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+ - Medieval Times: Congress Suggests Moat to Protect White House->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Acting Secret Service director Joseph Clancy on Wednesday faced a number of tough questions from the House Judiciary Committee about the fence jumper who made it deep into the White House. But along with the tough questions, Clancy fielded a couple eyebrow raising suggestions on how to better protect the president’s home.

“Would a moat, water six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?” Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., asked with trepidation.

What is likely to happen, though, is that the 7 foot 6-inch fence currently circling the White House gets heightened, Clancy said. Renderings of the new fence are expected in the next few months.

Until then, the Secret Service is relying on a low-tech solution.

“We have a bike rack there now, which we know is not going to prevent someone from jumping the fence, but it’s going to allow us to have a little more time to react,” Clancy said.

C'mon Slashdotters . . . surely we have wackier ideas than a moat . . . ?"

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+ - How Facebook Is Shaping Who Will Win The Next Election->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "That leaves Facebook in a peculiar and unenviable position – no matter what its intentions are, even minor decisions will have political impacts.

Every product change it makes leads to a set of winners and losers, and often these have their own unintended effects. A small alteration in deciding what types of stories get promoted, or what types of behaviors are highlighted, could potentially sway the outcome of an election somewhere. There is nothing it can do to make every side happy, and even doing nothing is a decision that has its own consequences."

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+ - Nokia's N1 Android tablet is actually a Foxconn tablet-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Nokia surprised everyone when it announced the N1 Android tablet during the Slush conference in Finland, today. There is a twist in the story though: This is not a Nokia device.

Nokia doesn’t have a device unit anymore: it sold its Devices and Services business to Microsof, in 2013. N1 is made by Chinese contract manufacturing company Foxconn, which also manufactures the iPhone and the iPad.

But Nokia’s relationship with Foxconn is different from Apple’s. You buy iDevices from Apple, not Foxconn; you call Apple for support, not Foxconn. You never deal with Foxconn.

In the case of N1, Nokia will be nowhere in the picture. Foxconn will be handling the sales, distribution and customer care for the device. Nokia is licensing the brand, the industrial design, Z Launcher software layer and IP on a running royalty basis to Foxconn."

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Comment: Re:Here we go again (Score 1) 226

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48405379) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Presented As "College Alternative"

I don’t recall seeing boot camps for Electrical Engineers or boot Camps for Medical Doctors.

. . . maybe that would be a good idea? Why do you need to go to a dentist . . . ? All you need is a Black & Decker drill from Lowe's and a can of spacthel . . . right?

My teeth are kinda sorta important to me, and I would like for them to be handled by a professional.

Oh? Computer systems that are handling my money . . . ? Ditto!

Comment: Breast-feeding . . . *what* ? (Score 1) 242

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48403179) Attached to: Big Talk About Small Samples

I mean, a picture of a black woman or a white woman breast-feeding her baby wouldn't interest me.

A picture of a black woman or a white woman simultaneously breast-feeding both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton would interest me. That would be a hoot and a half.

Quotes from the romp . . .

"I did NOT suckle on that woman!"

"Who said anything about breast milk costing $4 a gallon?"

I've tried to offend both major political parties in the US with this post. I could try to also offend the Libertarians, Greens, or Tea Party folks . . . but there don't seem to be enough breasts to go around!

Comment: Has anyone thought, that these sucidees are right? (Score 1) 74

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48396371) Attached to: Machine Learning Used To Predict Military Suicides

When I look at the world today . . . I see Obama threatening to use dictatorial powers . . . which will cause the Republicans in Congress to shut the government down . . . while ISIS is making a mighty romp . . . and no Muslim countries seemed to be concerned about that . . . Putin, is, while just being Putin.

And, and and more and. I'm trying hard do decide why I am not committing suicide myself.

Oh, I need to teach a class at TU Darmstadt in a couple of weeks, and need to create a presentation. Never mind.

Comment: Wacky units . . . (Score 1) 35

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48395959) Attached to: 3D Printed Art Smaller Than an Ant's Forehead

Well, I have heard of Hogsheads as a unit:

But an ant's forehead . . . how many Libraries of Congress or size of Wales is that . . . ?

Maybe they meant "aunt" instead of "ant" . . . ? I don't know about youse guys, but if someone tried to print something in 3D on my aunt's forehead, they would be in for more trouble than they expected . . .

Comment: Re:stupid germans (Score 4, Interesting) 418

by PolygamousRanchKid (#48392727) Attached to: Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

will the stupid germans pick up their transrapid stuff where they left it now ?

Actually, the cruel joke here is that the German rail drivers have been striking now. Which is an important lesson . . . if a train *can* go that fast . . . it doesn't mean anything if something else prevents it from doing that.

Also, serious info for serious Slashdotters here . . . the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, has a PhD in Physics. Can any other country boast a top political leader who has a STEM leader . . . ?

She has a tough job . . . a scientist turned politician! But that is the message here . . . it is not about technology, but politics.

+ - CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As An iPad Stand->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Since the release of its Surface Pro 3 tablet, Microsoft has pushed their new slate hard. It's as if the company wanted it to overwrite that part of our memory that recalls the Surface RT and it's monumental losses. This past August, we saw the company make a big move by deploying a boatload of Surface Pro tablets to every team in the NFL, gratis. All season so far, coaches and even players have made use of them to plan their next course-of-action, and for the most part, they seemed to be well-received. Unlike some of the products Microsoft tries to get us to adopt, the Surface Pro 3 really is a solid tablet / convertible. Unfortunately, at least where the CNN political team is concerned, Microsoft hasn't one over a few anchors, like they have in NFL, when they were supplied with brand-new Surface Pros. In recent shots captured and tweeted about, a Surface Pro 3 can be seen acting as an "iPad stand" and quite an expensive one. As humorous as this is, it might not seem that interesting if it were just one correspondent who pulled that stunt. Let's be honest, some people just like their iPads. That wasn't the case, though. There were at least two commentators using an iPad on the same set, despite having the Surface right in front of them and seemingly hiding it behind Microsoft's darling Windows 8 slate."
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+ - Microsoft Surface is an excellent iPad stand->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Looks like all of the millions of dollars spent by Microsoft to promote the Microsoft Surface are finally paying off. The newscasters at CNN have discovered that they make really good stand for their iPads."
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+ - CNN Election Commentators: Microsoft Surface Is Great for Hiding Our iPads!->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Hold on to your seats, Ladies and Gentlemen, a first for Slashdot . . . a tech story from . . . *gasp* . . . TMZ!

CNN just got busted in the biggest political cover-up, and it has nothing to do with Benghazi or the IRS — instead it's all about ... TABLETS!!! Last night CNN's Election coverage experts were given Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets to use. It was reportedly part of a product placement deal ... and competing devices — like the iPad — were supposed to be no where in sight.

Not everyone got that memo ... because Jake Tapper and Ana Navarro were caught on camera using the Surface Pros as shields to cover up their iPads ... which they were clearly still using.

With 100% of precincts reporting, we are prepared to call this race ... for the iPad.

A Microsoft spokesperson was "unable" to comment on the apparent CNN gaffe.

The photos from the live coverage are a hoot and a half . . ."

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