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Comment AF cyberspace command is a joke... (Score 1) 148

Most people in the military are severely lacking in kind of skills needed to protect America's electronic infrastructure. It has to do with military culture more than anything else. Techies just don't get promoted the way fighter pilots do. I would shut the whole thing down and start a new branch or something. Otherwise, it's a giant waste of money.

Comment Artists are actually making more money... (Score 5, Informative) 569

Artists are actually doing much better since the dawn of the Internet because of increased ticket sales from live performances, and box office sales are better now than ever. I highly doubt illegal downloading contributes very much to lost revenue since a very small percentage of the people who download illegal media would actually buy the product.

Comment Re:Listen... (Score 1) 263

if they collapse into civil war it might slow down their nuke program a bit, buying time to find some solution other than waiting for Israel to solve the problem with high explosives.

It's statements like that why the vast majority of Iranians want the Americans out of their politics.

Comment Listen... (Score 0, Troll) 263

Everyone who thinks they are helping by siding with the Iranian opposition has a very poor understanding of Iranian politics. It doesn't matter whether it's from the government or whether it's from regular Western citizens, helping the opposition figures does not help the United States in any way. It just puts a different face on the same anti-Western government. The difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi is on economic policy not foreign policy. What makes you think that if they opposition was successful in their political ambitions that they would become pro-American? Did they become pro-Israel after Israelis sold them weapons during the Iran Iraq war?

Comment Re:More to the point, who wants to do so? (Score 1) 120

I wholeheartedly agree with this. I read a lot of blogs, and the best ones are seldom very profitable. If you want to make money from advertising, your best bet is to run around chasing celebrities (TMZ/Perez Hilton), but if you want to make a difference in the world around you, don't expect get rich doing it. I would suggest getting a real job, so that you can afford doing you're passionate about.

Comment If you know anything about statistics... (Score 2, Informative) 512

...you know that a small random sample of the population tells you what the general population is like to a very high degree of certainty. A random sample of 10 percent of population is virtually guaranteed to be within the margin of error of the general sample. Now the early vote counts are not exactly random sample, but it's not unreasonable to announce the result of an election with a very small percentage of the vote counted.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Should Facebook be sued for bad customer support ? (googlepages.com)

Anik315 writes: "I sent the following message to Facebook on July 13, 2007: [sameul.haque@gmail.com — Fri Jul 13 17:51:22 2007]: Hey Facebook, My facebook account was disabled last spring. Could someone please reactivate it? The e-mail address on the account is the one I am sending this e-mail from. Sameul Haque On July 15th, I received this response: On 7/15/07, Justin from Facebook wrote: Hi Sameul, After reviewing your situation, we have determined you violated our Terms of Use. Please note, nudity, drug use, or other obscene content is not allowed on the website. Additionally, content that attacks an individual or group will be removed. We will not be able to reactivate your account for any reason. This decision is final. Thanks for understanding, Justin Customer Support Representative Facebook

My complaint is rather obvious. Is this grounds for a lawsuit?"


Submission + - Biotech Breakthrough (nature.com)

anik315 writes: "Nature is reporting a major breakthrough in embryonic stem cell research. A straightforward procedure using mouse fibroblasts harvested from the skin can be used to produce pluripotent stem cells that can potentially become any other cell in the body. Not only can Yamanaka's method use the most basic cells, it can be accomplished with simple lab techniques. Possible applications of this breakthrough are to check molecular changes in cells as certain conditions develop. Stem cells produced using this procedure, however, can not be use to safely to make genetically matched cells for transplant."

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