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Comment Re:Maybe overturning an election (Score 1) 381

The Egyptians who oppose Jihadism understand the threat.

Morsi and the IB are hardcore Islamists. The only reasonable response from those not wanting to be slaves to theocracy is to kill such people.

If the US had a "Muslim Brotherhood" problem (from any superstition) I'd support the government exterminating them.

"âoeMan will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.â
Denis Diderot

Comment Missing camera option (Score 1) 313

In my CNC class I sit up front and photograph the whiteboard using my phone.

Other students began doing it too and it's worked well for them.

I'm also politely vocal about finding hand-written "anything" an abomination and point out the instructor could simply do one set of "notes" in PowerPoint for class use and student download. He has started doing that amid much rejoicing. Handwriting is righly obsolete elsewhere and the sooner it's replaced by printed text the better. Text offers faster visual recognition and there is no reason to write again what has once been written when it could as easily be transcribed into text.

An example I cite against handwriting is medical prescription error. How DARE anyone want handwriting when important information must be conveyed precisely? I grew up with the usual classes devoted to making pretty cursive writing and was never impressed. Calligraphy is for hobbyists, text is for communication.

Comment Re:From ivory tower to silicon valley (Score 1) 372

No one not stuck in a ghetto wants to mingle with ghetto dwellers.

There are many "realities", one of which is that you are free to associate with those you prefer. Money helps make that happen.

"Why subject your employees to the outer-world that is - let's face it - such a nuisance and an eye-sore. Who wants to deal with the unpleasantness of ghetto-fabulous Oakland or South San Francisco? "

Damn skippy. LIke ghettos? Live in one. I'll pass.

Comment Re:WTF perspective (Score 1) 372

If you "take over" a community by buying it, it's yours.

Communities change. People compete for desirable areas. If there is no use for the poor in a given area they will eventually be displaced.

I "order stuff online rather than go shopping at local places" because it serves me, but I make exceptions when local businesses serve me better. Driving to buy a item from a brick-and-mortar outfit burns time, money, and petroleum.

Submission + - Red Hat CEO: Bring on the Clones

An anonymous reader writes: Best Buy and Barnes and Noble have a problem with showrooming — shoppers checking out the merchandise in their stores and then proceeding to order the goods at a discounted prices online. And Red Hat might have a similar problem with people (not just college kids and software professionals boning up on their skills at home, either) using the free-as-in-beer CentOS rather than licensing Red Hat Enterprise Linux and paying support fees. But according to CEO Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat's competitive position may actually be helped by CentOS in the same way that counterfeit Windows products sold on the streets in the Far East may have helped Microsoft — by cementing their position as the technology standard, in a marketplace that also includes entrants from SuSE, Debian, Oracle, and Ubuntu, just among Linux-based entrants. Who does Whitehurst consider to be Red Hat's most direct threat? VMWare.

Submission + - Google: Gmail users have no expectation of privacy (

PatPending writes: FTFA: Google has made it clear that people who send or receive email via Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private.

In a 39-page motion filed in June to have a class-action data-mining lawsuit dismissed, the Web giant cites Smith v. Maryland, a 1979 Supreme Court decision that upheld the collection of electronic communications without a warrant.

"Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient's assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient's [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, 'a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.'"

Submission + - Moser Lamps Illuminate Homes Without Using Electricity

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Gibby Zobel reports at BBC on Alfredo Moser, a Brazilian mechanic, whose invention illuminates over one million homes during the day without electricity — using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-liter plastic bottle. "Add two capfuls of bleach to protect the water so it doesn't turn green [with algae]. The cleaner the bottle, the better," Moser adds. "You fix the bottle in with polyester resin. Even when it rains, the roof never leaks — not one drop." While A 50 Watt light bulb running for 14 hours a day for a year has a carbon footprint of nearly 200kg CO2, Moser lamps emit no CO2 and the plastic bottles are up-cycled in the local community, so no energy is needed to gather, shred, manufacture and ship new bottles. Following the Moser method, MyShelter started making the lamps in June 2011. They now train people to create and install the bottles, in order to earn a small income. The idea has really taken off in the Philippines, where a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, and electricity is unusually expensive, with 140,000 homes now fitted with Moser lamps. The idea has also caught on in about 15 other countries, from India and Bangladesh, to Tanzania, Argentina and Fiji. "Alfredo Moser has changed the lives of a tremendous number of people, I think forever," says Illac Angelo Diaz. "Whether or not he gets the Nobel Prize, we want him to know that there are a great number of people who admire what he is doing."

Comment Re:Tyranny of the majority (Score 1) 381

"What do you do when the majority want to take away your freedoms?"

Kill as many of them as possible and work for fragmentation of the country. ENEMIES don't need to share dirt.

The former Republic of Yugoslavia is a model for what should happen to all these fractious countries. Break them up and they will be too weak to cause much problem.

Comment Documents help the living. (Score 1) 62

Documents can do things such as verify toxic exposure to Afghan and Iraqi burn pits.

Their loss in past wars has caused vets many problems.For example, my friend worked VC-123Ks while TDY at Da Nang, but only has a single order amendment and no original order to verify boots-on-ground and exposure to Agent Orange.

The MIAs are dead (any VC in his right mind wouldn't bother saving useless prisoners) and the submarines are already war graves. The dead are dead, rituals over the dead are nice, but hundreds of thousands of LIVING veterans will be with us for nearly a century and perhaps longer.

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