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Comment: Re:Um no (Score 1) 224

by CozmicCharlie (#46602621) Attached to: Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

On the shortest day of the year, sunset is just after 4:30 PM here. Sunrise is 7:15. I see maybe 30 minutes of sunlight in a given day during that time of the year. I work in a basement office with no windows.

Just wait! Any day now they're going to remove you from the payroll.

They're just waiting for someone to fix the glitch. Remeber to take the red stapler with you as a parting gift.

Comment: Re:Triplicate idea (Score 1) 113

by CozmicCharlie (#40088267) Attached to: Inventor of the TV Remote Control Dies
My dad invented one in 1962 called "Chuck"... as in "Chuck, get up and change the channel." "Chuck, get up and turn the volume down." "Chuck, get up and turn the God-damned boob-tube off and go out side!" (Yes, my dad calls it a "boob-tube" to this day... His favorite phrase back then was "Garbage in, garbage out!")

Comment: Re:Ridiculous, Impossible, Etc. (Score 0) 398

by CozmicCharlie (#40086633) Attached to: Legislation In New York To Ban Anonymous Speech Online
I undestand your concerns. However, we can move between states much more freely than we can move between countries. When one state makes draconian laws such as this, we can always move to New Jersey or somesuch... Who wants to bet that weeks after this law gets enacted that there will be a mass exodus out? Also, we the people, can have more influence over state legislation than we can at the Federal level.

Comment: Re:who needs flying cars? (Score 1) 937

by CozmicCharlie (#37076218) Attached to: 8 Grams of Thorium Could Replace Gasoline In Cars
Think about it! If "it's not fission or fusion", then what the hell is it!? Magic or snake-oil? At best this is a cool science-fiction energy source. If you want to see really cool, *real* possibilities, check out the Focus Fusion Society [http://http://focusfusion.org/] and learn about Dense Plasma Focus and p+B fuel! This is something that has potential and could fit in a garage. Maybe.

Comment: Freedom of Choice still exists (Score 1) 521

by CozmicCharlie (#36854274) Attached to: Massachusetts Plans To Keep Track of Where Your Car Has Been
I do have a problem with this. I do not have a problem with refusing to travel to or through Mass.. I also do not have a problem with not living in Mass., not doing business in Mass., etc. I encourage anyone who feels the same to do the same. If the people who currently live in Mass. don't like this, then they can cast their votes against it in many ways, either at their polling place on election day or by picking-up and moving to a different state. New Hampshire is not that far away... Check out the Free State Project [http://http://freestateproject.org/] to learn more really cool reasons to move to New Hampshire. We always have alternatives.

The Sun Unleashes Coronal Mass Ejection At Earth 220

Posted by Soulskill
from the return-fire dept.
astroengine writes "Yesterday morning, at 08:55 UT, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory detected a C3-class flare erupt inside a sunspot cluster. 100,000 kilometers away, deep within the solar atmosphere (the corona), an extended magnetic field filled with cool plasma forming a dark ribbon across the face of the sun (a feature known as a 'filament') erupted at the exact same time. It seems very likely that both eruptions were connected after a powerful shock wave produced by the flare destabilized the filament, causing the eruption. A second solar observatory, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, then spotted a huge coronal mass ejection blast into space, straight in the direction of Earth. Solar physicists have calculated that this magnetic bubble filled with energetic particles should hit Earth on August 3, so look out for some intense aurorae — a solar storm is coming."

Playboy Launches Safe For Work Website 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the porn-now-without-nudity dept.
If you're one of the three people in the world who actually reads Playboy for the articles, today is your lucky day. Every young boy's favorite magazine to find in their uncle's closet has launched a "safe for work" website. From the article: "TheSmokingJacket.com will contain none of the nudity that makes Playboy.com NSFW — not suitable for work. Instead, it'll rely on humor to reach Playboy's target audience, men 25 to 34 years old, when they are most likely to be in front of a computer screen."

The Fruit Fly Drosophila Gets a New Name 136

Posted by timothy
from the hope-you-used-pencil dept.
G3ckoG33k writes "The name of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster will change to Sophophora melangaster. The reason is that scientists have by now discovered some 2,000 species of the genus and it is becoming unmanageably large. Unfortunately, the 'type species' (the reference point of the genus), Drosophila funebris, is rather unrelated to the D. melanogaster, and ends up in a distant part of the relationship tree. However, geneticists have, according to Google Scholar, more than 300,000 scientific articles describing innumerable aspects of the species, and will have to learn the new name as well as remember the old. As expected, the name change has created an emotional (and practical) stir all over media. While name changes are frequent in science, as they describe new knowledge about relationships between species, these changes rarely hit economically relevant species, and when they do, people get upset."

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

Posted by Soulskill
from the pick-up-and-play dept.
suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."

If it happens once, it's a bug. If it happens twice, it's a feature. If it happens more than twice, it's a design philosophy.