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Comment: Anger and obesity (Score 3, Insightful) 670

by ManicMechanic (#45626901) Attached to: Diet Drugs Work: Why Won't Doctors Prescribe Them?

Im always amazed at the level of anger when the topic of obesity comes up. If there is a pill that helps fat people get skinny, so what? The logic must go like this "I put so much work into being fit, I am upset when someone else gets similar benefits without that same effort."

Manic

Comment: Re:Military officers (Score 1) 168

by ManicMechanic (#41189237) Attached to: What The Apollo 11 Crew Did For Life Insurance

Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) went into effect in 1965 and was for $10,000. I can't find reference, but I believe retirement was at 20 years and based on 50% of BASE pay. Neil had just hit 20 years of service so he would have been eligible but, Mike and Buzz were not at 20 years of service at that point.

Only the Congress could order a pension like that by passing a law. A Presidential order to that effect would in fact be illegal.

Comment: Re:you need open source? (Score 2) 108

Not the OP but I will answer why I use open source when I can.

Yes the cost factor is nice, but I prefer open source because I have more trust that the system isn't leaking information to it's copyright holder. That and the endless update cycle.

I really with there was an effective way to use cash as a bounty to help pet projects along.

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Space

+ - Secret American Spy-plane Snooping on Chinese Spac->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "China has decided that they want to own space. That’s okay! It’s been a while since we’ve had a good ol’ fashioned space race. Apparently, though, China’s space ambitions are bothering the US military. That top secret X-37B space plane whose mission was described as being to "demonstrate a reliable, reusable, unmanned space test platform for the United States Air Force?" It’s on almost the exact same orbit as China’s current spacelab and future space station Tiangong-1."
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Google

+ - NOAA Can Now Use Gmail from Eric Schmidt's Yacht

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Explaining the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) move of 25K employees to Google Apps (under an $11.5 million, 3-year contract), Google noted that 'Google Apps allows NOAA's scientists and staff to get their email and other information wherever their work may take them.' Which, presumably, could include Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's always-Internet-ready Lone Ranger, a $48 million yacht that was retrofitted into a research vessel for the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), which SOI Research Fellow and NOAA Project Lead Peter Etnoyer notes has a 'unique public/private partnership' with NOAA (a long-term MOA between SOI and NOAA was developed in 2010). Or perhaps judging a $1.4 million prize contest for Schmidt's wife Wendy. Or working on other NOAA-Google R&D partnership ocean-science projects. BTW, while Google announced that the 'NOAA [is] the largest federal agency to complete the switch to cloud-based email and collaboration tools,' Computerworld reports that 'the agency is also giving its users the flexibility to use a variety of email clients, as well as the option of continuing to use Microsoft Office.'"
Facebook

+ - FTC To Probe Over Facebook Timeline Privacy Issues

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is unhappy with the way Facebook launched its new Timeline profile. Last month, the privacy organization complained Facebook went too far because it started rolling out the redesign without asking users first. EPIC then followed up with a four-page letter (PDF) to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking it to investigate the new feature to insure that it meets with the terms of a November 2011 FTC-Facebook settlement. Facebook denies these claims, saying that the Timeline launch has nothing to do with its users' privacy."
Blackberry

+ - Leaked Memo Says Apple Provides Backdoor to Govern 2

Submitted by Voline
Voline (207517) writes "In a tweet early this morning, cybersecurity researcher Christopher Soghoian pointed to an internal memo of India's Military Intelligence that has been liberated by hackers and posted on the Net. The memo suggests that, "in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as "RINOA") have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices.

The Indian government then "utilized backdoors provided by RINOA" to intercept internal emails of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a US government body with a mandate to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on "the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship" between the US and China. Manan Kakkar, an Indian blogger for ZDNet, has also picked up the story and writes that it may be the fruits of an earlier hack of Symantec.

If Apple is providing governments with a backdoor to iOS, can we assume that they have also done so with Mac OS X?"
User Journal

Journal: Ron Paul in West Virginia Caucuses 7

Journal by roman_mir

Iowa caucuses are coming up in a few days, everybody is looking at that, I think Ron Paul has more chances than anybody else there, however few people are thinking beyond Iowa, but there is an interesting case of West Virginia now, where only Romney and Paul are registered for Republican primaries.

+ - Paul Christoforo tries to extort money from Avenge->

Submitted by yuldude
yuldude (2369968) writes "Well, after pissing off one of penny-arcades.com founder by disrespecting a customer.

Paul, who still has access to Avenger Controller's GoDaddy account,has parked the domain.

Then, went on tweeting things such as:
"if they fuck with me, I got all these websites all over me. Whatever I tell them to write, they write"

According to the new PR, Moises Chiullan, at Avenger, Paul is asking for money in exchange for the GoDaddy account access.
His demands include a contract written on his terms and substantial compensation, both immediate and for as long as the company continues to exist. "

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The Military

+ - What War in the Hormuz Strait Would Look Like

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The high stakes standoff between Iran and the US over the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil, escalated this week as Iran's navy claimed to have recorded video of a US aircraft carrier entering the Port of Oman and the deputy chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Hossein Salami rejected US claims that it could prevent Iran from closing the strait. To drive the point home, Iran has started a 10-day naval exercise in the Persian Gulf to show off how it could use small speedboats and a barrage of missiles to combat America's naval armada while in a report for the Naval War College, US Navy Commander Daniel Dolan wrote that Iran has acquired “thousands of sea mines, wake homing torpedoes, hundreds of advanced cruise missiles (PDF) and possibly more than one thousand small Fast Attack Craft and Fast Inshore Attack Craft. The heart of the Iran's arsenal is its 200 small potential-suicide boats — fiberglass motorboats with a heavy machine gun, a multiple rocket-launcher, or a mine — and may also carry heavy explosives, rigged to ram and blow a hole in the hull of a larger ship. These boats will likely employ a strategy of “swarming”—coming out of nowhere to ambush merchant convoys and American warships in narrow shipping lanes. But the US Navy is not defenseless against kamikaze warfare. The US has put more machine guns and 25-millimeter gyro-stabilized guns on the decks of warships, modified the 5-inch gun to make it more capable of dealing with high-speed boats, and improved the sensor suit of the Aegis computer-integrated combat system aboard destroyers and cruisers. “We have been preparing for it for a number of years with changes in training and equipment,” says Vice Admiral (ret.) Kevin Cosgriff, former commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command."
Android

+ - A look at the average Android user [infographic]->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "Bluestacks, the team behind the Android app player for Windows, has released the company’s first “Mr.Android” study. Ever wonder what the average Android user may look like? Pretty normal, apparently. Using data collected from Nielsen Media Research along with a survey of Bluestacks’s 145,000 Facebook fans, the company created a composite of what the average Android user looks like and even what kind of clothes typical Android users might wear..."
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