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Comment: Re:dogs deficate not staring into the sun (Score 2) 222

by rednip (#45851647) Attached to: Dogs Defecate In Alignment With Earth's Magnetic Field
If that was true, then wouldn't it be more likely that they'd end up in a 'east-west' alignment(or something similar depending on latitude) during daylight hours , with the facing direction dependant on time of day than 'north-south' and random directions at night. If this turns out to be a repeatable study, it's one of the most shocking discoveries ever, if only because everyone who's ever waited on a dog to 'do it's business' has seen that twist every time. Of course it doesn't really answer 'why', but at least there seems to be a method to their madness.

Comment: Re:20 mb between planets.. (Score 1) 43

by rednip (#45213153) Attached to: Laser Communication System Sets Record With Data Transmissions From Moon

Also, heh: "QIp vIghro' pum" is Klingon.

(fetches Okrand from the shelf...)

Hah...I get it now. I knew it! Thirteen years ago, when I bought the damned book, I knew it would come handy one day! Thank you so much.

(looks up 'Klingon translator' on google, finds oddly enough that Bing translator is the first hit)

"QIp vIghro' pum" translates to "stupid cat falls" without a 'investment' and braving more than a decade of dust.

Comment: Re:Well, he's not afraid his company might fire hi (Score 3, Informative) 486

by rednip (#43750255) Attached to: Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy

the insurance will not be affordable and additionally many of the plans will actually end up being inferior to what many had before.

So says the 'chicken little' AC. Next year we'll find out if everything the GOP has been claiming for the last 5 years is really true. I believe that they will be proven wrong while millions of Americans who had pre-existing conditions will be able to find coverage at normal cost and many thousands will not lose coverage in the middle of an illness. While many millions more American will find better coverage, many at significant savings than they would have paid previously.

Meanwhile, the medicare cuts made by the ACA (aka Obamacare) which the GOP claimed would kill, have contributed to a 5% savings in Medicare costs which has reduced the budget deficit even more than expected. Every year the Republicans have been claiming that we are at the doorstep of disaster, and seemingly despite their best efforts, it has not happened. The question is when the stop being pessimistic and start claiming 'victory', how do they claim Obamacare was their idea?

Comment: Re:I always suspect.... (Score 1) 178

by rednip (#43628749) Attached to: Ex-Employee Busted For Tampering With ERP System
So when a rich looking white guy (new shoes, button down shirt seems to be enough) who might have every reason to be on a particular street, gets mugged, is there anyone who claims that 'he deserved it'? Or why did all those victims in the mass shooting look all fleshy and human, just begging to be shot?

Comment: Re:It usually works like this (Score 5, Informative) 176

Most bad government has grown out of too much government. - Thomas Jefferson

Whenever I see a quote like that attributed to Thomas Jefferson, I always [use a popular internet search tool] to find more often than not that it's simple right wing fantasy. Why am I not surprised, that it's fake?.

Here are some more things to chew on:

  • All of our founding fathers spent their entire lives as politicians both during the colonial era and after the revolution. The idea that they were somehow 'afraid of government' is ludicrous.
  • The idea that revolution was 'a bunch of farmers with their personal guns' is ridiculous, it was funded by state governments (Continental Congress) and supported by the French crown.
  • Thomas Jefferson didn't write the Constitution, nor the bill of rights, as he was minister to France that entire time, he wasn't even on the committees. Was he really even a 'Framer'? Also, for all his views, when given the chance as a President he governed with an expansive view of both executive and federal power.

Comment: Re:The obvious next step... (Score 0) 121

by rednip (#43481701) Attached to: Businesses Moving From Amazon's Cloud To Build Their Own
After spending some time now as a corporate drone, I've come to believe that all 'major' plans are variations of either 'consolidation' or 'diversification', and that all big shifts in corporate power come from presenting the opposite of the last budgeted plan to senior management. However, it's important that the presenter get himself promoted to a new unrelated position before the halfway point of the project.

Comment: Re:Just vote them in to office (Score 4, Informative) 292

This map of districts 'servicing' downtown Austin is from the Texas's 21st congressional district on wikipedia. One should note that the street in the dead center of that mess is named 'Martin Luther King Jr', I'll leave it to the reader to figure out what the means. It includes the 25th District and the 10th district which includes both some of 'downtown' Austin and Huston suburbs. So Austin, arguably the most liberal city in Texas has three Republicans representing it.

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum." --Arthur C. Clarke

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