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How Relevant is C in 2014?

RoccamOccam Re:C is very relevant in 2014, (641 comments)

"C makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot; C++ makes it harder, but when you do it blows your whole leg off".
Yes, I said something like that (in 1986 or so). What people tend to miss, is that what I said there about C++ is to a varying extent true for all powerful languages. As you protect people from simple dangers, they get themselves into new and less obvious problems. Someone who avoids the simple problems may simply be heading for a not-so-simple one. One problem with very supporting and protective environments is that the hard problems may be discovered too late or be too hard to remedy once discovered. Also, a rare problem is harder to find than a frequent one because you don't suspect it.

-- Bjarne Stroustrup

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Goes On Auction This Week

RoccamOccam Re:Who buys this stuff? (355 comments)

Augustus St. Cloud, for one.

about two weeks ago
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Jolla Crowdfunds Its First Tablet

RoccamOccam Battery capacity (56 comments)

Interesting that the battery spec isn't on par with the competitors listed on their website. Both the Nexus 9 and the iPad Mini have in excess of 50%-more capacity. I didn't see any numbers on expected battery life.

On the other hand, the price and multitasking-approach makes it a very attractive alternative, to me.

about 1 month ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

RoccamOccam Obama Administration White House Fellow (299 comments)

Twitchy.com reports that Emil Michael is a former Obama administration White House Fellow.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

RoccamOccam Re:Pre chaos theory (242 comments)

I felt the same way when reading the trilogy for the second time. The first time that read it, I was quite taken with the psychohistory concept. However, between readings I had learned about Chaos Theory and I felt that I couldn't enjoy the story properly.

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

RoccamOccam Gridlock is so bad ... (127 comments)

The gridlock has been so bad that the American public has voted to fix it. Yay!

about a month ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

RoccamOccam Re:Primaries (224 comments)

Whoops, I meant to say "and for the Republicans to retain control of the House."

about a month ago
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Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

RoccamOccam Primaries (224 comments)

Perhaps, particularly in this last election cycle, the money would be better spent in the primaries. Clearly, the American voters wanted the Democrats to lose control of the Senate and to retain control of the House. For a number of reasons, that was the overriding issue, across the board.

If Lessig's PAC had worked to get more favorable candidates into position in the primaries, they might have had a bigger return on their dollar.

about a month ago
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Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches

RoccamOccam Election results (388 comments)

Speaking of the election, http://townhall.com/ had this to say about the election results

Roughly two months ago, we explored the question of whether Republicans were headed for a "wave" election victory in 2014. The results are in, and the verdict is unequivocal: Yes. As of this writing -- in the wee hours of the morning -- Republicans appear poised to win their largest House majority in well over half a century. They have won the United States Senate by a decisive margin, netting eight seats outright, with a ninth almost certainly on the way. They will actually gain a number of governorships -- building on their already-remarkable 30-20 advantage. And they've expanded their dominance of state-level legislative chambers. A comprehensive blowout. There are many things for conservatives to celebrate. An incomplete list, in no particular order:

(1) Senators-elect Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst, and Thom Tillis are all winners of formerly-blue seats in states carried by Barack Obama at least once. Gardner tossed a perfect game in his race, beating Sen. Mark "Uterus" Udall soundly (by six points, with 89 percent of the vote counted). He neutralized the "war on women" nonsense and outperformed among Latinos. The national party should turn Gardner's win into a case study. Joni Ernst dominated Bruce Braley, winning by eight points. Adding insult to injury, Democrats also lost Braley's House seat. These 'precriminations' told the story. And Thom Tillis, who trailed in the polling average for the entire race, came from behind and ousted Kay Hagan.

(2) The last time Republicans defeated more than two incumbent Democratic Senators in one election cycle was 1980. In 2014, they've gotten four (Pryor, Udall, Hagan, Begich), with a fifth -- Mary Landrieu -- looking like a sitting duck. Landrieu garnered just 42 percent of the vote in Louisiana, compared to 55 percent for her two GOP rivals. She will need a miracle to win the December 6 runoff.

(3) The polls were, in fact, skewed. Toward Democrats. Significantly. Mitch McConnell won by 15 points in Kentucky. David Perdue beat Michelle Nunn by 13 points, easily avoiding a run-off. Tom Cotton absolutely destroyed Mark Pryor. Tillis wasn't supposed to win. The polls were way off in all of these races. And, I'm happy to add, the disgusting race-baiting failed.

(4) If the GOP takes Louisiana as expected, and if Maine independent Angus King decides to caucus with Republicans -- which he's reportedly open to doing -- the party will control 55 seats in January. Republicans were at a 60-40 disadvantage in the upper chamber as recently as early 2010. That's a breathtaking turnaround, mirroring Democrats' Senate gains from 2004 to 2008. Question: Might Sen. Joe Manchin be thinking about pulling a Jim Jeffords and switching parties, given what just happened in his state? That would be 56.

(5) Democrats insisted that Obamacare was not a big issue in this campaign. Republicans' campaigns blew that theory out of the waterand then there's this (a tally that doesn't include Begich or Landrieu):

almost half! MT @mkhammer: Damn. RT @philipaklein: w/ Hagan’s loss: 27 senators who voted for Obamacare won't be part of new Senate — Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 5, 2014

(6) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has now beaten the Left three times in four years. And each win has built on the last. He beat Mary Burke by nearly seven points in a race that was supposedly "tied" two weeks ago. The Marquette poll nailed it again. Walker has been rewarded by voters for his courageous and successful governance in a state that hasn't been carried by a Republican presidential ticket in decades. And this perspective is just delicious:

So Charlie Crist lost as many races as Scott Walker won in the last four years. — Daniel Ehlers (@DanielEhlers) November 5, 2014

Three Crist losses, with three different parties. Good riddance.

(7) Speaking of governors, that category of races contained the night's most stunning outcomes. I thought a very optimistic projection would be a break-even hold of 30 governorships for the GOP. Nope. They gained ground, losing only Pennsylvania. They held serve in places like Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Maine (!), and Kansas (!!), while picking off Democrat-held governorships in Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maryland (perhaps the biggest shocker of the whole night), and Barack Obama's home state of Illinois. Obama campaigned for the losing candidates in the latter two states. As I write this, Connecticut and Colorado are still too close to call (both trending Dem). Both would be pick-ups for Republicans. The GOP looks like it will occupy at least 33 governor's mansions starting next year, to the Democrats' 17. Weren't Republicans supposed to be a "regional party"? John Kasich won Ohio by more than 30 points. Brian Sandoval's margin in Nevada is just silly. Kudos all around to Chris Christie and the RGA. Oh, and enjoy:

Greg Abbott got nearly a million more votes than Wendy Davis. A million! — Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) November 5, 2014

Media darling/Abortion warrior Wendy Davis lost Texas by more than 20 points. Greg Abbott won women by nine points, based on exit polls, and annihilated Davis among white women. Abbott also carried a very respectable chunk of the Hispanic vote. And Davis' State Senate seat has been won by a pro-life conservative woman. Savor that one.

(8) Republicans still have a long way to go in making inroads with minorities and young women -- and they shouldn't over-interpret this 2014 romp as a "false positive" for 2016 -- but several victories are worth highlighting. The conservative voters of South Carolina elected Tim Scott to his first full term as a US Senator by a huge margin. Scott is the first African-American elected to the Senate from a Southern state since Reconstruction. That's uplifting, and it busts some self-serving, race-baiting lefty narratives. In New York, Republican Elise Stefanik became the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, at age 30. Her race was a blowout. In Utah, Mia Love won a hard-fought victory, becoming the first black female Republican to serve in Congress. In West Virginia, Shelley Moore Capito became the first GOP Senator from her state since the 1950's, and its first woman Senator ever. And Joni Ernst is the first woman to win any Iowa election for governor, US Senate, or the House of Representatives.

(9) Harry Reid has been demoted. And despite the beat-down over which he presided, he will be running for Minority Leader.

(10) Barack Obama, unchastened:

---> RT: @peterbakernyt “He doesn’t feel repudiated,” Obama official says. http://t.co/YfXlri4qyK — Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 5, 2014

"Amazingly, the White House is not putting out a statement tonight congratulating Republicans" --@Acosta on #CNNElection — Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 5, 2014

Over to you, Senator Obama:

Sen Obama after '06 Dem takeover: "If Pres Bush is stubborn, refuses to take signals from the election..." http://t.co/OI2LOyuzA7 — Morgen (@morgenr) November 5, 2014

Perfect.

about a month and a half ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

RoccamOccam Re:This is great news! (485 comments)

Interesting. I'm guessing this was after the Democrats took control of the House and Senate, because that is when the economy tanked.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

RoccamOccam Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

So, which Republicans voted for the ACA?...For that matter, what Republican support was needed to overcome a filibuster?

Apparently you don't know much about this history of what you are talking about. The answer to that question (which I think you suspected had no answer): the Republican Senator from Maine, Olympia Snow.

So, the Democrats created this whole crapload to satisfy one Republican Senator? Even though they didn't need her vote and she didn't wind up voting for it? And it's the Republicans' fault? Talk about delusional!

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

RoccamOccam Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

They opposed it because they oppose everything that Obama does. Whatever he does, they support the opposite. No one cared about Common Core originally, and it was implemented in 43 states. But as soon as Obama said it was a good idea, everyone on the started freaking out and saying it was the worst EVAH.

Funny, I remember Republicans supporting Obama on:

  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • The Water Resources Reform and Development Act
  • The Farm Bill
  • The Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act

  • The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

Nearly every key aspect of it comes from the GOP plan that Heritage came up with around 1989.

Right. A 1989 plan from a conservative think tank that never had enough support to even be proposed when Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency. That's a plan that "belongs" to the Republicans. That's the 11,000-page Affordable Care Act. Right.

I know Democrats are embarrassed by the plan, the plan's rollout, the plan's implementation, and the plan's deleterious effects on our country, but come on! Face the music!

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

RoccamOccam Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

So, which Republicans voted for the ACA? Which provisions were inserted into the ACA to garner those votes? For that matter, what Republican support was needed to overcome a filibuster? Which provisions were inserted into the ACA to get Republican support in order to overcome that filibuster? Geez, just own up to the responsibility for what your party has done.

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

RoccamOccam Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

Are republicans so stupid that they can not see it's a Republican system?

Their memories are simply that short.

It has nothing to do with short memories. The overwhelming majority of Republicans never supported this plan. A single Republican governor of a liberal state supported a state-local version of this plan.

You know, until very recently, a Democrat President opposed gay marriage. So, does that mean that Democrats are so stupid that they can not see it's a Democrat ideal?

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

RoccamOccam Re:how many small businesses has Obama killed? (739 comments)

Are republicans so stupid that they can not see it's a Republican system? Because as a Democrat I wanted a system closer to Canadian Healthcare as it works.

Because a single Republican governor implemented a similar system in a Democrat-controlled state, then automatically, this is a Republican plan that all (or even a majority of) Republicans across the nation supported? What a stupid statement! It completely flies in the face of actual facts.

Every single Republican in Congress opposed this plan. Republican voters overwhelmingly opposed (and still oppose) this plan.

The Democrats had complete control of Congress and the Executive Branch and they passed what they wanted to pass.

This clusterfuck is all on them. If it wasn't so terrible, it would be laughable that Democrats keep trying to pin the blame on the Republicans for this mess

about a month and a half ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

RoccamOccam Re:Camps mixed up (739 comments)

From investors.com

Right after the Supreme Court's decision to lift limits on campaign contributions, Democrats and their left-wing supporters assaulted the decision as a boon to Republicans, "the party of the rich."

This of course is part of a far-wider narrative — slavishly repeated by largely unquestioning liberal media — that the GOP outspends Democrats on campaigns thanks to big-buck donors like the billionaire Koch brothers.

But, as it turns out, that's a lie — as big a lie, in fact, as "you can keep your insurance," "you can keep your doctor" and "ObamaCare will bend the cost curve down."

By almost every measure, in fact, it's the Democrats, not the Republicans, who are the party of the rich.

Start with Congress itself. Who are the wealthiest members? Well, there are 269 millionaires among Congress' 535 members. And most of them are Democrats.

And contrary to the hand-wringing on the left about the Supreme Court's 5-4 McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling Wednesday, Democrats far outspend Republicans on elections. It isn't even close.

According to OpenSecrets.org, from 1989 to 2014 rich donors gave Democrats $1.15 billion — $416 million more than the $736 million given to the GOP. Among the top 10 donors to both parties, Democrat supporters outspent Republican supporters 2-to-1.

But what about the villainous Koch brothers, those conservative plutocrats supposedly seeking to control American politics? They rank 59th on the list of big givers — behind 18 unions and No. 1 Act Blue, the massive left-wing fund raiser that gives only to Democrats.

Indeed, a recent book, "The New Leviathan," says donations to Democrats outstrip those to Republicans 7-to-1. How can this be? Democrat support soars when you include unions, universities, superPACs, nonprofits, left-wing interest groups, and — ready for this? — Wall Street (which overwhelmingly favors Democrats).

So Democrats don't really want to restrain money in politics. Just the money that goes to Republicans.

about a month and a half ago
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Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

RoccamOccam Re:NOT UK BUT POLAND (161 comments)

Polish polish Polish polish polish polish Polish polish.

about 2 months ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

RoccamOccam Re:Not the correct application for this (107 comments)

You know, generally speaking, you can get back to a website even after you close a tab. You shouldn't be afraid of losing that page.

about 4 months ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

RoccamOccam Re:Discrimination (579 comments)

[*] Yep. Going by the results in the last Olympics, if women and men raced in the same marathon race and were cut off merely by time, there would be less gender imbalance than there is on wikipedia.

Interesting observation. However, just to be clear, in the Olympics marathon events, you can get several less than stellar entrants toward the bottom (think Jamaican Bobsled team ). In other words, the 100-or-so men in the event are not close to being the 100 best-in-the-world. But even with this diminished field, the best woman would have only finished in 64th place if competing against the men.

about 4 months ago

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Ex-CBS reporter claims Government agency bugged her computer

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 2 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "A former CBS News reporter who quit the network over claims it kills stories that put President Obama in a bad light says she was spied on by a “government-related entity” that planted classified documents on her computer.

In her new memoir, Sharyl Attkisson says a source who arranged to have her laptop checked for spyware in 2013 was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” at what the analysis revealed. “This is outrageous. Worse than anything Nixon ever did. I wouldn’t have believed something like this could happen in the United States of America,” Attkisson quotes the source saying."

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VA Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Global Warming FOIA Case

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 8 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Unpublished data and records collected by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled, rejecting a request for former U-Va. professor Michael Mann's (of Hockey Stick fame) unpublished data.

Lawyers for U-Va. turned over about 1,000 documents , but withheld another 12,000 papers and e-mails, saying that work 'of a propriety nature' was exempt under the state’s FOIA law.

About the ruling, David Schnare, attorney for the plaintiff, said '[the Court] accepted U-Va.’s unsubstantiated fears that release of the e-mails would significantly chill intellectual debate and on that basis allowed U-Va. to continue to operate under a veil of secrecy that the citizens may not penetrate.'"
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Rand Paul files suit against Obama over NSA's collection of metadata

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 10 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) is filing a class action lawsuit against President Obama and other members of his administration over the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata, a practice he believes violates the Fourth Amendment. In a YouTube video released Tuesday, Paul compared the government surveillance to the warrantless searches practiced by the British military prior to American independence."
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Congressman Defends Right to Privacy with New Legislation

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 10 months ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Should the government be able to read your emails without a warrant? Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) tackled that question today at the Heritage Foundation’s first annual Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, DC.

'Privacy and transparency are the core of a republic. Today, that is reversed [...] “Mass spying did not protect us from the Boston bombing, the Times Square bombing, etc.'

Salmon is determined to stop the government’s secret snooping by leading the House version of the Electronics Communications Privacy Amendments Act, legislation that specifically targets a 1986 law declaring government had a right to search one’s emails without a warrant. Salmon’s legislation has been able to attract bipartisan support."

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Hunters Use Drones to Track Prey; PETA Uses Drones to Track Hunters

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "The latest gadget in hunting equipment could make the stalking prey a little less challenging. Drone usage is already infiltrating farming, real estate marketing, sports photography, wildlife research and highway monitoring. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also began selling the "Air Angel" drone to monitor hunters. So while hunters survey animals, PETA will be surveying the hunters."
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Britain's Costliest Mistake?

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Five years after UK passage of the 2008 Climate Change Act, the chief proponent of the act, Nick Stern, has responded to "A Review of the Stern Review". The "Stern Review" was a massive economic assessment that helped convince Parliament that climate mitigation measures would be worth the cost.

The result was quite possibly the most expensive legislation ever passed by Parliament. However, it appears that Stern’s analysis may have been deeply flawed."

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Security hole found in Obamacare website

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "The Obamacare website has more than annoying bugs. A cybersecurity expert found a way to access users' accounts.

Until the Department of Health fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset a user's Healthcare.gov password without their knowledge and potentially hijack the account.

The glitch was discovered last week by Ben Simo, a software tester in Arizona. Simo found that gaining access to people's accounts was frighteningly simple."

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Treasury says debt stuck at $16,699,396,000,000.00 - for 70 straight days!

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "As reported by CNSNews.com, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for July 26, which the U.S. Treasury released this afternoon, the U.S. federal debt has been stuck at exactly $16,699,396,000,000.00 for 70 straight days.

That is approximately $25 million below the legal limit of $16,699,421,095,673.60 that Congress has imposed on the debt."
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Study finds fracking chemicals didn't pollute water

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.

After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water."
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Confirmed: CBS News Investigative Reporter Computer Compromised

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about a year and a half ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Shortly after the news broke that the Department of Justice had been secretly monitoring the phones and email accounts of Associated Press and Fox News reporters (and the parents of Fox News Correspondent James Rosen), CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson said her computer seemed like it had been compromised. Turns out, it was.

'A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.'"

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Pew Study: MSNBC barely shows any news coverage

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 2 years ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "MSNBC's opinionated programming far outweighs its “factual reporting,” according to a new Pew study. While Fox News, too, had more opinionated programming, the network had a much smaller discrepancy between opinion and straight reporting."
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Senate Democrats Sequester Replacement Bill Adds Billions to Deficit

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 2 years ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "White House-backed legislation in the Senate to replace $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts would raise the deficit through the end of the budget year by tens of billions of dollars, officials said late Wednesday as the two parties maneuvered for public support on economic issues.

So, as pointed out on townhall.com, 'their "deficit reduction" plan entails defense cuts, new tax hikes, and adding to the deficit. No wonder these guys have avoided committing a budget to paper for the last four years.'"

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Illegal online registration by Obama campaign in NC

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 2 years ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "North Carolina's Civitas Institute has revealed that the North Carolina State Board of Elections and the Obama campaign conspired to register at least 11,000 people via the internet in violation of state law.

The technology from Allpoint Voter Services uses remote-control pens to transmit “signatures” over the Internet, according to techpresident.com[iii]. After entering voter information in an online form, the citizen “signs” it with a stylus or a finger. The Allpoint technology records the signature and then transmits it to one of two autopens – one in California, the other in Nevada. One of the pens transcribes the signature on to a paper voter registration form. Allpoint then mails the documents to local election boards."

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XDev, XMOS-based Arduino competitor, addresses several issues

RoccamOccam RoccamOccam writes  |  about 2 years ago

RoccamOccam (953524) writes "XDev is an XMOS-based competitor to the Arduino that addresses many of the frustrations of the "shield" style of hardware development.

The developer has an interesting solution that is based upon the powerful and flexible XMOS embedded processor. Although, I'm not associated in any way with the project, I'd like to see it funded, as I find the XMOS technology to be quite interesting."

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