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Submission + - Spaghetti Strainer Helmet Driver's License Photo Approved On Religious Grounds (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Just over the border from New Hampshire in the Massachusetts city of Lowell, a woman identifying herself as a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), otherwise known as Pastafarianism, has been approved by the state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) to wear a spaghetti strainer on top of her head in her state issued driver’s ID.

The approval to wear the helmet was initially denied. However, citing religious grounds, Lowell resident Lindsay Miller filed an appeal. Following intervention by the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, the RMV reversed their decision and allowed her to put on her colander and get her driver’s license picture taken.

According to the church’s website, while there are those who perceive the religion to be satirical in nature, it “doesn’t change the fact that by any standard one can come up with” the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is “as legitimate as any other” religion.

. . . now what about my tinfoil hat . . . ?

Submission + - Ben Carson's unusual theory about pyramids (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Ben Carson stood by his long-held belief about ancient pyramids in Egypt, that they were used to store grain, rather than to inter pharaohs. The subject came up when Buzzfeed published a 1998 commencement speech delivered by Carson at Andrews University, a college founded by Seventh-day Adventists.

"My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said. "Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don't think it'd just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain."

In the same speech, he went on to say, "[W]hen you look at the way that the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, they'd have to be that way for various reasons. And various of scientists have said, 'Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that's how--' you know, it doesn't require an alien being when God is with you."

Submission + - Dell, HP support agents advise callers to ditch Windows 10 (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: If you call your PC maker to troubleshoot a Windows 10 machine, don't be surprised if the advice is to roll back to an earlier version. In a pair of undercover tech support calls, representatives from HP and Dell both suggested uninstalling Windows 10 as a blanket solution to problems, Laptop Mag reports.

The call to Dell was most baffling, as the caller was merely asking how to invert the scrolling direction on a laptop's touchpad. This is an easy fix with the same procedure across all Windows versions, yet the representative suggested rolling back to Windows 8.1 as a solution, saying "there are a lot of glitches in Windows 10." An HP support rep also suggested reverting to Windows 8.1 after the computer's CoolSense temperature control utility failed to work properly with the new operating system. "I really don't recommend [that] customers upgrade to Windows 10," the representative said. (HP's support then tried to sell a $40 USB recovery key when the rollback itself didn't work.)

Submission + - Tim Cook reveals Apple TV is coming next week (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Speaking at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference in Laguna Beach, Calif. Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the Apple TV will become available Monday, Oct. 26., and will start shipping later that week. The new Apple TV, which comes in two versions — 32GB for $149 and 64GB for $199 — brings a number of improvements over the old model, including the voice-enabled Siri Remote, a new OS called tvOS, a dedicated App Store and a vastly improved search function.

Cook also talk a little about cars — not so much about Apple actually making one, but about "We'd like people ... to be able to have an iPhone experience in their car," Still, Cook feels there would be "massive change" in the car industry.

Submission + - Federal appeals court says lawsuit over NYPD surveillance of Muslims can proceed (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: A federal court said Tuesday that a civil rights lawsuit accusing police in New York City of improperly singling out Muslims for surveillance could proceed, reversing a lower court’s decision last year to dismiss the case. In its opinion, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit rejected the city’s call to have the case dismissed and brushed aside any suggestion that media reports about the surveillance, rather than the surveillance itself, caused any harm.

I've been telling you . . . . we need surveillance on Presbyterian grandmothers in New Jersey.

The lawsuit claims that surveillance of Muslim people in New Jersey discriminated against them due to their religion. It was filed by Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy group, and later joined by the Center for Constitutional Rights, another legal organization, on behalf of several New Jersey Muslims who say they were unconstitutionally monitored by the New York Police Department.

Ok, so Muslims have more or less declared war on everyone else on the planet who isn't Muslim . . . and they are now complaining that the police are looking at them . . . ? Ok, fine.

Last year, the NYPD disbanded the unit involved in the surveillance activities, a move that Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) praised in a statement at the time as “a critical step forward in easing tensions between the police and the communities they serve.”

Yes, definitely a good move . . . the police need to turn their eyes away from innocent Muslim terrorists, and on to criminal Presbyterian Grandmothers. I hear that they are . . . *gasp* . .. . teaching knitting!

Submission + - Government finds new emails Clinton did not hand over (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The U.S. Defense Department has found an email chain that Hillary Clinton did not give to the State Department, the State Department said on Friday, despite her saying she had provided all work emails from her time as secretary of state.

The correspondence with General David Petraeus, who was commander of U.S. Central Command at the time, started shortly before she entered office and continued during her first days as the top U.S. diplomat in January and February of 2009.

News of the previously undisclosed email thread only adds to a steady stream of revelations about the emails in the past six months, which have forced Clinton to revise her account of the setup which she first gave in March. Nearly a third of all Democrats and 58 percent of all voters think Clinton is lying about her handling of her emails, according to a Fox News poll released this week.

Clinton apologized this month for her email setup, saying it was unwise. But as recently as Sunday, she told CBS when asked about her emails that she provided "all of them."

The emails with Petraeus also appear to contradict the claim by Clinton's campaign that she used a private BlackBerry email account for her first two months at the department before setting up her account in March 2009. This was the reason her campaign gave for not handing over any emails from those two months to the State Department. The Petraeus exchange shows she started using the account by January 2009, according to the State Department.

Submission + - Clinton says 'sorry' for email confusion, says she wasn't thinking (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: What the fricking frack? "Not thinking" . . . ?

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Friday she was sorry that her use of a personal email account while secretary of state had caused confusion, and blamed herself for "not thinking a lot" about the matter when she took the job.

Well, let's just hope that she doesn't get another job, which requires thinking.

In her most contrite comments yet about an issue that has plagued her White House bid, Clinton said she had made a mistake by not using a government email account. But she maintained she had done nothing wrong and did not apologize explicitly for using a private email account for her work as America's top diplomat.

She did not have sex with that women!

"I certainly wish that I had made a different choice and I know why the American people have questions about it," said Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. "I take responsibility. I should have had two accounts, one for personal and one for work-related."

Wow! What a genius . . . no one on Slashdot would have thought of that!

"I was not thinking a lot when I got in. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world. I didn't really stop and think what kind of email system will there be," she said

Well, that's what I want . . . a politician who says that she is not thinking.

Submission + - Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Saturday that if he were elected president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages.

I just spit out my coffee . . .

Mr. Christie, who is far back in the pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, said at a campaign event in New Hampshire that he would ask the chief executive of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, to devise the tracking system.“At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane,” Mr. Christie told the crowd in Laconia, N.H. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.” He added: “We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in.”

I'm sure foreign tourist will be amused when getting a bar code sticker slapped on their arm.

A FedEx spokeswoman declined to comment on Mr. Christie’s remarks.

Mr. Christie, get your lips away from the crack pipe.

Submission + - Hillary Clinton dismisses e-mail controversy as 'partisan game' 1

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Sorry Hillary, but I am a techie, and I know what an insecure, unaudited e-mail server means.

"It’s not about Benghazi,” Clinton said. “And you know what, it’s not about e-mails or servers either. It’s about politics.”

It's about security policies. Most big companies have them. And if you violate them, you get fired. Or worse. A little system administrator in the State Department who used a private e-mail system to conduct official business would be hounded more than Snowden. Clinton vowed to fight back aggressively, saying, “I won’t get down in the mud with them. I won’t play politics with national security or dishonor the memory of those we lost. I won’t pretend this is anything other than what it is: the same old partisan games we’ve seen so many times before. I don’t care how many super PACs and Republicans pile on. I’ve been fighting for families and underdogs my entire life and I’m not going to stop now.”

“Now I know most of the attention these days is on a certain flamboyant front-runner,” Clinton said, referencing Trump. “But don’t let the circus distract you. If you look at their policies, most of the other candidates are just Trump without the pizzazz or the hair.”

As opposed to without the sleaze

Submission + - Private Clinton Emails Included Two 'Top Secret' Messages (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Two of the four classified messages discovered in emails turned over to the State Department by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton were labeled "top secret," the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday.

Well, I guess they are not "top secret" anymore.

Clinton's emails have been under scrutiny since it was revealed that she used a private server in her home to send and receive messages when she was secretary of state. The FBI has been looking into the security of the private server — which the Clinton campaign said Tuesday was being turned over to the Justice Department — and investigators have been trying to determine whether Clinton sent or received classified information on an unsecured system.

Is there any security to look at?

Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, said the information represented a "serious national security issue."

"The revelation that Secretary Clinton exclusively used private email for official public business, and the multitude of issues that emanated from her decision, including this most recent one, demonstrates what can happen when Congress and those equally committed to exposing the truth, doggedly pursue facts and follow them," he said.

My company has a very simple policy. All business must be conducted on company systems. Period. No company business on servers that are not owned, operated, secured and audited by my company. The punishment for an infraction is immediate dismissal.

Leona Helmsley: "Taxes are for little people".

Hillary Clinton: "Security is for little people".

Submission + - "Greece Will Adopt the Bitcoin If Eurogroup Doesn't Give Us a Deal" (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: While Greece’s lenders are pushing the Greek government to accept their terms in order to allocate funds so the country will not go bankrupt, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis seems to have another ace up his sleeve. The second top thinker in the world according to prospect magazine surprised even his closest aides at a secret meeting when he said “We ‘ve had enough, we ‘ll run on Bitcoin.”

Sources very closed to Greece’s minister of finance told Greek Reporter that today Yanis Varoufakis held a top secret meeting with high-ranking finance ministry officials to prepare them in case negotiations at the upcoming Eurogroup fail. The anonymous source noted that everybody in the room was staring at each other when Varoufakis – also a prominent blogger – said “We ‘ll go to Bitcoin, we will be ahead of all the world economies and although it may be painful in the beginning, Greece’s economy will thrive in the long term.”

The Greek Finance Minister went on to explain what is the cryptocurrency and how it will be implemented into Greeks’ day to day life by using a special mini computerized card with a chip. All citizens will carry the card as an electronic wallet. The card will be distributed for free to all Greek citizens via the local tax offices but it will also be available for purchase at the country’s entry points for 45 euros, or 0,20 Bitcoin each. The sale of the card to tourists is expected to be another form of revenue for cash-strapped Greece.

Submission + - World's 1st Penis Transplant Done in South Africa (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The world's first successful penis transplant has been performed by surgeons in South Africa, Bloomberg News reported Friday. The 21-year-old recipient has made a full recovery and regained all functions in the transplanted organ. The nine-hour operation was done Dec. 11 by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Cape Town's Tygerberg Hospital, the university said Friday in a statement.

The unidentified patient had his penis amputated three years ago in a life-saving procedure after he developed complications from a traditional circumcision.

"Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery," said Dr. Andre van der Merwe, head of the university's urology division, who led the surgical team.

Submission + - Greece to wire "non-professional inspectors" with audio and video equipment ( 1

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Greece has proposed recruiting students, housekeepers, and even tourists to serve as undercover tax inspectors, one of a batch of economic reforms intended to unlock €7.2bn in rescue aid.

In a letter to eurozone authorities, the cash-strapped Greek government suggested that Athens could fight widespread evasion of value added tax by wiring “non-professional inspectors” with audio and video equipment to track down lawbreakers.

In addition to students and housekeepers, Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, suggested that “even tourists in popular areas ripe with tax evasion” could be part of the scheme. They could be paid an hourly rate “on a strictly short-term, casual basis” for no more than two months.

But the reaction from eurozone officials to the undercover tourist plan — one said staff laughed out loud when they read the proposal — is the latest evidence of the growing gap between the Greek government and its international bailout lenders, at a time when Athens could be less than two weeks away from running out of cash completely.

“It’s quite hilarious, if it were not so tragic, that this is what a government in an industrialised country comes up with,” said one eurozone official involved in the talks.

Submission + - Free, as in Beer, Electricity in Greece . . .? (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will lay out his radical left-wing government's policies in a speech later on Sunday, firmly rejecting any more austerity forced on his debt-strapped country by its euro zone partners.

In his first major speech to parliament as premier, Tsipras is expected to say that Greece wants no more bailout money, plans to renegotiate its debt deal and wants a "bridge agreement" to tide the country over until a new pact is sealed.

A second part of the speech will touch on his government's social and fiscal policy over the longer term and is likely to repeat pledges for such things as a rise in the minimum wage and free electricity for poorer Greeks.

Which gets me to thinking . . . with free electricity, wouldn't that be a great business opportunity, to build a cloud of servers in poorer Greeks' basements . . . ? Maybe that is the real plan behind the free electricity idea . . . ?

However, on an economical basis, I personally believe that giving stuff away for "free", means that the resource gets wasted.

Submission + - Patriot Act Idea Rises in France, and Is Ridiculed (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: After shootings last week at a satirical newspaper and a kosher market in Paris, France finds itself grappling anew with a question the United States is still confronting: how to fight terrorism while protecting civil liberties. The answer is acute in a country that is sharply critical of American counterterrorism policies, which many see as a fearful overreaction to 9/11.

Valérie Pécresse, a minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, said France needed its own version of the USA Patriot Act, which gave the United States more authority to collect intelligence and pointed America’s surveillance apparatus at its citizens. Politicians and civil rights advocates on both sides of the Atlantic bristled at that suggestion, and at a string of arrests in which French officials used a new antiterrorism law to crack down on what previously would have been considered free speech.

Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, warned against the urge for “exceptional” measures. “The spiral of suspicion created in the United States by the Patriot Act and the enduring legitimization of torture or illegal detention has today caused that country to lose its moral compass,” he wrote in Le Monde, the French newspaper.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.