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Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking

reboot246 It works! (59 comments)

It's even cloaking the website!

2 days ago

My toy collection is ...

reboot246 Gigantic and growing! (206 comments)

I'm 61 and still buying toys. Some, of course, are for the grandkids, but some are for ME.

What exactly is a toy? Anything you can play with! It's how you stay young at heart and mentally sharp. I still build and repair computers, just for the fun of it. I build model ships and cars, just for the fun of it. I could play all day with a remote-control car. Give me a sandbox and some plastic cars and trucks, and I'm in Heaven. I'm the best general ever when it comes to toy soldiers - still got the ones from way back in the good ole days. Heck, even making and flying paper airplanes is a hoot.

Don't get old. Start playing again!

(Oh, and at least one of my children has told me I have too much free time . . . )

3 days ago

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

reboot246 Re:Oh good (903 comments)

No, this is called kicking a person when they're down. If they're having trouble making their car payment, does it make sense to take away their way to get to work? You know - the place where they earn money to make said payments. Missing even one day of work may get them fired. Well, that's just great, isn't it?

The creditor can always find the car and repossess it if necessary. This method of making the car unusable is all about control.

5 days ago

Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

reboot246 Re:Most rational people never believe in AGW (207 comments)

Has anyone taken into account the number of active underwater volcanoes? There are a few thousand of them and I'm sure that they must be a factor in changing weather patterns and climate.

about a week ago

The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

reboot246 Re:Competition (144 comments)

I'd be happy if FedEx would just stop leaving my packages at the wrong address.

about a week ago

Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

reboot246 I'm going to live forever, (478 comments)

or die trying. I refuse to set an arbitrary age for death.

Some people are in great shape mentally and physically at 80 or 90. My 83 years old neighbor lives by herself and drives to the senior citizen center to help out with the "old people". My mother is 79, lives by herself, sees a doctor once a year, and drives everywhere she wants to go (safely). Of course, some people are ready for the nursing home at age 65. People are all different in every way you can imagine.

Maybe Ezekiel J. Emanuel is just aging faster than he'd like. Doesn't he have grandchildren or great-grandchildren he'd like to see grow up?

about a week ago

New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

reboot246 For the last time (324 comments)

Corporations do not pay taxes. They simply pass along the money from consumers to the government. Got it?

Raise the taxes for XYZ, Inc. and the price of their goods or services will go up accordingly.

about two weeks ago

US Scientists Predict Long Battle Against Ebola

reboot246 Re:Easy to contain (119 comments)

At least you got the part about not bringing infected people back here correct. It's a mistake to do that. We will eventually have someone in this country who is infected with a mutated virus that spreads more easily than the current strain.

about two weeks ago

DNA sequencing of coffee's best use:

reboot246 Re:Add genetic sequence for .... (228 comments)

Kopi luwak is very over-rated, and ridiculously priced. Give me a wet-hulled coffee from Sumatra any day. It's not the same as "wet-processed" coffee. It's a hundred times better.

Want better coffee than you can get from your local Charbucks? Buy the beans and roast them yourself. Then grind the beans right before you brew your coffee. You'll never look back.

about three weeks ago

Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

reboot246 Re:Hell no (363 comments)

He's smart, but that's not the same as being intelligent. I've known people who could ace just about any test, but were far from intelligent.

What is needed in someone who attempts to change the way history is learned is wisdom, a very rare trait nowadays. Gates has none of that.

about three weeks ago

Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

reboot246 My, my, my (48 comments)

Why does every freaking thing related to computers and technology have to start with "My"?

Even urls are vulnerable. Every other ad I hear or see nowadays gives a url that starts with "My".

I'm blaming Microsoft for starting the idiocy with "My Computer".

Please stop the madness.

about three weeks ago

New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

reboot246 Re:Interesting, if optional (137 comments)

For now.

We're talking about the future when such devices become mandatory. Even a blind man can see it coming a mile away.

about a month ago

Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

reboot246 Re:yet if we did it (463 comments)

Paid leave is what really irritates me.

Paid leave = paid vacation = reward.

Why reward somebody who is under investigation? Would your boss pay your salary if you were being investigated?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

reboot246 Double-edged razor (635 comments)

I shaved with every new razor ever invented, starting years ago with a Gillette double-edged razor. A couple of years ago I was at Sam's Club looking to buy some replacement carts for my super-duper high tech razor, but the price was what we used to pay for a small car. I thought that there must be a better way.

So, I came home, got online and bought an old-fashioned double edge razor (actually two of them). They're both Merkur slants, a long handled one for home and a short handled one for traveling. Along with the razors I bought 100 Feather blades. The razors were reasonable and the blades were ten bucks. Blades of any brand are ridiculously cheap.

I've also started making lather the old fashioned way, using a brush and shaving soap, 1000 times better than anything out of a can.

All you need is a good lather and ONE sharp blade. I'll never go back to multiple disposable blades no matter what. I get baby-butt smooth shaves nearly every time with no nicks or razor burns. Try it.

about 1 month ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

reboot246 US government recognizes no higher power (248 comments)

We've gone from "of the people, by the people, for the people" to "of the government, by the government, for the government".

It's both parties. All they care about is their own power. Sometimes I suspect that our elected politicians have less power than the entrenched bureaucrats. We've learned that we can't depend on the Supreme Court to make the right decisions. So what do we do? I'm open to any ideas.

Guillotines maybe?

about 1 month ago

How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

reboot246 Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (202 comments)

It wasn't aliens; it was bigfoot! Well, a bunch of bigfoots.

I know because Elvis told me . . . . yesterday.

about a month ago

Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

reboot246 Re:In the south bay... (135 comments)

I'm in Alabama and we didn't feel a thing, nor do we care. :p

about a month ago

Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

reboot246 Re:But but... (74 comments)

But never, ever tell her she smells like fish.

about a month ago

How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist

reboot246 Re:? what's a (53 comments)

Aha! That's the problem. Buy something other than an Apple product. :)

about a month ago


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