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Comment: Re:Dream on. (Score 1) 292

by fifedrum (#43515131) Attached to: Omnidirectional Treadmill: The Ultimate FPS Input Device?

ugh, about 15 years ago we visited Universal and rode the Back to the Future ride. I was stuck in the back seat, right side, and smacked my head hard on the wall of the car every time the car jerked to the left. Barely made it to the end, got out, got sick and collapsed in the aisle. Spent the rest of the day with a raging headache, but kept it to myself and played the "I'm fine!" game so as not to ruin my wife's vacation. Probably had a concussion on top of motion sickness.

Comment: Re:Sometimes it's better to copy and forward... (Score 1) 150

by fifedrum (#43137569) Attached to: Massive Email Crash Hits Canadian ISP Shaw

bah, let's say 5 million emails would have arrived during that time period. From my unfortunate 6.5 year history at a major email provider, I can tell you that %98 of the email is normally blocked as junk at the perimeter using RBLs, another %50 of what makes it through is junk blocked by anti-virus and anti-spam engines leaving around %1 of real "valuable" email.

Of that, about %50 is commercial email that literally no one will miss (except the people sending it).

What remains is 25k emails, the vast majority of which are forwards from friends and relatives (forward this four leaf clover for luck!) and other garbage. All in all, after an 8 hour outage, the number of real emails that were missed was probably on the order of around 100.

Comment: Re:Chaos (Score 1) 277

by fifedrum (#43006507) Attached to: How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

again, bullshit. There's no way that a %0.05 cut in the budget to a level of just over a year ago is going to cause all the misery that the press is reporting on this. They're reporting EVERYTHING is going to collapse.

everything from school lunches to aircraft carrier maintenance, beef inspections to border patrol

these reports are all bullshit

Comment: Re:Chaos (Score 2, Insightful) 277

by fifedrum (#42979547) Attached to: How Sequestration Will Affect Federal Research Agencies

oh bullshit. Stop regurgitating the party line. Though, you're probably getting paid to do so.

The level of cuts are miniscule, so minor as to be meaningless. The whole story is propaganda to try and shore up Obama's numbers and lay the blame for the entirety of the failed economy on someone else. That's right, let's blame the minority in the legislature, not the leader. There's no way the tiny level of spending cuts are going to impact every single person working for the government. It's complete bullshit and you know it.

Comment: Re:Mass-Media Report (Score 2) 470

by fifedrum (#42371601) Attached to: Specific Gut Bacteria May Account For Much Obesity

If you feed anyone a special diet they can lose weight. Also note, their diet included "certain Chinese herbal medicines." So sure it worked, it worked just fine. And the media that covered it fell for that hook line and sinker. Including slashdot.

Now if these results came out of a real double blind study with controls and whatnot (like more than one patient?) this would be an interesting story. Now, it'll just generate diet spam.

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 5, Informative) 1013

by fifedrum (#42348057) Attached to: Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

NRA basic pistol, rifle, every single hunter's education course in the nation (and many other nations) as well as thousands of safety websites, videos, and general use books. Jeff Cooper put it this way, and this is the way it's taught in safety courses world wide.


And yes, the shouting is on purpose.

Comment: Re:I need new glasses. (Score 1) 214

by fifedrum (#42287991) Attached to: Humans Have Been Eating Cheese For At Least 7,500 Years

Cheese; Like beer and wine.

All of the grocery stores around here (upstate NY) have large selections of cheese. Wegmans, a brand from the Rochester, NY area, but spread throughout much of the north east, has had a cheese shop in each store for at least 20 years, and prior to that, had a large selection in the deli case. I remember, quite vividly, a buddy purchasing a wedge of some brie cheese in 1989 and being completely disgusted, before AND after tasting it. But it grew on me, and now I use that cheese in recpies on a regular basis.

Today, really for the past twenty years, they've expanded the offerings, and the shop carries literally hundreds of different cheese selections, type X aged Y years/months, packaged by the roll, log, slice, wedge, runny, moldy, from just about every variety you can name including local small-batch cheese makers and large name ones, imports and domestics.

While it's true that the vast majority of "cheese" consumed is garden variety cheddar or worse "American Cheese" whatever the hell that is, or even worse, "Cheese" in quotes, there is a huge selection of actual gourmet cheeses sold each day all over the place.

Like beer. The shit beer people drink in bulk, Bud or whatever, is generally garbage, but there are thousands upon thousands of craft beer brewers all over that produce some of the finest quality beer in the world, and wines from California, New York and even Utah, win awards the world over. Both these wineries and breweries do very well for themselves, as do the cheese makers.

In many regions, the last decade has seen even your corner gas station carying craft beer. My local Hess station has as fine a variety of beer as the best beer pubs, complete with growler fill stations. Even the lowest grocer has a wide variety of fine beer today.

Comment: Re:send the mini-shuttle over there to wack it (Score 1) 450

by fifedrum (#42278111) Attached to: North Korea's Satellite Is Out of Control

The catch is that you can't rule out other delivery methods. They could stick one on a ship flagged from some other nation, and drop it in any port city on the globe. That, and a medium yield nuke, in the dozen to hundred kiloton range, exploded over the US, would provide sufficient EMP to knock the country to it's knees economically. The military would still be largely available to return the punch in the face, but the economy? Forget it. Millions would die during the resulting power outage, and millions more around the globe would starve for want of US food exports.

The same for any nation that took the brunt of the attack. No deaths immediately, but loads of misery and death in the longer term.

So don't discount their abililty to get this thing into any orbit, no matter how unstable, because eventually it's going to cross directly overhead.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.