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Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

cusco Re:Oh noes, I can't drive X miles (332 comments)

I live in Seattle. If the hill where my house is located existed back in the Midwest there would be a ski resort on it (really), and the Park and Ride is on the top of the taller hill on the other side of the valley. I only have to walk a mile or so, but it's a good 20 minutes.

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David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

cusco Re:So the take away is... (78 comments)

And most companies require you to invest your money in the Ponzi scheme if you want them to help fund your retirement in any way at all. My statistics professor, whose day job was an actuary for the insurance industry, said, "Insurance is a big casino, and the companies have made sure everyone is required to play. And the house will always win." I'd have to say the same about the stock market.

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The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

cusco Re: But is it cheaper? (157 comments)

Fruit juice concentrate and powdered alcohol on a backpacking trip, in the ISS, or shipped to Antarctica comes to mind. Sometimes weight really does matter a lot.

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The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

cusco Re:Synthohol (157 comments)

Synthehol was one of those dumbass things that can only exist in Star Trek fantasy land

Why would you say that? Humans have been testing random drugs in a rather scattershot manner for the last several tens of thousands of years. It's only recently that any sort of methodology has begun to be applied to studying chemical effects on the brain. I actually would be very surprised if something were not found in the next few years that gave a similar high to alcohol but without the nasty hangover.

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The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

cusco Re:Now you too... (157 comments)

Try something besides grapes for your wine. You have fairly decent peaches in that area if I'm not mistaken, and peach wine can be quite pleasant if you don't over-sugar it (which I tend to do). Just keep in mind that while commercial wines stop fermenting when the PH changes or they run out of sugar, homemade wines with wild yeasts stop fermenting when they've poisoned themselves with too much alcohol.

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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

cusco Re:You say tomato? (225 comments)

Everyone raise your hand if you're competent to analyze hardware-level firmware and the calls it makes to modules in the control and configuration software! That's right kiddies, if you're not a fairly high-level firmware programmer you're not going to be able to make heads or tails of the code even if you do attempt to read it.

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Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics

cusco Re:this makes no sense to me. (118 comments)

They had a fairly good idea that the surface temperature was well above the boiling point of water by 1940, so I'd hardly say "the only one."

Just found out that Velikovsky was a proponent of the Electric Universe quackery as well. I guess if you're going to be wrong you may as well be extravagantly wrong.

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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

cusco Re:...er... (225 comments)

Know what? I don't give a flying fuck, I'm not a coder so I still wouldn't know what it was doing. Even if I was, I wouldn't spend hours on end going over every line of every piece of software that I installed, so I still wouldn't know. And even if I did take that amount of time, there is no way that I could be so marvelously talented that I would recognize what every line of firmware did, especially when its calling some subroutine from some other portion of some other piece of software so I still wouldn't know.

yesterday
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Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

cusco Re:The Harsh Light of Day (185 comments)

Yet the books of bible have better attestation than any other works older than 1900 years.

Actually there are Buddhist and Hindu works of considerably older antiquity for which much better documentation. IIRC, Shinto as well. Of course Christians don't know about those.

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Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics

cusco Re:Just Right (118 comments)

The Drake Equation didn't come with any numbers pre-decided. Some of the numbers, such as rate of star formation, were known. Some, such as percentage of stars with planets and percentage of planets in the 'Goldilocks Zone', are only becoming known now. Others, such as the percentage of planets that give rise to life, are still unknown. You can plug any numbers you want into any of the variables.

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Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics

cusco Re:Compute Hours? (118 comments)

Thanks, that makes more sense. I also was wondering how the hell they managed to crunch the numbers for a grid that size, which from TFS sounds like what they were doing.

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Venus' Crust Heals Too Fast For Plate Tectonics

cusco Re:this makes no sense to me. (118 comments)

Velikovsky? How does his foolishness fit with your 'Electric Universe' foolishness?

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

cusco Re:Stupid? (199 comments)

You've never spent any time with actual working animals, have you? You read your propaganda and decide you know, but really have no clue. I've raised hunting dogs, my dad grew up with draft horses, our friend raised sled dogs. You probably believe we must be horrible, cruel people, our animals would disagree.

yesterday
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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

cusco Re:Isn't parody protected in the US? (168 comments)

The left made a serious mistake creating gun control laws that nibble at the edges of the 2nd Amendment rather than do the heavy lifting going head-on to revoke or change it. It opened the door for the Right to attack other portions of the Constitution from the side as well.

4 days ago
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Samsung's Position On Tizen May Hurt Developer Recruitment

cusco Re:So ... (90 comments)

Don't ski, for me reaching my watch has only been a matter of turning back the outer jacket cuff and maybe the mitten. When you're fishing the gloves are off a lot of the time anyway.

4 days ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

cusco Re:Personal Drones (155 comments)

Are you really stupid enough to think that the bozos in Nevada would have had a chance against a Hellfire missile? You really think that the reason the gov't didn't send in an attack drone is because the loonies were armed with popguns? Damn, the ACs are getting dumber all the time.

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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

cusco Re:Demographics problem (336 comments)

Starting in the late '60s to early '70s US companies started hiring MBAs straight out of college into management positions regardless of experience in their field of business. The tradition of moving up within a company/industry, gradually acquiring experience and competency, culminating in a CEO position, rather suddenly went out the window. Henry Ford made Edsel work on the assembly line for a year before he let him into management. Today most of the people running the Big Three automakers have never done an actual day's work in their lives, having gone straight from college into management, and those who have experience actually making something have to hide that fact from their peers. I would say the same thing about most of the rest of the US business community, for example the last person in the executive suites at Target who had actually worked on the sales floor at some point just retired a couple of years ago. No one who runs the world's second-largest retailer has actually worked in one of their stores.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

cusco Re:HP LaserJet III / HP 28C (690 comments)

If your next set of computers don't have parallel ports get an older HP PrintJet printer server and drop it on your network. Finally gave mine away with the HP LJ III in 2010 when my wife decided it took up too much room.

4 days ago

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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

cusco cusco writes  |  about 4 months ago

cusco (717999) writes "Creation Museum Founder and AiG President/CEO Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye at the Creation Museum on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 PM. According to the Washington Post, 'Ham had been hoping to attract the star of TV’s “Bill Nye The Science Guy” to the northern Kentucky museum after Nye said in an online video last year that teaching creationism was bad for children. The video was viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube.'"

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