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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

sls1j Re:Very original (78 comments)

What un-American??? Seems like he took a leaf out of Benjamin Franklin's book. When Mr. Franklin discovered a more efficient wood burning stove he didn't patent it for the purpose of making sure it would be widely accepted. His design is still being used.

1 hour ago

Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

sls1j Has anyone considered (503 comments)

It seems to me that the US and Russian leaders are just drumming up public support for an all out war. First it was Syria, then Crimea, and now this plane get shot down. I wouldn't be at all surprised if our dear POTUS and Putin are working closely together to escalate the situation and are just laughing at all the pawns jumping onto the national bandwagon.

I also wouldn't be surprised if the CIA really shot the jet down, or were somehow involved with both sides.

Reading the news from the US, Ukrainian, Russia, BBC, Israel, and China I can't help but think there is something deeper going on. They all are saying about the same thing, though assigning blame according to their own national propaganda.

If public opinion becomes strong enough and national hate is built to sufficient levels in both countries war is going to happen, and millions will die.

Please people don't get sucked into to the nationalist propaganda!

about two weeks ago

NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

sls1j NSA not NASA (190 comments)

Its just a typo in the article. Really it's just an NSA project to track you and since your tinfoil hats aren't carbon there's nothing you can do to hide. Except maybe crawling in a pile of pencils.

about 1 month ago

Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost As Bad As Google's

sls1j Lack of diversity (435 comments)

I'll bet 100% of their employees are human, I mean shouldn't they be hiring monkeys, and parrots too. Talk about bigotry. They must be Animalphobic.

about a month and a half ago

SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

sls1j What if? (128 comments)

It's hard to tell from the picture, but they looked lined up. What happens if a front seat rider spews during take off. I'd hate to be seated below.

about 2 months ago

What Would You Do With the World's Most Powerful Laser?

sls1j Re:Easy... (143 comments)

Perhaps you should put all the politics into it first then fire it to get them out.

about 5 months ago

NSA's New Utah Data Center Suffering Meltdowns

sls1j Re:Good (241 comments)

Trust me as a Mormon and at Utahn I very must distrust the government, and have been dismayed and angered that this monster has found a home in my state.

about 10 months ago

Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

sls1j Guessing (665 comments)

that Bill Gates wouldn't approve of emacs either.

about 10 months ago

The Ig Nobels Are Tonight

sls1j It's really... (41 comments)

just the latest NSA robot used for spying....

about a year ago

Researchers Fake Mini Volcanic Eruptions

sls1j The aim? (41 comments)

"The aim was to recreate, in true-to-life detail, what happens when a volcanic eruption punches through Earth's crust."
Hugh, it seems to me the aim an excuse to play with explosives.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Starting From Scratch After a Burglary?

sls1j Re:MOVE OUT while there's less stuff (770 comments)

It's not crime in the neighborhoods that increasing. It's the crime in the fancy buildings in Washington DC that's increasing.

about a year and a half ago

Stay Home When You're Sick!

sls1j Re:Uh, nice try (670 comments)

I work from home, and when I'm sick (unless I'm really sick) I work, not because I feel like I have to, but because I could be sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself and wiping my nose, or sit in front of my computer with something to concentrate on and distract myself from my own discomfort.

about a year and a half ago

Electric Car Environmental Impact: Power Source Matters

sls1j Re:Captain Obvious (341 comments)

One possible unintended consequence to taxing pollution is that the government will become dependent on the tax revenue. Which may well cause the government to encourage pollution blocking manufacturer's efforts to reduce pollution.

about 2 years ago

When I need a robust business solution, I prefer it ...

sls1j Who let the CEO .... (275 comments)

in the server room...

more than 2 years ago

Mozilla Proposes 'Do Not Track' HTTP Header

sls1j Evil Bit (244 comments)

and in related news. Changes to the IP protocol now include the evil bit. Any packet with evil intent has it's evil bit set to 1 and everything else is set to 0. So to filter out bad communications just drop all packets with the evil bit set to 1.

more than 3 years ago

Are 10-11 Hour Programming Days Feasible?

sls1j Here's a possible exit (997 comments)

In my opinion it's time to execute your exit plan. This company is down the tubes and they know it. They are only trying desperate measures that aren't likely to work. It will only get worse, soon they'll have a meeting where they will say we can only pay you half salary, but when things get better we'll promise to make up the difference.... That's what happened to me. And I jumped shipped to the company I'm at now. Who by the way are looking for employees. They are great to work for, have good benefits, only rarely ask you to work overtime, and that's usually because your own code is broken and you need to fix it. Once it's fixed then your off. Good luck on your exit strategy.

more than 3 years ago

The Strange Case of Solar Flares and Radioactive Decay Rates

sls1j Re:Just to pre-empt it... (408 comments)

Not only were the stories likely oral, but it's important to note that the Bible wasn't written in English in the original, or any modern language, including modern Hebrew.

I'd wager that connotations of words have changed. We read the literal "first day", but perhaps word day had other meaning that made perfect sense when it was written, such as a connotation of "period of time".

Read that way the Bible's view of the world creation does make more sense for a world being prepared for life.

Light, Water, Dividing the Land and Water and adding plant life, sun, stars and moon (I take this as clearing the sky so you could see the sun, stars, and moon.), animal life, and human life.

It's not a bad theory for origination thousands of years ago. Not sure that it matches perfectly the accepted geological chronology but in a general way it's not horrific.

Finally I don't think God intended the Book of Genesis as a detailed set of instructions for how to create a world. So why would it include all of the detail or interplay. Perhaps he was saying for human life to be possible this is what needed to be done, and here are the general epochs in which it was achieved.

For me at least the message of the creation story isn't a practical lesson in geology, but that God took care of what was needed for humans to survive. It has meaning in an allegorical way on how to build a good life by first building your proper foundation. Brian

more than 3 years ago

Philly Requiring Bloggers To Pay $300

sls1j Re:do ALL 'journalists' have to pay the same? (456 comments)

Though in general I agree with you that full-time politicians should by paid, so that poor but intelligent, and moral people could serve as a public servant. However, I wouldn't say that no-one could serve. Our first president, George Washington, refused any payment for his 8 years of service.

I think a middle ground would be better. The pay should be low though, like maybe the average pay for an American. Then they might want to make conditions that raise the average American

Somewhere I've seen a study that correlated corruption in a state government to the amount it's representatives, so the higher the pay, the higher the corruption. Of course I have no idea how they quantified the corruption in the given state's governments.

more than 3 years ago

My Automobile Gets __ MPG

sls1j Re:Obligatory Simpsons reference (1141 comments)

Man, you must have a leaky engine. 40 (rods per hogshead) = 0.00198412698 miles per gallon

more than 3 years ago


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