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Could Twitter Have Stopped the Media's Rush To War In Iraq Ten Years Ago?

megamerican Re:No (456 comments)

There were plenty of people pointing out the laughable lies in Powell's speech at the time, who were just dis missed as "conspiracy theorists." There were millions of people around the world protesting. Anyone in the corporate media who was against this war were fired or silenced.

Twitter would just be flooded with lies and disinformation that discerning truth would be nigh impossible.

about 2 years ago

Possible Chemical Weapons Use In Syria

megamerican Re:Finally (164 comments)

You really think that it is in the best interest of these corporations to give us cheap gasoline? No, their interest is in control and it is not in their interest when a leader floods the world with cheap oil.

As for these chemical weapons. It doesn't make sense for Assad to use since many western nations have said they'd intervene. In fact, there were e-mails hacked from a British defense company back in January, which talked about staging just such an attack.

about 2 years ago

Defense Dept. Directed To Disclose Domestic Drone Use

megamerican Re:So you don't waste your time... (190 comments)

Which essentially means they don't follow the Constitution. They'd never say that because then the illusion would crumble and people might wake up from their apathetic stupor and do something.

about 2 years ago

How the U.S. Sequester Will Hurt Science and Tech

megamerican Re:Total BS (522 comments)

They are not actually cuts. It is a decrease in the rate of increase of the budget. The net budget is still increasing by a considerable amount.

Maybe we should listen to this Congresswoman who says we are going to lose 170 Million jobs, which is about 100% of the total workforce. Notice how she refers to Pelosi as leader. What is the word for 'leader' in German?

about 2 years ago

NOAA Report: World Labor Capacity Dropping Because of Increased Temperatures

megamerican Re:Huh? (337 comments)

They base their finding on a climate model which like most climate models, are always inaccurate.

They also assume that at these temperatures people would be working the same hours. They could easily work at night and since there is a push with the smart grid to pay for the time of use, working at non-peak hours would save costs on energy.

This is nothing but pure speculation based on an unproven hypothetical situation to drive a political agenda. Welcome to modern science.

about 2 years ago

The U.S. minimum wage should be

megamerican Re:Fixed (1106 comments)

It was also a general consensus among economists that there was no housing bubble in 2006. A consensus means nothing when everyone drinks the same kool-aid and nobody thinks for themselves.

While a higher minimum wage may not always decrease employment it will force any company who relies on unskilled labor to either close or raise prices. The real effect will be to lower the standard of living for those on minimum wage and the middle class due to the increased prices.

You will always be paid depending on how in demand you are. That's why my hometown McDonald's paid minimum wage meanwhile the fast food restaurants in Minot, ND are paying ~$18/hour.

about 2 years ago

New GPU Testing Methodology Puts Multi-GPU Solutions In Question

megamerican Re:You use GPUs for video games? (112 comments)

Don't forget electrical costs. At $0.10 a kWh you are paying $0.24 a day (24 hours) per 100 watts of continuous average power consumption. This is $7.20 per month per 100W @ $0.10 /kWh or $87.60 a year. Adjust up/down for your cost of electricity and power usage (120W and $0.12/kWh = 1.2 * 1.2 = 1.44x adjustment)

Believe me, I do not. With electricity costs taken into account I make around $4 per day (from 4 video cards) from Bitcoin or Litecoin on 2 gaming systems I rarely use. When I use my main gaming system it is slightly less.

Now add to this the waste heat vented into your house on the months you cool your house

Living in a colder climate these costs offset, however I have no hard numbers. The slightly higher electricity cost in the summer months are offset from a savings in natural gas cost in the winter months.

+ the depreciated costs (and wear and tear) of the computer assets you tied up processing Bitcoins

The goal is to maximize profits and not necessarily maximize the amount of bitcoins/litecoins I mine, so thanks to the power curve of most cards, it is more profitable to slightly underclock the core and/or memory clock which helps minimize wear and tear on the cards. The cards I've had since 2009 are still running and producing the same MH/s as they always have.

Many people who still mine bitcoins with GPU's are people who don't pay for electricity costs thanks to the difficulty rise from FPGA's and ASIC's. This pushed out any profitability for me, but I still have profitability from Litecoin, which is a similar cryptocurrency.

Even if there were no profits and I was just breaking even I would still do it because I would like a use for my gaming machines since I rarely game anymore but still want to sit down and play every couple of weeks.

about 2 years ago

When Google Got Flu Wrong

megamerican Re:Adjust for the news (72 comments)

Or simply ask everyone who types in a flu related search to cough into the microphone and show their tongue to the webcam.

about 2 years ago

Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of RonPaul.com Domain From Fans

megamerican Re:Welcome to Capitalism (611 comments)

This is a very surprising and disappointing action from Paul -- a politician who once rarely (if ever) contradicted himself.

Well you haven't been paying attention.

  As a member of congress he has repeatedly added amendments to spending bills giving millions to his home district. Then when the bill comes up for a vote, knowing that the bill is going to pass, he votes against the bill. That way he gets millions in pork for his constituents and at the same time can claim he voted against a wasteful spending bill.

You mean, he is transparently giving back his constituent their own money for something useful to them? Isn't that what a Congressman is supposed to do?

Otherwise, that money gets allocated by an unelected person from the executive branch. That's just what we need. More consolidation of power into the executive.

about 2 years ago

Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?

megamerican Re:Learn X The Hard Way (183 comments)

I would recommend Udacity's CS 101 course along with LPTHW .

The thing I liked about that Udacity course is it is study at your own pace. You can do as little or as much as you want. On top of that you are building a web crawler throughout all of the Units.

I'd also recommend code academy since they added a lot more python modules. It would be a good way to reinforce ideas he is learning whatever course he is going through.

The good thing about LPTHW over the others is you are also setting up a programming environment on your own computer rather than using someone elses interpreter.

about 2 years ago

Software That Flagged HBO.com For Piracy Will Power U.S. 'Six Strikes' System

megamerican Re:So, do something (292 comments)

The US also had a top marginal tax rate like that. It was during the great economic boom of the 50s and 60s. Turns out that trickle-down, voodoo economics is and always will be bunk.

And as it turns out, nobody paid it. The effective tax rate, i.e. the tax rate people actually paid was around 30-35% at that time.

about 2 years ago

Richard Stallman's Solution To 'Too Big To Fail'

megamerican Re:I have a better idea... (649 comments)

You seem to think that just because a company fails that means every single person from that company would now be out of work. Most of these large companies would have profitable divisions that would be worthwhile for shareholders to sell to other companies or spin off into a separate entity and people working for those divisions perhaps may not be out of work. Those services, if profitable would still be in service and there'd be plenty of businesses trying to fill in the void as quickly as possible.

During the financial crisis, had these banks not been bailed out it would have been worse, but it wouldn't have lasted more than 1 or 2 years, instead of the half a decade of stagnation we have now which is destined to become a full decade since we aren't going to change course any time soon.

There is a reason why no one remembers the depression of 1920. They were recovering mid-1921 before the government could even come up with a plan to do anything.

Instead we'll have people on unemployment around 10% and people chronically underemployed around 25% for a decade.

about 2 years ago

Officials Warn: Cyber War On the US Has Begun

megamerican Re:"Cyber 9/11" (292 comments)

It'll be more like, if you don't give the government insane controls over the internet there will be 100 Chernobyl's in the United States. The legislation is already written. They just need the right opportunity (real of manufactured) to invoke fear and pass it without any congressman being able to read said legislation.

about 2 years ago

To Open Source Obama's Get-Out-the-Vote Code Or Not?

megamerican Re:so republicans never get access to it ... (356 comments)

Bush and Obama are actually far to the left, if you consider the far left to be total government and far right being no government.

They both believe that the government has a right to regulate in everything that you do. Obama has done nothing but expand everything that Bush started.

He was only recently for gay marriage but both believe that the state can decide who can or can't marry.
Both agree the government should be involved in healthcare
Both twiddled with the income tax but both believe that the government in principle owns everything you make and only allows you to keep a portion of it.
Both increased military spending and both believe in preventative war, policing the world and expanding the empire.
both have left the border wide open. Bush only paid lip service to any immigration issues.
Both believe in giving bailouts to corporations. Obama's so called regulation just gave the Federal Reserve more power, which is nothing but a cartel of private banks who have a monopoly on printing fiat currency.
Both spy on you.
Both have eroded habeus corpus.
Both have said that they can assassinate any American citizen without trial.

The only difference is in their rhetoric, but when it comes to basic, fundamental freedom, they are complete statists.

about 2 years ago

How Much Beef Is In Your Burger?

megamerican Re:Go Vegan (709 comments)

You mean the propaganda campaigns that always turn out to be untrue, such as the bogus claim that organic sprouts were killing people in Europe? When they tested all of the sprouts every test came back negative. That didn't deter the fear mongering propaganda. Why let evidence get in the way of a good conclusion?

about 2 years ago

Climate Researchers Fight Back

megamerican Re:Who exactly is fighting back? (641 comments)

I am not defending what the National Post did in any way but their libel nor does the findings by the House of Commons completely exonerate the scientists of the UAE.

While the House of Commons showed there was no proof of "tampering" of the data in the climategate sample it was because the UAE deleted all of the raw data in question.

SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.

It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show a long-term rise in temperature over the past 150 years.

There was no way to prove if the data had been tampered with because the data was deleted. The only thing that was left was their "value added" data.

I don't know if what the UAE did could be considered science because science is supposed to be an open and completely transparent process. When you throw out your raw data instead of releasing it when legally and morally obliged to you shouldn't be able to be called a scientist any more.

That's why the head of the CRU at UAE resigned his post.

They also engaged in trying to get skeptics from being published in scientific journals, among other things.

I absolutely wish we could debate the science and be 100% objective in its analysis when you put humans into the equation it simply isn't possible.

more than 4 years ago

Googling the Trail of a Serial Rapist

megamerican Re:Vigilantism (204 comments)

There is nothing wrong with being vigilant. It has often been said that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.

In many places around the country the police force is either being used to collect fines to make their budget and/or their force is being cut. In fact, an Ohio county Judge has urged its citizens to buy guns, be vigilant and set up community watches.

Judge Alfred Mackey of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court advised residents Friday to be vigilant and arm themselves because the number of deputies has been cut about in half because of a tight budget. He also urged neighbors to organize anti-crime block watch groups.

Sure, people can take being vigilant too far, but so can authorized police.

Even with a modern police force they need all the help they can get.

A few years ago I helped the police catch a person who stole a disc golf basket from a local park. A yahoo news group was alerted to an ebay posting of a disk golf basket without a pole, which means it was probably stolen. I knew a basket had recently been stolen from rarely played course. I googled the ebay user name, found his myspace page with pictures of him playing at that same course. The information I gathered was forwarded to the police and within a week the person was arrested.

If I had just filed a police report that the basket had been stolen the person would have never been caught. Using the newsgroup as a sort of open-source intelligence resource made a huge difference in catching the thief.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals

megamerican Re:So games will be cheaper then? (400 comments)

Wrong. It means less trees will be planted. Paper comes from trees planted specifically for that purpose in large farms. The higher the demand for paper, the more higher the need for tree farms to be planted.

Wood pulp is best from younger trees, which soak up more CO2 and pump out more O2 than mature trees.

The only green thing about Ubisoft's decision is the color of the money they'll be pocketing from this.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook and the "Social Graph"

megamerican Re:and again.... (200 comments)

Not only that, but the founder Mark Zuckerberg has no problem hacking into other people's accounts. He came up with facebook while working on a similar project for others at Harvard. Evidence shows that he stalled his work on the other project while working on Facebook while stringing along the others. I certainly wouldn't trust a backstabbing jackass like Zuckerberg with my information. It is why I deleted my facebook account almost a year ago.

more than 4 years ago

George Washington Racks Up 220 Years of Late Fees At Library

megamerican Re:It's a clue. (146 comments)

Mount Vernon, September 25, 1798. From: George Washington To: George Snyder

I have heard much of the nefarious, and dangerous plan, and doctrines of the Illuminati, but never saw the Book until you were pleased to send it to me.9 The same causes which have prevented my acknowledging the receipt of your letter have prevented my reading the Book, hitherto; namely, the multiplicity of matters which pressed upon me before, and the debilitated state in which I was left after, a severe fever had been removed. And which allows me to add little more now, than thanks for your kind wishes and favourable sentiments, except to correct an error you have run into, of my Presiding over the English lodges in this Country. The fact is, I preside over none, nor have I been in one more than once or twice, within the last thirty years. I believe notwithstanding, that none of the Lodges in this Country are contaminated with the principles ascribed to the Society of the Illuminati.

The book he is referring to is Proofs of a Conspiracy by John Robison

Mount Vernon, October 24, 1798. From: George Washington To: George Snyder

It was not my intention to doubt that, the Doctrines of the Illuminati, and principles of Jacobinism had not spread in the United States. On the contrary, no one is more truly satisfied of this fact than I am.

The idea that I meant to convey, was, that I did not believe that the Lodges of Free Masons in this Country had, as Societies, endeavoured to propagate the diabolical tenets of the first, or pernicious principles of the latter (if they are susceptible of seperation). That Individuals of them may have done it, or that the founder, or instrument employed to found, the Democratic Societies in the United States, may have had these objects; and actually had a seperation of the People from their Government in view, is too evident to be questioned.

My occupations are such, that but little leisure is allowed me to read News Papers, or Books of any kind; the reading of letters, and preparing answers, absorb much of my time. With respect,

Note: Although in the 2nd letter he says he is "satisfied," meaning he agrees that the Illuminati and their doctrines have made their way to the United States.

Source: Search for illuminati

more than 4 years ago



Obama Czar: Infiltrate conspiracy theory groups

megamerican megamerican writes  |  about 5 years ago

megamerican (1073936) writes "President Barack Obama's appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated in a recent paper the "cognitive infiltration" of groups that advocate "conspiracy theories" like the ones surrounding 9/11 via "chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine" those groups. Sunstein admits that, "some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true." Sunstein has also recently advocated banning websites which post "right-wing rumors" and bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. You can find a PDF of his paper here.

For decades the FBI under COINTELPRO (1956-1971) focused on disrupting, marginalizing and neutralizing political dissidents, most notably the Black Panthers. More recently CENTCOM announced it would be "[engaging] bloggers who are posting inaccurate or untrue information, as well as bloggers who are posting incomplete information." In January 2009 the USAF released a flow-chart for "counter-bloggers" to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force,""

Virginia Says Slashdot Users May Be Terrorists

megamerican megamerican writes  |  more than 5 years ago

megamerican (1073936) writes "A leaked document from a Virginia Fusion Center titled 2009 Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment lists Slashdot users and other websites alongside Al-Qaeda, HAMAS, "Lone-Wolf Extremists" and many others as potential terrorists. Slashdot and other websites have been labeled under the ominous sounding title of Anonymous:

A "loose coalition of Internet denizens", Anonymous consists largely of users from multiple internet sites such as 4chan, 711chan, 420chan, Something Awful, Fark, Encyclopedia Dramatica, Slashdot, IRC channels, and YouTube. Other social networking sites are also utilized to mobilize physical protests. Anonymous has no leader and is reliant on the collective power of individuals acting in such a way that benefits the movement.

According to the Report, cell phones, digital music players are signs that you may be a terrorist. It lists podcasting as a cause for concern citing a recent ban by Australia. Citizens for a legitimate government, where the document was leaked to has a write-up here."


Internet-9/11 and i-PATRIOT ACT in the Works?

megamerican megamerican writes  |  more than 6 years ago

megamerican writes "

Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig says that Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke told him there would be an internet-9/11 attack and that the Justice Department is waiting for such an attack to implement an already written i-PATRIOT ACT. Lessig stated this during a group panel segment titled "2018: Life on the Net." Legislation such as the PRO-IP Act of 2007: H.R. 4279, that would create an IP czar at the Department of Justice and the Intellectual Property Enforcement Act of 2007: S. 522, which would create an entire 'Intellectual Property Enforcement Network' are just some examples of what may be in the i-PATRIOT ACT.



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