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Comment Re:If they're not operating illegally (Score 1) 65

Amendment I

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

The government can not violate your freedom of speech. A private person or organization can do whatever the hell they want.

Comment Re:If you want a bleeding edge Linux distro ... (Score 2) 729

... then maybe it's time to switch to Fedora?

or Arch.

Ah yes, Arch, the distro that tries to convince its users that it's a BSD (hint: aur is NOT the same as ports), and contributes nothing upstream. Are you guys still throwing everything in /usr/bin?

I would say Arch is trying to be a blend of BSD/Gentoo without all that compiling everything nonsense. Very easy to build/maintain a minimal system, no release cycles, and piece of cake to unofficially distribute your own software packages to the rest of the Arch community. Arch is probably one of the most promising ideas for a distro we have seen in a long time.

Comment Re:No it's not (Score 1) 192

At least in the USA, the -re suffix (as used in the Queen's English) is typically replaced with -er...when a typical American English speaker sees -re, it is most likely because the word is not English and intended to be pronounced as "ray", since they are aware that the ending is pronounced that way in foreign languages. Libre certainly is a "foreign word" to us. American English speakers do not look at -re and think that it sounds like "er", unless they know they are reading text that is intentionally written/spelled in the Queen's English. To use your litre example, we would not write it as "litre", it is "liter". However we are certainly aware that it is a non-USA spelling of the word and that it should be pronounced the same as if it were liter.

I don't think typical American English speakers have a problem actually pronouncing the -re ending as "ray", however it is a longer sound, we tend not to have to pronounce it as a suffix that often and it drags the timing of the word out. When we say "LibreOffice" it drags the tempo and rhythm of the speech down in the middle of the name in a very odd way with that combination of vowel sounds. In our normal speech there would be a stop or consonant/plosive sound between those vowel sounds but in this case is intended to be pronounced as one word. Because of that, it feels uncomfortable to pronounce. It's not so much the "Libre" in and of itself...it's the combination of Libre and Office together.

Comment Re:Heh.. (Score 1) 810

I went on a 'ghost hunt' aboard the Queen Mary with a guy that claims to do work similar to what the TAPS team does. He genuinely shocked that only a fraction of the people that came in (including myself *SMUG!!*) brought a flashlight.

Just as a note on this, the TAPS team investigated the Queen Mary, and they determined that someone had tampered with their investigation.

Yeah that came up during our tour there. The guide was very unhappy with the TAPS team. He went the windy route explaining all of it, but he claims one of the unseen SciFi channel filming crew did it.

Realize that the Queen Mary has been seeing hard financial times over the past several years. I have knowledge of this, having heard this from Queen Mary staff when on a tour way before the Queen Mary Ghost Hunters episode. They certainly have the motive to try to pull one over on a group as popular and respected as TAPS. Don't know if you saw the episode in question, but when they confronted the Queen Mary personnel about the bed sheet incident, they looked very uncomfortable with themselves...the body language seemed to indicate guilt if you believe in a such thing as the "tell" of a person's body language.

Comment Re:TAPS? (Score 1) 810

The methods used on such shows are hokey at best. If they were serious in the slightest they would have redundant, different-brand pieces of equipment at each location to cross-match their all their evidence (especially "EVPs"). They would never reuse any media, especially analog media (magnetic audio tapes anyone?). They would put new media through some kind of special scrub to ensure there are no pre-existing artifacts. Every piece of electronic equipment would be surrounded by an individual, redundantly grounded Faraday cage. They would give up on the temperature sensing all together because until they can hermetically seal and thermally isolate the building (per The First Law, good luck with that) it means there's a draft or A/C vent nearby. They would let the EMF readings be further evidence they should be using Faraday cages. And they would stop claiming bugs and random pieces of dust are "orbs", give me a break. Lastly they would get the hell out of the place so their compromised psyche can stop feeling "touched" and yielding no real data.

Then again, if they did these things they probably wouldn't have much, if anything, to put on TV to sell commercials.

Wow...if you have actually watched the "Ghost Hunters" show, you would know that: TAPS generally discounts orbs as dust, bugs, or lens flare. The co-founders of TAPS are extremely skeptical of orbs. Typically their crew is often seen using a variety of branded equipment. Although some equipment does use magnetic media such as tapes, most of their equipment uses digital recording technologies. So called 'Personal Experiences' ie. touching, hair standing on end, cold spots, etc are not taken as evidence alone, they must at least be backed up with something they can record somehow. While anyone can edit tapes, etc and in no case in any so called "paranormal investigation" could anyone ever know if they are being defrauded unless they are physically present at the investigation - the TAPS team at least depicts their debunking attempts, as well as throwing out things they consider compromised.

Comment Re:Heh.. (Score 1) 810

I went on a 'ghost hunt' aboard the Queen Mary with a guy that claims to do work similar to what the TAPS team does. He genuinely shocked that only a fraction of the people that came in (including myself *SMUG!!*) brought a flashlight.

Just as a note on this, the TAPS team investigated the Queen Mary, and they determined that someone had tampered with their investigation.

Comment Re:Bias? (Score 1) 222

Nah, This guy is just next in line for the job. Leave it to Obama-nation to come up with another "position". More of my tax money for another stupid program run by stupid people for the benefit of the Federal Employees and the Obama ra ra section of the major media. And worst of all, some of you actually thing it is a good idea. Obviously you have head buried someplace dark, smelly and damp for the last 2 years. Get a grip...

Oh please please please MOD THIS UP My kingdom for some mod points!!!!

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