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Comment: Re:The new Taliban? (Score 1) 310

by briansct (#36454070) Attached to: Libyan Rebels Weaponize Power Wheels Toys

no we are not.

I think this was a response to my comment about being the next Greece.

And to respond to that what makes you so sure? That whole stop listening to people is a lame response! I am all for programs don't get me wrong what I am not for is increases in spending on war overseas. Bush picked it up and ran with it! Obama promised to end it but has only increased it. So the only side I take is that of a major shift in foreign policy.

Comment: Re:Weapons Development (Score 2) 310

by briansct (#36452358) Attached to: Libyan Rebels Weaponize Power Wheels Toys

Funny, your story reminds me of the one my Dad tells about being in the Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam. Guys in his unit created their own Banana clip to add ammo capability to their assault rifles. Upper levels freaked when they saw what they had done, eventually though, their design made it back and became the curved design now used.

BTW I agree with your BTW!

Comment: Re:The new Taliban? (Score 1) 310

by briansct (#36452274) Attached to: Libyan Rebels Weaponize Power Wheels Toys

then deserted them leaving a power vacuum that was filled up by the Taliban. . . and provide as much aid as we can . .

You can't be serious . . .
You mean the power vacuum that we helped create by sticking our noses in where they don't belong.

Aid as in $$$ that we (US) don't have? Read about Greece on BBC yet today? The US is next! Keep upping the debt limit so that we can "help others" great idea!

Comment: Re:college != intellectual (Score 1) 949

by briansct (#36368986) Attached to: Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

Okay I understand where you are coming from but I also work in Higher Ed and the student body at my college is representative of adult learners (yes we're non-profit). These are working adults that have realized that to get ahead in their field they need a degree.

Broken system or not to get ahead you need a degree. The problem here is that too many geeks think that they are too good for the traditional system (Cnn article inspired by Thiel). Reals geeks have Phd's or are working toward one.

There is a real reason why the Master's degree is the new Bachelor's degree and the Bachelor's degree is now equivalent to the HS degrees of the past.

Comment: Re:What about non-widescreen laptops? (Score 1) 666

by briansct (#36221690) Attached to: Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate

I agree, however, whenever I used to type notes in class with open office writer, I would never maximize it. Yes you had to scroll more, but you also have more real estate on the edges for other applications running in the background. I could never understand other students full screening their MS Word, especially those that were not ADD.

Comment: Re:It's going to be tough. (Score 1) 334

by briansct (#36193032) Attached to: <em>Neuromancer</em> Movie Deal Moving Forward

I agree, I also wonder how the general pebcak's will react to the theme of the movie. Will they understand that the book was ground breaking stuff? Or will they think it's a cheap knock off of the Matrix.

It's been so long since I read Gibson (and I was so young: early high school) that I just added several of his books to my amazon wishlist! I can't wait to re-read them all!

This is truly news for nerds! Happy Friday!

Comment: Re:Speculation (Score 1) 404

by briansct (#35946218) Attached to: PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible

I second ThePhish's comment about Blumenthal. As a resident of CT I have seen the results of his actions and letters to businesses. I was sad to see him go when he won the senate seat.

I would be very surprised if Sony did not take him very seriously. He represents a very large voice (yes read it "the US government") that may soon rally behind his simple letter.

Businesses

+ - YouTube To Launch Netflix Competitor -> 1

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "YouTube could become the latest to offer a movie rental service, challenging streaming sites such as Netflix.

Google is lining up deals with major Hollywood studios in order to launch the service. An anonymous executive at a studio that has signed on said Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate and Universal have all licensed their movies to the service. Not everyone is on board — Paramount, Fox and Disney declined to join."

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News

+ - The end of the typewriter era ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "The pace of change has consigned many things to be bin of history — the floppy disk, the film camera, the punch card — and now the mechanical typewriter. The last manufacturer of typewriters anywhere in the world, has just 500 machines left for sale and will not be making any more. The typewriter may be gone but its legacy in the form of the QWERTY keyboard lives on... damn you mechanical typewriter.."
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NASA

+ - NASA looking to build "gas" stations in space->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Fuel is a major issue when it comes to long-duration spaceflights — its weight is a problem for launch and once a spacecraft runs out of fuel there's no place to get more. That's where in-space "gas" stations located in strategic spots along a route would be a boon to spaceflight.
Which is exactly what NASA is looking to do by beginning to solicit proposals for what it calls an In-Space Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Demonstration that will lay the ground work for humans to safely reach multiple destinations, including the Moon, asteroids, Lagrange points and Mars."

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Government

+ - State Seeks To Enter Controversial World Of Intern->

Submitted by briansct
briansct (1857764) writes "In yet another desperate move by a governor to raise state revenue, CT governor Dannel Malloy approves "Amazon Tax":
FTA:"If approved by the full House of Representatives and the Senate, the tax would be Connecticut's first ever tax on online sales. Amazon, the well-known online retailer, is still fighting the issue in court in New York, which in 2008 became the first state in the nation to create such a tax.""

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AMD

+ - Could AMD Be Building ARM Processors?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There is an interesting note from AMD that hints to a closer relationship with ARM. The company will be hosting a developer conference in June, ARM will be holding one of the major keynotes and it appears that AMD is making sure that we aren't ignoring the implications of this appearance. So, could AMD be building ARM processors, or is AMD just rubbing Intel's nose in it? ARM-based AMD processors for smartphones combined with AMD GPUs could be an enticing opportunity for AMD."
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