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Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

volmtech Re:Uhhhh... no (192 comments)

Can you imagine the night life in Havana after the Hotels and casinos get built? Offshore and back country fishing trips? The Castros have to go first.

11 hours ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

volmtech Re:do they have a progressive view? (326 comments)

My nephew recently received his electrical engineering degree. He found a position with a gas line company (high five figure salary to start) and will be working in Austin. He grew up in a mobile home in Florida, his sister's wedding was held in a horse pasture and the entire wedding party wore cowboy boots. He wont feel out of place.

2 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

volmtech Re:My son does fine with both (352 comments)

Here is some unsolicited, grandfatherly advice. My kids haven't supplied me with any grandchildren so I feel the need to help someone. My oldest two were born in 1972 and 74. No computers then but they got lots of books. Do read ABC books to your child. Let her read along. My daughter could read them to herself when she was three. Today she has an English PhD and just got on the tenure track where she teaches.

My younger two children were born in 1987 an 91. They had access to my 386 and their own Commodore 128. They had to keep track of their game disks and load them themselves. As they got older their computer was located on a table outside my bedroom door. No computer or TV in their room and no hand held electronic games, but plenty of books in their rooms. Today's small, internet connected devices are wonderful things but are very addictive to young minds.

It was pure chance but each daughter has a younger brother. A boy is much easier to raise with a big sister to help. I am male and had a little brother, he is still my best friend. If possible I suggest having two children, we were meant to have family. I grew up on a farm and my children had plenty of woodlands to play in. You probably wont have that but any where with dirt is good.

You had good parents and are willing to provide the best for the next generation. I wish you the best.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

volmtech Re:The Economist (284 comments)

My mother found some National Geographics from 1915-17 in a house she and my dad rented. Those auto ads were a double hoot, and the bare chested New Guinea native women. I was born in 1952. I watched the 60s and 70s ads on television.

3 days ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

volmtech Re:We don''t do tax returns in the UK,you insensit (385 comments)

When I pay for my gas I realize that the beautifully landscaped, pot hole free four lane highway I just pulled off of was built with those taxes. Just as I realize that abundant, cheap food at my local supermarket comes from subsidized farmers. Most of us (Americans) get way more from the system than we put in.

4 days ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

volmtech Re:Business class is a misnomer (145 comments)

Sometimes having a rare skill gets you on a private jet. My father in law worked for 48 years as a machine operator in a paper mill. He was often flown to other mills to setup machines and instruct other operators. His wife worried anytime the flew. One night he had to be flown from Florida to Oregon to get a mill back into production. He called his wife and told her he had to pull a double shift. They had him back in plenty of time.

4 days ago
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Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

volmtech Re:Can the writings be read? To make you laugh/cry (431 comments)

Somehow this was how my two children developed. I do everything "good enough" and utterly depend on my spell checker. My daughter has a PhD and teaches college English. My son has a law degree and is a contract manager for a major corporation. They were the first generation to go to college on both sides of our families. Yes, I'm sure both of them are mine.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

volmtech Re:shenanigans (386 comments)

The US problem is African Americans. No other country has them. In trying to make amends for Jim Crow laws and other discrimination the Black community has been ravaged. Drug laws and welfare checks have fractured their families. I worked with a very sweet black woman. Her three sons and her brother were all doing hard time in prison because of drug and gang activity. I remember in the early sixty's riding with my farm owner father down into "colored town" to talk to some of his workers. I felt safe, there weren't unemployed young men hanging around, they all had jobs. If any violence happened it was because of drinking and gamboling or a woman, then the knives came out. The object was to see who could cut the other worse, they didn't try to kill the other guy.

about a week ago
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UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

volmtech Re:what that leaves out (386 comments)

20 years ago made friends with a man who had just moved away from East Louisville. He lived in a two story house with his wife and two children. On evening he was in the basement and here comes this large black man down the stairs. Fortunately neither one had a firearm and my friend only ended up with a couple of black eyes. The police officer (a black man) who responded to the 911 call told my friend the best thing he could do would be to move his white ass someplace else.

about a week ago
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93 Harvard Faculty Members Call On the University To Divest From Fossil Fuels

volmtech Re:Grade inflation at Harvard or other Ivy Leagues (214 comments)

Excellent reply. My very intelligent son was unable to get into the law school of big state college, much less Harvard. Ten years later he is interviewing a top graduate of that school to add to the team he manages. As long as Harvard maintains its enrollment standards any student that graduates will be productive wherever they get a job.

about a week ago
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

volmtech Re:Hulk hogan could code too (578 comments)

You confuse wealth creating jobs with mere survival work. Polishing m lady's silver or washing m lord's Rolls may keep you from starving but no wealth is created for your children. Unfortunately with automation and globalization the average American may be left with no opportunity to have real job but will be forced to become a rich mans servant.

about a week ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

volmtech Re:Level of public funding ? (292 comments)

This does get tiresome. I PAY road tax, I Pay school tax, I PAY federal taxes. Get the point, we have a country, we, as a group, authorize representatives to tax ourselves for our common good. Just because someone pays a little more for some service or claims they NEVER use that service doesn't mean that the current system is wrong. It does mean that some uses of public money are WRONG. Usually when someone spouts this out in means they want a grant.

about a week ago
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Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

volmtech Re:Level of public funding ? (292 comments)

Unfortunately, the GDP includes government spending. The more it borrows and spends, the higher the GDP. This will not end well.

about a week ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

volmtech Re:Asinine (322 comments)

Ah yes, proof. A man just got out of prison after serving 15 months for assaulting an officer. Problem was he didn't. Cops hid the dash cam video of the officer attacking him. After the video surfaced the guy was released. It's sad but cops lie and protect each other. Their actions have to be recorded.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

volmtech Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

Ex Vietnam era Navy Vet. The "shell" fired is part rocket. This extends the range but uses a smaller warhead. They even had a small version for the 5 in guns my destroyer carried.

about two weeks ago
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Stem-Cell Research Funding Institute Is Shuttered

volmtech Re:Fuck the politics. This sucks regardless (86 comments)

That reinforces my point. Even people who do not have a Judeo-Christian religion still believe in the sanctity of life. Even in the US this research is not banned, just public money can't be used to fund it.

about two weeks ago
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Stem-Cell Research Funding Institute Is Shuttered

volmtech Re:Fuck the politics. This sucks regardless (86 comments)

How many Bible thumpers does Japan have? China? India? Is the US the only country with enough intelligence to do medical research?

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

volmtech Re:Don't bother. (509 comments)

Science is only good at making people do what they want. Politics is needed to make people do what they naturally wont do. None of the learned papers I read about the need to fight climate change give any specifics on the affect of these policies on the average person. A renewable utopia can't feed 10 billion people. How do we get six billion people to leave in the next 10 years?

about two weeks ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

volmtech Re:Important Quote from Article (190 comments)

I was a farmer in Florida. I had to drive my open platform tractors several miles of dirt road between fields. Even cruising along at 15 miles per hour large horseflies would circle around me like fighter planes attacking an aircraft carrier. They would land on the tractor hood and me. The tractor was green and yellow, both un-natural animal colors. I think the movement attracted them. Or it could have been the heat signature from the engine.

about two weeks ago

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Finders keepers, should you keep it?

volmtech volmtech writes  |  about 3 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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