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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

gtall Re:I don't see the big deal here. (180 comments)

Well, it is funny in a funny sense. The real problem is it showed the fragility of American media companies (movie chains) to blackmail and exposes a problem with freedom of speech. When an outside power can effect freedom of speech to this extent, it becomes a serious issue.

Writ large, someone mentioned it was probably the insurance companies that put a stop to the showing of the film. That lesson will no go unnoticed by other bad actors in the world.

yesterday
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

gtall Re:IMO.... (184 comments)

Ah, you forget Putin's dickski, it is waaaaay long enough to reach North Poleski with foots left over!!

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

gtall Re:duh, it doesn't have to be complicated (184 comments)

You are not cutting in China for a slice. There was a news article a year or so ago where the Chinese government made the case for why they should get a slice of the Arctic. Given their absurd claims to the S. China Sea, they probably believe they are entitled to a slice of the Arctic as well.

3 days ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

gtall Re:Greenland part of Canada (184 comments)

Ice for cocktails. In a few years, they'll have cornered the cocktail market, at least the part that relies on ice. Those Danes are sneaky devils.

3 days ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

gtall Re:Quoted from TFA (196 comments)

The U.S. Senator in question is Sen. Wicker, one of the biggest dolts in the Senate. You can hear him wax on and on and on about wasteful government spending unless.....errr...it happens to occur in his state whereupon it is magically transformed into a vital piece of American infrastructure.

3 days ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

gtall Re:Another energy source (329 comments)

That's not entirely true, Japan has a program now to attempt to harvest methane. If they find a way to do it cheaply enough, poorer nations will be use using it. However, burning it still results in extra carbon in the atmosphere, although admittedly a less dangerous form. Some of the big oil companies also have small projects to see if it viable.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

gtall Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

It has had negligible effect on Conservative Republican thought processes, hence it doesn't exist.

about two weeks ago
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Warmer Pacific Ocean Could Release Millions of Tons of Methane

gtall Re:How about a straight answer? (329 comments)

You don't have to believe in climate change to realize dumping large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere is a problem. Just look at the acidifying oceans. Yes, it isn't methane (hence the difference in name and molecular structure). The implication of your statement is that since we have no good way of separating out the influence of man made climate change and natural climate change, we can forget about the controversy until the science resolves it. The science around the acidifying ocean is not in doubt except possibly by Sen. Sessions who never met a scientific fact he couldn't contradict.

You do recall the ocean, yes? Base the food chain? Screwing it up means you eventually go hungry.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

gtall Re:Counterpoint (415 comments)

It isn't clear that Red Hat's model can scale to the size of MS.

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

gtall Re:C is primordial (641 comments)

So, you think you are smart enough to figure out what your optimizing C compiler did to your code?

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

gtall Re:Hara Kiri (170 comments)

Honor my ass. Their notion of honor is to not look bad, not being bad has nothing to do with it.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

gtall Re:Sony needs to invest in their IT (170 comments)

You mean when company officers start having penalties for getting hacked and leaking people's information, they might do something. Otherwise, the officers are likely to pass the buck to anyone but themselves. Boards' of directors are also complicit in the low value companies put on their customers' information. Suing the company won't really do it, customers should be able to sue the officers and boards. This fiction that companies are individuals should be taken seriously. They are collective individuals comprised of their officers and boards. They should be held legally responsible.

about two weeks ago
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North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

gtall Re:Kim Il Sung getting even (85 comments)

In a bizarre twist of relativity, it turns that Little Kim is Kim Il Sung's grandfather. This prevents the chestnuts from falling very far from the tree, and given the size of the Kim family's chestnuts, extreme care must taken lest they get overlooked and lost forever.

about two weeks ago
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North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

gtall Re:What happens in Thai Hotels stays in Thai Hotel (85 comments)

Unless it is just the S. Koreans still pissed off about Japanese aggression in the 20th century and the repeated insults like visits to the war shrine by Japanese PMs. Hate dies hard.

about two weeks ago
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North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

gtall Re:Leak, not Hack (85 comments)

It also bears resemblance to the Saudi Arabia hack generally attributed to those well-adjusted Iranians. It appears likely that the Iran and N. Korea cooperate on cyber war. They already cooperate on missile technology.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

gtall Re:Loss of context and common sense (116 comments)

It is helpful to have a sense of proportion. The biggest tickets in the budget are non-discretionary (grandma and grandpa are expensive, so are their children who are disabled), and defense. The former is roughly $2.4 Trillion, the latter is roughly $600 Billion and of that last, about $240 Billion is personnel costs. NSF's 2014 budget was roughly $7 billion, out of an approx $3.6 Trillion total budget. The main expenditure are direct transfer payments to...Americans.

Put quickly, your "observation" is bogus.

about two weeks ago
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The Ancestor of Humans Was an "Artist" 500,000 Years Ago

gtall Re:Drawing doodles (59 comments)

If they get fossilized and buried for millennia, then its art. You did have them fossilized, yes?

about two weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

gtall Re:Birds (115 comments)

Bird don't know any better, people do yet they still think it is acceptable to act as thought they had the brain the size of a peanut. Wait until your airliner goes down because of one of these.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Report Says Near Collisions With Drones On the Rise

gtall Re:*sigh* (115 comments)

I rather think the problem is that too many assholes can't figure out flying around airports (or over 400 feet) was a bad idea. Just look at the number of assholes who cannot figure out shining lasers at airliners on approach or leaving airports is a bad idea, yet they still do it; now why would that be....why, why, why?

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft To Educate North Carolina High Schoolers

gtall gtall writes  |  more than 4 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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