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Has China Already Flown a Space Plane?

WED Fan Top Gun (176 comments)

To prove this, the Chinese news agency used clips from the movie "Airplane II".

more than 3 years ago
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34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive

WED Fan Racist (150 comments)

That was highly racist!

more than 3 years ago
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Crowdfund a Moon Monolith Mission?

WED Fan Useless Piece of Crap (199 comments)

Let's waste half a billion. Why not crowdfund for something meaningful and useful to the world? There are people dying and these jerks, anyone who supports this with effort or funding, are masturbating.

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish Firm Proposes City Buildings On Rails

WED Fan Re:Underclass = No Sun (223 comments)

Wrong, bucko. Worked for HP during the 90's where this kind of thing went on. Worked for General Dynamics, where this kind of thing went on. I've been dealing with it since the 70's. But...It does not make it right. Don't try to justify it.

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish Firm Proposes City Buildings On Rails

WED Fan Underclass = No Sun (223 comments)

So, this will eventually create a class of citizen who doesn't get sun exposures because the rich will get the buildings that move to face the sun.

more than 3 years ago
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Doctor Marries Doctor's Daughter, TARDIS Explodes

WED Fan Re:Doctor, doctor (326 comments)

Boom chicka wow wow.

more than 3 years ago
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Most Anticipated Tech Products of 2011

WED Fan Meh (155 comments)

A huge list of Meh. 80% will be non-starter or failures on Tech Fails of 2011.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Censorship Expands

WED Fan Re:Calibre (764 comments)

Why not put a disclaimer in the discription: "Warning: Contains themes some readers may find objectionable to include descriptions or references of..."

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Censorship Expands

WED Fan Calibre (764 comments)

I have a Kindle. I purchase books from Amazon, paper and e. However, I find other books from other sources. I'm leary of Amazon reaching into my Kindle to remove books I've purchased, so I regularly crack the AZW and convert them to MOBI. Calibre is one of the best tools for managing this. Yes, I have found digital copies of every Heinlein book I've ever owned. What is Amazon going to do about "Lord Foul's Bane"?

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Makes a Super Memory Breakthrough

WED Fan Bubble Memory (164 comments)

I'm still waiting for my holographic bubble memory cubes.

more than 3 years ago
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Thin Client, Or Fat Client? That Is the Question

WED Fan Huh? (450 comments)

Granted, I'm working in a highly secure environment with secure images, so we are all over the VDI for development. It allows my dispersed developers world wide organization of death and destruction to work in a large team environment while being in Europe, Florida, California, Washington, Japan, Hawaii, and Singapore. And yes, I am being completely serious.

It does allow us to provide a central pool of tools that make changes without dealing with the local machine that is controlled by another agency.

more than 3 years ago
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AMD Radeon HD 6950 Can Be Unlocked To HD 6970

WED Fan DL Burners (191 comments)

I bought a NEC DVD burner a few years ago. There was a flash mod that upgraded it to a DL burner. Worked great. Basically, same hardware, just a BIOS change.

more than 3 years ago
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Finding Independently Produced TV Shows?

WED Fan TRON: Steaming Pile of Dog Crap (151 comments)

This seems to be the easy way out the critics took to unite in panning Tron Legacy. Tron 2 was just gutsy by Disney,

I walked out of Tron Legacy last night. About the point where we started to get more exposition instead of show. The 3D was horrible to non-existant. I found myself hoping the kid would get killed. It was friggin painful to watch. I was awed by the original Tron, even when it was light in areas of story. This was a LOST opportunity, much like the sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean and Matrix. Except this one actually induced me to WALK OUT. The last movie I walked out on was Kevin Costners "The War".

more than 3 years ago
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MakerBot Thing-o-Matic 3D Printer Assembly, In Pictures

WED Fan Re:I wish I had more spare time in my life (105 comments)

The makers of that wonderful Daylight Savings Time are saying that the next version will include the ability to add hours to the day.

"24 hours should be more than enough for anybody" - God

Or, were you refering to his prioritization?

more than 2 years ago
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Navy Tests Mach 8 Electromagnetic Railgun

WED Fan AC Is Idiot, But He Knows It. (440 comments)

The way I see it, there are several reasons why the USA would want to build Railguns:

- They have info that aliens exist and can come to Earth. - They have confirmation that someone (e.g. China, Iran, North Korea...) really plans to attack the Western World (or only the USA). - They are planning to conquer the World in the next 10-20 years. - Or they are really just being careful and making sure they can face the unexpected.

You're an idiot, but you know that right? You're list shows you have no real critical thinking skills beyond what you learned from apocolyptic comic books, movies, and video games, but that doesn't stop you from trying act like you have deep thoughts.

The reason I am assuming you know you're an idiot is because you post as AC and have that little scrap of pride.

Try this: They've been working on railguns for ages, as a launch system for ballistic missiles, manned spacecrapft, projectiles, and other purposes. Electronics and triggering systems from that research make their ways into other areas.

Also, you always want to make your systems portable, safer on home turf, and easier to handle.

"Safer on home turf." The problem with explosive delivery systems like cannons, rockets, and guns is that their is a risk of blowing yourself to smithereens. If you can eliminate that from projectile delivery, you become more effective.

Do try to use your brain.

more than 3 years ago
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Navy Tests Mach 8 Electromagnetic Railgun

WED Fan Re:Yay! (440 comments)

...A half dozen 30-year-old frigates. Note the distinct absence of "enemy" aircraft carriers.

The US is clearly still in an arms race, but no one else is running.

Bullshit. Your willful blindness to China's continuing Naval research and constant deployment of newer systems, to include an Aegis-like system just goes to show how much of a bloviating agenda loaded crap bucket you are.

more than 3 years ago
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EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks

WED Fan Re:Mob Justice (267 comments)

Neither is there due process in fascism.

You probably don't understand that word.

more than 3 years ago
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EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks

WED Fan Re:It starts with an E and has "DNS" in it (267 comments)

It started with the first commenter on the TechDirt article who "corrected" Mike Masnick. It turns out that Mike was correct and the poster inadvertently caused all kinds of problems for EasyDNS.

So, in order to punish those that did not support Wikileaks, the attackers effectively took out a DNS, thus denying access to Wikileaks.

There's something on the end of my foot!!! Shoot it!!!

more than 3 years ago
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EasyDNS Falsely Accused of Unplugging WikiLeaks

WED Fan Re:Innocent until proven guilty (267 comments)

Remember, when it comes to mobs, all you need is the whisper that someone is guilty and the mob whips into a frenzy and lynching begins. To the mob, the whisper is proof.

more than 3 years ago

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Pay or else, News Site Threatens

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

WED Fan writes "An Up State NY news blog says users who read beyond a single page of an article must pay up or they will be tracked down:

A subscription is required at North Country Gazette. We allow only one free read per visitor. We are currently gathering IPs and computer info on persistent intruders who refuse to buy subscription and are engaging in a theft of services. We have engaged an attorney who will be doing a bulk subpoena demand on each ISP involved, particularly Verizon Droids, Frontier and Road Runner, and will then pursue individual legal actions.

They don't have a pay wall. If you go beyond page 1, you owe them.

So, is this like going into a grocery store and eating the food and the manager hauling you up to the check out to pay for what you ate? Or, is it like picking up a discarded paper on the ferry and the guy at the news stand demanding that you pay him?"

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Biodiesel Plant Explodes

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

" rel="nofollow">WED Fan writes "A biodiesel plant in Grays Harbor, Washington has exploded and is leaking sulfuric acid into the atmosphere, causing local residents discomfort and wreaking a lot of environmental damage. Plant officials are still trying to figure out how to clean up the mess."
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Linus: MS Hatred is a Disease

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WED Fan writes "Linus Torvalds has given an interview commenting on Microsoft's recent and on-going contribution of code. In it, he takes a pretty sharp crack at some in the Open Source and/or free software movements:

I may make jokes about Microsoft at times, but at the same time, I think the Microsoft hatred is a disease.

He also decries those bent on hatred and exclusion:

There are 'extremists' in the free software world, but that's one major reason why I don't call what I do 'free software' any more. I don't want to be associated with the people for whom it's about exclusion and hatred.

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Dallas City Gov: Black Hole is Racially Charged

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WED Fan writes "A lack of basic scientific understanding, easily obtained from the Discovery Channel, and an ease of taking offense has turned a Dallas City Council meeting into a battlefield when a white member used the term "Black Hole" when refering to a particular city office.

County commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.
Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud "Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a "white hole."

This is oddly like the Washington, DC incident where a government worker was forced to resign for using the word "Niggardly"."

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Open Source Hybrid

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WED Fan writes "Looking over various commercial hybrids that are on the market like Prius. And some up and comers like the Tesla and Venture Vehicles, are there any open source projects for the 100 MPG hybrid, electric drive 2 seater?

I would imagine a U-Build-It design, with customizable energy consumption controlled by a set of microcontrollers (my person fave being the Atmel family), with a project price point somewhere under $15,000, and capable of being licensed for the U.S. Interstate system."
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Global Warming: Junk Science Proven

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WED Fan writes "Just when you thought is was ok to believe the junk science, along comes NOAA showing that the ice is building up in the artic. One of the signs of the global climate change was the loss of artic ice.

NEW evidence has cast doubt on claims that the world's ice-caps are melting, it emerged last night.

Satellite data shows that concerns over the levels of sea ice may have been premature.

It was feared that the polar caps were vanishing because of the effects of global warming.

But figures from the respected US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show that almost all the "lost" ice has come back.


For the defense of the "junk science" statement:



EcoWorld: What is your criticism of the IPCC?
Pielke: Mainly the fact that the same individuals who are doing primary research into humans' impact on the climate system are being permitted to lead the assessment of that research. Suppose a group of scientists introduced a drug they claimed could save many lives: There were side effects, of course, but the scientists claimed the drug's benefits far outweighed its risks. If the government then asked these same scientists to form an assessment committee to evaluate their claim (and the committee consisted of colleagues of the scientists who made the original claim as well as the drug's developers), an uproar would occur, and there would be protests. It would represent a clear conflict of interest. Yet this is what has happened with the IPCC process. To date, either few people recognize this conflict, or those that do choose to ignore it because the recommendations of the IPCC fit their policy and political agenda. In either case, scientific rigor has been sacrificed, and poor policy and political decisions will inevitably follow.
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New Star Trek

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WED Fan writes "The new fan/cast effort Star Trek: Of Gods and Men has debutted their first 26 minute act.

Many second line players have taken part along with a couple of fan film actors from Star Trek: The New Voyages. The story can be viewed as a sequel to the ST:TOS episode "Charlie X". The last two acts will "air" shortly.

The first 26 minutes shows much possibility, but also shows some of the problems with the fan film venue. Dialogue, which in Star Trek was already stilted, becomes even more stilted. Yet, the effort is credible."
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MS: New VS to be allowed for Cross Platform

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WED Fan writes "Aiming at being a "kinder gentler Microsoft", the company has announced that it will allow developers to use Visual Studio to develop for cross-platform solutions.

In what amounts to a monumental reversal of policy, Microsoft said Monday in a press release — so it's in writing — and publicly at TechEd in Barcelona that it's changing its licensing terms and will no longer restrict developers "to building solutions on top of Visual Studio for Windows and other Microsoft platforms only."


...

Microsoft said it plans to create one of its shared source licensing programs for the Premier-level partners in its VSIP program so they can see VS IDE source code for debugging purposes and to simplify the process of integrating their products with the thing.

The move obviously suggests that Microsoft is under increasing pressure from the open source movement and is acting to protect its precious developer base.
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Microsoft Enterprise Search for Free

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WED Fan writes "Microsoft is releasing their Search Server 2008 as an "Express" flavor ("express" has recently become the Microsoft label for "Free").

Previously, users had to pay through the nose for this functionality in Sharepoint Services.

Introducing Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express
Search doesn't have to be complicated. You can deliver Search to your organization quickly and easily for free with Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express.
Easy to configure, easy to maintain.
Go from downloading to searching in minutes with a streamlined installation experience, making it easy to get an enterprise search infrastructure running in your environment quickly.
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Cyber War: Pearl Harbor 2.0

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  about 7 years ago

WED Fan writes "China has prepared what the Pentagon is refering to as Pearl Harbor II. A simultaneous attack on the Pacific Fleet and cyber-attack meant to cripple the U.S. and pacific allies ability to respond. This was sussed out by British Signals Intelligence, and President Bush confronted Chinese President Hu Jintao about it in a recent meeting.

The plan has been uncovered by signals intelligence specialists at Britain's Government Communications Headquarters and at the equally ultra-secret National Security Agency base at Menwith Hill near Harrogate in the north of the country.
Using a state-of-the-art software program called Moonpenny, the specialists have tracked the activities of the Chinese People's Liberation Army scientists based at their underground headquarters in the Western Hills outside Beijing. The scientists have been briefed to achieve "electronic dominance" not only in the Pacific but over all China's global military rivals in the U.S., Britain, Russia and South Korea.
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Treehugging Hotrod Geekdom

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  about 7 years ago

WED Fan writes "The Portland Raceway is seeing an increase of a new hybrid, that is, a hybrid of NW enviromentalist, mixed with geek, and a heaping spoonful of redneck.

Computer geeks, tree-hugging environmentalists driving electron-powered vehicles, soon could challenge world's fastest-accelerating vehicles in the $1 billion drag-racing industry


Smoking the competition is a 1972 Datsun B210 called White Zombie, in fact, it is smoking some pretty hot competition

When the starting light flashed, the Datsun, known as White Zombie, shot silently past the Corvette and kept widening the lead as the two cars faded into the distance. "Oh man, right off the [starting] line he had me," said the Corvette's owner, Robert Akers, shaking his head.


With NASCAR, LeMans, and F1 driving some pretty nifty innovation that filters down to the consumer, perhaps Electric Dragracing will improve the breed to make electric vehicles popular enough actually buy."
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U.S. Government: Single Security Configuration

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WED Fan writes "The U.S. Government is pusing for a single security configuration for workstations to replace hundreds of configurations for XP and Vista workstations. The new configuration was designed and implemented by the USAF.

The move is supposed to be completed by February, when a directive from the White House's Office of Management and Budget goes into effect, forcing government agencies and military branches to conform to a Windows security configuration designed for the Air Force two years ago. As of June 30, all federal software contracts must specify that applications run optimally on the configuration.


There is sure to be push back from Department/Command CIO's because a single configuration may not necessarily take into account specific needs.

Yet going to a single configuration could eliminate more than 80% of government agencies' known PC vulnerabilities, estimates Clint Kreitner, CEO of the Center for Internet Security, who worked with the National Security Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other agencies to develop the spec, known as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration. A single configuration would make patching easier and bring laggard agencies up to a higher security standard.
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Scaled Composites Kill 2

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WED Fan writes "An explosion in Mojave, CA, home of SpaceShip One, has killed 2 people. Early reports indicated fuel processing was involved."
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Valkyrie: Germany Stifles Free Speech

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WED Fan writes "Love him, or hate his "religion"/religion, Tom Cruise is about to make a movie about an important part of WWII history, and the Germans are stopping him.

Defence Ministry spokesman Harald Kammerbauer said the film makers "will not be allowed to film at German military sites if Count Stauffenberg is played by Tom Cruise, who has publicly professed to being a member of the Scientology cult".


As much as Scientology is controversial, this is much like saying, "Spielberg can't make a movie as long as he a jew."
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WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WED Fan writes "A University of Washington researcher who couldn't find funds the old fashioned way, from the Government, has raised funds from private parties to continue with his back in time studies.

He is studying the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox. Basically, using spooky action, he wants to be able to use entangled pairs to send messages, not only through space, but also in time.

As the evidence for this has accumulated, several fairly contorted and unsatisfying efforts have been aimed at solving the puzzle. Cramer has proposed an explanation that doesn't violate the speed of light but does kind of mess with the traditional concept of time.


Question: How do you know where to find and "listen" to the right entangled particle to receive a message from the future? Or, in that vast amount of noise, if you don't know someone is sending a message, how do you know its there?"

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WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WED Fan writes "According the Spokesman Review, a man drove nearly 6000 miles to kill a man he met while gaming on the Internet.

A man charged with killing a 25-year-old Boise State University student met him on Internet gaming sites and then used the Web to track him down, according to court records.
...
Authorities say Delling embarked on a 6,000-mile Western road trip that left two people dead and another seriously injured.


Details of what games and what might have transpired to trigger such an event, have yet to be revealed."
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WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

WED Fan writes "From time to time, a list of "best" items strikes home. My favorite is the oft updated Best 46 Free Utilities. I've found some real keepers on the list in the past. The list is broken into categories; browser, image viewer, text editor, etc.

The thing I like about the list is that for each category alternatives and close seconds and thirds are linked. This is how I found Paint.NET, a program developed at UW. Also, the list is host on a single page, not one of those ad laden click for the next page 2 or 3 PC Mag articles.

Some of the programs are free (FAIB), and some are OSS.

Check it out, and use your spam-catcher email address to register for the 47-100 list."
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WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WED Fan writes "A few months ago, the popular Digg-like .NET resource DotNetKicks announced that it was going open-source. Yet, to this date, has released no code. Instead, there's been the lame excuse that it will be released in the future.

How many other projects announced they were going OSS and then failed to do so?"
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WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WED Fan writes "Forget your roadside exhibits of the weird, Mel's Hole, "coasting uphill", because Canada has the grandaddy of them all. Near Hudson Bay, gravity is weaker. Significantly so.

Scientists have known that the Hudson Bay region features lower gravity than surrounding areas. While two theories have emerged to explain the strange phenomenon, conclusive evidence has been elusive. One theory involved a change in the area's overlying glacial weight as the Laurentide Ice Sheet melted.


Forget Subway sandwiches and Jared, I'm heading to Canada for my weightloss plan."

Journals

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Arduino, OSes, and the Homebrew

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I've been reading about the DIY tablet projects out there (Carbon Tablet), and looking at some of the fun adult level "building block" project technologies (Arduino).

Whats really fun looking is the ARM based Arduino project that is pin compatible and uses the standard Arduino "shields". I've got an idea for an ARM based project using the 4.3in PSP LCD and Touchscreen shield, with gps, wifi, SSD card reader, IR, and accellerometers as a test bed. What would be hot would be to have a cool Open Source ARM OS.

Another idea is to build up an ATOM based Arduino project, use an embedded linux.

What would be nice is an unlocked 3G dongle.

Yes, I know, I'm asking for a better crunchpad, but since that one failed hopelessly, it'd be fun to design something that is accessible, with real open specs and readily purchaseable off the shelf parts so anyone could build a tablet.

No, it won't be cheaper, but you will get the features you want.

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History of Microsoft Programming Environments

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Rico Mariani has posted a very interesting and excellent blog entry that is essentially a history of Microsoft programming languages and environments. In it, I learned that C# is actually a recycled name.

So where am I? Ah yes, 1988. The project I'd been hired to work on was cancelled after a few months (I expect I'm in good company on that score), that project by the way was a cute variant on the C language designed for incremental compilation - it was called, cough, C#. Strangely, through the lens of 2009, it looks remarkably like what you would get if you tried to make C.Net.

I must have blocked some traumatic memories because he reminds me about working in some very tight memory space.

Now the thing about having only 640k of memory and trying to have an IDE is that you can't actually expect the thing to be loaded and running while you're doing something like a build, or debugging, or basically anything other than editing really because you simply don't have the memory.

He tries not to drop names, but I remember working with the Borland products, Power C, and dabbling in Modula-2 in my off-time.

For those of you that can't stand the old, smelly, bearded guy, that drops by your cube to tell you about programming with punch cards (guilty), this may not be the post for you.

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Traitor, Ted Kennedy, Laid to Rest Among Heroes

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  about 5 years ago

In 1984, I voted for Mondale/Ferraro. The race that year was pathetic, but the one thing I knew was that I didn't want Reagan/Bush for another 4 years. The U.S. was entering into a really bad social, economic, and spiritual time. We were leaving people on the streets, Wall St. was running amok, and religious zealots were getting more than their share of access to the halls of power.

About the only thing I agreed with Reagan on was the handling of the USSR. I was finishing up an extended hitch in the USAF, I was an MTI (drill instructor to the uninitiated) at Lackland AFB, TX, and I was taking heat for my political views and the Mondale sticker on the back of my 1980 Chevy Shovette...Chevette(remember the hatchback?)

We knew back then that Ted Kennedy was a self absorbed, self entitled prick. But now comes this. I had heard from a friend in the intel circles a few years ago that with the fall of the USSR and the access to KGB records came a wealth of information. He had told me that a number of high placed politicians were almost certainly "agents" of the USSR. He may have been referring to Kennedy.

I've read this, about Kennedy trying to get the Soviets to influence the American people so that he could be drafted by the Democrats to run against Reagan. He conspired, or offered to, with the avowed enemy of the USA for his own political power.

As a military man, who knows some of the people under headstones in Arlington and other national cemeteries, it turns my stomach to think of this traitor lying amongst our heroes.

I will not dishonor the others there by pissing on his grave the next time I'm there, but I will not honor him, nor will I weep for his passing.

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Akahige's Rules of Causes

WED Fan WED Fan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Akahige's Rules of Causes

For every cause, there exists spokespersons who produce more negative images, feelings, press, and other sundry effects regarding the cause.

The most extreme elements of that cause will tout the same spokesperson(s) as the saviour of the movement.

The same spokesperson is usually the loudest voice in the room and if not chosen as the saviour of the movement, will appoint themselves as such.

If the saviour of the movement is criticized, questioned, or it appears they are challenged by others, the backers of that saviour will attack, excoriate, deride the perceived attackers.

Once a Saviour of the Movement has been appointed/annointed the cause becomes religious in nature and has less to do with reason and more to do with jihadist fervor.

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