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Comment: Re:News Flash FUD works! (Score 1) 243

I was referring to FUD/Spin in general and yes it is associated with TFA. All you have to do is watch Sunday morning news programs and it's full of shit talkers who have nothing better to do than try and convince you that their position is correct. Likewise DC is full of lobbyists whose job it is to cloud the issues with FUD to the point that you and I, much less the lawmakers, can figure out what the truth is. Couple that to 24 Hr. News programs who don't do journalism but just 5 to 6 minute sound bites about something then move on. With more and more people getting their news from Twitter, Facebook and Wikipedia, is it any wonder why the Russians and Congressional staff are all out there putting out false stories and editing things? To put their spin on the subject to people who won't dig for their own answers.

Comment: News Flash FUD works! (Score 4, Insightful) 243

FUD works folks, that's why you have spin doctors constantly shaping news headlines with press releases and carefully worded speeches. Couple that with a litany of non-profit organizations to get the word out and you have your own fact machine. Really, facts don't matter because people's perceptions are more important than mere facts. This might have been a great idea, a municipally based service without all the baggage that a big carrier brings to the table but hey, why let facts get in the way of myth?

Dirty tricks in business have been around for centuries and nobody should be surprised that Comcast and SBC(AT&T) did this.

Comment: Re:Fusion (Score 1) 373

by Virtucon (#47541115) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

You bring up Manhattan and Apollo and both of those have one thing in common. A united country that wasn't bickering about petty shit and actually wanted to accomplish something. Regrettably, the attitude and budget issues means that there's more bureaucracy and fragmentation on getting anything accomplished. Sure, private industry could take up the engineering challenge but they won't without sufficient incentives, such as tax credits or other things to properly make their "investment" worth something. I really want to see sustainable Fusion power but we also could be doing a hell of a lot more with Geothermal as well as Fission reactors and solar, all of which help reduce CO2 and promote jobs both in operationally and construction/engineering. That way we get people more interested in those professions rather than being a Walmart greeter.

Comment: Re:Fusion (Score 1) 373

by Virtucon (#47540383) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Putting a lot into it, just not getting as much out of it. Congress is cutting funding for ITER because it's way over budget and like any International project it's got too many cooks in the kitchen so to speak. A lot of higher ground research is going on overseas and the US is starting to lose ground in key areas including nuclear energy and particle physics. I'd rather see $20 billion put into those research areas than the F35 for example.

Comment: Growth without planning (Score 1) 373

by Virtucon (#47540373) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

That's the rub, you have massive communities being built with no thought to infrastructural issues, like water, roads, education etc. The one thing that needs to be done to take care of long term water demand is desalinization plants. San Diego is now getting one. but that'll solve most domestic uses, large agrobusiness has relied on cheap water, and that's what's made the Imperial Valley and the San Joaquin valleys prosper, without access to it the agriculture will suffer. That's something California doesn't want and it'll push food prices higher in the US.

Comment: I can hear (Score -1, Troll) 225

by Virtucon (#47524585) Attached to: Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

The Rev. Jesse Jackson now meeting with the Physicists and asking them to create a diversity program for the universe while also insisting that they become members of his Rainbow Coalition.

"We must not allow the progress we've made in astrophysical objects to be eroded by these people who don't know what it is to be black. Black is beautiful. Am I MLK Yet?" The rev. Jackson was quoted saying.

Comment: Who watches the Watchers? (Score 2) 242

by Virtucon (#47518637) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

This is the most blatant disregard for constitutionally protected rights I've ever seen. I'll make sure I carry copies of "Catcher In He Rye" and "Anarchists Cookbook" wherever I travel. I'm surprised that this has been allowed to continue but it's utter nonsense and just the first fucking page of the document shows how fucked we are with all these shields representing stakeholders into the system. I especially like the part where one person in the White House can immediately include a group or individual on the terrorist watch list as they see fit. Have any political enemies? They're on the list.

Comment: Interesting (Score 1) 175

by Virtucon (#47514617) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

I'm wondering how Google intends to provide the information. Ostensibly, any RF communication is going to be expensive in terms of power consumption but certainly if you turn off the radios you could get a power profile that represents the state of an Andorid device without all of the activity going on to Google's servers. It's tenuous but while this only affects Google I'm wondering if Apple and MSFT are watching this because you know damn well they're doing it with IOS and Windows Phone to some extent.

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