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Comment Re: Donating to Science (Score 1) 793

Donating to science does not equal donating your organs to the living who needs them. Obviously it's great to give your parts away to the needy, but in the case that they are no good, a donation to science can mean that your body will end up in a university med school or biology department where organs can be used for research or an entire body may be preserved and dissected by young people who will hone their examination and surgery skills on you. Either way, lives are likely to be saved as the end result.

Comment Re:What a doorknob (Score 1) 366

I think his reasoning was that having a competitor that raises the average cost of labor and price of cars isn't so beneficial for consumers. Allowing them to fail would show the others that efficiency and competitiveness is required in addition to being able to make cars. Also, allowing them to fail would force the other companies to make more cars to meet demand, which also increases efficiency as it spreads R&D costs of a single car variant to more buyers. Interesting indeed.

Comment Re:Fired him first? (Score 1) 502

No he is not, if they want to pay him to document and he agrees to take the money sure but once you don't work there it's there problem. If they were on a document he should have left it at the place of business or returned it to them (corp property) but something intangible is not property it's knowledge. I am not sure this is what happened in this case. Most states you have 30 days to return corp property once you have been terminated and they can not hold your paychecks etc till you do. Now if you had a documented policy requiring hit by a bus password safes, and audited them (the once a year go though and change them) and the person neglected to do so you might be able to sue him for the damages do to his neglect or willful destruction of them.

Specific to this case it's the cops and the DA having a pissing contest and not wanting to loose.

Comment Classics (Score 1) 368

Oh boy, reminds me of when I was young. Legos are great. If they have any sort of video gaming system the game of tetris is sure to enhance their visual/spacial recognition as well. I went straight down this path when I was younger:

Year By Year Starting at age 7:
Crystal Growing Set
Rock/Geology Set
Chemestry Set
Lego Mindstorms (Legos + mechanics + rudimentary system of programming = awesome!)
Model Rockets/Model Airplanes

Age 21:

New Suit because I need to go get a job (in Engineering)

As far as places to go, my parents had to get those things at toy stores/hobby shops because they were not as well acquainted with the series of tubes. Nowadays there's thinkgeek, newegg,, the latter ones being more generic. For the budding teenage computer engineer heavy into microelectronics, try sparkfun. Best of luck!


US Congressman Announces Plans To Probe Wikileaks 311

eldavojohn writes "Congressman Peter King (R-NY) is calling for a probe into Wikileaks with regard to the recent publication of half a million 9/11 pager messages. He has announced that he plans to have his Washington staff begin a preliminary investigation because Wikileaks' action 'raises security issues.' A word of caution: Congressman King has been known to make inflammatory and unpopular statements."
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Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.

Comment Tweak the OS (Score 1) 549

If you're on a Windows box, you can achieve the same overall effect by increasing the size of your icons and fonts. A quick tip for most internet browsers is that you can change the size of things on a web page by holding control and then using the scroll wheel on your mouse. This works for almost everything in Microsoft office as well. There are a lot of useability options rolled in there, believe it or not so I'd say take the 20 minutes to learn to tweak your OS and you can save the hundreds of $ you'd spend on a new monitor.

Comment Re:Because I Said So, That's Why! (Score 1) 177

It's possible that, for the sake of the earth impact moon creation theory, that the object contained water. On the other hand, it's very likely that the earth already had some, if not most of the water that it has in it's current state. Water is not hard to come by in our solar system by any means (see: Mars, Europa, Charon). Being that there is little we can conclude about the formation of the moon, I believe there's little reason to think that the Earth's present amount of water came from outside sources. Occam's razor would suggest that Earth's water formed from the large amount of hydrogen and oxygen present during the early stages of its formation.

Comment Re:Entitlement (Score 1) 675

Remember that out there exists a person who wants telemundo who has to pay for ESPN, G4, Discovery, or whatever you're interested in so they can watch their channel. I'm all for cheaper options but if you google a la cart cable, you'll find a lot of arguments against it that have studies showing you may end up paying more depending on what you want. While you are subsidizing other peoples channels, other people are subsidizing yours. Unfortunately this system results in the communistic, channel overloaded, profit driven system we have today, but if we didn't have this then some channels might be tossed out by the wayside.

I'll admit some of these studies are probably payed for by cable companies and I wouldn't cry if MTV2 were to disappear forever. Of course there would be a lot of teens crying because they're missing out on "Yo, dawg, I heard you like cars..."

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