top The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users
You can get rid of the politicians , but that doesn't get rid of the people who own them.
When I submitted this story, I assumed it would be edited and I expected to be told that changes would have to be made before it would be acceptable.
It does say what I wanted but the version on the Indigogo site is the clearest version of the story. At this point, my main objective is getting the story told - hopefully on the front page.
P.S. I'll trade in all of my Karma and my id number to get this out there.
top Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
And your statement indicates that you are seriously lacking a clue. Wall street is not really interested in "competitive". Wall Street is interested in anything that will drive the stock price up (or down) a buck or two, so that Wall Street can cash in, dump the stock and mark up a few points toward the quarterly bonus.
All of the Wall Street flakes TALK about shareholder value but the old style shareholders are long gone. Shareholders real interests are at the bottom of the list of concerns.
top Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails
I can't provide links or sources, But I remember reading quite a while ago that Germany places contracts for road-building that includes maintenance for 20 - 40 years. As a result, German/European roads are built to be durable and to require as little maintenance as possible.
In the US, we build cheap sh#t knowing that the taxpayers will be on the hook for the maintenance.
top Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light
If you chose your units of measure correctly, c^2 = c^3 = c^n = 1, and under this choice. E=m.
top RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance
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.
top IRS Left Taxpayer Data Vulnerable and Lied About It
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..
top Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns
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..
top HealthCare.gov: What Went Wrong?
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.
top 'Morris Worm' Turns 25: Watch How TV Covered It Then
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.
top Feds Confiscate Investigative Reporter's Confidential Files During Raid
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.
top Half of Tor Sites Compromised, Including TORMail
"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.
top Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers
Use the dictionary of your choice and check the words "continent" and "country".
about a year and a half ago
top Neil deGrasse Tyson On How To Stop a Meteor Hitting the Earth
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
top Certificate Expiry Leads to Total Outage For Microsoft Azure Secured Storage
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
top Microsoft, BSA and Others Push For Appeal On Oracle v. Google Ruling
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
top EU Citizens Warned Not To Use US Cloud Services Over Spying Fears
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
top Guatemala Judge Orders McAfee Released
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.
top Researchers Find Megaupload Shutdown Hurt Box Office Revenues
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.
top Apple Patents Page Turn Animation
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.
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