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Comment First and Second Amendments (Score 1) 585

You can't have free speech without the means to defend it so the first and second amendments are tied together closely. There is a group that would like to get rid of the second amendment but, in order to do that, they must negate the need for it and this is clearly their first attempt at suppressing free speech. What surprises me is that it's getting traction at colleges. These institutions should be the last bastion of freedom. However, most public colleges are funded by their states and when a lawmaker gets a wild hair for something the college is doing, that funding becomes in jeopardy. I just saw it happen in my state with the university hospital and Planned Parenthood. Suddenly a relationship that had been good for years was dissolved because a politician could put enough pressure on the university to make it happen.

Comment Pre School (Score 3, Informative) 445

If we back away from simply looking at gifted programs and look at the entire school experience, including English Language Learners (where English is a second language) or supplemental reading programs and even free and reduced price lunches, we find that all kids are getting their fair share of unbiased attention. Also, being in a gifted program is tough. Kids will shy away from the tough classes if they are concerned that it will negatively affect their GPA and possibly a scholarship. As a school board member, I just had a debate with middle and high school students about this very issue. GPA is king at college admissions and risking it just to say you were in a gifted class doesn't appeal to many students.

Comment Coke is good! (Score 1) 133

I am 53 and obese. Think Cartman from South Park large. I didn't get this way from drinking Coke and eating donuts. I got my excess weight from overeating and drinking lots of beer. I do enjoy a Coke now and then. While not a cure, it always helps a hangover. My point is, I don't care if Coke is good or bad for me because I only drink it once every couple of months when I feel like it. This obsession with demonizing anything that could possibly be bad for us is crazy. Do people abuse Coke, sure, just like I used to abuse beer. But that's their problem. Anyone who is dumb enough to not take a close look at what they put in their mouths deserves whatever comes their way, me included. By the way, I am eating healthy now, working out and I have all but stopped drinking beer. Leaving the beer alone was tough but I feel so much better.

Comment Re:Over the top (Score -1, Troll) 65

Thank you for the ad hominem attack. Maybe you should re-read what I wrote. I asked the question because it needs to be asked. Yeah, the data is in the data center - all of ours is. Why don't we control it then? You see, you are so ready to make a dumbass excuse that you don't realize the importance of the question.

Comment Over the top (Score -1) 65

There is no question Vodafone, or at least the employee was wrong but I find Ms. O'Brien's reaction a little over the top. First, what sort of journalist doesn't keep her work and personal life separated, even with separate phones? Second, why didn't she protect her data (or remove it) prior to releasing the story. I would think she would have expected what happened. I would have. I think she is simply making the most out of the situation for her own gain.

Comment As a... (Score 1) 58

Frequent hotel guest, I can say that my two top priorities are a toilet that will actually flush what I put in it and a shower where my ass doesn't touch the walls or curtain. I don't know who designs hotel rooms but in my experience, neither of those two items gets enough attention. I can deal with the vanity that is meant for a 7 year old but the other two things are just annoying. And forget high tech if I am going to a destination hotel like a resort. Just make it comfortable and quiet. I have no trouble using the phone for room service or asking for a plunger for the shitty toilet.

Comment Business in a box (Score 4, Interesting) 90

I can see many uses for this. Here in the midwest, where tornadoes are common, insurance companies often provide a business a discount if they physically harden their data centers. If one was to rebuild their infrastructure on one of these devices, and store it securely, I wonder if that would qualify?

Comment Re:2 time the gravity thought (Score 1) 134

Right, 60% larger gravity would be tough on a fat guy like me. Also, can someone please help me understand the orbit thing? In the article it appears that 186 orbits a brighter-sun closer to Mercury's orbit as opposed to Earth's. The Earth has liquid water in the summer and frozen water in the winter just with the polar shift. How can a planet orbiting closer to a brighter star have anything but steam in the atmosphere, if it even has water?

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