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Chernobyl Area Survey Finds Lasting Problems For Wildlife

pi_rules Re:Compared to Hiroshima? (201 comments)

A quick check on WikiPedia says that Hiroshima was being rebuilt already in 1949.

Chernobyl will be suitable for human life somewhere between 200 and 900 years. The figure I see most often is 600 more years.

more than 4 years ago

Best Way To Clear Your Name Online?

pi_rules Re:Drown your name on the engine (888 comments)

That's the route I've taken. I blog under my own name and leave comments on blogs under my real name too. Very little is done under a pseudonym these days. Slashdot is an exception as I joined back in 1998 or so and naturally picked a pseudonym because that's what I had been doing since my BBS days that started around 1993. It was around 2003 that I started bombing everything with my real name although that wasn't my intent at the time. I just didn't want to hide anymore.

So, if you do a web search on me you'll find that I'm pretty big into firearms, firearm rights, hang around a more conservative side of the blogosphere which also mostly centers around guns, and a bunch of stuff on mailing lists that I used to contribute to that were technical in nature. And, occasionally I'd drop some tech info somewhere online under my real name these days.

more than 4 years ago

TSA's Sloppy Redacting Reveals All

pi_rules Re:Amazing what they let in the cargo hold... (605 comments)

Firearms are the only item on the list that you have to declare. At least, that I'm aware of. At the very least it's the only thing on the list that'll permit/require you to keep your luggage locked up.

As far as limits go the only one I know of is an 11lb limit on ammunition.

more than 4 years ago

Car Glass Rules Could Impair Cell, GPS and Radio Signals In CA

pi_rules Re:I guess this article had its intended effect... (762 comments)

Not sure this really effects Detroit all that much. I think they only sold 6 cars last year.

Now the "foreign" manufacturers that set up shop south of Michigan? They might actually care.

more than 3 years ago

People Emit Visible Light

pi_rules Uh, duh. (347 comments)

Anybody that's ever taken LSD could have told you that!

more than 5 years ago

NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

pi_rules Re:it interrupts the flow of things and so (844 comments)

And with all the STDs too. This only works if you trust the other person enough.

Yeah, I'm one of the weird people that doesn't have sex with somebody until I'm pretty sure they're not trying to give me a deadly disease or a lifetime infection.

What confounds me about this is that it appears I'm actually in the minority position. I'll never really understand people that rely on a 60 cent piece of rubber to keep them from getting a fatal disease so they can share an intimate experience with a person that might be killing them in the process.

Then again, I don't get human social interaction a lot of the time. All I know is life's simpler when you don't fark people you don't trust.

more than 5 years ago

NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

pi_rules Re:DUH! (844 comments)

The figures are normalized to account for a year of using that specific method. It's not a per-incident value.

I'm not sure why this data surprises people. Ejaculating outside of a woman is pretty good at preventing pregnancy. It's basic biology.

more than 5 years ago

NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

pi_rules Re:it interrupts the flow of things and so (844 comments)

Here's one that used to work pretty well for me:

Just bareback it for a while doing it bunny style. (Dogs having sex is kind of gross, but bunnies are cute!) Then you can work on the wrapper while you're doing your thing, get it ready, slide out, slide it on, and you're back in the game with only a 5 second interruption.

more than 5 years ago

NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

pi_rules Re:it interrupts the flow of things and so (844 comments)

Plenty of people only use the condom to prevent pregnancies. At some point in the relationship you start trusting the person enough not to be lieing to you about having the herp or HIV.

more than 5 years ago

NIH Spends $400K To Figure Out Why Men Don't Like Condoms

pi_rules Re:DUH! (844 comments)

You know, before you call somebody retarded you should check your facts.

Spermicide failure rate perfect use: 18%
Spermicide failure rate for typical use: 29%

Pulling out failure rate for pefect use: 4%
Pulling out failure rate for typical use: 15-28%.

So, under typical usage they're about equal. However, if you're good at pulling out you'll be the pants off spermicide.

more than 5 years ago

Broke Counties Turn Failing Roads To Gravel

pi_rules Re:Road-ploughing in Victoria, Australia (717 comments)

From my limited experience, ripping up roads to save money is a sign of extreme desperation. Things must be bad indeed in parts of Michigan.

Most of Michigan is in the dumper right now. The Grand Rapids area has unemployment about at the national average, but the state is at something like 13% overall right now. A town not more than 30 minutes from me (Muskegon Heights) has an unemployment rate around 24% last I heard. They just halved their local police force too. In a town there they always have a crime problem, that's not good!

The road thing is one of the few moves we're making that I 100% agree with though. A coworker of mine just had his road go from paved to gravel and it doesn't bug him at all. It was gravel a few years ago, went paved for a while, and they they reverted back to gravel the driving conditions improved.

Michigan's known for bad roads, but I'm not sure people realize just how bad they get. Drive too fast down a country road and you might knock your ass out from bouncing around so much, and I drive a damned SUV!

I remember tooling down an interstate in Illinois about, oh, 6-7 years ago with my younger brother. A sign came up, "DIP IN ROAD!" so I put two hands on the wheel and got ready for it. It was a tiny bump by Michigan standards, we wouldn't even bother marking it. We have pot holes so big around here that you'll seriously fark up your car if you hit them doing 35 sometimes.

Hell, big ran came through this spring and US-31 near me washed out. 30 foot of road, gone, with a drop off multiple feet high. Just saw a lawsuit today over a section of road in Allegan county that washed out and killed somebody that drove into it. Yep, we got holes in the road big enough to kill you 'round here.

more than 5 years ago

The Great Ethanol Scam

pi_rules Re:Sugar cane not corn (894 comments)


A country's economy won't get beyond the "sweat shop" status if nobody buys their goods.

more than 5 years ago

Verizon Tells Cops "Your Money Or Your Life"

pi_rules Re:Capitalism at it's best. (593 comments)

Actually he could pay his bill, if you're talking about the incident in Bay City, MI. He had the cash sitting on his kitchen counter next to the bill and he left a sizable charitable donation behind in his will. I think it was $600,000.

It's more likely that he had dementia or some other issues and simply didn't know what to do to make the payment anymore.

Really unfortunate.

more than 5 years ago

Schneier Says We Don't Need a Cybersecurity Czar

pi_rules Re:S773 'Cybersecurity' Bill is unconstitutional. (173 comments)

They can't create a federal authority for cyberspace out of thin air

They'll just say it's authorized by the interstate commerce clause.

more than 5 years ago

NY Court Says Police Can't Track Suspect With GPS

pi_rules Re:State constitutions differ. (414 comments)

Right, but the state's supreme court doesn't get to decide what federal law says. That's up to a federal court.

This crap just takes time to shake out.

more than 5 years ago

Reviews: Star Trek

pi_rules Re:Holy Colons Batman (544 comments)

He's also using "to" instead of "too" in some places, "its" when it should be "it's", and the sentence about 12 year old humor isn't even complete.

God I hope my children don't go to Hope College. :)

more than 5 years ago

Windows 7 Users Warned Over Filename Security Risk

pi_rules Re:Ah, he(.conf) started(.d) (in)it... (613 comments)

Uh, can you name a *nix variant that won't spawn a process unless it has a certain file extension?

Go rename notepad.exe to 'ntp' and try and run it in Windows.

more than 5 years ago

Reliable Male Contraceptive In the Works

pi_rules Re:6 months to regain fertility (519 comments)

It's a crap shoot, really. Everybody will be a little bit different. Female birth control works pretty much the same way. You never really no how long you have to be off it until you're fertile again. Depending on the time, some can take up to as long as 18 months. Took my wife between 9 and 10 months when she came off hers.

more than 5 years ago

Nuclear Testing Helps Identify Fake Vintage Whiskey

pi_rules Re:Whiskey and its age (366 comments)


In America whiskey can either be from rye or from corn. Corn whiskey aged in a charred oak barrel is more accurately termed bourbon, a subset of the whiskey family that makes up the majority of what's sold on shelves these days in the US.

more than 5 years ago

New Food-Growth Product a Bit Hairy

pi_rules Re:Hay's cheaper and works well, too (243 comments)

Not good. You want your soil warm when growing plants.

Disclaimer: Grew up in a family owned greenhouse. :)

more than 5 years ago


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