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Comment: Something I can agree with (Score 1) 703

by tarball (#48771627) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

As long as the feds stay out of regulating Community Colleges, which I know they can't and wouldn't spend a microsecond thinking about not, I would agree.

They would then ruin the best, and last, relatively cheap form of college education. And one that really does it well overall as well as per dollar paid and spent.

tom

Comment: Re:And the FCC will do... (Score 1) 316

by tarball (#47619443) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

I responded in the wrong place before, the following should have been here..

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The FCC is not controlled by Congress. And the _engineers_ in charge of the commission were replaced by _appointees_ during the Bush administration.

Obama has done nothing to fix this problem. I won't comment on the motives of either president.

tarball

Comment: Re:RIM never heard of due diligence ? (Score 1) 95

by tarball (#37787174) Attached to: Trademark Trouble For RIM Over New "BBX" Name

Interesting how these things show up or not depending on how they are handled.

OS9 was the unix like OS released by Motorola in 1979. Built to a tightly coupled OS to the Motorola 6809 processor. Great CPU (mostly 16 bit pretending to be 8) and great OS with a breakthrough version of BASIC that was called BASIC09 and was way beyond what you would expect. You didn't have to use GOTO. You had labels. And lots more.

I assumed Apple bought the name since it suddenly (from my limited perspective) disappeared from the original OS9 world.

And everyone that counts thinks OS9 is Apple.

And I understand.

Comment: Re:Dead or alive. Doesn't matter. (Score 1) 2166

by tarball (#34809580) Attached to: Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

If you and all the other head in the sand Democrats don't think our side kills people have never dealt with union members up close and personal.

The media just doesn't report it the same.

Or for that matter looked at cheating in elections, which we Dems are experts at, to my dismay. i.e. IL, NY, etc.

And I am NOT a Republican, I just don't have my head in the sand.

Space

Collision of Two Asteroids Spotted For the First Time 31

Posted by timothy
from the delicious-space-dust dept.
sciencehabit writes "Astronomers report that a small asteroid located in the inner asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter took a major hit early last year. Previously rendered only in artists' conceptions, the first asteroid collision known in modern times revealed itself in a tail of debris streaming from what astronomers at first assumed was a comet. Instead of a steady stream of dust, however, they found boulders near the object with dust moving away from them."

Oh, so there you are!

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