Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist
First off, what is a "Domestic terrorist group" and who makes the decision.
Second, what are 'ties'? She was a member of 2 organizations that had 'ties' to a 'domestic terrorist group'. Does this mean financial or material support or that Joe Blow was also a member of the groups involved and therefore he was a 'tie'.
Lastly, what was her 'dishonest conduct'? If she outright lied, that's one thing. If during her interviews/form filling she was asked if she had 'ties' (there's that slippery word again!) to any terrorist group if she honestly didn't know group X was considered a 'domestic terrorst group' when she wasn't even a member of group X and was instead a member of group Y which was NOT a 'domestic terrorist group' is that justifiable grounds for dismissal?
NASA: Lunar Pits and Caves Could House Astronauts
Scientific films of yesteryear have informed us that any lunar caves are inhabited by insect men. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt00...
Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop
Instead of saying "One of Microsoft's main goals with Windows 9, the next major version of Windows, is to win over Windows 7 hold outs." wouldn't it be more factual to say the main goal is to "overcome the design failures that prevented widespread adoption of Windows 8."
As much as they love to pat themselves on the back for having such a "revolutionary" design, there is no better evidence that it Win 8 was a groupthink circlejerk than how no one who had the choice would use it.
Secret of the Banjo's Unique Sound Discovered By Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist
The drum membrane is made out of 'possum skin.
EVE Online's Space Economy Currently Worth $18 Million
So in Eve the shopkeeper gets the thrill of having someone break his window so he can pay for the thrill of having it replaced? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...
Mobile Game Attempts To Diagnose Alzheimer's
I can't remember where I left my mobile device.
Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate
IANAL but isn't making the assumption that the registered user of an IP address is responsible for any and all illegal activity that involve that IP address the same kind of leap of logic that you'd make if you assumed that any crime committed with a gun directly implicates the registered owner of said firearm?
Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories
Cite sources please. Reputable journals only.
Problem is that the US has made it nearly impossible to research the effects of marijuana/THC so there is a real lack of good data. Facing this lack of evidence, too many people are stating outrageous claims that pot will do everything from cure the common cold to cancer and everything in between.
Waves Spotted On Titan
CAN YOU SURF THESE WAVES?
Kepler's Alien World Count Skyrockets
I'm not a xenobiologist, but wouldn't a high-pressure hydrogen-rich atmosphere conceivably be home to organisms similar to those that live around deep sea volcanic vents? Will we be going to war with/conquered by giant tubeworms?
TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs
Its time to privatize the TSA. If it were up to the airlines to contract with security firms, you'd have logical risk management made through the lens of monetary cost. Make the airlines assume the risk for liability if their security is crap, and they will find a good happy medium between the extremes. I'm not normally a small-government guy, but in this area, it simply makes sense.
Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs
I currently get food stamps and they provide the entirety of my food budget. I am well educated and know my way around a kitchen so I can keep myself fit and healthy for well under the $187/month I get.
But if I wanted, I could buy candy, coke, and chips and try and live off of that. If you are on food stamps you can NOT simply rely on prepackaged heat and serve meals - you'll either run out of money or not get the nutrition you need. You need to focus on the basics: beans, rice, lentils, fresh fruits and veggies, and only occasionally some raw chicken (forget your love affair with beef, its too expensive).
In my view, the problem is with education rather than money. Teach people how to cook and what to cook and they'll be healthy. Barrage them with ads for canned raviolis and Doritos and you'll get people who think that cooking simply involves heating things up. The food stamp program needs to be revised so that you are prohibited from purchasing junk foods just like alcohol or cigarettes can't be bought. In addition to restricting crap foods, allow people to purchase things like vitamins, toothpaste, and toilet paper with their food stamps. Being on food stamps is not fun, but for many people it is not a choice (the elderly or disabled) so lets make the program actually work for the benefit of those who receive the money.
Watch Out, Amazon: DHL Tests Drug-Delivery Drone
If a drone crashes on my property due to malfunction/jammer/shotgun blast, does the package become my property? Its a fedral crime to tamper with found or misdelivered USPS mail, but Amazon, FedEx, DHL have no similar protections AFAIK. If through no (provable) actions of my own materials arrive on my property, can I salvage them?
Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating
I'm really curious how a bra will stop me (a man) from over eating. Maybe the title (lol, tit) should be "Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop Women From Overeating".
Smithsonian Releases 3D Models of Artifacts
I'm going to use my 3D printer to print out my OWN artifacts and have my OWN Smithsonian and collect all that delicious entrance fee money...
What do you mean its free to get in to their museums!?
ATF Tests Show 3D Printed Guns Can Explode
I think its entirely appropriate for government to determine safety standards and inform the citizenry when something doesn't comply. With the manufacturing of /everything/ by 3D printers, the vast majority of the populace has no way to determine which designs are safe and stable and which are junk because most of them are not engineers or materials scientists. I think that testing and rating designs for potentially dangerous items, not just firearms, that could cause grievous harm due to catastrophic failure is good role for government to act in the common good.
Keep the designs free for all, but provide a central database where I can reference a rating performed by experts. I wouldn't mind my tax dollars going for that.
Google Leads Among Consumer Tech Companies Lobbying Congress
Remember when that was the Google mantra? Are they still trying or have they been worn down by the system?
Is lobbying inherently evil as some posters state, or is there a good way to do it?
If you think lobbying is without a high ground, then consider the case of one of the oldest continuously existing lobbying groups. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCNL
Your Brain Waves Are a Password: How Your Next Car Will Check You're Not a Thief
One for each of my multiple personalities.
Bomb Defuse Simulator 2013: a Head-Tracking Tech Demo
Unboxing Boston Dynamics' DARPA-Ready Atlas Robot
Aleksandr Kerensky didn't commission the construction of the AS7 series of battlemechs until 2755!
Did someone discover a lost data core that contradicts this?
(Only real geeks will understand this reference.)
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