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The City Where People Are Afraid To Breathe

popeye44 Re:hmm.. (243 comments)

Well, I'm a bit closer but not a source of News. I live in Fresno which is 35 or so miles from the town mentioned. However I have lived in the valley almost all my life as has most of my family. My Mother however who lived in Oregon until she was a teen has had Valley Fever. Not a single other person in my family (on mother or fathers side across uncles and aunts) have ever had it. My Fathers family farmed and lived in the dust. I myself have ran open loaders, graders, tractors and all sorts of equipment in it. I have ran equipment in the same place I have known a co-worked to get infected. It's a picky disease apparently. Growing up as I did in the valley (Bakersfield through Fresno) I knew a few people who had it.Some to the point of it being a disabling disease and others who only got a knot on the leg but tested positive for it. At the extremes it can have life long effects but most people I have known have no lasting problems from it (there are a few that do) My Mother only had symptoms for about a week but was weak for a month. I had a friend in junior high that struggled for a year but then became healthy. It's such an unusual disease and it is very common for mis-diagnosis because outside of this area it's unheard of. Strange to see something from the BBC on it.

about a year and a half ago

A Year After Thailand Flooding, Hard Drive Prices Remain High

popeye44 I call BS (214 comments)

Because if I can buy a 2tb external hard drive for 79.00 why the fuck does it cost me 79.00 for a 1tb internal?

It doesn't it's artificially inflated. So I end up with external enclosures along with my drive purchase.


more than 2 years ago

Light Bulb Ban Produces Hoarding In EU, FUD In U.S.

popeye44 Re:All Edison's fault (1080 comments)

Fucking Brilliant "pun intendend" require by code enforcement that every house have a dimmable switch or an automatic shutoff,
Now make a law that says I cannot buy incandescent bulbs.. but if I put fluorescent bulbs in I burn out the switch or they use power constantly because they cannot be turned OFF.

This is fucking ridiculous I'd rather heat my house with incandescent bulbs than continue to replace switches and burn out "energy saving" bulbs every 30 days. This is a waste of fucking time and my money.Just how environmentally conscious are we when we put 5 million fluorescent bulbs in the same landfill. 5 milligrams of mercury in each bulb which is enough to poison 6,000 gallons of water. I'm sorry but that just seems incredibly fucked up. When is the last time you immediately had to open a window and put on a mask in your house because you dropped an incandescent bulb.

  I'd give a LOT to have led's everywhere in a place where they would provide a good bit of light. My main issue is cost. I will indeed check the philips LED's.

more than 2 years ago

Is Phoenix the Next Silicon Valley?

popeye44 Re:Arizona? No Thanks (555 comments)

40% of Phoenix is Hispanic, 41% of Tuscon,

So again, how is AZ racist?
Any Illegal with a grain of brain power would pass through AZ to California where they will be welcomed with open arms.

Anyone who comes here illegally by definition is a criminal.
The fact is the law exists but is not enforced worth a shit.

We live in a country that is in some cases 20 times some others in size. Yet if anyone went to France tomorrow and Spain the next day they would find an enormous difference in customs, laws and Culture. Who are we to say that States here cannot have some differences in laws, customs and culture? I'm no farther from Fresno, Ca than I would be from Pamplona Spain to Limoges France. To expect every state to have the exact same culture and values is moronic.

You don't like it fine, but no one is forcing you to move there and live.

The people there want laws to have value, the current laws are being ignored by the the U.S Government if we go down this path of ignoring laws where do we stop?
Are we going to pick and choose which one's we're going to follow today?

more than 2 years ago

Philips Releases 100W-Equivalent LED Bulb, Runs On Just 23 Watts

popeye44 Re:Warranty? (529 comments)

Chances are you don't live in a newer house or maybe not in California. California building code requires dimmable switches to be built in as the first switch in most rooms. CFL's are horribly unreliable "even if you spend $12.00 for the good dimmable bulbs" at working with dimmable switches.

  In the areas where I have on/off type switches they seem to work fairly well "not sure if equal to most incandescent or not but at least on par" I have multiple lights in my house that bleed through electricity if I am using fluorescent lights. You turn them off.. and the light either flickers or you can see a dim glow. This does not happen with incandescent. So California in it's ever so insane stance to control anything they can fucks me from using cheaper "power wise" bulbs in every fixture. I end up running about half and half between the two.

Soon I won't even be able to buy incandescent lights and will probably be unable to find a simple on/off switch do to some other policy they'll enact to save beavers.

more than 2 years ago

Unconstitutional Video Game Law Costs California $2 Million

popeye44 Re:Nice! (180 comments)

Well, As I am one of those Caltrans employees.. I can tell you where the money goes that we take in in Gas Taxes, Construction taxes, etc etc. It goes in the General fund. Not transportation accounts. "except for certain taxes which do" So Lets say we have a good year.. and our transportation fund is swollen. The State comes over with its hand out and takes from that fund to put into the general fund. As you can imagine this practice has a way of making roads very hard to maintain. On top of that we have say 40 people to take care of around 1200 miles of road. Between staffing issues, cuts, promotions, vacations, sick days etc. There are typically 26-32 of those people at work. On a good day those folk actually get to do some maintenance on the road. On most days.. they respond to accidents and complaints from the public. So this is a snippet from my point of view. I do live in a fairly populated area.. but NOTHING like LA. SF etc. You can extrapolate that there are more people in those areas.. but by and large CT is an engineering organization and it's more fun to build than maintain.. So that is pretty much how we operate. build more ignore the old.

more than 2 years ago

Martian Rocks Land In Morocco

popeye44 It seems, (95 comments)

They put one heck of a throwing arm on those Rovers.

about 3 years ago

Salmon DNA Used In Data Storage Device

popeye44 Re:Um... (51 comments)

Unlimited Upstream bandwith?

about 3 years ago

Ask William Shatner Whatever You'd Like

popeye44 Re:Quick equestrian question (368 comments)

I have to respond to this. Perhaps the joke is even funnier if you know that Mr. Shatner has a love of horses and sponsors an event in the L.A. area once a year "or perhaps more"

more than 3 years ago

$1.5 Billion Star Trek Theme Park Coming To Jordan

popeye44 Borg... (233 comments)

I want to be the first in line on the 7of9 ride..

more than 3 years ago

Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound

popeye44 Re:Too cynical? (537 comments)

I work in a place where we have a large percentage of people from the middle east. Most of these people are Muslim. The day after this happened there was groups between 4-6 each all over the building having quiet discussions in a foreign language. Now I'm not a racist. I believe we're all of a single race. But it made me very nervous. Because whether it was the weather or the killing of this guy.. I have no way of knowing. I have no way of knowing if there was some secret plan being put into operation. I fear they upheld this man secretly while publicly denying his actions.. But other than some whispers in another language I really have no idea what was being said.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium?

popeye44 Re:Uh yeah... (607 comments)

Well the great thing is, You could re-do something like Face-Off on a Leper island and it would have a whole different meaning.

more than 3 years ago

Dragon Age II Released

popeye44 Re:Bioware (168 comments)

Yet, Amazingly enough both games scored over a 9 on gamespot. and both over 90 on metacritic.

So while your opinion may be valid. It doesn't necessarily mean the games suck. I hadn't seriously played a bioware game since BG Shadows of Amn and I could really feel some of the old game in the new one. I look forward to this one.

more than 3 years ago

Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?

popeye44 Re:Fantasy is now king (742 comments)

Really? I beg to differ. I read both extensively. But i could care less if my science fiction is scientific or not. if it's loosely based in reality them I'm happy. I don't want to know math to be able to read.

more than 3 years ago

Police Raid PS3 Hacker's House, Hacker Releases PS3 'Hypervisor Bible'

popeye44 Re:P.S. The photo (448 comments)

I put on my Robe and Wizard hat. :-]

more than 3 years ago

Google Goes After Content Farms

popeye44 Re:Firefox Extension Needed! (345 comments)

I have to ask why? If you scroll experts-exchange to the bottom the answers are there. Just keep scrolling.
Amazingly enough.. there are some really good answers on that site. I've been using them in this manner for about 3-4 years.

more than 3 years ago

Ballmer Says 90% of Chinese Users Pirate Software

popeye44 Re:That's CHAIRMAN Hu! (313 comments)

Ok well, hu poppa mao mao hu poppa mao mao.
fuck if I know where that fits in.

about 4 years ago

Woman's Voice Restored After Larynx Transplant

popeye44 Re:Oh noes! (246 comments)

The first page of Google responses for Tranny don't have a fucking thing to do with transmissions. I'd say if the shoe fits the transsexuals can wear it. Tranny it is.

about 4 years ago

The Continued Censorship of Huckleberry Finn

popeye44 Re:I have a much more ambitious vision (1073 comments)

Ahh, what a perfectly imperfect world you perceive
with your deceptive perceptions of reality.

about 4 years ago


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