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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

hondo77 Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (950 comments)

...can you imagine the Pope leading a frenzied crowd in the St. Peters square in chants of "death to infidels" the way legitimate Muslim leaders do...

So, what you're saying is that nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition?

5 days ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

hondo77 Re:Parallel "Nothing Wrong" case in VA (463 comments)

Even if it's your daughter? How is life as a sociopath?

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

hondo77 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

The cop in this case lied to investigators. D.A. didn't have a problem with that, either.

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

hondo77 Re:No, it wasn't. (463 comments)

You cannot be 'convicted' of entering the bicycle lane because that is not a criminal offense.

I believe you are mistaken.

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

hondo77 Re:No, it wasn't. (463 comments)

If you or I had hit the cyclist due to inattentive driving (no computer or phone involved, just driving along and "Squirrel!") and drifting into the bike line, we'd be facing manslaughter charges.

about three weeks ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

hondo77 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

But if he had been convicted, large race-riots were expected.

By who? Nobody in Southern California was going to riot if OJ had been convicted.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

hondo77 Re:I like... (643 comments)

The cops would have control over the tapes, right?

Doesn't have to be that way. Put the City Clerk's office in charge of them (though I'm sure the officers' unions would have something to say about that). There are probably laws already in place that makes tampering with things like that a crime, if not a felony.

about a month ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

hondo77 Re:CA is mind bottling (506 comments)

Shouldn't CA be pushing hard for driverless vehicles? Removing human error from the equation would save countless lives.

Consider all the bug-free software that is written, especially for first-generation devices. Oh, wait...

about a month ago
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The Evolution of Diet

hondo77 Re:Be careful with those assumptions. (281 comments)

The idea that we have not had time to evolve to farmed food is just stupid.

No, it's an interesting hypothesis. The thing is, nobody has bothered testing it (in any meaningful way) so it's just that: a hypothesis. Unfortunately, an unsupported hypothesis has never stopped a fad diet before.

about a month ago
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Facebook Cleans Up News Feed By Reducing Click-Bait Headlines

hondo77 Poor HuffPost... (61 comments)

...FB just banned their existence.

about a month ago
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ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

hondo77 Re:In 1984... (329 comments)

These weren't even things in 1984.

As a member of that class of 1984, I was thinking the same thing.

about a month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

hondo77 Re:People should leave. They Don't. (257 comments)

Maybe they were smart enough to realize BP isn't the problem? As long as we're dependent on fossil fuels we're going to extract them from the ground.

So BP isn't responsible for the oil spill, we are? What a tool...

about a month ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

hondo77 Re:Salesmen (161 comments)

And you all still work there?

about 1 month ago
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FarmBot: an Open Source Automated Farming Machine

hondo77 Re:High tech farming (133 comments)

Who told you California isn't using machines for harvesting? Good look finding workers harvesting grapes out here, as it's all done by machines now. How do you think we're able to feed the rest of you slackers? ;-)

about a month ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

hondo77 Re:Photographic law precedence (200 comments)

Having sex in your fenced, backyard hot-tub when you live next door to a skyscraper or under a cliff is asking to be watched.
Having sex in your fenced, backyard hot-tub when you live in a tract home in the Phoenix suburbs isn't.

Coming soon: drone porn. "I was flying my new drone around the neighborhood for the first time when you won't believe what I caught my sexy neighbor doing with the pool man!"

about a month ago
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Tesla Removes Mileage Limits On Drive Unit Warranty Program

hondo77 Re:Are there any reasons... (174 comments)

Compared to the cost of maintaining even a very reliable gas-powered car like a Honda Accord, $600/yr looks like a bargain.

about a month ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

hondo77 Re:Screwed... (327 comments)

So the state (of which I am an unhappy citizen)...

So move, or do you just like whining?

about a month ago
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Barry Shein Founded the First Dialup ISP (Video)

hondo77 Re:UUNET in 1987? (116 comments)

No but we were paying UUNET.

about a month and a half ago

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Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  about 8 months ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "From Dave's Blog: "I’ve since tested this almost every day for the last couple of weeks. During the day – the bandwidth is normal to AWS. However, after 4pm or so – things get slow. In my personal opinion, this is Verizon waging war against Netflix. Unfortunately, a lot of infrastructure is hosted on AWS. That means a lot of services are going to be impacted by this.""
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Colony Collapse Disorder Linked to...High-Fructose Corn Syrup?

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health "...have re-created the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder in several honeybee hives simply by giving them small doses of a popular pesticide, imidacloprid." This follows recently-reported studies also linked the disorder to neonicotinoid pesticides. What is really interesting is the link to when the disorder started appearing, 2006. "That mechanism? High-fructose corn syrup. Many bee-keepers have turned to high-fructose corn syrup to feed their bees, which the researchers say did not imperil bees until U.S. corn began to be sprayed with imidacloprid in 2004-2005. A year later was the first outbreak of Colony Collapse Disorder.""
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3,500 Year Old Tree Dies of Natural Causes

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "The Daily reports that "Mother Nature claimed one of her oldest living specimens (Monday) in a freak fire that destroyed a 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree towering over central Florida. Known as “The Senator,” or simply “The Big Tree,” the hollowed-out majestic timber, standing at 118 feet tall, ignited before dawn. Firefighters watched helplessly as the oldest tree east of the Mississippi — and the fifth oldest in the world — blazed and then collapsed in a heap of flaming embers." The fire likely started by "either a weeks- old lightning strike that smoldered until combustion occured, or friction caused by buffeting winds that ignited a spark and erupted in flames.""
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Burt Rutan Retires

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Lost in all of the April Fool's Day fun was the news that Burt Rutan retired on April 1. "Five of his planes now hang in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, including the Voyager, which in 1986 became the first airplane to fly around the world without refueling, and SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 became the first private rocket plane ever to put a man into space." Enjoy your retirement, Burt. You've earned it."
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NASA Research Finds Last Decade was Warmest

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes ""There's a contradiction between the results shown here and popular perceptions about climate trends," James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies said. "In the last decade, global warming has not stopped.""
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Earthlink Slashing Workforce

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  about 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Having a hard time finding IT workers? If you live in a city with an Earthilnk office, you will be seeing an increased pool of candidates. Earthink has announced that they are cutting 900 of 1,900 jobs in the USA, are closing four offices (Orlando, Knoxville, Harrisburg, and San Francisco) and will "substantially reduce its presence" in Atlanta and Pasadena. More cuts may be announced by the end of the year."
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iPhone Remote

hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "If you didn't need an iPhone, you do now. Behold iPhone Remote by Google. "Remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your phone." It is still a prototype but you can start your drooling now."
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Carrie Underwood's new single, "I'll Stand By You", has debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 100,000 copies in less than a week. The reason to care is that this single is only available on iTunes. Macworld reports that this is the first time an iTunes-only single has debuted in the Top Ten. The icing on the cake is that all proceeds from the sales go to charity as part of the Idol Gives Back program."
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "Yahoo! has taken down their news message boards. According to the message from General Manager Neil Budde, 'Over the next few months, we plan to offer new discussion forums based on topics in the news and incorporating the latest features to foster a better discussion for all of our readers.' Okay, I can understand wanting to fix the boards so they're more useful but to take them down for months before a replacement is released?"
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hondo77 hondo77 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hondo77 (324058) writes "According to this article by Reuters, IBM is suing Amazon because, as I read it, IBM owns the rights to ecommerce. From the article: "The suits say Amazon violates IBM patents covering such features as allowing users to order items from an electronic catalog, displaying advertising in an interactive service and storing data in an interactive network." Isn't that pretty much ecommerce?"

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