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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

leftie Colorado River STILL downstream from Yucca MT. (167 comments)

Nothing has changed about Yucca MT relative proximity to the Colorado River, the source of drinking water for most of Southwest & West Coast.

Engineers can't fix how close Yucca MT is to Colorado River.


Science Cannot Prove the Existence of God

leftie "In 1966..." !! (755 comments)

In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead?

Nodody thinks even Time Magazine would try to run anything like that today.

about 1 month ago

Anti-Ebola Drug ZMapp Makes Clean Sweep: 18 of 18 Monkeys Survive Infection

leftie ZMapp experiments done on tobacco plants. (91 comments)

If they have practice gengengeering on some thing, do it on something that can be safely erased if we fuck it all up.

They got all kinds of varieties of tobacco plants they can experiment on, we won't miss one of them

We can erase the entire tobacco supply and never cry one tear if there is a monstrous fuck-up.

about 5 months ago

Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

leftie Grandma was a RN at VA hospitals (590 comments)

My 5' 0" Irish Grandmother was VA hospital RN . She was my first female superhero.

Flipping 6' 3" Marines around their beds one handed while giving anyone who tried to give her the jeast bit of lip Instant Kill Gaze O' Death.

about 6 months ago

Oregon vs. Oracle: the Battle of Blame Heats Up

leftie orly? Portland ahead of curve, big open source hub (83 comments)

When Oregon’s new Chief Information Officer, Alex Pettit,was on our show recently, we asked him what stood out from his move from Oklahoma to the northwest. He said there were some expected cultural differences, but that in terms of IT he was caught by surprise:

        I was surprised that things like open source wasn’t as bigin government as it is in the East Coast, or in Oklahoma, where I was. I was surprised that transparency wasn’t a bigger issue. It’s certainly a big issue in Oklahoma, and it’s less so here.

This was striking because Oregon is known for its open source community — at Oregon State’s Open Source Lab, at the annual OSCON Conference, and among many programmers. And his comments came right before an Oregonian op-ed argued that open source software could have prevented the Cover Oregon fiasco.


The only mistake that may have been made by Oregon State gov. tech people was letting Federal officials talk into going outside Oregon for the website project.

about 7 months ago

Steve Ballmer In Talks To Buy Los Angeles Clippers

leftie Seattle SuperClippersSonics, of course. (76 comments)

Nintendo did own at least a pretty big chunk of the Mariners

Has the whole Super SpaceBattleship Yamato thang goin'...

about 8 months ago

Steve Ballmer In Talks To Buy Los Angeles Clippers

leftie Blazers Fans can hate SuperClipperSonics, too! (76 comments)

I see no problems among Blazers fans returning to hating the SuperClipperSonics very quickly.
Woooooooow... some name. Definitely calls for an new anime-inspired logo there.

Anything the Timbers Army has been singing lately that might rhyme with SuperClipperSonics?

about 8 months ago

Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

leftie Amazon's big screw-up - missed kickstarter.com (405 comments)

Amazon big screw-up with the Kindle was completely missing the big takeoff of crowdfinding sites like kickstarter.com.


"Authors are choosing to crowdfund their work, and there are now options for them on which platform to use. The question is: Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Pubslush? To explore the pros and cons of those platforms, I interviewed a successful author from each of them to find out why they chose it and how they succeeded....

Amazon Kindle & DRM strategy needed to end up with authors completely dependent on the Amazon for their income. Amazon either missed the birth or takeoff of crowdfunding sites for as a new important revenue source for creative occupations.

about 8 months ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

leftie I'm ready today. (453 comments)

The grown men who still clutch rosaries at the Family Research Council, not so much.

about 9 months ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

leftie No, plenty of anti-corp. capit. lefties would be (410 comments)

Obama has only ensured multi-party politics are dead certainty in the USA.
Every other democratic nation on the planet is multi-party except, like, the Bahamas.
Many nations WERE two-party. Were.

about 9 months ago

F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

leftie Europe will veto changes in net neutrality (410 comments)

Europe is about done with dealing with corrupt USA/NSA on the internet.
Europe will have the UN create some new body to take over regulation of international communications infrastructure.

about 9 months ago

Seattle Bookstores Embrace Amazon.com

leftie Wrong. Amazon profit from abuse of min. wage cont. (83 comments)

Amazon only is profitable by lying claiming the people in Amazon warehouses filling Amazon orders in all those Amazon boxes aren't amazon employees.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

leftie feed myself w/ knowledge & history of steelmak (737 comments)

...When Bessemer went to push them into the ladle, he found that they were steel shells: the hot air alone had converted the outsides of the iron pieces to steel. This crucial discovery led him to completely redesign his furnace so that it would force high-pressure air through the molten iron using special air pumps. Intuitively this would seem to be folly because it would cool the iron. Instead, the oxygen in the forced air ignited silicon and carbon impurities in the iron, starting a positive feedback loop. As the iron became hotter, more impurities burned off, making the iron even hotter and burning off more impurities, producing a batch of hotter, purer, molten iron, which converts to steel more easily....He realised that the technical problem was due to impurities in the iron and concluded that the solution lay in knowing when to turn off the flow of air in his process so that the impurities were burned off but just the right amount of carbon remained. However, despite spending tens of thousands of pounds on experiments, he could not find the answer.[7] Certain grades of steel are sensitive to the 78% nitrogen which was part of the air blast passing through the steel.

I don't know precise formulas for 19th century steelmaking, but I know right where to look in a library. There's was a PhD in the family for metallurgical engineering. Now materials science. I'd feed myself, won't freeze to death.

about 10 months ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

leftie Think Sec. State has no big role for disasters? (448 comments)

Katrina was a Cat 5 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. You think the US Sec State might have to pay some serious attention to some US Embassies in foreign countries getting torn up all along the way into the Gulf. Bahamas. Jamaica. Heard of them? They have US embassies and missions, too.

about 10 months ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

leftie I attended Historically Black College. Ooops. (448 comments)

White guy who attended a Historically Black College on a Minority Scholarship. To make real long story brief, Federal lawsuits against Old Dominion Univ. and Norfork State Univ. for state schools so close geographical, opposites racially. There were some extra scholarship money to help balance the schools in 80-90's. My first year of college was Norfork State. Lived in the dorms. I made a ton of great friends. People at NSU bent over backward to try to make me feel at home. Terrific experience.

about 10 months ago

Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

leftie It's Black folk who HATE Condi Rice. (448 comments)

Condi Rice is as black as Barack Obama's corporate lawyer wife. Condi Rice is utterly detested by her fellow black folks for going on a NYC Ferragamo shoe shopping spree and catching a Broadway Musical Comedy, Spamalot, quite literally as Hurricane Katrina came ashore in New Orleans and her brothers and sisters were fighting for their lives. Quite literally fiddling while Rome burned. You forgot, huh? Here's snopes.com to reminds you...


"...That evening, upon arriving at the Palace Hotel, I flipped on the television. Indeed, the hurricane had hit New Orleans. I called Henrietta, who said that the main issue was making sure our people were safe. She'd also convened a departmental task force because offers of foreign assistance were pouring in. I called Secretary of Homeland Security Mike Chertoff, inquiring if there was anything I could do. "It’s pretty bad," he said. We discussed the question of foreign help briefly, but Mike was clearly in a hurry. He said he'd call if he needed me. I hung up, got dressed, and went to see Spamalot.

The next morning, I went shopping at the Ferragamo shoe store down the block from my hotel, returned to the Palace, and again turned on the television. The airwaves were filled with devastating pictures from New Orleans. And the faces of most of the people in distress were black. I knew right away that I should never have left Washington."

about 10 months ago

The Rise and Fall of Supersymmetry

leftie Will "Where's the Kaboom?" suffice (138 comments)


The Higgs Boson was supposed to have an Earth-shattering Kaboom.

They found something that they called a Higgs Boson, but what they found doesn't have the earth-shattering kaboom the Mathematical Physicists predicted it would.

Where's the kaboom?!?

about a year ago


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