Conundrum

Conundrum…

“A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one. You’ll probably never need one again.”

The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.

Here are six Conundrums of Socialism in the United States of America :

1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other Countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about, yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century.

Makes you wonder who is doing the math. By the way…

1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, But we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works. And here’s another one worth considering..

2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. But we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What’s interesting is the first group “worked for” their money, but the second didn’t.

Think about it… Am I the only one missing something?


DIY Mill/Lathe Cutting Fluid For Steel

Sick and tired of the high cost of cutting fluids? Are you a do it yourself kind of person? For the cost of some cheap motor oil, dish washing fluid and a little time, you can make huge amounts of lathe or mill cutting fluids for pennies. For about $3-$5, you can make about 4 gallons of steel cutting fluid! Professional cutting fluid can easily run $200 or more for the same volume. Why not buy yourself some new tools for the shop instead!?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 qt. of motor oil
  • 3 cups of dish washing liquid
  • 4 gallons of water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Purchase the necessary products. Motor oil can be found at your local gas station and dish washing liquid at convenience stores and supermarkets.
  • Add the liquid soap to the water. Mix the soap into the water so that it is dissolved. The soap is the catalyst that will enable the oil and the water to mix; otherwise the different densities will make the oil float on top of the water.
  • Pour in the motor oil. Make sure that the water and the oil are mixed properly together with no separation. The water will act as a coolant in the cutting oil, while the oil acts as the lubricant, as the water is evaporated off by the heat generated in the cutting process.

TIPS & WARNINGS:

  • If a sticky residue is left on the cutting tool following use, then the cutting oil mix contains too much soap.
  • A great deal of heat is generated in the cutting process, so a fire extinguisher should be kept handy as a precaution against the oil catching fire in the cutting process. When using this cutting oil, cutting machines should be set to a slower speed.

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes” by Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC,offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling …

“I could end the deficit in 5 minutes,” he told CNBC.

“You just pass a law that says that any time there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months and 8 days to be ratified! Why?

Simple! The people demanded it. Continue reading


Where Spam Comes From

Original Post: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/2969783.stm

For anyone plagued by junk e-mails, the question that often baffles most is how did the spammers get your address. US researchers at the Center for Democracy and Technology set out to answer this question in the summer of 2002. They found that e-mail addresses posted on websites or in newsgroups attract the most spam. Spam is estimated to account for up to 40% of global e-mail traffic and is causing a massive headache for businesses, which are losing billions in productivity. Continue reading


Computing with Secrets, but Keeping them Safe

A cryptographic method could see cloud services work with sensitive data without ever decrypting it.
By Tom Simonite
http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/25537

A novel technique could see future Web services work with sensitive data without ever being able to read it. Several implementations of a mathematical proof unveiled just last year will allow cryptographers to start making the proposal more practical.

In 2009 Craig Gentry of IBM published a cryptographic proof that was that rare thing: a true breakthrough. He showed that it was possible to add and multiply encrypted data to produce a result that–when decrypted–reveals the result of performing the same operations on the original, unencrypted data. It’s like being able to answer a question without knowing what the question is. Continue reading


A Flying Robot that Perches, Flips and Dives

http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/tags/surveillance/

Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could help the military carry out surveillance in unknown territory or first responders look for survivors after a disaster. The trick is making them agile enough to pull off daredevil aerobatic maneuvers.

Daniel Mellinger, Nathan Michael and Vijay Kumar at the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Laboratory have developed software that lets a small, quadroter helicopter perform aggressive acrobatic stunts autonomously. They show off the impressive maneuvers–including a quadroter that autonomously maneuvers quickly through a tight space–in a new video, below.