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Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 218

The government is not writing checks out of the general fund to pay people to drill for oil.

So, the trillions of taxpayer dollars we've spent on wars to protect energy interests just don't count? The hundreds of thousands of lives that were spent in these wars, counting the civilian casualities?

You might have an answer to that question if you weren't one of the "people who don't really understand this stuff".

And you're worried about 30% of the cost of solar panels. You're a special kind of person, you are.

Comment: Re:Woop Di Do Da! (Score 1) 218

Is there any other mainstream technology that repeatedly makes outlandish claims, and just shrugs it off as if it never happen when those claims don't deliver, and yet gets massive taxpayer-sponsored support?

Coal, hydraulic fracturing, the pharmaceutical industry. The defense industry.

Shall I go on?

Comment: Re:You have removed my news source for the day (Score 1) 36

by MightyMartian (#49388923) Attached to: Rare Ideopathic Encephaly Tied to Higher IQ, Not Lower

Man I love that movie (though the critics, typically, savaged it). My favorite bit is when Beldar goes after his daughter's boyfriend:

"I find you unacceptable! If I did not fear incarceration from human authority figures, I would terminate your life functions by applying sufficient pressure to your blunt skull so as to force its collapse!"

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 447

by Tom (#49388585) Attached to: Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen

An interesting read even though I have to admit I understand but half of it. What I didn't get is if there's a treatment path without medicine, something like the proper food, excercise regime, etc. -- because I find it hard to believe that the proper conditions cannot be created by the proper lifestyle.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 2) 45

by MightyMartian (#49388057) Attached to: Madman: Proximity To Black Hole "Not a Big Deal"

I rewatched the film a few years ago, and the scene where Maximilian and Reinhardt are merged together in Hell was incredibly dark. Coupled with TRON, there was a period when Disney Studios actually recaptured some of the daring of the early years.

The worst part of Black Hole were the Disney-esque touches, like the Slim Pickens' voiced robot. If you sort of ignore the silly asides, the film is an astonishingly haunting film. Maximilian Schell's Reinhardt is one dark, nasty guy. Think about it, he basically turns the entire crew of his ship into enslaved brain-dead androids. That's Darth Vader-level evil.

Comment: Wait, what? (Score 1) 32

by bmo (#49388027) Attached to: Angry Boss Phishing Emails Prompt Fraudulent Wire Transfers

The fraudsters register "typo squatting" domains that look like the target company's domain,

Since when do you need to effin' typo-squat a domain name to send something that looks like to

The FROM: header can be anything. Hell, you can telnet to port 25 and type it in manually. It's been that way since forever-ago, as far as I can tell.

I mean, come on, I've personally sent mail from


Comment: Re:One thing to remember (Score 1) 269

by TheCarp (#49387805) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With User Resignation From an IT Perspective?

You really consider that being treated like a criminal? Personally I don't want access I don't need anymore and I feel better knowing that I know it was properly revoked. I don't want the keys anymore either, I make sure I turn those in when I leave.

Certainly there may be some arraingement where you may not revoke all access but, that should be explicit. I remember at a previous job we allowed someone, who didn't even leave on his own terms, to retain his email address for a time until he could get a new personal address and transition.

Its not about being a dick, its about make the split clean.

Hell when I was laid off I had my access revoked 4 weeks before my last day. Man sitting there with nothing I could do was great, I spent most of the day updating my resume and looking for new jobs. Losing your access is great.

Time-sharing is the junk-mail part of the computer business. -- H.R.J. Grosch (attributed)