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Comment For all those calling for Snowden's pardon (Score 4, Interesting) 764

President Obama noted stark differences between Manning's and Snowden's cases.

From the New York Times article: “Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing,” Pres. Obama said. “Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary, and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.”

He also noted that while the documents Ms. Manning provided to WikiLeaks were “damaging to national security,” the ones Mr. Snowden disclosed were “far more serious and far more dangerous.” (None of the documents Ms. Manning disclosed were classified above the merely “secret” level.)

So, the president isn't about to pardon someone who hasn't even been tried for his crimes.

Submission + - Carbon nanotube-based memory poised for commercialization in 2018 (

Lucas123 writes: Nano-RAM, which is based on carbon nanotubes and is claimed to have virtually a limitless number of write cycles and can achieve up to 3.2 billion data transfers per second or 2.4Gbps — more than twice as fast as NAND flash — is now being produced in seven fabrication plants around the world. Fujitsu plans to develop a custom embedded storage-class memory module using a DDR4 interface by the end of 2018, with the goal of expanding its product line-up into a stand-alone NRAM product family. A new report from BCC Research states the NRAM will likely challenge all other memory types for market dominance and is expected to be used in everything from IoT sensors to smartphone memory and embedded ASICS for automobiles.

Comment Re:Waaah! (Score 2, Insightful) 600

And, it took all of about 37 seconds before someone compared a businessman and reality TV star to a vicious, military-style dictator who started a world war that caused the death of more than one hundred million people and methodically murdered millions of people in concentration camps.

Yeah, I'm invoking Godwin's Law because it's applicable here and really a really tired comparison.

Comment This was a hero (Score 5, Interesting) 113

John Glenn was a U.S. Marine fighter pilot who flew 59 combat missions over the South Pacific during WWII and 63 combat missions during the Korean War. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism or extraordinary achievement six times! In Korea, he got the nickname "magnet ass" because he attracted so much enemy flak on his missions.

Oh, and then he went on to become a test pilot, the first American to orbit the Earth, a U.S. senator and then the oldest man to go into space.

He stopped flying planes at age 90.

"The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel." John Glenn.

If you're looking for someone children can look up to, he's it.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1, Insightful) 176

I always get a kick out of people who think subsidies for the nascent renewable energy industry is unfair because I can then point out that global fossil fuel subsidies represent about 6.5% of global GDP. That's $5.3 trillion in subsidies in 2015 alone. And those subsidies have been ongoing for decades even though I think we can all agree that industry doesn't need it -- never did.

Comment Re:Randomly selected policy positions (Score 2, Insightful) 116

You know. Trump never solidly supported the Iraq War. On Howard Stern's show, he was asked and simply said, "I guess so." He then made it clear he didn't support it in 2002. The fact that: a) he wasn't a politician at the time, means his off-the-cuff luke warm support meant nothing; 2) that the media and Democrats are accusing him of lying about his support is nothing more than a political ploy. Hillary Clinton voted for the war; that's a bit more serious.

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