Where can we contribute to prevent this idiocy being pursued?
Are you really comparing the level of threat the president is under to the level of threat the average citizen is under?
I believe inner city Chicago is a bit more dangerous than 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The law-abiding citizens that live there don't deserve to have the capability to protect themselves and their families stripped away.
Having a North Korean satellite crash into my home would not make the North Koreans' day, once Washington got involved.
Dude, if it landed on a public company's headquarters then D.C. would be pissed and invade but landing on a private citizen's home? Not so much. In fact, they'd probably write retroactive legislation so your insurance company didn't have to pay you and suffer the loss of profit.
They don't think they know how stupid we are; they know it. They know this will all blow over and they'll be allowed to merge.
I am hoping from the bottom of my heart that this merger doesn't happen, but at least if it does I'll have a way to back out of my contract with T-Mobile. I will not be an AT&T customer. Never again.
That's not it, at all. They know that even if the the merger is blocked, T-Mobile is screwed. It's unverified by T-Mobile but customers appear to be leaving in droves, customer service is starting to suffer since the reps know they won't have a job in a year, and network improvements will stagnate leaving them so far behind the competition they'll look like Danica Patrick in a Sprint Cup race! Back to being serious, this will be just like what happened to Sun after the Oracle buyout was stretched out into eternity. The only difference is that T-Mobile was viable before buyout talk started and Sun was a zombie.
No matter what happens, buyout blocked or not, AT&T has one less competitor. No matter what happens, we (and especially T-Mobile employees) lose.
Bonuses are just a good way for merit to be rewarded. If you do good work, you get paid more, if you do crap, you get paid less.
Somehow I'm thinking the need to be bailed out with taxpayer funds means you did "crap work" and don't deserve a bonus.
faith is a trump card - it has root privileges when reason only has user level privileges.
You should put that on a t-shirt...
I would be extremely surprised if Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and just about any other ally of the United States were not also spying on the US
So your defense is "they do it too" which somehow makes it ok in your mind.
 Bare assertion without supporting evidence
I think gknoy was probably going for the "Trust, but verify" angle.
Woo! Man I sure hit some button of yours!
I'm not a racist - I hate EVERYONE.
After all, you wouldn't want me to profile you as a racist due to a single post that seems to indicate you believe that certain people can only be hired for their "stylish" qualities and those "stylish" attributes mean they are not qualified or skilled to perform a job.
Actually, I believe that.
Racist? I believe a lot of people in government and NGOs get hired because of their race or their sex. If that makes me a racist in your eyes, then so be it.
Technically that makes you sexist, too.
No it's not. If it was possible to do in a million lines of code, it would have been done by now.
That's silly. He's not claiming that just any million lines of code will do. You need to understand how the brain works in order to write the right million lines of (probably ridiculously compact and completely unreadable) code.
I always knew perl was good for something.
How much of a temperature difference do you think you can find within the human body across a machine of a few micormeters (or even millimeters) in length?
That's what the 12" heat sink sticking out of your chest is for. That, and impressing the ladies.
I think they'd be more impressed if that 12" "heat sink" was closer to waist height.
I write code on sticky notes, tape them together, scan them in, OCR, email it to my machine with my dev environment and then use a hex editor to manual compile it. I WIN!!!
Oh yeah! I do that while walking uphill, both ways, BACKWARD! Now get off my lawn!
He has a number of photos posted at Cloudy Nights in the "Planetary and Solar System Observing" forum.