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Comment Re:Both sides are stuffing ballots (Score 1) 1037

The Sad Puppies put together nominations they thought deserved to win and said "Hey, read these, and if you like them, vote for them." Mostly they encouraged folks to go buy a membership to vote. (I had no idea I could vote on the Hugos, frankly. I figured it was like the Oscars or the Academy Awards in that respect.) The Rabid Puppies, lead by Vox Day, said "This is our slate! Minions, march!". While there was some overlap, it was mostly Rabid Puppy-dominated categories (Short Story comes to mind) that got "No Awarded."

Comment Re:WIRED has it right (Score 1) 1037

The Rabid slate was something of a phyrric victory. They managed to get John C Wright on the ballot (one of their intersections with Sad Puppies), but the Short Story category for which Wright was nominated was one of the "No Award" categories this year. e have seen a few commentators/bloggers/whatevers wondering if burning the whole thing down was perhaps the endgame of Vox Day and the Rabid Faction.*

An excellent name for a rock band

Comment Re:WIRED has it right (Score 2) 1037

This whole movement came out of the same place as GamerGate.

Untrue. The Sad Puppies movement was started in 2013 by writer Larry Correia who, as far as I know, does not have any direct ties with GamerGate. You can make an transitive link between the two through Theodore Beale, aka Vox Day, however Vox Day didn't become associated with Sad Puppies until 2014. This year Vox Day splintered and started the Rabid Puppies movement, which is centered on getting right-leaning fiction onto the Hugo Ballot.

Comment Re:Stop providing tuition "assistance" (Score 1) 274

We don't need to chuck "higher education" altogether; we need to rethink our definition of what "higher" education is. It ought to include more skilled trades, like plumbing, welding, construction, work that actually accomplishes something. Yes, fields like art history and literary history and political science have their place, but there's only so many of those society needs. There's always going to be a demand for skilled trades in some form or fashion. The Information Age has made a lot of low-level skills accessible to laymen like me, like how to re-wire a light-switch or put in a junction box, but there's only so much work I'm comfortable doing to my house's electrical system before I decide I need a skilled professional to make sure I don't burn the place down.

Comment Re:Lowcost? (Score 0) 75

Micro-satellites will be tracked in the exact same manner as existing satellites: by their owners and by space agencies and militaries world-wide. Also, if I recall correctly, micro-satellites ride in a much lower orbit that space stations, large telecommunications satellites, or Giant Orbiting American Death-Rays (TM). Flight paths for launches would require more planning to be sure, but I think the people who make those calculations are smart enough to account for the extra stuff floating around in space.

Submission + - ISPs Claim Title II Regulations Don't Apply to the Internet Because "Computers"->

Gryle writes: ArsTechnica is reporting on an interesting legal tactic by ISPs in the net neutrality fight. In a 95-page brief the United States Telecom Association claims Internet access qualifies as information service, not a telecommunication service, because it involves computer processing. The brief further claims "The FCC's reclassification of mobile broadband internet access as a common-carrier service is doubly unlawful" (page 56).
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Comment Re:DC power? (Score 4, Informative) 239

Early Southern architecture had passive cooling systems, like double-hung windows, high ceilings, and constructing doorways and windows in such a way as to generate breezes as the air heated up during the day. The Spanish were particularly good at things like this.

Folks also had a different daily routine. They were up before the sun, worked until about lunch, had a big meal and a nap during the hottest part of the day, and then worked until late in the evening. The Spanish siesta is a good example of this, but the Italians have a similar concept. In modern days I see a lot of construction workers doing this too, particularly on road construction. The job site will be empty during the afternoon and work begins in the evening and lasts all night. (Some of this is to keep from interfering with day-to-day traffic patterns too.)

Comment Re:So where is the rending of garments? (Score 1) 123

Snowden and OPMI are not an exact apples-to-apples comparison. Snowden disclosed classified information pertaining to technical methods, programs, and capabilities of the intelligence community. The OMPI data isn't classified and most of it, excluding medical records and probably certain financials, could be obtained by a determined and patient private investigator. That's the difference.

In anticipation of counterarguments: I'm not saying the government has reacted appropriately to the OPMI breach. No, I wouldn't want my personal information out there in the open for all to see. I know the OPMI breach risks the exposure of clandestine operatives

A commune is where people join together to share their lack of wealth. -- R. Stallman