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DoJ Answers FOIA Request After Six Years With No Real Information

john82 No surprise (107 comments)

News Flash:

"A recent study has determined that Democrat administrations in Washington are just as bad as their Republican counterparts. There's just as much lying, corruption, scandal, debt, malfeasance and general stupidity. In fact, other than their respective logos, there appears to be no difference at all.

Film at 11."

about a year and a half ago

New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

john82 Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (1232 comments)

Indeed. How would media members feel about a published database of their name, address, political affiliation and donations?

I'll bet some would argue such a response would infringe on the First Amendment, and possibly Fourth Amendment rights... of the media members (and their families). But do their rights to that protection supersede those of others?

about 2 years ago

How Yucca Mountain Was Killed

john82 And so it continues (340 comments)

No to Nuclear
No to Coal
No to Oil
No to Natural Gas

What does this administration think the US will use for energy in the future, magic?

about 2 years ago

Steve Jobs Was Wrong About Touchscreen Laptops

john82 That settles it then (526 comments)

If that heralded sage of technology, user experience and public reaction Sean Hollister of Verge says touchscreen laptops are a success, who am I to argue? After all, how often was Jobs right about those things? And Sean Hollister has been a tech writer for what, two weeks?

about 2 years ago

Coffee and Intellectual Property

john82 Re:It depends ... (198 comments)

Champagne must come from the Champagne region of France. Parmesan (Parmigiano-Reggiano) must be produced in a limited number of Italian provinces. There are other examples of such branding that convey the quality and source of various products. If this is what they are after, I'm fine with it..

Fine. Henceforth, only beans from Ethiopia or Yemen may be called Coffee. Everything else will be relegated to "that brown s*** in hot water". I'll let the locals in Yemen and Ethiopia duke it out over the actual use of the name "Coffee".

more than 2 years ago

UW Imposes 20-Tweet Limit On Live Events

john82 Limit reporting (196 comments)

This is just idiotic on the part of someone at the university. Perhaps the reporters should respond by limiting their articles to something roughly equivalent to 20 tweets. Most tweets are extremely short. Maybe a total of 800 characters would be sufficient. Let's see how the administration truly likes reduced coverage of their product.

more than 2 years ago

Earthquakes Correlated With Texan Fracking Sites

john82 Re:While... (259 comments)

The hubris is that they predict, small, trivial little, meaningless earthquakes without knowing about the rest of the system's capacity to be influenced by these events.

Actually, the hubris is armchair techies on Slashdot masquerading as seismologists, geologists, etc. I can only that hope no one would seriously consider making policy or law based on the kind of shoddy, back of an envelope, pseudo-analysis as goes on in this forum on an hourly basis.

more than 2 years ago

US Freezes Nuclear Power Plant Permits Because of Waste Issues

john82 Re:pump it into the air (347 comments)

Rather than nuclear or coal power, why don't we all tilt at windmills or solar. Obviously those solutions are ready, cost-effective and totally hazard-free!!

more than 2 years ago

US Navy Admiral Questions Expensive Stealth Platforms

john82 Re:Cut military spending. (490 comments)

Really? What has diplomacy EVER solved?

Does it seem to you that a jacka** such as Assad is going to pay any attention to "Stop, or we'll say stop again!"? Show me one instance where it's made ANY difference.

more than 2 years ago

Engineer Thinks We Could Build a Real Starship Enterprise In 20 Years

john82 Re:There's no starship with just an ion drive (589 comments)

Not to worry. Obama has decided to kill any and all manned space exploration. Yes we Can't!

That notwithstanding, we're a lot more than 20 years away from being able to do anything like the USS Enterprise. It's strictly sci-fi for now.

more than 2 years ago

Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions In State Taxes

john82 Re:As a University of Washington student... (595 comments)

I am appalled that Microsoft is to blame for the current state of our university.

You're as gullible as a FOX or NBC news viewer. You bought-into the politicians' propaganda hook, line, and sinker like a fish. The only ones to blame, are not Microsoft who followed the tax laws, but the poltiicians who failed to REWRITE the tax laws such that MS and other corporations would have to pay on all their income (since they reside in washington).

Well this simply won't do. This is what happens when the lemmings go off their meds and start thinking for themselves. We simply can't have the likes of you questioning the order of things. No siree, bob.

Now, off to re-education camp with you!

[Btw: If you're reading this, you're in the 1%.]

more than 2 years ago

Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

john82 Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (556 comments)

Actually, in places where medical care is run by the state, we call this corruption.

Really? In the States we call that ObamaCare (or RomneyCare if you're in MA).

more than 2 years ago

Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

john82 Re:I guess they would never have hired (743 comments)

You're assuming my interpretation. The AC said he never espoused any support for ID. That was not factually correct. Further, Einstein actually derided anthropomorphic religion. Try actually reading what he said rather than jumping to your own conclusions.

Stop trying to put words in someone else's mouth.

more than 2 years ago

Lawsuit Claims NASA Specialist Was Fired Over Intelligent Design Belief

john82 Re:Isac Newton anyone? (743 comments)

Nice try, but no. There have been plenty of theories which have been postulated well in advance of any technical ability to test them being even on the horizon. In fact, we're STILL trying to prove some of Einstein's theories. Perhaps you've heard of Gravity Probe-B?

GP-B was designed to measure two key predictions of Einstein's general theory of relativity by monitoring the orientations of ultra-sensitive gyroscopes relative to a distant guide star.

more than 2 years ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

john82 Re:But this price rise is artificial.... (1205 comments)

...trouble is, fucking oil companies are taking what should server as a bit of a surplus and selling it to China and everywhere else, for more profit, and hence raises OUR prices due to this artificially created shortage.

We should try to mandate that more domestically drawn oil is kept for domestic use!!

Even if I accepted your premise that once again it's simply price gouging oil companies at work (hint: it's not that simple), good luck writing law that mandates where "domestically drawn" oil is sold. It isn't going to happen.

more than 2 years ago

LightSquared CEO Resigns Amid Appearance of Bribery

john82 Re:Important to note (211 comments)

Kind of hard to keep up with your eyes clamped shut and your hands over your ears.

Politicians are dirty, period. It's not like Republicans have a monopoly on corruption.

more than 2 years ago

Open Letter By Eric S. Raymond To Chris Dodd

john82 Re:uhhh. (410 comments)

I'm not a fan of the Senator, however I think that in deference to the position there should be some semblance of decorum when referring to individual members of Congress or the President. There's far too little civility shown to the holders of the latter office for the current and previous occupants. The fault of that rests squarely on the two main political parties, their congressional attack dogs, and various political organizations masquerading as news outlets, charitable groups or think tanks. Not much thinking or charity as far as I can see.

Hence, I will have to disagree with you. Regardless of my feelings for the Senator, that's still his title.

more than 2 years ago

Chinese Court Orders Ban On Apple's iPad

john82 Re:Good (190 comments)

More likely, the PRC govt has determined that Taiwan (whom they view as a renegade province) should not dictate T&C to ANY entity of the PRC. Ergo, the sale of such an asset by company operating in Taiwan would BY DEFAULT have no bearing in the PRC.

more than 2 years ago

Swiss To Build Orbital Cleaning Satellite

john82 Re:...with another bullet (147 comments)

That's not a very effecient way to collect debris...

Nor is the notion that you can clean up such a vast volume of space with a small capsule. Kind of like thinking you can clean up the entire North American interstate system with a single street sweeper.

more than 2 years ago



Explosion Kills 2 at Scaled Composites

john82 john82 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

john82 (68332) writes "CNN is reporting that an explosion has taken place at the Mojave, Calif test facility of Scaled Composites. The have pictures and video showing some of the damage. No word yet on the identity of the fatalities. According to sources, the explosion occurred during a cold fire test. One of the pictures appears to show a shed or building has be obliterated by the blast."

john82 john82 writes  |  about 8 years ago

john82 (68332) writes "Earlier this month we had a report from Forrester, based on a random sampling of 2,000 credit card accounts, that purported to show that iTunes sales were crashing. Now comes another survey from Reston, VA-based ComScore which indicates the exact opposite. ComScore's report which is based on actual iTunes sales shows a 84% increase during the first nine months of this year compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile the author of the Forrester report, Josh Bernoff, noted in his blog yesterday that the he shouldn't be pummeled just because everyone took what he wrote and ran with it."


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