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Submission + - Obama Campaign Pledge gets Put to the Test

SinisterRainbow writes: For those of us who dislike propaganda and bad government more than party politics, I thought it was noteworthy going back through Obama's campaign pledges. I found one that is quite relevant to recent news as it may raise eyebrows:

"Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. [He] will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. [He] will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process."

Barack Obama —

Comment Re:In today's news... (Score 0) 365

Hi, kid, welcome to slashdot. Twelve comments, yours FP IIRC. Suspiciously trollish, too stupid to be serious. Note my answer to your stupid comment sits at 3.

Then I see a completely offtopic comment by the same username and same insanely huge UID and looked at your comments.

There's this thing here called "karma." You might want to be a bit more careful.

Comment Re:So happy (Score 1) 365

What percentage of politicians believe in God? This makes 99+% of politicians in America stupid, or at liars pretending to be stupid, or both.

3/4ths of the world's population believe God or some variation. A third is Christian and a third is Muslim.

Over half of scientists believe in God. You're saying the 2/3rds of thye world's population and over half of its scientists are stupid?

That's just stupid.

Submission + - Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic (

holy_calamity writes: When Microsoft re-engineered its online services to assist NSA surveillance programs, the company was either acting voluntarily, or under a new kind of court order, reports MIT Technology Review. Existing laws were believed to shelter companies from being forced to modify their systems to aid surveillance, but experts say the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court may now have a new interpretation. Microsoft's statement about its cooperation with NSA surveillance doesn't make it clear whether it acted under legal duress, or simply decided that to helping out voluntarily was in its best interest.

Comment You can't live on $85k?? (Score 1) 3

The median income here is $50k. You're facing the same problems as my daughter in college now. Only she's living on a third of what you earn, plus has the expense of college. It sounds like you were born into a wealthy family and are spoiled.

Sorry, fellow, but I'm not sympathetic. I'll give you the same advice I gave Patty -- take out a "payday loan" at an insanely high rate of interest. Just make sure they report to the credit bureaus.

Submission + - 787 Dreamliner On Fire Again

Antipater writes: It looks like there's more trouble afoot for Boeing's 787 Dreamliner: London's Heathrow Airport has been shut down as fire crews attend to a "suspected fire" on a Dreamliner owned by Ethiopia Airlines.

Aerial pictures of the scene on the U.K.'s Sky News showed the new plane — which was not carrying passengers at the time — had been sprayed by foam, but there were no signs of fire.
The aircraft was not blocking either runway, but with all the airport's fire crews tacking the Boeing 787 incident, authorities were forced to suspend departures and arrivals because of safety rules.

Submission + - Chatbot hunts for pedophiles (

cylonlover writes: For a number of years now, police forces around the world have enlisted officers to pose as kids in online chat rooms, in an attempt to draw out pedophiles and track them down. Researchers at Spain’s University of Deusto are now hoping to free those cops up for other duties, and to catch more offenders, via a chatbot that they’ve created. Its name is Negobot, and it plays the part of a 14 year-old girl.

Submission + - PCWorld magazine is no more (

harrymcc writes: After slightly more than 30 years, PCWorld — one of the most successful computer magazines of all time — is discontinuing print publication. It was the last general-interest magazine for PC users, so it really is the end of an era. Over at TIME, I paused to reflect upon the end of the once-booming category, in part as a former editor at PCWorld, but mostly as a guy who really, really loved to read computer magazines.

Submission + - 50-year-old assumptions about muscle strength tossed aside (

vinces99 writes: The basics of how a muscle generates power remain the same: Filaments of myosin tugging on filaments of actin shorten, or contract, the muscle – but the power doesn’t just come from what’s happening straight up and down the length of the muscle, as has been assumed for 50 years. Instead, new research shows that as muscles bulge, the filaments are drawn apart from each other, the myosin tugs at sharper angles over greater distances, and it’s that action that deserves credit for half the change in muscle force scientists have been measuring.

Submission + - Upside-down sensors cause rocket crash 3

Michi writes: According to Anatoly Zak, the crash of the Russion Proton rocket on 1 July was apparently caused by several angular velocity sensors having been installed upside down.

Each of those sensors had an arrow that was supposed to point toward the top of the vehicle, however multiple sensors on the failed rocket were pointing downward instead.

It seems amazing that something as fundamental as this was not caught during quality control. Even more amazing is that the design of the sensors permits them to be installed in the wrong orientation in the first place. Even the simplest of mechanical interlocks (such as a notch at one end that must be matched with a corresponding projection) could have prevented the accident.

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