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Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

skipkent Get the government (597 comments)

Get the government out of the loan business and prices will drop like a rock.

about 2 months ago
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VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

skipkent bah (683 comments)

at a time when income disparity is at an all-time high in about the last 100 years. tom perkins is worried about some future backlash against the rich, while the political system has already sold out most of the public if anything does happen, when push comes to shove, he'll be able to take his money with him to singapore or hong kong like the russian oligarchs took theirs to london.

lol, he's written books
http://www.amazon.com/Sex-Sing...
how self-absorbed do you have to be to write this?

about 3 months ago
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US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

skipkent Re:BS Detectors at Maximum, Mr. Sulu (433 comments)

Gee I wonder how those psychopaths got into power. It's not like the CIA overthrew their democratically elected leader and installed their own lap dog leading to revolution a decade later instilling anti american feelings in the region or anything.

about 7 months ago
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US Intercepts Iranian Order For Attack On US Embassy In Iraq

skipkent Re:BS Detectors at Maximum, Mr. Sulu (433 comments)

Hey now, haven't you learned that any criticism of Israel is antisemitic?

about 7 months ago
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Congress Demands Answers From Google Over Google Glass Privacy Concerns

skipkent but how? (201 comments)

How can the media and government put their spin on events when it is documented from various angles by several people?

about a year ago
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Has Google Shut Down SMS Search?

skipkent Re:Sucks (118 comments)

I'll just be pulling into random McDonald's/Starbucks

about a year ago
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Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

skipkent The article failed to mention (724 comments)

A threatening note was tied to a chair and flung through a window at Apple headquarters.

about a year ago
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Why Microsoft's Surface Pro Could Fail

skipkent Re:Flash memory prices (442 comments)

Apple pays about 42 bucks per 64gb chip. I'm sure MS isn't getting as good of a deal, yet at least... I'm assuming the markup isn't some insane amount for what most people would think is a premium feature.

about a year ago
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Indian School Textbook Says Meat-Eaters Lie and Commit Sex Crimes

skipkent Since this is in India (409 comments)

since this is in india, they probably mean "muslims"

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon To Launch Sydney Data Center

skipkent Re:Ready Go (63 comments)

I agree with you 100%.

about a year and a half ago
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Buckyballs Throws In the Towel

skipkent I'll need to stock up (383 comments)

I am a baker and normal dragées just don't work the same.

about a year and a half ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

skipkent We have a winner (1576 comments)

Winner tonight: Federal Reserve reckless money printing.

about a year and a half ago
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European Central Bank Casts Wary Eye Toward Bitcoin

skipkent Re:Wonderful (301 comments)

At least when a business does it, I know they're doing it for profit. But when the government gets together with bankers on a private island then passes the law on Christmas Eve, you just get a little uneasy that it may be for some other reason.

about a year and a half ago
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European Central Bank Casts Wary Eye Toward Bitcoin

skipkent Wonderful (301 comments)

They're both in the business of creating money out of thin air, so of course they'd see a problem with it.

about a year and a half ago
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The Surprising Truth About Internet Censorship In the Middle East

skipkent Re:No shit (112 comments)

Religious leaders are just another dictator. Religion is only another tool to accomplish the same thing as the politics that teach and exploit strong feelings of strong nationalism/culturalism. The real tool of abuse in all cases is psychology and the sociopaths work their magic on a person from the first day of his/her life..

not quite. religion is voluntary. that's the problem with the political sphere: if dictators ruled by voluntary consent of the people, they wouldn't be dictators, would they?

about a year and a half ago
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US Election's Only VP Debate Tonight: Weigh In With Your Reactions

skipkent Re:So far Biden is doing really well (698 comments)

On Thursday, the Morning Joe panel focused its attention on whether there’s the potential for a conflict of interest given tonight’s vice presidential debate moderator, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, counted Barack Obama — then a Harvard law student — among the guests at her 1991 wedding.

about a year and a half ago

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Baidu division now accepting bitcoins

skipkent skipkent writes  |  about 6 months ago

skipkent (1510) writes "Chinese search engine Baidu, the world's fifth most visited site according to one set of rankings, has announced it has started to accept the online currency, bitcoin, for its security service.

Jiasule, a Baidu division aimed at improving the security and performance of websites, started supported bitcoin payments on Monday to meet the needs of its users, the company said in a statement Tuesday."

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Colourful 'solar glass' means entire buildings can generate clean power

skipkent skipkent writes  |  about 6 months ago

skipkent (1510) writes "A solar power company capable of "printing" colourful glass that can generate electricity from the sun's energy announced a £2m funding boost on Tuesday.

Oxford Photovoltaics, a spin-off from the University of Oxford, said the investment from clean-tech investors MTI Partners will help its solar glass, which can be dyed almost any colour, take a step closer to the commercial market.

"What we say here is rather than attach [solar] photovoltaics to the building, why not make the building the photovoltaics?" Kevin Arthur, the company's founder and CEO, told the Guardian. "If you decide to build a building out of glass, then you've already decided to pay for the glass. If you add this, you're adding a very small extra cost. [The solar cell treatment] costs no more than 10% of the cost of the facade.""

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British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike

skipkent skipkent writes  |  about a year and a half ago

skipkent (1510) writes "Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.
Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the worlds petroleum traded by sea.
A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf."

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Feds Look to Fight Leaks With 'Fog of Disinformation'

skipkent skipkent writes  |  about 2 years ago

skipkent (1510) writes "Pentagon-funded researchers have come up with a new plan for busting leakers: Spot them by how they search, and then entice the secret-spillers with decoy documents that will give them away.

Computer scientists call it it “Fog Computing” — a play on today’s cloud computing craze. And in a recent paper for Darpa, the Pentagon’s premiere research arm, researchers say they’ve built “a prototype for automatically generating and distributing believable misinformation and then tracking access and attempted misuse of it. We call this ‘disinformation technology.’”"

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Britain to deploy "sonic gun" at Olympics

skipkent skipkent writes  |  about 2 years ago

skipkent (1510) writes "Britain's military will be armed with a sonic device that can be used as a high-volume loudspeaker or a non-lethal weapon to disperse crowds at this summer's Olympic Games in London, the defence ministry said on Friday.

The equipment, which can project a piercing sound over hundreds of metres causing physical pain, has been used during protests at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in 2009 and against pirates operating off the Somali coast.

The Ministry of Defence said it expected to use it primarily in loudspeaker mode to communicate with boats it wants to stop on the River Thames.

Defence chiefs have already caused controversy by announcing plans to put surface-to-air missiles on the top of residential buildings near the Olympics site in east London."

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Panetta: Climate change a national security threat

skipkent skipkent writes  |  about 2 years ago

skipkent (1510) writes "Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared global warming a national security threat yesterday during a speech before an environmentalist group in Washington, D.C.

"The area of climate change has a dramatic impact on national security," Panetta told the Environmental Defense Fund last night. "Rising sea levels, severe droughts, the melting of the polar caps, the more frequent and devastating natural disasters all raise demand for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.""

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Residents of State Street Condo Told To Leave Chicago During NATO Summit

skipkent skipkent writes  |  about 2 years ago

skipkent (1510) writes "Residents of a Chicago condo whose building will be in the eye of the NATO storm are being warned that they should move out for the weekend ... or risk being trapped inside by rioters.

FOX Chicago News was first to report Friday that the people living in the 17-floor Library Tower building at 520 South State Street were warned in a letter from condo management that "we are STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay during the conference from May 18 through May 21." Video is included with the story."

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Iran military says copying U.S. drone

skipkent skipkent writes  |  about 2 years ago

skipkent (1510) writes "Iran's military has started to build a copy of a U.S. surveillance drone captured last year after breaking the software encryption, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, said engineers were in the final stages of decoding data from the Sentinel aircraft, which came down in December near the Afghan border, Mehr news agency reported."

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