'Superpoke' To Be No More, Thanks To Google
.....and good riddance. Who ever used the sheeptossing feature, anyway? What a joke.
Take me back to the good old IRC days please. It's been a while since I smacked someone around with a large trout.
Emergent Gravity Disproved
> I am a gravitational theorist.
I don't even understand what that title means, but it sounds very cool.
It means the GP is a self-proclaimed expert at cracking Yo Mama jokes.
Microsoft Developer Made the Most Changes To Linux 3.0 Code
The Lord's book has foretold just this event, promised to occur just as Jesus Christ our savior returns to reign on earth as King of kings.
Or, the way I prefer to think about it: "Last call for fornicating and altar boy fondling! The party ends in five minutes. So satisfy your sinful urges one last time, and start moving towards the door. Oh yeah, and don't forget to step into the confessional on your way out."
Sony Develops Technology To Hack Your Hand
Why is parent modded down? Should be +1 Appreciated.
Someone with points to spare, please lend this guy a hand.
I Name My Servers After:
Missing option: Women I've dated
I don't know what I'll do if I ever get a second server.
Why Google Should Buy the Music Industry
What I want to start is a non-profit BANK!
Then start one.
Groklaw: Microsoft Cloud Services Aren't FISMA Certified
Great! So can we kill the marketing departments now? Please?
I have it on good authority that these mindless jerks will be the first ones up against the wall when the Revolution comes.
A Closer Look At Immersion Cooling For the Data Center
There's a good play-by-play report of a hobbyist's adventures in mineral oil cooling here. The first page is just an introduction, but contains links to all the juicy bits on successive pages.
Sorry, no goatse.
US Alarmed Over Japan's Nuclear Crisis
You're obviously consulting the wrong media.
* Russia Today
* The Guardian
* The Wall Street Journal / The Financial Times
* Al Jazeera (hit and miss - great coverage of Egypt/Libya/Bahrain, terrible coverage of Japan)
* Der Spiegel
Note: True financial publications like Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal (e.g., NOT CNBC) tend to get their facts straight because their readership is much more demanding. Financial publications aren't perfect (The Financial Times' coverage of Russia has historically been pathetic), but they're a hell of a lot better than what passes for news in the US. I'm American and I don't even watch mainstream US news or read mainstream newspapers anymore - the signal to noise is just dismal.
Facebook Kills Mark Zuckerberg Action Figure
Dunno about Pamela Anderson, but there's clearly a market for President Barack Obama.
New Internal Cavity X-ray Technology for Airports
The terrorists aren't using the government, the government is using the terrorists.
Seems like a mutually beneficial relationship to me.
To draw a parallel with another resilient industry, who's actually using whom? Is the sex-obsessed client exploiting the vulnerable, defenseless prostitute? Or is it really the prostitute who's exploiting the client?
Either way, it's a comfy scenario for the military-industrial pimp.
WikiLeaks 'a Clear and Present Danger,' Says WaPo
This is neither about putting the cat back into the bag nor about preventing future leaks. This is about responding by doing something , regardless of whether or not that something that must be done is justified, legal, pragmatic, ethical, or effective.
Reacting has become the solitary goal of politicians...to take some kind of action when their constituents feel threatened, regardless of whether that action is appropriate, or if there even exists any action whatsoever is appropriate.
Cases in point:
The War on Terrorism
The War on Drugs
Felony Time for Personal Drug Use
The Pledge of Allegiance
The Witchhunt to Determine Who Killed Michael Jackson
Laws Banning Assisted Suicide
Censorship of (insert media here)
Laws Against Flag Burning
It's a tragedy of this fully-padded, 100% sterilized, risk-free, instant-gratification, 24/7-connected dreamworld that we are increasingly inhabiting that there has to be an immediate cure for every evil. People no longer accept that sometimes the best action is no action at all.
The "Scientific Impotence" Excuse
Call me a heretic if you want, but...
Given two groups - one which changes its beliefs when confronted with contradictory evidence, and another which simply ignores the evidence - I'll put my faith in the first group.
Sudden Demand For Logicians On Wall Street
There's a long-running joke among financial types....
If things are gonna get worse, buy bonds.
If they're gonna get much worse, buy gold.
If you're still worried, buy canned food, ammunition, and land in New Zealand.
Math Indicates Pollster Is Forging Results
I do understand statistics. While I agree it is highly unlikely that I would use the phrase 'statistically impossible', there is some nonzero probability.
Obama Sides With Bush In Spy Case
Move to Russia. 13% income tax. Period.
Russia To Develop a National Operating System
There's some truth in what you wrote, but most of it is pretty far from reality.
In Russia's major cities, capitalism is alive and well. SMEs (small and medium enterprises) aren't as widespread as in the USA or Europe, but they are gaining ground. Wait another 20 years and they'll be everywhere. And the younger generation is quite ready to take any steps needed to support the economy.
You can buy everything in Russia that you can find in any American department store (except Slim Jims - for God's sake, they still don't sell Slim Jims). Prices are higher here, however, due to import tariffs on some goods, lower competition, and a relatively smaller market.
The import tariffs are partly a result of bureacracy (which I believe will disappear over the years) and partly to help support strategic domestic industries. For example, as an anti-crisis measure, the Russian government just increased its import tariff on consumer automobiles from 25% to 30% in a move to support the struggling domestic automotive sector. As a result, if I want to buy a quality-built car here, I can expect to spend 30-40% more for it than I would in the USA. Importantly, note that the import tariff has prompted many foreign manufacturers to set up factories inside Russia (Ford, Toyota, Honda, and others all have domestic manufacturing capacity). Given time, the price for new vehicles in Russia will come down as competition increases and the market grows, but it's gonna take another 15 years.
Economic development will help with the last two issues (the relatively lower competition and the relatively smaller size of the consumer market). Russian disposable incomes are advancing rapidly. In 2008, real incomes increased about 15%. That growth is going to be closer to 5% in 2009, but by 2010 the country should be back up to 10% annual real income growth.
The crisis is definitely going to crimp growth in 2009, of course. The government is facing its first budget deficit since 2000, and the RUB has already lost about 20% of its value against the USD and looks destined to drop another 10% by summer. However, with some USD 400 bn in foreign currency reserves on hand, the government can easily weather 2 years of low commodities prices without breaking a sweat. And commodity prices will start recovering by the end of 2009 - even in the midst of the crisis, there's simply too much demand out there (from China, Russia, India, the USA, etc.), while at the same time there's too little capex being spent on new capacity.
Don't get me wrong...there's still a lot that's wrong in Russia. The legal system needs a major overhaul. The country's still too dependent on foreign capital. The financial system is very immature, and needs a much strong legal framework that protects the rights of investors, especially bondholders. The RUB bond market is in tatters right now. The banking system is hurting in many many many ways right now (and I personally have no idea what the RIGHT way to heal it is).
And there are a LOT of people in Russia who still live below, at, or just marginally above the poverty line. In the major cities wages are doing quite well. In Moscow, educated young adults can easily make USD 2000-3000 per month. Many make MUCH more than this. But there are also a lot of people who make just barely enough to get by (I think the median monthly salary in Moscow is about USD 800 right now). In Russia's provincial regions salaries are much lower. I know doctors, teachers, policemen, and accountants who make USD 100 a month.
It's going to take a generation to bring Russia up to European levels. There's still a lot of work to be done. But the country as a whole is advancing very quickly. The stereotype of "a country with plenty of goods, but no one can afford to buy them" no longer applies. Wealth is starting to filter out of the major cities into the provincial regions. Salaries are gaining rapidly. And most importantly, the government is working hard to safeguard and support the lifestyles of the common people.
FACT: Despite the utter bullshit that is constantly written in the western press (the New York Times is pretty bad on this point, but Fox News is utterly deplorable), the Russian government is doing a VERY good job at handling the current crisis. Unlike their American counterparts, Russian politicians are acting quickly and decisively, and so far have done a hell of a good job at safeguarding the domestic economy.
Roland Piquepaille Dies
When you see death walking up the path to your door, start typing fast.
I prefer to give death the finger.
6-Year-Old Says Grand Theft Auto Taught Him To Drive
If the kid can jump in the car and get it to move forward in the span of half a second, this MIGHT be a good idea. More likely, by the time (s)he's in the driver's seat mom has already suffered major internal injuries, and moving the car will just do more damage. Better to wait for medical services to arrive.
Real medical emergencies do not take place like in the movies. If you have a knife in you, it is NOT better to remove it on the spot (that knife is the only thing preventing you from bleeding). If you're pinned by a heavy object, it is better to wait until emergency services are in place to deal with any problems removing that object will cause (moving that object is only going to exacerbate any spinal injuries an internal bleeding). If you have a broken arm, it is NOT better to set it at the scene of the injury (doing so can further damage the surrounding tissue, increase bleeding, and potentially release bone marrow into the blood stream).
99% of the time, it's better to do absolutely nothing, and move the victim as little as possible. The obvious exceptions are when breathing is obstructed (possible in the case of the parent's example) or further danger is imminent (victim is unconscious in the passenger's seat after a car accident in the middle of a highway in a snowstorm, or perhaps the car is on fire).
P.S. The poster's point (that if the story had ended differently the spin about GTA would be different) is still valid, but the example (s)he used isn't the best one that could have been picked.
Second Google Android Phone Revealed
Have you actually seen a zzzPhone? Even a video of a zzzPhone?
All I've seen are Photoshopped images, and very poor ones at that (far worse than the Agora images).
Until someone gets a zzzPhone in their hands, it's vaporware.
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