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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

sycodon Simple (227 comments)

Zuckerburg is a whore who doesn't want Turkey to ban Facebook.

2 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

sycodon Re:Big Myth #2 (336 comments)

The "Wealthy" have Billions of dollars.

They own assets that could be converted into Billions, but not in any practical sense. Most of their wealth is in stocks and bonds. You have to sell those to get cash. If Gates sold all of his stocks so he could roll around in a Billion dollars cash with naked teenagers, M.S. stock would probably crash, reducing his wealth by orders of magnitude.

Sure, they have access to a shit ton of money, but it's almost all on paper.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

sycodon The New Office (148 comments)

Primary new feature is all the menu items have been switched around.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

sycodon Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

#1 is the most likely option.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

sycodon Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

You underestimate the mendacity of "victims" looking for their 15 minutes of fame or to push a political point.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

sycodon Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

You are correct. I misplaced the post.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

sycodon Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

Tailor the pipes, that's fine. Hell, you can buy after market pipes and tailor the sound they way you want.

I doubt, though, that they have hidden speakers on the outside of the car.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

sycodon Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

I've seen and heard a 2015 GT350 up close and personal (from the outside). Nothing fake about that.

Same for the Ecoboost. It purrs at idle, but put your foot in it and you hear the horsepower.

Don't know where these people are getting their information but they've not actually been in the car I bet.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

sycodon Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

Wrong "they", but you get the point.

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

sycodon Re:Censorship? (420 comments)

The same people who claim to have nooses put on their door knobs, or had the N word written on their check, or etc. etc. only to find they did it themselves, "to make a statement"

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

sycodon Re:People attacking the IRS here are dumb (253 comments)

Kind of like breaking the Healthcare System because a tiny minority wasn't being served to the satisfaction of the Democrats?

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

sycodon Re:Congress Makes Cuts (253 comments)

By his example, he got a $10 raise.

Unless you are using Common Core math I guess.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

sycodon Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

When it comes to these kinds of organizations, approval delayed is the same as approval denied. They cannot begin any meaning fund raising until their tax status is determined.

What the IRS essentially did was to put them in limbo. That means they couldn't represent themselves to potential donors as a bonafide tax exempt organization.

And how long were they delayed? Almost all were delayed until after the 2012 elections.

For Lois, it is mission accomplished.

about a week ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

sycodon Re: Yikes! (105 comments)

To Mars.

Fuck. Screwed that post up. Time for more beer.

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

sycodon Yikes! (105 comments)

Talk about Lag Time!

But, I bet the Ads would make it through.

about two weeks ago
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The Anthropocene Epoch Began With 1945 Atomic Bomb Test, Scientists Say

sycodon Re:Anthropocene Epoch. (154 comments)

NO, it was when Porn because freely available on the Internet.

Fuck'n Amateurs.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

sycodon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

Then you have, in fact, taken advantages of your parents experiences.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

sycodon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

Taking advantage of your parent's experiences doesn't necessarily mean do the same thing they did.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

sycodon Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

You parents have been through more tan you have, they have faced more adversity than you have, they have overcome more than you have.

Only an idiot would discount what your parent tells you. Of course, this is a given for most people above the age of 12 and below, say 20 something. But if you are over thirty and don't take advantage of your parents experiences and knowledge, you are a complete moron.

about two weeks ago
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Why We Have To Kiss Off Big Carbon Now

sycodon Short Sighted (441 comments)

I can't believe the number of people that suggest that long term changes/commitments should be made because "now, oil is cheap". From the morons who think that means we should raise the gas tax to the idiots who think the U.S. Fracking industry can be killed.

Oil prices will go back up. And the second they do, the Frackers will open up shop again/increase drilling. etc. And, of course, that tax that was increased because "oil cost so little now" will make the increases all that much worse.

And the supreme irony is that all those Solar Panels MDSolar endlessly shills for cannot be made without oil. From creating plastics to generating the energy to make the glass to fueling the construction equipment to transport them, etc.

about two weeks ago

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Facebook Can't Cite Evidence to Support Claims of U.S. Tech Worker Shortage

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 months ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Facebook, which has spent millions trying to get massive amnesty legislation that would include huge increases in the number of guest-worker permits that would lower the wages of tech workers, cannot cite any definitive evidence pointing to a shortage of American high-tech workers.

I know..."Breitbart!". Well here it is from a left leaning source... The Atlantic "
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West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 4 months ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time.

The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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Fuel and other products from CO2

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun's rays and raising global temperatures.

Discuss."

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Clean Coal Efforts Starting to Pay Off

sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Scientists at Ohio State University have announced the discovery of a new process that takes the energy from coal without burning it – "and removes virtually all of the pollution."

The technology, known as Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CCDL) , captures more than 99 percent of coal's carbon dioxide emissions based on laboratory research. The team of scientists led by Liang-Shih Fan, professor of chemical engineering and director of the Clean Coal Research Laboratory at Ohio State University, has been working on this and other clean coal technologies for 15 years with funding by the Department of Energy.

This new technology virtually eliminates pollutants and "could reduce the cost of carbon dioxide capture by more than half if implemented on a commercial scale," according to the OSU research team."

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Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) Ges Legit?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA

A growing cadre of scientists now suspect that Pons and Fleischmann’s observations were the result not of fusion but of more plausible physical processes. Some are even cautiously optimistic that those processes could be exploited to generate abundant amounts of clean energy. “There’s enough evidence that says we need to look at this,” says Joseph Zawodny, a physicist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

"...if LENRs could be proved and tamed—a very big if—the effect could be transformative. Dennis Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA Langley, wrote in an online article that LENRs could potentially satisfy the world’s energy needs at a quarter the cost of coal. ""

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ACLU: Warrantless Electronic Surveillance Surges Under Obama

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The ACLU has released documents that show that in the last two years the US Department of Justice has conducted more warrantless electronic surveillance, involving spying on telephones, email and Facebook accounts, than in the preceding decade.

Chris Soghoian, principal technologist at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, commented: "We're seeing a massive increase in requests for what as a technologist I would call metadata, so it's not the what you say, but the who you say it to.""

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Innocence of Muslims Film maker Arrested, Jailed.

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man behind the film Innocence of Muslims,has been arrested and jailed in Los Angeles for probation violations. The situation is a win-win for the Obama administration who can now appear to be punishing the man who's film caused millions of Muslims around the world to go apeshit, but at the same time to be simply enforcing the law as all evidence indeed suggests Nakoula violated the terms of his probation."
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A stellar revision of the story of life

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Today the Royal Astronomical Society in London publishes (online) Henrik Svensmark’s latest paper entitled “Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on Earth”. After years of effort Svensmark shows how the variable frequency of stellar explosions not far from our planet has ruled over the changing fortunes of living things throughout the past half billion years.

It has profound implications on all manner of flagship theories, including AGW.

The paper is available here."

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Terminator COntact Lenses

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "From TFA: "Live data that streams directly before your eyes à la The Terminator sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but researchers are this close to making it a reality. In a study published in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, University of Washington researchers demonstrated the safety of such a device by testing it in the eye of a rabbit. Although the prototype contained only a pixel of information, which appears as a tiny dot of light, scientists say it’s a proof of concept that could lead to superimposed emails and other messages in your line of sight. Talk about hands-free communication."

A whole new market for Pr0n."

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Obama goes full throttle on Outsourcing

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "In what I can only describe as a major WTF is going on here moment, a federal agency (Agency for International Development) run by a hand-picked Obama appointee (Rajiv Shah) has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia. Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but with today's economy, the last thing we need is the Federal Government helping foreign firms undercut the U.S. IT Labor force."
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Nuclear Battery Design To Be Revealed

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "At the highly anticipated Annual Winter Conference of the American Nuclear Society on November 18, Hyperion Power Generation Inc. will present the "launch" design for the Hyperion Power Module (HPM) to be deployed into the global market.

Read about it here

Discuss amongst yourselves."

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Rationing Healthcare

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "An Article, Principles for allocation of Scarce Medical Interventions, in The Lancet by Ezekiel Emmanuel MD, Rahm Emmanuel's brother, who is Barack Obama's "Special Advisor for Health Policy" discusses how to ration healthcare (Free registration required) Summary: Because none of the currently used systems satisfy all ethical requirements for just allocation, we propose an alternative: the complete lives system. This system incorporates five principles (table 2): youngest-first, prognosis, save the most lives, lottery, and instrumental value.5 As such, it priorities younger people who have not yet lived a complete life and will be unlikely to do so without aid. Many thinkers have accepted complete lives as the appropriate focus of distributive justice: "individual human lives, rather than individual experiences, [are] the units over which any distributive principle should operate."1, 75, 76 Although there are important differences between these thinkers, they share a core commitment to consider entire lives rather than events or episodes, which is also the defining feature of the complete lives system. Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritizing adolescents and young adults over infants (figure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfillment requires a complete life.77 As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, "It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse, most people think, when a three-year-old child dies and worse still when an adolescent does";78 this argument is supported by empirical surveys.41, 79 Importantly, the prioritization of adolescents and young adults considers the social and personal investment that people are morally entitled to have received at a particular age, rather than accepting the results of an unjust status quo. Consequently, poor adolescents should be treated the same as wealthy ones, even though they may have received less investment owing to social injustice."
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Fuel Tax Could Be Replaced with by-the-mile tax

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "The technology to implement a by-the-mile tax on automobiles is being quietly (albeit not secretly) developed by several universities and states. While this may be old news, what is news is that the Federal National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission has concluded earlier this year that the road tax was the "best path forward" to keep revenues flowing to highway and transportation projects, and could be an important new tool to help manage traffic and relieve congestion.

Read more Here

Short version is that your vehicle's movements would be tracked via GPS and you would be billed for each mile. No need to describe the privacy implications."
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What Is TheFuture of BIRT?

sycodon sycodon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "I have an opportunity to do some significant BIRT report contracting at significant pay. The job lasts for 6 months. However, I have already wasted part of my career learning and using a tool that has only a niche market (4D) and I'm not anxious to do it again. What is the future of BIRT? Will become the Gold Standard of reporting tools? Or will it be just another bit of debris along the roadside in the endless parade of new and improved development tools?"
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sycodon sycodon writes  |  about 8 years ago

sycodon (149926) writes "Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) made an surprise appearance at the convention (National Conference for Media Reform)to announce that he would be heading up a new House subcommittee which will focus on issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission......Also in consideration is the "Fairness Doctrine,". Kucinich said in his speech that "We know the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda" and added "we are now in a position to move a progressive agenda to where it is visible."

It is common knowledge that the repeal of the Fairness Doctrine was responsible for the explosive success of Talk Radio and enabled (for better or worse) hundreds of new media outlets to flourish.

Read the full scoop here http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=333927"

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