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Is Mobile Broadband a Luxury Or a Human Right?

HanzoSpam Re:A Luxury (332 comments)

You know how it works. Provide a leftist with a service, and in a week he's calling it a human right.

about a year and a half ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

HanzoSpam Re:But that's not the real problem. (1651 comments)

Bullshit.

Cycling was as common when I was a kid as it is now. But cycle helmets were not mandatory then. By your logic, cycling should have got less popular over time. It hasnt.

Where I live (US), it's certainly less popular. When I was a kid, people, and mostly other kids, would cycle everywhere. Every kid I knew had a bicycle, and it was their primary form of transportation. Now, I rarely see someone cycling, and when I do, it's usually an adult, and usually on a designated bike trail, not on the streets or sidewalks.

That's not just an anecdotal observation on my part either. I no longer see bike racks installed for parking bikes near schools or stores anymore, they used to be common. If you watch any old children's TV shows from the '50s or '60s, you can see how ingrained the bicycle was in the culture (almost as common as smoking!).

Of course, in those days when you wanted to ride your bike, you just jumped on it and off you went. If we'd had to dress up like quarterbacks every time we wanted to run to the store or a friend's house, we probably would have lost our taste for bicycling, too.

about a year and a half ago
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DNC Salute to Vets Featured Backdrop Of Russian Warships

HanzoSpam Says who? (218 comments)

What makes you think it was a mistake?

about a year and a half ago
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Federal Judge Says No Right To Secret Ballot, OKs Barcoded Ballots

HanzoSpam Re:Federal Judges Need to Go Back to School (584 comments)

They have no understanding of constitutional law. The constitution does now lay out our rights... we have our rights with or without the constitution. The constitution was meant to restrain the government. Since a few people thought that enumerating some of our rights explicitly in the Bill of Rights was a good idea, some how the foolish judges have the idea that if they weren't explicitly enumerated that they do not exist.

That may be true. OTOH, that doesn't necessarily mean anything you care to pull out of your ass is a right.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?

HanzoSpam Re:Altruism... (263 comments)

Education is a broad category...

Indeed it is. If you're looking for a broad, you can't beat the local community college!

about a year and a half ago
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White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard

HanzoSpam Re:CAFE Kills (1184 comments)

As long as we're gonna be legislating technical advances into existence, I'd like to request that congress passes legislation requiring a warp drive is developed by 2020.

about a year and a half ago
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Bill "The Science Guy" Nye Says Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

HanzoSpam Who's "we", kimosabe? (1774 comments)

'I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can — we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.'

I love the arrogant presumption that my children are a public resource at the collective's disposal. The last I checked, they were individuals entitled to pursue happiness in any way that suited them, not resources at Mr. Nye's disposal tasked with building whatever kind of world he wants to live in. Maybe they have other ideas about what kind of world they want to live in?

Assholes like this guy worry me a lot more than any creationist.

about a year and a half ago
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Let the Campaign Edit Wars Begin

HanzoSpam Re:If Obama's BIRTH can be an issue (571 comments)

Many Democrats were disenchanted with Obama and probably wouldn't have come out to vote for him again in the fall. But stacking him up against an insane-right-wing Ayn Rand ideologue who wants to abolish Medicare and Social Security to give tax cuts to the wealthy is a pretty fucking great way to motivate them.

Yes, because nothing scares a Democrat quite like the possibility of being forced to take his hand out of other people's pockets.

about a year and a half ago
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IBM Reportedly Eyeing RIM's Enterprise Services Unit

HanzoSpam Re:Pity the first-world RIM workers (15 comments)

Posting as AC because I'm still in the business and it wasn't so long ago that IBM was up the chain from my paycheck.

If IBM acquires this division, expect all first-world workers to be downsized systematically while forced to train their third-world replacements under threat of not receiving their severance packages.

Indeed. Here it is, right from the horses mouth.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA Scientist: Heat Waves Really Are From Global Warming

HanzoSpam Re:Hansen again? (605 comments)

Hansen is the kind of scientist that lends legitimacy to the proposition that scientist is a political activist that also wants to take credit for innovations actually developed by engineers, entrepreneurs and lay inventors.

about a year and a half ago
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DHS Best-and-Brightest STEM Program Under Fire

HanzoSpam Re:But businesses don't need a few young geniuses. (108 comments)

We already have 320 million people in this country! I'd really, really be interested in knowing what skill set isn't represented here, such that we need to import it. Yes, I understand that we're discussing highly skilled people here. However, highly skilled isn't necessarily interchangeable with highly in demand. We already have plenty of Ph.D level people in STEM fields currently unemployed. What makes the foreign talent so much more attractive?

about 2 years ago
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DHS Best-and-Brightest STEM Program Under Fire

HanzoSpam Re:The Horror of Bipartisanship (108 comments)

I do find it peculiar that in a nation that already has 320 million people in it, none of them qualify as the "best and the brightest".

about 2 years ago
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SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists

HanzoSpam Re:Is that even legal? (409 comments)

It consists of unemployed people from California, who moved to Texas looking for work.

If you're lucky, SpaceX will help to find a solution to your dilemma. Like maybe figuring out a way to create rocket fuel by grinding up environmentalists.....

about 2 years ago
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Mac Users More Liberal Than Windows Users

HanzoSpam Re:CNN story (638 comments)

Given that these days "educated" is pretty much a synonym for "indoctrinated", I'm not sure you'd get a consensus that having spent more time sitting in a classroom is necessarily a positive trait.

more than 2 years ago
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Nuclear Emergency Declared At 2 Plants In Japan

HanzoSpam So... (752 comments)

Have you seen the terrible videos of looting and raping in Japan, like in New Orleans and Haiti?

Oh, wait...

more than 3 years ago
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iBook Store Features Leave Indie Publishers Behind

HanzoSpam Re:Chapter 1 (146 comments)

Political incorrectness.

more than 3 years ago

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New genetic light shed on human evolution

HanzoSpam HanzoSpam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

HanzoSpam (713251) writes "A new genetic study of a group of sub-Saharan peoples has challenged the prevailing view that modern humans emerged from one location in Africa before spreading out across the world. An international research team found that the Khoe and San groups from southern Africa are descendants of the earliest diversification event in the history of modern humans – 100,000 years ago. Instead of localising the origin of modern humans to a single geographic region in Africa, the researchers discovered a complex record of interbreeding and genetic stratification, challenging the view of evolution in one place."
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Elections system pulled from IBM contract

HanzoSpam HanzoSpam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HanzoSpam (713251) writes "IBM Corp.'s failure to protect state information under an $863 million data center consolidation contract has prompted the Texas secretary of state's office to pull its elections system from the project.

In August, the secretary of state got a "wake-up call" when a server crash led to a 13-day outage of the agency's business records filing system. It exposed serious weaknesses in IBM's ability to recover lost data, said secretary of state spokesman Randall Dillard."

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IBM Biggest Outsourcer of US Jobs

HanzoSpam HanzoSpam writes  |  more than 4 years ago

HanzoSpam writes "Bizcovering notes "Todayâ(TM)s (Sept 15, 2009) the www.Street.com has an article written by James Rogerâ(TM)s entitled, âoeIBM: Best in Classâ- saying CEO Sam Palmisano- has been earning applause for successfully guiding the tech giant through the economic downturn.

But the truth of the matter Palmisano for going on the last five years has been the biggest de-porter of good paying benefit jobs to the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, Indonesia and China) countries. He has crafted the hugest layoff plan over these five years that the nation has ever seen in a 100 + year old technology company, and done it in the most brutal ways possible.""

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Obama Team Considers Cancellation of Aries, Orion

HanzoSpam HanzoSpam writes  |  more than 5 years ago

HanzoSpam (713251) writes "U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's NASA transition team is asking U.S. space agency officials to quantify how much money could be saved by canceling the Ares 1 rocket and scaling back the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle next year.

Obama pledged during his campaign to inject an additional $2 billion into NASA aimed in part at narrowing the gap between the space shuttle's retirement and the introduction of a successor system. While NASA Administrator Mike Griffin and his senior managers are adamant that Ares and Orion are the right vehicles to fill that role, Obama did not endorse either system by name during his campaign."

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