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Submission + - Man claims caffeine insanity (

caffiend666 writes: "A Kentucky man accused of strangling his wife is poised to claim excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable he couldn't have knowingly killed his wife, his lawyer has notified a court."..."Dr. Roland Griffiths, a professor of behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins University has noted in an unrelated study that there is a diagnosis for "caffeine intoxication," which includes nervousness, excitement, insomnia and possibly rambling speech." Personally, I just blame 'dark roasts'.

Comment Re:Good hygiene, don't be a know it all. (Score 1) 842

Know it all? I do that at work, tell people to RTFM. Basically, I wrote the manuals. And, I wrote the manuals so I wouldn't have to remember this stuff. What's the option for running the process against a whole customer? I look it up. What's the environment variable that has to be set for the command to run? I look it up. I found it out, and wrote down the information in a shared manual. SO I WOULDN'T HAVE TO REMEMBER someone else's bad scripting habits and inconsistencies.

They can spend a minute searching for it in the document. Or, they can spend an hour trying to get a-hold of me to ask me to spend a minute looking it up for them. Who's time is more valuable? Surely not theirs if they don't keep good notes, don't share them, and spend an hour looking for someone when it takes a minute to answer on their own.

No, I don't know that stuff. That's why I wrote it down. I'M NOT THEIR FUCKING RESEARCH ASSISTANT, their SECRETARY, their PEON, or their FATHER. They are trying to waste my time, like they do their own.

I put up with this from my boss. He can't even keep track of his own email messages some times. Put, I provide them with a smile. If someone is new and they genuinely haven't asked a question before, I answer and show them how to look it up on their own. A $17 dollar an hour contractor who can barely spell computer or read the screen will be shown the door all the quicker once they've used up their dumb questions.

Comment Re:I've been saying this all along....! (Score 1) 1015

Although I pretty much believe you're trolling, peaceful voyages would be comparable to a biologist from the midwest spending several weeks traveling to spend a year in Antarctica researching a microbe. Eventually, if a civilization develops enough, they will have the resources to satisfy their curiosity. However, it is just as likely they will be scavengers looking for pretty fur and make the resource extinct. In a long enough timeline contact is inevitable and one or the other will happen. Might as well make sure it happens gracefully.

If seti style contacts are established, any actual contact is likely to be through time-capsule type care-packages that take millenia to arrive. Maybe eventually carrying biological samples.

I imagine Stephen Hawking because of his celebrity status and his disability is developing some sort of persecution complex and is likely to view aliens in the same context. Yes, when we deal with enough people there will be a few bad eggs. And, the more people we deal with the more likely we are to encounter the really really bad eggs. But, we can't hide in our houses. The vast majority are good people and will help insulate from the bad. Hiding does nothing to insulate us, only leaves us exposed in a different way.

Submission + - Amount of porn I posess poll

caffiend666 writes: 1) You can prove nothing
2) Only on work computer
3) Less than a meg
4) About 10 meg
5) About a gig
6) Less than 100 gig
7) Less than 1 terabyte
8) Greater than 1 terabyte
9) Googled Porn takes up no space

Comment Re:motivation (Score 1) 347

Survive pressures and temperatures? Where is your vision, you're not thinking like a maniacal spacelord! Did you or did you not take maniacal space-lordery at Uni? Who needs to survive the pressures when you can blow the whole planet up and pick up the interesting pieces. Don't worry, if you limit the explosion most of it reform in it's own gravity well. Or in the case of a gas/liquid giant, find the interesting stuff via RADAR/SONAR type systems and push it out the other side via LASERs :) Ooooo, giant nets! Giant space nets lowered from orbit! THAT'S IT! Or, how about a giant claw lowered from geosynchronous orbit like the Hughes Glomar Explorer. You'll get much of it to the surface....

Comment Carbon shields used before, bad idea (Score 0) 251

Carbon shields have been used before, was bad idea with bad consequences. The Windscale research reactors were built with a significant amount of graphite for absorbing neutron radiation. The graphite was great at it. But, the energy would build up and spontaneously release itself as energy, and/or fires. Sure, they had work arounds. But, the workarounds gradually stopped being useful and the entire thing went up in flames eventually. Cleanup has just now really started, after over 50 years. Granted, there might be a safe way to use carbon once and change it out. But geez, carbon dioxied waste is one thing. Nuclear/spontaneously combusting carbon waste is another....

Submission + - Marge Simpson poses for Playboy (

caffiend666 writes: 'Marge Simpson poses for Playboy....the magazine is giving the star of "The Simpsons" the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold.' ... '"We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd," said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.' ... Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years.

Submission + - NASA discovers giant ring around Saturn ( 1

caffiend666 writes: "The Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered the biggest but never-before-seen ring around the planet Saturn, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced late Tuesday."..."The bulk of the ring material starts about 3.7 million miles from the planet and extends outward about another 7.4 million miles." One ring to rule them all....

Submission + - New species of worms release 'bombs' (

caffiend666 writes: "A newly found deep ocean worm 'can cast off green glowing body parts, a move scientists think may be a defensive effort to confuse attackers. Researchers have dubbed the newly discovered critters "green bombers."' ... 'The first of the new species has been given the scientific name Swima bombiviridis.' So, it's a naturally occuring animal that rips off it's arms and throws them and we're not talking about a game from ID Sofware?"

Comment What are you trying to accomplish? (Score 3, Insightful) 323

What are you trying to accomplish? If you want neat and pretty, that needs one type of thing. If you are trying to organize the cables behind the computer, that needs another type of thing. If you are only trying to neaten the cables between computers, that needs another. You building a rack-room or want something professional? My only concern was getting in-between device cables off of the floor and above doors. Went to home depot, bought 1.5 inch PVC Pipe mounting clasps (used to hold pipes to walls), and suspended them 8 inches from the ceiling. Then ran the cables through the clasp. To manage power-cables behind desk, I strap-tied the power cables to the desk, leaving other ethernet/keyboard cables which will move around loose. If you want something to impress girls, don't think having neat cables counts. Most women that have seen the cables dangling from my walls are more than a little worried.... Keep meaning to string LED lights along them to make them look less disturbing.


Submission + - NASA has the lost tapes (

caffiend666 writes: "A Speculated a few weeks ago, NASA has found and is starting to restore the lost Apollo 11 tapes. A Briefing will be held July 16th "at the Newseum in Washington to release greatly improved video imagery from the July 1969 live broadcast of the Apollo 11 moonwalk. " "The original signals were recorded on high quality slow-scan TV (SSTV) tapes. What was released to the TV networks was reduced to lower quality commercial TV standards.""

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