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Submission + - Barbara Tuchman's 'The Guns of August' Is Still WWI's Peerless Chronicle->

anlashok writes: She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.
The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, would draw in all five major European powers and their various allies into a cataclysm that would snuff out the lives of 20 million soldiers and civilians, destroy three empires, and lay the groundwork for an even bloodier World War II.

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Comment Recruiting? (Score 3, Insightful) 164 164

I would think if this was even somewhat true it would be evident from attempts to recruit talent from outside Montana. I haven't heard or seen any postings to attract experienced talent. This sounds like another "Promote the story to get more funds from the government" and press for the local politicians to start another mediocre fake Silicon Valley. Another place to put technology that only needs cheap inexperienced labor from the local schools. A warehouse for servers where the only talent needed is ability to push a button for hard reboot and pull out a drive or motherboard... A+ Certified only requirement, unless thats too expensive. The more experienced employees will still be elsewhere remoting in when needed.
Or am I just being too harsh :-)

Comment Haven't you read the O.C. Bible? (Score 1) 176 176

The chief commandment remains in the O.C. Bible as "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind."
A major theme of Frank Herbert's Dune was the revolt of man against machine, and how no artificial intelligence was to ever again be allowed.
Butlerian Jihad

Why wouldn't we expect those completely invested in the idea that we are the apex of life? Any threat to that is a threat to their dogma. They would be the first to flip out if intelligent life were to ever be found.

Submission + - How the NFL Fleeces Taxpayers->

anlashok writes: When so much money has been cut from education at all different levels and STEM programs and research have to fight for resources, why are our nation's priorities so screwed up?
"Taxpayers fund the stadiums, antitrust law doesn't apply to broadcast deals, the league enjoys nonprofit status, and Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million a year. It's time to stop the public giveaways to America's richest sports league—and to the feudal lords who own its teams."

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Submission + - 30 day trips to Mars... How small scale nuclear fusion could get us there->

anlashok writes: It's a lot to wrap one's head around, how imploding metal can heat plasma to fusion temperature in the neighborhood of hundreds of millions of degrees, but Slough breaks it all down on the latest Peripheral Vision with the patience and simple language of the high school science teacher we all wished we'd had.
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Submission + - Wall Street's greatest enemy: The man who knows too much->

anlashok writes: A successful high-level executive for 30 years, he has been embroiled in seven years of lawsuits with Countrywide and the company that bought it, Bank of America. His determination to speak out against multiple violations of law at Countrywide earned him retaliation, and eventually, he was frozen out of corporate boardrooms, unable to find a new job. He won a jury verdict in his case, but after two and a half more years of fighting, an appellate court reversed the ruling in highly unusual circumstances.

“I keep hearing about whistle-blower protections,” he tells Salon, exasperatedly. “It certainly didn’t happen for me.”

Now, Bank of America wants to gouge Michael Winston one last time, demanding an interest payment on money awarded to him that he never received.

“Thus far, the person who did the right thing got punished, and the person who did the wrong thing got rewarded,” Winston said. The chilling case shows that the greatest enemy for Wall Street is the man or woman who actually tries to expose its secrets.

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Submission + - Have You Ever Tried to Eat a Feral Pig -> 1 1

anlashok writes: There is big problem out there troubling our environment, invasive species that are disrupting the balance. This story is about an innovative approach to battling them, by eating our way out of the problem.
"Chefs are serving up invasive species like knotweed and snakehead fish — and diners are enjoying them. How a growing food movement could also be good for the environment."
"Austin Murphy likes to hunt snakehead fish on the tidal waters of the Potomac River. The fish, native to China, have earned local renown for their horror flick-like ability to breathe air and survive for short periods on land, their sharp teeth, and their thick, mucus-secreting skin. They're voracious carnivores with no known predators except humans and are all too at home in their adopted waters. Hunting them in the shallow, aquatic-plant-choked mouths of creeks and tributaries is tricky work, most easily done at night with a light and archery gear, though some fishermen prefer the more challenging method of daytime fly fishing . If the conditions are right, a skilled hunter can bag 200 pounds of snakehead in a summer season outing, says Murphy."

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Submission + - Google hosts fundraiser for climate change denying senator->

anlashok writes: The "don't be evil" company helps out James Inhofe of Oklahoma who has called climate change a "hoax".
Shortly after contributing to the right-wing Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Koch brothers-funded group that opposes environmental and other types of regulation, Google hosted a fundraiser for Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, arguably the most strident climate change denier in Congress

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Submission + - Being a lifelong bookworm may keep you sharp in old age->

anlashok writes: The findings, published online today in Neurology, suggest that reading books, writing and engaging in other similar brain-stimulating activities slows down cognitive decline in old age, independent of common age-related neurodegenerative diseases. In particular, people who participated in mentally stimulating activities over their lifetimes, both in young, middle and old age, had a slower rate of decline in memory and other mental capacities than those who did not.
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Comment H-1B are a tool to keep salaries down (Score 1) 274 274

There are qualified people looking for work that are ignored, because of age or length of time unemployed. There are plenty of people out in the employment pool, but this is a way to keep salaries down and not to do any spending on training. Where has all the spending for training gone? No company is willing to invest time and money into existing employees. Plenty of recruiters have told me that companies want a 20 out of 20 in their wish list.

Comment Ridiculous... I hate network execs (Score 3, Insightful) 762 762

The channel had great ratings for BSG, and had a lot of potential wasted by execs that didn't understand or care about a scifi audience that built the channel up. Could have done a better budgeted B5 show, or one of the many Fox shows killed too early like Firefly. Why the heck is wrestling and ghost stories on a scifi channel?
I actually like SGU more than many of the episodes of the SGA episodes. Previous commenter was right in calling it more adult. It could be great, but NBC doesn't know what it has. Its a good money maker for a niche that doesn't have competition in the subject matter.
I'd invest in a new SciFi type channel if I could. Maybe Speilberg, Lucas, or Cameron would see the possibilities.

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