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Comment: Re:and dog eats tail (Score 2) 393

Another aspect of PTC to consider: One big reason that no one has mentioned yet regarding railroads missing the deadline. The GOVERNMENT! An obviously critical part of a PTC installation is tens of thousands of trackside antennas, so the locomotive can communicate with the whole PTC network. Well, guess what? The antennas that the government (FRA, Congress, etc.) is mandating be installed are being held up because the government (EPA and FCC) are requiring that all these antennas undergo an environmental review before they can be installed.

+ - Comcast & Time Warner merger died

Submitted by andyring
andyring writes: According to Bloomberg News, the Time Warner/Comcast merger of raw evil is dead. Comcast plans as early as tomorrow to withdraw the merger proposal, "after regulators decided that the deal wouldn’t help consumers, making approval unlikely" according to the story.

Comment: Tread carefully (Score 2) 700

by andyring (#49477993) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

While we may not like this particular religion, that doesn't matter. They are a religious organization, and an organized religion. Especially in the United States, the government most certainly should not determine what is or is not a religion. It's stated pretty clearly here:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..."

Any religion will have aspects that people agree with and don't agree with. If their activity is outright illegal, then punish that specific activity. Christians can worship Christ. Muslims can worship Allah. Pastafarians can worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Satanists can worship Lucifer. Eco fairies can worship Mother Earth. Atheists can worship nothing. Democrats can worship government. Republicans can worship capitalism. And Scientologists can worship whatever it is they worship.

The minute we allow government to dictate what is or isn't a religion is the instant we lose all religious freedom.

Comment: Re:Prior Art Exists (tm) (Score 2) 187

by andyring (#49391281) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

Apparently (as usual) no one bothers to read TFA:

"What about accidental orders? Unless you set it up to do otherwise, Amazon only registers your first press of the button until your order is delivered. The company will also send you a confirmation alert via smartphone, giving you a chance to cancel any mistaken orders. Households with young children (or perhaps rascally teenagers) will want to be careful with this, or risk making canceling orders a regular routine."

So I suppose your scenario is possible, but only if you specifically override the default settings.

Comment: Re:The real junk science (Score 1) 394

by andyring (#49137903) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Sure.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

From TFA:

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

Comment: The real junk science (Score 0, Troll) 394

by andyring (#49137479) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

It seems to me that the real "junk science" is among the Global Warming or Climate Change supporters. Hugely significant chunks of data were completely fabricated and faked going back decades, all to show support and "proof" for climate change.

Of this there can be no argument. It is established fact.

Comment: Re:thank god for mississippi (Score 4, Informative) 297

by andyring (#48988569) Attached to: Mississippi - the Nation's Leader In Vaccination Rates

OK, let me get this straight. The dumb, uneducated, poor, largely minority backwoods state of Mississippi has the highest vaccination rate in the country. Sounds good so far.

And, vaccines are medically proven to be effective and not harmful. Got it.

The lowest vaccination rates are among the "educated" yuppie crowd (Prius driving, Whole Foods loving, vegetarian or vegan, politically left, etc.). OK, interesting.

So, tell me again who "believes in science?"

It has nothing to do with Medicaid. If cost was a factor, then the educated yuppie crowd would have the highest vaccination rates, not the lowest, as they are the most able to afford it.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Best drone for $100-$150

Submitted by andyring
andyring writes: With Christmas fast approaching, and me being notoriously hard to buy for, I thought a camera drone would be great to suggest for Christmas. But the options are dizzying, and it's nearly impossible to find something and know it'll be decent. What are /.ers suggestions/recommendations/experiences with a basic camera drone in the $100-150 range? Looks like all of them do video but I'm more interested in high-res stills although that may be a moot point. Your ideas?

Comment: Dead wrong (Score 1, Interesting) 72

by andyring (#48417573) Attached to: How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

The /. post's author says "The company insists that it favors no particular ideology and that its efforts are “neutral.” The first part is likely true..."

Completely false. Zuckerberg is as far left as they come. I'm not aiming to make this discussion political, but it's abundantly obvious in the policies he, and by extension his company, endorse. Obama tells Zuckerberg "Jump" and Mark immediately asks "How high?"

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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