zoomshorts writes "Many ISP's are advertising "up to" speeds. This is pure bullshit. Picture this :
You go into a bar and order a 16 ounce glass of beer. The price is $1.50 for the 16 ounce beer, yet they bring you a 8 ounce glass of beer and claim they can sell you "up to" 16 ounces for the stated price.
Would you shoot these people? Sure you would, because they lied. We expect right "up to" what was promised, no less and we do not ever complain about more than 16 ounces.
Have you figured this out yet? This is symantics at it's worst. Advertisers are lying when they use the phrase "up to" in any of their advertising. It is fraud, plain and simple.
zoomshorts writes "Many news sources, including Slashdot, about the GE Homegen 7000 fuel cell. It seemed to promise freedom from the grid. It has all but disappeared. What is going on and is this a power industry cover-up to hide technology that could reduce their profits?
Either the product worked and was killed by big business or it failed to function at all. What is the truth?
zoomshorts writes "Life span of humans : An overview
Using this as a basis for analysis we can make some predictions
and conclusions. These may or may not be accurate, but we have
compelling data to make the case that Pedophilia is genetic in
Up until the early 20th century, the average lifespan of humans
was 30 years of age, plus or minus 7 years. Worldwide.
IF the human race was to survive, reproduce and train our children
to be self-sufficient, we needed to start breeding at the earliest
possible time in our existance. We, as adults had limited time
left in out lives.
Assuming that 35 years is the norm for human life , we would have
to start families as soom as a relatively healthy female was able
to have children IF we were to raise the children to be able to
I am assuming that survival is a base instinct. People, whether
agricultural (a relatively recent development) or hunters, wish
to survive. What better way to survive than have progeny who can
help the parents survive in their old age? This old age would be
around 30 years. Children could help increase the available food
supply for all. The children would benefit from the knowledge of
their elders and as a side-effect, elders would live longer, since
they had to do less work for more gain.
Picture this : You live 30 years and struggle to survive on a daily
basis. You hunt and gather for your needs. You are basically nomads,
going where food can be found or hunted. You, as an individual are
dying from birth onwards. Religion has no place in this pre-history
time. That will come later.
The adults who are reproducing, need time to teach their children
survival skills PLUS need to be brought into full 'production' if
the parents are to benefit from the youthful energies and abilities
of their progeny. Children are additional community workers, basically
bound to family/social groups by association.
Adults are getting older, slower and less strong. The mind is all
many adults have to keep them alive once their physical abilities
are compromised. Thinking and knowledge was becomming paramount.
This is not alturistic, it is practical. Family groups, related
people, grouped together for many common reasons. Survival, a common
language (perhaps just signs and grunts) that conveyed meaning to other
people within the group. This enabled knowledge to be passed on to
the family and next generation.
Is this hard to belive? I think not, but many modern people fail to
see what was needed for their situation to improve over the years to
the point we are at today. Remember, language is a recent development
and written and mass produced language is even newer.
Teaching children was a secondary thing early on in our existance.
Merely having people (children) who could help us hunt or raise crops
was important to us as a people. The secondary effects simply came
about by default. The children provided us with more labor to
accomplish our 'goals'. The goals being more food and an easier life.
People, whether through genetics or accident, began to pass down ideas
and concepts that enabled us to proliferate and prosper.
I believe that the early mating with conducive mates, allowed us as a people,
to become what we are today.
I think that the need to mate, coupled with percieved strengths in our
mates, has given us an advantage over other species. I think that early
mating, with percieved 'better quality' spouses, has made the human
race the best on the planet.
The real reason for early mating was to get the best traits in our progeny
at an earlier time than our contemporaries, thereby allowing 'our' tribe
THIS is why I think our so-called Pedophilia, is a natural selection trait.
I believe it is all genetic and hard-wired into people worldwide. I can see
why, in the modern 'thinking' world, why this may be deemed bad. I assert that
this is a biological advantage, and nothing more.
I can also see how the 'We are smarter than that' type of mentality can
prevail. We SHOULD be smarter than to take advantage of children, when the
biological 'need' is not needed. I am sure that this 'Pedophila' is just
a left-over cultural urge, based upon genetic imperatives. People who
are not smart enough to realize how far we have advanced as a people or race,
need to be removed from society, basically due to their inability to think.
Pedophiles, I am NOT excusing your behavior!!!
Anyone have a similar view? I have no evidence, I am just looking for answers.
zoomshorts writes "Looks like My Space was not as safe as they once touted themselves.
The social network MySpace revealed they had identified and removed
profiles belonging to sexual offenders from their service. Think of the children." Link to Original Source top
zoomshorts writes "How many times has THIS happened to you?
You arrange a RMA for some obviously defective
product you have purchased, and the manufacturer
tries to stick you with a restocking fee?
Do they really expect you to think that they
RESTOCK DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS? How do you deal with
this obvious scam? Buyer remorse, deserves a restock
fee, but DEFECTIVE product??? Let's Cuss and Discuss
I know a lady who purchased an Alienware laptop
during the buyout period when they were purchased
by DELL. She was hit with restocking fees for a
unit that did not boot. What say you all? She was
charged a "re-stock" fee. Grrrrrr."