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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

sribe Re:More Range Needed (114 comments)

In 1973, a Plymouth station age, a station wagon got 7-16 mpg and had a 16 gallon tank. The 256 miles, BEST case.

Yeah, and you could refill it in 2 minutes.

yesterday
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

sribe obviously a NATO plot (544 comments)

I'm sure the Western aggressors are shelling Ukraine from inside Russia, as part of their insidious plot to estrange Ukraine from Russia. No really, give it another 5 minutes and the Putin apologists will be claiming this.

2 days ago
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Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

sribe Re:"Intelligence" is not earned. (155 comments)

It's something you are born with. You can hone it, as this guy's done, but the bulk of the work was done before you could even talk.

Actually, that's not right at all. Research shows more & more the link between intelligence and environment & experience.

3 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

sribe Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

while true, who are you going to sue, the min wage employee, or the multi billion dollar company??

How about: nobody?

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

sribe Re:this story is missing information (875 comments)

Then he tweeted about a rude agent that was following company policy...

Actually, no, she was not enforcing company policy. As has been pointed out elsewhere, she wasn't even correct. She made up her own fucking rule, then went ballistic when challenged. The fucking cunt needs to be fired, ASAP.

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

sribe Re:this story is missing information (875 comments)

And, yes, he still works there — despite my complaining several times.

I had a friend of a friend once, who complained about an extremely rude cop. And a miracle occurred. He was later informed that there had been many prior complaints, and this his was the one that finally tipped the scales and resulted in the asshole being fired. (This was obviously long ago before the age of over-exaggerated "privacy" for employees which prevents any discussion of disciplinary actions in even the most drastic cases.) So, keep complaining ;-)

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

sribe Re:this story is missing information (875 comments)

Uhm, he WAS allowed on the plane. Then pulled off because of the tweet.

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

sribe Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (875 comments)

Where do you work, I wonder, that you believe people who have flaws, like we all do, should be treated like used tissues?

I've worked in retail. I've dealt with real assholes. I have NEVER EVER even come anywhere near the kind of absolutely unacceptable behavior exhibited by this agent, nor did I ever see any my colleagues do anything remotely like it not ever. She absolutely should be fired.

Complaining to the guy, OK. Calling him off the plane, questionable. Threatening to call the police over a complaint, fired, ASAP.

Think about it for a minute--why was she so anxious to get rid of the tweet? Because she knew she was going to be in trouble. So instead of trying anything at all to de-escalate, she threatens to call the police, in order to COVER HER OWN ASS.

4 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

sribe Re:Customer service? (875 comments)

You mean SWA should be charged with extortion? She was acting on behalf of the company.

I'm pretty sure she was far outside the scope of the authority the company granted her to act.

4 days ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

sribe Re:Watch the F-35 get blown out of the skies (184 comments)

Why? What evidence or precedent do you have for that statement? When in recent history have our planes been blown out of the sky by Russian-produced missiles?

4 days ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

sribe Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (173 comments)

In today's technological world, STEM education is performing a very similar role.

Yes, and to be blunt, I also think that in the past 20 years the rigor of the liberal arts degrees has been greatly reduced, making them even less valuable than they otherwise would have been.

For instance, math or compsci either one, you're going to learn about deductive and inductive proofs, which are highly valuable reasoning skills that will serve you well throughout life. In the old days, a philosophy course would have exposed the liberal arts major to a version that, while somewhat less rigorous, would have been greatly beneficial. These days that same student is likely not to be exposed to that at all, and worse may have his critical-thinking skills permanently damaged by the inane bullshit of deconstructionism.

5 days ago
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Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

sribe Re:Just wow. (109 comments)

They've all decided, well, we can't spy on our own people, but if the Americans do it for us it's all good.

Well, after all, even the Americans have decided that ;-)

5 days ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

sribe Re:Why? (260 comments)

It could work if you're only going from bottom of rack UPS to rack equipment. It's already done in some datacenters, though usually at 24 or 48V rather than 12V.

Oh, absolutely yes in data centers. But not in houses.

about a week ago
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Google Offers a Million Bucks For a Better Inverter

sribe Re:Why? (260 comments)

You could also probably build the powered devices to run off 12V for less than what this inverter would cost.

Lower voltage, higher amperage required for same power, rapidly increasing power loss with increasing wire length, even at residential scale. There's a reason that your power supply for your 12V lights goes close to the lights and you don't run 12V through your house.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

sribe Re:call them (350 comments)

netflix listened to customer feedback when they tried to spin off their disc rentals to another company. so call them and give them feedback. they are easy to reach by phone. if you dont complain to them please dont whine on slashdot

The difference here is that very very few people will care. We're talking about mailing in a DVD on Friday, and getting the next on Tuesday instead of Monday.

Most of us have jobs and lives during the week. Most DVD watching is concentrated to Fri/Sat/Sun.

about a week ago
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Mimicking Vesicle Fusion To Make Gold Nanoparticles Easily Penetrate Cells

sribe Re:Particles are baloney (20 comments)

Oh come on, man! Did you even read that article? The person questioning him is Prof. Moriarity! Once an evil villain, always an evil villain!

about a week ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

sribe Re:lol (667 comments)

... given that everyone seems to agree that the fighters are actually eastern Ukrainians and at most Russia is supplying weapons to them.

No, not even that is agreed upon. That are many claims that the "commanders" of the fighters are Russian, not Ukrainian.

about a week ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

sribe Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

...a much smaller ISP like Level3...

You're fucking idiot. Shut up and get back under your rock.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

sribe Re:um... (134 comments)

Apple failed to mention the bit about, if a US government agency had contacted them and requested information or for a backdoor to be put into their device, they'd be required by federal law to lie about it or face charges of treason.

That's not true. They could keep quiet; there is nothing in the current (unconstitutional) laws by which they can be required to make any statement at all.

about two weeks ago
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Rocket Scientist Designs "Flare" Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster

sribe Re:Long time to boil? (204 comments)

Wouldn't a standard pressure cooker set to sea level pressure solve this problem?

Pressure cookers help, a lot. But they're not "set to sea level pressure", they are set to a differential pressure of whatever the current pressure is + some fixed PSI. (Or, in the case of the one I use at home, your choice of 2 pressure offsets.) So you need either experience or some mental juggling to estimate cooking times with one.

So, yes, depending on your altitude, they can help a lot, or make it just like cooking at sea level, or make it faster. And they do make lightweight portable ones for camping. But "lightweight" and "portable" are relative. You would NOT schlep one of these along for a solo backpack trip. But if you have any kind of vehicle, or porters, supporting a more heavily-equipped trip, then it's certainly an option.

about two weeks ago

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