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Comment The opportunity here (Score 1) 1163

Here's the political opportunity here: making the case for how we're all better off together.

Red states feel they can live on their own.
Blue states like to point out they tend to receive more fed dollars then they send.

Neither of those arguments are why we're better off together, and convinces the other side to try to work together.

Sign the petition. Make DC make the argument.

But ... they won't ... *sigh*

Comment Re:Live free or DIE (Score 2) 687

You know .. I find your reaction to #2 most interesting. Here in Iowa we do pay by the gallon, not much, but usage is metered. The poor do not go unwashed.

But, the metering by the gallon was very effective this summer. Nobody went unwashed, but a lot of lawns were brown.

Honestly, I was stunned when I learned this summer that large sections of California pay flat rate for water. No wonder you abuse/misuse it so much.


Darth Vader Robs Long Island Bank 190

Apparently the destruction of the second Death Star has stretched the Galactic Empire's coffers so thin that Lord Vader himself is robbing banks. From the article: "Impotent Rebel Alliance security forces tell Newsday (paywall) that Vader marched into a Chase bank in Setauket around 11:30 a.m. today. Brandishing a completely unnecessary handgun — as he had the power to choke the oxygen out every teller's throat — the fallen Jedi demanded cash."
Input Devices

New I/O Standard Bids To Replace Mini PCI Express 31

DeviceGuru writes "LinuxDevices reports that a group of companies today unveiled — and demonstrated products based on — a tiny new PCI Express expansion standard. Although it's somewhat larger than the PCI Express Mini Card, the tiny new 43mm x 65mm FeaturePak card's high density 230-pin edgecard connector provides twice the number of PCI Express and USB 2.0 channels to the host computer, plus 100 lines dedicated to general purpose I/O, of which 34 signal pairs are implemented with enhanced isolation for use in applications such as gigabit Ethernet or high-precision analog I/O. While FeaturePaks will certainly be used in all sorts of embedded devices (medical instruments, test equipment, etc.), the tiny cards could also be used for developing configurable consumer devices, for example to add an embedded firewall/router or security processor to laptop or notebook computers, or for modular functionality in TV set-top-boxes and Internet edge devices." The president of Diamond Systems, which invented the new card, said "Following the FeaturePak initiative's initial launch, we intend to turn the FeaturePak specification, trademark, and logo over to a suitable standards organization so it can become an industry-wide, open-architecture, embedded standard" (but to use the logo you have to join the organization).

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