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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

vm146j2 Re:Hmmm ... (513 comments)

Using one of the 3rd party start menu replacements helps a lot of the symptoms, but it doesn't cleanse the taint.

ISWYDT

about 6 months ago
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Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

vm146j2 Re:The USA a free country ? (376 comments)

Stop punching yourself! Why do you keep punching yourself?

about 8 months ago
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Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving On Bitcoins

vm146j2 Re:Normally it is drugs or mental issues (403 comments)

Actually, most mentally ill folks know very well that something is not right with their thinking; the sad part of mental illnesses is to make you not trust people who see you as mentally ill, and only some of that is irrational. Drug and alcohol abuse are almost always inseparable from mental illness as well; there is no such thing as a mentally "well" addict.

about 10 months ago
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Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 1 Released in HTML Format

vm146j2 Ran out of funds? (129 comments)

If anything screams kickstarter, this is it.

about 10 months ago
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Info Leak Wars To Get Messier

vm146j2 no more secrets (350 comments)

this is the way of the electronic revolution, where once again (like in the village), whatever you do is "public", and you better behave the way you are "supposed" to. the only fun part of the story is watching the watchers spazz out as they look through their panopticon and discover a big eyeball blinking at them.

about a year ago
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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit By Closing Encrypted E-mail Service

vm146j2 Pyrate saying: (470 comments)

Anything known by more than one person is no secret!

Arrrgh!

about a year ago
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Japan Extracts Natural Gas From Frozen Methane Hydrate

vm146j2 Re:Good News Bad News (154 comments)

As the price goes up, all of your more exotic extraction methods, which desperately depend on oil, also get more expensive. "Financially viable" requires profit, but more expensive energy just sucks up more resources. You just start shedding infrastructure, and going from cars to horses (or feet) will be a lot faster than the other way around. Things can fall a long time, but the stop is still sudden.

about a year ago
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Japan Extracts Natural Gas From Frozen Methane Hydrate

vm146j2 Re:Good News Bad News (154 comments)

The reason prices are so high is because the "massive" new sources come with massive new costs to extract. Oil Shale (kerogen) is a great case in point; it is essentially rock with heavy, like waxy heavy, hydrocarbons embedded in it. In theory there is a lot of it, in practice almost no one uses it, because the amount of energy and water needed to dig the rock, cook out the kerogen, crack it into a form usable by the current infrastructure, and transport it to a useful place are extremely high. Every other grand announcement you've been reading follows suit, as does the idea of mining methane hydrates. It is pretty basic math to calculate the amount of recoverable, usable energy from these sources, and you won't be running anything like a developed nation off of it. We will be continuing to move toward less energy use, and there will be nothing slow about it. Less a march than a free-fall.

about a year ago
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Turkey's Science Research Council Stops Publication of Evolution Books

vm146j2 Re:Why did Constantinople get the works? (444 comments)

I ain't never gonna do it without the fez on . . . please understand.

about a year and a half ago
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Al Jazeera Gets a US Voice

vm146j2 This is London! (444 comments)

Those of you not familiar with the history, Al Jazeera was founded by the staff of the BBC's Arabic language channel when they went into retrenchment (shut down the channel they did). The Qatari's foot the bill, but the overarching philosophy and quality are Auntie Beeb's. They only got a bad rap from the Bush administration for reporting honestly during the Iraq invasion, but basically they are the straightest shooters in the Arabic world, and one of the best sources of world news period now that the U.S. desks have given up on maintaining foreign bureaus.

about a year and a half ago
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2012 Set Record For Most Expensive Gas In US

vm146j2 The downside slope of the Hubbard curve (430 comments)

The costs of production will continue to drive up all oil products as the relatively easily extractable oil is sucked up and (mostly) burned, and increasingly desperate measures are taken to keep the inevitable collapses in production at bay. In the U.S., as in most countries of the world, consumption is still heavily subsidized for every step of the oil production and consumption cycle, but it is getting harder to rob from the future to pay for it; food importers (and market based food production is heavily oil dependent) are in for a much rougher time, and there really is no plan B.

about a year and a half ago
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Universal Buys EMI's Recorded Music Unit For $1.9 Billion

vm146j2 Re:EMI!!!! There's unlimited supply!!!! (119 comments)

- With apologies to the Sex Pistols, and you should still be grateful I can't sing, or I'd have dubbed it onto the original track

Can't you scream?

more than 2 years ago
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Seeing Through Walls

vm146j2 Bazookas (163 comments)

Also allow you to see through walls.

Just sayin'

more than 2 years ago
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US Energy Panel Cautiously Endorses Fracking

vm146j2 Re:Have other independent bodies endorsed fracking (294 comments)

Most complete and informative site in the business:

www.theoildrum.com

Warning: Reading the posts and commentary there will cause you to learn about the world's energy situation :p(

more than 2 years ago
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Blocked Fuel Line Botched Military Satellite Orbit

vm146j2 Re:Taxpayers Shouldn't Foot The Bill (86 comments)

Listen, you whiny Winifreds:

When it comes to the DEFENSE of the FREE WORLD, MONEY is NO OBJECT!

about 3 years ago
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Customer Asks For Itemized Bill, Verizon Tells Her To Get a Subpoena

vm146j2 Re:This is the final nail in the coffin (415 comments)

Verizon, like all public corporations, is required by law to list it's corporate officers in their yearly reports. That is a minimum, and most companies have a lot more personnel info available via the tubez. Pick one to start with that has "sales" or "customer" in their title, and write a clear, short and personal letter. It is truly astonishing what you will accomplish, and on the very rare occasion that you get no (or a negative) response, a physical letter to the CEO including your dissatisfaction is the equivalent to a loud screechy alarm clock to these types.

about 3 years ago

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