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Comment: Re: Why not? (Score 1) 619

by RCourtney (#47279881) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase
Actually, I think people know gas/oil companies make obscene profits because ExxonMobile holds the top 5 positions for highest yearly profits for all US companies EVER - over $40B yearly profit most of the last decade (at least).

Gas/oil companies makes up a uniquely sizable chunk of the top 100 largest yearly profit records.

Comment: Drones over the matches (Score 1) 138

by RCourtney (#47252677) Attached to: France Cries Foul At World Cup "Spy Drone"
Anyone else notice the shadow of the drone flying over the actual matches (with accompanying replay footage from said drone after certain plays)? Was I the only one fixated on the shadow during the Germany vs Portugal match to see if it was just the usual camera running on wires up and down the field until it went circling in ways only a drone could? The shadow ended up being a corner-of-view distraction to me - I wonder if the players see it moving and think a player might be coming up behind them.

Comment: Re:You're kidding!?! (Score 1, Insightful) 234

by RCourtney (#40321385) Attached to: 64 Drone Bases Located On American Soil
I think the difference that might make people rightly question how UAVs on American soil are used even for just training purposes is that they are primarily for spying purposes. My biggest questions are:

While on training missions within the United States what surveillance is done with them for the purposes of training?

What information is stored from those training missions?

How is that information used or is it shared with the CIA, FBI or local police?

I think all of those are valid and necessary questions given what we know from our country's past actions and the skirting of domestic safeguards since 9/11 in the name of national security.

Comment: Re:Science VS religion. (Score 1) 564

Ummm that humans were created at one single time in their present form within the last 10,000 years and you think that is a scientifically valid theory? Arguing where the Universe originated is valid (and unprovable) but arguing where humans came from? Not so much. Even Pope John Paul II didn't argue AGAINST evolution.

Comment: Re:Don't blame math (Score 1) 371

by RCourtney (#39832965) Attached to: The Math Formula That Lead To the Financial Crash
"empathy": I dont think that word mean what any of the above posts think it means. Empathy is where you understand and therefore can relate to what someone else's situation and circumstances makes them feel and think. And we know no one on Wall Street even cared about those who were screwed over let alone tried to imagine themselves on the other side of the equation. I think the word the last post was looking for is "altruistic" but that cant be right either because we know the only reason 99.9% of companies do anything altruistic is in order to increase profits or reputation (which is just another way of ensuring profit) which is, in its true intrrpretation, not altrustic aftrr all.

Comment: Google's lawyer opens by affirming copying of code (Score 2) 393

by RCourtney (#39720463) Attached to: Ellison Doesn't Know If Java Is Free
FTA In Google's Opening Statements:

The source code inside Android is different from Java because Google wrote it from scratch. Mr. Jacobs said yesterday that there was copying, but that there was not a lot of it. 9 lines out of 15,000,000. These lines came from a developer that Google hired from Sun late in the development of Android, and it should not have happened.

Didn't Google's lawyer just affirm that an employee of Google did use a small amount of Sun's code and Google knew it was wrong and that it shouldn't have happened?

Comment: Re:money talks (Score 3, Interesting) 110

by RCourtney (#39684527) Attached to: Russian City Ever Watchful Against Being Sucked Into Earth
FTA: "The largest sinkhole appeared in 2007."

I thinks its even worse than you think since the only reason this tycoon is being made an example of NOW is that he probably forgot to pay his dues and/or respects to soon-to-be-president-again Putin. At least that has been the narrative in the past when some wealthy Russian falls from grace.

In Soviet Russia, the corrupt decorrupt you.

Comment: Re:Yeah, I'm an AC - so what. (Score 1) 596

by RCourtney (#38788435) Attached to: White House Petition To Investigate Dodd For Bribery

By all means, post an example - just one would be more than sufficient since I stated an absolute - of a corporation lobbying on the behalf of the public good AND that is detrimental to their profits.

Oddly enough, just last week I read an article in the LA Times about 12 companies in California wanting to become the state's first Benefit Corporations, which are designed to allow corporations to be guided by enviromental concerns rather than fudicial. Some people and companies apparently do want to put other responsibilities at least on the same level as making money and it was encouraging to read that this is happening in numerous states.

Comment: Re:Wikileaks? (Score 1) 284

by RCourtney (#36413242) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Analysis of the Palin Email Trove
Emails to and from her Governor-work related email addresses are considered public records. Various media outlets requested the release of all correspondence related to then Governor Palin back in 2008 while she was John McCain's running mate - it just took the state of Alaska this long to actually come up with the emails.

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