A lot of people don't realize that Erector sets are still in production, that was one of my favorite toys I got for Christmas when I was around age 10, though I wouldn't recommend them for ages much younger than that. I always loved it because they forced you to do a little more pre-planning and design before getting creative because you couldn't just pull the blocks apart when you wanted to make structural changes, you had to unfasten all of the hardware.
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from 1Up: "Trouble is brewing in Rapture. The recently released Sinclair Solutions multiplayer pack for BioShock 2 is facing upset players over the revelation that the content is already on the disc, and the $5 premium is an unlock code. It started when users on the 2K Forums noticed that the content is incredibly small: 24KB on the PC, 103KB on the PlayStation 3, and 108KB on the Xbox 360. 2K Games responded with a post explaining that the decision was made in order to keep the player base intact, without splitting it between the haves and have-nots."
Nobody ever read the book Sunstorm by Stephen Baxter? The idea was to build a massive reflector the diameter of the Earth to block out the massive flare headed for us. It worked pretty well in the book, considering the oceans didn't boil away.
Put a bluetooth in your ear and loudly talk about how you're going to "Fire his ass as soon as you get back in the office". You can also add something about how you "don't pay him (whatever exorbitant amount) to make screw-ups like that on multi-million dollar projects". Make them think you're so important that you couldn't be expected to expend the calories necessary to tote around a larger one.
ultracool writes, "While the only permanent solution for human-driven global warming is developing renewable energy, a temporary hack to counteract possible abrupt climate change is to build a giant sunshade in space. The sunshade would be launched in small pieces by electromagnetic launchers, conventional chemical rockets being far too expensive. The sunshade could be developed and deployed in 25 years, would last about 50 years, and would reduce the amount of sunlight reaching Earth by 2% — enough to balance heating due to a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere." From the article: "The [trillions of] spacecraft would form a long, cylindrical cloud with a diameter about half that of Earth, and about 10 times longer... Sunlight passing through the 60,000-mile length of the cloud, pointing lengthwise between the Earth and the sun [at L-1], would be diverted away from our planet... The sunshade could be deployed by a total 20 electromagnetic launchers [collectively] launching a stack of [a million] fliers every 5 minutes for 10 years."
I don't need a fuckin' implant. Give me a credit-card sized ID, like my old apartment complex had Keep it in a lead wallet... Then nobody could scan it from a distance.