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Comment Re:Here's my take on it (Score 1) 343

Sure there are some executives that are technically skilled (Gates and Zuckerberg come to mind) but most of them are MBA types.

Gates and Zuckerberg aren't executives, they're founders. They aren't people who's life goal was to run a company and manage people. The professional executives that think that running a tech company is the same as running any other kind of company tend to diminish their companies, like John Sculley at Apple or Meg Whitman at HP.

Comment Re: It's already happened; we're at $250/kWh now. (Score 1) 130

Unfortunately, it is often impossible to tell what you are really buying in some of the discount stores or places that specialize in automotive batteries

The best way to determine if you are getting a "true" deep-cycle battery is to compare the weight. Batteries with solid lead plates will weigh significantly more than the fake deep cycles.

Comment Re:Even Rich People Have Problems (Score 1) 809

Dear Respected One,


Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it's esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person I can do business with and by the recommendations I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.

I am Wumi Abdul; the only Daughter of late Mr and Mrs George Abdul. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan,the economic capital of Ivory Coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discus on a business deal. When my mother died on the 21st October 1984, my father took me and my younger brother HASSAN special because we are motherless. Before the death of my father on 30th June 2002 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of $12.500.000 (Twelve Million, five hundred thousand dollars) left in a suspense account in a local Bank here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his first Daughter for the next of kin in deposit of the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth and some huge amount of money his business associates supposed to balance his from the deal they had that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, (such as real estate management). Sir, we are honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.

1) To provide a Bank account where this money would be transferred to.

2) To serve as the guardian of this since I am a girl of 26 years.

Moreover Sir, we are willing to offer you 15% of the sum as compensation for effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designate account overseas. please feel free to contact ,me via this email address

Anticipating to hear from you soon.
Thanks and God Bless.
Best regards.
Miss Wumi Abdul



Neurologist and Author Oliver Sacks Dead at 82 30

Physician, writer and humanist Oliver Sacks has died of cancer at age 82. Sacks was famous for "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat" and other books, including his account in "Awakenings" (later made into a well-recieved film) of administering treatment which resulted in several patients emerging from their comas. The Guardian reports: When he revealed that he had terminal cancer, Sacks quoted one of his favourite philosophers, David Hume. On discovering that he was mortally ill at 65, Hume wrote: “I now reckon upon a speedy dissolution. I have suffered very little pain from my disorder; and what is more strange, have, notwithstanding the great decline of my person, never suffered a moment’s abatement of my spirits. I possess the same ardour as ever in study, and the same gaiety in company. “I am ... a man of mild dispositions, of command of temper, of an open, social, and cheerful humour, capable of attachment, but little susceptible of enmity, and of great moderation in all my passions.”

Comment Re:A simple test is in order (Score 1) 456

I have several of these type of cameras and I can certainly see a red glow coming from the IR LEDs, particularly in the dark (although they generally have a photodiode to turn the IR off during the day). It isn't a red "camera active" LED, pretty sure the only cameras that have those are the fake ones to scare potential criminals. The cameras I'm talking about (and the OP was talking about) look like this, with an array of LEDs in a ring around the camera lens.

Comment Re:A simple test is in order (Score 1) 456

Some people can see IR light depending on the exact wavelength. I am able to see faint red glow from some TV remotes and the IR light rings around night vision security cameras. Its not bight though. it is a very dim red glow that i can see

Pretty much everyone can see the red glow from the IR LEDs used for security cameras. This is because the IR they produce is very close or within the visible spectrum (they are in the short infrared region).

Comment Re: JESUS!!!! (Score 1) 284

if the public ever figured out what is really going on there would be massive riots across the entire nation.

If only that were true. If widespread voter fraud was clearly identified, I expect the reaction of most Americans would be "Ho-hum, I wonder if anyone liked my Kardashian post on Facebook". Just like the debacle with the NSA spying, they got caught red-handed clearly circumventing the law and spying on US citizens and the collective response from the public was "Nobody cares!".

Comment Re:Google maps...at home (Score 1) 417

Too often I see driving-by-satnav drivers frankly changing lanes while they stare at their groins

I see this all the time too. They aren't looking at their satnav, they are looking at their phone. They are sending texts or updating Facebook. I see it constantly on my commute, sometimes looking at their crotch, sometimes at the passenger seat but seldom looking at the road. The police don't do anything about it, it is a lot easier to look at a number on a radar gun than it is to notice when people are texting while driving.

Comment Re: MS Needs SOME Return On Its Investment (Score 3, Informative) 86

Google set the precedent for preinstalled spyware. Microsoft, as always, just consolidated on the precedent set by another party. Apple is following along as well, of course.

WTF are you talking about? MS was pre-installing adware and spyware on computers before Google was even a company.

Comment Re:Medical Transportation (Score 1) 311

We also have a functional public hospital service, too, despite the current government's efforts to dismantle it, making this poll relatively meaningless for us.

Just because you pay for it in a different way doesn't mean that costs don't matter. Granted, the US system necessarily means higher cost (because you need to pay for the care AND a profit for any company involved in the transaction) but with a socialized system you still have to pay for people, equipment and pharmaceuticals. Being cheaper does not make it free.

Comment Re:It'd be hilareous if not so sad... (Score 1) 338

Even if you accept that a dam failure is somehow a mark against the hydro plant it happen to have installed, no-one is suggesting building more massive dams like that. On the other hand, people are trying to re-start reactors of not entirely dissimilar design to Fukushima.

No-one? What about the Three Gorges Dam? It's the biggest hydro project ever and it was just recently completed. Your assertion that nobody is building massive dams anymore is false.

Comment Re:Opportunity (Score 3, Insightful) 272

No. The money you can get from a class-action is insignificant and not worth your time.
The affected content creators should pull out the same bullshit numbers that the copyright trolls do when they talk about potentially lost income and handle it individually.

Yeah, class action suits almost never give a real benefit to members of the class. Most of the time the "compensation" is coupons to buy more merchandise from the same manufacturer that screwed you in the first place. No thanks, Iomega, your zip drive already made me lose my data -- why would I want to buy another one from you?

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard