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Comment Just got a transformer for my travels (Score 1) 356

I recently started a job that has me traveling regularly, and I went through similar selections. Ended up getting the asus transformer with keyboard for a few reasons: Internal memory slot: I travel a lot, and its easier to load up some micro sd cards with movies, tv shows, music, books/pdfs, instead of being limited to internal storage. They keyboard/dock also has a full sized sd slot hdmi output: i wanted to be able to plug in to hotel tvs where available to watch on a full sized screen battery life: the keyboard dock doubles the battery life, i've done some six and nine hour flights without having to rely on the airline power plugs that always seem to overheat my usb adapters. granted i took a nap on the nine hour flight, so not sure how much more than six hours of games and movies i got out of it.
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Man Builds His Own Subway 174

jerryjamesstone writes "Everybody is into rail these days; it is the greenest way to get around next to a bike. Leonid Mulyanchik has been into it for years since before the Berlin Wall fell, since before the first Macintosh, building his own private underground Metro railway system. English-Russia says that he has been doing it with his pension, that it is all legal and approved and that he is still at it. Gizmodo calls it 'Partly the traditional, inspiring, one man against all odds type of persistence, but more the obsessive, borderline insane persistence.'" Update: 06/02 07:33 GMT by T : And if you're the type to visit Burning Man, you can actually ride a home-made monorail this summer, too.

Comment Who is eating the cost? (Score 1) 555

Aside from the standard 'wtf are you doing using your home computer to do work for' and 'i don't want my personal info on your home computer anyway' concepts, I have to ask about the IT department handing out encyrption software like candy? Unless we're talking truecrypt, what about the license costs, or should someone call the BSA? Even volume licensing costs, and i'd hate to be the hospital customer paying for it.

Comment physiology (Score 1) 515

I guess technically that falls under biology, but i want to know more about my own body, how its affected by diet, ways to improve, etc. I spend of a lot time in the gym, and controlling / shaping / changing my body has always been of interest to me, i have the getting stronger part down, now i just have to figure out the spare tire and step away from the buffet...

Comment Re:Dear Contractors... (Score 4, Informative) 283

I work on the DoT network, and this thought scares me. Please remember the lowest bidder gets the job in most cases, we recently started putting VM servers in, and these guys can't even reboota a virtual server without screwing it up. As a regional subcontractor, I'm completely locked out, to the point that I had to spend 10 minutes on the phone with our official helpdesk explaining the runas command in windows to the guy on the other end so he could run a command I don't have access to...

Comment Ran into the same problem with a gym... (Score 1) 521

I was looking to switch gyms, and when I went to tour a new one that opened up they wouldn't take me around the place unless i filled out a questionaire with my name, address, phone, and email. I'm perfectly willing to give them that info (minus email) if i sign up, but I made a stand on principle and asked them why they needed all that info just to show me the place. after he insisted that i couldn't tour the gym without it, i decided they didn't need my business and left, with them looking at me like i'm stupid...

Comment it only maters so much (Score 1) 1049

I have reseller accounts at some of the larger hosting companies, and manage a lot of domains on the internet, i still use gmail accounts. i actually have several different accounts, most of them forwarding, and with rules setup to star emails sent to other accounts, etc, but i've never cared enough to get my own domain just for me, as a place to store my resume... I will say that when i've applied for jobs, I tend to take the application less seriously when its going to an aol account..

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Comment Re:Libertarians -- foot in mouth yet? (Score 1) 596

Why should I pay a bunch of people in government to make decisions with my money when I can make those decisions myself and keep a butt-ton of money to boot? The government takes over $120 out of my meager $530 weekly paychecks and gives me nothing in return. Most of that money goes to pay for government health care for the poor and elderly. I will never see a dime of that money. The rest of it goes to a retirement plan which I will never see benefits from.

Essentially a bunch of con-men have conned us into believing that we should pay them to make financial decisions for us, then taken all of our money and used it on projects which never benefit us.

You also forgot that a good portion of that 120 provides the protection services, down to the roads police drive on, that keep people from taking your 530 a week. Pay crooks in state and local government so you can keep the rest of your paycheck, or pick the options you prefer. Slavery - you work for free anyway Anarchy - work all you want, someone with a bigger stick will take it anyway Could go on and on with other options, but you've already got the best one.

Science

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus 205

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. ... 'I was gobsmacked,' said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. 'I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh.'"
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The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza 282

iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."
Earth

Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."

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