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Comment Re:The real problem (Score 1) 506

Groen Links (Green Left) was decimated in Holland when it became clear the party had lost all touch with reality in supporting several right wing measures, forgettin they were supposed to be a LEFT wing party.

Not according to German Green Party founder Petra Kelly, who famously said "Not Left or Right, but straight ahead!" ("Nicht links oder recht, aber gerade aus!")

Comment Re: deceleration of war (Score 1) 486

A declaration of war is an acceleration.

But you are right. 'Allowing foreign terrorist organizations like Hamas to operate on Twitter is enabling the enemy,' said Poe. Someone needs to tell this twit to STFU. We don't care to stumble into yet another war started by a Texan Republican with a big mouth.

Comment Re:Jumping the Gun (Score 1) 604

Asimov’s laws effectively treat robots like slaves. Perhaps that is acceptable for now, but it could become morally questionable (and more difficult to enforce) as machines become smarter and possibly more self-aware.

I will start worrying about the slavery problem when my machines start complaining about it.

Comment Re:Watch the other hand... (Score 1) 205

via redditor Sheepwn:

The goal is to put off internet regulation for 2 years because that'd be 2015 after elections. Democrats won the election and the party the won usually loses favor during the mid term election. Basically they're stalling until they get a Republican Senate to do the legislation instead of the split Senate/House (which I would prefer over all Democrat or Republican)

Comment Just like the 80's: "We won." (Score 4, Insightful) 518

Back in the 1980's, the [so-called] Moral Majority spent a lot of time stealthily taking over local school boards. By stealthily, I mean they concealed their true colors, while running, then used their winning of elections to argue that they had a mandate to undermine the teaching of science and critical thinking in public schools. The fact that people can be elected to Congress and make such fatuous statements with a straight face makes me think that they -- in a certain sense -- did "win": these Congresspeople are the children of that age. It's sad, of course, that people think that "winning" means one has the right to determine the conceptual course of the nation's children -- regardless of actual facts.
Mars

Submission + - What has Curiosity found that is "earth-shaking"? (npr.org)

Randym writes: NASA scientists have some exciting new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument.

The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM. "We're getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really interesting," says John Grotzinger. He's the principal investigator for the rover mission. SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) is a suite of instruments onboard NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity.

Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something Earth-shaking. "This data is gonna be one for the history books. It's looking really good," he says.

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