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Comment: Could be the medium (Score 2) 605

by chemicaldave (#42912435) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?
I think writing a blog implies much less formality than a traditional paper. I graduated with a BS in 2010 and never did I write a paper with improper grammar that did not receive deductions, no matter the course or the assignment. It could also be that the students are not writing this in Word, and thus can't rely on the spelling and grammar checking functions.

Comment: Re:Even China is getting tired of their shit (Score 2) 270

by chemicaldave (#42873101) Attached to: North Korea Conducts Third Nuclear Test
Why would Saddam give anything to Iran? Part of the reason the intelligence community was convinced that he has weapons was because Saddam was a master of denial and deception. Ever since the Iran-Iraq war Saddam has been trying to convince his neighbors that he had WMDs while simultaneously trying to convince the west that he had none. One is difficult to do, both is nearly impossible.

Comment: Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (Score 2) 346

I should note that I assume the site's instructions are for regular users who don't know how to re-image a drive and that doing so would be enough to remove it. Just googling "removing eblaster" appears to give some rudimentary instructions. I doubt it hides itself that well.

Comment: Re:I'm still trying to wrap my brain around... (Score 5, Informative) 346

The agent shouldn't have needed to take it to a repair shop in the first place. SpectorSoft's own FAQ section states "eBLASTER ... cannot be uninstalled without the eBLASTER password YOU specify..." Sounds like the guy forgot the password AND the shop didn't do its job.

Comment: Re:I would love to see someone challenge Romney on (Score 1) 706

by chemicaldave (#41676981) Attached to: US Presidential Debate #2 Tonight: Discuss Here
The concept that giving the middle-class more money to buy things seems to not be well known in either party, as both of their plans to start the economy make bad assumptions.

Democrats: Keynesian stimulus designed to jump start the economy assuming it will be enough for the public to start buying things and hiring workers.

Republicans: Tax cuts so business can hire more people.

The Democrats' stimulus won't work because the middle class has less income than before meaning they can't/shouldn't be buying things to stimulate the economy. The Republicans' tax cuts won't work because businesses won't hire people unless sales go up. Sales won't go up because the middle class has less income than before.

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+ - Obama Blocks Chinese Wind Farms in Oregon over National Security

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Reuters reports that President Barack Obama has invoked a little-used law to block a privately owned Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military site in Oregon due to national security concerns. "There is credible evidence that leads me to believe" that Ralls Corp, Sany Group and the two Sany Group executives who own Ralls "might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," said Obama in issuing his decision. The military uses the Oregon naval facility to test unmanned drones and the EA-18G "Growler". The electronic warfare aircraft accompanies US fighter bombers on missions and protectively jams enemy radar, destroying them with missiles along the way. At the Oregon site, the planes fly as low as 60 m and at almost 480 km/h. The administration would not say what risks the wind farm purchases presented but the Treasury Department said the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, known as CFIUS, made its recommendation to Obama after receiving an analysis of the potential threats from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The last time a president used the law to block a transaction was in 1990, when George H.W. Bush voided the sale of an aerospace company, Mamco Manufacturing, to a Chinese agency."

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