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Comment: Re:Should Virginia settle with a "take back" offer (Score 1) 182

by arobadog (#43060169) Attached to: Cisco Looking To Make Things Right With West Virginia

I completely agree.

What happened to the WV's bid process? I work for the Government, anything of this size would require a RFP and a selection committee. It is solely on WV's shoulders to select a competitive bid on infrastructure projects like this one. I hope the same group of people don't run their Road Commission or Real Estate contracts. What a sham...

Comment: Re:A second just Justice.... Please (Score 1) 604

by arobadog (#39018655) Attached to: Journalist Arrested For Tweet Deported to Saudi Arabia

Proper reply CadentOrange. It seems quite a few Slashdotters have no clue about Malaysia politics. An "Occupy" type protest in Malaysia would be quickly broken up. For a recent example, see the Bersih rally from July 9, 2011 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bersih_2.0_rally).

Comment: Re:Hang on ... (Score 0) 356

by arobadog (#38491116) Attached to: Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

Your initial comment smacks of content the parent poster highlighted, "given the deterioration of comment quality". Did you bother to looks into Stratfor before posting or simply knee jerk reply with a gross generalization?

Five minutes on Wikipedia would have informed you that the leaders of the group are published...
Fred Burton is Stratfor's vice president for intelligence. Burton is the author of a memoir, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, published by Random House in 2008,[3] and Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011.

George Friedman is the founder, chief intelligence officer, financial overseer, and CEO of the private intelligence corporation Stratfor. He has authored several books, including The Next 100 Years, The Next Decade, America's Secret War, The Intelligence Edge, The Coming War With Japan and The Future of War.

The worthwhile replies on Slashdot up to the parent post seem to be two or three slashdotters that actually read / subscribe what Stratfor has published. Everything else has been crap.

Comment: Re:i would *like* to be an astronaut... (Score 1) 229

by arobadog (#38467614) Attached to: Do You Have the Right Stuff To Be an Astronaut?

I doubt 6ft (1/5 ATM) would be enough to duplicate the experience of 4 Gs, maybe 4 ATMs of pressure would be closer. The air pressure at sea level is one atmosphere of pressure (1 ATM). Pressure increases at the rate of 1 ATM every 33 feet of water depth. This would be equivalent to someone with a PADI Advanced Open Water certification, maybe even with the Deep Water add on.

Comment: Re:How nice of them (Score 1) 243

by arobadog (#38311762) Attached to: Feds Return Mistakenly Seized Domain

This scenario parallels most criminal activities and Government seizures. These sites were hypothetically, providing files and not compensating the authors of those files. That is currently a crime in the US. As their were caught with 'stolen goods', the goods and the property used to disperse the goods were seized.
  This is the same as many drug possession or drunk driving cases. You don't only get charged with the criminal act, but you also lose the items that helped you facilitate that act.
  Let's say one of these site owners doesn't think they were selling stolen goods (but had MP3s of Celine Dion without her permission). Them standing up to the Government is just like the neighborhood dope peddler calling the police because the FBI seized his stash. Effectively providing the Government with more data to prosecute the case.

Comment: Re:U.S. (Score 1) 451

by arobadog (#38310080) Attached to: Iran Shuts Down US Virtual Embassy

Flamebait ....

Has there been a single sale of a drone to a local government agency? Or a farmer? With missiles?
I agree there are always select cases where the accused don't have their 'fair trial', but calling that 'oblitherated the right to a trial'. Go live in a real police state, and then let us know what you really think. Maybe go for a hike in Iran, or visit Thailand and post something disrespectful of the Thai Monarchy.
'their acts of inhumanity are public and ours are private' ... Seriously? If they were so private, why are there so many posts like your's scattered over the internet but you are still free, breathing, and allowed to publish?
'Our news sources only come from a small handful of corporations' ... Again, 'Seriously?' How did you get all your info cited above? Infowars? Prison Planet TV?

There is so much exaggeration and embellishment in your post, you do disrespect to the scenarios you cite. I live in a Muslim country and there is less 'liberty taken' with their reporting of such events. This comment being a '5, Insightful' just shows how many other Slashdotters are angry, but don't complain when our own use 'Fox News' tactics.

Comment: Re:No reason to change (Score 1) 1880

by arobadog (#38069066) Attached to: What's Keeping You On Windows?

The way the question is phrased isn't puzzling. You've nailed it.

A large amount of Slashdotters don't like Microsoft as a company. This isn't necessarily a technology issue, but is more likely a political, business, or ethical decision. Look into the current Android licensing story for one reason to dislike them.

Security

+ - SPAM: IC3 issues FBI fraud warning

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coondoggie writes "The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) today issued a warning that it has receieved reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting FBI agents, officials and/or FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. The fraudulent e-mails give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, seal, letterhead, and/or banners. The types of schemes utilizing the names of FBI agents, officials, or the Director's name are typically lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications.Some observers think 2008 is going to be nasty year for security-related problems. Look for a rising number of compromised Web sites that quietly attack unsuspecting visitors, "parasitic" malware that eats desktop files, and a stream of exploits targeting high-profile events such as the 2008 Olympics and the U.S. presidential elections, experts warn. [spam URL stripped]"
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Music

+ - Vista's changes rob Creative of PC audio crown 4

Submitted by Dr. Damage
Dr. Damage (123558) writes "Creative has ruled PC sound almost since the beginning, but Vista's new audio layer changes the game by essentially killing off 3D positional audio acceleration. The Tech Report has reviewed a pair of post-Vista sound cards, with surprising results. Motherboard maker Asus saw the opening and created perhaps the best consumer-level sound card yet, the Xonar D2X, with quality components, an EMI shield, color-illuminated ports, the best objective measurements and subjective listening test scores we've ever seen, and (finally!) a PCI Express x1 connector. Could the Sound Blaster era finally be over?"
Power

+ - 50% growth in solar production in 2007 to 3.8 GW->

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mdsolar writes "Solar cell production experienced 50% growth worldwide producing 3.8 GW of cells in 2007. In the US, installation of solar power grew by 83% in 2007 over 2006 but the US fell to fifth place in solar cell production as Taiwan pulled into fourth place after Japan, China and Germany. The US holds a large lead in thin film solar production. Expanding polysilicon supplies are expected to bring the cost of solar panels to $2/Watt by 2010. The cost of production for thin film panels is expected to be below $1/Watt by 2010; competitive with coal power."
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