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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

some old guy Libertarians Rejoice! (378 comments)

Yes siree Bob! That ol' invisible hand is really working for us.

We need government to get out of the way and let in all the low-cost immigrant labor we can get, without all those pesky regulations. Business needs to be free to innovate!

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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

some old guy Re:Military defines "edge" differently than we do (112 comments)

And yet the Nazis were decisively defeated by sheer numbers of lower-tech weapons.

A thousand Huns could easily defeat a century of Roman triarii. A thousand Sioux braves could defeat a regiment of dragoons. History abounds with examples of "more" defeating "better". Quality is by no means a guarantor od success over quantity.

yesterday
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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence For the First Time

some old guy Gno Wonder! (77 comments)

When Bristlebane hears what the gnomes have been up to he's gonna be pissed. Clockwork magicians indeed!

about a week ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

some old guy Re:No. (206 comments)

2) If people continued to stay away, the banks would eventually fail. Why would the government continue to support them if nobody was using them?

Because corruption.

about two weeks ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

some old guy No Substantial Change At All (401 comments)

Nothing of substance is at issue in this election. Petty bickering about social issues for public consumption will continue unabated as both parties continue their usual pandering to Wall Street. The only bills that will make it to the president and be signed will be those that exclusively benefit the ruling class.

about three weeks ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

some old guy Re:I dunno what's worse... (357 comments)

Indeed. We have one in Winchester, Virginia. Same policy, same pleasant experience.

about three weeks ago
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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

some old guy Re:Geez-Louise! (608 comments)

Grace Hopper might have disagreed with you.

about a month ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

some old guy Re:No they're not (163 comments)

That's why smart enlistees go into the Navy or the Chair Force. Officers (mainly pilots) do the lion's share of the dying.

about a month ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

some old guy Only To Be Expected (152 comments)

As the USA nears bottom in its slide toward becoming a complete corporatist police state, I see no surprises in any new "law enforcement tool". Hell, the cops have AFV's, drones, and crew-served weapons. Why not chem warfare, right?

about a month ago
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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

some old guy Re:No respawns (163 comments)

Except maybe for the head wounds (commanders), severed hands/fingers (loaders and gunners), and the occasional hand-held ATGM.

about a month ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

some old guy Too Easy (239 comments)

I hate the DEA and the rest of the TLA's as much as the next guy, but unfortunately the intertwining of defense and law enforcement via "narco-terrorism" pretty much leaves Facebook and every other social network shit out of luck.

One little NSL to Facebook to the effect of "We're doing a terrorism investigation, we need fake/impersonated accounts, and you will stfu about it" and it's game over.

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

some old guy The Battle Rifle (334 comments)

I own a .303 No.1 Mk.III Enfield. Fabulous weapon. I collect and shoot classic infantry rifles, incl. '06 Springfield, G98 Mauser, Mosin-Nagant, etc.

I agree with a comment regarding WW1-era weapons: The Germans brought a target rifle (the G98), the Americans brought a sporting rifle (the '06 Springfield) but the British brought a battle rifle (the .303 Enfield). In the hands of a skilled shooter, the fastest-action bolt gun. Ever.

And no, your crappy little plastic .22 AR is not a battle rifle. Unreliable, under-powered lead hoses. They suck. The Marines say they suck. The 11 Bravos say they suck. The SEALs say they suck. No amount of wishful thinking can change the physics of a glorified .22 versus a 7.62, 7.92, .30-06, or .303 round. AR's just suck. They were foisted on us by a rigged Army ordnance competition, and the rest is sad AR-15/M-16 history. They had to pry the M-14 away from the Marines.

about a month ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

some old guy What Clickbait? (238 comments)

Firefox+NoScript+AdBlock+NoFlash+Ghostery, no Farcebook, no 4chan, no Twitter, goggleanalytics and googleadsevices blocked forever...what is this clickbait you speak of?

That's discounting clever headlines on legitimate content. But ad hooks? Never on this screen, mate.

about a month ago
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Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

some old guy Re: Who's in charge? (279 comments)

Hu's on first.

about a month and a half ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

some old guy But Still (267 comments)

No matter what Gnome does, systemd is still driving people away from Linux and toward other unices. Debian will eventually be a fringe distro.

about a month and a half ago
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Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption

some old guy Re:After the NLF, how about Wall Street? (242 comments)

Points well made, but futile. Professional "sports" form the circus part of "bread and circuses".

about 2 months ago

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NSA Monitoring WoW, Second Life

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "It appears that in-game chat and game mail in Warcraft, Second Life, and probably other MMO's are fair game for our gallant protectors at the good old NSA. Obviously terrorists have plenty of spare time for grinding, raiding, and crafting.

Or maybe, with their tender little feelings hut not, the spooks are looking for that competitive edge in their own gaming experience. Can you imagine the hacks and dupes these guys could pull? And here we've been blaming Korean bot guilds all this time!"

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Clapper to Review Spying and Privacy

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "In a perfect twist of Washington irony, Director of National Intelligence Chief James Clapper has been named by President Obama to head the post-Snowden review of privacy issues in intelligence gathering. From the article:

"Director of National Intelligence James Clapper will head a review group designed to assess the nation's intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities, raising questions about whether a board led by a top government official will be as independent as he promised.

Obama announced the creation of an "independent group" of "outside experts" to review privacy issues raised by the nation's surveillance programs during a Friday press conference. "We’re forming a high-level group of outside experts to review our entire intelligence and communications technologies," he said, adding that the group would "consider how we can maintain the trust of the people, how we can make sure that there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used.""

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NSA Can't Parse It's Own Email?

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "According to NSA's response a routine FOIA request made by a Huffington Post reporter, the agency "don't have the technology" to search a mere 30,000 employee accounts, when it claims to sniff millions of emails a day in pursuit of whatever it is they're pursuing. Either the NSA's capabilities are vastly over-rated, or they're just plain lying again."
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NYT Looks at FISA: Everybody is a potential "Target"

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year ago

some old guy (674482) writes "This NYT analysis looks into the recent attention given to the FISA court, particularly at its broad interpretations of Congress' intent and what constitutes "foreign intelligence". Particularly disturbing is how only the government is allowed to present it's side of the story in filings. We're all being subjected to a court where we have no standing to defend or assert our side of any case."
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NSA Cozier with Big Data than Snowden Revealed

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

some old guy (674482) writes "Bloomberg, not exactly a radical publication, is running an informative article that summarizes a lot of what we've long suspected about the US Government's cozy relationship with tech companies. Some of the statements from corporate officers are as full of doublespeak as the latest official commentary."
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Big E, first nuclear aircraft carrier retires after 51 years.

some old guy some old guy writes  |  about 2 years ago

some old guy writes "NORFOLK, Va. — The world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier was retired from active service on Saturday, temporarily reducing the number of carriers in the U.S. fleet to 10 until 2015.

The USS Enterprise ended its notable 51-year career during a ceremony at its home port at Naval Station Norfolk, where thousands of former crew members, ship builders and their families lined a pier to bid farewell to one of the most decorated ships in the Navy.

"It'll be a special memory. The tour yesterday was a highlight of the last 20 years of my life. I've missed the Enterprise since every day I walked off of it," said Kirk McDonnell, a former interior communications electrician aboard the ship from 1983 to 1987 who now lives in Highmore, S.D.

The Enterprise was the largest ship in the world at the time it was built, earning the nickname "Big E." It didn't have to carry conventional fuel tanks for propulsion, allowing it to carry twice as much aircraft fuel and ordnance than conventional carriers at the time. Using nuclear reactors also allowed the ship to set speed records and stay out to sea during a deployment without ever having to refuel, one of the times ships are most vulnerable to attack.

"Nuclear propulsion changed everything," said Adm. John Richardson, director of Naval Reactors.

Every other aircraft carrier in the U.S. fleet is now nuclear powered, although they only have two nuclear reactors each compared to the Enterprise's eight. The Enterprise was the only carrier of its class ever built.

It was only designed to last 25 years, but underwent a series of upgrades to extend its life, making it the oldest active combat vessel in the fleet

The ship served in every major conflict since participating in a blockade during the Cuban Missile Crisis, helping earn its motto of "We are Legend.""

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