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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

labnet Re:by extrapolation (770 comments)

Australia has a minimum wage of around $20/hr and we are a very prosperous country.
Higher wages just take profits from the mega corps and give it to the working poor who , shock horror, spend it, and create more wealth!

2 days ago
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Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

labnet Re:big up your garden? (149 comments)

Damn. Wish there was a once year mod point for +6.

about two weeks ago
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CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

labnet Re:So....far more than guns (454 comments)

You know you yanks looked incredibly brain washed from out the US of A.
A gun is a tool that allows quick any easy DEATH. Such tools should be highly regulated.

about three weeks ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

labnet Re:Praise the Courts (532 comments)

. What a person does with their own body is not the government's business.

Well it does matter in the rest of the developed world that has socialised health care systems.

For example. Smoking in Australia, although not banned, is now incredibly invonvenient. The goverment banned all advertising; smoking in workplaces, all public enclosed spaces, outdoor eating places, street malls; jacked the price up to $20 a packet; hid the packets under counters; removed all branding from the packets themselves. Why? because the government (ie the tax payer, ie me) bears the burden of providing their health care. The same can be argued for huge serviving of HFCS drinks.

The trick is striking a balance between restricting an activity that reduces your lifespan and costs society $$ vs the individuals freedom.

about a month ago
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Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

labnet Re:Gigawatts per hour (461 comments)

I'm suprised it took this far down the comments for such a basic mistake to be corrected.
For clarity these are correct ways to refer to power produced.

20GWh was produced over a one hour period.
The solar output peaked at 20GW.

Energy is measured in joules which is watts x seconds.
Power is measured in Watts which is volts x amps.
(yes there are other definitions, but this is in context)

about a month ago
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Latin America Exhausts IPv4 Addresses

labnet Re:On behalf of all network specialists, (197 comments)

Maybe adoption of ipv6 is slow because it is so damn complicated.
Why did they have to make the number more than atoms of the universe when they could have just turned the ipv4 from 8 to 16 bits.
Like abcd:1234:cdef:9876

about a month and a half ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

labnet Re:Don't give in Netflix! (364 comments)

You could always move to Australia, where I can stream Netflix in HD even though Netflix doesn't even serve Australia!

about a month and a half ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

labnet Re:Wait a sec (772 comments)

Bzzzt.
Evolution is the creation of new information through genetic mutation.
Natural selection is the killing off of non optimal life forms.

about 2 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

labnet Re:A Formula only an Actuary could Love (422 comments)

Wow!
If I was in my early 20's, I'd probabbly think I was 'leet'
Now in my mid 40's, I'd probabbly fire whomever wrote it.

about 2 months ago
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New IE 8 Zero Day Discovered

labnet American Date Format (134 comments)

American Date Format :DIE Already!!!!!!!!!!!
American Imperial Units: DIE Already!!!!!!!!!!
American Imperialism : .....[shhh the nsa is listening]

about 2 months ago
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Chrome 35 Launches With New APIs and JavaScript Features

labnet Side Tabs (73 comments)

Been waiting for that 5 years now...
http://forums.informaction.com...

And the three years since some dude called 'glen' took out side tabs; which is why I went back to firefox (treestyle tabs ftw)

about 2 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

labnet Re:Sounds like IT incompetence (564 comments)

Fourth unhappy one? you're not making mistakes, you have a problem

Might as well face it, I'm addicted to love

What's love got to do with it?

It's a second hand emotion.

about 2 months ago
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Sony Tape Storage Breakthrough Could Bring Us 185 TB Cartridges

labnet Re: But is it even usable? (208 comments)

This is the backup system i eventually settled on.
First line of defence is is raid 6 running on ssd's on our hyper v server.
Second is altaro backup backing up our vm's to a nas drive running raid6
Third is shadow protect which runs on the domain/file server, to provide long term historical backups.
The altaro backups are copied to an offsite drive once per week.

about 3 months ago
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Bloomberg's Trading Terminals Now Providing Bitcoin Pricing

labnet Re:I wonder (119 comments)

We are against it because it can't grow or shink with the econmoic value it represents.
There will only ever be about double the bitcoins available as there are now. If the world switched to bit coins now, their value would have to hyperinflate creating economic carnage. Those of us that can see that want to warn the rest not to participate.
Bit coins are technologically clever but economically dumb.

about 3 months ago
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Bloomberg's Trading Terminals Now Providing Bitcoin Pricing

labnet Re:"invest their holdings" (119 comments)

No, dollars are backed by a stable government and the GDP of the USA. Bitcoin is backed by nothing.

Yes, funny: but the true value of a currency is it is the only currency the taxation office takes.

about 3 months ago
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Interview: Ask Ben Starr About the Future of Food

labnet Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (137 comments)

I've been watching some documentaries lately, along the lines of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead & Food Matters (both worth watching).
The common theme (which I have heard for many years now) is to eat raw and stay away from processed foods: the reason being; most chronic disease is caused by the lack of avaiable micronutients. You may be getting energy from processed foods, but all the complex biomechanics for healty cell life is being starved, causing heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, etc etc.
From your experience with food around the world, what do you think is the optimum daily diet.

about 3 months ago
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Firefox 29: Redesign

labnet Re:more downgrades (688 comments)

Except Chrome ditched side tabs 2 years ago. I'm not sure how anyone uses 16:9 screens without moving tabs bars for whatever software they can, to the side. In FF this the treeview addin. In windows, unlock and move the start bar to the side.

about 3 months ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

labnet Re:Original iPads Work Well ... (386 comments)

Seriously. is there something wrong with your eyes?. The retina screen is the best thing to happen to the computing industry in the last 10 years. Retina products are sooo much nicer to use and is easily a reason to upgrade to at least an ipad 3.

about 3 months ago

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Iron Nanospheres Turn Plants Into Plastics

labnet labnet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

labnet (457441) writes "A new type of catalyst made of iron nanoparticles enables the efficient conversion of non-food plant waste into the key components of materials such as plastics, medicines, and paint. The catalyst was developed by chemists at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, together with Dow Chemical's Benelux operation and Delft University of Technology."
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Single ion clock 100 times more accurate than atomic clock

labnet labnet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

labnet (457441) writes "From news.com.au :

University of New South Wales School of Physics professor Victor Flambaum has found a method of timekeeping nearly 100 times more accurate than the best atomic clocks. By using the orbit of a neutron around an atomic nucleus he says the system stays accurate to within 1/20th of a second over billions of years. Although perhaps not for daily use, the technology could prove valuable in science experiments where chronological accuracy is paramount, Prof Flambaum said.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/nucelar-clock-100-times-more-accurate-than-atomic-clock/story-fn5fsgyc-1226297068083#ixzz1osFDYtyb"
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labnet labnet writes  |  more than 7 years ago

labnet (457441) writes "RFID is starting to gain serious traction since WalMart mandated its use in their back end delivery sytems (RFID at the pallet level). Now a Ronald Bormaster is claiming "a patent application for an inventory-control system using radio frequency identification".. including things like livestock (which in many countries has been used to inventory animals since last century). He is now suing Wal-Mart, Gillette, Michelin, Home Depot, Target and Pfizer."

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