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Ireland Votes Yes To Same-Sex Marriage 334

Posted by Soulskill
from the have-it-your-way dept.
BarbaraHudson writes: Reuters is reporting that the citizens of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriages. While it's also legal in 19 other countries, Ireland was the first to decide this by putting the question to the citizens. "This has really touched a nerve in Ireland," Equality Minister Aodhan O'Riordain said at the main count center in Dublin. "It's a very strong message to every LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) young person in Ireland and every LGBT young person in the world." Observers say the loss of moral authority of the Catholic church after a series of sex scandals was a strong contributing factor, with priests limiting their appeals to the people sitting in their pews. In contrast, the "Yes" side dominated social media.

Protons Collide At 13 TeV For the First Time At the LHC 46

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-big-or-go-home dept.
An anonymous reader writes to let everyone know the LHC has now smashed protons together at 13 TeV, the highest energy level yet achieved. They've posted the first images captured from the collisions, and explained the testing process as well. Jorg Wenninger of the LHC Operations team says, "When we start to bring the beams into collision at a new energy, they often miss each other. The beams are tiny – only about 20 microns in diameter at 6.5 TeV; more than 10 times smaller than at 450 GeV. So we have to scan around – adjusting the orbit of each beam until collision rates provided by the experiments tell us that they are colliding properly." Spokesperson Tiziano Camporesi adds, "The collisions at 13 TeV will allow us to further test all improvements that have been made to the trigger and reconstruction systems, and check the synchronisation of all the components of our detector."

Comment: Re:It showed a lot (Score 1) 350

by bill_mcgonigle (#49747889) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

Right - but you know who didn't show up? Bernie Sanders (S-VT). He claims to be a civil libertarian but couldn't bother to join the other Democrats who came to support the issue.

I think we know where his masters are on this issue - he's deep into the F-35 fighter jet fiasco; MIC is where his bread is buttered.

Comment: Re:Bring Back Background Play (Score 1) 58

Perhaps now they can bring back background play for mobile devices, so I don't have to stay on the youtube app to listen to music/podcasts/etc posted there.

This was the #1 most-requested feature on the YouTube app since it first appeared. Google *finally* released it - and it's the most expensive in-app purchase ever - you have to pay $120/yr to get it.

At the same time they changed the YouTube ToS to forbid third-party apps from providing the same functionality and aggressively started pursuing legal claims against the developers.

"Don't be Evil", 2015 skin.

Comment: Re: *Near* the south pole... (Score 1) 485

by bill_mcgonigle (#49740091) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

That's right. If the story is even true, the point is likely to see how you approach it, not if you get the exact distance right. If somebody grabbed paper and pencil to work out the math and I'd asked this question that would be a serious demerit - he didn't bother checking for requirements. That's the difference between being a competent thinker and a nerd - I don't suspect SpaceX runs on nerds.

Comment: Re:I dont get why... (Score 1) 91

by bill_mcgonigle (#49734931) Attached to: Tweets To Appear In Google Search Results

If you want to know something that's happening right now, you go search Twitter. If you just want to read articles written about something that happened yesterday, you search Google.

Google hates "you go search NotGoogle". Their benefit is obvious - they sell ads for the same searches.

They should have done this five years ago - the old nimble Google of 2001 would have quickly indexed Twitter and Facebook, and every other silo of information. It's only Big Corporate Google that can't acknowledge another source of information for some sort of ego-bruising related reason. "Index all the world's information ... except if it's hosted by a company run by that guy down the street who drives that ridiculous 918 Spyder".

Comment: Government Printing Office (Score 1) 68

They figured out a long time ago that it was more efficient and gave better quality results to have one Government Printing Office than ten thousand printing offices - the same logic applies to IT. IT can be both commoditized and customized by qualified individuals - if the Navy needs something special, then the Government IT Office should have to acquire skills to meet the Navy's needs. Intelligence already has specialized IT systems, to handle classification transitions - hire those guys away to the GITO. The Navy should be building ships, not data centers - more Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.

One of the challenges we face is, in fact, internal IT systems and the power silos' automatic turn towards secrecy whenever oversight is required. See: IRS backups, State Dept. emails, SEC authentication, NSA everything, etc. The GAO could have their statutory power if the IT were centralized, which is why it isn't. Where's Rand Paul on this? Filibustering must be good for popularity, but it's not striking at the root.

MAYBE this is the best use of re-tasking the NSA's existing bureaucracy, if killing it outright isn't feasible. Though why would the Navy trust them after how they've behaved? But we don't need a General in charge of the Printing Office, so the IT Office may become trustworthy if it devolves to civilian with strong oversight.

Comment: Re:I wonder why... (Score 1) 289

by dissy (#49720225) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

Because the Constitution says nothing cities, counties, or planned communities?

So I'm still confused here, does fed overrule state or state overrule fed? Or is it just "both, as needed" per usual?

If California can legalize pot yet the law still supports the feds arresting anyone possessing it, seems to me that means the FCC can force states to allow ISPs to operate irregardless of the states wishes.

If the state does have power to tell the FCC to go away, why can't California do the same exact thing under the same exact laws to the DEA?

Comment: Re: Cui bono? (Score 2) 71

by bill_mcgonigle (#49718613) Attached to: Apple Acquires GPS Start-Up

Apple is obviously eating companies and barfing up cash like a corporate NoFace at this point - there was a story here just the other day about calculating location to 1/3 meter using DSP on GPS multipath reflections which is good enough for anything but robotic construction. Iridium reception is going to just add cost - the overwhelming trend is cheaper sensors and more processing power.

Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 1) 393

1) Unfunded.

Who cares? None of the Federal mandates on the People are funded. Amtrak can figure out a way to become more efficient and follow the law or the administrators can quit and get out of the way.

They have until the end of this year to get PTC up and running on all trains, or they should be force-marched to Federal prison, like the rest of the hoi-palloi. Live by the sword, die by the run-away train.

Comment: Re:Oh please (Score 1) 284

by bill_mcgonigle (#49717251) Attached to: The Auto Industry May Mimic the 1980s PC Industry

But I want a car that I'm going to keep for 15 years to be obsolete in two! :)

Seriously, why don't we just have an activation code for an e.g. "Toyota App" for Android and iOS and a wifi display protocol as standard features by now? I can understand in 2010 why this wasn't the case, but at this point - people who eschew smartphones in 2015 should certainly be able to buy a $60 Android stick to plug in instead.

Oh, right - here's why the headline is complete nonsense - the PC Revolution was the perfect example of what happens when an industry is unregulated. We get things like the Internet. Thank you, you awful capitalist bastards.

Comment: Re: Mad Max? (Score 1) 772

I saw the full trailer last week before Ex Machina - unless the trailer was godawful garbage, to me it looked like the budget was way too high, the action direction cheeky to a fault (e.g the zooms in to childlike sneers) and the color grading was entirely wrong. I like my Mad Max low-budget and gritty - *like the universe its set in*. The vehicles were so overly-elaborate in this one that it broke the suspension of disbelief ("can we get some more spikes on that? Here's another $50K"). Maybe it's full of all kinds of acting brilliance that never made the trailer, but nothing in what I saw made me want to see this installment.

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