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Comment: Accidental (Score 1) 85

"The rat has no voluntary control of its limbs, but the severed spinal cord can be reactivated and stimulated to perform natural walking. We can control in real-time how the rat moves forward and how high it lifts its legs."

This also accidentally describes the nearly-attained goals of the US state security organs (with assists from the POTUS and the Supremes).

Comment: Bin Laden Playbook (Score 1) 183

by ThatsNotPudding (#47938155) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists
Attack the US Homeland (vomit), and watch the paranoiacs and self-serving greedy pricks (Chertoff, et al) come to power. This will do far more damage to a supposedly enlightened, modern country that respects the rights and privacies of its citizens than the actual attacks, even if successful.

Mission Accomplished

Comment: Re: real computer systems? (Score 2) 13

9/11 came and went and they didn't learn a thing. Incompetent as ever.

Far more pointedly: the Boston Marathon came and went. So either they let it happen to gain even more power [adjusts tinfoil hat], or all the 'post 9/11' security is total, absolute bullshit, with everything to do with career advancement then an early retirement to a payment in kind consulting gig, and nothing at all to do with the Fath^H^H^H^H Homeland.

Comment: Clarification (Score 1) 294

The main difference is it is cheaper because it can be produced from massively subsidized, aquifer-draining corn.

Plus, corn is used extensively as feed for cattle. But since they really can't digest it for long without getting sick, Big Beef lays on the antibiotics.

Subsidized Corn: making people fat, draining aquifers, and creating superbugs - what can't it do?

Comment: Problem solvers (Score 1) 973

by ThatsNotPudding (#47929219) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

So why are so many terrorists engineers?

Because analytical minds can wall-off moral issues and cast murderous tasks as merely problems to be solved, up to and including nuclear weapons and genocide. Oppenhiemer wept and whined about what he was part of, but only after solving the problem.

The only difference between a car salesman and a computer salesman is that the car salesman knows he's lying.