top South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago
Jail time costs us money. This is a stupid waste of our money. The courts should be smarter than that. Make her pay compensation to the state for maintaining an arrest order for her all that time.
top NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific
Perhaps explains the confusion of Australia with Austria.
top Australia OKs Dumping Dredge Waste In Barrier Reef
This ia sad reflection of the lack of understanding of the new government on environmental issues. For them, rewarding their mates and campaign donors in big business is more important than anything else.
top Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High
"If the climate scientists have a model that accurately predicted the past 16 years then we can talk about the future."
Rubbish. The global atmospheric environment is a complex set of regional systems, all dissipating energy through the various weather patterns around the world. The greenhouse effect has caused that huge set of systems system to heat up, and so they have to dissipate more and more energy. This is increasing entropy and there has to be a dramatic result when you do that to any system or machine. Metaphorically, this is like a steam engine when the boiler is fired up too high and the pressure relief valve has to operate or it will explode. The result is more violent regional weather systems which result in heat being transferred in greater quantities than previously in living memory. Sometimes this results in some places freezing and other places having heat waves and drought. The entire system has not been modeled thoroughly. Some of the smaller weather systems have been modeled quite well but when subjected to exogenous heat inputs from the global system, the model fails to predict what might happen because this effect cannot be taken into account in the model.
What most Americans think about this is irrelevant because most Americans are too poorly educated to appreciate how scientists do research, and they are notoriously willing to entertain stupid conspiracy theories. Grow up America!
about a month and a half ago
top Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie
Cinema owners have no right to stop texting. The carrier purchased a license to use the spectrum at great cost and the cinema cannot take away the right given by the Federal government through that license. Using it is bad manners but nothing more. Crazy old gun nut. The curse of the Second Amendment.
top Australian Teen Reports SQL Injection Vulnerability, Company Calls Police
In reality he was showing off by penetrating the security of Metlink. I think that we nerds too readily attribute him the noble motivation of helping them to improve their security, which clearly should have been better. Why did they need to keep all that information? So, the company deserves a kick, but so does the kid-hacker, who knowingly broke a state law that should be taken very seriously. He should have been arrested, but I doubt that he actually was.
From Christmas Eve to Australia Day, 26 Jan, during the heat of summer, most Australians are on holiday, and it is very difficult to get any sense from many businesses or government agencies. It is also a slack news time where little stories get big coverage. Metlink is the much-hated, greedy marketing arm of the Melbourne public transport system that the populist media love to kick. So this kid chose his time to report the "problem" very well.
If you ever try to catch a tram in Melbourne, you will hate Metlink too. You are required to buy a ticket from a machine on the tram under pain of heavy fines, but to do that you are required to have an intimate prior knowledge of the system so that you can choose the right number of "sections" for the fare. "Hurry up Yank!
top Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car
It's OK! Relax! This is only about marketing, and we know that everyone loves receiving commercials that are aimed at them. Sales people have a right to have all personal information. This will improve their aim. Isn't that wonderful. Of course, we should not let the cops or federal agencies have access to the data because that would allow them to catch criminals, and no one wants that.
top Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress
NSA probably can't help it. It is taking huge stacks of meta data on large blocks of phone numbers, and some congressmen are bound to be included. So perhaps it honestly does not know. If it denies the accusation it is bound to be caught out.
top Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pass 10% Market Share, Windows XP Falls Below 30%
Win 8 works quite well on a phone, being more ordered, intuitive, and less messy than Android. The main problem is still the MS walled garden. I don't want Explorer or Bing, and I still can't get many of the apps I want and enjoyed on Android.
top US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate
The Christian Brothers, who run this "not for profit" are desperate for the income it brings them. Their church no longer permits them to work at their profession of teaching because they were so enthusiastically involved in the pedophilia scandals, and cannot be trusted near children. They lost most of their wealth in law suits because of the abysmal performance of their leadership in addressing the claims of the abused. Now most of them are growing old and fat in an idle retirement, and the few who can still earn money are working very hard trying to support them.
I could almost feel sorry for them, but no, because they were the very worst of the abusers: even running a child slave labor camp at Bundoon in Western Australia that kept orphan kids in a hard labor camp prison where many of the boys were also sexual slaves.
So now they want to impose their abhorrent sexual ethics on those who they have to employ to do the work that they should be doing. If ever there was a case for retrospective abortion, it would be for these guys.
top New Study Shows One-Third of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution
The USA is less evolved culturally than most other countries, so it is to be expected that so many of its people would be less evolved intellectually. Still, these are amazing statistics, and are a credit to conservative Christianity for holding back the evolution of its believers for so long.
top Australian Icebreaker Tries To Get Through To Stranded Antarctic Research Ship
Global warming is about more heat being stored in the atmosphere. That means there is more energy in the complex global system that causes our weather. This extra energy causes the system to behave in a different way than we are used to. This leads to more unstable weather extremes of all kinds in the short term and to stable climate changes in the long term.
top 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out
And, the fluorescent type not put out as much light as incandescent, regardless of what it says on the label. They create more HF radio interference, and they have a shorter life; Oh! and they cost much more. I bet the Asian $2 shops will find a way to keep the incandescent coming.
top How To Avoid a Scramble For the Moon and Its Resources
The UN should auction 15 year full property right leases, and give the money to developing countries.
top US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil
Huh? You want to be able to attack an intruding enemy, bomb his troops, ships, and tanks wherever he is in your country. In Brazil, that could be at a distant border a long way from you fighter base, or way out to sea.
top Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records
Thanks this story did not satisfy my belief criteria.
It had to be fake. Even the DHS is not that stupid.
I assumed that this was a beat up with more facts about the case being left out to increase indignation and newsworthiness.
It is \. we should be angry with for publishing this crap. Not the Toronto Star.
top Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records
The home of the brave is not very brave sometimes.
top A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP
The sad fact is that China has read the future better than us. It is developing more alternative and green power resources. For some time now it has been producing cheaper
.AND. higher quality and more reliable goods than the US, while also having a lower carbon footprint. They are much smarter than Americans, so we should stop with the nonsense about: " if they had the same workplace rules we would be able to out compete them". It is just not true. They can beat us on a level playing field because they have a more efficient government for production, and a better work ethic.
top Toyota's Killer Firmware
It is about bloody time that a software developer is held accountable for delivering dangerous buggy firmware. As a purchaser, I have often been frustrated by how this industry has conditioned us to believe that this is normal and must be accepted. Indeed we are usually expected to subscribe to a continuing service to update delivered software for bug fixes. Can you imagine this happening with any kind of hardware delivery. Professionals in the motor vehicle must deliver a product quality that is consistent with the standards of that industry - even if it is software.
top Israel Helped the NSA Spy on Former French President According To Documents
Israel treats Palestinians the way the USA treated American natives, and the way the Germans treated Jews. Of all the people who should know better.........
Occams has no journal entries.