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Comment: Re:I honestly believe (Score 1) 107

by colin_faber (#46740475) Attached to: The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information
Comcast is NOT a private sector entity as most would consider. They're a government sponsored monopoly. They receive massive tax breaks, and direct funding from the government to build out infrastructure (tax dollars spent on laying pipe). It's utterly absurd to think that they have anything in common with a truly private entity. You want to know why comcast is allowed to grow so large, completely and solely control local markets for both TV and Internet delivery? Because the government allows it.

Comment: Get rid of the TSA! (Score 4, Interesting) 275

Seriously, this entire organization encompasses everything wrong with the Federal government. Massive privacy overreach, complete incompetence, and a literal NIGHTMARE BUREAUCRACY! This is one of the worst aspects of the Bush legacy, and "The One" has not done anything to curtail its power: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TRAVEL...

Comment: One would hope (Score 4, Insightful) 186

I can't imagine why they wouldn't monitor people with access to secret clearances. I know they polygraph them all the time and regularly perform spot checks for law enforcement violations, etc.

Don't want the government knowing everything about you? Don't request secret clearance from it.

Comment: FTFA (Score 2) 317

by colin_faber (#46324939) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch
It seems this guy could careless about the fracking operation it self. He's more concerned about the huge blight that a massive ugly ass water tower will bring. There's no reason (other than cost) the well owners can't just truck water in. Honestly I don't blame the guy, I wouldn't want this ugly ass water tower in my back yard either, however a well generating millions of dollars of gas for me to spend on more computers? No problem at all.

+ - CERN antimatter experiment produces first beam of antihydrogen->

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An anonymous reader writes ""Matter and antimatter annihilate immediately when they meet, so aside from creating antihydrogen, one of the key challenges for physicists is to keep antiatoms away from ordinary matter. To do so, experiments take advantage of antihydrogen’s magnetic properties (which are similar to hydrogen’s) and use very strong non-uniform magnetic fields to trap antiatoms long enough to study them. However, the strong magnetic field gradients degrade the spectroscopic properties of the (anti)atoms. To allow for clean high-resolution spectroscopy, the ASACUSA collaboration developed an innovative set-up to transfer antihydrogen atoms to a region where they can be studied in flight, far from the strong magnetic field.""
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+ - Researchers Create Transparent Projector Screens->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Researchers have developed a see-through video screen embedded with silver nanoparticles that's both scalable and relatively inexpensive. Using a laser projector tuned to the proper wavelength light, the researchers displayed a video of floating circles on their display while the screen remained otherwise transparent. While the current display works only with a single color, the team says mixing different sized nanoparticles would allow them to simultaneously display red, green, and blue light. By combining these three additive primary colors together, they could display the entire visual spectrum. The researchers predict their technology could one day be used to project speedometers on car windshields, present moving advertisements on store windows, and even turn skyscrapers into giant movie screens."
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