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What Modern Militaries Can Learn From Battlestar Galactica

Keebler71 Re: what? (272 comments)

Except that GPS satellites are in MEO... and would be immune from the Kessler Syndrome which is a LEO problem...

about a year and a half ago

Endeavour Arrives At California Science Center

Keebler71 Anyone notice... (57 comments)

Is it just me or are people *way* more interested in the shuttle now than when it was still flying?

about 2 years ago

NSA Chief To Address Hackers At DEF CON

Keebler71 Re:I wonder... (136 comments)

Probably less long that it would take him to get into everyone in the audience's...

more than 2 years ago

Time to Review FAA Gadget Policies

Keebler71 Re:What's so bad about their policies? (292 comments)

.. and whose job is it to maintain the list of which of the hundreds of thousands of consumer electronic devices comply and which failed? And do you expect the flight attendants to be able to tell the difference between every one? How do you implement this? Maybe a nice little (easily forged) sticker for the back of the device?

more than 2 years ago

The Himalayas and Nearby Peaks Have Lost No Ice In Past 10 Years, Study Shows

Keebler71 Re:Skeptical != Scientific (409 comments)

uh... but given long period of temperature fluctuations throughout measured history... wouldn't you expect a temperature change since the Industrial Revolution with a probability of almost 100% and a probability that it would be an *increasing* trend of 50%? Wouldn't it be more surprising if the temperature was exactly *constant* since then?

more than 2 years ago

Are You Better At Math Than a 4th (or 10th) Grader?

Keebler71 Re:Hard to believe (845 comments)

... how bout the fact that he couldn't solve that - but has a B.S., two masters degrees, PhD credits, and "oversee[s] an organization with 22,000 employees and a $3 billion operations and capital budget, and am able to make sense of complex data related to those responsibilities".

I simply can't reconcile the above with his inability to solve any of the 60 math questions.

I'm thinking his degrees are utterly worthless and I'll further speculate that the organization he oversees with $3B budget is being grossly mismanaged.

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Takes On a Mexican Drug Cartel

Keebler71 Re:Identifying what exactly? (548 comments)

he United States' "War on Drugs" is the root cause of all that violence in Mexico.

Funny - I thought the root cause of all violence in Mexico were Mexicans shooting and killing one another...

more than 2 years ago

US Student Loans Exceed $1 Trillion

Keebler71 Re:Really simple solution tested in practice: (917 comments)

You must have a different definition of "free for all". I think you really meant "free for the student, paid for by everyone else"

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How to Exploit Post-Cataract Ultraviolet Vision?

Keebler71 Re:I see UV too... (350 comments)

The experiment was over 15 years ago so I'm not sure but I seem to recall they both looked rather pinkish-violet. Honestly - I don't know when I am seeing UV if at all... I would say though that the purple section of a rainbow looks thicker, and terminates with a pinkish-whitish-violet color that just sort of fades. I've always assumed that's what everyone sees regardless of where their sensitivity ends,... maybe I'm wrong.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How to Exploit Post-Cataract Ultraviolet Vision?

Keebler71 I see UV too... (350 comments)

I see UV too,... at least technically and I don't believe it is that uncommon. In a college quantum physics lab we were looking at the emission spectrum of Hydrogen and the instructor was guiding us through various emission lines. He asked if we could see the purple line and then asked who could see the *other* purple line. I was the only one who could. He said he always asks that because every class there are one or two students (out of about 20) who could see just enough into the UV spectrum to see it. I don't recall which line it was but assume it was the Balmer n=6 line at 397nm.

I can't say this has been particularly more useful to me although I do think I see rainbows as 'wider' than most people with a much thicker "purple" band than others seem to see. Totally subjective and something I can't substantiate but I think I am more sensitive to sunlight as well.

about 3 years ago

First Pictures of Chinese Stealth Fighter

Keebler71 Re:Return of the Gun? (613 comments)

Right... you know where you see valid targets and just shoot missiles everywhere else and surely you'll hit the stealth target.... brilliant!

more than 3 years ago

First Pictures of Chinese Stealth Fighter

Keebler71 Re:Espionage? (613 comments)

At first glance, that looks exceedingly like an F-22 (I'm no expert-maybe specialists here can point out differences)

I am - and to anyone else in the field the designs look nothing alike. The F-22 (and F-35) have a diamond-wing planform without canards with diamond vertical stabilizers. The J-20 has canards and a delta wing with swept vertical stabs. Take a look at this planform comparison

more than 3 years ago

North Korea Says War With South Would Go Nuclear

Keebler71 Re:I'm so scared... (608 comments)

Riiiiggghhhhttttt,... just like last time eh?

more than 3 years ago

Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed

Keebler71 Re:Nobody bothers to read the original opinion pol (1352 comments)

What astonishes me, is that lefty commentors here on slashdot appear to have read a drastically distorted and incorrect news story, then swallowed it whole, without any criticism or research, all the while believing that they are open minded, critical, and better-informed than the stupid people who watch Fox.

you must be new here...

more than 3 years ago

EPA Knowingly Allowed Pesticide That Kills Bees

Keebler71 Re:One More Bush Era Screw Up (410 comments)

One more example of how Bush and his greedy incompetent Republican asshats have screwed everybody. This stuff is used because of a conditional waiver that was issued in 2003, against the scientific advices of the experts.

It's just like the BP Gulf oil spill and the coal mine explosion in West Virginia. There are systems in place to protect people and the environment, but when the Republicans gain control they stop all oversight. It takes five to fifteen years to see all the failures, and by then everyone forgets who turned over control to the crooks and lairs.

They just wave the flag, blame everything on the government bureaucrats and illegal aliens, scream about the war on terror, and then lie and deny when the shit hits the fan. I guess as long as these morons continue to lie and cheat their way into power we deserve to have poisoned gulf seafood and the end of flowering crops.

Don't worry, you can just consume more high fructose processed food and get diabetes. The corn/agribusiness lobby will continue to do just fine with their massive tax breaks and government subsidies, and they're so rich that they can afford imported fruits and vegetables. If you get sick and loose your health care you can crawl off and die, and that will solve them problem.

Pssstttttt.... 15 years before the events you cited... Clinton was president.

more than 3 years ago

Judge Declares Federal Healthcare Plan (Partly) Unconstitutional

Keebler71 Re:Filed by Ken Cuccinelli (1505 comments)

Forcing health insurance companies to insure people with "pre-existing conditions" is like forcing an insurance company to cover the loss of a home that caught on fire despite the fact that the owner didn't get coverage until after his house burnt down.

more than 3 years ago

What To Load On a 4-Year-Old's Netbook?

Keebler71 Re:Regardless (742 comments)

Install Windows Steady State on the machine after you set it up and before you give it to him. It is designed for places like computer labs, libraries, schools, etc... that don't want kids or malicious user wrecking too much havoc. Lots of features but the gist is you have full control over what users can do (by account), how long they can be online, what drives and resources they have access to, etc. There is even a rudimentary site blocker so you can allow playhouse disney, or whatever kids sites you know are safe without letting them have free reign over the net or having to manage this at the firewall. Highly recommend it.

more than 3 years ago

How To Profit From Planetary-Scale Computing

Keebler71 The Dangers of Planet-scale computing (178 comments)

I think it has been well documented that planet-scale computing leads to disaster. I for one don't want to be destroyed by the Vogons just before the computer produces its answer...

more than 3 years ago

US Presidential Nuclear Codes 'Lost For Months'

Keebler71 Re:Oh piss off (322 comments)

Maybe if you stop watching Fox News, you'd notice the leaders portrayed as demonic figures bent on bringing hell on earth are actually very pragmatic people and that's exactly why they manage to stay in power.

Well, yeah, *that* and election fraud.

p.s. I actually get most of my news from NPR, with some CNN, BBC, CSM and others thrown in. Somehow I doubt you actually take in the "other sides'" 'news' sources and just wallow in your own intellectual filth.

about 4 years ago


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Keebler71 Keebler71 writes  |  about 10 years ago The list of "felons" to scrub was given to Harris by private contractor ChoicePoint whose ties with the GOP are, shall we say, strong.

I've heard lots of accusations of Harris disenfranchising, etc... but never that ChoicePoint had "close ties to the GOP". You cite Greg Palast. Could you find a less biased source? Noam Chomsky Perhaps?

All sorts of deliberate errors were made in the scrubbing process, costing Gore a minimum 22 000 votes on election day 2000.

You obviously pulled these numbers from some reference (probably Palast's work) and didn't even bother to see if they make sense. Since you didn't cite any web references, I will use this Wikipedia entry as my source. Let go through the various "disenfranchisement" claims.

From the article, 57,700 "felons" were struck from the voter list. These people were all contacted (although I assume it is reasonable that many of these people were not reached), of which 4,874 appealed. Of the 4,874 appeals, 2,430 were re-instated. Now, lacking an additional info, I assume that someone compared these two numbers, and figured that 50% of the listed names were incorrect, where in reality, it is only 50% of those on the list who came forward to dispute the error. Granted, anyone being denied a vote is tragic, but 2,430 (all of whom were reinstated) is a far cry from 22,000. Why didn't the other 53,000 people on the list appeal? More likely, most didn't appeal because outside of the 2,430, nearly all were convicted felons. Which brings us to ...List Demographics:

Voter demographics authority David Bositis, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC, reviewed The Nation's findings and concluded that the purge-and-block program was "a patently obvious technique to discriminate against black voters." He noted that based on nationwide conviction rates, African-Americans would account for 46% of the ex-felon group wrongly disfranchised.

Breakdown of the distribution for 3 major counties:

  • Miami-Dade, 20% voters are Black, 66% names on list were Black (3,794)
  • Leon County, 29% voters are Black, 55% names on list were Black
  • None of the names on the list were Hispanic.

First off, David Bositis is expecting a 46% rate of black names on the ex-felon group list. What is his criteria? national averages. African Americans comprise 12.6% of the US population, but make up 46% of the ex-felon group (according to Bositis). Florida has slightly more aftican-americans than the national average at 14.6%. Lets look at Miami-Dade and Leon counties that the Bositis cites: Both counties have significantly higher (about double) the national average of African-Americans. Wouldn't it make some sense that the they would appear on the felon list with greater frequency than the national African-American breakdown of ex-felons? (46%)

Now lets go after that last bullet: None of the names on the list were Hispanic. Greg Palast has this screenshot on his website of a segment of the list. (Ignore for the moment that he apparently uses Windows, AOL, and has 16 non-standard icons in his system tray.) While I don't dispute that ChoicePoint used poor methods to determine matches, what else can we glean from the spreadsheet? For one thing, there are no "Hispanics" in the race column, despite there being two names that appear to be hispanic in origin. One is listed as unknown, and one as white. So, the argument that "hispanics have been removed because they tend to vote Republican" is probably bunk. Much more likely, ChoicePoint correctly identified Hispanics as an "ethinic group" and not a race. This would very reasonably explain why there are no "hispanics" on the list.

Bottom line, while I don't doubt that some African-American voters were disenfranchised, maybe even enough to change the outcome, I seriously doubt it was 22,000. More importantly, why isn't anyone calculating how many of the white voters were disenfranchised (through the same felon list, voter fraud, or absentee fraud?)

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