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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

themushroom catch-22 (276 comments)

You make a good point. This will be really embarassing for his memoirs: "I learned everything about leadership from my un--... uh, my dad." Of course he could spin this as having gifts from his deity since he can't admit his uncle existed and schooled him.

Also, whatever the North Korean version of Thanksgiving will be pretty awkward from henceforth.
"Auntie, you look good..."
"Eat shit, you little bastard."

about a year ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

themushroom what steroids do to 'the little man' (276 comments)

More like a banana republic with nukes than the USSR, but we can presume Kim has taken some historical tips.

about a year ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

themushroom Hong Kong Phooey (276 comments)

Why doesn't someone karate chop his goofy ass out of the country?

That may have been what his uncle was trying to do.

about a year ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

themushroom giving new meaning to the phrase (276 comments)

"You have disappointed me. From hereon: You're dead to me."

about a year ago
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North Korea Erases Executed Official From the Internet

themushroom obligatory statement to the NK noobs (276 comments)

"That's not how the Internet works."

Oh sure, the locals (not having ample Internet, and being fed the story by speakers across the countryside) might think his uncle that taught him his tricks was a traitor scumdog etcetera because that's the story Kim Jong-Un has concocted recently, but the rest of the world hasn't lost their copies of the newspaper, the stories that are on the websites, and other proofs of concept that Photoshop or a text editor aren't going to negate from the other 99% of the world's media.

about a year ago
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Cobalt-60, and Lessons From a Mexican Theft

themushroom but the bigger question is (174 comments)

Have any radiation-scorched-flesh Mexican men's bodies been found to date?

Because really, I can't believe in the danger we've been told about until the headlines of "them banditos are doomed, they opened the capsule" are proven true.

about a year ago
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A Year After Ban On Loud TV Commercials: Has It Worked?

themushroom Crecendo (288 comments)

Here's what happens at my house at commercial breaks on Comcast: The program is fairly quiet, the beginning of the advertisement is just as quiet (CALM in effect) but in the last 10-20 seconds you sense that the volume is going up to just below a shout... then the show resumes and it's quiet again.

about a year ago
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US Navy Launches Drone From Submerged Submarine

themushroom anyone else remember the 1980 movie 'Virus'? (55 comments)

[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080768/]
Launching a drone out of a submarine (in the movie's case, to gather air samples and get video of major cities) has been done before, in movie form anyhow.

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

themushroom rechargable battery decay (239 comments)

Batteries discharge when doing nothing. What if the 1.1kWh is the normal for just sitting there like if it wasn't even in the car, plus some trickle for things like the clock and other persistant items? This might say more about the batteries' charge decay rate than the rest of the system causing a drain (though I do figure, fairly, there's a little more than just the clock and expected no-load decay at issue here).

about a year ago
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Tesla Model S Battery Drain Issue Fixed

themushroom drain (239 comments)

The whole battery had to be replaced at cost to the owner and the Honda CEO was nowhere to be seen.

This would be because people will buy a Honda regardless of whether the dealer or company or CEO is a prick or not, where Tesla is trying to get itself a foothold in the market and Elon feels personally responsible if there's a defective product because it reflects badly upon the company. A hundred million Hondas Thousands of Teslas.

about a year ago
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Scientists Boost the "Will To Persevere" With Current To the Brain

themushroom ahh yess, ahh yess (127 comments)

I started to write this as a joke, but now I'm not so sure. For all we glorify perseverance, sometimes it's idiotic.

I just think of the old phrase, "why does man climb a mountain? because it's there"... really, is that a valid reason?
Granted, I spent most of a day getting a WiFi card to work with Linux on a circa-2000 notebook and will likely erase the hard drive in the near future. It's the challenge or the adventure or... well, ego, okay?... even if there's really no point in an endeavor. The more dangerous without a tangible reward, the better.

about a year ago
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Scientists Boost the "Will To Persevere" With Current To the Brain

themushroom it's alive... ALIVE (127 comments)

I have mod points but I already posted so I can merely suggest this get my proxy +1.

about a year ago
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Scientists Boost the "Will To Persevere" With Current To the Brain

themushroom This has existed a long time (127 comments)

a) I recall there being experiments in the 1980s where rodent brains were wired to where the mouse would press a bar to get a jolt to its pleasure center, and it would procede to bang that bar until it passed out.
b) The news and hospitals are filled with people who have already proven that psychoactive drugs such as PCP and angel dust, and of late methamphetamins, will have a "will to perservere" at whatever they're doing (be it tweaking with the heat sinks on a stereo or trying to release demons from one's brain with a hand drill and a piece of metal coat hanger) that lasts for days or until incidental death, whichever comes first.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

themushroom but there is hope (506 comments)

There is, outside the city of Seattle, a certain company with a legendary history in the world of tech support. It has been known as... ACS, now a Xerox company.

Considering the turnover rate for ACS employment, there's always space answering phones for Verizon Wireless through them.

And half of the people I've worked with in the Internet industry ten years ago passed through their doors in the last five.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why So Hard Landing Interviews In Seattle Versus SoCal?

themushroom Re:Change your name to a foreign name (506 comments)

But as for "Mujib Gandaharik", he goes to the top of the list.

about a year ago
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Japanese Aircraft-Carrying Super Submarine From WWII Located Off Hawaii

themushroom Re:Captured at the end of the War (123 comments)

I'm betting the 'losing' end of the situation didn't discuss this with the 'finding' end.

Former OSS: "Shh, we don't know about that. YOU don't know about that. It doesn't exist."

about a year ago
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Lawsuits Seek To Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons

themushroom The true definition of personhood (641 comments)

is not merely sentience, but whether one is paying taxes. Taxpayers are paying the salaries of those who decide cases like this.

Also: "right turn, Clyde." *whack*

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Declines Case On Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

themushroom and for those of we IN the chain... (293 comments)

I'm a Washington resident so I'm in the statistical minority that do pay tax on Amazon's goods. The ruling doesn't help those who live in the place where the business is located, understandably, only those who do not -- and in the case of Amazon, since the source can be anywhere, that list of "nots" is rather subjective or narrow in light of 'substantial nexus'.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Declines Case On Making Online Retailers Collect Sales Taxes

themushroom To clarify to the non-Northwesters: (293 comments)

Washington has sales tax paid at purchase. (Local to me it's 9.2%)
Oregon has a state income tax -- so save those receipts.

Thus both states tax their goods, just one more delayed than others, with the benefit that Washingtoninans love shopping in Oregon since they don't pay sales tax and Oregonians (like Alaskans) say "no tax" when purchasing stuff in Oregon.

about a year ago

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