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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

will_die Re:World War Z (90 comments)

Not the case. Reston virus, an ebola strain was airborne, and research labs from various countries, include USA and Canada have shown that ariborne ebola can be found.
However there are no reports that this strain is airborne, or at least the governments of the world are not letting that information out in fear of all the problems that would bring........

4 hours ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

will_die Re:weird choice (156 comments)

Because the other technologies are in existence and suck. So go with something future based and hope that works instead.

4 days ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

will_die Re:TripAdvisor (424 comments)

I use tripadvisor all the time and generally find the review to good. You do get the standard,"loud birthday party next door, 1 star place sucked", which can be easily ignored. If you look at most of the reviews of this place they are mostly first review, or all reviews are only from that city, all of those can be ignored.
Also because of the nature of the people, and because it is more travel based reviews tend to be older, putting reviews up there you don't run into the Yelp problems.

about a week ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

will_die Re:Please explain to NON US people (382 comments)

The state laws came about because cars use to be sold how directly from the manufacturers and that lead to lots of problems with lack of support.
With cars being the second biggest purchase, besides a house, states started to require that you had to have service and support of warranty, recalls, etc from where you purchase the vehicle or close to where you live. If you move away from where the dealer is, that is your responsibility.
Tesla wants to get away from that where if you need support you call them, and they determine over the phone if they will provide support; if they don't then you can take your vehicle to California and they will look it over. If they do you are then required to go to a third party garage, which most can do only limited work. If those garages cannot do the warranty work your vehicle will be shipped out of state to a place that can do the work.
It is not that weird of a law most countries have the same laws of protection.

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

will_die Re:Bank accounts for the poor (752 comments)

My German bank account makes it money by giving almost no money in interest, and charging over $1 per automated transaction. On the good side no ATM fees.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

will_die Re:yes but (302 comments)

And yet another example of some idiot who did not even read the basic parts of this case.

about two weeks ago
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Wireless Contraception

will_die Re:Why? (302 comments)

Because as the summary says it allows governments to control it. As opposed to other methods it would hard to remove without surgery and the government could control the passwords.

about two weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

will_die Re:Faith in God (299 comments)

Just so you are informed. Religious reasons for no vaccination is very low on the list and is mainly from groups such as the Amish and the main reason Amish don't vaccinate is not for religious reason but items such as since they are closed community the risk is not as high.

The biggest reasons for people not going with vaccines are not trusting of "big" science and vaccines are loaded with all those chemicals, similar to GMO.

about three weeks ago
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Seven ISPs Take Legal Action Against GCHQ

will_die Re:WTF (65 comments)

GCHQ = GeoCaching HeadQuarters.

about three weeks ago
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Winners of First Seized Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Remain Anonymous

will_die Re:How Can The USMS Sell These? (88 comments)

It was agreed that Ulbriht is the only person who has a possible right to the bitcoins so he and USMS agreed that because of the volatility of the Bitcoin markets that the USMS would have the right to sell the coins as they want and then the monies from that sale would go into a deposit fund until the court case has been decided upon.
So the coins were not seized, just sold off and the value, at the time of sale, is now waiting a court decision.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk: I'll Put a Human On Mars By 2026

will_die Ok, next question. (275 comments)

When does he plan to get the first person from Mars back to Earth?

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

will_die Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Actually it was a term indians used to refer to themselves; you can easily find writing from various indian leaders who used the term.
It took on some negative connotations because it was used then used in various negative works.
Also the bounty of indian scalps was not done by the US Government it was offered by British and Mexican governments.

about a month ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

will_die Re:Does it have to come from NSA ? (347 comments)

What probably happen was this mail was stored on PSTs on her local computer.
The US federal government is filled with numerous regulations governing the size of email mailbox so it is not uncommon to have people use PSTs and since there are different regulations about storing PSTs on network drives, ok this one is valid, you get large quantities of email stored on local computers.

about a month ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

will_die Re:What is the business class limitation (169 comments)

No but Starbucks wants to employ the upper end of the no to low skill work force.
By offering school it thinks it can get more people in that range to apply even if they never follow through with taking the classes.

about a month ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

will_die Re:I prefer (337 comments)

Which is why net neutrality needs to die and application neutrality needs to be passed.
Application neutrality recognizes QoS, and that ISPs customers would like to have certain sites blocked.
It would require ISPs to treat similar traffic the same way so if you want to block or slow down streaming videos you have to treat all sites the same, want to block email spam good but you have to apply the same set of rules to all email.

about a month and a half ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

will_die Re:This is NOT a net neutrality issue (337 comments)

However if you go read the bills that have been proposed for net neutrality you will see that ISP that did implement QoS would be breaking the law.
Same as if the ISP were to setup email spam filtering or a school run provider that decided to block out site such as MAMBLA.
All of those actions would be illegal under the majority of Net Neutrality bills.

about a month and a half ago
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Fasting Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration of Damaged, Old Immune System

will_die Re:And low-cal? (148 comments)

Probably, it has been long observed in various life prolonging studies that a near starvation died is the way to prolong your life.

about a month and a half ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

will_die Re:Inflation (1040 comments)

The liberals are not pushing for the increase in minimum wage because of the people who earn it but because of all the poeple who make a higher salary that is tied to the minimum wage.
So you will now have a bunch of people get a similar percent increase in salaries, which will then push those not tied to have a an increase in salary. If you are currently making $15 an hour you will not want to stay making that when the minimum wage is $15, you will be looking for $20-$24 jobs. That keeps pushing up until it does affect your area.

about 2 months ago
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Patent Troll Ordered To Pay For the Costs of Fighting a Bad Patent

will_die Re:but (191 comments)

The coffee was not at an above normal temperature, in fact the temperature is lower then the temperature recommended by various coffee drinking group.
The way the low temperature got in was the lawyer sueing went around to places that were selling less amounts of coffee and recorded the temperatures of those places.
McDonalds stilll tells its franchises to sell at the temperature of the lawsuit and if you purchase from any major coffe chain that is the temperature range you will mostly likely get.

about 2 months ago

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The C-64 turns 30.

will_die will_die writes  |  about 2 years ago

will_die writes "The Commodore 64 came out 30 years ago and to celebrate this the BBC went and got two groups of kids to try out an old system, complete with tape drive.
Sure to bring a few grins to people who had one of theses old systems."

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Finland trail to try scanning snail mail.

will_die will_die writes  |  more than 4 years ago

will_die (586523) writes "In an effort to cut carbon emissions, and reduce costs, Finland's postal company, Itella, has begun a pilot program wherein snail-mail letters are converted into PDFs and made viewable online by their addressees, instead or in advance of physical delivery. The effort is volunteer only, a little over 100 people and around 20 business as of last month, but it has already sparked concerns in Finland about privacy and government overreach.
The volunteers will have images of all their letters viewable on a computer or phone. The postman will still arrive twice a week to deliver the scanned letters, as well as any packages or attachments. Additionally, the postal service will filter out junk mail."

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Buy Thor for $10,000 and the Ark of Truth for $5K

will_die will_die writes  |  more than 4 years ago

will_die (586523) writes "Propworx after all the recent auctions for their Battlestar Galactica props are now selling off 15 years of Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis props. Over the next couple of months minor items will be sold off on ebay and the major items will be sold off in two live auctions.
Ebay auctions will consist of smaller props, most costumes, drawing and even parts of stargates. The live auctions will contain items such as the Thor puppet, The Ark of Truth and the only fully working Stargate*.

*Multiple Stargates needed for travel."

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Wrong Region DVDs create a political problem.

will_die will_die writes  |  more than 5 years ago

will_die (586523) writes "During a recent visit to the Whitehouse American President, Barak Obama, gave the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown, a present of 25 DVDs. It now turns out that those DVD were encoded as Region 1 and the UK uses Region 2, causing the works "Wrong Region" to appear when the PM tried to use his gift. Questions about the technical solution have been directed to the White House.
Hopefully Gordon Brown gift of a pen holder made of the timbers of an anti-slave ship and the sister ship to a ship whose timbers were used to make a desk that has sat in the Oval Room since 1880 came with a pen that does not run out of ink after one use."
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Death of one of major singers in Schoolhouse Rock

will_die will_die writes  |  more than 5 years ago

will_die (586523) writes "Since Slashdot has a long history of article and comments about Schoolhouse Rock! I figured it should be noted that one of the most famous singers died this week.Blossom Dearie sang many of song for that series, including "Mother Necessity," "Figure Eight" and "Unpack Your Adjectives."

Besides Schoolhouse Rock! she sang in her girlish voice for over 50 years primarily in jazz and cabaret. In addition to singing she played the piano and wrote various songs. However the songs she sung for Schoolhouse Rock! were written, composed and played by Bob Dorough, who is still alive.
She died of natural causes after many years of failing health."
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Breakdown cost of a PS3.

will_die will_die writes  |  more than 5 years ago

will_die (586523) writes "The people at iSuppli have taken apart an October 2008 version and create a build of materials, along with providing a comparison to original PS3.
The article provides information about the changes Sony has made. Some of the big ones are the hardware has gone from costing $690.23 to the current price of $448.73. This was done using a combination of removing parts currently 2,820 vs the original 4,048, cutting the cost of the CPU $46.46 vs $64.40, and cutting the cost of the graphic processor to $46.46 from $64.40.

The PS3 accounted for 16.4 percent of global video game unit shipments in the second quarter of 2008, second only to the Nintendo Wii, which accounted for 54.2 percent of the market."
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Battlestar Galactica for sale. Frak, just props.

will_die will_die writes  |  more than 5 years ago

will_die (586523) writes "Battlestar Galactica, the SciFi channel one, will be holding multiple auctions to sell off props and costumes. The first auction will be Jan 16-18 with a print and on-line catalog coming out in December; the second auction will be in April catalog at a future date. Auction site is the Pasadena Convention Center but they will be offering internet live bidding, with live internet broadcasting, and will handle world-wide shipping, cost extra.
These auction are for the expensive and key items of the show such as Adama's lighter, Arrow of Athena, and maybe even a Viper. During the final 10 weeks of the show they will be holding Internet auctions on lesser price items.
Until the auction they are high lighting items as they catalog them and posting them on the web site where you can subscribe to the RSS feed, or email to receive notification. So far the post have been interesting with pictures of the items, screen shots of the item in the show, a history of the item and how it was made."
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Microsoft makes jQuery part of dev platform.

will_die will_die writes  |  more than 5 years ago

will_die (586523) writes "Over the weekend it was announced that Microsoft is making jQuery a part of Microsoft development platform aka Visual Studio. Future versions of Visual Studio, and VS2008 by way of a patch in a few weeks, will ship with jQuery and be modified to include examples, documentation and intellisense support.
The version shipped will be unmodified from the official version but Microsoft plans to change asp.net AJAX to provide additional capabilies based on jQuery, along with controls to provide new functionality.
Any bug fixes or changes that Microsoft wants in the jQuery library will be processed through the normal jQuery process; in the words of the jQuery team "no free ride will be given."

Announcement from Microsoft
Announcement from the jQuery team

At the same time Nokia has announced they will be shipping jQuery as part of the Symbian OS development kit."

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