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Comment Re: Dupe (Score 2) 840

I'd still rather do it myself than have some shit head torque my oil plug to 200lbs.

Amen to that brother!!!

Some dip shit at Easy Lube or whatever it's called at the Long Beach Town Center (yeah, calling you out!) put an oil filter for a 2.0L. Ford Focus on a 2.3L Ford Focus and subsequently killed the engine. Why? Because the 2.0L has a much longer oil filter, so when you put it on a 2.3L it catches on road hazards ripping it out.

Comment Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

I did the math at one point and realized it cost me money to change my own oil. The filters, oil and disposal cost me more than paying some one to do it.

You must not live in the US, because it's still cheaper to change it yourself and disposal is free. Just go to Walmart and buy a 5 quart jug of Mobil 1 synthetic (or to Costco when they have a 10 dollar off coupon for 6 quarts). Get your filter somewhere else, just don't get Fram. Wix are good though.

Most oil places charge you 70 bucks for full synthetic oil changes, but you can get 5 quarts of good synthetic for less than 30 bucks. A filter will be less than 10 bucks. So you're saving 30+ dollars. Also, oil disposal is free, just take it to Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube, O'Reilly, AutoZone, whatever. They take it. No questions asked.

Time? Takes no time at all. Because while the oil is draining you can inspect other items on the vehicle, such as tire pressure, power steering fluid, transmission fluid (if you're a girl and have an automatic transmission that is), and washer fluid. Stuff you need to do anyway. Once it's done draining, screw in the plug, change the filter (be sure to add a little fresh oil inside the filter and lube the seal - this is so that it fills quicker upon fire up), fire it up, and check for leaks. Done!

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 199

You should ask your parents what exactly they did to deserve the public revolutionary trials. As them how many people they tortured or killed, or how many were killed because of their denouncing to a corrupt military dictatorship drunk on the blood of countless people.

And don't be a fool, I visit Cuba regularly and have several friends over there, they even got me to "la cabaña", the place where the trials and executions took place. I even got the list of executions, and even while I disagree in principle to the summary trials, the numbers were quite lower than I expected based in the hype from the Miami crowd.

As for a joke, supporting 50 years of embargo against your won people with the explicit goal to create hardship and unrest is not even funny.

You've been to "La Cabaña"? Big deal. So have I. I went there with my cousins. Then even got me in at Cuban prices. LOL They told me the truth about the place. In hushed voices. Why? Because if someone overhead, he'd probably be in trouble. The "Cañonazo" was pretty interesting to watch.

I'm not going to argue with you, because unless you're of Cuban descent then you just really won't understand. You probably never grew up hearing about how great things were before Castro. You didn't grow up hearing about the stories and romanticism of pre-Castro Cuba.

Ask your friends what would happen if they stood out in the open and cursed Castro. They're probably wouldn't even think about it for fear of what could happen.

Comment Re:In other news... (Score 1) 199

Castro's revolution had its flaws but he never openly tortured or killed his fellow citizens

That is flat out, 100% WRONG. One of my high school friends was from Cuba. Both his father and his uncle were tortured by the Castro regime because they didn't fight on the "right" side. They were lucky they weren't simply shot, but my friend's dad walked with a severe limp for the rest of his life. And Che was a murdering bastard who had a habit of shooting people he only suspected of not being loyal enough.

Know what those Che tshirts are good for? It makes it easy to spot complete morons.

True effing that! Damn kids wearing Che shirts. Bunch of ignorant idiots. It's offensive.


IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail 347

aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."

Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters 610

No longer satisfied with your crinkled doctor's note, a growing number of corporations are hiring "Hooky Detectives." Private investigator Rick Raymond says he's staked out bowling alleys, pro football games, weddings and even funerals looking for people using sick days. From the article: "Such techniques have become permissible at a time when workers are more likely to play hooky. Kronos, a workforce productivity firm in Chelmsford, Mass., recently found that 57 percent of salaried employees take sick days when they're not sick — almost a 20 percent increase from statistics gathered between 2006 and 2008."

One Night Stands May Be Genetic 240

An anonymous reader writes "So, he or she has cheated on you for the umpteenth time and their only excuse is: 'I just can't help it.' According to researchers at Binghamton University, they may be right. The propensity for infidelity could very well be in their DNA. In a first of its kind study, a team of investigators led by Justin Garcia, a SUNY Doctoral Diversity Fellow in the laboratory of evolutionary anthropology and health at Binghamton University, State University of New York, has taken a broad look at sexual behavior, matching choices with genes and has come up with a new theory on what makes humans 'tick' when it comes to sexual activity. The biggest culprit seems to be the dopamine receptor D4 polymorphism, or DRD4 gene. Already linked to sensation-seeking behavior such as alcohol use and gambling, DRD4 is known to influence the brain's chemistry and subsequently, an individual's behavior."

Man Put On "No-Fly List" While In Air To NYC 300

An unnamed man flying from Nigeria to New York City found out he was added to a no-fly list somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean, when the plane stopped to refuel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Officials won't say what he did or why he was added to the list after he had already boarded a flight. He was not immediately charged with a crime and Customs and Border Protection will only say that he is a "potential person of interest." From the article: "The man, a citizen of Gambia, was not on the no-fly list when he boarded the aircraft in Dakar, Senegal, said a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly."

Comment Made me laugh... (Score 2, Interesting) 231

Here's the thing... The company I work for has a few sister companies in HK and China. I work for the U.S. office.

We recently (last year) upgraded our switches in the U.S. office. Previously, we were running 3Com switches of various types and models (3300's mostly of different kinds, and some 4200's). The decision to replace them was due to the fact they were getting old and the performance wasn't really there when you start daisy chaining 10 different switches to support over 200 ports.

When looking for new switches, I looked at Cisco and HP. Our overseas IIT guy tried to get us to go the 3Com route once again, since that's what they use in the HK and China offices. Actually, they use Huawei branded switches as well as 3Com braded switches. If you don't know already, they're basically the same thing. He really tried hard to get us to go that route, but I would not budge. I did everything to show that 3Com had very little market share in the U.S. and thus very little support.

Anyway, we ended up replacing the aging 3Com equipment with HP Procurve switches (5406 and 5412). We wanted to go with Cisco switches at first, but they were our of our budget. Next to Cisco, HP seemed like the most logical choice.So far, I'm happy with the decision.

I just find it ironic that after the acquisition, that whole power struggle over which switch to use will be moot.


Researchers Use Salmon DNA To Make LED Lightbulbs 66

Al writes "Researchers from the University of Connecticut have created a new light-emitting material by doping spun strands of salmon DNA with fluorescent dyes. The material, which is robust because DNA is such a strong polymer, absorbs energy from ultraviolet light and gives off different colors depending on the amounts of dye it contains. A team led by chemistry professor Gregory Sotzing created the new material by mixing salmon DNA with two types of dye, then pumping the solution from a fine needle while a voltage is applied between the needle tip and a grounded copper plate covered with a glass slide. As the liquid jet comes out, it dries and forms long nanofibers that are deposited on the glass slide as a mat. The researchers then spin this nanofiber mat directly on the surface of an ultraviolet LED to make a white-light emitter. The color-tunable DNA material relies on an energy-transfer mechanism between two different fluorescent dyes, and the DNA keeps the dye molecules separated at a distance of 2 to 10 nanometers from each other."

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