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Comment evolution in action! (Score 2) 725

Indeed, this is exactly how i shop. In Canada, the largest book chain is Chapters/Indigo - and they have a distinct error in strategy; they have made it policy to only sell books at the publishers recommended or listed price on the book. Now, everyone else in the book business sells at a discount, or with sales, etc., but not them - and another critical error, is that they won't match prices. So while i'm in their store, enjoying their starbucks coffee and free wifi while parusing their shelves, i'm logged into (in the US) and "adding to cart" all the books i like. - before i've left chapters, i've ordered all the books i like from amazon at a huge discount (sometimes 50%) and have already received their order confirmation. It's great! although, not so good for chapters.

evolve or die!

Comment Obvious? (Score 2, Insightful) 115

Aren't all rings of this nature formed form orbiting debris - debris caused by collisions? The thought that Jupiter will have rings once the conflicting orbits of it's moons finally cause them to collide is not new.. it's expected and assumed that it will happen..

I don't think this is new "science".. seems obvious.

Role Playing (Games)

Can a Video Game Solve Hunger, Disease and Poverty? 72

destinyland writes "Dr. Jane McGonigal of the RAND Corporation's Institute for the Future has created a game described as 'a crash course in changing the world.' Developed for the World Bank's 'capacity development' branch, EVOKE has already gathered more than 10,000 potential solutions from participants, including executives from Procter & Gamble and Kraft. '[Dr. McGonigal] takes threats to human existence — global food shortage, fuel wars, pandemic, refugee crisis, and upended democracy — and asks the gaming public to collaborate on how to avoid these all too possible futures.' And by completing its 10 missions, you too can become a World Bank Institute certified EVOKE social innovator. (The game designer's web site lays out her ambitious philosophy. 'Reality is broken,' but 'game designers can fix it.')"

Jordanian Mayor Angry Over "Alien Invasion" Prank 217

krou writes "Jordanian mayor Mohammed Mleihan has taken a dim view of local newspaper Al-Ghad's April Fools prank, which saw a front page story claiming that 'flying saucers flown by 3m (10ft) creatures had landed in the desert town of Jafr.' The paper claimed that communication networks had gone down, and people were fleeing the area. The mayor called the local security authorities, who combed the area, but they were unable to find any evidence of the aliens. Mr Mleihan is now considering suing because of the distress it caused to residents: 'Students didn't go to school, their parents were frightened and I almost evacuated the town's 13,000 residents. People were scared that aliens would attack them.'" I guess they've never heard of Orson Welles in Jordan.

Comment Renderings (Score 1) 260

"I also wish they had more pictures and fewer renderings on the site."

Renderings = No customers yet - no one has stepped up to actually buy one so they could take actual pictures of it.

Totally agree with everyone else on the site. Wood working is a fantastic hobby, involving precision planning, math, geometry and all sorts of things you won't account for on your first go. So start small, and build on your experience. In time, you will be able to build a fantastic "heirloom quality" piece you will be proud to say you made.

Comment Very interesting pheomena (Score 1) 481

Indeed, this phenomena is not unlike some interesting occurancies during the war in vietnam.

During a fire fight it was noted that, if you were shot, and then stood up and waved your arms around and proceeded to tell everyone "I'm hit!, I'm hit!" it would actually invite more shooting, in fact, targetted shooting, rather than random fire.

The war on spam, is a war my friend. Keep your head down. Shut up.

Never, ever, give away your position.

Comment Re:Still... (Score 1) 859

Precisely... GE, Phillips, et al. Fast start up, even lighting, reliable.

I've purchased a few lesser known names.. "noma" is one that comes to mind, and they are absolutely terrible. I use them in locations like the utility room, outdoors etc.

All in all though, these are a terrible interim solution until LED lighting comes into it's own. They're aren't really that efficient (although much better than incandescants, yes) and the use of mercury is just going to cause problems, regardless of whatever recyclying programs exist for these.

C'mon LED lighting.. where are you?!

Comment Previous studies have indicated Rain is a problem (Score 1) 356

Areas with higher rain fall have been shown to have greater incidents of Autism. This is starting to make sense.. more rain = less time outside = less fresh air (or more exposure to polluted indoor air).

Nothing to do with the rain per se, just being inside more. Glad I live in an old house with wood floors and poor weather stripping. (lots of fresh outside air comes in).

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