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Long-Lasting Enzyme Chews Up Cocaine

clay_buster Efficient use of company's money (73 comments)

Now we have expensive resources handle all kinds of mundane tasks and tasks they aren't suited for. Setting up a meeting that requires ordering food, handling the facilities and communicating with other groups? We now pay $100k/yr+ burden cost instead of someone at half the burdened cost.

about a month ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

clay_buster Re:Dupe (415 comments)

I remembered this other thread as well but couldn't find it with a Slashdot search of "imessage" or "Imessage android". Maybe better slashdot search would help?

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

clay_buster group messaging (415 comments)

I message gives you "Reply All" and group messaging. Great for group activities.

about 2 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

clay_buster At least 20% never made it to the schools (335 comments)

TFA says at least $20 million went into studies. How much money ended up actually making it into the schools, facilities, teachers, transportation, etc?

about 3 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

clay_buster Re:Dear Mark (335 comments)

Parent was correct. Overall spending is up. Some of the worst systems spend the most money per pupil. The nation's capital was the poster child for this in years past.

about 3 months ago
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Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

clay_buster Re:Dear Mark (335 comments)

Teachers are not the primary problems with the schools but they sure do contribute in a lot of situations.

The second half, also very common hard right wing propaganda, is an issue on which there can be reasonable disagreement but is not in any form a "given truth" and even at best ignores the history of teacher unionization from 1920. So, not very good marks to your (presumably private school?) history and political science teachers.

I don't really care if teacher unionization has great historical roots and we have a parade for it every year. None of those folks are still around either in the union or outside of it. The teacher's union is now like other government unions that contribute to their bosses campaigns while negotiating for raises and better working rules with those some bosses.

There are plenty of examples of school problems that can be traced back to teachers and administrators. Look at the Camden article where there staff to teacher ratio is twice that of the rest of the state. That just bleeds funds out of the classrooms.

about 3 months ago
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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

clay_buster Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

This is probably the best recycled feed the dairy farmers get. The government is going to regulate something with no history of problems while letting cows continuous antibiotics and while letting the grain companies coat seed in known biological disrupt-ers. I'd said they are focused on the easy problem while letting the bug companies skate.

The proposal would classify companies that distribute spent grain to farms as animal feed manufacturers, possibly forcing them to dry and package the material before distribution.

It's not targeted on breweries specifically. It is targeted at diary farms. It is about accountability what the cows are fed with. Breweries inserted themselves into the market and, as suppliers, are subject to regulations.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

clay_buster HP Test gear (702 comments)

HP 16500A mainframe with scope and logic analyzer plugin boards. The thing is over 20 years old. Finding pods, probes and adapter boards can be a bit of a challenge though.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

clay_buster Re:Kinesis Advantage Keyboard (702 comments)

They last a long time. I finally killed one of the AT connector versions of that thing. Now my oldest is a yellowed PS/2 version that is at least 10 years old.

about 3 months ago
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Ugly Trends Threaten Aviation Industry

clay_buster Re:The problem is MUCH, much wider ... (473 comments)

I can't help but suggest that maybe the younger crowd isn't buying into these things because of the development of new technologies. Motorcycles and aviation catered to a certain demographic of people looking to get out there and do something interesting, something crazy. Perhaps they were the adrenaline junkies of their time.

Younger folks have been raised / controlled to take less risk. Computers mean they do less with their hands. I have a motorcycle license. Two of my kids have motorcycle licenses. Some of our "friends" ask my wife why she let me do that because its two dangerous.

I'm no adrenaline junkie but I do feel sorry for folks whose risks and activities are all in a video game.

about 6 months ago
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Finnish Police Board Wants Justification For Wikipedia's Fundraising Campaign

clay_buster I'll "online" picket if I want to. (252 comments)

This is one of the more interesting web sites where a lot of postings are by people who actually seem to know something about the topic. Information density per page in the beta is a lot less that it was on the old system. The new site feels like form over function. I guess the good news is that my scroll wheel finger is going to get all buff with the extra workout.

about 6 months ago
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How Quickly Will the Latest Arms Race Accelerate?

clay_buster Re:good (197 comments)

Hypersonic Strike is much better than nukes -- all the destructive power without the nasty radioactive byproducts.

I wish I had your optimism.

about 6 months ago
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How Quickly Will the Latest Arms Race Accelerate?

clay_buster Aircraft carriers mostly good for rescue ops (197 comments)

The time of the aircraft carrier is over in any major power conflict. Generals always fight the previous wars because they can study them.

Aircraft Carriers are good operational platforms for rescue and humanitarian operations. Maybe we could figure out some way to consistently re purpose them?

about 6 months ago
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How Quickly Will the Latest Arms Race Accelerate?

clay_buster Re:When Vermont Attacks (197 comments)

The danger to human society is these huge nation-states. The only rational thing to do is to reduce the size of these states to the point where they don't pose such risks.

North Korea and Iran are both relatively small nation states capable and interested in building this type of missile system. North Korea would like to end its stalemate with South Korea whether the US was there or not. In Iran's case it is to attack a country some distance away with which it shares no borders.

about 6 months ago
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How Quickly Will the Latest Arms Race Accelerate?

clay_buster The principle violator??? (197 comments)

"The organization has concluded that the United States is now the principle violator of human rights and freedoms worldwide." -- Amnesty International's annual report on human rights.

Dictatorships and closed systems/societies have the advantage that Amnesty International can't get all the information to make valid conclusions. They get rumors and innuendo. Half the time AI only knows there are problems when bodies start flowing down the rivers. I view this in the same way I view those who say that Snowden's documents prove the USA is the most intrusive. (Yeah I'm in the minority that think both the NSA is violating the constitution and that Snowden belongs in jail) This of course isn't true to the degree Europeans like to run on about. Snowden's documents show that many other countries willingly cooperated for information sharing. Dig out the documents from eastern Europe or china and we can talk about how governments rank against each other on some human rights and freedoms scale.

about 6 months ago
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FBI Edits Mission Statement: Removes Law Enforcement As 'Primary' Purpose

clay_buster You're arguing that Cocain should be legal? (539 comments)

The 80s and 90s are littered with the bodies of proof that cocaine, in its various forms, is a dangerously addicting drug.

about 7 months ago
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%

clay_buster Re:Windows 8 task bars on every monitor (470 comments)

Yeah - so much easier than just right-clicking on the taskbar on the app you want to kill and selecting "Close".

Metro apps don't appear in the task bar. You can't kill them that way. Killing metro apps on a non-touchscreen device is totally non-intuitive for me. Hmmm. Maybe we just agreed with each other?

about 7 months ago
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No. of vehicle license types I hold:

clay_buster Florida has a boat license (312 comments)

You're required to take a test for a temp license for PWC (Jetskis)

about 7 months ago

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USA Science and Engineering Festival

clay_buster clay_buster writes  |  about 3 months ago

clay_buster (521703) writes "Engineering and science companies, government agencies, universities and primary education institutions all understand that we need to excite more people about the science and engineering disciplines. Some of these groups worked together to create the USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC and associated events in other places. This was a big (big big) trade show like event with hundreds of companies probably 50-100 universities and dozens of government agencies. The event filled two floors of the Washington DC convention center. Six stages ran presentations and talks continuously during the event. The kids and older folks who are still kids at heart had a great time.

The main web site is http://www.usasciencefestival.... I have some pictures and thoughts at http://joe.blog.freemansoft.co..."

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