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Comment: Re:How is that possible? (Score 1) 127

by N!k0N (#47655381) Attached to: DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

I'm surprised their are passenger trains at all in other parts of the country... Here in PA, Philly I think is the only city with passenger train service through Amtrak. Oh sure, we have lots of rail lines (I drive over 6 sets of tracks every day), but those are exclusively industrial transportation and not passenger lines...

Amtrak runs over CSX/NS/UP/etc.-owned trackage with infinite-length trackage rights (i.e. ability to travel over "foreign" rail) due to the US government taking over the (failing) passenger rail service from the former large railroads (NKP, PRR, NYC, etc.) in 1971.

Amtrak says they have service to Altoona, Ardmore, Coatesville, Connellsville, Cornwells Heights, Downington, Elizabethtown, Erie, Exton Greensburg, Harrisburg, Huntingdon, Johnstown, Lancaster, Lantrobe, Lewistown, Middletown, Mount Joy, North Philadelphia, Paoli, Parkersburg, Philadelphia (30th Street), Pittsburgh, and Tyrone. Granted that most (if not all) of these stations probably have service at some godawful time, like 0300, due to proximity to NYC, and the schedule between NYC and Chicago (1 train daily, leaving at approx 1800, and arriving at the other end at approx 0600 the following morning).

Comment: Re:Biology workbook (Score 1) 770

by N!k0N (#45988137) Attached to: Creationism In Texas Public Schools
I think you actually meant "Christians" rather than "Catholic", as "Catholic" happens to be one sub-set (generally one of the not as bad ones ... although the whole priest thing doesn't really help their image...). If you're referring to the bible itself, yeah it "says" that the Earth is ~6000 years old, but it's just a story where "so, a thousand years ago, this happened". It could just as easily start off "A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." and cover the same general message.

Really though, the important teachings in the O.T. are meant to keep your dumb ass alive from food-borne illnesses (don't eat pork, don't eat shellfish ... some are a bit more out there -- e.g. eating meat & dairy is "bad") ... or other diseases (don't sleep around, don't bugger your neighbours ... etc) under the guise of "God said so". When your most advanced medicine boils down to "hope for the best", this is probably a good idea. N.T. is more focused on "don't be an asshole" than anything.

Comment: Re:But seriously speaking ... (Score -1, Offtopic) 465

by N!k0N (#45855305) Attached to: Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Once. Just once, I'd love to see a real ghost, or a UFO that didn't turn out to be an aircraft, weather balloon, or swamp gas. :)

Just look at me over here. *flash*
Okay, you know how you're on a airplane and the flight attendant asks you to turn your cell phone off? And you're like, "I ain't turning my cell phone off. That ain't have nothing to do with no damn airplane." Well, this is what we get. That's what happens. It gets up there, bounces around on the satellite, then blam! Just turn your damn cell phone off. Now you're gonna drive off a cliff tonight 'cause your GPS don't work.

Comment: Re:Technophobia (Score 1) 201

by N!k0N (#44829733) Attached to: He Fixed 300,000+ Machines - America's Oldest Typewriter Repairman Dies At 96

I don't count the average American person today being able to use a manual transmission for much the same reason.

Meh, I learned it a few years ago (note - am a "damn kid" still). Bit disappointed that "sunroof" on a new car generally means "automatic transmission". I really wish $MFG would listen when I say I want standard transmission AND the sunroof...

Comment: Re:More accurate to say "More resilient chips"? (Score 1) 68

by N!k0N (#43137427) Attached to: Engineers Build "Self-Healing" Chips Capable of Repairing Themselves

Yeah, that's what it sounds like, the chips "heal" in the same way that networks "heal" -- route around the slow/bad/dead parts -- rather than biological healing of replacing the dead/missing cells. I'm taking this to be the first steps towards artificial healing -- the chips (or networks for that matter) can close off the parts that are "bleeding" due to damage.

So, for now the chips are able to put up a rudimentary scab. Eventually, they may be able to take "local" resources (silicon, carbon, whatever) and start rebuilding the patterns that were on them. I just hope the re-structuring there ends up with a "#5 is alive!" machine, rather than a T-1000.

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard