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Posted: April 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

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The Mega Millions jackpot has grown to $540 million, and people across America are dying to score the lucky ticket. According to lottery officials, the odds of winning the massive prize are about 1 in 176 million. Despite the excitement, those odds are not good. In fact, there are many other things—good and bad—that are much more likely to happen to a person than winning that money. From landing dream jobs to unfortunate demises, The Daily Beast lists much more likely occurrences.

Death by Vending Machine

Odds: 1 in 112 million

On average, two people in the U.S. are crushed to death underneath vending machines each year. Please snack responsibly.

Dying in an Airline-Related Terrorist Attack

Odds: 1 in 25 million

No one has died in an airplane-related terrorist attack since 9/11. The pat-downs of elderly people and toddlers are really paying off.

Having Identical Quadruplets

Odds: 1 in 15 million

Identical quadruplets would be adorable, but you wouldn’t be able to support them because you probably won’t win the lottery…

Becoming President

Odds: 1 in 10 million

Mitt Romney has seen these odds and he likes them.

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Dying From Bee, Hornet, or Wasp Stings

Odds: 1 in 6.1 million

Who knew bees were so scary? Then again, bees may not be as much of an issue this year.

Dying From Being Left-Handed

Odds: 1 in 4.4 million

It’s a right-handed world. Apparently, a fair number of left-handed people die each year from using right-handed products incorrectly.

Becoming a Movie Star

Odds: 1 in 1,505,000

There’s more than one way to make money in this world, and movie stardom is a better bet than playing the lottery.

Dying in a Plane Crash

Odds: 1 in 1 million

If you are too scared to board a plane, why did you just buy a lottery ticket?

Death by Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Odds: 1 in 1 million

Not as rare as one would hope, but there are worse ways to die. Maybe.

Getting Struck by Lightning

Odds: 1 in 1 million.

A lightning strike is probably still preferable to flesh-eating bacteria.

Dying in a Bathtub

Odds: 1 in 840,000

These odds are not an excuse to stop bathing.

Dying in an On-the-Job Accident

Odds: 1 in 48,000

If this applies to you, you may want to take a risk and buy that lottery ticket.

Murder

Odds: 1 in 18,000

Hopefully it won’t be over a lottery ticket, but if it is, at least your murderer probably won’t win either!

Dying in an Asteroid Apocalypse

Odds: 1 in 12,500

The good news is that this will probably never happen. That is, until the year 2040, when it’s totally going to happen!

Dying in a Car Accident

Odds: 1 in 6,700

Good luck driving to the store to buy that lottery ticket. From the daily beast

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

imageI’m a speed sensitive kind of guy – when it comes to computing, that is. Late last year, to satisfy my need for speed, I installed a Solid State Drive – running Windows 7 Enterprise – in place of a Western Digital HDD, as a boot drive.

The benefits of running with an SSD were immediately noticeable – faster boot times, faster system shutdown, faster application load times (including games), along with faster sleep and hibernation modes.

In the meantime, Windows 8 Consumer Preview was dropped on my doorstep – and, since there is some degree of SSD optimization built into Windows 8, taking the opportunity to race with this new engine was a natural fit.

It’s been quite a race – Windows 8 is perceptibly faster on my hardware than on the same configuration running Windows 7. Not milliseconds faster – but, measurable faster. Still, there’s little real value…

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Tiger dog

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Is it a dog or a tiger?

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Particle-wave duality is one of the most mysterious facets of quantum physics. It states that every quantum object has properties of both a wave and a particle. This can be easily demonstrated using the double-slit experiment. Streams of particles directed at a barrier, facing the two narrow openings, create an interference pattern, as though they are waves. Neither a pure wave nor particle description has been able to successfully explain these experiments.

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Posted: March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s not just about the popcorn or big name stars anymore: 3-D is the buzz in movie making.

Even Titanic, released 15 years ago, is coming back to the big screen in the new form. So, how do they make an old movie 3D? Good Question.

Scott Ferril is a filmmaker. But there’s no actual film here.

“The greatest 3-D has yet to be shot,” says Ferril.

He uses two cameras rigged just slightly apart from one another.

“It’s (technology) changing every year, there’s a whole leap and bounds of 3D and people don’t realize that in 5 years it’s going to look like what it looks like today,” said Ferril.

Today, movie makers are trying to highlight more of the emotions of the characters. It would have worked for Titanic, but the technology wasn’t as sophisticated 15 years ago.

Now, getting…

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