top UN Debates Rules Surrounding Killer Robots
"Death, destruction, disease, horror...that's what war is all about, Anan, that's what makes it a thing to be avoided. You've made it so neat and painless you've had no reason to stop it."
about a year and a half ago
top Pollution From Asia Affects US Climate
... that's the sweet smell of the free market!
top Will Windows 8 Be Ready For Release In 2012?
this, a thousand times this.
We'll be lucky to be halfway off XP on the desktop by 2013. Between user resistance, licensing restrictions, compliance requirements, tight replacement budgets, and vendors dragging their feet, I'll be supporting thousands of XP installs until 2014.
top Devices on my home network (less modem):
2 adults (we both are IT) & a male teenager
File server (ppc powermac)
desktop x 3 (iMac & 2 homebuilt game rigs)
Laptop x 4 (MacBook pro & 3 windows)
iPhone x 3
iPad x 2
PS3 x 2
Extra credit - I cabled the house myself
top Modern Humans Bred With Evolutionary Predecessors In Africa
... did they download copyrighted music to set the mood for their interspecies lovemaking?
top Facebook-Deprived Man Sues For $500K
isn't there supposed to be a link here?
top Is the ISS Really Worth $100 Billion?
what is going to be remembered about the 20th century?
going into orbit
top The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...
the overhead AC in the test lab froze over the weekend, the ice then melted, the drip pan overflowed (the ceiling tiles got soaked, dripped, and then broke). the workstation underneath suffered the water torture for a couple hours and then the video cards shorted.
that Monday was spent filling out reams of paperwork. still hasn't been replaced, still a hole in the ceiling.
top "Music" Of the Sun Recorded By Astronomers
Billy Thorpe - Children of the Sun
top The Movie Studios' Big 3D Scam
simple, clear plots, non stop action, sophomoric romance - the John Carter novels are ready made scripts! i remember being in middle school thinking 'this would be an awesome movie!'
and now, with the technology to realize the fantastic settings .... what could possibly go wrong?
top Beliefs Conform To Cultural Identities
a 'conspiracy' that 90% of the group being discussed participate in would be 'the majority culture'
60% is 'a mandate'
30% is 'a political party'
top US Missile Defense Test Fails
Excellent point, and further I agree with the political sentiment I (would like to) sense implied
Having said that ... hitting flying objects and blowing them up is cool!
Maybe letting the military play with these toys and the wrinkly contractors pocket a few bills yields a technology that might be useful at some indeterminate future point?
Has that ever happened before? Maybe more importantly ... can the US afford that now?
Speaking sentimentally (my father was military turned wrinkly contractor) ... is this the kind of program in a fuzzy area that can be justified as R&D, is politically possible, maybe has possible 'soft power' dividends, keeps the engineers and rocket scientists working & production lines running ... does that pass the smell test?
top Heat Engines Shrunk By Seven Orders of Magnitude
... the statement
"The range of topics covered here is very wide and I don't know abc of several things discussed here"
makes you 'wise' in the Socratic sense, negating the description "stupid"
unfortunately, the location of this discussion reinforces the second descriptor
top IT Workers To Get Fewer Perks, No Free Coffee
thanks for the reminders
I have to check gmail to see if my last comment was modded up and I was beginning to think that I traded my knowledge and skills for money in a fair exchange, instead of being grateful to my feudal liege for bare sustenance.
top Feds Bust Cable Modem Hacker
modify this a little
"If they can [come up with a barely plausible scenario] that you [gave away/sold] [a burner/a modem/access to website/cool hardware hack/a torrent/whatever] to a person you [have no idea whether they might] use [to violate copyright/exercise fair use] then yes, you [should] be charged with a crime.
[Who cares if] there are so many legitimate uses for [a burner/a modem/access to website/cool hardware hack/a torrent/whatever], the [media] lobby is so powerful, [it doesn't matter that it's] nearly impossible to prove beyond reasonable doubt that you thought whoever you were selling a [a burner/a modem/access to website/cool hardware hack/a torrent/whatever] to was going to use it for non-illegal means, [access to a burner/a modem/access to website/cool hardware hack/a torrent/whatever must be prevented at all costs]."
top Secret ACTA Treaty May Sport "Internet Enforcement" Procedures After All
IMHO, the problem with the "stranglehold the Republican and Democratic parties have on the machinery of government" is the result of corporate influence on those parties
"We need to limit federal legislation of states and depend upon each state to make the decisions ... "
when some corporations have revenue (and sometimes profits) greater than entire nations ( http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/01/business/worldbusiness/01iht-exxon.4.9679416.html), state budgets ( http://www.nasbo.org/Publications/PDFs/FSSpring2009.pdf), and global influence, the various state gov'ts will be immune to this ... how?
top How many countries have you visited?
I thought Chula Vista was San Ysidro's tony northern suburb
top Favorite seasonal transition?
years of observation have allowed me to make the following generalizaton:
when the waves fade, and the uncountable hordes of pasty tourists arrive, that's summer.
when the pasty hordes disappear, and the waves return, that's winter.
reportedy, the rest of the US has two transition seasons, while we simply note the two holidays at either end
top Major ISPs Seek To Lower Broadband Definition
good thing we don't know what a meter is here in the States, otherwise we might get upset that you dirty socialist Euro types were getting better service than us.
top Making Babies In Space May Not Be Easy
I prefer the interpretation
... "one of his predictions has been tenatively confirmed"
full disclosure: Niven has been one of my favorite authors since I read Ringworld in the 70s
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