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Comment Ugg... (Score 2, Insightful) 143

I'm jaded enough to realize someone says so and so will be getting into the CPU market soon every few months. I've heard Creative and NVIDIA, probably some others I've forgotten. The thing that stands out to me is that VIA gave up. IBM gave up. Motorola gave up. Maybe the FTC can change things, but if they do it will probably break a few patent laws apart or force some fairly broad cross licensing agreements. Anything monetary is really just some fodder for the bankers to burn.

Submission + - Chase "rips off" charities in Facebook Contest (

ssv03 writes: As reported in the New York Times: Chase Community Giving of Chase Bank recently held a contest on Facebook in which users were encouraged to vote for their favorite charities. At the end of the contest, the 100 charities with the most votes would win $25,000 and advance to the next round to have a chance to win $1 million. Initially, the vote counts for each organization were made public, but two days before voting ended they were hidden, and the final totals have still not been released. While Chase had no official leader board during the voting, several organizations were keeping track of projected winners. Those projections were almost identical to the final results, yet several organizations including Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), Marijuana Policy Project and several anti-abortion groups were not finalists. They had been performing very well (some within the top 20) until the vote counters were removed. Chase Bank has so far refused to discuss the issue with the organizations. SSDP has released a press release here and is calling for a boycott.

Comment Re:Not ready? No, and never will be. (Score 1, Insightful) 391

And this is all assuming that there even is a coordinated effort. Remember, there are people with ideological opposition to central coordination (government). Now look at the number of conspiracy theories that abound around global warming, despite it being pretty bloody obvious at this point that the weather is out of whack. Do you really think that these people would go ahead with the deflection effort, and the economic sacrifices that requires? No, they'd accuse astronomers of falsifying data, right up until the fiery mountain fell.

And there are people with the ideological opposition to anything human, that we bipedal oxygen breathers are a blight on the earth that is must be stopped.

It's not bloody obvious to me that the weather is out of whack. Warm summer, cold winter...some summers are warmer, some winters are colder. How is this out of whack? There's a big difference between a science that is hotly debated because there's no actual proof (only evidence that can point many directions) and there being an actual asteroid on a collision course for earth. If the evidence of the asteroid wasn't based on observation of an asteroid but assumptions drawn from a small timeframe of data that suggests an asteroid is likely on a collision course with earth, then you'd have people hotly debating it like global warming.

The problem is there are scientists and worse, politicians asking us to have FAITH in them that what they're saying is true. No offense to them, but faith is not something I put in either of those people. Politicians don't deserve it and scientists shouldn't need it. Maybe if meteorologists could predict the LOCAL weather more than 30 minutes in advance without blowing it 75% of the time then we might lend more credence to people who presume to predict global climate decades in advance. MIGHT...not saying that they would, or even should. Global warming is not prove to be either a human generated phenomenon NOR a phenomenon that human-kind can have any impact on.

Comment Do you have children? I do... (Score 3, Insightful) 686

I'm sure there's some cultural conditioning, but in the "nurture vs. nature" debate, many P.C. people try desperately to remove "nature." It's much worse than global warming politics.

The fact is, more young boys than girls will treat any kind of toy or stick or whatever they can find as a weapon, and more young girls than boys will treat any kind of toy or stick or whatever they can find as a doll, and I think most people who are parents and truly think about it realize that this happened at an extremely young age for their kids. If there is a "nurture" side to how this works, it is exerted very early and in a round-about way.

Comment Re:Proof (Score 1) 139

Its not really a "camera", it does have a CCD, but apparently it uses diffraction grating and a mirror rotating along a single plane to make images. My guess is that this allows super-accurate mapping of light frequencies, but hurts the resolution. Also at this kind of distance the slightest imperfections in the lens would have much bigger impact, as would uneven gravitation fields. I just kind of expect clearer images from NASA by this point (especially after the upgrades to Hubble). Dually so for "proof".

Submission + - Google in talks to buy Yelp

g0dsp33d writes: Google may be looking to buy Yelp for as much as 500 million. If acquired, Yelp would help Google boost the amount of information and reviews for all kinds of businesses. Once integrated, this would be a valuable addition to Google maps, especially in competing with GPS makers with its free navigation application for the Android platform.

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