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Exploding Oil Tank Cars: Why Trains Go Boom

echucker Another reason they leave volatiles in the product (144 comments)

Saw a story yesterday that said the gas product is being refined to the minimum possible level to allow it to be exported for foreign sale. New mini-refineries are being built on the Gulf Coast for just this purpose.

about 6 months ago

Privacy Advocate Jacob Appelbaum Reports Break-In Of Berlin Apartment

echucker Re:Four alarm systems and not a single camera? (194 comments)

The tweet is from October, yet the story is released now. Either the two are unrelated, or the story is being released due to the current climate.

about 9 months ago

Military Drone Lost Over Lake Ontario

echucker Re:Lets have some fun picking this apart. (258 comments)

Wait, what? An F-16 capable of carrying near 18,000 lbs of weapons and flying at mach 2+ is replaced by a drone flying at 240Mph carrying 3800lbs? Well, I'll be danged if someone in the DOD should not be fired for that decision. I could see it if they replace a squadron of A-10s with hundreds of these for close air support, but F-16s?

And the true irony here is that The Boys from Syracuse used to be an A-10 unit before they went to F-16s. And what did they do with them when they went to the Gulf back in 1990? They hung gun pods underneath them.

about 10 months ago

I wish my car could...

echucker Re:For those of us that live near Canada or Mexico (443 comments)

It's stupid going both ways. In the good old days twenty years ago, you had three cars in front of you, told the nice person at the booth that you were going to the ballet, and you got waved through. Now, you get a baseline interrogation. And if you say "work", you get to talk to Immigration. C'mon Canada, I thought we were friends?

about a year ago

I wish my car could...

echucker For those of us that live near Canada or Mexico (443 comments)

Jump to the front of the border line, and pass through the booth in less than 60 seconds. One third of the total trip time on my last two visits to Ontario was sitting in line.

about a year ago

How To Sneak Into the Super Bowl With Social Engineering

echucker Re:hmmmm (164 comments)

Social engineering is social engineering. Penetrating a security system is penetrating a security system.

Except security systems rarely exist without a human component.

about a year and a half ago

Should the Start of Chinese New Year Be a Federal Holiday?

echucker Re:No, it shouldn't (307 comments)

Well, may as well keep it a holiday in the US, since a good portion of the country will be hung over, still drinking, or watching football.

about a year and a half ago

Worldwide Shortage of Barium

echucker Re:I smell oil. (270 comments)

The stuff in drilling mud isn't pharmaceutical grade.

about a year and a half ago

Chromebook Takes Top Place In Laptop Sales On Amazon

echucker Top Sellers are Misleading Here.... (372 comments)

Chromebook has one choice to make, within the item - Wifi or 3G. 90% of the other items in the list are fragmented by model number, and thus don't fully represent their brand/OS/display/HDD/insert_option_of_choice_here as a single data point.

about a year and a half ago

Supreme Court To Hear First Sale Doctrine Case

echucker Re:Abolish private property! We need communism now (242 comments)

Read poster's previous history - a shill. Communism has yet to work because those in a place of leadership corrupt the system, and the individual still gets screwed - pretty much the hallmark of all systems today.

about 2 years ago

Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

echucker Melinda's (348 comments)

Another alternative to hot + vinegar. Uses a veggie base of carrot, onion, and garlic as well as habanero.

about 2 years ago

The Strange Nature of the Nigerian App Market

echucker Re:Faith of Nigeria (110 comments)

Hmm, some folks might cotton on to those numbers not matching the fabric of the religious structure there.

about 2 years ago

Make Your Own LEGO Curiosity Rover

echucker Supporter Count (35 comments)

Count is at 2712 ten minutes after this story was posted. Will be interesting to see how much the count goes up after the story is viewed.

more than 2 years ago

On my summer vacation, I did / will do / am doing:

echucker Salaried drudgery, with no end in sight (240 comments)

I am a member of a three person department, that just got "right-sized" to two, because the salesforce isn't moving product. I'll be taking my first two vacation days next week (of three weeks available), having only used three floating holidays so far. Oh how I wish we could get unused vacation days paid out......

more than 2 years ago

The World's First 3D-Printed Gun

echucker Re:Don't freak out. (846 comments)

True, but you don't need a background check to purchase an upper.

more than 2 years ago

The $100 Masters Degree From Udacity

echucker Re:Future of Education (191 comments)

Teach a man to fish, and he'll forget about eating.

more than 2 years ago


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