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Comment: Re:Glad to be American ... (Score 1) 130

by DigiShaman (#48046203) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

A little OT, but drivers license in Ohio are laminated?!?! Texas uses to have those about 15 year ago, but they lead to fake IDs being created (delaminate and swap photos, etc). Now, as with California, Texas DL is hard plastic with a 2D barcode on the back.

Back OT, I think the stock is used on-site at the DMV vs using preprinted plastic stickers is due to cost. Registration stickers are replaced once a year anyways, and they can be sourced online mail order or at any DMV office. So cost, availability, and time of delivery are minimized. The UK might want to adopt this method too.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 514

by DigiShaman (#48046035) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

If it's that big of a deal (and it is), it should be taken more seriously than sending a bunch of people to live in what amounts to a giant ant colony underground.

Step 1: Nuke the poles and melt the C02 caps. Thicken the atmosphere and warm the place up (martian warming?)

Step 1.5: Optional; send icy comets to Mars and bombard the place with them. May require advance rocketry with harpooning or netting capability to capture and redirect them.

Step 2: Advancement in bioengineering; seed the planet with bacteria or planet life that will convert some of that C02 to oxygen.

Step 4: Half-life should from previous Step 1 should made for human colonization possible. Also, technology should be further along and advanced anyhow.

Why are we thinking about putting the cart before the horse at this point? There's much prep work to be done beforehand.

Comment: Re:Glad to be American ... (Score 1) 130

by DigiShaman (#48045979) Attached to: UK Government Tax Disc Renewal Website Buckles Under Pressure

About 10 years ago, maybe less, Texas DMV replaced stickers with a new type that could be printed on from either an inkjet, or laser printer. The form (with the sticker) is in standard letter format (8.5" x 11"). Once you receive the paper from either mail or in person at the DMV, you simply peel off the sticker from the letter and affix to the windshield. It's a brilliant change. Basically, no more proprietary plastic stickers that can only come from a factory source.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 514

by DigiShaman (#48036775) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

It's Mars; a planet with no native atmosphere, climate, and landscape like Earth. That means everything. You may think it's a non-issue, but in fact is. People don't want to be holed up in geodesic dome glass domes and living underground like insects. Livable habitable space would be a commodity. Resources would be scarce. The chance for war/conflict and epidemics would be great (no escaping it). And unlike Earth where you can simply reboot society via going outside and farming a little plot of land, you can't do that on Mars!!! A Martian civilization starts and is maintained on the highest rung of the technological tree. Once you slip down from that, society is doomed!

Comment: Re:Don't freak out. (Score 2) 456

by DigiShaman (#48033081) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Symptoms may become increasingly severe over time, the Mayo Clinic said, with additional symptoms present, including:

Nausea and vomiting
Diarrhea (may be bloody)
Red eyes
Raised rash
Chest pain and cough
Stomach pain
Severe weight loss
Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
Internal bleeding

Ask your doctor if Ebola is right for you!

Comment: Re:Contagiousness (Score 1) 456

by DigiShaman (#48033047) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

I've said it and I will say it again: Prepare you and your family as though a hurricane could blow your way. Now imagine three hurricanes about to slam your home in a row. That's how much food and water you should have locked away for you and your family. If this becomes airborne, shit will hit the fan. Assuming you're a survivor, there might not be much of a functional nation to return too, let alone the modern world.

Good God, I really pray China, India, and Mexico don't get hit with this; the most populated places on Earth. I don't think they can handle such an outbreak!

Comment: Re:Firechat app in Hong Kong. Now. (Score 1) 152

by DigiShaman (#48027575) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Tanks will roll in regardless. The CCP has no choice in the matter or the uprising will spread to the mainland! And it would. So yeah, get ready for international condemnation followed by a short bout of amnesia. Yeah, they're the global factory of the world and THEY KNOW IT! So nobody is in any bargaining position anyways.

The CCP rules with an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Comment: Re:Lightning Rod (Score 2) 191

by DigiShaman (#48012257) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

EMP. Lightning struck a few houses down from me. Instantly I lost WiFi connectivity when the bolt stuck while everything else was fully functional except for the router which still had power. Both my computer and router are connected to a SmartUPS with a valid grounded connection. Basically, the WiFi antennas picked up the EMP and passed it down to the chipset; effectively "fried".

Comment: Re:I wasn't fundamentally altered by it. (Score 1) 191

by DigiShaman (#48012225) Attached to: The Odd Effects of Being Struck By Lightning

Scary stuff. You said he was holding an umbrella at the time. What is in use at made of metal? FYI, lightning starts from the ground and forms filaments reaching out, at which point the bolt comes down from the sky and meets up with it. The connection is made and the discharge is completed to it's final destination. You're father (like many others) was in its path along the way. I suspect that umbrella made for a nice pathway for the filament to form.

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