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China Eager To Send Its Own Mission To Mars In the Wake of Mangalyaan

gtall How about giving Tibet back to the Tibetans? (84 comments)

Hey Chinese leaders, want to make your manhood look bigger? Give Tibet its freedom back. Renounce your insane claims to all of the S. China Sea, and stop threatening Taiwan. Until that happens, no amount of space funnies is going to make men out of you.

4 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

gtall Re:"stashes its cash" (363 comments)

No one is arguing that. What the right wing argues is that the rich people are investing their money and not stuffing it in their mattress. So the theory is that if you whack them, they won't invest as much. I have yet to see a real analysis that proves or disproves this. Personally, I'm doubtful the effect of their investment with untaxed dollars amounts to all that much if you subtract out the investment government would make with those same dollars and if you subtract the amount rich people invest outside the U.S. And yes, investing in Grandma via Social Security is an investment. If it means she doesn't have to come and live with you so you have more money to spend which improves the economy. That said, generations of politicians have made promises with future tax money that America cannot possibly keep.

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

gtall Re:"stashes its cash" (363 comments)

Yes, but it sounds like if MS could bring all their cash home, the jobs they'd like to create would go to H1Bs. So what is precisely the difference except that H1Bs must spend some of their dough to live in America.

Big American companies seem to want it both ways. Be protected by American laws, bring foreign-earned cash back to America to hire foreign H1Bs.

5 days ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

gtall Re:yet more proof (356 comments)

Now you've done it. Emma Watson is going to come in to this forum and we'll have to discuss the gender inequalities with respect to black holes.

5 days ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

gtall Re:DAESH, not ISIL (474 comments)

Yeah, but they need Allah to back them up so they don't all dissolve into Western-style guilt trips and require Vitamin P to live with the inner demons they've created or themselves. It is sort of the Flip in Flip Wilson, i.e., Allah made me do it.

This Allah, he's a funny guy, never says squat, can only communicate through angels and then via dreams. Doesn't bestow riches or anything on this dirtball planet. Yet legions are running around claiming anything they do is because Allah wills it. Allah at this point is indistinguishable from Satan.

about a week ago
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US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

gtall Re:DAESH, not ISIL (474 comments)

The difference is lost on me. Al Q. only cares about not killing Muslims, and even then if they are only the right kind of Muslims. The new crew are equal opportunity killers. I'm sure to their victims the difference is substantial, yes?

about a week ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

gtall Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

Hehehehe...never watch CSPAN and Congress, have you? The President cannot arbitrarily close bases, it requires an act of Congress usually as part of the Defense Authorization Bill. The reason is that it involves finances. And then there are Congressional egos, money spent in home districts, etc. There are a lot of ancillary issues. The entire BRAC process was developed just to put some sort of reason into base closings. The Pentagon goes through a Base Realignment and Closure about every 5 years in a bid to keep the bases aligned with with national defense policy.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

gtall Re:Hmm... (474 comments)

More accurately, he doesn't want to because he knows they'll rejoin the fight and then have to answer to the consequences of letting them go.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

gtall Re:Recent claims by whom? (222 comments)

Those kind of people have never been owned by a cat. A brain the size of walnut generates the capacity to play, sulking when ownee admonishes it, buttering up the ownee for treats, etc. And then there is the room and board issue, it turns out most cats have a degree in financial services.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

gtall Re:Recent claims by whom? (222 comments)

Yeah, but that was just because they were ugly cubs.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

gtall Re:No surprise (222 comments)

I guess this explains China lusting after Taiwan.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

gtall Re:No wonder (222 comments)

Not with monkey hands, but I'm sure the NRA can come up with a triggering mechanism they can use.

about two weeks ago
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

gtall Re:Still not easy (36 comments)

I think it depends on the resources available. If, say, some rogue scientists in, to pick a nice orderly with a long proud tradition of human rights, say Pakistan, were to synthesize a bioweapon...or a chem weapon, I could see them turning it over to the Taliban for disposal. This is what scares the hell out of the Pentagon and the Indian defence establishment but with respect to nuclear material. So the article might be right in that there is no threat to Johnny Ahmed producing a bio weapon, Dr. Johnny Ahmed working for a Pakistan uni might do so.

about two weeks ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

gtall Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (543 comments)

OSX is not free. It is built into the price of a Mac. And it should be. Linux is free, and it shows it. The lack of integration among the UI parts of Linux is enough to turn punters off. Windows is also not free, yet they still cannot seem to get a UI that doesn't drive you into pointless clicking and clacking. Mostly, it is because they don't have a clear vision for what the interface should be or what it should do or how it relates to the underlying system. It's a bolt on.

I've used all three. I prefer OSX, although I've not tried the umpteen Linux UIs, who has? But I also have some understanding of Unix and Linux under the covers so I can manipulate them usually to get what I need. Windows....well, I never took the time to learn it under the covers, but life is short and it is still Windows, the interface is just too horrid to use day in and day out.

about two weeks ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

gtall Re:Then I guess you could say... (222 comments)

That works for more than hallucinations, I can assure it. I find it quite effective for many of life's little frustrations.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

gtall Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

Even if Linux had a compelling and disruptive element, it wouldn't convince business to leave MS's demented ecosystem. And as soon as Linux had one, MS would be right there the next day saying to everyone, "Me too, Me too! And just wait 'till next year when we integrate with the rest of our crap."

about three weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

gtall Re: Wrong Title (499 comments)

So you are saying while not a Tea Partier, he was indistinguishable from a Tea Partier. Some difference.

about three weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

gtall Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

Bullshit, it references a well-maintained militia. The maintenance doesn't not constitute armed vigilante groups marauding in the name of the constitution or the rights of individuals to settle their disputes with guns.

From wikipedia:

In United States v. Cruikshank (1876), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that, "The right to bear arms is not granted by the Constitution; neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence" and limited the applicability of the Second Amendment to the federal government.[9] In United States v. Miller (1939), the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government and the states could limit any weapon types not having a “reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia”.

There you go. There is no right to overthrow the government. We can however vote the government corruption out of office. You will notice the Constitution enshrines that right and not your perverted view.

about three weeks ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

gtall Re:Gibbs Free Energy (211 comments)

No, it puts quantitative limits on what is to be expected. That's quite different from your qualitative results which we know.

about three weeks ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

gtall Re:wow (185 comments)

Where it will get sticky is if drivers of similar cars have more accidents than the Cadillacs, yet for the Cadillac, the accidents will definitely be attributable to a defect. The lawyers are probably already planning their yachts and vacation homes.

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft To Educate North Carolina High Schoolers

gtall gtall writes  |  more than 3 years ago

gtall (79522) writes "From the article: "Microsoft said Tuesday that North Carolina has become the first US state to implement Redmond's Microsoft IT Academy Program for its public high schools — 628 in total. The program offers students and teachers the latest Microsoft software for classrooms and labs, Microsoft e-learning materials, discounts on courseware, access to Tech Net, and marketing resources to help promote the institutions' association with Microsoft, along with certification in Microsoft technologies."

Has education come to this where a company can decide the curriculum to turn out drones tuned to its products?"

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