Hate to break it to you but the US is still the only nation to ever spend the money to build a facility to collect helium and remains the only source of helium. It would be nice if someone else did so as well but good luck getting anyone to care.
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As others have noted the newer atoms aren't the same as the old under powered garbage. I've actually got a server running one of the new Atom server chips. It's a good low power processor with some strong capabilities for the power envelope it uses.
Though there is one exception, there are some under powered Atom chips. They are smaller and use even less power and generally aren't intended for a PC type install. But they do exist because Intel is still trying to figure out how to sell chips in this space without totally cannibalizing desktop sales with chips they lose money on.
Which chip Microsoft chose (or whatever one Intel let them use) is going to determine whether the surface 3 is garbage or a reasonable balance of CPU and power use. It's entirely possible it's going to be way to slow for use in anything CPU intensive because Intel is still making Atoms that aren't very good, even if they are better than the previous Atoms.
It's interesting to me that Microsoft isn't saying WHICH Atom they used.
Because the supreme court under pressure from the Reagan administration, that was promising to only use it against drug dealers in the drug war, convinced the court to carve out an exception. The only problem is the exception is now the rule. These exceptions were created to fight the "drug war". And like every exception the government has been given they've turned around and used it against everyone they can.
Take for example the expanded penalties that were passed after 9/11 for using a weapon of mass destruction. The problem is that the definition in the law applies to ANY explosive device. So now people that made a pipe bomb without even the intent to harm someone are being charged with using weapons of mass destruction. Even though this was against the very intent of the law it's now been used so many times in court that's it IS the precedent.
Civil Forfeiture isn't the only "exception" that was carved out during the war on drugs and it might not even be the most egregious depending on your view. The root of the problem is the war on drugs. End the "war" and the exception carved out around it should fall like dominoes. Prohibition doesn't work, version 1.0 or version 2.0.
Horseshit. Anyone with proof that they didn't commit the crime should be able to go into court and show that evidence. Actual innocence should ALWAYS be a legitimate claim and entitled to review, it would be trivial to punish those that abuse the process with frivolous claims.
There is nothing more damning to a justice system then the incarceration of innocent people. We recognize that the system isn't perfect and there needs to be policies put in place for challenges where there is evidence of actual innocence to allow those that were harmed by the imperfect system to have their lives righted.
The suggestion that evidence of innocence isn't a valid claim is just complete and utter lawyer horseshit where the process is more important than the very purpose of the system. Lawyers or Judges that are so obsessed with the process that innocence, of lack of it isn't relevant to them anymore shouldn't be judges or lawyers anymore. Process bound dweebs like Scalia are what is wrong with the American justice system.
Turkey is no longer what you sarcastically try to claim it is. Edrogan is actively working to turn that country back into the Ottoman shithole it was by eroding the very democracy and secular principles that's made it strong. He's destroyed the independent judiciary. He's about 80% destroyed local governments and NGOs and he's begun the press and free association clamp down. Free speech has also been targeted, directly and indirectly and he's putting religion back into the public school with state control and corruption is rampant.
By the time he's dead Turkey is going to be the same Islamic shithole the rest of the middle east is. Free thinking and acting people don't show proper "respect" to the theology and that can't be allowed. All over the middle east secular leaders and advocates are being murdered (often without consequences for the murderer) publicly and often very violently. Once the people that favor a secular government are scared into silence the Imams can make a directly play for power and take their seat at the head of society, as the believe they are entitled. Turkey is rapidly moving in this direction and it won't be long before people speaking out for secular principles are jailed or murdered for insulting either the leadership or Islam. It's already illegal to "insult" Erdogan.
Never mind, it's in one of the last paragraphs. It's an ATOM processor. Depending on the version and clock speed it could be ok or a total piece of crap running full windows.
The netbook is reborn!
I see not one thing that says this is an x86. If it's not x86 it's still ARM and still windows RT even if they don't call it RT anymore. The result being you can only run software from the windows store, no legacy apps.
It didn't surprise me that one of the accused agents is DEA. Talk about a department with all kinds of untraceable money and seized property floating around and I wouldn't be surprised in the least if more than half the agents were skimming off the top.
Good Luck on that. The supreme court ruling on actual innocence was split down the middle and absolutely blasted by Scalia as a "shiny new right". Yes you heard that right, being actually innocent of the crime isn't the courts job according to him.
Ah the old show me the wording argument. How tired.
You can't have freedom of religion if the state itself is religious. If the state itself is Baptist there is no longer any freedom to be anything other that Baptist because the state will act as an arm of the Baptist church in passing and enforcing laws. And more importantly as the religious often like to point out Atheism is a belief and for that atheist to have freedom of religion he cannot be subjected to religiously inspired action by his government. This is a recognized principle that the supreme court has upheld numerous times.
The state itself must be free of religious motivation and action, without that there can be no freedom of religion. Any law or action that's driven solely by religion is unconstitutional. This is why laws allowing only nativity scenes on public property are illegal but laws allowing religious displays of any kind on public property are fine.
As with all our rights the devil's in the details. And you simply can't have true freedom of religion if the government is acting as the arm of a church. A freedom of religion that says you are only free to be baptist or X version of Christian isn't freedom of religion.
Thorium is a free by-product of rare-earth mining.
Power is a free byproduct of plutonium generation for the military. Well, until it's not anymore then the rate payers get stuck with power costs that are twice the rate payed elsewhere because the original free money scheme went away.
It's very dangerous to base your economic model on the existence of another business. Thorium may very well be a byproduct of *current* rare-earth production but there is no guarantee it will be in the future. How does that economic model change if the thorium needs to be mined on it's own? Because if you are suggesting the investment be made to spend billions and back it with tax payer money your assumption should be that thorium isn't a waste product and that it will need to be mined. I'd wager that having to mine specifically for thorium would change the economic calculations significantly.
Then get your local government to change their policies. In my state user costs (how long your commute takes) are as high a priority as project cost. I've seen projects do things that added 30% to the cost (huge time restrictions on lane impacts) to limit the impact to the public's lives. More than half the projects my state issues these days don't even allow lane closures during any hours were it will impact traffic. I'm about to issue a job where the only work hours are between 8pm and 6am M-Sat (they can work all day Sunday), in other words it's ALL night work.
Your state simply doesn't care about user costs, and that's YOUR fault. If you want them to care you need to make that known, frequently and to as many people as possible. You need to make clear that you don't care if it costs more.
Portray as a nut? He IS a nut.
He had the gall to question Obama's citizenship (born in Hawaii to an American woman and Kenyan father), when Cruz was born in Canada (to an American woman) and has a Cuban father.
But now it's crazy to question his ability to run for the presidency because his mother was American, ya know just like Obama which he claimed meant Obama didn't meet the requirements because the birth certificate is a forgery and he was actually born in Indonesia, a foreign country, just like Canada. But most of the birthers will leave him alone because he's not Black. Though I can't wait to see how he defends all the crazy shit his Dad has said over the years. His Dad would fit in with the west-borough baptist church with some of the shit he's spewed.
All politicians are emissaries of Satan but Hillary Clinton is only a 1st level Imp while all of the Republican candidates are first level commanders right below the Great Satan himself with a direct link to the orders of the dark lord.
I'd rather have GW Bush back in office again for 8 years rather than ANY of the republicans running for office these days.
But if a Clinton get's elected again, I know at least one thing for sure, that is that she won't start approving tax cuts while boosting spending (gotta boost that Military industrial complex or they might not get their checks at election time) like the Republicans want. You know Tax-cut and spend, the new Republican Motto since the NeoCons took over the party. I'll take a tax and spend Democrat over a tax-cut and spend Republican any day of the week.
This is a party that has made "no new spending without offsetting reductions elsewhere" their party platform under Obama but they get control of both houses and the first thing they do is write a bill to boost Defense spending 200 billion and don't pay for it. You also have the duplicity of groups like the Koch brothers that scream and yell about competition and free market but the first chance they get they get a law passed in Florida barring people from using any power that they didn't buy from the power company (because ideals don't count if it hurts the bottom line).
Fox News is the largest Psyops campaign ever run on the american people. You have an entire channel (actually several) whose news and stories are being scripted by one of the political parties.
It's amazing to me how many people aren't horrified by this. The old FCC regulation about fairness wouldn't have allowed that, but it was sunk years ago, and rather deliberately.