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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

eam Re:More Range Needed (117 comments)

In the future, all cars are electric/fusion hybrids using garbage for fuel. It was cheaper for him to leave the gasoline engine because a gallon of gasoline costs less in the future than an old banana peel.

Plus, he liked hearing the sound of the engine.

3 days ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

eam Re:Activity Rewires the Human Brain (291 comments)

Sounds like your wife got all of motherhood and half of fatherhood ;-)

I experienced the same thing. When I was alone and in charge, everyone got fed, bathed, bandaged, etc. Everyone survived despite the fact that mom was at work. When she was home, I didn't do things "right".

What I discovered over the years (kids are now 15, 13, and 11) is that if you are patient, the children will make your argument for you. Eventually, if she isn't completely delusional, she will realize she doesn't know any more than anyone else. At that point she will welcome the opportunity to share the decision making as well as the blame.

Of course, it probably helps in my situation that we usually agree, and love each other, and our mutual goal is to get the kids raised well enough that they can get jobs and move out of the house.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

eam Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

Unless you share your home with children.

When our silverware (decent, stainless steel, not cheap, but not silver) started disappearing, I determined it was because of yogurt. Our kids would open a yogurt cup, grab a spoon, eat the yogurt, and toss the cup...and the spoon.

I've stopped trying to figure out why. My mother says they'll stop being stupid when they live on their own and have to pay for their own spoons. However, her and my mother-in-law both confirm that none of their children were as dumb as ours.

My solution: I bought a 36-pack of cafeteria grade stamped stainless steel spoons & another one for forks (knives didn't seem to be disappearing as fast).

After 10 years, I just had to buy another set.

Strangely, they get excellent grades, and do really well outside of our house. They are admired by all the other parents. My wife and I are the only ones suffering, and I have maintained that I consider that reasonable.

However, In another 8 years, I'll be able to legally throw them all out of the house. I look forward to changing the locks and having nice things again.

about 5 months ago
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Hackers Penetrate Top Medical Device Makers

eam Re:Internet of Things (76 comments)

I haven't re-read the article to see if I've missed something, but it seemed more about corporate espionage than causing heart attacks. Seems like the perpetrators were looking for a quick and easy path to the top of the medical device manufacturing food chain.

Would be morally wrong to set up a honeypot loaded with subtly but fatally flawed designs such that the manufacturer stealing said designs would be destroyed by the resulting lawsuits from their customers and/or victims?

about 6 months ago
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Adobe's New Ebook DRM Will Leave Existing Users Out In the Cold Come July

eam Re:forward reverse forward reverse (304 comments)

There was a better metaphor, but it is DRM'd & we can't use it anymore.

about 6 months ago
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Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review

eam Re: in sue happy america (519 comments)

Get a Scarecrow. Not the small 's', old school, "off to see the wizard" kind. The kind that is a water sprinkler attached to a motion sensor. They really work!

about 9 months ago
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Telegraph Contributor Says Coding Is For Exceptionally Dull Weirdos

eam Re:brace yourself (453 comments)

His eyes will glaze over at 10 seconds.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

eam Re:Are you serious? (682 comments)

The original Steve Jobs was murdered by an Apple executive termination squad in 1985. The one that died in 2011 was a clone created in a secret lab at Atari in 1974.

There...now I just need to insert that into wikipedia so I have a source I can refer to.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?

eam Re:Headers (562 comments)

Yes.

Joe ate 10 pounds of apples.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?

eam Re:Headers (562 comments)

Actually, the crate is only 10 pounds. There is another 40 pounds for the weight of the cart that the crate was sitting on, and the remaining 140 pounds is Joe, the guy they had deliver the crate.

about a year and a half ago
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PETA Condemns Pokemon For Promoting Animal Abuse

eam Re:Funny (418 comments)

Sea kittens are delicious. However, you have to prepare them properly.

about 2 years ago
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UPEK Fingerprint Reader Software Puts Windows Passwords At Risk

eam Re:Is it really secure anyways? (122 comments)

Still, why would you use an authentication system that relies on a password that is copied every time you touch something? You leave copies of your fingerprints everywhere. Heck, the majority of thinkpad users probably have a copy in the middle of their screen.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

eam Re:Back pain! (347 comments)

Then you would want a treadmill desk. You can walk for 8 hours at your desk.

about 2 years ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

eam Re:"Creationism" is overbroad here. (1774 comments)

Chaos Theory allows God a place in evolution.

If you believe that God is truly omniscient, then creating the universe as it exists (or as it will exist) is trivial via evolution. One well placed fart & the entire universe would spring into being (over millions of years - insignificant to a being that is infinite). It's the butterfly effect taken to the ultimate extreme. There wouldn't have to be any fingerprints, because the initiating action is so far removed from the results we can see that there is no hope of us ever being able to detect the cause. However, there could still be far reaching intent, if the being initiating the process could truly know everything.

This is incompatible with a fundamentalist view of God. However, so is just about everything else. The fundamentalist's God is a stupid, stupid being. Incapable of using metaphor to communicate...individually hand crafting every single life form from scratch...then wasting time planting fake evidence to disprove his own existence...just doesn't make any sense.





...and yes, if God created the universe, I believe it started with a cosmic fart. It makes sense to me.

about 2 years ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

eam Re:Speaking of Sodom... (1774 comments)

I never took the pillar of salt thing to be a punishment for looking, but rather merely the consequence of looking. It would be as if the angels said, "Whatever you do, don't touch the hot stove with your hand or your hand will be burned." Lot's wife wasn't being punished. That's just what happens when you look directly into the wrath of God.

At least, that's how I read it.

Now, if you want an example of God's pettiness, read Job.

It's basically the movie "Trading Places", only with God & Satan making the $1 bet about whether Job would turn from God if God turned his life to shit. God's response when Job calls him on it, "where were you when I created the universe", seems like a bullshit response to me. God should have said, "yeah, sorry, I was an ass, but I'm God, so suck it." It would have been more honest.

about 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

eam Re:There are no Facts (1469 comments)

I propose we standardize things and call the point at which you can claim a person as a dependent on your taxes also the same point at which they are considered "alive". It seems a little odd that people insist that a growing fetus is alive, but you sure as hell can't claim a fetus as a dependent.

No no no! You've got it all wrong.

A fetus becomes a viable human life when it gets a job and moves out of its parent's house. Before that it's just a cluster of cells.

Abortion should be legal up to the 79th trimester.

about 2 years ago
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UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

eam Re:Unfortunately, UK has become Uncle Sam's lapdog (1065 comments)

It isn't a question of arms. In the U.S., Pennsylvania alone has enough privately held weapons to overthrow the government. It's people that matter. Everyone always brings up the violent overthrow of the government as the next step in the U.S. Despite everything that's wrong with the U.S. (and the U.K., and every other "true democracy"), we don't need an armed rebellion to change things. All we need is the will of the majority of the population.

So, it isn't that we're good people who just can't change the government that is forced on us. We're apathetic people who could change everything at the next election if we cared enough to do it.

Don't deny the guilt of the populace. It bothers me when people say they like Americans, but hate our government. No matter how much it might feel better to deny it, our government is still "of the people and by the people", and if it is no longer "for the people", that's our own fault.

Until we stop pretending we have no power, we never will. We have the power, we just don't have the unified will to use it. If 90% of Americans wrote a letter to their representatives demanding something (disbanding TSA, ending PATRIOT act, patent reform, whatever) it would happen THE VERY NEXT DAY! We just don't care.

about 2 years ago
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How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

eam Re:As a father (646 comments)

I was removing a glued-on cork board from a door in my attic on Saturday & the friction of the paint scraper against the adhesive was making a loud, low-pitched squeaking sound. It sounded just like a small dog's bark. Sure enough, the dog across the street started barking her head off. She was standing in her yard staring up at the attic windows & losing her mind.

Not sure what I was saying to her.

about 2 years ago
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Feds Ban 'Buckyballs' Magnets

eam Re:Huh? (820 comments)

Your link references a recall from May of 2010. That's not what the article is talking about.

The CPSC is no longer concerned about the labeling. Instead, they've decided the label doesn't matter. The American people are too dumb to be trusted, so the magnets are too dangerous to be sold.

Truth is, they should ban stupid parents, but I guess that isn't going to be happening any time soon.

Just repackage them & call them DEATHBALLS! Market them as pest control.

about 2 years ago

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