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Comment: Mod Parent Up (Score 0) 358

by Dragon By Proxy (#26603167) Attached to: Obama To Launch Website For Tracking Tax Expenditures
As a product of one of the women the parent mentions, I agree with pretty much every word there; the government makes it viable for women to produce children that, more often than not, amount to nothing, for that extra six hundred dollars a month from raping the system.

It's strange, but there does seem to be a culture around cheating the government through mass-reproduction and claiming all these faux mental issues (ADD? Seriously, they're kids; they'll be energetic!), which is passed down, more often than not, to the children of these women.

This is a cancer in society that ought to be cut out quickly, though as long as there are people that genuinely deserve help, there will be people faking injury to live free and lazy. It seems the only ways to stop this abuse are to shut the system down or change the way claims are evaluated.

+ - Could ET Find Earth with a Telescope?

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Active Seti
Active Seti writes "If aliens were hunting life outside their own planet with telescopes a bit bigger than our own, could they peer through the vastness of space and lock onto Earth as a likely home for life? Researchers say with a space telescope larger than the Hubble Space Telescope pointed directly at our sun, observers could measure Earth's 24-hour rotation period, leading to observations of oceans and the chance of life. "They would only be able to see Earth as a single pixel, rather than resolving it to take a picture," said Astronomer Eric Ford. "But that could be enough for them to identify our planet as one that likely contains clouds and oceans of liquid water." Astronomers could infer that anomalies in the pattern were caused by changing weather patterns, most prominently, clouds, Ford said. Although some uninhabitable planets are extremely cloudy, the repeated presence and absence of clouds indicates active weather, so finding similar variability on another planet would be a reasonable indication of liquid water. The research will be useful to astronomers designing the next generation of space telescopes because it provides an outline of the capabilities required for studying the surfaces of Earth-like planets."
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+ - Americans giving up friends and sex for Web life

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "A survey into how the Web affects American adults has found that surfing the net has become an obsession for many, with the majority of U.S. adults feeling they cannot go for a week without going online and one in three giving up friends and sex for the Web.

The survey asked 1,011 American adults how long they would feel OK without going on the Web and found that 15 percent said just a day or less, 21 percent said a couple of days and another 19 percent said a few days. It also found that 20 percent said they spend less time having sex because they are online."

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"