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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

volmtech Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (766 comments)

OK, my weapon of choice is a 25 kg bag of potatoes. How many 40 count pallets can you stack in an hour? How about we make them 50 kg? Just drag them 20 meters. I'm 62 so I can't pick up that much anymore.

3 days ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

volmtech Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (766 comments)

How many here have done dangerous jobs or been in the military? You just think, "Nah, nothing is going to happen to me." I have pulled stumps on an open platform tractor with the front wheels three feet in the air. One foot riding the clutch, one foot keeping the tractor straight by tapping the left or right brakes, one hand on the steering wheel and one hand on the throttle. Men take chances, many jobs require strength and endurance that women don't have.

3 days ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

volmtech What Facebook ads? (249 comments)

I have a 22 in wide screen monitor. My brain ignores the right one third of the screen. Ad and flash blockers and Noscript keep most annoying things at bay.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

volmtech Re:Yes yes yes (405 comments)

You have to change human nature first. There has always been The Man. War lord, king, feudal lord, big business, whatever. To take money from The Man you have to be stronger than him. Whoever that is than becomes The Man and still keeps most of the money.

For millennia homosexuals were barely tolerated or even stoned. Today they are looked up to and have special rights. If being rich became as reviled as homosexuals once were than full socialism could work. Of course maybe people who want to be rich were born that way and we shouldn't discriminate against them.

about three weeks ago
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Living On a Carbon Budget: The End of Recreation As We Know It?

volmtech Re:This is an old argument... (652 comments)

One word, freedom. Freedom to leave home when you want, freedom to drive direct to where you work and freedom to go elsewhere after work if you wish. Only with complex tracking and scheduling programs tracking every persons movements and forced high density housing could private transportation be eliminated.

about three weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

volmtech Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

It is when the workers terms include beating the hell out of any other skilled workers who want to work at YOUR job when you are on strike.

about three weeks ago
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Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

volmtech Re:Largest Ponzi Scheme Ever (113 comments)

With time to kill I took my SS statement and calculated the return from investing my contribution in the DOW on the first trading day of the last 40 years. My one hundred forty thousand dollars would now be worth over six hundred fifty thousand. I did the same buying gold with the same return. Do the same with Apple stock, you might feel sick.

about a month ago
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The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

volmtech Re:Who would have guessed (191 comments)

So what do you do with the two rooms that no longer have power?

about a month ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

volmtech Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

So these people who claim they are being disenfranchised are imaginary, that's what I thought.

about a month ago
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State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

volmtech Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (335 comments)

Being this thread is going south, and that is where I'm at, why are you not protesting Florida? I need a photo ID to vote here. Is there any count of how many people do not pay taxes, receive no government assistance, have no permanent mailing address, are completely off the grid yet somehow qualify as a registered voter and manage to get to the polls every two years yet seem to disappear after that. Who are these people?

about a month ago
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DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

volmtech Dropped packages (92 comments)

Don't send anything important. About twenty years ago I found an Emory Worldwide legal envelope (contract for an Orlando land purchase inside) in middle of my potato field in northeast Florida, miles from any paved road. It could only have fallen from a cargo jet, Lord knows where the rest of the container landed.

about a month ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

volmtech Re:Fine! (365 comments)

How do you balance low taxes, few social services, and no minimum wage? Wouldn't the full safety net areas be flooded with new recipients?

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

volmtech Keep them cool (602 comments)

I use CFLs for my outside porch lights. In rainy Florida the water doesn't bother them. I have old fixtures with no globe, just the bare bulb pointing down. A wet incandescent will blow immediately when wet, CFLs last for years. I also use one in my drop light, bump a hot incandescent and it will blow, a CFL wont.

about a month ago
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

volmtech Re:Just what we need. More compliance! (208 comments)

Too bad all those poor people can't vote. A nearby city is $20 million short on its budget. I guess they don't have enough poor people. My property tax is $400 a year, $200 for garbage pick-up and $200 for everything else. 1500 sq ft home on 13 acres, 350 sq ft apt building, 600 sq ft garage. No high speed internet, you can't have everything.

about a month ago
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Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

volmtech Re:shared wonder at the bigness and oldness of it (173 comments)

Ancient man felt insignificant and believed gods created the earth. Science has an explanation for how the universe came into being but not from where what made it came from or what over 90% of it is. As a Christian, I say God. But keep trying guys, everything you say makes sense and I await your next discovery. However celestial objects came into being, the photos are awesome.

I to love the poetry of the Bible.

about a month ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

volmtech Re:Doesn't matter, too late, Methane melting (207 comments)

That is the plan. We can not have modern civilization without fossil fuels. If you look for any plan to continue without them all you can find are some vague suggestions about solar panels, conservation and maybe composting and organic farms. Great for a few hundred million healthy people. What are the other seven billion going to do?

about a month ago
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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

volmtech Re:costs (169 comments)

If Florida adapts Australian standards my power bill triples to $600, one third of my income. I guess I could cancel my internet service, TV cable, cell phones, and insurance on my cars. Or just quit eating.

about a month ago
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'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

volmtech Re:It's the early morning people who are nuts (127 comments)

I'm was late morning person. Most of my life I was self employed so I could work around it. Then I had to get jobs that started at 7: am. My last job required that I get up at 4:00 am but was 4 tens so every weekend I slept in so by Sunday night I couldn't go to sleep until 2:00 am and went to work on two hours sleep. After 15 months of that I had a physical breakdown and after being unable to work for two years was placed on disability. I was 60. I have to take a sleeping medication now or I can only sleep after being awake for 36 hours.

about a month ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

volmtech Re: I never thought I'd say this... (353 comments)

Twenty years ago I had a job laying TV cable. I was using a shovel and could do 200 ft in an hour. I got $20. Any farther than that and they got a guy with a power trencher. A 1000 ft roll of RG11 is $150. Should cost about $300 to do that job. One time I had an easy 300 ft install. The utility company had used an industrial trencher to install the electrical service underground to a new house. I just dropped my cable in the five ft deep trench. An easy $30.

about a month ago
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Farmers Carry Multidrug-Resistant Staph For Weeks Into Local Communities

volmtech Re:Animals with more rights than humans (122 comments)

Aquarium supply houses carry ampicillin in the same dosage capsules as a pharmacy (for fish use only, wink, wink). They even guarantee potency for a year. Not that I think of taking a few if I developed another abscessed tooth mind you.

about a month ago

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Finders keepers, should you keep it?

volmtech volmtech writes  |  about 9 months ago

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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