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Comment: Recommended viewing (Score 2, Informative) 256

by blixel (#34141658) Attached to: College Application Inflation — Marketing Meets Admissions

"The business of higher education is booming. It's a $400 billion industry fueled by taxpayer money. But what are students getting out of the deal? Critics say a worthless degree and a mountain of debt. Investors insist they're innovators, widening access to education." Watch the video.

Has anyone had a chance to read this book? The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History-and How We Can Fight Back

Comment: Re:Mountain Dew (Score 1) 500

by blixel (#34141064) Attached to: I drink too much...

Yeah yeah ... I made a typo. I'm sure someone will point it out if I don't.

heroine = a woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.

heroin = a white, crystalline, narcotic powder, C 21 H 23 NO 5 , derived from morphine, formerly used as an analgesic and sedative: manufacture and importation of heroin are now controlled by federal law in the U.S. because of the danger of addiction.

Comment: Mountain Dew (Score 2, Interesting) 500

by blixel (#34140908) Attached to: I drink too much...

I've been truly addicted to Mountain Dew for over 20 years. (I'm 34 now.) Every pathetic attempt I've made to quit drinking it has quickly ended in total failure.

I do drink A LOT of water as well. In May of this year (2010), I was curious how much water I was drinking, so I kept track for 5 days. Over the 5 days that I kept track, I drank 756 ounces of water which was 5.9 gallons. It averages out to 151.2 ounces per day which is just shy of 1 1/4 gallons of water per day. And in addition to all that water, I averaged 3 1/2 cans of Mountain Dew a day.

However, due to the fact that I was consciously making a note of everything I was drinking, I'm pretty sure I drank less Mountain Dew than usual during those 5 days.

I seriously feel like a heroine addict or something. I want to stop drinking this crap ... I know it's bad for me and is going to kill me ... but I can't find anything to substitute the flavor/fizz.

Diet Mountain Dew is out of the question. I've tried it and it's disgusting. I do like Gatorade, but it has a lot of sugar in it also ... (which seems to defeat the purpose) ... but most of all, it doesn't have that burning/tingling FIZZ that a carbonated drink has. I've tried drinking cranberry juice ... I like that as well. And it has the advantage of being sugar free ... but I quickly get tired of the flavor and it has no fizz.

I seriously use to drink quite a bit of beer in the evening hours as a substitute for Mountain Dew. I love the various Ice brews because they SIZZLE in your mouth.

I mostly gave up beer in favor of red wine. But within the last year, I've cut out alcohol completely for health reasons. (I get frequent lung infections due to a genetic disorder. And alcohol weakens the immune system.)

But I will probably go to my deathbed sucking down the green heroine.

(And no, I'm not some 300+ lb American fatty. I'm 5'4" (162cm) tall and weigh just under 100 pounds (45kg).)

Comment: Re:The one they always overlook (Score 1) 454

by blixel (#34011526) Attached to: The Time Travel Paradoxes of Back To the Future

>>People who make time travel movies don't seem to realize that the earth moves around its axis and around the sun. The spot I'm standing on right now will be vaccum in just a few minutes.

>And the solar system moves [considerably more] [tranlationally and rotationally] in the galaxy. And our galaxy moves in space!!!

And the "fabric" of space is expanding!

Anyone else have anything to add?

Comment: Re:Two ideas for further work (Score 1) 243

by blixel (#33780190) Attached to: Brooklyn Father And Son Launch Homemade Spacecraft

Use the balloon to bring an ordinary Estes model rocket to 100,000+ feet and fire it.

Would an ordinary model rocket engine function at such high altitude? I don't know much about model rockets ... but I had a couple when I was a kid. I think model rocket engines require oxygen in order for the black powder to burn?

Comment: Re:Not to piss in their cornflakes but... (Score 1) 575

by blixel (#33742476) Attached to: Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found

Regarding the planet's moon (or lack thereof), Axial tilt and Axial precession become a question as well.

Another issue is the magnetic field. As in, does it have one? Without a magnetic field, the solar wind strips away the atmosphere. (As is believed to be what happened on Mars.)

Comment: Re:Simple solution (Score 5, Funny) 709

by blixel (#33736912) Attached to: Could Anti-Texting Laws Make Roads More Dangerous?

A Speech-to-text system in your car -- or built into your phone, that's the better solution...

Person says "lol, omfg. u r so right"

Speech-to-text system says "I'm sorry. I didn't understand that. Please say again."

Person says "L - O - L. O - M - F - G. You - are - so - right."

Speech-to-text system says "I think you said "Laura oh my friendly good."


Speech-to-text says "You want to call your mother. Is that correct?"

Comment: Re:I'd Love To Try It, But.... (Score 1) 205

by blixel (#33138026) Attached to: Why NASA's New Video Game Misses the Point

You're not missing much. I played around with it 1 evening just long enough to figure out what there was to do, and how to do it. After about an hour, I had pretty much done all there was to do. The only way to get "good" at the demo is to do things in the most time efficient manner possible. In one game, some kid (well, I assume it was a kid) was going around undoing everything I was doing.

At any rate, if you go to youtube and watch some game play videos, I think it will show you what you're not missing.

Here's one for your convenience. (Note the guy narrating the video curses a couple of times at the beginning, so turn your speakers down if you're at work.)

Comment: Re:More than 10 years ago? (Score 2, Informative) 505

by blixel (#32021862) Attached to: I last bought 3.5" floppy disks ...

What were you using instead of floppies? CDs? Kind of expensive and slow back then to burn 200KB of data to a 650MB disc.

I started using those Iomega 100MB discs in 1995. I thought it was an amazing piece of technology at the time. (I preferred those discs to CDR's for quite a while.)

Between the iomega discs, CDR's, an existing collection of 3.5" floppies, and network transfer/storage ... I had had my fill of floppies by the latter half of the 1990's.

I'm certain I haven't bought any new floppies within the last 10 years ... probably closer to 15.

It is masked but always present. I don't know who built to it. It came before the first kernel.