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Comment Re:It's the End of the World... Again [Re:Thank Go (Score 1) 286

I know they're a long way off, but the scientific predictions are way more terrifying.

From Wikipedia, "The heat death of the universe is a suggested ultimate fate of the universe, in which the universe has diminished to a state of no thermodynamic free energy and therefore can no longer sustain motion or life.'

WTF? I don't even.

Comment Re:Inflammatory? You bet! Defamation? Not a chance (Score 1) 371

So they made these comparisons and wrote all of these inflammatory things betting on the HOPE that Mann would sue them for defamation so they could drag all of these documents Mann's been alegedly hiding out into court? Is that what your saying? That seems like a bit of a stretch to me.

Comment Re:Makes Sense (Score 1) 413

I'm not saying it's not plausible that VR was CIA. However, given the circumstances, if you think that to be true, then it would follow logically to believe that his participation in EVE was of some serious significance. Why else would he insist on staying online right up until the shooting started? I've heard of being a game addict, but damn. If I'm CIA on a super-duper sensitive mission and shit is going down, then I think I'd have more important things to focus on besides playing some vidyuh. Unless, of course, being online had some significance to the mission/clusterfuck at hand.

Comment Re:Stimulus for the 1% (Score 1) 295

I think you're close, but not quite there. I moved to WV my freshman year of high school and graduated in 2006. As far as I could tell, the supplies were fine. I don't think we were hurting for funding (at least not technology funding). Hell, my school (about 1500 students) had three full dedicated computer-classrooms that would typically only have classes in them 2-3 periods of the day with as few as 5-10 kids in each class. I never shared a book. We always had plenty of supplies for science and art classes. However, I think they might underpay their teachers (more so than other places, it would seem). In my four years, I watched three of the best teachers I knew leave for jobs just across state lines where they could make almost twice as much. I know this is anecdotal, likely contains sampling bias, and is a bit off topic. I thought I would share anyway.

Comment Re:Somewhere, Robert Byrd is smiling (Score 5, Informative) 295

No, Byrd was good at being on committees and refusing to sign off on anything that he could possibly get built in WV. There is a long list of government facilities that really have NO business being in WV, but they're here. My favorite example is the United States Coast Guard's Operations Systems Center. West Virginia, being land-locked and all, is an obvious choice for a base that supports a sea-faring service. This USCG station is directly adjacent to a massive IRS facility. In Fairmont, WV there is some NASA IV&V stuff as well as some NOAA facilities. Not to mention CJIS (the largest division of the FBI) in Clarksburg. Sugar Grove may be too old to be Byrd's doing, but the rest are relatively recent. I'm sure the list goes on; these are just the one's that I've personally dealt with.

Comment Re:Microsoft Business Disaster Model (Score 1) 492

I'm a younger person, and I don't really have a head for business. However, it seems a little silly to me that you would discredit Microsoft's decisions to invest in research and development. Technology is more of a "moving target" than resource harvesting/processing/delivery, and even Exxon-Mobil is putting effort into diversification. What happens to Microsoft if the open movement blows up one day and free/open solutions like Linux, and OpenOffice outstrip Windows and MS Office, and Microsoft doesn't have products like Xbox to fall back on? I would expect them to go the way of the Dodo, man.

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