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Submission + - Water flowing on Mars (

sbinning writes: River-like valleys attest to the flow of water on ancient Mars, but today the planet is dry and has an atmosphere that is too thin to support liquid water on the surface for long. However, intriguing clues suggest that water may still run across the surface from time to time.

Submission + - No Way, Man! Last VW Bus To Soon Roll Off Assembly Line (

sbinning writes: The last Volkswagen "hippie bus" is due to roll off an an assembly line in Brazil on Dec. 31.

It seems the van that became known as the transportation of choice for counter-culture folks in the '60s can't be made with the air bags and other safety equipment that "the man" wants it to have.

Submission + - How to invest in legalized marijuana (

sbinning writes: "Although federal law prohibits the sale or possession of marijuana, Massachusetts last week joined the ranks of states — 18 plus Washington, D.C. — that allow its use for people suffering from chronic illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. In Washington and Colorado, meanwhile, voters passed an initiative to allow pot for recreational use. Those changes have kickstarted a small but fast-growing medical-marijuana industry, estimated to be worth about $1.7 billion as of 2011, according to See Change Strategy, an independent financial-analysis firm that specializes in new markets. In Colorado alone, sales topped $181 million in 2010, and the business employed 4,200 state-licensed workers, says Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association , a nonprofit trade group that campaigns for marijuana’s federal legalization."

Submission + - Police cameras allowed on private property without warrant (

sbinning writes: A federal judge has ruled that police officers in Wisconsin did not violate the Fourth Amendment when they secretly installed cameras on private property without judicial approval. The property in question was heavily wooded, with a locked gate and "no trespassing" signs to notify strangers that they were unwelcome.

Comment Multiple email and social network uses (Score 1) 68

I treat these networks like I treat email. I have multiple email accounts and multiple social networks accounts. Find an email provider that provides filtering and forwarding.
Mine are roughly divided like this; 1) Personal, close, true and trusted friends and selected family members. 2) A business account for legitimate and legal uses. One for each business. 2) Social contacts, acquaintances, blogs, SOME social media sites. 3) Throw away accounts, may or may not use a pseudonym with significantly different demographics. This is used for sites that demand a valid email address. This account is rarely check except to hassle Nigerian scammers. Use your imagination for other possible uses.

Comment It's all about feelings (Score 1) 454

When the kids start back to school the summer has ended for them.
When the heat and humidity are gone from the air. (Here in St. Louis we hope that they are now gone.)
When the new TV programs begin.
When the 2012 calendar comes out that has 4 extra months free.
When you feel the oppression of summer has dissipated.

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