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Comment: Re:3rd world (Score 1) 223

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47929991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

I'm a European,

Monty Python: "African European Swallow or European European Swallow . . . ? "

In the case of Germany, I would tend to agree with you. The German unions try to reach a reasonable consensus with management which is acceptable to all parties involved.

In the case of France, I would tend to disagree with you. They kidnap company executives, and generally make the place appear toxic for business.

The French rail workers' unions have a simple rule when to strike: Whenever I am in France. Normal Slashdot Dogma states that correlation does not equal causation, but in the case of French rail workers . . . I just need to get near the French border, and a strike will break out.

+ - NZ government denies 'mass domestic spying'->

Submitted by Kittenman
Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC and several domestic NZ sources are covering the latest revelations raised by Kim Dotcom, who is funding a political party in NZ as it heads to a general election on the 20th. Dotcom flew in a US journalist, Glenn Greenwald, and arranged for satellite links to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, in their respective hideouts, at a 'disclosure' presentation in Auckland.

The NZ Prime Minister (John Key) has denied all claims. No-one making the claims can actually come up with a plausible reason why the NZ government would want to spy on its citizens."

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Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 583

Just what I need in a firearm.

Note that the summary says "gun" and not weapon or firearm.

Why are all my military cronies chuckling . . . ?

Maybe "unlocking your gun with your fingerprints" means something else to then . . . ?

"Sir, no Sir, Drill Instructor, Sir. I only shook it three times, as instructed, Sir!"

Comment: Oh, the irony: Microsoft History (Score 0) 246

So, while the funding for K-12 is being cut to fund the tax breaks for Microsoft . . . Gates is blathering about the importance of teaching history.

Maybe Gates will expand his plans for teaching history to include reading, writing, math and science . . . ? Then the state could get rid of K-12 altogether. It would be a Win-Win.

For someone.


Comment: Re:Nice (Score 0) 105

Ebola requires prolonged exposure or direct contact with bodily fluids.

Ah, like AIDS, then? Well the US is safe then, because AIDS never made any progress there.

At least, not among White Middle-aged Guys. Not even their own wives would have promiscuous sex with them. Which is confusing, being that only White Middle-aged Guys are given the cure for Ebola.

+ - Dirty Diapers Used to Grow Mushrooms->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "While their contents might be considered an environmental hazard by many, disposable diapers themselves pose a more significant problem for the environment. According to the EPA, the average baby will work their way through 8,000 of them before they end up in landfill where they'll take centuries to break down. In an effort to reduce the problem, scientists at Mexico's Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco (UAM-A), have turned used diapers to the task of growing mushrooms."
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+ - Researchers Harness E. Coli to Produce Propane

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A team of British and Finnish scientists have used the common bacteria, Escherichia coli, to produce the environmentally-friendly fuel, propane. By introducing enzymes to modify the bacteria's process for producing cell membranes, they were able directly produce fuel-grade propane. While commercial application is some years off, the process is being hailed as a cheap, sustainable alternative to deriving the gas from fossil fuel production. As researcher, Patrik Jones, is quoted as saying, "Fossil fuels are a finite resource and...we are going to have to come up with new ways to meet increasing energy demands.""

Comment: Re:Stop Making Up Words! (Score 1) 157

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47821247) Attached to: Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

Am I missing something? Reno is a ten hour drive from Mexico.

. . . that's why the government is relocating the illegal alien kids close to Reno . . . cheap child labor for Tesla! They wanted real aliens from nearby Area 51, but there was a tooling problem with the factory, because the real aliens only have three fingers!

The new Tesla batteries will still be built using alien technology from Area 51, though. I don't want to be an alarmist or anything, but if your Tesla is dripping black goo, don't touch it . . . it might not be regular black oil!

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