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Scientists Boost the "Will To Persevere" With Current To the Brain

slas6654 Gosh I don't know... (127 comments)

...I don't think this is for me.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins

slas6654 Re:Hmm (634 comments)

"how the FUCK do you think everything is going to get done with 90 people?"

Two Words: Offshore Contractors

about a year ago
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Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

slas6654 Re:Um... "suspect" (773 comments)

I will take the word of 12 BPD cops over the bloody carcass of some 19-year old punk hiding in the hull of a boat with gun any day. Your anonymous fanboy venting notwithstanding.

about a year and a half ago
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Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

slas6654 Re:Um... "suspect" (773 comments)

Nothing incriminating about firing an automatic weapon from the lower hull of a boat...

about a year and a half ago
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Let Them Eat Teslas

slas6654 Re:Collateralized vs Non-Collateralized Loans (461 comments)

Socialism, in the end, begets Fascism. I think there are alot of things to worry about.

Whatever education is being financed, it seems history is no longer a part of it.

about a year and a half ago
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A German Parking Garage Parks Your Car For You

slas6654 Re:Sheesh (131 comments)

Next time there is an election and he/she/it candidate proposes "tort reform", vote for them! Slow progress == bad laws + civil judgements

about a year and a half ago
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IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

slas6654 Re:Our Tax Dollars (280 comments)

Like spending $1,000,000 for Biden to party in Europe for 2 nights?

about a year and a half ago
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Oracle Ships Java 7 Update 11 With Vulnerability Fixes

slas6654 Official Oracle Security Alert (243 comments)

I am a sysadmin on several web apps and I went and got the official security alert. I have to admit I am a bit confused by the message:

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Oracle Security Alert for CVE-2013-0422

Description

This Security Alert addresses security issues CVE-2013-0422 (US-CERT Alert TA13-010A - Oracle Java 7 Security Manager Bypass Vulnerability) and another vulnerability affecting Java running in web browsers. These vulnerabilities are not applicable to Java running on servers, standalone Java desktop applications or embedded Java applications. They also do not affect Oracle server-based software.

The fixes in this Alert include a change to the default Java Security Level setting from "Medium" to "High". With the "High" setting, the user is always prompted before any unsigned Java applet or Java Web Start application is run.

These vulnerabilities may be remotely exploitable without authentication, i.e., they may be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password. To be successfully exploited, an unsuspecting user running an affected release in a browser will need to visit a malicious web page that leverages these vulnerabilities. Successful exploits can impact the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of the user's system. "

Yet Oracle released another notice that talks about a critical patch update for several Oracle products (ie.: db, app servers, etc.)

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujan2013-1515902.html

Does anybody understand why there are cpu's for their products if the zde doesn't affect there products?

about a year and a half ago
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Fisker Hybrids Get Bad Karma From Superstorm Sandy

slas6654 Re:Why does this matter? (414 comments)

Ha ha. I used to own a Volkswagen Beetle - the kind with the battery under the back seat. In the days before the plastic insulation clip for the nodes, this was a real fire hazard because there was a metal bench-seat frame resting over the battery. A friend of mine, a somewhat heavy-set girl, was riding home from college with me. She sat on the exact spot needed to short the battery. By the time we got home, flames were shooting out from under the rear bench seat. I don't think I have laughed as hard since that time.

about 2 years ago
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Fisker Hybrids Get Bad Karma From Superstorm Sandy

slas6654 Re:Why pick on EVs? (414 comments)

I'll go one step further - BECAUSE THEY MELTED INTO THE GROUND. Never mind the toxic waste that was an EV.

about 2 years ago
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New Study Links Caffeinated Coffee To Vision Loss

slas6654 Re:Coffee and wine are the fashionable miracle cur (203 comments)

There's only one thing more tiring than pop science and that is knowing our tax dollars (state. local and federal) are financing these ridiculous studies.

about 2 years ago
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Another Elon Musk Bet: Half of All Cars Built In 2032 Will Be Electric

slas6654 Hybrids Maybe - Plugins Doubtful - Ask Cons Report (359 comments)

The problem with plugins, for the consumer, is not all of the usual equivocation between gas-driven vehicles. The problem with plugins is actually that they are not hybrids. There are some very real technical limitations that consumers very easily understand - mechanical problems, new technology, performance, and, at a simple level, no juice. Just look at Consumer Reports highly publicized review of the Fiskar Karma all-electric: http://news.investors.com/article/604114/201203121905/broken-fisker-karma-towed-by-consumer-reports.htm?p=full The $100K Karma with a K (which was supposed to be the all-electric sports car) died on arrival. Why would I buy a Leaf / Karma / etc., if I can do all take care of those social responsibility do-gooder things with a hybrid.

more than 2 years ago
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Melinda Gates Pledges $560 Million For Contraception

slas6654 Re:Buying Windows does some good in the world! (451 comments)

Extending your overly simplified analogy: Is it possible that "the poor" you pontificate about might be offered a job by the merchant? Is not unlikely the merchant has a baseball bat (or a gun) anyway?

more than 2 years ago
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Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax

slas6654 Re:Get back to work producing (647 comments)

Mechelle Obama and Mayor Bloomberg have advised me not to do so much business with you anymore. They said you make me fat, were not carbon neutral and the resources you consume could be better used powering my electric car. Sorry.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax

slas6654 Re:Jobs (647 comments)

Unfortunately I am gainfully employed right now so I am kinda busy. If I could earn some mod points, I would mod you up.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Amazon Wants To Pay Sales Tax

slas6654 Re:be careful what you wish for (647 comments)

I got a better idea...get rid of the futile and regressive sales taxes. Make Amazon and other brick and mortar companies pay their share for roads and infrastructure and their civil services that they use. Make everyone else pay their share for police, fire, social services, parks, firework shows, etc., with an emphasis on what they use. These local budget items have little to do with the things that we buy at stores.

more than 2 years ago

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Scientist Uses His Brain to Control Another Guy's Finger

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  1 year,24 days

slas6654 (996022) writes "This story may be a little challenging to read but the synopsis is that one guy was able to control the finger of the other guy thru an EEG machine on his end that was connected to a magnetic skull cap to the guy on the other end. FTA:

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On Aug. 12, Rao sat in his lab, wearing a cap with electrodes hooked up to an electroencephalography machine. The EEG machine read Rao's brain activity while he watched a simple cannon-shooting video game unfold on a video screen. When it was time for Rao to shoot the cannon, he imagined moving his right hand to hit a "fire" button — while making sure not to move the hand in real life.
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Fiskar Hybrids Get Bad Karma from Superstorm Sandy

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  about 2 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "FTA: "Approximately 16 of the $100,000+ Fisker Karma extended-range luxury hybrids were parked in Port Newark, New Jersey last night when water from Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge apparently breached the port and submerged the vehicles. As Jalopnik has exclusively learned, the cars then caught fire and burned to the ground."

Apparently Fiskar super-duty lithium ion batteries are neither water-proof or water soluble."

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GM Suspends Chevy Volt Production

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  about 2 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "It would be the second interruption in production for the Volt, which can go 38 miles on battery power before needing a recharge from its gasoline engine. GM late Monday disputed published reports that the move is because of slow Volt sales. GM sold 10,666 Volts through July, way up from the 2,870 sold during the same period a year earlier.

"We are not idling the plant due to poor Volt sales. We're gearing up for production of the new Impala," Chevy spokesman David Darovitz said in an email."

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Wind Energy Company Lays Off 25% of US Employees

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "Gamesa, a Portuguese wind energy producer, recently announced that it would be laying off 244 employees ( 152 manufacturing and 92 administrative) in the US state of Pennsylvania. The layoffs represent 25% of their US workforce. The layoffs come in the wake of the company's May announcement to stop building a large-scale Chesapeake Bay (US) wind energy project. Gamesa stated that the cancellation of US tax credits and the Chesapeake project as justification for the layoffs. The company's investments in US manufacturing and project operations were heavily touted by government leaders as the future of renewable, clean alternative energy in the US. The US federal stimulus of 2008 granted Gamesa $23 million. In addition to the US fedral stimulus, Gamesa was awarded $10 million by the state of Pennsylvania. In 2008, the company and political leaders predicted thousands of jobs to be created as a result of the grants and other incentives."
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Wind Energy Company Lays Off 25% of US Employees

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "Gamesa, a Portuguese wind energy producer, recently announced that it would be laying off 257 employees in the US state of Pennsylvania. The layoffs represent 25% of their US workforce. The layoffs come in the wake of the company's May announcement to stop building a large-scale Chesapeake Bay (US) wind energy project. Gamesa stated that the cancellation of US tax credits and the Chesapeake project as justification for the layoffs. The company's investments in US manufacturing and project operations were heavily touted by government leaders as the future of renewable, clean alternative energy in the US. The US federal stimulus of 2008 granted Gamesa $23 million. In addition to the US fedral stimulus, Gamesa was awarded $10 million by the state of Pennsylvania. In 2008, the company and political leaders predicted thousands of jobs to be created as a result of the grants and other incentives."
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Garage Door Openers Stop Working Due to "Radio Pollution"

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "Garage door openers for a block of five homes mysteriously and spontaneously stop working in St. Charles, Mo. The manufacturer claims that the problem is caused by "radio pollution"."
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Stink Bugs Attack 33 States

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "Stink bugs have infiltrated 33 states and are beginning to become a broader public nuisance. For those lucky enough not to had the pleasure of getting squirted by a stink bug, be afraid: stink bugs can multiply and linger year round. They only fire off when threatened but the smell is atrocious. Sometimes they smell like rotten eggs and sometimes they smell like BO."
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Sheep Born with Human "Head"

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "A very interesting report coming out of Turkey about a sheep being more with a human head. FTA: "A sheep gave birth to a dead lamb with a human-like face. The calf was born in a village not far from the city of Izmir, Turkey. Erhan Elibol, a vet, performed Cesarean section on the animal to take the calf out, but was horrified to see that the features of the calf’s snout bore a striking resemblance to a human face. "

Apparently this is not an isolated centauric incident. A goat born in September 2009 in Zimbabwe also appeared to have a human head. Although the goat was born alive, the villagers were so scared they killed it. "This incident is very shocking. It is my first time to see such an evil thing. It is really embarrassing," he reportedly said. "The head belongs to a man while the body is that of a goat. This is evident that an adult human being was responsible. Evil powers caused this person to lose self control. We often hear cases of human beings who commit bestiality but this is the first time for such an act to produce a product with human features," he added."

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Microsoft Offers $44.6 Billion for Yahoo

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "Microsoft Corp. has pounced on slumping Internet icon Yahoo Inc. with an unsolicited takeover offer of $44.6 billion in its boldest bid yet to challenge Google Inc.'s dominance of the lucrative online search and advertising markets."
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Oracle Buys BEA

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

slas6654 (996022) writes "Oracle won out on its' pursuit of BEA, the software company better known for WebLogic, Aqualogic and Tuxedo. Oracle is offering a 25% premium over the $15.58 closing price. In a bit of comic irony, I tried to get to the web site with the announcement and I got a "Servlet Error". Hopefully that www.oracle.com wasn't running BEA.

Oracles BEA Announcement

This latest purchase begs the question: what is there left for Larry Ellison to buy?"

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Darwinism in our Midst

slas6654 slas6654 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

slas6654 writes "I'm sometimes amused and shocked by events documenting true-to-life Darwinian activities. Some Serbian guy was too drunk to see what was coming next...

BELGRADE, Serbia (Reuters) — A 23-year old Serb was found dead and half-eaten in the bear cage of Belgrade Zoo at the weekend during the annual beer festival.

The man was found naked, with his clothes lying intact inside the cage. Two adult bears, Masha and Misha, had dragged the body to their feeding corner and reacted angrily when keepers tried to recover it.

"There's a good chance he was drunk or drugged. Only an idiot would jump into the bear cage," zoo director Vuk Bojovic told Reuters.

Local media reported that police found several mobile phones inside the cage, as well as bricks, stones and beer cans."

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