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Comment Re:Democrats (Score 4, Insightful) 508

We had a Republican president when the Patriot act was passed to take away all our rights. But to be fair, the Democrats certainly deserve a fair share of the blame. It's not just one party doing it.

However, keep in mind that in reality, President Obama never met an invasive secret domestic spying program he didn't like. As well, he was exceptionally vicious in pursuing heavy criminal penalties for whistle blowers. I find it difficult to believe he was seriously interested in repealing the Patriot Act, except for "public relations" with his constituency of Democrats like me.

Comment Re:Ulterior motive (Score 1) 60

And if Facebook knows what issues you care about and what parties/politicians you support, they can easily put all that together in order to sell political advertising campaigns targeting you to specific politicians and give them the specific issues to put in the campaign.

Yes, that's obvious. Would you not expect they to leverage that data point? I don't think there is anything "ulterior" about it...

I don't really see anything nefarious, other than the well known MO of Facebook. People use Facebook and know or should know that Facebook collects data on what goes on at Facebook... I mean "who knew!" ...

Taking the standard "I can't believe [insert huge faceless corporation here] is spying on my yadda yadda yadda" out of the equation, like you suggest, I think anything to get people more involved in governance is not a bad thing.

Comment Is it news? (Score 2, Informative) 234

That's the arbitrary deadline that Congress imposed back in 2014, at which point they'll have to decide whether or not to keep funding the ISS.

In all likelyhood we will continue to use it beyond 2024, that's not a "hard" retirement date, it's a "let's look at the program and funding" date. Case in point: the B-52 is well past its original retirement date.

The better question is if the money spent to continue ISS is money well spent.

Submission + - Drupal Fires Top Contributor for Practicing BDSM

Frosty Piss writes: Drupal founder Dries Buytaert expelled Larry "Crell" Garfield from the Drupal community for his involvement in the BDSM community. Garfield claims this was done at the demand of Drupal Security team member Klaus "klausi" Purer and unknown others secretly pressuring Drupal leadership to have him removed for his private sex life. Responding to his firing, Garfield said "I am involved in two such communities, specifically the BDSM community and the Gorean (Gor) community. The former is by far the larger of the two and more varied, although I spend more of my time and activity in the Gorean community. It's a small community, and sadly much of what is found online about it is utter crap, just as most in the BDSM community find the "50 Shades" representation of BDSM to be harmfully misleading. The Gorean subculture is inspired by a science-fiction book series written from the 1960s onward to today, and predicated on a strong sense of personal honor, integrity, and community. It also practices consensual Master/slave relationships, and has a strong gender bias toward male-Dom/female-sub relationships, but that is not the cornerstone of Gorean culture. There are other groups that are biased the other way, or have no gender bias. There are even groups in Chicago (where I live) that have regular "fem-dom" parties. To each their own."

Submission + - What to do with the ISS? (

prisoner-of-enigma writes: As funding for the ISS runs out in 2024, what should be done with the ISS? It's only in the last few years the final modules were put into place. Seems a shame to just abandon billions of dollars worth of already-orbitting hardware. If NASA plans on just letting it burn up, why not offer it up for bidding to private industry instead?

Comment Re:"WILL fly more than twice the speed of sound" (Score 5, Insightful) 149

Editor, thy name is click-bait credulity.

Exactly. They would LIKE to design and POSSIBLY build such a plane. MAYBE. What is more likly is that they will enjoy a trendy office in Denver or Colorado Springs with a foosball table, catered lunches, microbrews, and a cat, and when the money runs out, move on to some other - dare I say - investor scam.

The idea that $33 million will get them anywhere near a flyable prototype is mind-blowing.

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