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Comment: Re: Do not (Score 1) 113

by PopeRatzo (#49557337) Attached to: Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

A bunch of workers hanging their body weight on the lever end would raise the stone a foot or two. You prop the stone with some timbers, shorten the lifting rope, and repeat. When the stone gets to the next level of the pyramid, you rotate the lever arm horizontally and pivot the stone to the next step.

Sounds plausible, except how does that lever get the stones to the top of a 455' structure? The widest "step" doesn't seem like it would allow room for enough guys to exert 800 lbs on a lever, much less for the lever itself. And we're talking a pretty long lever by the time you get halfway up. Then, you've got all the limestone sheathing to put up and you have to make sure the inside chambers are there, and accessible..

However they did it, it's pretty remarkable. I got to see it once up close and it's amazing.

Comment: Re:More like a diversion for more H-1B (Score 1) 141

by sgt_doom (#49556091) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
But it isn't really about progress or innovation or creation, it is about the dismantling of the economy, while extracting as much profit as possible until the sad end. With every job, so goes a piece of the GDP, and now, in dramatic comparison to the 1950s and 1960s, the bulk of the tax base of America derives from payroll taxes, which the super-rich certainly don't pay, i.e., Amerika is so very effed!

Comment: And supply & demand today . . . (Score 2) 141

by sgt_doom (#49556077) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
. . . only really works in the labor market we are told, since it is completely inoperative everywhere else!!!!!

And taken a bit further, with a bit more modern historical research, NAFTA was about the same thing: new regs allowing for foreign ownership of Mexican banks (within one year of the passage of NAFTA, or signing by Mexico, 90% of their banks became foreign owned), when then favor Big Agra, which speedily moves in to take over the agriculture industry, while payouts go to Mexican politicians favoring the privatizing of those farmlands occupied by Mexican subsistance farmers, who are then forced off their lands, and thus journey north to America, to continue the downward trend on wages at the lower levels, etc., etc., etc.

Comment: Re:Orwell (Score 1) 141

by sgt_doom (#49556061) Attached to: Think Tanks: How a Bill [Gates Agenda] Becomes a Law
Not really, me thinks, since those klepto-psycho-greedheads only dwell on money and their greed.

Given that all those so-called think tanks were founded and financed by the super rich, and whenever they claim one is "liberal" --- like the Brookings Institution (where one finds the Hamilton Project, founded by Robert Rubin, to privatize EVERYTHING), nothing could be further from the truth!

Then when you consider that former psychos from various bloody dictatorial regimes are employed at these so-called think tanks, since the Wall Street-owned American gov't invested in criminal elements to overthrow their various democracies (Iran, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, Chile, etc., etc., etc.), and then when the psycho-crooks there fall out of power, they have favored immigration to the USA, whereby they immediately are senior fellows at these stink tanks, and that almost daily our news is provided to us by various newsy whorescum interviewing swine from these stink tanks defining what the so-called news is --- Amerika is soooo over.

While I probably don't agree with this fellow's political beliefs, I do confirm that he is on the right track, i.e., One World Bank, which owns One World Corporation and One World Financial Exchange, said One World Bank controlling the One World Currency, of course:

http://personalliberty.com/eco...

Comment: Not likely (Score 0) 84

by PopeRatzo (#49555595) Attached to: Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body

Hell, I won't even use digital thermometers out of concern that they'll upload my body temperature to the internet. I'm not going to be uploading my vitals to some app developer in Mencino.

Honestly, I think we're seeing late-stage Apple at this point. Each new product announcement makes a smaller and smaller blip on the radar, and Apple is entirely a company whose fortunes are tied to the faddish vitality of a brand name. Every year Apple does less and less to differentiate itself, and their older products are starting to whither a bit. The people who were excited about OSX 16 years ago have less and less to be excited about with each passing year and those aren't the same people who are going to get excited over a watch or something that will tell them they need to exercise more.

I'm not saying Apple is going to crash and burn or disappear, but when a company's capitalization is their biggest news don't make the mistake of thinking the future is a foregone conclusion. (see: IBM).

+ - Obama unveils 6-year-old report on NSA surveillance->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program to collect information on Americans' calls and emails.

They found that while many senior intelligence officials believe the program filled a gap by increasing access to international communications, others including FBI agents, CIA analysts and managers "had difficulty evaluating the precise contribution of the PSP to counterterrorism efforts because it was most often viewed as one source among many available analytic and intelligence-gathering tools in these efforts."

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+ - Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body->

Submitted by Lashdots
Lashdots writes: Amid the unveiling of the Apple Watch, Tim Cook's wrist distracted from another new product last month: ResearchKit, an open source iOS platform designed to help researchers design apps for medical studies—and reach millions of potential research subjects through their iPhones. Alongside the company's new frontiers, like the car and the home, Cook told Jim Cramer last month that health "may be the biggest one of all." As Fast Company reports, Cook says Apple's devices could could help pinpoint diseases within decades—and position the company at the center of a "significantly underestimated" mobile-health industry. Given the medical history of Silicon Valley, however, the prognosis for Apple remains unclear.
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Comment: Re:Is it the phone or the stupid stuff installed o (Score 4, Interesting) 435

by Lumpy (#49552989) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

Nope. I find that Cisco Enterprise Wireless Accesspoints are complete crap in regards to phones if your IT department doesn't update their firmware regularly.

Work recently ripped out all the Cisco junk and installed UniFi and all wireless problems, mobile and other went away.

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