flicker. Not impressed. Supposedly Phillips make better dimmable bulbs.
top Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists
“It is of course perfectly natural to assume that everyone else is having a far more exciting time than you. Human beings, for instance, have a phrase that describes this phenomenon, ‘The other man’s grass is always greener.’
The Shaltanac race of Broopkidren 13 had a similar phrase, but since their planet is somewhat eccentric, botanically speaking, the best they could manage was, ‘The other Shaltanac's joopleberry shrub is always a more mauvy shade of pinky-russet.’ And so the expression soon fell into disuse, and the Shaltanacs had little option but to become terribly happy and contented with their lot, much to the surprise of everyone else in the Galaxy who had not realized that the best way not to be unhappy is not to have a word for it.”
top Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"
Guess I'll be broadening my shopping horizons.
top Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun
+1 Mod this up
top How interested are you in Virtual Reality tech?
I bought a pair of VR goggles almost a year ago for flying my drone. It permits me to see what the drone sees in real-time.
top Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees
And because Wal-Mart's a horrible corporate "citizen", *we* get to make up the wage difference for their employees in the form of food stamps & other government assistance.
If they raised wages, we would have to pay
on food stamps, because they would hire more different people, and their current employees would likely be unemployed. Have you ever been to Wal-Mart? My local store employs a woman in a wheelchair, and two people that appear to have Down's Syndrome. Most of their other employees don't look much brighter. These people get paid $10 per hour because that is what they are worth. If Wal-Mart is forced to raise wages, then they will pull more capable people from other more useful employment, and their current employees would get pink slips.
While there may be a slight element of truth to that I feel that it's more of a corporate management argument. IF the government would raise the minimum wage to a 'living' level then we'd see a slow move away from food stamps. It would also level the low end wage earner playing field and put Walmart (et al) in a position of not being able to lower prices because their employees' salaries are subsidized by taxes (you and me).
top Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'
Or the Pastafarians.
top ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops
It seems that ISP's are so concerned with Netflix's bandwidth suck that they try to get away with throttling. What about Google? Supposedly Google's web crawlers account for the largest single chunk of Internet bandwidth. (Ok, educate me)
-- Sent from my IBM 360 mainframe
top California Fights Drought With Data and Psychology, Yielding 5% Usage Reduction
In Denver we suffered through a drought that lasted a few years. There was a big campaign to get people to reduce their water usage - and it worked! People significantly reduced their water usage - so much that the water board was no longer getting the revenue that it said it needed. So, the rates went up.
Funny how the rates didn't go back down when the drought was over.
Also, not surprisingly, the golf courses got all the water they wanted.
top U.S. Border Patrol Drone Goes Down, Rest of Fleet Grounded
You can buy a whole load of DJI Phantoms for that price. Quantity over quality.
top MIT Develops Inexpensive Transparent Display Using Nanoparticles
Cool, p0rn while I'm driving.
top US Senator Warns Against Political Surveillance By Drone
After her admission, one cannot help but wonder if peeping toms the world over are not weeping for joy of this new technology?
I have a drone (DJI Phantom) and it sounds like a small weed whacker - hardly a stealth device.
top FISA Judges Oppose Intelligence Reform Proposals Aimed At Court
The whole solution is to slash the NSA budget and let them figure out where to get the most bang for their buck. They'll never tell you the truth about what they're up to and the "secret" courts are a joke. Cut their budget in half and they may have to choose between spying on their citizens and spying on foreign nationals.
top PC Shipments In 2013 See the Worst Yearly Decline In History
I replaced my Vista machine 1-1/2 years ago with a custom built. I had no problems with Vista but I was getting deeper into video editing and my old machine couldn't handle it. So now I have a gaming machine that handles it very nicely. Should last me a while, or until I transition to 4K video.
top I think wearable computing will take off...
Don't we already have this? It's called a smart phone, and I wear it all the time.
top No. of vehicle license types I hold:
I have a driver's license. That's all, until such time as I'm required to license my drone (DJI Phantom).
top New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
This is a sad reflection on our education system. Unfortunately we are a country of many education systems and they are extremely localized and the locals have gotten what they've asked for.
top Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection
I didn't actually "believe" that Obama would make things better. I did hope though. On the other hand, I did believe that Romney would have made it worse.
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