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Comment: Re:More dangerous than lawn darts? (Score 1) 286

by ebvwfbw (#49084715) Attached to: 1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum

Really? Looked it up. CPSC has banned the sale, the US and Canada won't allow you to bring them into the country. However I'm having a tough time finding something that says it's illegal to use them. Some states have a warning to keep them from kids. Sort of like hand wringing along with pellet guns, knives, other stuff.. but doesn't say it's illegal. I can't even find something in California making it illegal to use them.

Heck of a lot of fun to use them. I used them when I repaired them a few years ago. Before that, probably not since the 1970s. That and the other terrible thing - horseshoes. Why that could KILL a kid!

Honestly... make things so safe nothing bad can happen, life isn't worth living.

Comment: Re:More dangerous than lawn darts? (Score 1) 286

by ebvwfbw (#49084531) Attached to: 1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum

Me too. A couple of the fins split, however. They seem to be good as new. Used them this last summer. You know, at a day care center and we threw them over the kids. Just kidding! Just kidding! It was over some baby seals.

No, seriously in the back yard. Nothing was hurt.

Comment: Re:yeah, well, get into ham radio, then (Score 1) 286

by ebvwfbw (#49084495) Attached to: 1950s Toy That Included Actual Uranium Ore Goes On Display At Museum

The motor ether - Hot start, other names. Usually near the diesel section of the automotive store. Great stuff. I have a few cans in the garage. Great with a lighter as well. Remember as a kid I did a demo with another kid. Shot about 15' across the room setting some bedding covers on fire. Nothing a knife wouldn't scrape off... Parents never knew. Then there was the stuff I did in high school. Wonder I didn't get in trouble.

Comment: Battleship isn't obsolete (Score 1) 439

by ebvwfbw (#49071413) Attached to: Will Submarines Soon Become As Obsolete As the Battleship?

I've talked to men who were the captain of an aircraft carrier, battleship and submarine. A battleship isn't obsolete, only stupid people think that. Why? because a battleship can do things nothing else can. Like pound a position for weeks or months using cheap shells. Also, nothing intimidates like a battleship. They are also a lot more versatile than a carrier. The captain of a battleship said we're fools for removing them from the inventory.

Subs likewise aren't obsolete. It's a race to be sure. They build detectors, we find countermeasures. Guess wrong and you die. It isn't worth it.

Here's a thought - stop being dumbasses and try to get along with other people. American, Iranian, Chinese, Russian, we're all the same when you get down to it. We all put our pants on the same way, grow up in a very similiar manner. Why try to kill each other? Just a thought.

Comment: Bad want advertisement maybe? (Score 1) 809

by ebvwfbw (#49056497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

I have a feeling your asking for the wrong person. I know from experience you'll get a lot who are just unqualified even with a very good description. However I'm having no trouble with new hires and encryption. Key I think is they must know unix/linux. As long as it has that in the description I generally don't have a problem. If I ask for a Windows person, forgetaboutit! They're morons generally speaking. This goes right along with the general windows user - they're a moron too. I know, being captain obvious here. I bet I go through 100 windows applicants to find one that's any good.

Comment: Re:Hopefully the applicants had a relevent backrou (Score 1) 809

by ebvwfbw (#49056471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

Don't comment about stuff you know nothing about.

PKI is everywhere. You use it all the time and you don't even know it, obviously.

I set this stuff up all the time. From simple web site to ldap/dap authentication to some really big stuff.

When I hire even tier-1 type people (deal with idiots on the phone), they have to show me they can deal with at least a web server pki. They're a dime a dozen.

Comment: Re:I'll take the wine instead (Score 1) 480

by ebvwfbw (#49052503) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

Clearly you've never been to Vegas (max bet, spin, max bet spin... Ding ding ding!). It's stupid to buy just one ticket. You have just one change to not only get the jackpot, one change to get every other combination as well. In Maryland one woman didn't get the jackpot, she got the 1M other prize. It's stupid to not buy at least $20 at a pop. I often buy $80 - $100 when I buy them. I think I didn't win something about 5 years ago.

Understand that the $100 to me means very close to nothing. I'll never miss it. I probably do this 3 times a year or less? Something like that.

Comment: Re: Science... Yah! (Score 1) 958

by ebvwfbw (#48985565) Attached to: Science's Biggest Failure: Everything About Diet and Fitness

You're talking out your ass. Read the latest UN report? Says they are more sure than ever man is causing GW, yet admit they have no idea why it's not warmer now given the CO2 levels. They can no longer defend their models, it's been over 15 years. Statistically impossible to believe them anymore.

Ignorance we can fix, stupidity is forever. Question is - which are you? Look up Maurice Strong sometime. Get mad at being fooled.

Comment: Re:its not about the ring, its just a lesson. (Score 1) 591

by ebvwfbw (#48976223) Attached to: Texas Boy Suspended For "Threatening" Classmate With the One Ring

I have to disagree on this one. He didn't threaten the other kid. Make you disappear? Come one. How about what I used to hear - kick your ass, beat you up, take all your money... and so on - now they're threats. Almost never carried out. Make you disappear is right out of a David Copperfield show. A trick.

I suppose it also goes to show that you don't have to have a brain to be a principal. I bet she used the one she has now.

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