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Comment Re:Who exactly is fighting back? (Score 3, Insightful) 641

I am not defending what the National Post did in any way but their libel nor does the findings by the House of Commons completely exonerate the scientists of the UAE.

While the House of Commons showed there was no proof of "tampering" of the data in the climategate sample it was because the UAE deleted all of the raw data in question.

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

There was no way to prove if the data had been tampered with because the data was deleted. The only thing that was left was their "value added" data.

I don't know if what the UAE did could be considered science because science is supposed to be an open and completely transparent process. When you throw out your raw data instead of releasing it when legally and morally obliged to you shouldn't be able to be called a scientist any more.

That's why the head of the CRU at UAE resigned his post.

They also engaged in trying to get skeptics from being published in scientific journals, among other things.

I absolutely wish we could debate the science and be 100% objective in its analysis when you put humans into the equation it simply isn't possible.

Comment Re:Vigilantism (Score 2, Informative) 204

There is nothing wrong with being vigilant. It has often been said that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

In many places around the country the police force is either being used to collect fines to make their budget and/or their force is being cut. In fact, an Ohio county Judge has urged its citizens to buy guns, be vigilant and set up community watches.

Judge Alfred Mackey of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court advised residents Friday to be vigilant and arm themselves because the number of deputies has been cut about in half because of a tight budget. He also urged neighbors to organize anti-crime block watch groups.

Sure, people can take being vigilant too far, but so can authorized police.

Even with a modern police force they need all the help they can get.

A few years ago I helped the police catch a person who stole a disc golf basket from a local park. A yahoo news group was alerted to an ebay posting of a disk golf basket without a pole, which means it was probably stolen. I knew a basket had recently been stolen from rarely played course. I googled the ebay user name, found his myspace page with pictures of him playing at that same course. The information I gathered was forwarded to the police and within a week the person was arrested.

If I had just filed a police report that the basket had been stolen the person would have never been caught. Using the newsgroup as a sort of open-source intelligence resource made a huge difference in catching the thief.

Comment Re:So games will be cheaper then? (Score 2, Insightful) 400

Wrong. It means less trees will be planted. Paper comes from trees planted specifically for that purpose in large farms. The higher the demand for paper, the more higher the need for tree farms to be planted.

Wood pulp is best from younger trees, which soak up more CO2 and pump out more O2 than mature trees.

The only green thing about Ubisoft's decision is the color of the money they'll be pocketing from this.

Comment Re:and again.... (Score 1) 200

Not only that, but the founder Mark Zuckerberg has no problem hacking into other people's accounts. He came up with facebook while working on a similar project for others at Harvard. Evidence shows that he stalled his work on the other project while working on Facebook while stringing along the others. I certainly wouldn't trust a backstabbing jackass like Zuckerberg with my information. It is why I deleted my facebook account almost a year ago.

Comment Re:It's a clue. (Score 1) 146

Mount Vernon, September 25, 1798. From: George Washington To: George Snyder

I have heard much of the nefarious, and dangerous plan, and doctrines of the Illuminati, but never saw the Book until you were pleased to send it to me.9 The same causes which have prevented my acknowledging the receipt of your letter have prevented my reading the Book, hitherto; namely, the multiplicity of matters which pressed upon me before, and the debilitated state in which I was left after, a severe fever had been removed. And which allows me to add little more now, than thanks for your kind wishes and favourable sentiments, except to correct an error you have run into, of my Presiding over the English lodges in this Country. The fact is, I preside over none, nor have I been in one more than once or twice, within the last thirty years. I believe notwithstanding, that none of the Lodges in this Country are contaminated with the principles ascribed to the Society of the Illuminati.

The book he is referring to is Proofs of a Conspiracy by John Robison

Mount Vernon, October 24, 1798. From: George Washington To: George Snyder

It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.

The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a seperation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.

My occupations are such, that but little leisure is allowed me to read News Papers, or Books of any kind; the reading of letters, and preparing answers, absorb much of my time. With respect,

Note: Although in the 2nd letter he says he is "satisfied," meaning he agrees that the Illuminati and their doctrines have made their way to the United States.

Source: Search for illuminati

Comment Re:How long till the Tea partiers blame Obama? (Score 1) 338

No one is to blame for the eruption of a volcano but the stopping of air traffic can be blamed on government fearmongering. The airspace closings were entirely based on computer models, which according to every test flight taken by major air carriers in the past few days, has been proven to be completely wrong.

British Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Air France-KLM Group all said today that airspace restrictions should be lifted, citing test flights into the ash cloud that showed no sign of impairment to aircraft performance. About 81,000 services have been canceled since the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted on April 14, spewing dust that could cause jet engines to fail by melting and then congealing in the turbines.

“These decisions were based on theoretical models,” International Air Transport Association Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Bisignani said today in Paris. “But the losses and chaos are not theoretical. When in a few weeks this situation is solved it will be a very embarrassing story for Europe.”

Hopefully, our government officials in North America won't make the same mistake.

Comment Re:Don't forget... (Score 1) 394

0->Godwin in 7 posts... that's impressive.

Who would have thought that the extreme police state under Hitler would come up in a discussion about a dystopian future?

Godwin's Law is just an observation that the longer the online discussion the greater the chances for someone to bring up the Nazi's.

It doesn't necessarily invalidate anyones comment or analogy, especially in this case where we're dealing with corporate interests above the interests of the people. Mussolini once defined Fascism as Corporatism, which is the fusion of corporate and state interests.

You can't get a much more apt comparison than 20th century fascism and the entertainment industry's wet dream for copyright legislation.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 70

it requires you to infer your own meaning... probly the most interesting one today

It only makes me wonder the same thing I've wondered for a long time; why is samzenpus still allowed to post articles?

Comment Re:Doubtful (Score 1) 195

I think in terms of the end of next decade he is right. The console will be replaced with iphone/ipad type devices which can be tethered to your TV/computer/etc... and be used as a gaming device.

This is also the way the desktop computer will be going as well.

Comment Re:16 years old, no legal rights against parents. (Score 1) 428

I heard a story a few days where Parents lost custody of their kid because, "They were teaching the child that the government can not be trusted."

Because prisonplanet and infowars are news websites of great repute. Oh wait...

Yes, because posting the official CPS report, interviewing the person and quoting another article on the matter is such lousy journalism.

In the report you will find:
"Parents are unsuitable and create an environment where the children believe the government will harm them" which is the sole concern listed.

So, please explain what is so bad about that article? Or is it that you don't like that website because they cover topics and asks questions which you don't typically agree with?

Comment Re:Ooooh! The Dalai Lama! (Score 1) 61

I continue to get a kick out of the Chinese government's fixation on the Dalai Lama. If the whole thing didn't involve the theft of a nation and the brutal repression of the Tibetan people, the situation would be hilarious in a Monthy Python sort of way.

Or whoever is behind the attack is going after the Dalai Lama to implicate the Chinese Government.

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