New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed
Many people in your group go around denying the reality of addiction, saying it is just a choice, as easy as choosing soup over salad for lunch
It is a choice. No one is born needing to shoot heroin or smoke a cigarette since they've never experienced. They make the conscious choice to do so despite the overwhelming evidence of what happens when you use both.. At that point one could argue it becomes an addiction, but no one is born being addicted (assuming their mother didn't make the choice for them).
Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
That explains why there is so much lens flare in his movies. He's trying to recreate what he sees every day.
Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year
Except in Microsoft's recent pattern, FINDING those items is much more difficult and less intuitive. What was once a single-click to see all your options from 'View' (for instance), is now a "click and hope" funfest as you meander from ribbon to ribbon trying to come across what you're looking for.
The layouts are not intuitive, they have moved items from where they used to be, have buried items in sub-entries and it takes longer to accomplish what you want.
By any measure, that is not an upgrade no matter how many people wish it to be so.
Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
In general, the real silliness of drug tests is when they are used by things like fast food restaurants
Right, because I want to be the customer who has their food spiked by someone who was high or under the influence because they thought it would be funny. Imagine them sprinkling crack or LSD on food and someone has a reaction or leaves in their car and has an accident. That's totally hilarious.
or worse when they are used as a condition of welfare
If you have money to buy drugs you have money to buy food or pay your bills. Or have we abandoned personal responsibility?
Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration
then "the more you pay the more you get" should be true as well
That's the specious logic corporations use to justify the exorbitant salaries of their CEOs despite numerous studies showing the person at the top has little to no impact on the performance of the company.
Then again, when corporations say they can't their workers more they are by default stating they don't want the best workers because they're not willing to pay the folks on the front line what they're worth.
Some reference material:
Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret
What's the point of an engine that runs correctly in a car that looks good if everything else is shit?
IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts
My second thought was, if their budget is cut all they have to do is reduce the scope of their mission.
They can't. The scope of their mission is defined by Congress. They are tasked with carrying out what Congress says. They can't unilaterally say, "We're not going to do what we're told to do."
That said, if they wanted to reduce their mission scope they could always ignore trying to collect money from people who didn't hand over their money to private companies since this has nothing to do with the collection of taxes.
Jim Blasko Explains 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 2 of 2)
and they charge their customers a small transaction fee in the form of an exchange rate difference.
So you lose money each time you use it? That sucks.
I don't have that problem when I use real money. If something costs $10, I give the person a $20 bill and get $10 back. By your logic I might $9.95 back.
What a horrible deal for the person using this crap currency.
The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart
how does empty space have energy?
That was my question as well until I read Brian Greene's explanation in his book, The Fabric of the Cosmos.
In short, the Higgs Field. Long answer, think of what we call space as a fabric (hence the title of his book). The Higgs Field is the fabric upon which everything else "sits". Even if there are no particles in a given unit of space, it is not empty because the Higgs Field is still there.
Start on page 254 of his book and work your way through as he describes the field and how it (supposedly) permeates everything.
Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source
"I'm not a nice person, and I don't care about you.
Funny, when I have said the exact same thing on here, people whine that I should care about someone else, how I have no compassion or am just plain evil.
When Linus comes out and says the same thing, he's regarded as quirky and a hero.
Nice double standard. Just like, "Big government is in the hands of evil corporations! Get it out of our lives! Except when we want Big Government to force people to hand over their money to corporations so I don't have to take personal responsibility for my actions."
Nice job, hypocrites.
Google Releases More Windows Bugs
In effect they are trying to destroy the market for zero day exploits
So like the malware known as Google Chrome? If it can install itself when someone doesn't have admin rights, it's malware.
Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing
because their prices absolutely suck in Canada
I can assure you it's not just in Canada their prices suck.
Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like
Just because people have some kind of agenda doesn't mean you should avoid everybody.
They didn't say they were avoiding everybody, just those associated with churches or religion. That isn't everybody, just a large subset of everybody.
Talk about not using your brain.
Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression
Maybe God shouldn't have given man free will. Then it wouldn't be bitching about the results.
Or better yet, maybe God should have done a better job of creating us in the first place, then this wouldn't be an issue.
Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings
That's why drivers should have insurance so we don't have to sue them.
Except if you're running a business, which is what Uber is, on your personal insurance. Then your insurance company won't cover you, and may drop you, which means you end up getting sued anyway.
Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash
Try RetroShooter from Arcade Pod. The music alone is worth it.
Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression
It's stupid because people like you think being gay is a choice.
That's like saying be tolerant of blacks or Asians because they chose to be that way.
Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression
Considering Pope Francis will never allow women priests or stop using the stupid, "Love the sinner, hate the sin" when referring to gays, the AC is correct.
Further, we know for a fact the Catholic Church has been covering up pedophiles within its ranks. While Francis might be making an effort to combat this, that doesn't change the fact of what has been happening (and is most likely continuing to occur).
Ammonia Leak Alarm On the ISS Forces Evacuation of US Side: Crew Safe
You are correct (you can zoom in). Directly below that bank of switches it says "Engine Water Injection".
Cyber Attacks Demonstrated On Autonomous Ground Vehicles
As a follow up, see this article which mentions cars talking to one another. That's another term for networking.
Imagine someone able to hack this type of system and the chaos they could cause.
Again, analog is better than digital.
Woz: Android is better
All you Apple fanboys prepare to gnash your teeth, rip out your hair and throw tantrums, the Woz has spoken.
Essentially, Android is more versatile and does things better than the iPhone, including Siri which apparently has problems connecting Woz to one of his favorite steak houses. Woz also doesn't like the fact the you need a connection, at all times, to get voice commands to work.
In short, the iPhone seems to be a violation of Rule #1 of the Three Rules of IT That Should Never Be Broken: never let programmers design your applications.
Woz also isn't thrilled about the short battery life, though Android has its own problems with battery life.
It's official: Google sucks like Microsoft
No, not in the search field. Bing has that sown up quite nicely. I'm talking about getting the version of the software you want.
I had a request to install Google Earth on some machines here at work. Why, don't know considering who will be using it but that's my orders and I carry them out.
So I go to earth.google.com and get the message that I can download Google Earth 6. I select the option and find that 6 is a beta but, and this is key, they do offer the stable 5.2 version.
Obviously I select the stable version because this is a production environment. I also uncheck installing of Chrome and making Chrome my default browser.
I check the "Yes, I Agree" option and right before I click the button to download I notice something. My option for 5.2 is not available. In fact, I am now forced to download the version I didn't want.
Thinking I'm missing something, I go through the entire process again but this time, I watch how the screen changes before my eyes.
Yup, it doesn't matter if I want the 5.2 version, Google is going to force the 6 version on me. In addition, I am forced, yes, forced, to accept that Earth will check for updates automatically. I cannot unselect this option. There was another option I could not unselect but I'm so pissed I can't remember what it was.
So I forgo getting the beta and ask around at work until I find someone who has kept one of the old installers to use.
So there you have it. Google is officially as sucky as Microsoft when it comes down to getting the file you want.
This is precisely why I don't have gmail or signed up for anything Google-related. I don't want them to tell me what I want, I know what I want. Don't tell me otherwise.
/. is once again screwed up
Ok, so the title isn't telling you anything you didn't already know. However, this is a somewhat critical issue for those of us who get mod points.
Apparently, even though I have set my threshold to -1, I don't see anything below 1.
Having searched through all the nooks and crannies of the craptacular 2.0 (or is it 3.0 now?) version, there are no other settings to set to see low posters.
Normally this wouldn't be an issue as most people at 0 or -1 are just trolling, but on occasion there is that one comment which is unfairly knocked and I like to upgrade them.
Yeah, I COULD send an email and ask that this be looked into, but what are the chances that this would be given a high priority when one considers how much they listened to people about the new design.
So for now, those of you who get a 0 or -1 mod, sorry, I can't help you.
Just a quick Fox News faux paus
We all realize that Fox's distortion of reality is well known. We also know that terms such as "homicide bomber" or "homicide shooter" are an attempt to "update" ones vocabulary.
However, it seems that in their effort to widen their distortion field, they have unilaterally removed an entire country from the world map.
I give you (via Minyanville), the new map of the Middle East
It's that time again. The Japanese Auto Show booth babes are back
Once again we are graced by the sights of young, nubile asian women in what are mostly Hooters outfits. Oh, and there are cars in some of the pictures as well.
Creating domain list is bullshit Microsoft!
Trying to get newly imaged machines on the network is an exercise in bullshit. After the initial settings (turn off restore points, turn off OS selection, etc) and restarting, without exception when I changed from local machine to network the message about creating the domain list comes up.
Bullshit, bullshit, BULLSHIT! There is no need to create the ENTIRE domain list when all you need is to log onto your local domain. Having to wait MINUTES for the information to be updated is just BULLSHIT!
It's like dealing with the bad programming of certain games (*cough*Alpha Centauri*cough*). I don't give a flying fuck if the odds are against me. Make the fucking attack! I've turned off all notifications, just fucking attack.
It's the same thing with this shitty domain list creation. Just fucking log onto the current domain. There is only one option. Create the list later.
Fuck I hate programmers. This is why I will never be involved in a project dealing with programming something. I don't want my name associated with this shit.
And no, I did not get things off my chest. This is only the beginning.
Anime women are real!
From time to time I mention the Japanese and the unique differences they have compared to us (most aren't obese for instance). From time to time I also mention finding articles related to anime such a life-size Gundam or the Argo.
This time, I have come across something so disturbing (in a good way) that it truly boggles the mind. I'm sure you are all familiar with anime and the characters therein. If not by name, you can at least recognize when you see an anime-drawn character. In particular, the women of anime are drawn as having HUGE round eyes (except if they're evil in which case the almond shape persists), thin, lithe bodies and possibly lots of bouncy hair.
In that regard, I give you a real anime woman! No, not the first picture, the second. And third. And fourth. And so on. The main page for her is http://blog.crooz.jp/xx1xx/
So who is she? Believe it or not, she works at the Wakatsuki Chinatsu concession in the teen paradise of Shibuya 109. At least according to this article from whence I came across her blog.
Seriously, does she or does she not look EXACTLY like the women of anime (including the adult variety)?
I don't read kanji but if you hover of the various links, you can at least get an idea of where you're going. Start below the Hair Nail link to see the articles and the associated pictures.
Tron Legacy = Fail
As a rule, I don't watch commercials. As soon as I see one, I change the channel. However, there are a few that I do watch and with the sequel to Tron coming out, I've noticed a few promoting the movie.
Let me say straight away that if the commercials are representative of the movie, the remake is a failure. With the exception of blue and red lighting around the edge of things, everything I've seen leads me to believe this is going to be one big shitfest of explosions interspersed with some touchy-feely scenes (though one apparently doesn't get to touch Olivia Wilde).
And speaking of Olivia, the few words I've heard her speak are delivered in as bland a style as is possible. There doesn't seem to be any emotion behind her words.
While the first movie was ground breaking, this one seems to another in a long line of movies which takes a perfectly good story and tramples the lineage into dust. I'm looking at you Transformers. >:
Based solely on the commercials, I fail to see one redeeming reason to watch it unless it comes out on television.
The Argo is real!
Depending on your definition of "real". For those of you who watched the original broadcast series, StarBlazers was probably the first anime you saw. You watched as they fired the Wave Motion Gun for the first time and saw it obliterate a floating island. You held your breath as the relentless assault of the Gamalons threatened to destroy them. Your eyes, like mine, were probably as big as saucers as they found out they had to go into the Gamalon homeworld and take them out before they could acquire the device from Trelana.*
Now, for a mere $277, you can own The Argo. Well, a 1:625 scale model at least. One thing it has going for it is that it's metal, not plastic. Judging by the picture, it seems to be very true to the series.
I still have a soft spot for the final confrontation of The Argo inside planet Gamalon. When I decide to watch the show, I do so at night, lights off, volume up. The effect of The Argo's main guns firing every which way, the exploding bombs and rockets trying to find their mark, the sound of everything, is something that I thoroughly enjoy.
Mozilla takes a page from /.
Installed a new PC for one of the higher ups and was going through the process of configuring the newest version of Firefox (3.6.11). I wasn't able to do a copy and paste into the new, empty, profile directory of the users profile so I had to create one from scratch. After that, I figured it was easier to just go to the four web sites and rebookmark them rather than trying to do a copy and paste.
However, in my travels, I found that the option to not submit crash reports would not stay unchecked. I would uncheck it, click OK then come back in and it was rechecked.
I don't want to submit crash reports from this user's PC. They wouldn't know what to do with them anyway.
So I went to look for the 3.6.10 version. Found the ftp link but get this server message:
ISA Server: extended error message :
200 Switching to Binary mode.
200 PORT command successful. Consider using PASV.
550 Permission denied.
If one follows Mozilla's own directions on how to get an older version, you can't (at least I can't). Add in the fact that a simple checkbox won't stay unchecked and that when you delete some of the extraneous entries in the bookmark directory you are still left with lines, one begins to wonder if Taco and Company are giving advice to the Mozilla folks.
No, I'm not submitting a bug report. I'm not creating ANOTHER account somewhere just to let them know. This is my bug report. Anyone with connections or who has an account can submit it for me.
And more P.S. Taco
I guess there's someone who will fall for this
Everyone reading this should be aware of what the Nigerian 419 Scam is all about. You've probably received one or two of them (I've only ever received one). As more and more people wise up (or the older ones die off, depending on your point of view), these scams, while still raking in millions, are becoming less and less effective.
So, in good Evolutionary style, those who want to make you part with your money have come up with their newest ploy. I give you, the Enron letter.
I have a software firm named after me!
Ok, so it's not really named after me, but I was looking for a decent pizza place in lower Manhattan (if you know of any, let me know) and happened to see the following name at 55 Broad Street:
Wombat Financial Software
Funny how those things come about, isn't it?
See, we're not luddites!
With that little bit out of the way, nearly everyone I told the following piece about me seems shocked, especially when it is revealed that I am employed in the IT field. What is so shocking that people's mouths fall to ground in surprise? What is so unbelievable that they have to call their friends to spread the news?
I don't own a cell phone. Just as some on here will say they don't have cable, I don't own a cell phone. My job doesn't require it, nor do I want or need one. I don't want people to be able to contact me at a moment's notice. I most certainly don't people to be able to track me down.
And I'm not the only one. As the following article relates, many people, of both high and low stature, don't have cell phones. And it's not because they're luddites. They don't have one because they don't need one. Which is something I have said all along. The number of people who truly need a cell phone is insignificant compared to those who own one (or more) phones. Besides, as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne says in the article, "He says he has never overheard a cell conversation that wasn't banal."
So when you find out someone doesn't own a cell phone, don't think they're living in a backwards mentality. Think of them as being on the cutting edge of being a power broker.
Gundams are finally here
I'm not talking about some reproduction made in the basement of an agoraphobic teenager. No, I'm talking life-size, possibly functional, Gundams. You know, the kind that go bang and boom as they destroy things.
For your viewing pleasure: Gundam!
The Road Ahead, by Bill Gates, 15 years later
It's been 15 years since Bill Gates wrote his book, The Road Ahead, in which he talks about how technology would shape the future. In the intervening years, technology has changed most aspects of our lives for better or worse. So how did Bill Gates do on his predictions? The Atlantic takes a look at the good and bad of some of his prognostications. Overall, it appears Bill let optimism guide his thoughts, except when it came to the Internet"
Finally, a use for cigarettes
Go ahead, get on my case about harping about the evils of smoking. You may like to smoke, but I don't want you around me when you do. And if do you come around me, take a shower first. Just don't expect a good night kiss.
With that out of the way, it seems the country with the largest amount of smokers has potentially come up with a use for the filters of used cigarettes. You drop them in water, extract the volatiles from the water and use those volatiles to coat the inside of oil pipes and prevent them from rusting.
Weird, huh? Use known carcinogens to prevent pipes which carry oil from springing leaks. Who knew?!
You know you're bored when...
you're too lazy to write porn.
Yes, on rare occasions I write porn. Not well and not often, but enough to satisfy some people who frequent Literotica.
Currently, I am caught up on work stuff, too lazy to study for my quiz on Saturday and too bored to continue working on one of three different stories.
People talk about depression being bad (I'm not depressed). It's not. It's the boredom.
It would be nice...
if there was one time I could take a piss and not have someone else stop by. It's not that I'm shy, but dealing with people all day makes one want a moment of peace and quiet.
Standing there and having someone else come in and go take a dump with noises like something from Dr. Seuss does not allow one to decompress. Nor is it possible when someone comes in and tries to talk to you (yes ladies, there is a code in the bathroom). Of course there's always 'The Whistler'. Annoying is the word that comes to mind.
Peace and quiet are one of the two reasons bathrooms exist. If only solitude would be a third reason.
Never had a teacher like this
With Sunday being Pi Day, CNN is running a quick blurb about the whole affair. That's not what caught my eye (don't care about the day anyway).
No, what caught my attention was the picture they use(d) to accompany the story. For your reference.
Headlines that need a bit more work
This was the headline for a story on The Japan Times Online web site:
JBA sketches out plan for bj-league, JBL merger
It makes you think, don't it?