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Comment: Re:Business model? (Score 1, Informative) 346 346

Whoosh!

There was a reason why the part about referencing how it was before the medallion system was included in the post you replied to.

The medallion system was EXPLICITLY DESIGNED to reduce the number of taxis in New York City. That was the MAIN FEATURE of it. Licenses were introduced to regulate the drivers, but that was separate from the medallion effort.

Go back and do your homework.

Comment: Convenient Truth (Score 2) 185 185

Those jobs are factory assembly work, not "tech". They are in the same category as assembling car parts, radios, or toy wagons. Cook is talking about creative development where you work with your mind, not simple low-skilled labor.

Yes, it sucks. But conflating the two in this article is dishonest.

Comment: Re:GOOD (Score 1) 173 173

An SF-86 is what you fill out if you're getting a security clearance. If it is SECRET level, they pull a credit report, criminal check, and send postcards to your relatives and references asking questions about you.

If it is TOP SECRET they send investigators out to talk to former neighbors, friends and relatives instead of sending a post card. They do a real investigation.

The big question is whether or not the results of those investigations are kept in the system with the forms. You know, sort of one big file on an individual. My best guess would be "yes".

+ - Man with the "golden arm" has saved lives of 2 million babies->

schwit1 writes: James Harrison, known as "The Man with the Golden Arm," has donated blood plasma from his right arm nearly every week for the past 60 years. Soon after Harrison became a donor, doctors called him in. His blood, they said, could be the answer to a deadly problem. Harrison was discovered to have an unusual antibody in his blood and in the 1960s he worked with doctors to use the antibodies to develop an injection called Anti-D. It prevents women with rhesus-negative blood from developing RhD antibodies during pregnancy.

"In Australia, up until about 1967, there were literally thousands of babies dying each year, doctors didn't know why, and it was awful," explains Jemma Falkenmire, of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. "Women were having numerous miscarriages and babies were being born with brain damage."

It was the result of rhesus disease — a condition where a pregnant woman's blood actually starts attacking her unborn baby's blood cells. In the worst cases it can result in brain damage, or death, for the babies. Australia was one of the first countries to discover a blood donor with this antibody, so it was quite revolutionary at the time.

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+ - NASA Releases Massive Climate Change Data Set->

An anonymous reader writes: NASA is releasing global climate change projections to help scientists and planners better understand local and global effects of hazards. The data includes both historical measurements from around the world and simulations based on those measurements. "The NASA climate projections provide a detailed view of future temperature and precipitation patterns around the world at a 15.5 mile (25 kilometer) resolution, covering the time period from 1950 to 2100. The 11-terabyte dataset provides daily estimates of maximum and minimum temperatures and precipitation over the entire globe." You can download them and look through the projections yourself at NASA's Climate Model Data Services page.
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Comment: Re: Recordings, NOT music (Score 2) 66 66

you're implying if I close my eyes during a conversation I am no longer having a talk. that is just silly.

you are confusing a performance with music. if it is just a recording, then of what is it a recording? music

if you wish to differentiate between live music and recorded music that is fine, but to say recorded music isn't music is just wrong. you are splitting a hair that doesn't exist.

music may sound differentl coming from my home audio equipment than from the live performance due to the acoustics of my living room but that doesn't make it any less music.

I understand what you are trying to say, that the music is inseparable from the environment. that is one reason I despise recordings of "live" performances. the experience just for not translate for me and it bugs me. I prefer studio recordings which provide a neutral environment. that allows me to listen to the music in my current environment.

Comment: Re:Structured transactions are illegal (Score 3, Informative) 510 510

It is a lot broader than that. The Houston Chronicle has a decent article summarizing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).

Then there is that question about taking more than $10,000 in cash out of the country when traveling.

And, of course, seizures of suspicious amounts of cash when stopped by a law enforcement officer anywhere for anything.

(Suspicious being anything the local LEO decides it is. How fucked up is that?)

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