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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

volmtech Check your facts (415 comments)

Kenny Knight, a longtime political adviser to Duke, said Scalise spoke at a meeting of the Jefferson Heights Civic Association -- not affiliated with the European-American Unity and Rights conference that was held in the same Metairie hotel -- two-and-a-half hours before the white nationalist event started.

Never let the truth get in the way if you are a Liberal.

2 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

volmtech Re:Not so difficult (506 comments)

I do not believe American export man hours equal import man hours. Look at the disaster happening in North Dakota as fracking jobs disappear due to the sudden drop in oil prices. We mostly export raw materials or automated factory goods. Great for corporate profits but little value to the American worker. All the job growth is in service industries, where is the money coming from? Record number of people on food stamps and disability, eighteen trillion dollars of debt. Found it!

2 days ago
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New Advance Confines GMOs To the Lab Instead of Living In the Wild

volmtech Re:Lest we Forget.. (128 comments)

Who remembers the Alar scare? When the news broke panicked mothers rushed to schools to pull apples out of their child's lunch. The FDA had pulled Alar's registration but allowed all remaining stocks on hand to be used. Unfortunately most orchards had already been sprayed and with the panic no one was buying. Many farmers lost their orchards.

2 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

volmtech Re:Stick cards in your spokes (790 comments)

Maybe I'm wrong but I though an internal combustion engine was basically an air pump. Getting the air in and out in an efficient manner produced more power. I flipped the air cleaner cover on my 68 327 Impala because it allowed more air to the air cleaner than the one and a quarter inch hole on the side snout. It had nothing to do with the sweet moan from the spread bore carburetor at full throttle.

One of the best sounding exhaust I ever heard was on a ten wheel flat bed truck with a big block V-8. The owner had simply welded a three ft section of six inch black pipe to each exhaust pipe in place of a traditional muffler.

2 days ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

volmtech Re:Why is lack of male nurses not an issue? (479 comments)

My wife just started nursing school. Tonight she is going to practice doing a bed bath on me. I hope she wears her naughty nurse outfit ;)

She has been helping take care of her invalid mother for almost ten years so she knows how. She just needs a male patient and figured I would enjoy it. Out of the fifteen students in her class, one is male.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

volmtech Re:The pendulum swings too far... (441 comments)

Take your first sentence to it's logical conclusion. Ban all things pertaining to fossil fuels. Most people do nothing productive, they can all stay home. Many of those now unemployed can then start work on the all renewable infrastructure. It will require a North Korean style totalitarian government because the sacrifice and deprivation of a carbon free existence will be intolerable to all but a few of the population. Of course those few will gleefully man the guard towers and put aside their fear of guns.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla To Produce 'a Few Million' Electric Cars a Year By 2025

volmtech Re:math (181 comments)

Sadly taxes are such a fact of modern life not paying one is now considered a subsidy, from Wikipedia, "Subsidies come in various forms including: direct (cash grants, interest-free loans) and indirect (tax breaks." Pay up sucker.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

volmtech Re:Just hire a CPA (450 comments)

After years of my business breaking even, meaning no profit but no loses either, I had to sell some land to repay the loans I had been living off of. This triggered a large capital gains tax. I shifted expenses forward to cancel that out. The next year with less expenses I made a large paper profit and had to pay the Social Security and income tax on that profit that wouldn't have be due on the capital gains.

The smart me thought me knew what he was doing and the lazy me didn't take the few minutes to figure it both ways the first time. This cost me $50,000 in penalties and interest when I couldn't pay it. A CPA would have saved me more than $25.

about two weeks ago
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Education Debate: Which Is More Important - Grit, Or Intelligence?

volmtech Re:The Full List (249 comments)

I have a straight A daughter who almost had a nervous break down trying to be perfect. I also have a mostly A and B son who confided to me he never bothered to study for a test until he started law school. Both now have successful careers so I guess they achieved balance.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

volmtech Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

Remember the nightly news with Walter Cronkite? There was always a teletype running in the background to let you know it was a news show.

about two weeks ago
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Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

volmtech Re:Stop trying to win this politically (786 comments)

Until everyone gos to war against climate change nothing will happen. In 1941 the US was at war. There was a real threat of invasion yet there was still the need for a military draft because many men wouldn't volunteer to fight. Until everyone is forcibly drafted into the warming war, few are willing to suffer the consequences.

There will be food rationing, travel restrictions, and many deaths, remember, this is war. Until the politicians declare war and institute the draft most will be conscientious objectors.

about two weeks ago
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Short-Term Exposure To Diesel Fumes Causes Changes In Gene Expression

volmtech Re:We already know something about long-term expos (132 comments)

I was a maintenance tech at a produce packing plant where we received bulk semi loads of potatoes. We weighed the trucks in and out to calculate the delivery weight. One guy was HUGE! I made sure I watched the digital scale readout as he got out of his truck to get his scale ticket. He was over 600 lbs. He took his papers and then climbed the stairs to the second story office.

about two weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Based Basic Income Program Started In Finland

volmtech Re:Tell that to Alaskans who get BI of US$1000+/ye (109 comments)

As a mental exercise two years ago I took the time to calculate what my investment would have been worth if my yearly SS contribution was put in the stock market starting with my first paycheck in 1970. Most of my life I made less then forty thousand a year. It would have been six-hundred and fifty thousand. For gold it would have been the same. I calculated Apple stock and almost got sick. Most people probably use up that much in Medicare but that is another discussion.

about two weeks ago
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Over 30 Uber Cars Impounded In Cape Town

volmtech Re:Why stop with rides? (160 comments)

Are restaurant licenses limited? Do they cost a million dollars each? Would you be happy if your town decided that five restaurants was enough? Or if one of them had to be in the part of town that wasn't safe after dark? Would prices be cheaper if the wait time was always two hours? Nothing wrong with safety regulations. I don't think social engineering and guaranteed profits are right.

about two weeks ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

volmtech Re:Mentally, though I feel worse. (234 comments)

You may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Short winter days mean less sunlight. Look up light therapy. I suffer from the opposite problem. On long summer days it gets dark so late I can't get enough sleep before it gets bright again. I tried blacking out the windows but them my wife gets depressed.

about three weeks ago
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Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

volmtech Re:The real issue (161 comments)

The real world need for sponges is far greater than the need for people who have been taught how to learn but can't prove it. If you're teaching someone how to learn how can you know if you have succeeded? How does someone prove that they can learn without actually answering any questions? How can a student prove he can retain knowledge without retaining any?

about a month ago
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Boston Elementary, Middle Schools To Get a Longer Day

volmtech Re:The real issue (161 comments)

My first day at school was in 1958. With pop quizzes and weekly progress tests in all 5 classes I imagine we spent a cumulative 1 hour a day in testing. Without testing how do you know if a child is learning? I took a semester of college classes in 1997. Each class was four hours a week with the fourth hour spent in testing.

My exposure to today's education system is a daughter who teaches college English and a son in his junior year of college. From what I see even though actual education spending has doubled or even tripled over the last fifty years the education system in more about teachers pay and students rights with little thought given to actually educating the average student.

It seems like the US education system is following the US police and military systems in being totally out of control, self serving, and doing more harm than good while also being hideously expensive. The end of the world might not be televised but it will be online, I'll be watching.

about a month ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

volmtech Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

It was the teachers first computer class and she wasn't prepared. After the first semester I dropped out and went back to my old job. But I felt validated in that I could do college work. I taught my 23 year old son, he builds his own gaming rigs and I'm tech support for my wife. Full time job.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

volmtech Re:Just let them test out! (307 comments)

In 1997 at the age of 45 I decided to take C++ programing classes at my local community collage. This neck beard kid comes in and kicks everyone's ass. It was a prerequisite class for his major. The teacher hated my programs. They worked but weren't fancy enough. His had animations and sounds when the exercise was only to add a column of numbers. I never did figure how to make a recursive function work.

In all fairness I had been using and programing my own computer since 1981 so I lorded over the kids in the fundamentals of computing class.

about a month and a half ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

volmtech Re:They can go bite a donkey (699 comments)

My wife would type www.google.com into the address bar. I showed her how to use the Firefox search bar. Now she types google.com into the search bar. (face palm).

about a month and a half ago

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Finders keepers, should you keep it?

volmtech volmtech writes  |  1 year,14 days

volmtech (769154) writes "What is the etiquette for "found" devices? My was at our neighborhood discount store and noticed a cell phone in the grass by her car. It was an iPhone 4 with a cracked front glass. After she brought it home my son-in law tried to turn it on. The screen glowed briefly so we knew it wasn't totally dead. As we are an Android family he took it to work with him to find someone with an Apple charger. After it charged up he just looked through the contacts for "Mom" and called her. Turns out it was her (obviously) irresponsible teen aged son's phone and she thankfully agreed to meet my large sized son-in law back at the store and retrieve it. Would you have returned it? How much trouble would you go to get something back to the owner?"

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