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Comment Re:How could he have been stopped? (Score 1) 358

We know they had chemical weapons because we sold them to Iraq from the late seventies to the mid eighties... this wasn't a question of might and maybe -- but we knew they had chemical weapons because we gave them to Saddam. Hell Detroit gave Saddam the key to the city in 1979. He was a hero in the late seventies --- that all changed and we knew he still had some pretty good bombs --- now we were TOTALLY WRONG about having nukes.

Comment Re:That's my big issue with them (Score 1) 1799

impose a transaction tax (eg 0.01%) on every trade of any kind performed on the stock markets

that is done already -- through capitol gains tax , transactions fees, commision, and SEC fees

capitol gains is what 15% on any gain but not on losses, cause come on how can you tax loss of money?

transaction fees, a per trade fee that is imposed by banks for processing the transaction

commissions, a per trade fee either in cents per share or basis points ( percent of a percent) for executing orders

SEC fee $19 on every million dollars traded in equities for payment to a federal agency that monitors markets to keep them fair to all.

--- what new tax do you desire and who gets that money?

Comment Re:Go for it (Score 1) 1065

You know it kind of defeats the purpose of having a cell phone...

Remember the 80's when somebody went to go pick up a friend and moments later the friend calls the house to say they no longer need a ride.

Remember when there were emergencies and since you were on the road you never knew you should have headed to the hospital.

Remember when while you were in a car no one could reach you with the information about that million dollar client that needs to talk to you because you are the only salesman they trusted...

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Sounds like the return of the beeper

Comment Re:Really??? (Score 1, Insightful) 585

Really in what world do you live...??

Linux has been a dominating force in the server world for a while now and the upcoming year more servers are expected to be running*nix then anything else... not to mention the companies tired of paying MS per core... Anyway I normally keep my finger shut ... but Linux is taking the server market.. if you don't agree its because your company just hasn't annoced its going to switch to Linux and the message hasn;t gotten to you yet..

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1, Interesting) 779

The versions of the Bible are/were made to keep up with changes in language and comprehension. The King James Version while was an edit of the Great Bible also sought to bring the text from 'Old English' to a more modern readable version. If you read the KJV there are many areas that are ripe for interpretation.. but when read in the NIV ( New International Version ) which takes the original context of the words as they would have meant when the KJV was written the passage is often very clear and concise. Aside from these differences which ever you pick is simply a matter of preference. There are copies of the Great Bible, hard to find though, and copies of Wycleff's Translation, the first english version of the Bible. But good luck reading those with any degree of comprehension.

Unlike the Quran which was origanlly written in Arabic, Arabic has not changed as much in the past 1500 years. But the Bible like the Tanakh Hebrew has changed greatly in the past 1000's of years and reading the original ancient hebrew is a task of scholars, rabbis, and historians. If you know Aramaic, Greek, and ancient Hebrew there are copies of the bible out there that you can read to your hearts content.

Reading without comprehension is called staring at a book.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1, Insightful) 779

The difference is -- the Bible mandates focus on how you live life. In context of the quote technology sometimes drives one to focus on an imaginary world, landscape, or interaction. References to these are MMORPG's, video games in general, and blogs such as slashdot. How many people know what their karma is on slashdot, or post to a blog everyday and neglect keeping communication open with their extended family. I think the statement the Pope made was actually insightful and a warning given without prejudice. It warns one to be mindful of using technology without being disconnected from the world.

Comment No Magnetosphere = no life (Score 1) 254

I am all for terraforming Mars but there is this major gaping hole

-- Mars has NO MAGNETOSPHERE, none, nada zip... we on terra firma have this beautiful molten core of iron that gives our planet a magnetic shield against the solar wind, that Mars lacks.

What does this mean? Well the upper atmosphere is stripped off at a faster pace than here on earth so you will never be able to get a continuous water cycle going on the planet because you will loose so much to space every year. And the other HUGE reason is that with no magnetosphere you are getting hit with a lot more radiation and while thats great for a tan it's just plain awful on the reproductive organs and life in general.

If we are on Mars we are going to either be under ground or in massive biodomes -- so do not fear we will never terraform Mars until we can give it a magnetosphere.

Handhelds

New Handheld Computer Is 100% Open Source 195

metasonix writes "While the rest of the industry has been babbling on about the iPad and imitations thereof, Qi Hardware is actually shipping a product that is completely open source and copyleft. Linux News reviews the Ben NanoNote (product page), a handheld computer apparently containing no proprietary technology. It uses a 366 MHz MIPS processor, 32MB RAM, 2 GB flash, a 320x240-pixel color display, and a Qwerty keyboard. No network is built in, though it is said to accept SD-card Wi-Fi or USB Ethernet adapters. Included is a very simple Linux OS based on the OpenWrt distro installed in Linksys routers, with Busybox GUI. It's apparently intended primarily for hardware and software hackers, not as a general-audience handheld. The price is right, though: $99."

Comment Re:Uncle Sam Knows Best (Score 0) 505

Exactly...

A cyber attack is immenient and lets say they even get ballsy enough to tell you before-hand... well concidering if the network is profound enough to endanger civilian or military interests then it is probably one COMPLEX network... I mean theyy aren't trying to hack into a McDonald's cash register... we are talking the something that has massive infrastructure and greater dependance ...

So operators from the Fed are going to step in and attempt to better secure a network they have A) never seen before B) not know the innate systems ruels of C) no knowledge of its complete design

You ever tried to fully describe a complex system to someone totally on theier first day at work and turn to them and say 'you know have 48 hours to completely secure this system from a potential threat' -- the newbie would go around shutting off the power and disabling the main routers... cause you can't grasp truely massive systems in days.. or even weeks, it takes monthes and years to know whats there.. whats been recently changed and is worth looking into.

Lets face it - Uncle Sam wants a gmail account or two.

Comment It has no meaning.... (Score 0) 553

The meaning is simple: example

1) bootylicious - a malamanteau of booty and delicious
2) and word of the form first syllable+"zzle" i.e. gizzle shizzle fizzle wizzle dizzle tizzle izzle nizzle and rizzle
3) linux ( joking ) ... but seriously ... no no j/k ....
4) ghettofabulolus is not a malamanteau it is a compound word

malamanteau: any word created in the manner of a portmanteau that's meaning is unphantomable even if the root words are known; words incorrectly created in the style of portmanteaux that have no meaning.

Comment Re:Cry me a MS licensing costs river! (Score -1, Troll) 217

You are right the licensing cost will not change -- but as you wait for knew advancement/ innovation to filter down to open source can you effectively price the cost you incuur by not know the gains of the other side... SQL server is solid ... and Oracle is just as good if not hands down better ... and as those two companies innovate and create new funtionality and robustness to their product lines how long will it take for postgress to catch them??

And the fee for linux is the cost of the admins -- the people who are good in the environment know they are good and their price goes up every year -- it takes about three years to become really proficient at most MS products - it might take half a year to really understand the linux environment and methodology if you are unfamiliar and then another 4 - 5 to gain that same profiencency equivalent.

What I will give the person who goes the linux route is that once you are profiecient in Linux - gaining the same proficeincy in other systems is cake - basically because the they are just easier to use in the first place.

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