In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations
So the very polite and courteous email I received from the Cuban Foreign Office back after Hurricane Katrina will no longer be quite the unique bit of memorabilia after all?
Lest we forget, Cuba offered to send doctors and other medical assistance to help the suffering residents in New Orleans after Katrina did its thing .. and the US State Department was hardly even polite with their refusal.
So I emailed the Cuban Foreign Office to apologize :-) I'm sure I tripped some intelligence tripwires on that little gesture, but meh .. who cares? I, being previously assigned to the 8th Special Forces Group in Panama back in The Day, was probably on a Cuban Intelligence list or two in any event :-) Luckily everyone (Cuban and US) apparently had a sense of humor, or sense enough not to screw with the topic. Or maybe NSA wasn't quite as invasive then as now. I still thought it awfully decent of the Cuban government to respond to my unsolicited email.. startled no doubt by the "SGM, USA SF (Ret)" in my email's signature.
Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch
Detain? Phthth. Ignore works for me.
MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate
If we're eating more than we produce, that means we're eating stockpiled chocolate, right? Which means old chocolate bars. And we haven't noticed?
I used to wonder about the unique "Tropical Chocolate" bars we used to be issued in Vietnam. They always had a musty smell to them, but I figured it was from their unique properties (NOT to melt in hot climates) .. and of course all military rations are expected to be stored for lengthy periods of time.
The real panic won't begin until the stores (e.g., stored, stockpiled chocolate) run out.
AT&T To "Pause" Gigabit Internet Rollout Until Net Neutrality Is Settled
If AT&T can't be sure they can charge for the additional bandwidth provided by these higher speed links, and if they can't be sure their current users will pay for the higher speed .. how can they pay for the expansion? Sounds like a no-brainer to me, and I don't blame them.
Water company: "We were going to lay a new 8" water line into the neighborhood, but the town wouldn't give us permission to increase the water service charge."
State: "We wanted to add a third lane to the Interstate, but the Feds wouldn't promise to help fund it. And the taxpayers won't let us raise gas taxes for thru-state traffic that doesn't even buy gas!"
Of course don't miss a chance to take a cheap shot at AT&T.
Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality
but that doesn't mean they have it wrong. I don't agree with this whole "Open Internet" concept. It's like everyone (and every business) paying a flat rate for highway access. It becomes simple to understand: you and I will be paying for maintaining roads that we hardly use (compared to truckers, taxis, commuters and the like).
Or water: flat rate for every city or town water user? I don't think so: the jerk next door with the sprinklers running 24 hours a day, the car wash up the street, paying the same as me? "There's plenty of water. And the town can just add more wells and water processing plants." Right .. and who pays for that?
Or a flat rate for a telephone number. I use it maybe 4-5 times a week. My wife, a dozen times a day. A teenager a hundred times a day. A commercial phone advertiser continuously. The phone companies apparently have figured out how to do this efficiently with land lines; the cell companies are still juggling the numbers. But I'm not subscribing to a cell company who offers family rates, multiple phones, unlimited texting and data transfers, for the same price they charge me! Just wouldn't be prudent: I KNOW I'm paying for someone else's excessive usage.
If everyone pays according to their usage, it makes a LOT more sense, is a lot fairer, etc. Why should I pay my ISP (and everyone else involved in carrying Internet traffic) so that Netflix and any other high-rate broadband user can make money from their extraordinarily higher usage? Instead, let Netflix pay more for that traffic (along with everyone else), and let Netflix pass on the additional costs to their users.
You cannot convince me that enough investment in Internet links, throwing in more comm links, etc. will magically solve all the problems. I know damned well there will NEVER be enough bandwidth: look how land line phones (and even cell phones) are switching over to Skype and equivalent VOIP services. And who's paying for that? Yeah .. me and thee.
So Comcast is pulling some scummy tricks, no question there. They lie: surprise, surprise. Doesn't change the basic economics.
Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin
I thought one of the problems with diabetes was not having the _right_ amount of insulin, corresponding to the levels of blood sugar?
I've seen the effects of too much insulin, and it ain't pretty. (It's called hypoglycemia, folks.) So just stuffing a bunch of insulin producer cells in a person's system is not going to be the solution.
National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court
I find that very hard to believe. Could you please provide a link supporting that allegation?
BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer
Heh, just the thing every business and school should run all the time :-)
Oh sure, some student can argue he's downloading history references that he can only reach through bittorrent .. good luck with that :-)
Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials
I appreciate very much the varying points of view here .. that didn't get TOO paranoid or conspiratorial, thank the godz.
However .. I just went to www.gamasutra.com, expecting to see a hotbed of feminist rages.
Surprise, surprise, surprise - very bad Gomer Pyle imitation
One, uno, ein, 1 blog entry from a female worker at Angry Birds on gender balance, and a very thoughtful article indeed!
So where's the beef? Why the furor? Tempest in a teakettle, eh?
I'm thinking Intel is succumbing to a kneejerk response to a flood of bogus complaints. Tch, shame on them.
Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence In Immersive AR
Is that a fancy phrase for "out of focus"? "Low definition"? Why does this "scientific" study evoke a huge, resonating "DOH!" ??
Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?
My mother-in-law's Mercury Topaz is surely a greater danger! How she gets away with it I'll never know.
What a crappy misuse of statistics. Heh, hardly even statistics. How about balancing those "ticketed" numbers against the number of each model on the road? I don't see a single Porsche, Maserati, Jaguar, not even Corvettes! And they don't get tickets? Come on!
Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry
Quite startling, how the water levels change. But read the article to see why this is happening, and where it's going. It seems it doesn't take a "totalitarian government" to do stupid, short-sighted things. But hey, enjoy your golf at Vegas, hear? And the water shows.
The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes
But sad, almost disgusting to see how lousy the government and its agencies can be. Maybe I want to throw up now.
I certainly have no good feelings about the Fed or our major banks, even if this report DID come from the Fed. Too bad the media didn't do ITS job to highlight things like this. Thanks, Slashdot and "This American Life".
Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You
Curiously I can't seem to find the site. And there are very few "Dead Man Zero" hits on Google. The link in the main article doesn't get you there either. (I was going to ask them for a free account, just to foil the NSA or whoever if in fact this _was_ a honeypot.
'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel
I wouldn't go to that link if I were you. My office system warned me of a malicious exploit there: "A known bad file was blocked from opening." Program: winners.htm(Exploit)
Might be a false alarm .. but then again, maybe not.
Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone
With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal
And Nicuaragua has a wonderful geologic history .. of volcanoes!
An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax
Correction: I misunderstood: the bogus "factoid" was an invented paragraph that is no longer on the Wiki page. Explained here: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/...
An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax
The picture of the character at the Wikipedia site appears to be real, and was uploaded by someone else entirely.
The reference to the author, Peggy Parrish, appears to be real, a real person, a real author.
Numerous other links to Amelia Bedelia books, stage plays, movies, etc. appear to be valid and real, and date FAR earlier than this purported hoax.
I submit that EJ Dickson, the self-proclaimed hoaxer, is hoaxing us all with a hoax about a non-existing hoax!
Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress
""Out of over 9,000 staffers in the House, should we really be banning this whole IP range based on the actions of two or three? "
Yes. It may get the attention of the guilty parties. I, for one, want to see the exact identification of that House representative, the office guilty of this ongoing abuse. Name names, cowards!
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