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Comment: Nothing Here, Move On.... (Score 1) 309 309

LOL!!!! Just reading the title made my BS-O-Meter shatter to shards! The title of this story implies there's a human genetic basis for Japanese people easily digesting Sushi. Pure BS. I'm of 100% "Western"/Non-Asian origin and had never been outside the U.S. or even eaten sushi. Yet I moved to Japan, spent the better part of a decade there, and never once had trouble digesting (or enjoying) sushi. LOL!!! Maybe I'm evolved like the Japanese (supposedly) are. The summary implies the same thing then contradicts itself by stating that Japanese people acquire bacteria from eating seaweed that allows them to properly digest it. This is just plain dumb journalism.
Transportation

+ - Open Sourced EV/Hybrid Drive Module->

Trackster writes: What revolutionized the personal computer industry? Standardization and modularization did and thanks to this, the PC went from a hobby horse to a workhorse, spreading exponentially into the market. Yet despite IBM's effective "open-sourcing" of their PC architecture, they themselves continued to prosper selling them despite the presence of many cheap clones. Apple though? it was for a time on the brink due to its insistence on closed sourced hardware. I believe I've invented something that could do to the auto industry what standardized, modularized hardware did for the PC. It's a design for a fully assembled module which contains all core functions of a car: drive, braking, and damping(suspension). Yet it's technologically simple and can easily make use of existing parts and technology. It seems that the "OSCAR" is on leave, but inventions like this could possibly have a strong impact on the auto industry. Such a technology could make outfits like Local Motors more common place and usher in an era of decentralized vehicle design and manufacture. Even kit cars would be child's play to build at home. Thoughts?

Dear Slashdot, if you like this story, please post a mirror somehow because it's only my Google Site. Don't crash my vehicle drive module before it's even built :-P

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Toys

Rudolph the Cadmium-Nosed Reindeer 454 454

theodp writes "Barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the US, an AP investigation shows. Charms from 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' bracelets were measured at between 82 and 91 percent cadmium, and leached so much cadmium that they would have to be specially handled and disposed of under US environmental law if they were waste from manufacturing. Cadmium, a known carcinogen, can hinder brain development in the very young. 'There's nothing positive that you can say about this metal. It's a poison,' said the CDC's Bruce Fowler. On the CDC's priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, cadmium ranks No. 7. Jewelry industry veterans in China say cadmium has been used in domestic products there for years. Hey, at least it doesn't metabolize into GHB when the little tykes ingest it."
News

+ - Baidu Hacked by Iran

Uber Banker writes: Baidu is suddenly unavailable, with sources all over China confirming this. It seems that China’s most popular search engine, with a market share of over 77% has been hacked by Iranian hackers. At present, the website is unavailable, but we have found a screenshot from Twitter users Budi Putra and doubleaf. It seems that the website has been DNS hacked by Iranian Cyber Army, the same guys that hacked Twitter a few weeks ago.

+ - US youth have serious mental health issues ...-> 1 1

Ant writes: "Google News and The Canadian Press report that "a new study has found that five times as many high school and college students in the United States/U.S. are dealing with anxiety and other mental health issues than youth of the same age who were studied in the Great Depression era...""
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Comment: Simplest Solution Right Under Our Noses (Score 1) 1186 1186

There is a very simple and very balanced solution to all of this: Tax cars by weight! Make it a very progressive tax, only with moderate exceptions for specialized non-passenger standard road vehicles. Of course, large commercial vehicles like buses and tractor trailer rigs don't count in this.

Comment: OO.o Is Easy to Use. Still No Cost. (Score 1) 198 198

I had absolutely no trouble transitioning from MS Office to Open Office. It's pretty much just like MS Office in the interface with just a few minor differences in language and interface. For this reason, Your argument isn't completely valid.

Besides, considering how much MS Word (in particular) tends to frustrate you by doing its own thing, I'd say transitioning to OO.o is that much more trivial when you have a lot of control and usablility to trade for your effort.

What's more, It's immeasurably easier to transition to OO.o than to transition to the MS Office "Ribbon" interface. So, again, your argument isn't well founded.

Comment: Sales, Inspection, Tags, Gas Taxes (Score 1) 713 713

GPS tracking is a no go. It's also a stupid and rather extreme proposal. Just raise (or apply, if they don't have one) the sales tax on the purchase/lease of cars. Then charge more for tag renewal. Next, charge more for inspection stickers. Finally, charge more for the gas tax. All of these taxes but the gas tax can be varied by the weight of the vehicle to keep them fair. For even more precision, they can be varied by the MPG of the vehicle too.

Education

Does It Suck To Be An Engineering Student? 971 971

Pickens writes "Aaron Rower has an interesting post on Wired with the "Top 5 Reasons it Sucks to be an Engineering Student" that includes awful textbooks, professors who are rarely encouraging, the dearth of quality counseling, and every assignment feels the same. Our favorite is that other disciplines have inflated grades. "Brilliant engineering students may earn surprisingly low grades while slackers in other departments score straight As for writing book reports and throwing together papers about their favorite zombie films," writes Rower. "Many of the brightest students may struggle while mediocre scholars can earn top scores." For many students, earning a degree in engineering is less than enjoyable and far from what they expected. If you want to complain about your education, this is your chance."

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