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Huge Meteor Blazes Across Sky Over Russia; Hundreds Injured

shock1970 Re:Unrelated to 2012 DA14? (409 comments)

Actually, meteors hitting the earth's atmosphere is a very common event. It happens almost every night.

But meteors don't hit during the day... they're trying to be sneaky.

about a year and a half ago

Homeland Security: New Body Scanners Have Issues

shock1970 Re:Not perfect???? (181 comments)

These machines are in the Philadelphia airport. My first time going through one, I didn't know that I had to remove *everything* from my pockets. It was sensitive enough to pick up my wallet in my back pocket which contained no metal other than what is found inside of credit cards and my Patco FreedomCard train pass. It also picked up my belt buckle... small and thin... not one of those WWF styles.

What the TSA people saw on the monitor was a mono-color human silhouette, with little squares of another color indicating the general area of where the questionable items were on my person.

I was asked if I had anything on my person, and I was patted down just in those areas identified on the monitor. My hands were also swabbed for a particle detector. After that, I was allowed to move on.

Overall, I think the machines worked fine. And while the $90 million spent on machines is a lot of cash, that money went to pay people who did good work in manufacturing the machines, assembling parts, writing code, provided maintenance of the buildings they were built in and so on. It wasn't just thrown out the window. That money went to working individuals who will pay taxes on that money who will give the government an opportunity to pay off the national debt. Furthermore, if those $90 million machines prevent just one terrorist plot that may not have been picked up by the previous generation of detectors, then it will have paid for itself multiple times over.

IMHO, not perfect but good enough.

more than 2 years ago

Levitating Graphene Is Fastest-Spinning Object

shock1970 Re:Ultimate Tilt-a-Whirl (146 comments)

I was thinking Sit-N-Spin

more than 3 years ago

Long In Development, Toshiba 'SCiB' Battery Debuts

shock1970 Re:So... (284 comments)

Everyone knows The Answer is really "42"

more than 4 years ago

Amazon Fights For Privacy of Customer Records

shock1970 Re:Obviously, I hope Amazon wins... but (272 comments)

A federal online tax would be interesting, but there a are some states such as Delaware that don't have any sales tax at all... not sure how well that would go over.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Say Toads Can Predict Earthquakes

shock1970 Re:Don't RTFA (66 comments)

So the researchers studying the toads obviously don't know much about them other than their mating habits. The toads in my area leave sometime around the mid to late fall. But it's not like they're packing their bags and catching the cheapest Southwest flight to Miami. They really can't leave because even if they hop 5 miles away, its still going to be cold. Perhaps a more astute observation would be that the frogs were not observed to be in the area, which doesn't necessarily imply that they left the area, but possibly, like they do in the winter, burrowed themselves in the ground.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Say Toads Can Predict Earthquakes

shock1970 Re:Don't RTFA (66 comments)

What the article failed to mention is that part of the frog's strange behavior involved etching out signs in the mud of the nearby pond that read "EARTHQUAKE COMING". And FYI... yes, it was in all caps.

more than 4 years ago

Will Your Car Tell You To Put Down the Phone?

shock1970 That seems about as interesting an option as (349 comments)

my car telling me to slow down because I'm going over the speed limit.

Unless its mandated by law, I highly doubt many people would buy a car with such a feature, myself included. While I'm not one to usually talk on the cell phone, I do have the occasional need to hold the phone up to my ear... or go on speakerphone as to be inconspicuous... if there's a call that needs to be made and it can't wait til I reach my destination. The last thing I want while on an important call is the car issuing warnings or the cell phone asking me to press 7 to continue. I'm sure a large number of people would be in the same boat. (ok... bad choice of words :)

more than 4 years ago

Gamers Pay To Play With Girls

shock1970 Hell of a career... (408 comments)

My wife is looking for employment. She's looking at an executive director position for a small non-profit organization where she might be able to pull in $50K... but she's also a gamer. From TFA, 60% of 8.25 for ten minutes of play... That's $4.95 for ten minutes ~ $30/hour ~ $60,000 / year. "Hey Honey... I found a job for you!"

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

shock1970 Re:This is what I usually do. (483 comments)

I've used that exact same methodology, but I've taken it to the next level...

I throw out the number completely, then pass the script into an application development program, and voila, finished project in exactly the amount of time it took me to write the script

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

shock1970 Re:Simply, no software required. (483 comments)

I think you meant that the first 90% of the project takes the first 10% of the time line, and the remaining 10% of the project takes the other 90% of time.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu Moves To Yahoo For Default Firefox Search

shock1970 Thank Goodness For (370 comments)

Tools -> Options -> Main -> Homepage

more than 4 years ago

Nano-Scale Robot Arm Moves Atoms With 100% Accuracy

shock1970 Re:Question: (266 comments)

It could probably make a nice Rolex though.

more than 4 years ago

Nexus One Owners Report Spotty 3G Signals On T-Mobile

shock1970 Re:This just in! (146 comments)

Silly Human... you're supposed to replace the can with the phone!

more than 4 years ago

US Navy Was Ordered To Listen For Martian Broadcast

shock1970 Re:Not Mars (154 comments)

Awesome... Totally Awesome!

more than 4 years ago

New Threats Against Pirate Bay Owners

shock1970 Re:Meanwhile... (335 comments)

Disagree. If you set up a lounge for legal drinking and you notice that there are a lot of people bringing illegal drugs into the place, and your place is set up in such a way that the drugs can be distributed in the same way and just as freely as the alcohol, then what you are doing falls under the category of "aiding and abetting". If it can be proven you have knowledge of the illegal doings and you have made no attempt to stop them or get the authorities involved to stop them, then you are at fault.

In addition to the Pirate Bay allowing the illegal drugs, they also named their lounge "The Drug Trading Lounge"

-- I'd smurf that in a heartbeat

more than 4 years ago

Volunteers Wanted For Simulated 520-Day Mars Trip

shock1970 And wouldn't it be great if... (356 comments)

They turned it into a reality TV show with all sorts of hidden cameras and microphones placed everywhere.

And while it's great that they've asked for Europeans volunteers, there would be a lot more drama if you threw one or two American 20-somethings into the mix.

-- So where do I sign up?

more than 4 years ago

Doing Internet Searches Boosts Older Brains

shock1970 Not Internet Related (65 comments)

Performing any new activity creates stress, because the brain wants to follow its existing neural pathways to accomplish a set of behavior. This is where the phrase "you can't teach an old dog a new trick" expression comes from. After a short time of performing the repetitive behavior, as a way to overcome the stress, the brain will start to create new neural pathways which strengthen with additional repetition. This behavior is not unique to internet searches and it surprises me that it is news-worthy.

more than 4 years ago

Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

shock1970 Re:The Right Tool for the Right Job (266 comments)

I've noticed since I've been on facebook that the number of emails I get per day has gone down. Facebook is very useful for sharing thoughts and information with friends and family, when the importance of someone seeing your message isn't a priority. If it's a friend or family member and the message is important I'll either use FB mail or regular email, though I feel regular email is more reliable and its more likely that someone will check their email before their FB page.

Though I find myself using regular email less and less, its still the best way to send/receive attachments as well as to get periodic notifications, newsletters, ads, etc.

For immediate communication and for short question/answer engagements, so typical in a work environment, IM works the best. But there's no gaurantee I'll be right there to get the message. The same goes for SMS messaging.

But if I really want to communicate with someone right away where I want confirmation of my message and the priority of the message is high... and call me old fashioned if you wish... I use the phone. The best thing about phone calls is that you get the message across, and you know the recipient receives the message if you are there talking to them face to face. Even though you might not get the response you need right away, you usually come away with getting a commitment to the response right away.

more than 4 years ago


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