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### Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

I'll destroy them all!

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### You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

Umm. I'm a physicist and we have more women than CS. I suspect you guys are just assholes.

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ratchet?

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### Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

Holder is a thug.

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### Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?

What is this "Windows" of which you speak?

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### Intelligence Officials Fear Snowden's 'Doomsday' Cache

Re:Security is a tricky thing (381 comments)

I think you are conflating polonium tea with ricin umbrellas

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### Is the Earth Gaining Or Losing Mass?

Re:What sphere of Uranium? (356 comments)

I saw Herndon give a seminar on this topic a few years ago. It is a plausible theory, but not an established fact, and not accepted by most in the field. As I recall, we don't understand the earth's core well enough to know if enough uranium could have collected at the center for a reactor to happen. One way of testing the idea is to look at the flux of anti-neutrinos coming from the earth. If the number is greater than can be explained by beta decay of the thorium-chain elements, it would point toward a geo-reactor. I seem to recall that some proposed neutrino detectors have a chance of measuring this. They have to be able to discriminate against the large flux of neutrinos coming from the sun. An interesting part of the theory is that the geo-reactor proposed by Herndon will run out of fuel relatively soon, so if it exists the earth will lose and important source of internal heat and begin cooling much sooner than if all the heat comes from radioactive decay.

more than 2 years ago
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### Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

My wife and I drive old cars so we can afford to send our kids to private school. It is worth it. The oldest is now a in his second year at one of the hardest colleges in the country, studying physics, and doing well. He was very well prepared by his high school.

more than 2 years ago
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### NASA Rejoins Space Race With Manned Deep Space Craft

Re:capable for 3 week missions (179 comments)

In an era where all space science is done by unmanned probes and robots, I think it says a lot that we are willing to preserve our heritage in manned space flight. These selfless men and women in their period costumes, devote their careers to re-enacting history, so that we can enjoy the spectacle. Very much like the royal family in the UK. I'm so happy that the US taxpayers are willing to spend billions of dollars each year to keep this history alive. It is almost as good as civil war re-enactments!

more than 3 years ago
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### Motorcyclist Wins Taping Case Against State Police

Re:I can possibly see the future (485 comments)

My point was that was an ad hominem attack. I expect better from slashdotters.

You must be new

more than 3 years ago
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### Lies, Damned Lies and Cat Statistics

87.3% of them to be exact.

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### Industrial Marijuana Farming Approved In Oakland

Re:That didn't take long (690 comments)

You'll get no argument from me than religion is one of the greatest evils.

more than 4 years ago
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### Industrial Marijuana Farming Approved In Oakland

Re:That didn't take long (690 comments)

Who is "we", Kemosabe? I partied with many of the (other) smart kids who went on to lead full, happy lives. Some of the dumbasses smoked too much, and drank too much, and would have been losers even without chemical recreation.

Yes, you could be right. It is hard to separate cause and effect. It could be the losers I knew in HS who smoked pot would have been losers anyway. In any case, we both agree marijuana should be legalized.

more than 4 years ago
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### Industrial Marijuana Farming Approved In Oakland

Re:That didn't take long (690 comments)

Considering the availability of alcohol, I'd imagine that the choice of drug to abuse might shift, but the total amount of abusers may stay more or less constant.

Good point.

more than 4 years ago
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### Industrial Marijuana Farming Approved In Oakland

Re:That didn't take long (690 comments)

We should be honest about this. Legalized pot will result in more people using, more people abusing, and all the problems that implies. We all remember smart kids from high school that wasted their lives on pot. But, this is still far better than incarcerating people for only harming themselves and the huge amount of money and abuse of freedom that we currently have. In addition, we will be taking away a guaranteed source of income from drug gangs, some of the nastiest people on earth. It is not a panacea, but it is a large net gain.

more than 4 years ago
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### HDBaseT Supporters Hope To Kiss HDMI Goodbye

The wonderful thing about standards is there are so many to choose from.

more than 4 years ago
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### Stop the Math Press's Presses — Knuth Announces iTex

Re:Perspective vs. Tunnel Vision (284 comments)

\begin{center} {\Large I \Heart LaTeX\footnote{$\mathrm{LaTeX}\gg\mathrm{MSWord}$}} \end{center}

more than 4 years ago

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### What do you think of Gnome3?

wxjones (721556) writes "1. I've tried it and like it
2. I've tried it and hate it
3. I haven't tried it and hate it
4. I don't want anything fancier than vi
5. I like garden gnomes"

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