top Trove of NSA Documents and FISC Opinions Declassified Thanks to EFF Lawsuit
Is this 'rogue agency stepping outside of its mandate', or just part of a bigger problem where government has decided the laws don't really matter?
Yes, it is.
top The College-Loan Scandal
How is this insightful?
The GP clearly stated that the current(2014) tuition at his college is $3333, and so it is still affordable.
top Stolen Laptop Owner Outwits Mugger, Police, and the Media
Err, the colloquialism is "one and the same".
The point is that the previous poster was critical of the OP and timothy, while being wrong himself.
about a year and a half ago
top Google's Bangalore Streetview Project Stalled
There is no official definition for "Middle East" but it generally refers to the Arabic-speaking countries of South West Asia and North Africa (plus Iran). Even Afghanistan is debatable, and Pakistan does not qualify at all.
The only reason you or anyone else qualifies Pakistan as Middle East is because it is an Islamic country, by which definition Indonesia should be in there as well. In every other way, in terms of language, culture, ethnicity, Pakistan is very similar to India. Maybe that's because they were one country till 60 years ago?
top Texting On the Rise In the US
..... Welcome to 2002!
Oh, and ....First?
top Microsoft & Intel Get a Pass On Higher H-1B Fees
That's the whole point...they aren't really getting them cheaper.
Speaking from personal experience, I graduated from a US university a few years ago and applied for a job at various tech companies, including Microsoft. I was competing with everybody else who had graduated, and would be paid the same as any entry level developer (which was about 65k at the time).
The only difference was that, as a foreign national, if they decided to hire me, they would have to provide me with an H-1B visa.
A large number of the H-1B professionals who work for MS and Intel and other tech companies, have come in the same way, by competing against other qualified candidates, including Americans, for the same salary, and proving themselves to be the best candidate.
There is a big difference between them and the "sweatshop" candidates being brought in by the outsourcing companies.
top Lidar Finds Overgrown Maya Pyramids
And we would have been only 20 years away from cold fusion and unlimited free power.
top Space Exploration Needs Extraterrestrial Ethics
Except that most of Asimov's robot stories were actually about the fact that the 3 Laws were simplistic and impractical, and that sufficiently developed robots would look to bend or break the laws eventually.
The Prime Directive had its own problems as well.
The point is that it is not easy to define a universal set of rules that would apply in all situations.
The People vs. George Lucas To Premiere At SXSW
David Prowse, the 74-year-old actor who has enjoyed a long and varied career filled with roles such as Darth Vader (Star Wars Episodes IV, V, and VI)
Does anyone else find it funny that the example given for his long and varied career is that he played Darth Vader in 3 different movies?
top Google Sets Censorship Precedent In India
Freedom is valued in India, but the concept of absolute freedom of speech is not as ingrained in the culture as it is in some western countries.
The general rise in Hindu nationalism is a recent thing, and has come from certain political leaders exploiting the discontentment among the poor and unemployed. Because India has a fair amount of affirmative action for minority communities, the Hindus are incited into believing that everyone else is being favoured apart from them, and that freedom of speech means people can do and say anything against their culture and religion.
The problem with free speech is that of course anyone has the right to say anything they like, and it requires a certain level of education to understand that that's not a bad thing.
top Why Do So Many Terrorists Have Engineering Degrees
This is the part that most people don't get.
Its amazing how many terrorists are not fundamentalist Muslims, but simply young kids from Muslim countries who are pissed off at the treatment their people get from the Americans and Israelis.
And every time a drone indiscriminately kills 30 civilians in a failed attempt to kill one Al-Qaeda member, they gain a few more recruits.
top Patrolling the US Border Via Webcam
The problem is that in practise, landmines are never a clean solution.
No matter how many wanrnings you put up, invariably some children or animals will wander into the area and get blown up, or crippled for life.
There are lots of more humane ways to implement a barrier than landmines.
top Patrolling the US Border Via Webcam
That is probably why you have to register to become one of the observers.
No anonymous tips allowed.
top The 87 Lamest Moments In Tech, 2000-2009
So for you January - August 2001 was also part of the 90s ?
And FWIW, we started at year zero, and so the first decade ended at year 9. Ergo the current decade is 2000-2009.
The defense rests.
top Charities Upset Over Chase Facebook Contest
But coming back to the original point, is that a charity?
Just from reading the summary, it seems like all the groups that were removed were activist groups endorsing a specific change in laws.
Its one thing to ask Chase to endorse the charity of your choice, its another to ask them to make a political donation to support your pet cause.
top Mediterranean Might Have Filled In Months
Wait, how can the first post be redundant?
And its actually on-topic, and reasonably funny. Mods, why do you hate poor assemblerex ?
top How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence
There's never been a woman who actually won the nomination for either the Democratic or Republican parties.
Obviously the closest that anyone came was Hillary Clinton in 2008, who would have been President now (IMO) if Obama had not come out of nowhere.
But I would think given how close she came, and that Sarah Palin is still a major draw (whatever her qualifications may be), it will not be too long before a woman becomes a major party nominee, or actually wins the election.
Farmville, Social Gaming, and Addiction
Due to Farmvilles massive spamming, and my inability to make it stop telling me when my sisters/friends/coworkers have found a new cow, I've actually resorted to unfriending people who are farmville addicts. My "newsfeed" went from updates on my friends lives to 3/4 farmville useless announcements, making it effectively useless. I was tempted to install the app to see if I could filter them somehow, but ultimately said forget it.
It's fine if people want to play games, but frankly, the rest of the world doesn't care or need to know that you planted seeds. If I installed a facebook app that broadcasted every time I got a green drop in WoW I'm sure my friends wouldn't be too happy.
Add to this the Mafia wars spam, and these stupid little apps have made a mess out of what was once a useful tool for me to keep on top of my friends day to day and related silliness.
It takes one click to block an unwanted application like Farmville from posting to your News Feed.
There's a "Hide" option on any News Feed story which will block all posts from that application. Very useful.
top Astrophysicists Find "Impossible" Planet
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
top Calif. Politican Thinks Blurred Online Maps Would Deter Terrorists
This bill would prohibit an operator, as defined, of a commercial
Internet Web site or online service that makes a virtual globe
browser available to members of the public from providing aerial or
satellite photographs or imagery of places in this state that have
been identified on the Internet Web site by the operator as a school,
place of worship, or government or medical building or facility
unless those photographs or images have been blurred.
So it only has to be blurred if the representation is a GLOBE ?
In other words, Google maps is not subject to this, only Google Earth.
Yeah, those terrorists are really screwed now.
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