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Comment: Great idea! All hail the V8! (Score 1) 825

by letchhausen (#33485374) Attached to: Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25
This is a brilliant idea in these days of economic crisis. Also, a big screw off to the insurance companies that lobbied for these ridiculously low speeds. Why if God had wanted us to go this slow he never would of allowed us to create the 300 HP V8. Or bigger engines.

Fine-Structure Constant Maybe Not So Constant 105

Posted by samzenpus
from the variety-is-the-spice-of-life dept.
Kilrah_il writes "The fine-structure constant, a coupling constant characterizing the strength of the electromagnetic interaction, has been measured lately by scientists from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and has been found to change slightly in light sent from quasars in galaxies as far back as 12 billion years ago. Although the results look promising, caution is advised: 'This would be sensational if it were real, but I'm still not completely convinced that it's not simply systematic errors' in the data, comments cosmologist Max Tegmark of MIT. Craig Hogan of the University of Chicago and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., acknowledges that 'it's a competent team and a thorough analysis.' But because the work has such profound implications for physics and requires such a high level of precision measurements, 'it needs more proof before we'll believe it.'"

Comment: Looks like Stephen King got it wrong... (Score 2, Funny) 245

by letchhausen (#26231407) Attached to: Amateurs Are Trying Genetic Engineering At Home
The basis for his book The Stand will come out of someone's garage and not a military lab. Unfortunately, people like these probably won't have good documentation for the Hazmat team to use after the "incident". The good side is that the opportunities to get rid of surplus population has risen. There are an awful lot of people on this planet.

Comment: Re:Accident? (Score 3, Interesting) 377

by letchhausen (#26218887) Attached to: Karl Rove's IT Guru Dies In Small Plane Crash
Do you really think that was his body on the ground? "Last month, U.S. Judge Soloman Oliver refused Connell's request to quash a subpoena connected to the lawsuit, King Lincoln Bronzeville Neighborhood Association v. Blackwell, and demanded his testimony relating to his IT work."

Connell: "Karl help me out!

Rove: "Done and done. Now here's your new papers and just stay out of sight...."

The world is no nursery. - Sigmund Freud