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Comment From Pogo (Score 1) 244

via Straight Dope http://www.straightdope.com/co... ;

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Don't we know archaic barrel
Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don't love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Polly wolly cracker 'n' too-da-loo!
Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
Antelope Cantaloupe, 'lope with you!

Hunky Dory's pop is lolly,
Gaggin' on the wagon, Willy, folly go through!
Chollie's collie barks at Barrow,
Harum scarum five alarm bung-a-loo!

Dunk us all in bowls of barley,
Hinky dinky dink an' polly voo!
Chilly Filly's name is Chollie,
Chollie Filly's jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, woof, woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, goof, goof!

Submission + - End of an Era - No more PSP (theguardian.com)

Linnen writes: Sony has ended shipping PSP handheld in Japan.
From Guardian;
"Now PSP is saying goodbye. Shipments to the US ended this year, and they are closing in Japan soon. European stores will see their last arrivals toward Christmas. Launched in Japan in December 2004, it is almost 10 years old – not a bad achievement for a handheld that was almost written off early in its lifespan."


Did the Spamhaus DDoS Really Slow Down Global Internet Access? 70

CowboyRobot writes "Despite the headlines, the big denial of service attack may not have slowed the Internet after all. The argument against the original claim include the fact that reports of Internet users seeing slowdowns came not from service providers, but the DDoS mitigation service CloudFlare, which signed up Spamhaus as a customer last week. Also, multiple service providers and Internet watchers have now publicly stated that while the DDoS attacks against Spamhaus could theoretically have led to slowdowns, they've seen no evidence that this occurred for general Internet users. And while some users may have noticed a slowdown, the undersea cable cuts discovered by Egyptian sailors had more of an impact than the DDoS."

Comment Re:I thought the SCOTUS had become a political bod (Score 1) 2416

There is the Roberts Court legacy to think of. Kidding aside, one analysis that I read does make a good case that this ground-breaking in a big way that a number of people have missed. As in saying that the mandate penalty falls under Congress's power to tax is a minnow next to the following whale.

This ruling also limits the Commerce Clause.

"This is the Roberts Court. And here, we’ve got a pro-business Court that interprets laws as constitutional when it can. Roberts found a way to keep this law in-bounds — without abandoning his conservative principles on the expansion of federal power. The conservatives “disappointed” with Roberts today are being silly and can’t see the long game here. The Commerce Clause has been limited AND the Court looks non-partisan. Beat that with a stick."


Submission + - Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Passed Into Law (google.com) 1

MrKevvy writes: The Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" bill was passed into law today.

"A law to allow public school teachers to challenge the scientific consensus on issues like climate change and evolution will soon take effect in Tennessee.
State governor Bill Haslam allowed the bill — passed by the state House and Senate — to become law without signing it, saying he did not believe the legislation "changes the scientific standards that are taught in our schools."

Comment NASA Spin-offs (Score 1) 373

I realize that the 'in' thing is to bash "big, bad inefficient" government, but do try to keep up with the times. 30 second search on Wikipedia.
From Wiki
1 NASA spin-off technologies

        1.1 Health and medicine
                1.1.1 Light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
                1.1.2 Infrared ear thermometers
                1.1.3 Ventricular assist device
                1.1.4 Artificial limbs
        1.2 Transportation
                1.2.1 Aircraft anti-icing systems
                1.2.2 Highway safety
                1.2.3 Improved radial tires
                1.2.4 Chemical detection
        1.3 Public safety
                1.3.1 Video enhancing and analysis systems
                1.3.2 Fire-resistant reinforcement
                1.3.3 Firefighting equipment
        1.4 Consumer, home, and recreation
                1.4.1 Temper foam
                1.4.2 Enriched baby food
                1.4.3 Portable cordless vacuums
                1.4.4 Freeze drying
        1.5 Environmental and agricultural resources
                1.5.1 Water purification
                1.5.2 Solar energy
                1.5.3 Pollution remediation
        1.6 Computer technology
                1.6.1 Structural analysis software
                1.6.2 Remotely controlled ovens
                1.6.3 NASA Visualization Explorer
        1.7 Industrial productivity
                1.7.1 Powdered lubricants
                1.7.2 Improved mine safety
                1.7.3 Food safety

NASA even publishes a report of its spin-off technologies ( http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/ )
Here is a list from 2010;
NASA Technologies Benefiting Society
Health and Medicine
Burnishing Techniques Strengthen Hip Implants
Signal Processing Methods Monitor Cranial Pressure
Ultraviolet-Blocking Lenses Protect, Enhance Vision
Hyperspectral Systems Increase Imaging Capabilities
Programs Model the Future of Air Traffic Management
Tail Rotor Airfoils Stabilize Helicopters, Reduce Noise
Personal Aircraft Point to the Future of Transportation
Ducted Fan Designs Lead to Potential New Vehicles
Winglets Save Billions of Dollars in Fuel Costs
Sensor Systems Collect Critical Aerodynamics Data
Coatings Extend Life of Engines and Infrastructure
Public Safety
Radiometers Optimize Local Weather Prediction
Energy-Efficient Systems Eliminate Icing Danger for UAVs
Rocket-Powered Parachutes Rescue Entire Planes
Technologies Advance UAVs for Science, Military
Inflatable Antennas Support Emergency Communication
Smart Sensors Assess Structural Health
Hand-Held Devices Detect Explosives and Chemical Agents
Terahertz Tools Advance Imaging for Security, Industry
Consumer, Home, and Recreation
LED Systems Target Plant Growth
Aerogels Insulate Against Extreme Temperatures
Image Sensors Enhance Camera Technologies
Lightweight Material Patches Allow for Quick Repairs
Nanomaterials Transform Hairstyling Tools
Do-It-Yourself Additives Recharge Auto Air Conditioning
Environmental and Agricultural Resources
Systems Analyze Water Quality in Real Time
Compact Radiometers Expand Climate Knowledge
Energy Servers Deliver Clean, Affordable Power
Solutions Remediate Contaminated Groundwater
Bacteria Provide Cleanup of Oil Spills, Wastewater
Reflective Coatings Protect People and Animals
Computer Technology
Innovative Techniques Simplify Vibration Analysis
Modeling Tools Predict Flow in Fluid Dynamics
Verification Tools Secure Online Shopping, Banking
Toolsets Maintain Health of Complex Systems
Framework Resources Multiply Computing Power
Tools Automate Spacecraft Testing, Operation
GPS Software Packages Deliver Positioning Solutions
Solid-State Recorders Enhance Scientific Data Collection
Computer Models Simulate Fine Particle Dispersion
Industrial Productivity iconIndustrial Productivity
Composite Sandwich Technologies Lighten Components
Cameras Reveal Elements in the Short Wave Infrared
Deformable Mirrors Correct Optical Distortions
Stitching Techniques Advance Optics Manufacturing
Compact, Robust Chips Integrate Optical Functions
Fuel Cell Stations Automate Processes, Catalyst Testing
Onboard Systems Record Unique Videos of Space Missions
Space Research Results Purify Semiconductor Materials
Toolkits Control Motion of Complex Robotics


Submission + - 5 Hot Tech Policy Agenda Items You Need to Watch (cio.com)

bdcny7927 writes: From providing more spectrum space for wireless providers to battling online piracy to creating cybersecurity policy to protecting intellectual property, expect things to heat up in Washington this year. So pour yourself a cup of coffee and read on to learn how lawmakers will impact the tech world in the year ahead.

Comment They are a 'Fallacy of the Middle' party (Score 1) 249

Another example of 'High Broderism' made into a political party, like Bloomberg's try or the 'No Labels' party. When one party's response to a cut finger is to recommend to cut off the patient's hand and the other party's recommendation is to cut the patient's arm off at the shoulder, these 'centralists' would compromise and just cut the patient's arm off at the elbow instead of getting out the band-aide.

America Elect is a group of campaign consultants looking for a front man.

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