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Comment Re:Scams against Cisco? (Score 1) 74

branding the counterfeit gear(I'm just guessing that

I'm offtopic here (checking the "no bonus" boxes), but I notice you continue to omit the needed space between "gear" and "(I'm just guessing)". Your comments would be more readable (and more easily taken seriously) if you followed centuries old proper formatting rules.

Minor nit, far better than some folks here's "todays special's" or "there car is over their". If I were moderating I'd probably have modded you up despite the rather annoying mistake.

Comment Re:I'll vote for a libertarian when I see one (Score 1) 15

As for the greens, I'm OK with them for the most part. I just don't see pot as being an important enough issue to warrant establishing an entire political party around it.

Actually, I think the Greens' main platform is the environment.

I'll even go so far as to say that the first presidential candidate in 2016 who declares universal single-payer health care as a part of their platform will get my vote as long as I don't have to write them in.

We had a Congressional candidate last election, a medical doctor, who wanted medicare for everyone. Unfortunately, the tea party candidate beat him.

I'd like to have a labor party here.

Submission + - Multi-purpose wings allow flying robot to walk across rough terrain (robohub.org) 1

Sabine Hauert writes: The Deployable Air Land Exploration Robot (DALER) uses its own wings to crawl and roll over a variety of terrains. Using a self-adjusting structure to transform its wings into rotating arms, the robot is able to flip, rotate and navigate its way around and over obstacles on the ground. Sharing the wings across different modes of locomotion reduces the amount of infrastructure and weight the robot must carry, thus improving flight performance. The ability to adapt to a variety of environments is important in search and rescue operations, where both air and ground searching may be required.

Submission + - India Army Mistook Planets for Spy Drones (bbc.co.uk)

hackingbear writes: BBC reports that India's army spent six months watching "Chinese spy drones" violating its air space, only to find out they were actually Jupiter and Venus. Between last August and February, Indian troops had already documented 329 sightings of unidentified objects over a lake in the border region next to China. India accused the objects being Chinese spy drones. The incident has even escalated to military build-up and stand-off at border between the two countries. High level talks were held between the two military. The Chinese denied they invaded Indian space and told India to shoot down the objects if they can and the India side replied the objects were too high, according to a Chinese news report (Google translation). At the meantime, residents of the solar system are grad that India does not possess the capability to shoot down such high attitude objects.

Comment Re:I'll vote for a libertarian when I see one (Score 1) 15

Logging is sustainable, so long as the trees are replanted and it isn't done in old growth forests or in an area that would endanger species; we're going through one of the largest mass extinctions the Earth has seen, mostly from habitat destruction, and man is almost 100% responsible.

But there's nothing whatever wrong with tree farms.

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Journal Journal: Edward Snowden vs President Alan Richmond 15

The cries of "Snowden is a traitor!" by traitors like Dick Cheney bring to mind a movie that sits on my shelf: Absolute Power, starring Clint Eastwood as a jewel thief named Luther Whitney and Gene Hackman as President Alan Richmond.

Comment Re:20GB?? That's it??? (Score 1) 113

Google is all about cloud computing

I guess I won't need to build a new PC after all, then, because Google and the NSA already get too much data from me, the creepy fucks. Considering some of the things I google for I'm probably on some list already.

Let me know when I can do this without "the cloud." I don't like not having control over my own data and processes.

Comment Re:20GB?? That's it??? (Score 1) 113

I'd have to buy or build a new computer. Neither of the two old towers will take more than a gig, and I'm not going to add any to this notebook, too much of a PITA.

All the old computers do what I need them to so it'll be a while before that happens. I guess if I needed this functionality I'd have to spend a few hundred bucks.

Speaking of it doing what I need, I guess I should get back to work on that book (yep, that's why I haven't been here much lately).

Submission + - HAARP ionospheric research program set to continue (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Reports that the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) had been shut down permanently were apparently a bit premature. According to HAARP program manager James Keeney, the facility is only temporarily off the air while operating contractors are changed. So why does anyone care? Despite being associated with various natural disasters over the past two decades by the conspiracy fringe, HAARP is in reality a facility for studying the ionosphere. Gizmag takes a look at the goings on at HAARP – past, present, and future.

Comment Re:Wake up (Score 1) 835

You said that criminals are getting more murdeous when the numbers don't support your assertion. Policing is of course dangerous, but from what I see in the newspapers (and police deaths, accidents, and injuries almost always get reported in the media) I'd say the most dangerous part of your job was writing speeding tickets on the side of the interstate. We had so many police fatalities in Illinois that state law now says you have to move to the left if there's a police car parked on the shoulder with its lights on.

Police officer isn't even in the top ten list of dangerous jobs.

As to assaults, I have no numbers but I'd wager a civilian has a much larger chance of being assaulted by a criminal than a cop does. You'd have to be crazy to assault a man armed with a gun and a taser.

Comment Re:Wake up (Score 1) 835

He was trying to make a point that criminals are getting deadlier, when there were only 10 more deaths in 2010 than 2000. The last few police deaths I've heard around here are accidental deaths caused by negligent drivers; from what I read, writing a speeding ticket on an interstate is pretty damned dangerous.

I'm not saying there job isn't dangerous, it certainly is, but it's not in the top ten most dangerous.

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