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Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light

GPierce Re:Which means (347 comments)

If you chose your units of measure correctly, c^2 = c^3 = c^n = 1, and under this choice. E=m.

about 3 months ago
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

GPierce Re:even a broken clock... (523 comments)

You got it exactly, but you left out the part about what it means and how it works. Those bonds that have to be redeemed represent money that Congress borrowed and has already spent. To repay these bonds requires higher takes on the 1% (the only ones with any money) or running the printing presses and printing new dollar bills, or borrowing to repay the bonds in the trust with money from selling conventional T-Bills - increasing the deficit.

The fourth alternative is to welsh on the deal. By reducing the amount paid in social security checks by diddling with the cost of living adjustments, the amount that has to be paid back can be reduced without making it obvious that the "full faith and credit" of the US is in the hands of the best congress money can buy.

about 8 months ago
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IRS Left Taxpayer Data Vulnerable and Lied About It

GPierce Re:Consequences? (79 comments)

At one time, there was a sensible reason for making it difficult to fire a federal employee. In theory, civil servants were not partisan and they were not supposed to be affected by the political ideologues who we appointed to run government agencies.

The ideologues were prevented from firing those who wanted to do a non-ideological job..

It worked for a while, but if you keep someone from being fired for political reasons, eventually they figure out that they can f#ck off on the job without penalty. I guess the powers that be decided that it was still better than a politicized civil service - or else they didn't notice or didn't give a damn..And today, we do have a politicized civil service. (Look and all the 'loyal bushies' in the Justice Department..

about 10 months ago
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Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns

GPierce Re:Liberty is the only thing in danger here. (550 comments)

for what it's worth, I am not a smoker.

It makes no difference at this point in time, but the original EPA report on secondary smoke was a made-up lie. There were 12 or so studies in the US and Europe regarding secondary smoke. As I remember, 9 or them showed no harm, 1 showed moderate harm and one of them showed that secondary smoke was good for you.

There is a statistical technique called a "meta-study" where you evaluate your experiment to see if changes in the data gathered (or the way the data was grouped) might lead to a different result. A meta-study is NOT SUPPOSED TO PROVE ANYTHING, it's supposed to help you design a better experiment.

The EPA declared that their meta-study proved that secondary smoke was bad for you. The honest statisticians were shouted down, and since then, everyone applying for a research grant knows that the results better support the now prevailing wisdom if they ever want another grant.

And by the way, the issue is not whether secondary smoke is annoying or dangerous. It might actually be dangerous. - but they didn't prove it and they lied about it..

about 10 months ago
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HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?

GPierce Re:It's time to kill off the boomers. (400 comments)

Actually, Social Security is hardly bankrupt. It has about 3.5 trillion dollars invented in special interest drawing T-Bills. Unfortunately, the deadbeats in Congress borrowed the money "invested" by Social Security and spent it on every Congressional wet-dream and war they could come up with.

The "full faith and credit" of the US requires that they pay this money back. This means raise taxes, run the printing press, or weasel their way out of as much of the repayment as they can. Every dollar they actually have to repay is a dollar that can't be spent on future corporate welfare.

about 10 months ago
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'Morris Worm' Turns 25: Watch How TV Covered It Then

GPierce Re:Cookie monster? (51 comments)

The original "cookie monster" ran on an IBM mainframe back in the early 1970s. It printed "I want a cookie" on the operator console. After being ignored too many times, it would do a number of annoying things such as rewinding mag tapes or sending the printer a command to skip to a channel on the control tape that was hardly ever used - result was paper being ejected at a very high speed until the operator ran over and pushed the off button. The alternative was for the operator to type in the word "cookie" every time the monster woke up.

about 10 months ago
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Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid

GPierce Re:I donâ(TM)t suppose... (622 comments)

If you are going to use a coded list of whistle-blower names, It's only reasonable to use the names of the managers of the agency the whistle-blower works for.

about a year ago
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Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail

GPierce Re: We are living in interesting times (583 comments)

"Where do all these agencies get billions in funding if not voted by the entire congress and signed into law by the president"

It's a secret.

about a year ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

GPierce Re:My answer (525 comments)

Use the dictionary of your choice and check the words "continent" and "country".

about a year and a half ago
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Neil deGrasse Tyson On How To Stop a Meteor Hitting the Earth

GPierce Re:Neil deGrasse Tyson (520 comments)

Actually according to Doug Adams definitive history:

On a planet called Golgafrincham there was an an nouncement that the planet would soon be destroyed in a great catastrophe They planned an evacuation using a group of arcs:.

The passengers of the “A” ark were to be all the brilliant leaders, scientists, great musicians, data analysts, engineers and architects. The passengers of the “B” ark were to be all the “middle men” , marketing executives, telephone sanitizers , sales assistants and telemarketers etc. The passengers of the “C” ark were to be the real workers, construction, manufacturing and other craftsman.

As I remember it, everyone fought for a place on the B Arc which blasted off into space programmed to land on the third planet of an obscure star at the edge of the galaxy. Shortly after its departure, they discovered it was all a mistake and the planet was not going to be destroyed.

Golgafrincham entered into a period of exceptional peace and prosperity.

The planet that was the destination of the B Arc had a different kind of history.

about a year and a half ago
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Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage

GPierce error protection (176 comments)

Back in the bad old days, IBM had a solution for down time in mission critical systems - such as for United Airlines. It was called redundancy - a complete dual system. Or as we described it: when one of the two parallel systems detected an error, it automatically sent a signal to the second system so that it could go down too.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft, BSA and Others Push For Appeal On Oracle v. Google Ruling

GPierce Re:Well there you go (191 comments)

It's relative. Microsoft is still as evil as ever, but they have been outclassed in the evil department by everyone else - with Apple leading the way and Oracle and Google struggling to catch up.

about a year and a half ago
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EU Citizens Warned Not To Use US Cloud Services Over Spying Fears

GPierce Re:Obvious question (138 comments)

Until the drone blows hs server farm away, Kim Dotcom's Mega might actually be secure. At least that's the plan. And it will all be good until we find that Kim Dotcom is a CIA agent. (There is no such thing as being too paranoid.)

about a year and a half ago
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Guatemala Judge Orders McAfee Released

GPierce Re:But the real question is (139 comments)

Actually, a detective who had been investigating the OJ case for 30 or so years came to the conclusion that the probable killer was OJ's oldest son Jason - his son from his first marriage. I think the tile of the book was something like "OJ was innocent and I can prove it".

Allegedly, Jason had been treated for mental illness involving violence at least twice. At the time of the murders he was on probation for attacking his former boss with a knife, out of the set of chef's knives he always carried with him. He was also a friend of Nichole and spent a fair amount of time in her company - On the evening of the murders, she was supposed to be a guest at the restaurant where he was a chef.

The book documented all of his theories in detail (about 600 pages worth) and appeared pretty convincing.

The interesting part is that no one tried to rebut the contents of the book. The people you would expect to care simply ignored the book completely.

It's kind of like the original trial where the defense claimed that the LAPD was bigoted and framed people for crimes they were not guilty of. Then we had the Rampart scandal where a member of the LAPD testified that they were bigoted and framed people and planted evidence to convict the not guilty.

And most of America decided screw the evidence, he's guilty.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Find Megaupload Shutdown Hurt Box Office Revenues

GPierce Re:Does it or does it not (203 comments)

In Las Vegas, Circle Park was shut down because some people were feeding the homeless.

(The park had become a place for homeless people to congregate, and there were other problems caused by some of the homeless in the neighborhoods surrounding the park.)

The courts said it was illegal to prevent feeding the homeless so they shut the park down completely.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Patents Page Turn Animation

GPierce Re:So how does the US patent system actually work? (192 comments)

There was a time when parts of the federal government actually did an honest job - most of the time. Drug regulators actually blocked marketing of drugs that were dangerous to your health. The SEC kept crooks from selling dishonest investments. The Bureau of Land Management kept people from buying horses and selling them to slaughterhouses.

Some time in the last thirty or so years, large parts of government (and private enterprise) became thoroughly corrupt.

The patent office is just one more example where a bought-and-paid-for-congress (along with the patent office bureaucracy) modified the rules so they no longer protect the public interest - they protect Corporate America.

  If you have a valid patent, you can't afford to defend it. If some corporation has a completely bogus patent, you can't afford to challenge it.

Read up on the Enclosure acts of the early 18th Century. At this time the aristocracy essentially invented our modern form of private property. Intellectual property is a modern day way of inventing something new - Intellectual property rights that didn't really exist until someone bought the right politicians. Much of it is a form of governmental theft covered up by a concept (patents) that was once honest and a benefit to everyone.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Patents Page Turn Animation

GPierce Re:-1, Sensational (192 comments)

Another brilliant thinker who can't tell cause from effect. The patent system is not broken because of this patent. This patent was approved by the patent office BECAUSE the system is broken.

The article doesn't tell us what to think or how to think. It's just a wake-up for those who are already capable of thinking.

about 2 years ago
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Proteins Made To Order

GPierce hello -- (51 comments)

This is actually a fairly important discovery. The poster of the article seems to be completely clueless as to why it is important.

Without going into all of the details, being able to predict the shape of proteins is one of the things needed to make nanotechnology fulfill its potential - to build a nanotech "assembler".

If you want all the details you would have to go back to "Engines of Creation" by Eric Drexler.

Proteins of the right shape can be used to create complex structures - anything from a virus to a nano-computer. Construct some RNA, feed it into a cell and get back as many copies of the protein chain as you please.

Do this for several different proteins.

Leave all of these proteins in the same chemical soup and they will combine on their own to form the more complex structuresl

But if you can't predict the shape the protein folds into, you can't get started. This has been a key problem in nano-tech going back to the 1970s.

about 2 years ago
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Foxconn Sees New Source of Cheap Labor: The United States

GPierce Re:Big mistake (430 comments)

Of course, almost none of the liars' loans made by the brokers and banks fulfilled the requirements of CRA, but it makes a good story for those who want to excuse the thieves and blame it on the government.

I know one former investor who lost $3M dollars (75% of his net worth) because of what the banks did to him - and he wanted to blame it on Obama (who wasn't even in office when most of the theft occurred). I wouldn't care that much if you need your deluded beliefs, but your delusions keep the crooks out of jail and that is a shame.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Hides Samsung Apology So It Can't Be Seen Without Scrolling

GPierce Re:OK, stick a fork in them, they're done. (743 comments)

Way back in the early days of the Mac, Apple should have been able to rule the world. Unfortunately Apple was run by and anal-retentive asshole who actually tried to rule the world. The Developers and hardware manufacturers who could have participated in Apple's success figured out really quickly that Apple didn't want anyone to share in their success.

So the developers and hardware companies made Microsoft and PC's a success. Apple would have lost out completely, but they actually built a decent graphics display and a few software developers were able to build some very desirable products that couldn't be run on a PC clone.

MS could have run Apple out of the marketplace at any time, but they didn't have to because Apple had already cut their own throats. And the bean-counters were unable to make Apple competitive company again.

When Jobs was invited back (out of sheer desperation on the bean-counters part) he invented the iToys and revitalized a dying company, but in 20 or so years he had never learned a thing and was still an anal-retentive asshole.

Android has already captured 50% of the smartphone market and once it becomes possible for developers to make a buck (without all the walled garden BS) Apple is once again destined for a 5-10% market share - unless the marketing guys for Android think they can make a buck with their own walled garden.

Unless they finally learn something, that high-flying Apples stock might turn into an excellent opportunity for short-sale speculators Rim used to make more money than god. It didn't take much to turn that around...

 

about 2 years ago

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Happy 4th of July - The Borders Are Now Secure

GPierce GPierce writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GPierce (123599) writes "The US Customs Service at the Canadian Border seems to have a hidden agenda to harass former US residents. Even if they still have property and business interests in the US and are married to a US citizen, customs will try to con them into turning in their Green Cards and then refuse them entry when they cooperate."
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