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Kenya Seeks Nuclear Power Infrastructure

lazn Re:Definition of irony (180 comments)

The Germans should just ship their nuclear plants to Kenya! Problem solved!

more than 2 years ago

Why Fuel Efficiency Advances Haven't Translated To Better Gas Mileage

lazn Oh how I wish for some smaller vehicles.. (891 comments)

Like say a compact pickup. I'd buy one if I could. (preferably turbo diesel, while I am dreaming) But the Ranger was discontinued, the Colorado is big enough to be a full size pickup of 10 years ago, and the Durango is big enough to be a semi truck, much less the "full sized" trucks. And it's not just the "merican" companies. The last time the Tacoma was mid sized was in 2004, now it's ginormous (same thing with the Frontier).

more than 2 years ago

Android Orphans: a Sad History of Platform Abandonment

lazn He kinda cherry picked what phones he used.. (770 comments)

He kinda cherry picked what phones he used to make the point he wanted to make.

When I switched off my original Motorola Droid a few months ago it was up to date and had gone through two major upgrades in the time I had it..

With Android being so diverse and wide a market I say picking your MFG is the important part. And what I see in that list.. HTC is the brand to avoid. But I already knew that. Motorola or Samsung for me please.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Offers Free Apps Following Outage

lazn Re:How about activsync (122 comments)

Yes, noticed the Typo the moment I hit publish.. even preview didn't save me.

about 2 years ago

RIM Offers Free Apps Following Outage

lazn How about activsync (122 comments)

How about just switching their phones off the antiquated BES teat and supporting activsync natively like every other phone out there? That would fix their server crashing problem once and for all.

about 2 years ago

NASA Unveils Design for New Space Launch System

lazn increase NASA's budget! (288 comments)

NASA is one of the FEW places where the $ spent MORE THAN PAYS OFF in actual $$s into our economy:

Every dollar spent on NASA actually GENERATES between $7 and $22 for our economy:

People who think spending $ on NASA is bad are the same kind of people that think treating an infected wound with HIV infected dog poop is good.

about 3 years ago

$300M To Save 6 Milliseconds

lazn Minimum time of owning stock & futures. (524 comments)

There really should be a minimum time that you must own stock & futures. Right now it is just all games and millisecond gambling. I mean really if you only own the stock for 1/10th of a second, why do you care if the company is doing good or failing. And if you can sell futures before they mature, how does that in any way relate to the real product that the paper represents.

Non voting stock should have a minimum 3 month ownership, if you buy stock in a company, you shouldn't be able to sell it again for a minimum of 3 months.. This would cause investors to actually investigate the stock they are buying.

And futures must be held till they come due.. If you are buying oil futures 6 months out, the actual value of the oil 6 months later should be what will determine if you gain or lose money.. You shouldn't be able to sell those futures before then.

That would put some stability back into the markets.

Of course I am just a layman and have no experience in the actual markets.

about 3 years ago

Of Diamond Planets, Climate Change, and the Scientific Method

lazn Re:The big difference (821 comments)

How well can humans adapt when the climate changes (coastal areas underwater, rivers flood, fertile land does not get rain)?

Just fine thank you very much.

Humans are the masters of adapting and surviving. I have no doubt that even if the very worst predictions of the global warming alarmists comes true the human race will survive. And prosper. Oh there will be a thinning of the herd, possibly myself included in that number. But do we really need or want 7,8,9 billion or more humans? By environmentalists own words we are the problem.. well then we are also the solution, a self correcting one. Like bacteria that bloom in a petri dish when food is added, then most (but not all) die off when the food supply is exhausted.

Besides evolution and Darwinism requires some to fail, if there were no failures there would be no evolution.. Dinosaurs would still roam the earth. Stop trying to prevent change. Change is good in the big picture, even if bad in the small.

If you are so worried about it, move to Greenland where you will benefit from the coming changes.

about 3 years ago

UK Joins Laser Nuclear Fusion Project

lazn Why always hydrogen? (199 comments)

I am sure there is a good reason, but why are we always fusing hydrogen? Why not heavier, easier to grab - move - focus elements? Like fusing Iron or something, it'll turn into something higher up the elements ladder. Because we can shuffle iron about with magnets quite easily, compared to hydrogen that isn't magnetic. Just some very fine iron dust into the big magnet thingy and hit it with all that pressure. Or if not Iron, something else.. Why always hydrogen?

about 3 years ago

Amazon Folds In California Sales Tax Deal

lazn pull out of california entirely? (639 comments)

I hope they just pull out of California entirely, lock stock and barrel.. And offer incentives to their current partners in California to relocate to other states.

That might just wake up the legislators to some inkling of the modern world.. But probably not, most of them think digital watches are high tech.

about 3 years ago

Wicked Lasers Introduces Handheld One-Watt Green Laser

lazn Red? (404 comments)

So with blue and green 1w handheld lasers... are there Red ones available? With that we could get white!

about 3 years ago

Are 'Real Names' Policies an Abuse of Power?

lazn These policies are why I set my profiles private (318 comments)

It is because of these policies that I set my profiles to private and not searchable, and why I don't put my picassa pictures to public. I'd share more if I didn't have to provide my real name, but as it is, I share as little as possible and still have the services be usable.

more than 3 years ago

Neanderthal Genes Found In All Non-African Populations

lazn So that begs the question. Are neanderthals human? (406 comments)

So.. Just how "different" are/were they? It sounds to me like we are calling neanderthals non homosapiens when in reality they are no more different from us than say a tall blond Scandinavian is from a short Asian.. Or a chihuahua from a great dane.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Build "Squishy" Memory Device

lazn Re:WTF is Jell-O (84 comments)

How is squished up insects worse than bones??

Insects are a good source of protein, common food in some parts of the world, and if humans ate more of them it'd help with the global food supply.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

lazn time to cancel DVD delivery (488 comments)

time to cancel DVD delivery.. hardly use it anyway, not worth $8..

more than 3 years ago

Construction of ESA Galaxy Mapping Satellite Completed

lazn Re:Camera finished, not satellite (45 comments)

why did they do the CCDs first? Over the course of the next year those are the things most likely to improve from advancing technology..

Like building a hybrid car by starting with lead acid batteries and taking decades to build the chassis.. By that time Lithium Ions would be out. etc.

more than 3 years ago

UAV Hoisted Tower Powered By Laser Over Fiberoptic

lazn why fiberoptic?? copper would work better (103 comments)

Seems to me that a good copper wire and high voltage AC would be far more efficient and at a high enough voltage the wires could be very thin and still deliver loads of power..

Instead of converting electricity to light and back again, just keep it electric.

more than 3 years ago

Could the US Phase Out Nuclear Power?

lazn Re:If we didn't have nuclear power, we would be fi (657 comments)

But if we use breeder reactors that burn the plutonium then the only place at risk is the plant itself.. It's our backasswards old plants that are the problem, not modern nuclear plants.

It's like arguing against modern hybrid or electric cars because ones built in the 70's were gas hogs.

more than 3 years ago

Face-Mounted Nose Stylus Created For Phones

lazn Re:So instead of . . . (208 comments)

wish I had mod points..

+1 Futurama reference.

more than 3 years ago



Getting out of IT?

lazn lazn writes  |  about 4 years ago

lazn (202878) writes "So what is a good career choice for a mid 30's someone feeling burned out on IT in general? Where is a good place to look with decent pay and a reasonable life? I have been doing this since the 90's and have a decent paying, if unrewarding job..

I have considered everything from Truck Driver, to joining the Military. And while not living paycheck to paycheck I can't afford to quit and go to school full time. (mortgage etc)

What does the Slashdot crowd think?"


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