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Comment: Re:So basically surfing net while taking notes (Score 1) 313 313

Or maybe Pit Bulls are just more dangerous:

As a result of a perceived increase in pit bull injuries, all children who presented to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during 1989 for evaluation of dog bite injuries were prospectively studied...Significantly more pit bull injuries (94% vs 43%, P http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/88/1/55.short

Comment: Re:Atari VCS, anyone? (Score 1) 587 587

I started with an Atari 800 (8 kb) and a cassette drive, although I learned to program on paper a couple years before that with http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Digital-Computers-Self-learning-Microcomputer/dp/B002E6HIAI a Radio Shack circuitry/logic/programming reference. I'm up to 12 GB now, and my GIS software often pushes the limits.

Comment: Re:So why did that prick lay off miners? (Score 3, Informative) 341 341

China and the US have similar reserves of coal (about a quarter of the world's supply each.) Coal is a PITA to transport compared to natural gas (weight vs. energy). There's lot's of natural gas in the Arctic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_exploration_in_the_Arctic, which is probably why China is building icebreakers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Xue_Long. When their second one is built, they will have as many active as the U.S., which *is* an Arctic nation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Council with corresponding mineral rights http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Convention_on_the_Law_of_the_Sea.

The computer is to the information industry roughly what the central power station is to the electrical industry. -- Peter Drucker