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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

pedropolis Re:WaPo still won't use word "torture" (207 comments)

WaPo still employs Mark Theissen as a "thoughtful (in print) opinion writer". The proverbial salesman for "enhanced interrogations". This is printed under the masthead. Really?

about 7 months ago
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John McAfee's Latest Project: Shielding Against Surveillance

pedropolis Tin Foil Cod Piece? (100 comments)

Can I get this as a Tin Foil Cod Piece (+5 ELF Shield)? Makes a great pair with my current Tin Foil Hat. Many thanks.

1 year,25 days
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Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

pedropolis Re:A cynic's view (637 comments)

The executives power to delay implementation rests in the interpretation of the Administrative Procedure Act (1946).

So the ACA can be delayed through APA. I recognize "agencies" tasked with implementing law creates an extra-Governmental body that bleeds into both the legislative and executive branches, which is problematic.

about a year ago
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Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan

pedropolis Re:Already happening (867 comments)

The USPS is one of the largest employers of African Americans and Veterans - both groups that have already suffered disproportionately during our endless [world] war(s) and Great Recession.

about a year ago
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DMVs Across the Country Learning Textspeak

pedropolis Jersey Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (178 comments)

One of the best I've seen was a Jersey plate:

B1NDAZZ

Stay classy New Jersey.

about a year and a half ago
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A Look At Competitors to the Surface and iPad

pedropolis Re:what does RT do that the ipad doesn't? (193 comments)

The Surface Pro isn't competing with the iPad. At it's likely price point, you're talking Ultraportables, Notebooks, and the Mac Air.

about 2 years ago
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Should Developers Support Windows Phone 8?

pedropolis Re:Notes from part time developer (345 comments)

The estimates for Samsung and HTC were royalties of 8-15USD per phone paid to Microsoft. That's quite a bit of cash. Some have claimed that Microsoft is making more off Android phone sales than their own Win7 mobile sales.

more than 2 years ago
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New Music Boss, Worse Than Old Music Boss

pedropolis Re:Fairly well known issue (567 comments)

True story:
A friend of mine and I were at the 9:30 Club in DC circa... July 2006 to see Cracker play. The opening acts finish up and here comes this tall, lanky, scruffy-looking dude who is laying down cable and taping up mics. He's setting up guitars and stuff, roadie jobs. I turn to my friend between sips of beer and say, "You know, that's David Lowrey." At the 9:30 Club you're about 10 feet from the stage once up front, max. We've got a clear view of this guy and sure enough, it's David Lowrey, roadie.

As you'll read in the article, David Lowrey is a math grad. If he's calculated that his band can't pay a roadie to do set-up, then you know they're making next to nothing for these shows. I'm not saying he's supposed to have a designated cape handler like James Brown, but a roadie - sure.

Point is - I'm not sure they were making anything off this show. He was his band's roadie, and they drove Johnny Hickman's microbus to the show from Richmond. This was a harbinger of things to come.

more than 2 years ago
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White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

pedropolis Re:Honest Question (2115 comments)

Great idea. Now where were you when Bush Co. went to war in Iraq and decided to lose about 1.5 trillion dollars? 10 billion dollars in cash was stolen off pallets in Iraq. Gone, vanished. No one has any idea where it went. That's just one example. Routinely every years the Pentagon comes out and tells us 40 billion in military spending is completely unaccounted for. The money has been flushed down into a Military Industrial Complex sewer and is gone. For good.

So Obama Co. tries to prop up a green company as he tries to ignite a new driver for the economy. The company fails and goes bankrupt.

Which scenario do you prefer? Losing 20x as much overseas, and likely funding/fueling/creating terrorism, or losing 1/20th to an American company?

Big Oil doesn't pay taxes either. Please.

more than 3 years ago
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Large Scale 24/7 Solar Power Plant To Be Built in Nevada

pedropolis Re:Epic waste (475 comments)

I'd say RTFA, but apparently people don't even read the summaries before playing "let's jump to conclusions":

From the SUMMARY:

"with a molten salt system to store power as heat for times when the sun isn't shining"

And really, nuclear power? Good luck getting the regulatory approval for that. The hoops and hurdles for nuclear are profound. The AP1000 by Westinghouse is attached to six applications before the NRC (12 AP1000 reactors in all). The AP1000 design has been under review since... 2007. Four years later they are still reviewing the design because of "additional technical issues." There is a reason an American nuclear reactor hasn't been built in this country in 30 years. It's called regulatory bottleneck.

more than 3 years ago
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Aaron Computer Rental Firm Spies On Users

pedropolis Re:Whoops (510 comments)

People making below your decent wage pay more proportionally than the rich do for FICA. It's a regressive tax that draws more from the middle class and poor on a percentage basis.

Also, if Warren Buffett is scratching his head over why his tax rate was lower than that of his secretary, then something is wrong with the system. That shouldn't happen.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft: No Tablets Until It's Distinctive

pedropolis Re:I actually liked the idea behind courier (203 comments)

The folding tablet with two screens has an inherent flaw - it's two screens. Driving that video is going to put a ton of pressure on the battery, and the useful battery life for the Courier would likely be a disaster. They could segment the two screens (one LCD, one OLED), but at that point you're adding more to the bottom line cost.

The Courier was great smelling vapor, but that's it. They only released the mock-ups in an attempt to distract from the gathering thunder of the iPad.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

pedropolis Re:Obama Brought back Jobs and Growth (639 comments)

Sorry, that doesn't follow. We are not talking about Pelosi. Obama met with Republicans, and their stage prop reams of paper, at the Blair House. It was an open conversation; it was inclusive. The Republicans didn't care to debate the bill on the merits, they merely wanted the optics of astroturfed outraged to campaign on.

As near as I can tell the bill was posted on opencongress.org in July of '09. You could have read it then.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama Administration Wants Your Old Email

pedropolis Re:Obama Brought back Jobs and Growth (639 comments)

They couldn't get enough votes to break the filibuster, which is a parliamentary gimmick not found in the Constitution. Filibustering was abused by Republicans during the 111th session of Congress to the point of blatant, naked obstructionism. Obama ran on passing healthcare reform. The political capital he earned from his majority victory was used to propel this reform. None of this was a surprise. He even went so far as to adopt of Republican governors state-wide plan and included 100 Republican amendments to the bill. He debated them publicly. It might have been agonizing, slow-motion sausage making, but that's how bills get passed.

Republicans in the 111th session of Congress filibustered 123 times. Between 1917 and the early 60's you saw 1 filibuster per year on average. The recent Democratic minorities averaged 65 per session. This is an outrageous, extra-Constitutional abuse of the system by 41 Senate Republicans, from smaller population centers, who only want to see Obama fail and have stated so publicly. The fact of the matter is, Democrats had enough votes in both houses to pass the legislation. Deem and pass has been used before by both Republicans and Democrats. Stop parroting the nonsense that this bill was "pushed down our throats" or that a it was passed with a slight of hand. Each is total BS.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Launches Attack On Sony

pedropolis Re:This was not revenge for GeoHotz at all. (347 comments)

This move by Anonymous is revenge for the soul sucking Star Wars Galaxies "updates" known as CU and NGE by SOE marketing suits.

Corbantis server... HEAR ME!!!

more than 3 years ago
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WP7 Predicted To Beat iPhone By 2015

pedropolis Re:I wonder something else (377 comments)

At a P/E ratio of just over 10, Microsoft is historically low. Likely priced into that is the relative dearth of upcoming, impact product revenue streams. Windows 7 has peaked. Windows 8 is still a year or so out. Nextgen consoles are years away. The first fruit from the Nokia partnership, still to be determined. The P/E ratio reflects this. They are an entrenched company, large and powerful, but without mushrooming, new product lines - save the Kinetic.

Apple has a P/E ratio of around 19. Still historically low from the perilous heights of the dot.com bubble and roughly in-line with a growth company (with upside to a ratio of 25). Their EPS are booming each quarter. They have potent new product cycles that are impacting bottom lines every 6 months (if the iPhone 5 launches in September, which would improve product spacing). They are currently searching for a way to leverage the popularity of iOS into the desktop environment and retain great margins across all product lines.

Like Intel, Microsoft has flatlined. The growth is in area where Microsoft doesn't hold any substantial footprint, yet.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA's Orion Moon Craft Unveiled

pedropolis Re:Inelegant (179 comments)

President Obama never said space isn't worth out time (your generalization has to hit something), but at $500m per launch, the aging shuttle fleet wasn't cost effective. It never achieved the goal of becoming our affordable pick-up truck to space. Bush's replacement solution for the shuttle was to build the biggest rocket ever, and Texas sized boondoggle that was beset by engineering problems. It was already over-budget and behind schedule. In order to provide more money for proven exploratory solutions (rovers and space telescopes), Obama sought out companies trying to become the first corporations providing LEO solutions. His aim was to reduce the cost of getting to space through free market solutions (which Republicans ironically criticized). Why should we do all the heavy lifting? This way NASA can focus on doing more of the exciting space stuff (Hubble, Spirit, Opportunity, James Webb, Pluto Express) without the cost overruns associated with big lift rockets and an aging shuttle fleet. Obama has stated a goal of a manned mission to an asteroid. Space planes are great optics, and inspiring, but NASA has been moving towards faster/cheaper/better now for years and the aging fleet doesn't meet that standard.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Reportedly Heading Off iPhone 'Glassgate'

pedropolis Function doesn't always follow form (255 comments)

I've got an iPhone 4, with it's associated death grip(e) and continuing proximity sensor issue. It's worked OK to date, a bit slippery, and I love it's electro ice-cream sandwich design (even if it was made to be broken).

That said, this thing seems so problematic that I can't help but think it's Apple's S-Type or X-Type Jaguar. The smart phone everyone will forever associate with problems. It's beautiful form that doesn't allow for any real-life durability.

Kind of like a celebutante.

about 4 years ago
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Two-Photon Walk a Giant Leap For Quantum Computing

pedropolis i'll tell you what i'd do man (112 comments)

Peter Gibbons: What would you do if you had a million dollars?

Lawrence: I'll tell you what I'd do, man: two photons at the same time, man.

more than 4 years ago

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