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Comment Food irradiation could do this too (Score 1) 440

We've already have the tech to preserve food safely for months at a time using ionizing radiation, it's called food irradiation. Sadly, the anti-nuke kooks have blocked it and people have needlessly died as a result. I'm thinking this will go the same way..... although people are less scared of microwave radiation so I hope I'm wrong.

Comment All that..... and then create a haunted house (Score 1) 372

Wire the shit out of the place.... you can never have too many power outlets, ethernet jacks, speaker ports, or coaxial cable outlets. Run everything you can through conduit so you can future-proof the place and run additional wire when needed. Don't daisy-chain the outlets if you can help it. Run everything to a central utility room that's large and well ventilated enough to hold all of your backend computer shit. Don't just shove it into a closet, give yourself some room to move.

Put in recessed lights and speakers in the ceiling for all the rooms and put in multiple zones for different zoom designs and activity patterns.

Think about where you'll spend most of your time and put the house's thermostat there so you'll be most comfortable. If your furnace/AC can handle zones make sure you think hard about the best placement of the other temperature units.

Buy an LCD and place it behind two-way glass in the bathroom so you can get a pop-up display of the weather or watch local news in the morning while you brush your teeth or pee.

Hide speakers and video cameras in the walls/floors and connect them to a hidden computer that broadcasts out to the world on a concealed SSID. Then, when you move prank the new owners and make them think the place is haunted. Don't do anything overt, let subtlety be your friend. Creaking floorboards, a door closing, quiet footsteps that follow along and move from speaker to speaker, and ultrasonics for the pets. Record everything if you are feeling really illegal about it and then stitch it all together and post your movie on YouTube.

Comment Re:US should dump a lot of filler classes (Score 2) 463

Third would be reigning in the cost of an education. There shouldn't be any excuse for tuition to be skyrocketing like it has for as long as it has. It's a classic sign of a bubble.

Educational costs have been rising for the same reason housing price rose.... easy access to credit. Get rid of educational loans and tuition will drop.

Comment Keep the laptops, kill the wireless (Score 1) 804

I prefer to take notes with my laptop but totally agree that too many students lack the self-control not to check email, Facebook or IM their friends while in class. If you allow the professors the ability to kill the room's WiFi the educational experience will be enhanced (lining the rooms with lead to block cell phones would also be heaven).

Comment Now.... there's an idea! (Score 1) 865

FTA: He thinks only a catastrophic event would now persuade humanity to take the threat of climate change seriously enough, such as the collapse of a giant glacier in Antarctica, such as the Pine Island glacier, which would immediately push up sea level.

So.... how difficult and expensive would it be for someone to force the collapse of the Pine Island glacier? Is there anything we can do to covertly accelerate its collapse within say.... the next five years?

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 468

That's true, but I don't think it excuses Slashdotters from knowing about their behavior, as it's regularly posted here.

I wouldn't expect Suzie Homemaker to know about the way Apple runs its App Store, or about Sony's or Microsoft's shenanigans, but I do expect any Slashdotter with a username to know, simply because of how well-informed we are here. Any time one of these companies does something slightly objectionable, it gets posted here. So ignorance really isn't an excuse if you're a regular on this site, IMO.

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