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Submission + - California should embrace Trump's defunding threats (

DougDot writes: Sounds like California should take him up on his offer. California is among a handful of so-called “donor states,” which pay more in taxes to the federal Treasury than they receive in government funding, according to the latest available figures from the non-profit think tank Tax Foundation.

Submission + - What the other side thinks (

DougDot writes: "He criticized Western mainstream media for accepting the report uncritically instead of independently confirming the statements contained in it, like proper journalists are supposed to do. He said this trend was “extremely worrying.” And now a link to Russia Today!

Submission + - Require proof, or take as an article of faith: your choice (

DougDot writes: Round 2, this time a *25* page report from the "U.S. intelligence community" (nearly twice as big as last week's FBI/DHS joint 13 page report) claiming that the Russians hacked our election.
Oh, and it also contains *no* proof. Zero. None. Not even a little bit of proof. Nada. Zip.
But that's ok, we don't need no steekin' proof.

Submission + - And here we go again (

DougDot writes: And the sound of a million Hillary Fanbois were heard do scream, "But this just isn't fair!"
The questions being asked now are: was this something new discovered in the latest Wikileaks release, or did they finally find something *really* bad in in some of those 33,000 Hillary-deleted emails?

Submission + - Because having 7,100 nuclear weapons just isn't enough (

DougDot writes: Ever since The Rocky Flats plant was shut down in 1992 it has been the wet dream of Los Alamos National Laboratory management to take over the production of those plutonium bomb trigger pits that Rocky Flats used to make. LANL wants to become the new pit manufacturer. Production scale. That's where the big bucks are. It's all about the money.

Submission + - A history of innovation and dysfunction at Los Alamos National Laboratory (

DougDot writes: Federal officials told Congress in December that they will put the LANL contract up for competitive bid for only the second time since the lab opened in 1943. The current LANS contract ends Sept 30, 2017.

Identifying what went wrong, and why the lab has proven so difficult to manage, will play an important role for the Department of Energy as it seeks out new managers to run the lab.


DougDot writes: I have trouble believing that this is true, but if it is customers of Verizon need to take some action. From TFA:

"If email contains a hyperlink to a website, the email is rejected and not sent to the recipient, according to 95.1 FM in New York City.

After a customer complained about the policy the corporation told him there isn’t a way to op-put of the program.

“Verizon scans the digital signatures of all inbound and outbound email messages to reduce the overall volume of spam on our network” and all email containing a hyperlink will be considered spam.

“So if a business person needs to get information to a colleague, or a student needs to get research to a fellow student, or if a wife wants to share an interesting recipe with a friend . . . all those emails will be rejected by Verizon!” the radio station website explains."

Submission + - Odroid-C1 Project (

DougDot writes: Back in July, 2013 I put together a couple of fun Raspberry Pi projects: an NFS and Minidlna server, and an XBMC home entertainment system component.

Last month I purchased a couple of Odroid-C1 units which looked interesting because for the same $35 as the Pi you got a slightly smaller SBC with approximately 6X the power.

Pi CPU: ARM 700MHz, C1; Quad-core ARM 1.5GHz
Pi 2 USB 2.0 ports, C1 4 USB 2.0 ports
Pi Ethernet: 100MB/s, C1 Ethernet: Gigabit

Both the Pi and the C1 draw approximately 3 — 4 watts when idling.

Submission + - It's free, but it's broken (

DougDot writes: About six months ago I noticed that one of the portfolios I was tracking using Google Finance Portfolio suddenly started reporting wrong historical data for nearly all of the equities in the portfolio. I clicked on the "Report a problem" link at the bottom of the page and used the form to send off a detailed description of the problem off to Google.

Submission + - Facebook is currently experiencing a large-scale outtage

DougDot writes: Many users are reporting that their own Facebook pages won't load, instead showing the error message

"Sorry, but this page didn't load properly. Please try again."

Submission + - Google is blocking Microsoft phone Youtube app (

DougDot writes: So who's being more evil? Hard to say.

Summary: Google and Microsoft are at it again. The just-released and jointly developed YouTube app for Windows Phone is now being blocked by Google.

Submission + - Delicious Raspberry Pi (

DougDot writes: I'm sure most folks have heard about the Raspberry Pi by now, and maybe some of you are curious if this $35 ARM-based computer is worth anything more than just a digital toy to play around with. I know I was, so this last weekend I finally took a day to build one and see what it could do.

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