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+ - Car size meteor exploded over England->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: ASTRONOMERS have caught the moment a meteorite turned into a fireball as powerful as a nuclear explosion just 21 miles above the Earth

Footage of the "car-sized" meteorite burning up in the atmosphere was so good because it was destroyed much lower than the usual 50 to 70 miles up

Experts believe it broke off an asteroid in orbit between Mars and Jupiter and headed towards earth at 100,000mph

The video was recorded by the United Kingdom Meteor Observing Network in Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, on Sunday, 26th April, 2015, at around 10.10pm. The huge ‘fireball’ was seen right across the country, and reportedly lit-up much of Ireland and parts of northern England "like daylight" for about five seconds

The blast was so visible that the Irish Coast Guard contacted Astronomy Ireland as they were receiving so many reports of possible distress flares

Astronomy Ireland are appealing to any companies who operate CCTV cameras to check their recordings for Sunday night around 10:10pm to see if they recorded the fireball near the horizon as photographic records like this are extremely valuable

"If you were in space looking down, you would have seen Ireland lit up for a few seconds. People in urban areas with their lights on watching their TVs with windows facing the right direction have reported seeing it"

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Comment: Re:Because of the action of a few ... (Score 1, Insightful) 171

by Taco Cowboy (#49627333) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

... We just want to have our own Islamic state in Arabia without interference from you foreigners ...

If you guys want to have your own Islamic State in Saudi Arabia, nobody cares

You guys can take down the House of Saud

You guys can turn Mecca into whatever you want

Nobody cares

But no, you guys want to have your "Islamic State" in places where Islam is not the original religion --- In Northern Iraq and in Syria there were Christians and the Yazidis living there even before you goddamn pedophilic Mohammad was born --- and you guys attempt to build your so-called "Islamic State" by murdering the Christians, the Kurds, the Yazidis

Go back to your Saudi Arabia and do whatever fuck you want --- and stop meddling with other people's religion and stop slaughtering other people just because they do not agree with your version of Islam

Comment: Because of the action of a few ... (Score 5, Insightful) 171

by Taco Cowboy (#49627219) Attached to: French Version of 'Patriot Act' Becomes Law

... everyone suffers

That's the price all of us have to pay when we, the majority, cannot and/or dare not to, control the action of the few

No matter if it's USA or France of Belgium or the Netherlands or Germany, as long as our society can not (and/or dare not to) confront those Islamists and get them to ditch their barbaric behavior, all of us will suffer

You guys saw what happened in Garland Texas just days before

You guys saw the length the government of Germany has to go --- including canceling at least two public events --- just to prevent the events becoming a bloodbath by the hands of the Islamists

And that's not all ... the Madrid train station bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, the London Tube bombing, what happened to the World Trade Center of New York City, and so on ...
As long as we, the majority refuse to, or are too afraid of confronting them Islamists straight on, TPTB will formulate stuffs like the Patriot Act, NSA, and whatnots, in the name of 'tackling Islamic Terrorism', and at the end of the day, it is US, the non-Islamists, lost the most

If them Islamists want to live in the West, they better behave like the Western people do

I am not born in the States, I am from China. But as long as I am staying in the United States of America, I respect the society, the people, and the culture of America --- even though I may not see eye-to-eye with everything that they do

If the Islamists insist on behaving like animals they can go back to where they came from --- they get to do whatever they like in the wide sand fields of Saudi Arabia, I don't care

I am sick and tired of them Islamists --- they create trouble EVERYWHERE

Not only in the United States, Europe, they also make troubles in Australia, in Russia, in Thailand, in Kenya, in China, in Nigeria, and so on, and so forth

The world at large has been very tolerant with them, but there is a limit to everything

+ - French version of "Patriot Act" becomes law->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Thanks to the cold blooded massacres of the Charlie Hebdo (and other) incidents at the hand of the bloody Islamist savages, where many innocent people were slaughtered, the French legislature passed, by a vote of 438 to 86, in the National Assembly with, 42 abstentions, the "Intelligence Service Bill", a French version of the Patriot Act, which awards the French intelligence a sweeping power to tap and intercept any kind of correspondence, including phone conversations, emails, social media, amongst others

The bill would decree that hosting providers and Internet service providers (from now on referred to as ISP) in France must get equipped with a “black box” that could retain all digital communication of the citizens, at any time

Slashdot carried an article ( ) about the possibilities that ISPs may leave France if the bill is passed. Now that the bill has passed, we will know in a short while if those ISP really pull out of France or not

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Comment: Money talks (Score 2) 57

by Taco Cowboy (#49626137) Attached to: Report: Microsoft Considering Salesforce Acquisition

For a while, Salesforce seemed to be heading toward adopting PostgreSQL (e.g. they hired Tom Lane). Would have been great to see some open source goodness in the CRM space. But alas, it may not come to pass

The numero uno thing in all corporations is $$$, for without it, nothing else makes sense
For the bean counters, money is worth so much more than open source, so it should not surprise anyone of the imminent outcome

+ - Did dinosaur-killing asteroid trigger largest lava flows on Earth?->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: What is known is that dinosaurs were killed off about 66 million years ago when an asteroid slammed into the ocean off Mexico

What is still unknown is the actual process

A team of geophysicists from the University of California, Berkeley think they have the answer

When that asteroid slammed into planet earth it probably rang the Earth like a bell, triggering volcanic eruptions around the globe which in turn contributed to massive scale of devastation everywhere on Earth

The timeline of the most immense eruptions of lava in India which is known as the Deccan Traps fell "uncomfortably close" to when the impact happened

"If you try to explain why the largest impact we know of in the last billion years happened within 100,000 years of these massive lava flows at Deccan ... the chances of that occurring at random are minuscule," said team leader Mark Richards, UC Berkeley professor of earth and planetary science. "It's not a very credible coincidence"

While the Deccan lava flows, which started before the impact but erupted for several hundred thousand years after re-ignition, probably spewed enormous amounts of carbon dioxide and other noxious, climate-modifying gases into the atmosphere

Richards proposed in 1989 that plumes of hot rock, called "plume heads," rise through Earth's mantle every 20-30 million years and generate huge lava flows, called flood basalts, like the Deccan Traps. It struck him as more than coincidence that the last four of the six known mass extinctions of life occurred at the same time as one of these massive eruptions

"Paul Renne's group at Berkeley showed years ago that the Central Atlantic Magmatic Province is associated with the mass extinction at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary 200 million years ago, and the Siberian Traps are associated with the end Permian extinction 250 million years ago, and now we also know that a big volcanic eruption in China called the Emeishan Traps is associated with the end-Guadalupian extinction 260 million years ago," Richards said

"It's inconceivable that the impact could have melted a whole lot of rock away from the impact site itself, but if you had a system that already had magma and you gave it a little extra kick, it could produce a big eruption," said Michael Manga, a professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science

Similarly, Deccan lava from before the impact is chemically different from that after the impact, indicating a faster rise to the surface after the impact, while the pattern of dikes from which the supercharged lava flowed

"There is a profound break in the style of eruptions and the volume and composition of the eruptions," said Paul Renne, a professor in residence in the UC Berkeley Department of Earth and Planetary Science and director of the Berkeley Geochronology Center. "The whole question is, 'Is that discontinuity synchronous with the impact?'

Richards, Renne and graduate student Courtney Sprain, along with Deccan volcanology experts Steven Self and Loyc Vanderkluysen, visited India in April 2014 to obtain lava samples for dating, and noticed that there are pronounced weathering surfaces, or terraces, marking the onset of the huge Wai subgroup flows

Geological evidence suggests that these terraces may signal a period of quiescence in Deccan volcanism prior to the Chicxulub impact. Apparently never before noticed, these terraces are part of the western Ghats, a mountain chain named after the Hindu word for "Steps"

"This was an existing massive volcanic system that had been there probably several million years, and the impact gave this thing a shake and it mobilized a huge amount of magma over a short amount of time," Richards said

"The beauty of this theory is that it is very testable, because it predicts that you should have the impact and the beginning of the extinction, and within 100,000 years or so you should have these massive eruptions coming out, which is about how long it might take for the magma to reach the surface"

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+ - The Programming Talent Myth

Submitted by writes: Jake Edge writes at that there is a myth that programming skill is somehow distributed on a U-shaped curve and that people either "suck at programming" or that they "rock at programming", without leaving any room for those in between. Everyone is either an amazing programmer or "a worthless use of a seat" which doesn't make much sense. If you could measure programming ability somehow, its curve would look like the normal distribution. According to Edge this belief that programming ability fits into a bi-modal distribution is both "dangerous and a myth". "This myth sets up a world where you can only program if you are a rock star or a ninja. It is actively harmful in that is keeping people from learning programming, driving people out of programming, and it is preventing most of the growth and the improvement we'd like to see." If the only options are to be amazing or terrible, it leads people to believe they must be passionate about their career, that they must think about programming every waking moment of their life. If they take their eye off the ball even for a minute, they will slide right from amazing to terrible again leading people to be working crazy hours at work, to be constantly studying programming topics on their own time, and so on.

The truth is that programming isn't a passion or a talent, says Edge, it is just a bunch of skills that can be learned. Programming isn't even one thing, though people talk about it as if it were; it requires all sorts of skills and coding is just a small part of that. Things like design, communication, writing, and debugging are needed. If we embrace this idea that "it's cool to be okay at these skills"—that being average is fine—it will make programming less intimidating for newcomers. If the bar for success is set "at okay, rather than exceptional", the bar seems a lot easier to clear for those new to the community. According to Edge the tech industry is rife with sexism, racism, homophobia, and discrimination and although it is a multi-faceted problem, the talent myth is part of the problem. "In our industry, we recast the talent myth as "the myth of the brilliant asshole", says Jacob Kaplan-Moss. "This is the "10x programmer" who is so good at his job that people have to work with him even though his behavior is toxic. In reality, given the normal distribution, it's likely that these people aren't actually exceptional, but even if you grant that they are, how many developers does a 10x programmer have to drive away before it is a wash?"

Comment: Please! Stop lying like that!!! (Score 1, Informative) 1055

by Taco Cowboy (#49609761) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

Netherlands gun violence is high by European standards

And guess who is doing the shooting...

Those Moroccan kids here in the "gangs" are NOT MUSLIMS

Bold Faced Liesshould never be tolerated, so ... lemme get you guys the link ...
There ...

Click on the link above, son

Them Moroccan gangbangers are not moslems? Or you prefer to categorize them as Buddhists / Hindus, or even ... Christians?

+ - Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event in Texas-> 2

Submitted by cosm
cosm writes: ABC news reports that two armed gunman were shot and killed outside a "Draw the Prophet" event hosted in Garland Texas.

From the article: "The event, sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, featured cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and scheduled speakers included Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who has campaigned to have the Quran banned in the Netherlands. The winner of the contest was to receive $10,000."

In light of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks, the Lars Vilks Muhammad drawing controversies, and the American show South Park's satirical depiction of the state of Muhammad phobia in the US and elsewhere, is there an end in sight to the madness associated with the representation of this religious figure?

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+ - SPAM: Islamic Terrorism in Texas, USA 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A shooting has just taken place in Garland, Texas, near Dallas

The shooting happened at a partking lot at the Curtis Culwell Center where a "Muhammad Art Exhibit" event was held

Two men pulled up in a car and started to shoot, injuring a security guard

The Garland police force moved in and an exchange of gunshot between the Garland police and the shooters ensured

Two suspects have been shot dead

Although the "Muhammad Art Exhibit" event seemed controversial, the event itself is nevertheless protected by the 1st Amendment (Free Speech for the unintiated) of the United States of America

Apparently the moslems do not care about the Free Speech provision of USA, and this latest episode illustrates that all the moslems ever want is to scare and silence, and if they are given any chance, to hurt and kill all those they deem to be "Infidels

IThis shooting also tells us that America has been infiltrated by millions of moslems who will do everything, including terrorism, to establish a Reign of Terror over the freedom loving Americans, just like what they have done in places under their control

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