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Comment: Re:Telegram (Score 1) 80

by lennier (#48429207) Attached to: WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

Indeed. Even Her Majesty The Queen stopped sending telegrams a few years ago. A shame, really.

Your Monarch has, with great reluctance but a lingering sense of optimism, embraced modern communications, as it is nowadays one of a great many passing diversions into which the grandchildren seem to be. With this in mind the formal 'Queen's Telegram' has been revised to a streamlined, responsive format which I'm sure will meet with approval from the majority of citizens.

Now the day you turn 100 you get a single tweet from @HerMajLiz: 'lol u 2 old'

Comment: I Don't Get It (Score 3, Insightful) 126

After seeing my development job outsourced to India in the early 2000's during an IT slump, I have no compulsion to steer my daughter into STEM. I hope she finds a career that she grows into and does well, STEM or not.

STEM is in demand at this spot in history, but I've learned the hard way it's subject to fads, bubbles, age discrimination, H1B's, and outsourcing.

Please tell me, why push women into such risk?

I suspect it's lobbyists trying to get cheaper IT labor for their plutocrat bosses by flooding the market. Feel welcome to convince me otherwise.


Millions of Spiders Seen In Mass Dispersal Event In Nova Scotia 75

Posted by samzenpus
from the arachnophobia dept.
Freshly Exhumed writes A bizarre and oddly beautiful display of spider webs have been woven across a large field along a walking trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. "Well it's acres and acres; it's a sea of web," said Allen McCormick. Prof. Rob Bennett, an expert on spiders who works at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, BC, Canada, said tiny, sheet-web weaver spiders known as Erigoninae linyphiidae most likely left the webs. Bennett said the spiders cast a web net to catch the wind and float away in a process known as ballooning. The webs in the field are the spiders' drag lines, left behind as they climb to the top of long grass to be whisked away by the wind. Bennett said it's a mystery why these spiders take off en masse.

Comment: Re:Heh... (Score 0) 92

by LynnwoodRooster (#48423999) Attached to: The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

The bloggy post is in response to an article calling out organizations such as his. The main argument is the $1B/year spent on AGW FUD is really the sum total of those groups entire budgets, not just what they spend on trying to trick people into doubting that CO2 emitted by human activity is causing detrimental climate effects (which it is of course). How much of the budget? Why don't I just say 10% for no good reason. He then says environmental groups get $1.6B/year claiming thats almost entirely for pushing AGW. Thats the exact argument he JUST REFUTED IN HIS OWN BLOG! WTF?!

Good for the goose, good for the gander. If you're going to apply certain rules to one side, you need to apply the same rules to the other side. And you end up with it skewed towards the pro-AGW group.

Comment: Re:Heh... (Score 4, Insightful) 92

by LynnwoodRooster (#48422745) Attached to: The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

Um, since when was skepticism the foundation of science? Repeatability of observations and utility of prediction are the foundations of science.

Hmmm... Why do we repeat and VERIFY findings by others? Why don't we just take the word of anyone who claims anything? It's called "skepticism". The whole core of the scientific method is to not simply take a person's word at face value, but to see if you can repeat what they claim independently before accepting the claim. That's scientific skepticism and is really expected of anyone in any research/scientific/engineering role. Show your work, show your data, allow others the opportunity to examine and repeat as needed to quell their own skepticism.

Grow the fuck up.

Given the nature and non-sequitur nature of the rest of your screed, I might suggest you try it yourself...

Comment: Don't hide the security, decorate it (Score 2) 206

by Tablizer (#48422375) Attached to: Congress Suggests Moat, Eletronic Fence To Protect White House

Do what the Brits do: create some fun and fanciful traditional-like uniform for the guards, and post 2 guards near the front gate, 2 near the front door, and one on each corner of the building.

Maybe something like this:


(Without the boyish face, though.)

"Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed." -- Robin, The Boy Wonder