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Comment: Re:Australia (Score 1) 1651

by Viper233 (#41527573) Attached to: To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

I grew up on a farm, we never had to wear helmets even when on the motor bikes, I mostly wore one seeing it was bought for me, I never had a serious accident and nothing that a helmet would have protected me against.

Eventually I moved to the city and ended up riding through northern and central Sydney. I was always quite conservative and always wore a helmet and a UV vest. Mainly wore a helmet to avoid the fine of not wearing one.

I made a dash through a an amber light, the bus driver coming the other way turning right didn't see me and clipped me. I went down pretty quick. I remember thinking this is really going to suck slamming my head into the road... Oh the sweet, sweet feeling of having your head slam into the ground wearing a helmet. There is no better feeling in the world!!! I then jumped up, got off the road and started patting things down to see what was broken/bleeding. A slightly grazed cheek, knee and hand, no concussion and back riding to work in 10 mins. Someone saw it all, chased down the bus and we exchanged details, hence why it took 10 mins to go back riding.

I really like our mandatory helmet laws. I don't care so much for our our healthcare and compulsory third party car insurance... yet

Businesses

+ - Wal-Mart, Target, GameStop Cut Wii Prices->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "Rumors of an imminent Wii price cut have come to fruition today as multiple retailers have slashed the price of the Nintendo console.

Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Toys R Us have all cut the price of the Wii from $200 to $170. Previous rumors were that the announcement of a price cut would not come until May 15, making today's premature by a month. According to the initial rumors, however, Nintendo plans to officially reduce the price of the Wii to $150, $20 less than the recent reductions by vendors.

The price cuts could indicate that Nintendo is moving towards a new console, or at least a new iteration of the Wii."

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GNOME

+ - Final Fedora 15 GNOME 3.0 Test Day this Thursday->

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AdamWill
AdamWill writes "Over the last few months, the Fedora project has run a series of test events for the major new GNOME 3 release. The third and final GNOME 3 Test Day is coming up this Thursday, 2011-04-21. Now the final GNOME 3.0 release has been made, this event will focus on testing its integration into the upcoming Fedora 15 release and exposing any remaining bugs that can be fixed with minor updates. This is a great opportunity to test out the final GNOME 3.0 code on a late pre-release Fedora 15 base, and help the Fedora and GNOME teams to produce a great release. There will be live images available to make sure you can test easily and without the need for a permanent installation — there's no need to be a Fedora user to help out. There are comprehensive testing instructions on the Wiki page, and assistance from the Fedora QA and desktop teams in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC throughout the day (WebIRC link for those without an IRC client)."
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Google

+ - Google invests in 392 MW solar power tower-> 1

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "Google has chipped in a US$168 million investment in what will be the world's largest solar power tower plant. To be located on 3,600 acres of land in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System (ISEGS) will boast 173,000 heliostats that will concentrate the sun's rays onto a solar tower standing approximately 450 feet (137 m) tall. The plant commenced construction in October 2010 and is expected to generate 392 MW of solar energy following its projected completion in 2013."
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Comment: Re:Chewbacca of course (Score 1) 584

by Viper233 (#31698064) Attached to: How Smart Are You?

Not just that but think about it for a second
- carried out repairs to the Millennium Falcon, did he have a electrical engineering degree?
- respected by a 900 year old jedi

Surely this makes Chewy equal to or of high intelligence then a Genius.

Sure communication skills are lacking but I've met humans who are unable to put sentence together as well as Chewy could.

He also had the solution, "use a bigger hammer" or "hit it harder" down pat which has helped me out numerous times!

Earth

Planned Nuclear Reactors Will Destroy Atomic Waste 344

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-where-will-we-get-our-superheroes dept.
separsons writes "A group of French scientists are developing a nuclear reactor that burns up actinides — highly radioactive uranium isotopes. They estimate that 'the volume of high-level nuclear waste produced by all of France’s 58 reactors over the past 40 years could fit in one Olympic-size swimming pool.' And they're not the only ones trying to eliminate atomic waste: Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are working on a fusion-fission reactor. The reactor destroys waste by firing streams of neutrons at it, reducing atomic waste by up to 99 percent!"
Transportation

Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train? 1137

Posted by timothy
from the part-of-the-world-time-of-day-round-trip-distance dept.
grepdisc writes "Newspapers in Boston are fawning over a report by the American Public Transportation Association that taking public transportation saves money over driving. How can one possibly save $12,600 per year, when the inflated estimates of 15,000 miles per year at only 23.4 miles and $2.039 per gallon costs only $1,310, and a high parking rate of $460 per month results in under $5600. Is the discrepancy made up of tolls, repairs, the cost of buying a car and ignoring train station parking fees?" Everyone's situation is different — and it's easy to have a chip on one's shoulder while estimating prices. But for those of you with the option, what kind of savings do you find (or would you expect) from taking one form of transport to work over another?

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