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Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 2) 649 649

Um, I don't think they're using those in any modern headlights yet, except maybe for a handful of high-end luxury models perhaps. They still aren't installing xenon headlights on "normal" cars yet, only on the higher-end (30k+) models. They've come down some, but the $15-25k segment still uses old-fashioned halogens.

And xenon headlights are pretty easy and cheap to fix, at least if it's just the bulb; the bulbs are readily replaceable, no different than the halogens.

You need to go car shopping, $30K+ is very common nowadays. And HID headlights cost from $70 to $250.

Comment: Article surreptitiously pushes an agenda (Score 1) 179 179

For Russia's space industry, it appears that these budgetary pressures have been a blessing in disguise. Rather than waste billions on an inefficient rocket for which there is no commercial demand — as NASA is doing with SLS (under orders from a wasteful Congress)

samzenpus is using this article to present his opinions as facts while completely ignoring the valid reasons for building the SLS. The SLS is not going to be used for launching communication satellites or taking tourists to space. SLS is not a commercial project but a scientific and exploratory project to enable mankind to escape low earth orbit while preserving the U.S. space launch capabilities.

Comment: Re:The terrorists are already here. (Score 1) 250 250

The American people are virtuous but that is not reflected in our governments' actions.

Most American people are:
a) like sheep, always ready to be led by some demagogue without understanding the reasons or consequences
b) indifferent until it affects them personally
c) critics who always complain but never get involved.

Today, corporate and elitist interests write our laws, own our land, and start and profit from our wars.

Very succinct. I don't know if I have ever heard expressed better.

Comment: Re:The terrorists are already here. (Score 1) 250 250

Then again, you could be ignorant and insane. So now you're blaming Russia or China for releasing sarin in Syria? That makes sense........

I didn't blame anybody. All I said was that even if it promoted U.S. policy it doesn't mean the U.S. did it. I might be ignorant because I don't have the facts but your statement shows is you couldn't comprehend my point. I'd rather be ignorant than stupid.

Comment: Re:The terrorists are already here. (Score 1) 250 250

Who is it that controls Obama then, the illuminati? The Bilderberg group? Aliens? Do you understand that the theory you just presented of Obama releasing the sarin in Syria puts you on the edge of nutters? At worst, Obama is incompetent. He isn't malicious; overall he's a nice guy.

I didn't say Obama or the U.S. government was behind releasing the sarin. I said that it might have been released to benefit and promote our political agenda at home (NSA, etc.) as well as our foreign policy.

If a third-party wanted us involved, the release of WMD is a proven catalyst to get the U.S. involved in a conflict.
The question is does the involvement of the U.S. in Syria, even if it furthers the political agenda at home (NSA, etc.) as well as our foreign policy, hurt us or help us in the long run? Al Qaeda already has a foothold, it's influence will surely increase. Russia and China can point out that the U.S. is the only superpower who is continuing to interfere in the sovereign operations of third-world (maybe two and a half-world) governments resulting turning world opinion against us. The economic drain of the continued military actions is bankrupting us.

It's a case of getting what the U.S. wants could be the worse thing thing for the U.S however the economic and political significance of that action will benefit many industrial and financial factions as well as other governments.

Then again, this could all be caused by a small group of Syrian military or political fanatics. We will probably never know the real truth. The victors always write the history not necessary the truth.

Comment: Re:The terrorists are already here. (Score 2) 250 250

Well, that's where O and W differ. W wouldn't have thought that far ahead -- or if he had, he would have assumed that "responsibility" would be a non-issue, because the only thing he'd need to worry about after the glorious victory would be where to put all the flowers sent to him by the thankful Syrians.

Obama has done plenty without explicit public Congressional approval:
Waged war on Libya without congressional approval.
Secretly deployed US special forces to 75 countries.
Continued Bush's rendition program.
Escalated the CIA drone war in Pakistan.
Started a covert, drone war in Yemen.
Initiated, and personally oversees a 'Secret Kill List'.
Launched 20,000 Airstrikes in his first term.
Obama signed executive order giving himself control of all communication systems in America
Obama signs Executive Order allowing for control over all US resources

Items with the consent of Congress:
Signed the NDAA into law - making it legal to assassinate Americans w/o charge or trial.
Continued the PRISM massive NSA spying program..
Signed the Patriot Act extension into law..

Comment: Re:The terrorists are already here. (Score 2) 250 250

I would never had guessed at any time during my first 50 years that I would have thought that the U.S. government would become the Bad Guys that the last three years have proven it to be. And what's worse, I now believe the whole process is so corrupt that our government has passed the point of no return. Congress is so corrupt that they have made their corruption legal and no longer answer to the American people who either don't care or are too stupid to realize what's going on. Maybe it's always been an illusion.

Comment: Re:The terrorists are already here. (Score 5, Insightful) 250 250

I wouldn't put it past these bastards to hire someone to detonate a sarin bomb in Damascus to gin up an excuse for an invasion. And now they're wondering what the fuck to do now that the President just said "Well, we should have Congress' input on this."

Looking at his actual record, Obama is more George Bush that George Bush was . He's owned and controlled by the same people who own and control Congress. I'll give you a hint; it's not the American people. I wouldn't be surprised if the sarin wasn't released to benefit and promote our political agenda at home (NSA, etc.) as well as our foreign policy. He just wants it all wrapped up nicely with Congressional approval to deflect responsibility.

Comment: Re:No need for that anymore... (Score 2) 250 250

No, they still need it. Just look at the nature of the story: "The official, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified material."

Yet these people aren't being hunted across the globe for their classified leaks.

But this was probably an approved intentional Anonymous leak.

Comment: Whatever you want it to be (Score 3, Informative) 33 33

It exposes most of the features of the SoC (currently Allwinner A10/A20) which will allow a developer to use it for a multitude of purposes without having to design, prototype and build a board for their specific purpose. It re-purposes the PCMCIA interface and form-factor which will reduce costs.

365 Days of drinking Lo-Cal beer. = 1 Lite-year