Exploding Oil Tank Cars: Why Trains Go Boom
Simple! But the anti anything at any price crowd, and Obumma won't have it.
Oh, send it by train & truck? Sure, not a problem since ole Warren Buffett owns most of the
rail lines up there...kind of makes sense now.
The Mammoth Cometh: Revive & Restore Tackles De-Extinction
Yum! Bring back some of these extinct animals so we can grill em up on a BBQ!
Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?
Been using it since version 5.0 in the Win9x days.
Use it daily
Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World
Another pyramid scheme bites the dust...
US War Machine Downsizing?
The LAST time we downsized this small, was after WW1, look how that turned out.
With China & Russia building up, they can have kind of a free reign...
Japanese Firm Proposes Microwave-Linked Solar Plant On the Moon
Oh no! But what happens if this causes something to cause the moon to blow
up and leave our orbit like in the 70's tv show Space 1999.
Yeah, it was radiation then, but you never know LOL.
Why Is US Broadband So Slow?
Several factors I believe cause speeds to be slow.
1. At&t, Verizon etc...
2. We have a lot of regulations
3. SIZE! Countries like South Korea & Japan would fit inside just the state of California, with room to
spare! The U.S.A. is spread out so far, that it would be almost impossible to get fiber to the last mile.
Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?
Is ANYONE paid too much money?
Where the hell does it say, that it is anyone's business?
Stockholders & boards determine that salary. This is just another stab at creating wealth envy.
Ok...take your argument...are CEO's paid too much. Most "progressives" will scream yes.
But, when you ask, is a actor, sports star, singer paid too much, most "progressives" will
say no. Double standard much?
Darker Arctic Boosting Global Warming
Ok, now the arctic is too dark
What a joke...these so called scientist will come up with a new one each day, in hopes the
low information idiots will buy into it. Our schools are producing idiots that are very easily
French, German Leaders: Keep European Email Off US Servers
Let the world do their own internet if they want to...no skin off my teeth, the USA invented it in the first place.
Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates
Think about it....once a kid graduates college, runs for a local political office, then moves up to a state, then federal office, and keeps
getting elected for 20-30 years or more (as some federal office holders do now), technically, they stay on the taxpayer dole for life.
Never once actually being off the taxpayers back.
What we need to do, but will never happen, is we need to have a talk about "Big College" as we do with "big oil", "big pharm", "big agriculture"
and the like. Everyone complains about the salaries of huge company CEO's, but no one really says anything about presidents of
universities making 7 figure salaries, coaches making millions per year. Why is it "harmful" if some CEO makes a ton of money, and the
employees make hardly nothing, and, a bunch of university big wigs making tons of money, on the backs of students?
Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams
Oh goodie! Now instead of those insanely BRIGHT blue headlights, which were installed by some crosseyed person who didn't
aim them right, now we can have aftermarket laser lights, burning holes into are retina. YEAH! LOL
Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical
I don't smoke, never have, never would because at my "start smoking" years, my older sister was a nursing student, and in an attempt to
stop our parents from smoking, brought back some autopsy photos of smokers. Not to mention the smell...
My parents both quit, for two reasons. We kids hounded them, and my dad didn't want to pay a dollar a pack, when the price went up.
Yeah, it was THAT long ago.
Now, my reasoning that cigarettes don't "cause" cancer.
My grandfather was in his late teens when he went off to "fight the Hun" in WW1. He came back in 1918 hooked on it was either Camel or
Lucky Strikes (both unfiltered). He smoked a couple packs a day, til the early 70's, over 60 years, then quit cold turkey because he wasn't
going to pay no g** d*** 75 cents for a pack of g** d*** cigarettes. He did in 1991, almost 99 years old. He had a pace maker for over 10
years, walked every day except Sunday to the "beer joint" to have a Budweiser beer until he was 95. He died because his wife had passed
away almost 25 years before, all his sisters & brothers were gone, and our immediate family was it. Saw him Christmas, and looked really
good, walking and everything, but gone less than 30 days later. He willed himself to pass away. When he died, not one speck of cancer.
I am of the opinion, that cigarettes are not a direct cause of cancer, unless you are genetically disposed develop cancer.
Why anyone would want to smoke cigarettes is beyond me, but it's still a legal product in the USA, at least.
How Voter Shortsightedness Skews Elections
As long as they have their "virtual reality" shows, smart phone, dvr's, food & shelter and the like,
they could care less. With around half of the country on some sort of public assistance, you think they
would vote for someone that would make them work, or at least perform some sort of work to get that
government money? Nope, fat lazy & stupid.
Just look at pretty much any man on the street interview...when they show a photo of some politician,
or ask a simple question about laws, history or what not, they are clueless, but, ask them which celebrity
is sleeping with whom, or some athlete did last night at a party, they can quote you chapter & verse.
It would be nice, if there was a simple 10 question test required before you could vote, just to weed out the
stupid ones, or, make voting like it was in the colonial days...if you didn't own property, you couldn't vote since
you had no stake in the game. While we're at it, repeal the 17th amendment and go back to just allowing people
to vote for the house of representatives, and put the senate back into the hands of the state legislators, as it was
to be done. The states have no voice in federal government, save for paid lobbyist, but they did, prior to the 17th
Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?
"What they DON'T put in a newspaper, speaks volumes" or something like that.
I love how stupid some "free" newspapers are. They give you a limited number of
free articles you can read, before they cut you off, but, they don't paywall some of
them well. Simply delete the cookies for that site, and you get another round of
Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec
This was a Heidelberg GTO 46 OFFSET press, not what the bureau of engraving does, which is
the Intaglio method. These notes did look good, with a faux watermark & the dark strip. If a clerk,
bank teller, cash machine didn't FEEL the note, they probably would pass it. Intaglio ENGRAVES
the note between a plate with the reverse image, and a rubber mat/roller. Offset printing just prints
from a cylinder to a rubber roller, then transfers it to the paper. The U.S. experimented with a
faux Intaglio roll fed back in the 80's, to see if it was cheaper to use a continuous web roll of paper
(offset method), versus the Intaglio sheet fed method. Check around, some of those dollar bills
from the late 80's are worth more than face value.
FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital
And take the bloody fax machines with the copper!
You know what a PITA it is to adjust a stupid fax machine settings in the modem, to get them to work with VoIP?
You have to disable V.34, disable JBIG compression, set the tx speed to at most V.17, set compression to MH/MR
only, play around with the short protocol settings and on and on, all because people are still tied to a technology
that is about as old as the phone is! If I could get I.T. guys to mount the ATA boxes next to the fax, it would be easier,
but I understand why they place them where they do. I've tried and tried to get people to switch to scan to email, but,
most of the time I run into the "but we've always had a fax machine" reply. Sometimes I run into HIPPA problems, and
they won't give them up, because, and it does make a little bit of sense, if you type a phone number in wrong, pretty good
chance it won't end up on a fax machine somewhere, but, if you type an email address wrong, it could go to someone,
which would be a HIPPA violation. If someone would just turn on secure email....but, nope, they won't do it.
Copper phone lines need to disappear, along with the stupid SLOW fax machines!
(rant off) LOL
Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support
Never willingly give up your swimmers to ANY woman...you know it will come back to bite you in the ass!
Studies Say Earth Won't Die As Soon As Thought
The SUN won't vaporize our water? The sun???
I thought man was causing global warming?
Regulations Could Delay or Prevent Space Tourism
Fine, just move it down to central America some island right off the coast. Let the stupid U.S. government
try to stop it there.
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