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+ - Hillary warns media to curb their 1st Amendment rights, or else!->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So, Americans !

You have voted for a President who won a Nobel Peace Prize

Are you ready to vote for a President who wants the media forgo their First Amendment Rights?We already know that the Constitution of the United States of America has gone into the toilet bowl, but now, a public figure is out in the open telling the media to stop exercising their First Amendment Rights or face the music

A former first lady, Hillary intends to become the first lady president of the United States and to achieve her goal, she has issued a list of “demands” for words that the press can not say about her

As revealed by New York Times writer Amy Chozick, a list of words, including "Polarizing, Calculating, Disingenuous, Insincere, Secretive, Ambitious, Inevitable, Entitled, Over confident" are not to be used when writing news articles about Hillary

According to Hillary and her Super PAC, any media outlet / reporter will be labeled as sexist and attacked if we say any of these things about Hillary"

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+ - Rumor: Samsung Wants To Buy AMD->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Rumors are flying around the Asian press that Samsung wants to buy AMD. The deal would make a certain amount of sense from Samsung's viewpoint, giving it crucial inroads into CPU and GPU markets and a line of attack against Qualcomm. But it would also wreak havoc with the delicate network of deals and agreements within the chipmaking industry, especially when it comes to rights to x86 intellectual property."
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Comment: Re:Actually... No. (Score 2) 216

Revenue != usable, spare income.

For the past few decades, apart from a spike in 2010, Coca Colas profit margins have hovered roughly between 15% and 20% - so a 15% increase in cost base would have left them borderline profitable or unprofitable for quite a lot of that period.

+ - Physical sciences contribute 22% of economy->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "According to a report published in Australit — http://www.science.org.au/scie... — physical sciences, including core disciplines of physics, chemistry, earth sciences and the mathematical sciences have contributed around 22% of the Australian economy The direct contribution of the advanced physical and mathematical sciences is equal to 11% of the economy while additional and flow-on benefits add another 11%, bringing the total benefits to almost A$300 billion a year The report also notes that this estimate is likely to be conservative, and sets out several other areas of benefit that are harder to measure The report carefully considered the pathways by which the advanced physical and mathematical sciences yielded economic benefits and the Australian community’s continuing commitment to the advanced physical and mathematical sciences would be needed to ensure that the benefits from what is essentially a global scientific enterprise will continue to accrue to the Australian economy The economists who prepared the report conducted industry consultations to determine the importance of the physical sciences to Australia’s 506 industry classes. They outline the economic contribution of the sciences to the top 10 industry groups in an appendix to the report There are three distinct sources of useful knowledge, the report says: the core disciplines of mathematics, physics and chemistry can provide useful knowledge individually and it takes banking as an example: "“Part of the banking industry relies on complex mathematically based models that support risk and investment decisions, but on no other science input. We estimate that 3.6% of Australia’s economic output is produced from inputs that embody useful knowledge from a single core discipline” The economists also estimate that 7.3% of Australia’s economic output is produced from inputs that embody useful knowledge from multiple disciplines. So the multidisciplinary nature of science means that the total impact of science is greater than the sum of the contributions of the individual sciences"
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Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 1, Insightful) 570

by Richard_at_work (#49346375) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

How the fuck does that "make me wrong"? Because I didn't specify what nationality the "well known car manufacturer" was? In what world does your post contradict my post? It adds information (that Lexus is a brand of Toyota, a Japanese car manufacturer), but it doesnt negate any of the information in my post.

Or are you one of these people who always has to show that someone is "wrong", somehow, in some way?

Comment: Re:Modular design... (Score 1) 74

by Richard_at_work (#49346325) Attached to: Facebook Sued For Alleged Theft of Data Center Design

Congratulations on taking the standard Slashdot approach of taking such a broad view of the claim that you must be in orbit when considering the case.

BRG feels it can show in court that it can prove that Facebook was approached by BRG with its design methodology for modular data centres, that it can prove that Facebook went on to use BRGs design methodologies in a directly related project with agreement with BRG, and they also feel that they can prove that their design methodologies are special enough in the competitive space that they should fall under the protection of a court.

BRG isn't suing the thousands of other modular building companies out there. Just Facebook for this one, very defined case.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 3, Informative) 690

by Richard_at_work (#49346045) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Regarding overriding the autopilot system, not it is not - you do not "remove" the autopilot from "normal law", as that is the normal operating law and you cannot intentionally degrade to alternate law.

Flight laws have nothing to do with autopilot states or limits. They are flight system protections and limits.

The 15 degrees value you use is the protection that normal law gives the pilot when the pilot is in charge, it is not a limit on what inputs you can command using the side stick while the autopilot is on. 15 degrees is quite a steep nose down angle.

Lets not forget here that we are talking about the aircraft descending, which does not necessarily require it to have a nose down position. There are several ways in which to achieve a descent, most of them in a normal situation does not require side stick interaction.

Comment: Re:Boorish (Score 4, Informative) 570

by Richard_at_work (#49345283) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Actually, there are quite a few american cars that he has out and out loved on the show - he refused to get out of the Ford GT when he ran it dry (supposedly) on the track, and then bought one. He drove the Lexus LFA across Nevada and loved it. He drove the Shelby Mustang GT5000 across Europe and loved it. He drove the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor across British Columbia and loved it.

Those are just a few examples from the most recent few series.

Clarkson is positive about cars he finds he likes, and he is negative about cars he finds he dislikes. Plenty of both of those in the world - see how much he hates Peugeot if you think its a "hate on America" thing...

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 5, Interesting) 690

by Richard_at_work (#49344297) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

No.

Simply falling on this switch wouldnt cause it to change positions - it requires a deliberate act to do so, the switch requires a certain force to pull up and then move to one position or another, its not like accidentally changing channels on your TV because you sat on the remote.

Also, there is no button or switch he could have fallen on which would have caused the gradual descent that we know the aircraft took. Changing the auto pilot altimeter requires you to use a dial and then confirm the change in two separate actions. Any interaction with the side stick would require the auto pilot to be off, which would mean we should have seen a lot of other, large movements in the aircrafts path, which are completely missing from the telemetry we have at the moment.

The few commands that we see in the telemetry (and by telemetry I mean the transponder tracks, which cover speed, height and directional changes) indicate that the aircraft was under either the control of the pilot or the autopilot for the entire duration of the descent.

Comment: Re:it could have been an accident (Score 5, Informative) 690

by Richard_at_work (#49344083) Attached to: Germanwings Plane Crash Was No Accident

Here is the pic of the switch in question:

http://oi58.tinypic.com/qyhc0p...

In "normal" mode its set to allow the door to unlock when the external code is entered.

In "unlocked" mode, the door is completely unlocked.

In "locked" mode, the door is completely locked, the external code will not unlock it.

The action to move between the three states is a very deliberate one - you need to lift the switch up and move it, there is an infinitesimally small chance that it was engaged by accident.

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