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Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 1) 249

by cold fjord (#48184271) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

In the developed world, we do not feel obliged to be the worlds policeman and do not fund our services according to that idea.
  Yes, they do tend to get a lot of money but it's not limitless.

Your use of the royal "we" is almost certainly mistaken. Even humble Canada is quite active in the use of its armed forces around the world.

    Canada extending anti-piracy mission near Somalia

Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Operations

Canada is active in all manner of UN peace operations. Since the first peacekeeping operation in 1956, Canada has accepted frequent requests to join UN operations around the world, whether in Cyprus, Bosnia, Haiti, or elsewhere. To date, over 125,000 Canadians have served in close to 50 UN missions

Canadian Armed Forces completes military mission in Afghanistan

It would be easy to show similar commitments by Britain, Australia, and many other countries.

You are correct that about funding in that most of Europe is not meeting its defense spending targets agreed to within the NATO alliance.

Why you think that not meeting your defense obligations and misspending what you do have constitutes being part of "the developed world" shows the pitiful state of most of Europe's militaries. Even Britain is decimating its armed forces.

Comment: Re:No difference here (Score 1) 279

by cold fjord (#48139701) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

If you haven't been fucked by your insurance company yet, just wait until you're a bit older. I can guarantee you it will happen, it is only a matter of when and how badly. This is not a conspiracy theory, this is a guarantee. They hold all the cards and they set the rules of the game; you can't win or even hope to break even.

I've got news for you - government run healthcare in the US has denied people medical treatment while offering them a suicide pill, and we're not even talking about the VA here. You might want to think about that too.

Comment: Re:No difference here (Score 1) 279

by cold fjord (#48137921) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

In the US, the people in charge are still the health insurance companies. They will call the shots during this situation just as they have for decades (including during the writing of the 2010 "health care reform" bill).

Your view is popular, but just simply wrong.

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Comment: Re:Pardons are for the guilty. (Score 2) 228

by cold fjord (#48126865) Attached to: Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

Snowden is on record stating that the only reason he took the NSA job was to steal top secret information. Snowden has yet to produce any actual evidence that he even tried to use the internal process. There have been reports that NSA can't find records of him doing so. You would think that since he managed to steal 1.7 million documents he might have managed a copy of an email or two.... funny that he didn't get anything to bolster his case. So much for Snowden and your first point.

Exposing foreign intelligence operations harms American national security. That takes Snowden out of the realm of "whistleblowing" if he was ever in it.

Snowden has demonstrated the opposite of loyalty to the US and its people. Snowden rejects and undermines the process of representative government. If the Constitution permits something he doesn't like he simply ignores it. Snowden is acting like an anti-democratic vigilante, trying to impose his view of the world and how it should be on all of us as he continues to damage America and aid its enemies.

+ - Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition->

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cold fjord (826450) writes "NetworkWord reports, "Police officers in Dubai will soon be able to identify suspects wanted for crimes just by looking at them. Using Google Glass and a custom-developed facial recognition software, Dubai police will be able to capture photos of people around them and search their faces in a database of people wanted for crimes ... When a match is made in the database, the Glass device will receive a notification. .... What's particularly interesting about the project is that facial recognition technology is banned by the Google Glass developer policy. ... The section of the policy that addresses such technology seems to disqualify the Dubai police force's plan for Glass:" — Video at Engadget."
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+ - 47 Years Ago - The X-15 And The Fastest Manned Aircraft Flight Ever-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Tom Demerly at ALERT 5 writes, "It flew at nearly Mach 7, seven times the speed of sound and twice the speed of a rifle bullet. The speed record it set 47 years ago today still stands today. It flew so high its pilots earned Air Force astronaut wings: 280,500 feet or 53.1 miles above the earth. It pioneered technologies that were used on the SR-71 Blackbird, the space shuttle and the reusable spacecraft in Richard Branson’s future Virgin Galactic passenger space program. ... It was the North American X-15. ... The X-15 could be the most ambitious and successful flight test program in aviation history. Apollo astronauts flew it. It challenged the paradigms of aerospace design well beyond the limits of any prior program, including Chuck Yeager’s sound barrier busting Bell X-1. The X-15 program sits alongside the Wright Flyer as an aviation milestone. So much progress was made so quickly in the face of such great risk with such rudimentary technology that no other development program, with the exception of the Apollo missions, has come close.""
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