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Comment Re:Hmm (Score 5, Insightful) 389

...and with a few moments of searching the web, they could have a nice handy thumb drive full of images they would "detect" on some guy's computer, and get a nice little bonus from the FBI...

"Yeeeah, I found another one this week. Yup, it's surprising how many of these weirdos have computer problems and show up at my store. How soon does my check get here?"

Comment Re:This could be fun (Score 1) 333

ABC News and Rathergate. Fake news, through and through. Dan Rather still claims the story is true, even though everyone knows it's a fraud.

Dateline NBC and the exploding truck. They couldn't get the supposedly dangerous truck to catch fire, so they rigged it with an igniter for the camera. Yeah.

NBC News and George Zimmerman. They took his 911 call and edited it to make him sound like a bigot, when it showed nothing of the sort. Read up on it, and wonder how much of what you "know" about that case is actually true.

When the Ferguson shooting happened, a common slogan was created because Michael Brown supposedly said "hands up, don't shoot." The trouble is that only one person claimed to have heard him say that - his accomplice. The many actual witnesses heard nothing of the sort. Yet the mainstream news organizations ran with it, and the (much later) retractions have been, to say the least, understated.

There are dozens and dozens of such stories, with the big difference being that they're held up as "journalism" by millions, while the fake news you get from Facebook is usually only seen by thousands at most, and almost always has someone pointing out that it's faked in real time.

Comment This could be fun (Score 2, Insightful) 333

Most of the people whining about this seem to have no idea that the "fake news" they know about is only a fraction of the problem.

What's really funny is that about 90% of the things they like would fall under this umbrella, including a lot of content from the "real" media.

The "Russians Hacked the Election" story, for example...

The actual story is "the Russians hacked a couple of people at the Democratic Party (maybe) and embarrassed the hell out of them" - but the way it's being told, most of the Democrats you meet think there was actual nationwide vote tampering by Russian hacking. So far, the only vote tampering found was in Detroit, and it was done by hand, not by computer. Not to mention who won overwhelmingly in those precincts...

Comment Re:In other words... (Score 2, Interesting) 821

This is hilarious.

Two decades after the Democrats got caught taking money from the Chinese, and 32 years after Ted Kennedy BEGGED the Soviets to intervene in the 1984 election, NOW you're worried about a foreign country "trying to influence US Elections?"


Obama's response today is funny, too. Just close a couple of known spy stations and kick a few people out of the country (when the hacking was supposed to have come from Europe), who will be replaced within the week. Yeah, that'll work.

Comment In other words... (Score 5, Insightful) 821

They found no evidence of actual election systems hacking, the only thing they can even vaguely blame on the Russians is leaking the damaging things that the Democrats actually said in their emails, and most of the good stuff probably came from plain old insider leaks to WikiLeaks.

I wonder what sort of actions they're going to take against Democrat campaign staffers for having such terrible email security practices?

Comment Re:Fake News (Score 1, Interesting) 534

If those scientists were doing real science, they'd be proud to have their names associated with their actions. Instead, they're ashamed and trying desperately to hide. That should tell you something.

Instead, they're going with "You don't need to know what we've been doing for the last several years, because, um, censorship? Something? Only Nazis would want scientific accountability!"

I've been to a UN Climate Conference. No science, just politics and a vacation on government money. When the weather turned unseasonably cool in Cancun one year, all of the important people left early because they couldn't sit on the beach and party.

Comment Federal Estimates? (Score 1) 134

"Only $350 per vehicle"

So, at least $1000 per vehicle, and probably a lot more?

And then they'll be able to put up a bunch of sensors along the streets to keep track of where anyone goes at any particular time, and do things like monitor adherence to traffic laws.

Of course, they'll say "we would never do that," but we all know how that sort of thing works out in the long run.

Comment This is what, the third or fourth time? (Score 5, Insightful) 139

We've had warnings about "radiation reaching the west coast of the US" a few times already. We've seen similar stories in 2015 and 2014 (a couple of times in each year).

In those, it was Cesium-137. Now, this group is all about Cesium-134, apparently because people didn't get upset enough about the Cesium-137.

"Possible false positives" may be their excuse, but no, it's not the first time someone made the claim of radiation reaching the west coast.

By the way: they weren't kidding about the amount being very small. It's 0.3 decays per cubic meter per second - which is a really, REALLY small number. The most amazing thing about the story is that we can manage to detect something that's so close to zero in real world terms. Three-tenths of a disintegration per second times (approximately) 30,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of water in a cubic meter of seawater...

(Someone check my math on this: it's late, and I'm sleepy...)

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