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Comment: No doubt. (Score 1) 96

by arudloff (#36952230) Attached to: NASA's Plan To Clean Up Space Program Launch Site Contamination

I live here in the space coast. Back in HS, a rocket blew up overhead and we all had to stay in doors while this crazy looking cloud floated above head. No idea what was in it or what it was, but I figure it lowered my life expectancy a few months.

No doubt in my mind there's some nasty stuff around those pads!

Comment: Re:It's not spin, it's Obama's personal priorities (Score 1) 450

by arudloff (#30951972) Attached to: Reported Obama Plan Would Privatize Manned Launches

You can watch all the videos of Obama promising to pump up NASA when he was campaigning down here in FL at http://www.savespace.us/

We're at 12% unemployment now. We'll be at 17-20% if this plan goes through.

Regardless of whether or not people agree/disagree with his proposals, there's no way in hell he wins this state again.

"Fool us once..."

Comment: Re:What 'Better' Means For Right Wing People (Score 3, Insightful) 925

by arudloff (#28410135) Attached to: US House Democrats Unveil a Health Care Plan

It's not that conservatives hate the poor, but, rather that they strive for a society with a rigid class structure.

Wow, that's a load of bullshit.

You're free to your beliefs, as are people who think conservatives flat out hate the poor, but I'd highly suggest reading up on conservative politics. There's no focus on class structure or rich vs. poor or anything of the like. It's about letting people be free to make their own choices in life. The whole "liberty" and "freedom" thing you keep hearing conservatives go on and on about is related to that core principle. When the federal government forcibly takes privately earned money to pay for systems and structures that are not only unconstitutional, but unwanted by the person having the money taken from them, they're robbing these people as well as the unseen vendors and merchants where the money would have be spent otherwise.

You want to talk about rigid class structure? "They're rich, they won't miss the money, let's tax them!" -- the point isn't whether or not they'll miss the money, it's whether or not we want to justify ongoing government thievery, especially to pay for things that are not perceived to be better than their private counterparts. The "their rich they can afford it" argument is nothing more than a straw man distracting from the actual issue.

Comment: Re:Yeah, real big secret (Score 1) 550

by arudloff (#28001163) Attached to: Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

I love how, almost immediately, someone excuses the ignorance of this administration by pointing fingers at the ignorance of the previous administration.

As if what went on in the past justifies ongoing, continual missteps from our executive branch.

It's not about red vs. blue. It's about us vs. them. The parent poster has a good point -- it's only a matter of time until this guy runs his mouth off about something that actually matters.

Republicans

Netcraft Shows Smartech Running Ohio Election Servers 688

Posted by kdawson
from the something-rotten-in-the-state-of-Ohio dept.
goombah99 writes "Netcraft is showing that an event happened in the Ohio 2004 election that is difficult to explain. The Secretary of State's website, which handles election reporting, normally is directed to an Ohio-based IP address hosted by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. On Nov. 3 2004, Netcraft shows the website pointing out of state to a server owned by Smartech Corp. According to the American Registry on Internet Numbers, Smartech's block of IP addresses 64.203.96.0 – 64.203.111.255 encompasses the entire range of addresses owned by the Republican National Committee. Smartech hosted the recently notorious gbw43.com domain used from the White House in apparent violation of the Presidential Records Act, from which thousands of White House emails vanished." Update: 04/25 01:24 GMT by KD : ePluribus Media published a piece called Ken Blackwell Outsources Ohio Election Results to GOP Internet Operatives, Again on election eve 2006, when a similar DNS switch to Smartech occurred. They have been investigating the larger story of IT on Capitol Hill and elsewhere for two years.

Netscape.com Loses Its Identity 148

Posted by Zonk
from the rebranding-a-rebrand dept.
wh0pper writes "Digital Trends has a great opinion piece about how Netscape has lost its identity again in regards to their wanna-be Digg portal. One interesting fact I was not aware of is that Jason Calacanis is the person behind the new beta Netscape portal. A choice quote: 'If this business model sees the light-day and it looks like it will, Netscape readers will change from the baby-boomers of yester-year to a younger audience more interested in Jessica Alba's Bikini or Britney Spears than real intellectual news.' I've tried using the new beta Netscape site, and personally hate it. The little link to the external site and the frame to keep you on Netscape's site are deal killers for me. Does the general audience think it can compete?"

IE The Great Microsoft Blunder? 643

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the not-a-shining-example-of-engineering dept.
JordanL writes "Hot on the heels of the beta rollouts of IE 7, comes an editorial from John Dvorak declaring IE the biggest mistake Microsoft has ever made. From the article: 'All the work that has to go into keeping the browser afloat is time that could have been better spent on making Vista work as first advertised [...] If you were to put together a comprehensive profit-and-loss statement for IE, there would be a zero in the profits column and billions in the losses column--billions.'"

Growing Censorship Concerns at Digg 473

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the this-is-never-pretty dept.
I find site rivalries boring, but growing concerns over Digg "censorship" have been submitted steadily for the last few months. Today two such stories were submitted so numerous that I had little choice but to post. The first claims that Digg is the editor's playground- it explains how a few users control Digg, and that it's not really the 'Democracy' that they claim it to be. Personally I think this is all totally within the rights of their editors to choose content however they like. But it's less pleasant when combined with accounts getting banned for posting content critical of digg, and watching other content getting removed for being critical of sponsors (also, here is Kevin Rose's reply).

Analysis of .NET Use in Longhorn and Vista 479

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-would-bill-do dept.
smallstepforman writes "In a classic example of "Do as I say, not as I do", Richard Grimes analyses the ratio of native to managed code in Microsoft's upcoming Vista Operating System. According to the analysis at Microsoft Vista and .NET, "Microsoft appears to have concentrated their development effort in Vista on native code development. Vista has no services implemented in .NET and Windows Explorer does not host the runtime, which means that the Vista desktop shell is not based on the .NET runtime. The only conclusion that can be made from these results is that between PDC 2003 and the release of Vista Beta 1 Microsoft has decided that it is better to use native code for the operating system, than to use the .NET framework.""

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