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Indian Sect Members Vow To Marry Sex Workers

Hybrid-brain well....... (21 comments)

this certainly will strike a few chords. or more in the USA, just because of how controversial this is. Though the ironic thing would be if people in the USA did this as well, if this DSS group had ties here.

more than 4 years ago

Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

Hybrid-brain Re:Data Sourcing (419 comments)

Like our great and glorious leader of Microsoft: Bill Gates

more than 4 years ago

EFF Wants To Know If the Feds Are Cyberstalking

Hybrid-brain Re:Why wouldn't they? (135 comments)

I imagine that they might want to be keeping an eye out as well for those who might be involved in trying to lure underage children as well.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child

Hybrid-brain Re:Anecdote time (331 comments)

That's interesting. very. actually. I wonder if a test with controls and whatnot would work to test if this actually is true.

more than 4 years ago

Has Sci-Fi Run Out of Steam?

Hybrid-brain Re:No (479 comments)

It's also about politics as well, and how we perceive them as well. Take a look at the new V series. It's set after 9/11 when we've become suspicious of everything different, where we value security, and those that aren't with us, must be destroyed. This new series once again explores the unknown, (and yes it sucks majorly right now because they need a writing staff that's more qualified to do justice,) but at the same time it explores how our ideologies are. Think about this as well, charismatic and "peaceful" beings who want to share with us their tech and heal us. It's also about religion. The old series didn't have a priest who was questioning everything that the V said. That's what makes this series so good, is that it has more depth to it then the original series. Plus the role of Anna, she has a hidden agenda, and while I am a democrat, I can see huge allusions to Obama and his presidential reign. The old series was directed more towards the whole Cold War era, in a time where we didn't know where we were going or what we were doing. In this new series, we have 9/11 and terrorists and sleeper cells.

more than 4 years ago

Intel Says Brain Implants Could Control Computers By 2020

Hybrid-brain Re:Peter Hamilton Sci-Fi (314 comments)

Local seattle author, Syne Mitchell explores the idea of implants connected with technology The Changeling Plague TechnoGenesis (if you want a good version of what a future with implants looks like, this is a must read) The Last Mortal Man (three books, awesome series, another implant book)

more than 4 years ago

Laser Weapon Shoots Down Airplanes In Test

Hybrid-brain Re:Energy weapons (627 comments)

quick question here. I'm sure this has already been covered, but I am confused, so hopefully this will answer it. are we talking targeting laser here which then is coupled with something else, such as a missile that fires or are we talking about an actual laser that fires and does damage, such as the laser that the Death Star has?

more than 4 years ago

NASA Attempts To Assuage 2012 Fears

Hybrid-brain Re:Wow. (881 comments)

Is it just me, or are people getting stupider and it's the younger generations who are getting smarter? People got all afraid of Y2K thinking it would be the end of the civilized world and we'd be back to the stone age, and lo nothing happened. other then it becoming a new year and computers and technology still existing. People take television and movies too seriously. I've known people who've read The Left Behind Series and take it as Gospel. ::rolls Eyes:: So you see it's because we're really a lot more uneducated then we let on. and we force these things on others who take it as gospel, and sooner or later we've got mass stupidity and suicides and other issues because of one Hollywood movie. Yaghoi.

more than 4 years ago

New Zealand To Launch First Private Space Rocket

Hybrid-brain Re:Rocket Lab to launch... (96 comments)

I was in Nz in May and visited both the A.J. Hacket place and the Zorb place out of Rotorura. two awesome experiences. lots of videos and photos. I miss the place, it's one of the places that I would go back to and visit, possibly even live there. I love Queenstown, very New York style place.

more than 4 years ago

Russia Recalls Modern Warfare 2

Hybrid-brain Re:Waaaaahh (548 comments)

North Korea: Former Soviet Protectorate Cuba: Former Soviet Base

more than 4 years ago

Robbery Suspect Cleared By Facebook Alibi

Hybrid-brain Re:Probably wasn't the case here.. (160 comments)

Is there a flight mode for the Ipod Touch, or is that only available on the Iphone?

more than 4 years ago

Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

Hybrid-brain Re:It's called "multidimensional culture" (708 comments)

no one's brought up Farscape. Okay, so Farscape was another one of those cookie cutter cut outs, but it had class and taste. am I wrong, or am I just breathing hot air here?

more than 4 years ago

Project Natal Release Details Emerge

Hybrid-brain forgive my asking. (173 comments)

I'm not sure if this question was brought up already, if it has been, then mod me down...however, I've been thinking. why not just create a new x-box system, like they did when they created the 360. Keep all the same elements and everything. essentially it'd be the 360, but it would have the inboard system for the Natal. I see nothing wrong with going out and buying the Natal as an add on, but yet at the same time, I find it extremely interesting that they want to do an add on for (when all is said and done mind you) $100. If they were just to create a new system, call it the X-box 360+ and have everything built in, wouldn't that be more cheaper in the long run? Because when you think about it, do you really want to go out and buy something that may not work, when if they build it in system, they can test it to make sure it works. That I think was something along the same lines when they first did in comp web cams, because people weren't sure if the product was going to work. I dunno. just my thoughts.

more than 4 years ago

US Navy Was Ordered To Listen For Martian Broadcast

Hybrid-brain Re:Transmission was heard... (154 comments)

Sounds also like what was heard in The Sparrow. Though in this case the transmissions from Rakhat wasn't music, but the planets poet celebrating the joys of sex/rape. The transmissions were heard the same way though; through radar/radio. It does raise an interesting question though, since after reading The Sparrow, we now hear music.....but how do we know it's actually music.

more than 4 years ago

Attack of the PowerPoint-Wielding Professors

Hybrid-brain Re:Most professors guilty? (467 comments)

I think Land that what you're missing is that there are people in college who really don't want to be in class, that the only reason they're there is because they're on a sports scholarship or something to that extent. They're forced to take classes, so they take something that A) they really don't care about and B) something that is easy. Unfortunately that doesn't translate out in college at all, unless you somehow don't declare a major at all and take all gen eds for all four years that you're there (which can be done apparently) and just breeze through. I realize though that once again with PowerPoint this also enables a student to skip out on class because a lot of profs that I know of, will post the PowerPoint they show in class to the server for the class. This is one of those things that I like, because most of my profs move through the slides way too fast to write anything down. The other thing that they do is that they will print out the slides(the Bio/Chem profs at my school do this) and then you can write in the lines they provide, while they talk about the slides as they show each one.

more than 4 years ago

Massive Power Outages In Brazil Caused By Hackers

Hybrid-brain Re:Good luck with that (462 comments)

Or we could just do what The Visitors do and simply fix all problems that way.

more than 4 years ago

Swarm of Giant Jellyfish Capsize 10-Ton Trawler

Hybrid-brain Re:There coming for .....YOU (227 comments)

you also forget they're psychic space jellyfish.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Research Shows Off New Projects On College Recruiting Tour

Hybrid-brain Where is Apple? (62 comments)

honestly, Apple products would be better. My school is a fully apple integrated school. I fully recommend that all schools and universities go Apple.

more than 4 years ago



Women Rob Banks As well.

Hybrid-brain Hybrid-brain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hybrid-brain writes "Robbing banks no longer just for guys, FBI statistics show. She said she had nothing left to lose when she handed the bank teller the hastily scrawled note. "We're armed," the note said. "Don't say anything. Just give us all the money." Moments later, the woman and her male accomplice raced from the bank, jumped in their car and sped off with $10,000 in cash. "It felt powerful, exciting, quick," said the woman, who spoke with CNN under the pseudonym Jane Smith. "At that time of my life, everything was upside down and I didn't have any control." Smith told CNN she was going through a bad divorce and that robbing a bank "made me feel like I was in control again." She is one of a growing number of female bank robbers, a crime normally committed by men. Nationwide, 6.2 percent of all bank heists today are committed by women. That's up from 4.9 percent in 2002 — a 25 percent increase, according to the most recent FBI crime statistics. "Here's a crime that you can commit easily and its an equal opportunity crime," crime historian Robert McCrie said. Banks have become so customer-friendly and open, they've become "a safe place to rob," he added. In Long Island's Nassau County, Detective Sgt. John Giambrone says he came across not one female bank robber in his first 25 years in law enforcement. He has seen 15 in the past three years. "For a woman, especially a woman, to take that step ... you're crossing a big threshold," said Giambrone, who heads up the Nassau County police department's robbery squad. In Giambrone's experience, the women who are captured in bank heists usually say they're doing it to "pay bills, get a little extra cash." It's different for the men, he added. They usually say they rob banks for the thrill of it, or to get money for drug, alcohol or gambling addictions. Giambrone said women tend to carefully plan their holdups, and prepare the notes ahead of time. "Women are more pragmatic," forensic sociologist Rosemary Erikson agreed. "They need diapers for the baby that kind of thing." The most notorious female bank robber was Bonnie Parker of the famed Bonnie and Clyde duo. Often she was armed, not the usual modus operandi of today's women. Like the men, they usually just hand the teller a note, knowing most banks instruct employees to hand over the cash rather than risk injuries. Among today's more memorable women: the giggling teen Barbie Bandits captured last year in Georgia, Northern Virginia's Cell Phone Bandit, caught in 2005, and the Starlet Bandit, still on the loose in Los Angeles, California. As crimes go, bank robbery is hardly a fool-proof caper. The chances of getting caught are high, the prison sentences long, Erikson pointed out. Three out of four bank robbers are caught, she said. The arrest rate is high because the FBI is involved in almost all bank robbery investigations. The penalty can be as high as 26 years. But 83 percent of bank robbers think they are not going to be caught, Erikson said. "They have this kind of immortality thing, they have inflated egos." Jane Smith, who is trying to rebuild her life after serving five years in a maximum security prison, agrees that while the holdup was exciting, it wasn't worth it. Still, she couldn't help smiling as she recalled how the tire blew on the getaway car while she and her accomplice made their getaway. "I kept going on the rims, sparks flying on the highway," she said. When she could drive no farther, Smith recalled, "I started flagging people down. All the money is on the floorboard of the car. One lady did pull over to pick us up and so I got the money and I stuffed it in my purse and could barely zip it. She took us to a convenience store close by and I called a taxi." She went on wild spending spree, going through most of the money before her arrest several days later. She said she would never again rob a bank, because her arrest and incarceration nearly destroyed her parents and two kids. But Smith admitted that the thrill was addictive. "I loved the danger in it. I wanted to get more money. I wanted to keep doing it. That's how it really felt — an adrenaline rush. Perfect.""
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Homeless man rejected for spot on Illionis Ballot

Hybrid-brain Hybrid-brain writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hybrid-brain writes "CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man barred from running for the village board because he is homeless isn't giving up trying to get on the ballot.

Daniel Fore and his attorneys on Thursday filed both a petition seeking a judicial review of the decision and an emergency motion for expedited hearing with the Cook County Circuit Court.

The team hopes for a ruling on the matter by March 6, ahead of the March 16 start of early voting, said Larry Griffin, an attorney for the firm Kirkland and Ellis who represents Fore pro bono.

Oak Park's electoral board voted 2-1 last week to bar Fore from the April 7 ballot. A message left for an Oak Park spokesman was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

Two Oak Park residents, Randy Gillett and Richard Newman, challenged Fore's candidacy, claiming a person without a fixed address cannot run for office or register to vote.

But Fore's attorneys say the electoral board's decision violates Illinois law and nothing in it bars homeless people from ballot access just because they're homeless.

Cook County Clerk David Orr agrees, saying in a statement he believes state law supports Fore's case.

"Just as homeless voters deserve the right to cast ballots, homeless candidates have a right to run for office," Orr said. "At a time when more and more Americans are losing their homes, it is imperative they not also lose access to full participation in our democracy — either as voters or officeholders."

Orr's support is key, Griffin said.

"I think his perspective is obviously valuable," Griffin said. "We appreciate that he sees, as we do, that Dan has a right to run."

Fore collected 800 signatures from Oak Park residents, almost double the amount he needed to be placed on the ballot, Griffin said.

Fore is also represented by the Law Project of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed."

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