South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards
Get your shit together! You are on the road to become Brazil (the irony is that Brazil always tried to become America, just ask the argentinians):
How Quickly Will the Latest Arms Race Accelerate?
China as a military threat is so far behind us, it's really not worth discussing. They are just trying to show off for their nationalist population.
The fact is even if they did catch up, we would still wipe the floor with them and any other potential threat. We own the world, there is no country on Earth that can stop us.
Unless you shoot yourself in the foot, like most past Empires...
NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?
This, this, a thousand times this! Why the fuck do the the talk radio assholes blather on ad nauseum excoriating Obama for Obamacare when they could be calling him a totalitarian traitor to the Constitution instead?
(The answer, of course, is that the Republicans (and Democrats) are perfectly okay with totalitarianism.)
Because it works as a diversion? Yeah, a bit of a stretch, but I don't trust ANYBODY these days.
Ask Slashdot: To Publish Change Logs Or Not?
Ahhhh the hosts file.... The mother of all fixes! Thank you slashdot.
French Court Orders Search Engines, ISPs To Block Pirate Sites
Maybe this way the film industry becomes irrelevant faster? No more free advertising.
Facebook Isn't Accepting New Posts, Likes, Comments...
ISS blew up, Hubble is gone and Shengzou is falling down.
Neil Gaiman On Why Libraries Are the Gates to the Future
Is this garden-variety schizophrenia or some other syndrome?
He is just an assficionado.
The Human Brain Project Kicks Off
I think you meant: $1.3 billion. Wow! Something is going on here, $13 billion damnit!
Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve
Can someone explain this to me in idiot? I don't see what the problem is, nor why I should care.
If you don't see a problem, then no amount of idiot will make you care.
Man Trying To Fly Across the Atlantic On Helium Balloons
Here we go again!
NIH Studies Universal Genome Sequencing At Birth
Scientists Work To Produce 'Star Trek' Deflector Shields
Amazing picture at the end of the article, be sure to not miss it.
FBI Admits To Domestic Surveillance Drone Use
Why shouldn't they use drones? They use surveillance helicopters. This is just another method of doing the same thing.
Because, as a citizen in this brave new world (therefore, as everyone else, an enemy of the state), I can't use my drones against them.
The objetive of using drones (read spying with drones) is to know who I am, where I am, what I am doing and why I am doing it. They justify it with this: If you have not done anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. If you think superficially, you may find nothing wrong with that, since they say: to have 'security' you must sacrifice some liberty. But if you think carefully you will see the trojan horse that is this new surveillance state they are 'selling' to us:
Who says what is wrong? I'm sure it's the same people 'selling' the surveillance state to us.
And what is wrong? You may ask yourself: Is terrorism wrong? Is robbery wrong? Is rape wrong? Sure bet! But... is pointing at corruption wrong? Is disagreeing with the state wrong? Is reporting white collar crime wrong? Good luck for you if they think these things are wrong (surprise surprise, they already think it's worse than wrong, it's treason!).
And yet you still may think: well, at least I have my security! That's until the day you need security and realize they are too busy chasing the proper 'wrong doers' to help you.
Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster
The rest of Greece's commercial broadcast media belong to 3 publishing corporations which also have magazines, constructor companies etc etc. They usually use their media as a pressure for politicians in order to get large public sector construction sites and their idea of news is to terrorize people in order to accept austerity measures.
So, it's the same shit as Brazil's media. Small world!
German Railways To Test Anti-Graffiti Drones
"Germany's national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, plans to test small drones to try to reduce the theft of small drones introduced earlier. The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who steal property at night. A company spokesman said drones would be tested at rail depots soon."
Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale
Here in Brazil we saw comparable situation. Our import taxes pretty much doubled the price of the games. So a few business started to print discs here while the game industry lobby worked on a tax reduction. They got the reduction and guess what? Most games are still the same price as before, with exceptions like Ubisoft that at first reduced the price by 25% (From 200R$ to 150R$), but since then already increased the prices again from 150R$ to 180R$ at launch. They will just increase profit margin per unit and hope people are dumb enough to buy a console that takes away your right as owner of the product.
I don`t but used games, but I respect the right of a user to do to his game as he pleases. Games should not be different from any other physical property. If I pay for someone to build a house, I don`t have to pay the contractor a part of the rent or part of my money if I sell the house. That`s absurd! The difference is that since games still have market value when the original owner is done with them they are trying to milk us once again for our money.
I also live in Brazil. I smelled bs right from start. The "price is high because of taxes" is just an OLD hoax, they charge that much because people will pay. I already speculate the price of Xbox One here: R$ 3.500,00 - R$ 4.200,00 (thats $1.700,00 - $2.100,00 folks, and they call us 'Poor Country').You bet there will be fricking lines to buy it! I think it's time for us to learn to use our consuming power and stop buying. Nah, Dream on! LOL.
Xbox One Used Game Policy Leaks: Publishers Get a Cut of Sale
I really have to wonder if they even consider gaming the primary market for this next Xbox, or if they are thinking that the Xbox will find its way into homes primarily as a unified entertainment system. If the latter is their goal, they must believe that most families aren't going to own multiple expensive gaming devices, so once established they have a captive market on the gaming front.
They didn't bring Spielberg to that conference for nothing: they want to fully blend games with cinema (new hot stuff + century old backward stuff = AAA, no wonder most games suck). My bet: it's going to backfire. I cringe at every movie I watch these days. I loved Oblivion, but there was some parts that made me almost angry. Prometheus? Save me, JEBUS! As for TV, I used to watch a lot in the past, today I'm dragged by my fiance to watch. I cringe at every movie! I HATE every channel, even History or Discovery with all the ghost and alien bs. So they think I will fork $400 bucks to talk to the tv? I already YELL at TV, for free!
Of course if they are wrong, they might literally cause the decline of gaming in society. If we operate on the premise that modern young people are "addicted" to media in general, and gaming in particular, Microsoft is assuming that they can spike the price in their drug and extract more from the junkies. In the real world when this happens, the junkies typically turn to crime (I suppose piracy in this case, though I'm not a big advocate of copyright), stop using, or move on to another drug (sometimes a homemade variant of the original).
What we might very well see in the future is a shift in media consumption habits away from the big publishers to smaller studios making games for pc and mobile devices, underscored by a drop-off in "traditional" gaming in general (as people start to see more value in a movie and a meal for $20 instead of paying $60 for a 10 hour long game). If the big publishers actually implemented a steam-style pricing model that could change, but I seriously doubt any will try. Companies very rarely evolve into an entirely different animal, and a Steam-esque change would be one hell of an evolution for the likes of EA and Activision.
I think console gaming will decline, not gaming in general, since we still have PC, Android, IOS and Web to run to. (there still hope for Sony thou, I'm almost certain they win this round of the console wars)
WIPO Panel Says Ron Paul Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking
Free market will fix that! There's always www.ronpaul.bs or www.ronpaul.museum available.
Interviews: James Randi Answers Your Questions
You die, and it turns out you were wrong and there is a God. What do you say?
-So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!
Graphene Aerogel Takes World's Lightest Material Crown
Actually it's funnier than that. It looks like a spam bot that uses the most popular words in forums to spam ads, this case it is "Mycleanyouknowwhat". Let's call it the Vitriol Spam Bot 1.0!
"If Natalie Portman is not measurable, hot grits are Fictitious." - My new signature !