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Tetris To Be Made Into a Live Action Film

Vitriol+Angst Re:April Fools? (136 comments)

I think it's going to be more challenging for writers to create a scenario than even Battleship!

Is the hero going to use a laser beam, telepathy, or Jeff Goldbloom's laptop to steer geometric alien enemies into a well packed space in order to disable their ships? Or do they have a weakness to water? Or is our super weapon of the future large geometric shapes and we have to contract a super bright Chinese exchange student to quickly configure them in order to save the world, while John Glenn walks slowly in the background to stirring music?

The EASY part will be the battle scenes -- just hire the same FX group that did Enders game.

The HARD part is creating a movie where the plot is; "use large geometric shapes and pack them well!" If it's a comedy, I'd enlist people who stack boxes for a living. Maybe a giant fork lift with laser beams.

yesterday
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Vitriol+Angst Re:Idiot (111 comments)

And the other giant elephant poop in the room that burns me up; A drone is a NEW WAY to allow surveillance on people. The attitude seems to be that "they have a RIGHT to find out everything the can" without actually letting anyone know what the burning need is. Technology is accelerating, but people don't seem to be at a greater threat of organizing, growing unions and becoming educated and empowered citizens in a Democracy.

Heck, you've got Wall Street brokers talking on PBS, and sleezy monopoly frankenfood peddlers endowing NPR, and since the Reagan era, there are no more civics classes -- so people don't know what a Congress person does anymore. Where is the threat?

Oh, you mean them bad guys you divert a Trillion dollars to chasing down rather than spend it on education or jobs -- so people here get angry and you have to spend another trillion spying on them so they don't make a mess of your perfect country that has no opportunity except for prison guards and drone operators? Yeah, well, I don't think the BAD GUY in the us are going to be doing stuff out in the open. They won't use their credit cards to buy bad guy equipment -- they'll steal it. They won't use their names to plot of facebook.

Honestly, it's all about keeping citizens from organizing and having some capability to disrupt them should they start acting like French and treat this country as if it belonged to the People, rather than stock holders.

2 days ago
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California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

Vitriol+Angst Re:Idiot (111 comments)

Well shouldn't the burden be; "does not infringe constitutional rights" and not "might take away our fun of snooping on everyone"?

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Vitriol+Angst Re:Fox News? (452 comments)

We have a "climategate" controversy because more money is spent to keep people ignorant than to do research today.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Vitriol+Angst Re:Fox News? (452 comments)

Yes, American scientists seem to be trained in adsvertising their accomplishments too much. When I graduated we were tought to be modest, talk en write mostly factional. An American guest student had the habit of reporting each small result in a way someone else would only do if he truly believed it would earn him a Nobel prize.

What you are talking about is the very real pressure to "publish or perish". The fact is that those with better connections do get published and sited far more than the rest regardless of merit.

However, when scientists publish garbage, they can lose their credibility. You don't get a Nobel Prize for filling sheets of paper.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Vitriol+Angst Re:Fox News? (452 comments)

The fact that a good chunk of scientists are just that corrupt doesn't help either.

And most of those are the ones actively discrediting the 'good' ones because they've been paid off by the fossil fuel industry.

Seriously though, what evidence do you have that 'a good chunk' are corrupt?

A good deal of offal pulled from the nether regions of highly paid media pundits and think tanks.The fact that some people suspect the average scientist MORE than people who MAKE A PROFIT from the exact topic they are disparaging tells me that someone spent their money well to make sure people are ignorant.

That isn't to say I don't process what I'm told from all sources with a healthy dose of skepticism and logic. But I don't swat at butterflies all day just in case they might attack. I think I can depend on butterflies and scientists more than bees and pundits.

2 days ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Vitriol+Angst Re:Fox News? (452 comments)

I think that critical thinking skills are something that scientists cannot trust American citizens to have. We are lead to believe that someone would have around 16 years of higher education, and take a job that pays at least a third of what they could make with the math and technical skills if they became stock brokers or media pundits -- and they do all this so they can lie about a passion for seeking truth and knowledge. It shows a complete lack of empathy or understanding of human nature.

If I'm wanting to rip people off, I'll open a pay-day loan or a bank and charge bounce fees to poor people -- I don't need to waste time with difficult science to fudge a climate report in the desperate hope of getting a meager research grant.

The Crooks that own the media and hire think tanks to make every controversy like dealing with the Tobacco industry -- they are to blame. They are a cancer on society. We have to do something about these idle, useless rich people gaming the system to ruin it for everyone else. What, are they not able to afford a prostitute and enough steak to eat? These entitled parasites need to be shut down. We face a few existential crisis right now but we can't deal with Climate Change or the end of cheap labor (replaced by robots) because money owns politics and the media.

2 days ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

Vitriol+Angst Re:4-8 LITERS?! (89 comments)

They do, but after taking 8 liters, they won't need it anymore.

2 days ago
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Blood For Extra Credit Points Offer Raises Eyebrows In Test-Mad China

Vitriol+Angst What to expect? (89 comments)

I expect to hear mysterious reports from China of vampire attacks, as thousands of students inexplicably get 24 Credits and graduate. On the good news; blood shortage solved. The drained husks lying in the street won't be getting transfusions.

2 days ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Vitriol+Angst Re:more info on Kiriakou (224 comments)

You have to plead guilty or get buried in debt, and then when you are broke, somehow defend against new charges.

Face it; Whistleblowers will be found guilty. And the longer they wait to "sign the papers" the more the Prosecutor will force them to defend expensive and spurious charges.

These Whistleblowers are all national treasures, yet they must sacrifice their futures so that the rest of us can sit on our asses and pretend to have a Democracy for a few more years.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Vitriol+Angst Re:Fine! (363 comments)

Awesome start.

We also need to have tariffs such that Taxes on a business are assessed to make up the difference from Gross sales to the region over taxes paid on business operations in that region; E.g., you shift your mail box to Ireland, you pay as if you had all your business in the US and THEN you get profits.

The main revenue shortfall in the US is we have so many end-runs around import fees, then businesses making huge profits on labor and cost disparities whine about global competitiveness.

We've got flat-lined wages, increasing expenses and no money for necessary school programs while of course we have a Trillion $ to blow chasing down the latest "threat to the world" like ISIS. Instead of education, we can just get scared every day about the next existential threat.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

Vitriol+Angst Re:Cake and eat it too (363 comments)

They should have to pay into some Educational Fund every dollar they save on an H1-B Visa. THEN they can complain they can't get talent in the US if students can afford college debt and not get a good paying job.

about a week ago
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Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap

Vitriol+Angst Re:Way to compare apples to light bulbs (200 comments)

Another HUGE thing to consider that "Government Waste" is not always government waste.

If it costs $120,000 to keep a top level engineer employed at NASA and they compete with a $20,000 engineer in India -- that isn't $100,000 of waste. That's +$100,000 to our GDP, and someone sending their kids to college.

The true meaning of Waste is a cut to taxes on financial instruments that end up becoming offshore investments. Extra "profits" are things you need to worry about in a free market economy -- not people pulling in a paycheck.

I want to live next to that Engineer at NASA, I want my kids to go to boyscouts with his kids, and I don't want everyone to have families arguing over bills -- THAT is the hidden cost to bean counters trying to micromanage society.

about a week ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Vitriol+Angst Re:Non-pirateable??? (358 comments)

Apple is adding the "bone phone" to their headphone lineup and it's only a slight tweak to convert that fingerprint scanner to detect ear signatures.

So YES -- Apple will use ear authentication and a combination of ultrasonic and sonic frequencies to compile the sound "in ear".

Unless we hack the nervous system -- this music can NEVER be pirated. /s

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Vitriol+Angst Re:Nope they are clever (335 comments)

"remotely amazing"

-- not the tech. This is like iTunes all over again. AFTER itunes -- everyone and their brother has digital music for sale. BEFORE iTunes -- it was a minefield of different contracts and protected content.

Apple lined up companies that they very likely will come into competition with. There was likely an army of lawyers and experts to try and negotiate all the various deals.

Nobody has done this before because of all the legal agreements and negotiations -- otherwise, everyone would have swipe to pay.

The fact that it seems simple and no hassle on our end, just shows why Apple is so damn good at implementations.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Vitriol+Angst Re:We have (353 comments)

Yes but Europe doesn't have IDIOTS who believe all the garbage that comes from Libertarian think tanks or PR stories paid for by the companies we try and regulate.

New York should be SUPER CHEAP AND FAST based on an apples to apples comparison -- except for that aforementioned ingredient.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Vitriol+Angst Re:well, duh? (353 comments)

So like these companies have to actually string a cable for a few hundred yards and pay for that investment over time based on gaining $50 every 100 feet of run length of a cable that costs $5 and maybe $1000 to install?

Wow, that sounds like a reasonable capital investment -- how ever will they be able to sit back and charge tolls without any expense at all?

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

Vitriol+Angst Re:well, duh? (353 comments)

In the USA you can;
1 ) Charge more and provide less and complain that there's too many people.
2 ) Charge more and provide less and complain that there's too few people.
3 ) Charge more and provide less and complain that clients are too far apart -- ignoring the fact that you NEVER paid for the $500 billion in infrastructure in the first place and have not yet used all it's capacity.
4) Charge more and provide less and say any damn thing you want because we've got some weird ass cheerleaders who have been weened on this free market religion.

about two weeks ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Vitriol+Angst Re:Details (294 comments)

There's more concern with artificial sweeteners than just glucose intolerance. They've also seen "thickening of the gut lining" -- it's demonstrable and a clear indication that SOMETHING is going on.

Likely there is an issue with stomach bacteria and an issue where the brain "tastes" sweet and thus primes the body for sweet.

I've moved to using Stevia as much as possible, because I don't look at artificial sweeteners as harmless. It seems that almost all artificial foods should be avoided. There's no point in margarine because butter is better (or use Coconut oil), preservatives hurt stomach bacteria and reduce digestion, a lot of Genetically Modified foods show tumor acceleration in rats and infertility in three generations, and what's next?

It seems to me that it's only a matter of time when we find the folly of artificial foods that are tested on the basis of "large quantities don't kill a rat" and the study was paid for by a billion dollar industry with a vested interest that can lobby government.

And I'm really sick of people in the Pro Science crowd chirping that Genetically Modified is just like cross breeding. The food we eat is so incredibly complex -- we barely have a clue about vitamins much less the macrobiotic processes. We barely understand transgenetic gene transfers that stands a lot of concepts of "Darwinist evolution" on its head and that's yet to sync into main stream thinking. Not all GM foods are alike and HOW the genes are transferred matter and YES, putting the genes of an animal in a tomato is something to pay close attention to.

The problem is we've let a profit-driven industry dictate a massive experiment on humankind -- and that's just nuts. The cells of the body are 90% bacteria -- and modern Western medicine barely acknowledges the role this colonial symbiosis plays on humanity.

It's amazing we haven't wiped ourselves out.

about two weeks ago

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