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Comment Player hatin (Score 1) 145

The Attorney General is guilty of LYING to Congress. He was cold busted. There is no disputing it.

The President and the State Department colluded to hide the fact that known terrorists were behind Benghazi.

The FBI, who is under the direction of the Attorney General, either failed to report to the President that, since March, they had been investigating whether of not the Director the CIA had compromised his security clearance or that they were lying when they said that they first notified the President the day after the election.

I know that you people are not fans of Fox News, but here are three things that the other media WOULD NOT BE TALKING ABOUT if it weren't for Fox News. There are lots of stories out there that the other media would be thrilled to just sweep under the rug were it not for Fox News and believe it or not they do affect you.

So is it your opinion that the only conservative network should be taken off of the air so that conservatives could only get their news from people that YOU think are right? Did it ever occur to you that conservatives aren't adopting Fox's point of view but that Fox is adopting the conservatives point of view and that what you are really talking about is suppressing the point of view of a large chunk of America?

It is easy to be dismissive and just call Fox News a propaganda channel for the right, but it is just as fair to call MSNBC a propaganda channel for the left. Why aren't we calling for the heads of MSNBC. The truth is that one mans propaganda is another man's fact.

If Fox News gets something wrong, we have a million other channels to set the record straight and if they were doing a better job at setting Fox straight, then Fox wouldn't be number one in all the cable news time slots.

This is how we get things done in America. We loudly and clearly express our point of view and let the chips fall where they may. You don't hear conservative calling to have MSNBC taken off the air. We just do the rational American thing. We turn the channel.

Comment Life maybe, Nano tech oh yeah (Score 1) 259

I don't know if this qualifies as life but it is could possibly have interesting applications for nano tech. If the structures can be made to self assemble then they can perhaps be made to assemble other things. or create something as a by product of its process.

Maybe they are hyping the story a bit but it is very interesting research.

Comment Re:Total non-sequitur (Score 1) 261

Ok just to be about this. The Florida Div of Elections does not have a way of connecting for whom a voter cast his vote. The only thing the Division can track is whether or not a particular voter voted in a particular election. There is an intentional disconnect between the official voting system and the statistical system that the "hacker" broke into so to say that this is evidence of a vulnerability is a little disingenuous.

I am not saying that the system is perfect. I am just saying that THIS is not the evidence that we should look for. You can't use weak evidence to fight important battles.

Comment Re:Will not work (Score 1) 645

If you are shooting from a 20' skif with nothing stable to shoot from then I agree. You will have a hard time even hitting them.

But if you start dropping .50 BMG rounds with 800 grain Mk 211 Mod 0 High-Explosive-Incendiary-Armor-Piercing (HEIAP) projectiles from an $32,000 Barrett Sniper Rig, I think that you might have someone's attention. Especially when you can do it from 1000 yds beyond their weapons range.

You don't have to hit a person. One of these rounds hits the boat and sets it on fire, they will be so busy bailing and trying to save their own sorry butts they won't really be worried about piracy.


GameStop, Other Retailers Subpoenaed Over Credit Card Information Sharing 117

New York State's Attorney General, Andrew Cuomo, has subpoenaed a number of online retailers, including GameStop, Barnes & Noble, Ticketmaster and Staples, over the way they pass information to marketing firms while processing transactions. MSNBC explains the scenario thus: "You're on the site of a well-known retailer and you make a purchase. As soon as you complete the transaction a pop-up window appears. It offers a discount on your next purchase. Click on the ad and you are automatically redirected to another company's site where you are signed up for a buying club, travel club or credit card protection service. The yearly cost is usually $100 to $145. Here's where things really get smarmy. Even though you did not give that second company any account information, they will bill the credit or debit card number you used to make the original purchase. You didn't have to provide your account number because the 'trusted' retailer gave it to them for a cut of the action." While there is no law preventing this sort of behavior, Cuomo hopes the investigation will pressure these companies to change their ways, or at least inform customers when their information might be shared.

Comment Re:Missing the Point (Score 1) 938

Finally a voice of reason. The article does NOT blame the victim. What it does do is try to provide victims with an ability to mitigate the problem. Criticizing this article is like criticizing someone for promoting a self defense class.

As you said, some people are jerks, but their need of therapy is not a justification for not giving a child a means of making himself less of a target. You can be into all of the nerdy disciplines and still socially acceptable.

I was in band, the science club, the chess club and the math club and yet I was reasonably popular. I had friends on the football team and even a girl friend. But none of that happened until the eighth grade when I decided to work on developing social skills.

At the end of the day, I wound up near the middle of the social order and not nearly as picked on as some, but none of it would have been possible had I not learned social skills.

Comment Re:Faux News (Score 1) 549

By your logic, then you can't trust any of them.

I stood next to a CNN reporter at the Florida election certification as he said that there were as many Gore supporters in the crowd as there were Bush supporters. The problem was that there were maybe fifty Gore supporters at the Capitol building but there were easily two hundred Bush supporters. He was just careful to shoot his video at a narrow spot in the entrance so that the crowds looked even. When I watched the footage aired about a half hour later, it was full of file footage that was shot no where near the area being referenced in the story.

You can disparage Fox if you like but you just have to recognize that all of the media outlets air stories according to what their agenda considers "news." That is why media outlets with a liberal point of view ignored the Acorn scandal while Fox was running it as their lead story.

The fact that you don't like the messenger, doesn't mean that their message is always wrong. If Hitler or Stalin told me that the building was on fire, I would at least consider the possibility that it was true.

My favorite "nonstory" now is the way that CNN is sugar coating the budget impact of the Health Care legislation. They continue to push the projected long term savings of the legislation even though the bulk of the "savings" happens in the distant future and the short term numbers have already been brought into question by the CBO. You know the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) the people who came up with the initial projections for the bill.

At any rate, you hear a little blurb about things that oppose their point of view and week long tirades about things that support their point of view.

Comment 1.5 times every 9 months? (Score 1) 139

"The space agency says the WISE spacecraft will circle Earth over the poles, scanning the entire sky one-and-a-half times in nine months."

Maybe I am missing something but isn't 1.5 times in nine months the same thing as once every six months?

Why would you express something like that? It's like saying that gas costs 3.75 per 1.5 gallons.

Comment Re:Global-warming denier papers are usually garbag (Score 1) 1747

The problem is that it is not Michael Mann et al's exclusive job to determine the quality of the papers being submitted. I imagine that there were some pretty respected "scientists" back in Galileo's day that were "sure" he was wrong and they were right. That is still not a justification to suppress his work.

At the end of the day, the publication of garbage papers helps bring the truth to light. If they want to truly discredit charlatans and prevent the publication of "garbage papers" they should require that the papers include the entire methodology or at least the entire data set used to support the conclusion being submitted.

The bottom line is that if your theory won't stand up to scrutiny, the problem is not with the critics.

Comment Re:At The Risk (Score 1) 178

The Chinese culture through the centuries has had explicit disincentives to innovation and independent thought. In America, we say "the squeaky wheel gets the grease." In China they say "the nail that stands up, gets beaten down."

On the other hand they have had remarkable cultural stability along with an ability to recognize the value of technology . Even during regime changes, the new boss was very much like the old boss, culturally. So, their innovations tend come at a slower pace. But, the Chinese have tended to hold on to their technology from regime to regime and have done a very good job of protecting their culture.

The fact that the Chinese have little respect for other peoples IP is not surprising at all. I have done a fair amount of manufacturing in China and another key difference that I have noticed is in the contract process.

When westerners sign a contract, we view that as the end of negotiations. The Chinese that I have contracted with have always viewed that as the beginning of final negotiations. At one point it got so bad, that we bought a small factory in China so that we could fix our cost basis.

Input Devices

Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21 112

An anonymous reader writes "Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface." One wonders what kind of adoption they expect with a $299 price tag.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Infinity Ward Fights Against Modern Warfare 2 Cheaters 203

Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.
PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

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