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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

reboot246 Re:Corroborating Hieroglyphics? (194 comments)

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

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


Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

reboot246 Re:In the south bay... (132 comments)

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

3 days 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 week 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 week ago

The Benefits of Inequality

reboot246 It's human nature (254 comments)

In any group of people some are going to be better at some tasks than others. We put value on those tasks depending on how much they're needed or wanted by society. In a society like we have today, doctors are more valuable than burger flippers so they're paid more. It's not always that simple, but that's the way we tend to perceive it.

True superiority is actually unifying. False superiority is where the problems come from. When the king (or democratically elected government) begins to believe that they are all-knowing and infallible, people are right to oppose them.

about two weeks ago

The Benefits of Inequality

reboot246 Re:Intellectually dishonest (254 comments)

Under Communism, man exploits man.

Under Capitalism, it's the other way round.

about two weeks ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

reboot246 It's not just Congress stealing you blind (327 comments)

It's the thousands of over-paid, under-worked bureaucrats who are damned near impossible to fire when they're caught being lazy or violating the law.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If you're paid out of the taxes I pay and you're caught not doing your job (or committing a crime), you should not only be fired, you should lose your precious pension.

Don't play fast and lose with the public's trust.

about two weeks ago

Paint Dust Covers the Upper Layer of the World's Oceans

reboot246 I blame the Ancient Mariner (141 comments)

Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.

about three weeks ago

Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

reboot246 There are exceptions (72 comments)

I practically live on the road and I stay in some pretty cheap places. Most of the time the wifi is fairly slow, but sometimes I'm surprised by how fast it is.

Right now I'm in a $43/night Scottish Inn in a small city in Tennessee and I'm getting over 14 Mbps downstream. Last month I stayed in a $45/night motel in Baldwin County Alabama and had close to 30 Mbps at times (averaged over 20). More than enough to read and post on slashdot.

The very worst motels for internet are Motel 6 and Super 8. When will the motel owners realize you can't share a dial-up connection?!?

A lot depends on the internet service available to the motel and how many people staying there are using it. Remember, a lot of motels, especially the lower priced ones, are owned by individuals, and their attitude towards technology determines how much importance they place on having fast internet for their customers. Some really don't care.

Also, let me take this opportunity to say "Hello!" to all my Patel friends.

about three weeks ago

In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

reboot246 Re:It's obvious. (512 comments)

Wow! How could one person get so many things wrong? Go back to history class and this time pay attention.

Let me guess. You're either a Muslim or just an ignorant atheist.

about 1 month ago

Lawrence Krauss: Congress Is Trying To Defund Scientists At Energy Department

reboot246 Just a reminder (342 comments)

Congress consists of the House of Representatives AND the Senate.

Most people (even the politicians) have a habit of calling the House of Representatives "the Congress", but it's not. It's only half of Congress.

Right now we have different parties controlling the two halves. I kinda like it when they don't get much done. It's better to have no laws passed than bad laws getting passed.

So, when the House passes something nowadays, you can bet that the Senate won't pass it, nor will the President sign it.

about a month ago

Cosmologists Show Negative Mass Could Exist In Our Universe

reboot246 He ain't heavy (214 comments)

He's my negative mass brother!

about a month ago

Climate Change Skeptic Group Must Pay Damages To UVA, Michael Mann

reboot246 Re:"Thus ends "Climategate." Hopefully." (497 comments)

Are they taking the carbon dioxide emitted by underwater volcanoes seriously yet? Get back to me when they do.

about a month ago

UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

reboot246 Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

You're an extremist if you think your rights supersede the purposes and principles of the U.N..

From the United Nations charter:
"These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."

What are their purposes and principles? Only the U.N. knows for sure, but my observations have indicated that they're in favor of whatever the U.S. is against (and vice versa). I think the U.N. would be more believable if they located their headquarters in some place like Syria or China.

There's no doubt that the NSA has violated nearly everybody's rights, but don't rely on the U.N. to do anything about it.

about a month ago

Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

reboot246 It would have been funny (70 comments)

Fox would have owned CNN.

Of course, FoxNews owns CNN's ass already.

about a month and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

reboot246 No, no, (381 comments)

and hell no.

Is that clear enough?

about a month and a half ago

Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

reboot246 Re:Yay big government! (310 comments)

Then the perfect party for you is the Tea Party. Check them out. They're not the right-wing nutjobs you believe them to be. There are plenty of libertarians (and even some Democrats!) to be found among their ranks.

about a month and a half ago

Airbus Patents Windowless Cockpit That Would Increase Pilots' Field of View

reboot246 Re: Failsafe? (468 comments)

And how long before a plane crashes because the pilots were watching 3-D porn?

about 1 month ago

Study: Global Warming Solvable If Fossil Fuel Subsidies Given To Clean Energy

reboot246 Re:You think? (385 comments)

You'll get nowhere with the average slashdotter, felrom, but thanks for trying. Few, if any of them, have even taken a course in economics. All they're capable of is spewing what they've been told by equally ignorant people.

They have no idea how business actually works. Hell, my guess is that none of them can even tell you the difference between "profit" and "profit margin"!

All they know is that corporation = evil, and that the most evil corporations are oil companies.

about 2 months ago


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