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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

ksheff Re:The pendulum swings too far... (441 comments)

No, they will continue to extract it in order to make plastics and other things out of it instead of fuel.

about two weeks ago
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Ted Cruz To Oversee NASA and US Science Programs

ksheff Re:Is it just me... (496 comments)

Also, explain to this Canadian why NASA is researching climate. Isn't NOAA supposed to be the agency for that?

When I worked at a US Geological Survey office that also archives all the US Govt satellite and aerial imagery, there was a memo that was sent out around 1993 or so. All research projects had to show how they were helping the study of global climate change. If they didn't, they were candidates for having their funding cut. The only exceptions were the ones that were being paid by external agencies or governments. So NASA is researching it for the same reason other agencies are: they have some expertise that can be useful and the funding keeps other projects alive.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

ksheff Re:Bolt or Volt? (426 comments)

Especially since the B and the V sound the same to some native Spanish speaking people.

about two weeks ago
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Should We Be Content With Our Paltry Space Program?

ksheff Re:As a proportion of the budget... (287 comments)

The key phrase is: non-military discretionary spending. Medicare, Social Security, interest on the national debt, Federal pensions, entitlements, etc. are all considered "mandatory spending", not discretionary. It is also about 2/3 of all Federal spending. The discretionary stuff is what most of the political fighting is over and it isn't what is driving the increase in the debt. Yes, the percentage of that remaining 1/3 that's being spent on NASA has gone down in part to the expansion of government since the 60's. If NASA could spend that $18 billion without having to scatter it across a huge number of Congressional districts, they might be able to use what they have more effectively. Until then, they need a better excuse for pork spending on NASA instead of some other pet project.

about three weeks ago
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Bill Gates Endorses Water From Human Waste

ksheff attn truckers in the Redmond area (245 comments)

You can now throw all your piss jugs out at Bill's place or at MSFT HQ.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

ksheff Re:Optometrist? (464 comments)

And they'll pull out a chart or some sort of pamphlet that shows the "correct" way of having a computer set up. Of course this is usually something that's impractical with the desk layout and any number of different things. I eventually got used to the progressive lenses that were prescribed to me, but I've found that for computer work, I use the "distance" part of the lenses and end up looking over the top of them for up close work because that's easier than using the "near" part of the progressive lenses. I also just keep them at work and have regular glasses for home. They also said that I'd need one pair of those if I ever did anything like use a recliner for watching TV. IMHO, they probably look better than bifocals, but they're not as useful due to the blurry spots.

about three weeks ago
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Skype Unveils Preview of Live English-To-Spanish Translator

ksheff Re:Yeah right. (99 comments)

Even if the words are 100% correct, it doesn't mean that the translation makes sense. A while ago another employee decided that instead of sending the text for a screen to our translation team, they would just use google or bing translate. Not long after they did that, a co-worker in México called me laughing hysterically. He said what they had for the machine translated Spanish for "Orders in Queue" actually meant "Commands in the ass".

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

ksheff Re:Requirements didn't change though (176 comments)

And a big reason that they're much dirtier than when they're brand new is due to people not following their manufacturers' maintenance schedules and skip doing periodic checks & operations in order to save a few bucks here & there.

about a month and a half ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

ksheff Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

It isn't so much the diet as it is the will of the person to change their behavior. They need to get their mind focused on a goal and decide to not live the way that they did in the past. I used to be over 300 pounds and tried a few things over the years that didn't help very much. I'd get on a big project and gain the weight back again because I was eating crap food and was always at my desk. I had some heart rhythm problems one day and to help diagnose the problem, my doctor had me wear a heart monitor for a week. After hearing about this, my mom and my older sister drove 1000 miles (some of it through a blizzard) to take care of me. After that, I swore that I'd never put my mom through that again and I wasn't going to be the lardass carted off to the hospital in an ambulance ever again. Monitoring my food intake via smartphone apps has been a huge help in addition to making what I eat at home instead of going out or eating pre-packaged stuff. I'm nearly 100 pounds down from my max weight and would be doing better if I could just stop doing stupid things that limit my ability to exercise (hell, I didn't know that shoes could be considered "worn out" before all the tread was off the bottom and that you can mess up your legs trying to run with them - but I do now. :) ). I do creep up from time to time, but as long as the trend is going down, I'm happy. It's nice to hear "hey, man, you're getting skinny" from time to time, but I still have more to lose and until I'm at my goal, I'm still a lardass that needs to work at losing weight.

So if your friend wants a doctor to prove to him that a particular diet plan to work, then it doesn't sound to me like he's had a "I have change, or I'm going to fucking die" moment. I hope he comes to that realization before he has any serious problems and can get to a healthy weight.

about a month and a half ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

ksheff Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

I see no reason why a pill couldn't be made to inhibit the intake, or facilitate the evacuation of, an unhealthy level of fats and carbs in the same way we can with sugars.

That already exists: http://www.webmd.com/diet/alli... If the first time you take it and then eat a really greasy meal (fried chicken, pizza, ribs, onion rings, etc), the next trip to the toilet will be a surprise. It will look like the Exxon Valdez ran around in the toilet bowl, but with globs of orange fat floating in the water instead. Also, when one feels and hears a rumble deep in your guts, it is time to find a bathroom as quickly as possible, because as Jim Lahey would say "the express shit train is all greased up and ready to leave the station".

about a month and a half ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

ksheff Re:Magic Pill - Self Discipline (153 comments)

Have you had your doctor calculate the amount of calories that you need to maintain your existing weight? If so, shoot for 500 calories below that and as long as that is above 1000 calories for the day, you should lose weight. The 1000 lower limit is often considered the point at which the body goes into "starvation mode" and can start storing fat (although a friend went on a 600 calorie a day diet for a few weeks to try address his diabetes and lost a bunch of weight in the process).

about a month and a half ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

ksheff What is Hanauer doing? (545 comments)

Does he require his employees to be paid overtime? Is he leading by example or just rattling on about the government should force other people to do?

about 2 months ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

ksheff Re:Here's an idea (233 comments)

then reduce the amount of padding so the users won't try to use their head as a weapon and change how the fundamentals are taught.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

ksheff Re: Storage (516 comments)

I don't think that is going to happen any time soon. Electric cars are still too expensive and impractical for most people. Not everyone lives in a house where they can install their own charging system or can afford to buy a vehicle that's just for commuting. Battery production will need to improve quite a bit in order to supply that number of vehicles too. Hopefully by the time they are more practical, the utilities will have improved their side of things, not to mention home solar & wind generation should be cheaper by then too.

about 2 months ago
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Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

ksheff that depends on the college.... (226 comments)

The bookstore at my alma-mater sold bumper stickers of the unofficial school motto: "Sex Kills! Go to Tech and live forever". I went to a small rural high school and there were 36 kids in my graduating class. Unfortunately, there were more attractive women in my high school class than there were in my freshman year in college. This was before the Internet was available, so when people weren't studying, they were watching TV, drinking, or doing things like making explosives in their dorm room to blow stuff up in the mountains.

about 2 months ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

ksheff Re:So, does water cost more? (377 comments)

In the real world we save our best seed and livestock year to year using that to grow the next generation.

The part about saving seed hasn't been that common place in western countries for several decades. Registered seed growers could do that, but then again, their harvest goes to a seed company, not the general market.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled

ksheff Re: Yeah right (308 comments)

Or if Google announces another Google Fiber city that would take a lot of their existing customers. Then they'll roll it out, but just in that market. The sooner that ISPs are required to lease their infrastructure to rivals, the sooner that customers will have real choices and the result is lower prices and higher speeds like in other nations. Until then, they will milk their customers for all they're worth with the existing offerings.

about 2 months ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

ksheff Re:Nothing. (209 comments)

Robot lawn mowers have been around for a few years. Or is it that you just don't like how they go around your lawn?

about 3 months ago

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