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Comment Re:Give the money to Elon Musk (Score 1) 150

This is exactly why the additional commentary at the end of the article is not needed.

You imply that Elon Musk never made a mistake, in an effort to point out government "waste", while ignoring the fact that SpaceX made attempts to land a rocket twice and failed spectacularly.

There's also the fact that NASA did roughly 60 years of research and development, mistakes and all, making it possible for Elon Musk to launch rockets so cheaply. SpaceX gets to skip all the expensive, embarrassing, "wasteful" parts of development.

Comment Lip position (Score 1) 51

How can he physically produce the "Baa" sound when his bottom lip is tucked behind his teeth? His lips don't press together when the illusion is supposed to make it sound like he's saying "Faa" instead. I think he's actually making two different sounds.

Isn't the "Baa" sound impossible to make without the lips pressing together? Isn't the "Faa" sound impossible to make without blowing on the lip-teeth connection with the top and bottom lips separate?

Comment Re:They saw this coming for ages... (Score 1) 235

"Welfare fraud has become an obvious scandal"

Please cite your sources.

I find pages like this: http://voiceofsandiego.org/2010/11/10/fact-check-the-frequency-of-welfare-fraud/

Where actual investigation, statistically significant, relevant, and specific, make it clear that welfare fraud is over-reported. I hear anecdotes about welfare fraud, but I have yet to see reputable, statistically significant sources listed.

I have a strong suspicion that you, like cayenne8 before you, are simply stereotyping, falling into the same type of ignorance, bigotry, and hatred that continues to keep "them" from having the same opportunities you've had.

I would like to point out that you made no mention of mental health or education in your argument, perhaps you'd like to comment on literally the first result that comes up in a Google search: http://suite101.com/article/suburb-vs-urban-areas-an-educational-comparison-a154719 I know you prefer hand-waving dismissal of facts, but you may want to work harder at passing off your opinion as fact.

Comment Re:They saw this coming for ages... (Score 4, Insightful) 235

Are you a wizard?

How do you know the physical and mental condition of "them" simply by driving by? What type of education do "they" have?

You mention "them" having different fathers, have you done genetic testing on "them"?

I have a strong suspicion that you don't actually know any of the information above and are simply stereotyping, falling into the same type of ignorance, bigotry, and hatred that continues to keep "them" from having the same opportunities you've had. I also suspect that you've never had to live on welfare, never had to make the types of choices people in the projects make, never had to go through the failing education system of the inner-city and so you cannot fathom how "they" live, how "they" make the choices they make.

Comment Re:Congress Sucks (Score 1) 858

Under a fully socialized medical system you as a consumer do not have the option to shop around for a different alternative to your current health care insurer.

This is not the case with a single payer system. Although the direct decision is removed from the consumer, the government still shops around for the best price for products or services.

It's definitely not the best solution but at least in the US you can look for other companies to sign up with and while that process can be hard...

Unless you're poor or your employer gets a kick back to offer a single health insurance option or you have a pre-existing condition. ...it does mean that 1 denial of service is not the end of any chance you have of help.

You're clearly in denial about the reality of poverty and income mobility in the U.S. The fact is that 10% of the population has de facto zero access to healthcare except in extreme emergencies. All but a small portion of Americans have low-quality health care options and anything related to a traumatic or chronic condition means going bankrupt.

Comment Re:Did Zuckerberg ever have to get past HR? (Score 1) 716

Where and when did you pay 12k? Is that per year or for a 4-year degree?

Even at the local community college and technical schools, 12k would be a bargain for 2 years of classes. I've seen the difference in quality going from a community college to a 4-year university and I doubt a 2-year program can adequately prepare anyone for a rigorous engineering or science career.


200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693

Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

Comment Office Chairs (Score 1) 405

Where do you work that you get $700 chairs? I'd be happy with something with an adjustable back and arm rests that are in tact. I've yet to work a job where anything but the larger meeting rooms have nice chairs in them, and that's only because outside clients have to sit in there.


FBI and NYPD Officers Sent On Museum Field Trip 70

In an attempt to "refresh their sense of inquiry" FBI agents, and NYPD officers are being sent to a course at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art of Perception hopes to improve an officers' ability to accurately describe what they see during an investigation by studying art. From the article: "Amy Herman, the course leader, said: 'We're getting them off the streets and out of the precincts, and it refreshes their sense of inquiry. They're thinking, "Oh, how am I doing my job," and it forces them to think about how they communicate, and how they see the world around them.' Ms Herman, an art historian, originally developed the course for medical students, but successfully pitched it as a training course to the New York Police Academy."

Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers 246

YokimaSun writes "The war between hackers and Sony over the PlayStation 3 has now taken an even more sinister turn, with Sony going after not just shops but actual buyers of the PSBreak dongle, threatening them with fines of many thousands of Euros and forcing them to sign cease-and-desist letters. It seems Sony will use any means necessary to thwart both homebrew and piracy on the PS3."

Submission + - The China Bottleneck for Rare Earth Minerals (mbtmag.com)

HikingStick writes: "As you may know, China is the world's top supplier of rare eath minerals that are vital to many advanced manufacturing operations. As China has grown, they've been reducing the amount of such materials that may be exported. On September 8, after Japanese officials arrested a Chinese fishing boat captain who ran into a couple of Japanese patrol boats, Japan stopped receiving shipments of these materials, and supply lines have not returned to normal levels since then (though they are improving).

It's too late to ask if we're too dependent on China's supply of rare earth minerals. The question is this: what can be done? Japan is hoping to become a leading recycler of such mateirals, and is pursuing new mining opportunities in Mongolia. Do any other areas of the world hold promise for increasing supply, or must we simply wait until China realizes it has the rest of us by the... that they have the upper hand?"


Solar-Powered Flight Grounded By Equipment Bug 28

crimeandpunishment writes "If your plane is powered by the sun, it's tough to fly if your crew is in the dark. A 24-hour test flight for the world's first solar-powered round-the-world flight had to be postponed Thursday due to an equipment problem that would have left mission control out of touch with the technology on the experimental aircraft. When they're able to make this test flight, they hope by flying all day they'll be able to fully charge the batteries, then use the stored energy to power the plane all night."

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