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Comment Pluto lobbyists at work (Score 1) 198

This is a prime example of how money corrupts science. The scientist in question needs grant money, and he can't get it if Pluto isn't a planet.

Likewise, the citizens of Pluto now can't exercise their planetary rights because Pluto isn't a planet anymore. As a non-planet they aren't eligible for grant money designated for planetary authorities; they now have to get their monies from the less-funded "heavenly bodies" fund, which already has a waiting list.

The demotion has also caused issues with the accreditation of the various educational institutions on Pluto; the accreditation body only deals with planet or supergiant objects, by charter. All of Pluto's institutions need to be re-accredited, and until that happens credit transfers cannot be processed. When processed they will be processed at non-planetary rates.

Comment As far as a journalist can tell? (Score 4, Insightful) 217

Journalists are idiots, who only know what they're told.

Why would Intel be sharing its CapEx decision-making process with a journalist?

If the Journalist really knew, he'd go back through his "notes" and find the list of where Intel's proposed fab was going to be, then hunt down the decision-making process.

But he can't, so he basically is saying "I don't believe them because I have no information."

What an f-tard.

Comment Make sure the H1Bs are paid $100k (Score 5, Interesting) 834

If you make sure an H1B holder is paid over $100k a year the abuses will stop.

Or require them to be paid the average prevailing wage of the position in the CEO's MSA.

Either one will kill large chunks of the body-shop industry.

Lastly, put in a bounty program for body shops that use B1 visa holders for body shopping. Reporters get 40% of the imposed fine, which is a multiple of the salary delta between the body shoppers and the equivalent FTE.

Comment Free Pizza? Free beer? (Score 1) 50

It's obviously an advertisement for Universal Pizza trumpeting their new intergalactic pizza delivery service. That's one of the few signals powerful enough to cut through the galactic noise.

The only other thing it might be is a "free beer while supplies last" beacon, which would also be powerful enough to attract attention of all sentient beings.

Comment "Contact" means many things (Score 1) 185

Besides the initial interview, half of everyone he interacts with on a daily basis probably works for the intelligence service in some form or another.

I mean, it's not like he's Joe nobody.

He's a smart guy and probably knows that everyone he interacts with is working for someone or another. The $64k question is "is he actively working for and/or providing information to the Russians." There's no evidence that he's released anything to Russia that he hasn't released to anyone else, but you never know.

The good thing is that Snowden didn't flip for money, which probably means his motives are what he said they were. The downside is that there's no guarantee he won't drop some more info in the future, although that info is slowly losing its value as time goes on.

Comment FTA: similar results as early as 1910/1920 (Score 4, Interesting) 188

"Perhaps most surprising is that, in the formative years of atomic science in the early 20th century, some scientists reported inexplicable experimental evidence of elemental transmutations. In the 1910s and 1920s, this research was reported in popular newspapers and magazines, and papers were published in the top scientific journals of the day, including Physical Review, Science and Nature."

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