Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base
Yeah... you know, back when Ukraine broke off from Russia, they made a deal with Russia over Ukraine's nukes. Basically, when Ukraine declared independence, they had what amounted to the third largest nuclear stockpile in the world.
In exchange for turning over all their nukes to Russia, Russia agreed not to interfere with Ukraine's territorial integrity. (Translation: If you voluntarily turn over your nukes, we won't mess with your new country.)
Fast forward from then (1994) to now, and oh look, Russia ignored that treaty in seizing the Crimea region. So color me particular unwilling to believe that if Russia gets a moon base that they won't try and ignore that treaty if it suits them.
Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor
I don't know when it airs where you are, but here, The Colbert Report airs at 11:30 pm, and Late Night with David Letterman normally starts at 11:35 pm.
I suspect there's going to be some changes in viewership numbers and demographics when Colbert takes over the show, but it's not going to be from going on the air a whole five minutes later.
Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients
Homeopathy provides, at the very least, the strong psychological effect of placebo.
The very most it provides is also the placebo effect. Well, I take that back. If you're using the standard 30C dilution with water (which at this point, stands 0% change of containing the original substance), you're staying hydrated.
Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?
I can't see shelling out $1500 for the privilege of what amounts to beta-testing Google Glass. Honestly, Google should be paying the testers, not the other way around. It's not like they're low on cash.
L.A. Building's Lights Interfere With Cellular Network, FCC Says
Obviously, instead of imprisoning any of the current executives (because we can't have that), the building manager will be thrown in prison, because clearly, it's his fault.
California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets
That's an astounding level of ignorance. Congratulations.
NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass
Ye flipping gods... I just went and looked at the beta site.
Whoever signed off on that design needs to have their head examined.
Why Games Should Be In the Public Domain
Yeah, Mickey Mouse will potentially enter the public domain in (I think) 2018. Because the terrorists win if that happens, look for Disney to push for another copyright extension either right after midterm elections this year, or after the 2016 elections.
Mystery of FBI Documents Posted To US Press In 1971 Solved
Didn't the NSA just recently clam up about whether or not they were surveilling Congress?
US Customs Destroys Virtuoso's Flutes Because They Were "Agricultural Items"
Oh no! Phil Robertson was suspended from a TV show for nine days! The horror!
FSF Responds To Microsoft's Privacy and Encryption Announcement
Right. Because No Such Agency would never be able to find a way to read data encrypted by an open source program. Why, that's a magical band-aid for everything!
With Burning Teslas In the News Ford Recalls Almost 140,000 Escapes
I was under the impression that gasoline vapor ignites easily. Gasoline itself doesn't. (I mean, didn't Mythbusters try this in an episode? They tried to light a gas trail on fire with a lit cigarette, and it didn't work for beans...)
EU Plastic Bag Debate Highlights a Wider Global Problem
ALDI also charges a refundable fee for grocery cart use. It's a quarter to get a cart, and if you return the cart (don't leave it in the parking lot) you get your quarter back. Pretty smart move.
Sex Offender Gets New Hearing After Hearing Officer Rants Against Arial Font
Because judges don't want to try and read briefs written in Wingdings because the plaintiff or defendant feels like being a jackass.
Driver Arrested In Ohio For Secret Car Compartment Full of Nothing
1) There are actually several homeless shelters in Columbia, SC.
2) If you're referring to that thing the city council passed a few months back, that shelter is about 10-12 miles outside Columbia city limits. I don't believe it's open yet, either. Certainly, the homeless people a couple blocks away from the Judicial Center (read: courthouse) don't seem to be worrying too much about it. Yet.
Imagining the Post-Antibiotic Future
I could be very snarky and say that religion is the willing suspension of rational thinking. And I just did. (A talking burning bush? It must be God, it said so. It's not possibly a massive amount of hallucinogens.)
GOCE Satellite Is Falling To Earth But Nobody Knows Where It Will Land
Someone get Scott Manley to figure it out using KSP.
Surface Pro 2 Gets Significant Battery Boost
One of the reasons I don't have a smart phone is that I don't have to charge my current phone every day. It's more like once a week. (Another of the reasons I don't have a smart phone is that I still have a 'dumb' phone that works fine. If/when it breaks, I'll think about moving to a smart phone, but I don't jump at getting new tech just because it comes out.)
Whistleblowing IT Director Fired By FL State Attorney
Er, no. Just because it has the word socialism in it does not mean that National Socialism is actually a form of socialism. It's a form of fascism, and they don't get along with socialism. (Or communism, or liberal democracy.) You may have noticed that the Nazis ended up fighting the Russian communists. (Okay, to be fair, it wasn't just because of competing ideologies. Both Hitler and Stalin knew that the peace treaty they signed wasn't worth the paper it was printed on, but Hitler wanted time to deal with the rest of Europe, and Stalin had all kinds of shit going on back in Russia, so they pretended that they weren't going to go to war, even though both sides knew it was inevitable.)
George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin
I happen to actually live and work in the South full-time. I am white. My room-mate is black. Trust me, there's still a ton of racism here.
Just because they aren't marching in full Klan regalia as often doesn't mean it went away.
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