ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
They don't want the kids to learn science or even mention things like evolution... Is their religion on such shaky grounds that it can't stand up to some critical thinking?
Why not then have chemistry class where two potentially explosive chemicals are mixed and the teacher tells the students "Don't worry, if your heart is pure and Allah is with you, it will not explode!"
As Dr. Tyson says -- science is true whether you believe it or not. The explosion will happen no matter what you think of Allah.
Allah doesn't protect *anyone* from a bomb or a bullet. So, what exactly is the point of learning about him/it, instead of learning math, which is actually a useful subject?
The moment you ban teaching something, it's usually because it's pretty easy to prove what bullshit your particular religion is, whether it be Christian or Muslim.
Texas Republicans don't seem to be any better, BTW.
WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS
*BOTH* Boeing and SpaceX have won contracts. Only SNC is out of the race... Apparently NASA doesn't like the Dreamchaser, but they are ready to rock and roll with both capsule designs.
WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS
Boeing paid off the right people.
SpaceX aside, Sierra Nevada's Dreamchaser was a better design all around. Essentially the X-20 DynaSoar, it's cheaper, re-usable, and fits the mission. The only advantages for the Capsule design of Boeing and SpaceX is that the mission can be expanded with the same hardware for Moon/Mars missions, and that said, I think SpaceX had the better design -- this contract going to Boeing is a mistake all-around.
Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands
Yeah, I couldn't remember Kozmo's name fast enough for a quick post... Damn, it's been almost 15 years!
Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands
Urban Fetch was this exact same idea in NYC, and it died a horrible death during the web 1.0 collapse. Does no one remember these things??
Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion
Isn't Minecraft last week's news? The time to buy them was before the minecraft bubble. Now it's too late. That's like buying Tesla *after* the market for high-end electric cars has been saturated. Unless this developer has a new trick up their sleeve (unlikely); they aren't going to be creating anything bigger than what they already have. They are on their way down, not on their way up. So the buy makes no sense to me, except as another asset to sell off later, when MS is against the ropes and slowly dying. MS seems to constantly be throwing shit against the wall to see what sticks. That's not a sound policy.
China Targets 2022 For Space Station Completion
The Movie "Gravity" had Sandra Bullock aiming for a Chinese Space Station which she ultimately uses to get home. Fuuny thing is; when the movie was made, I scoffed at the Chinese Space Station for being "sci-fi"; but it looks like they got me, and there will indeed be such a station (but no Space Shuttle, sorry George Clooney!).
So, Gravity was right!
The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams
how did the scammers get professional check writing equipment? Did they buy it on craigslist with a fake check??
Tesla Plans To Power Its Gigafactory With Renewables Alone
that's ironic, considering nevada has some of the cheapest electricity rates in the country, because of the hoover dam.
Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?
Every nut and bolt of American Military Hardware was paid for with MY TAX MONEY. And now we are blowing it up because our own military is too freaking lazy to collect their own shit when they leave a country.
So, we are spending money to blow up our own money.
The Pentagon/Military Industrial Complex is a self-running money-spending machine that cannot be stopped. They add nothing of value to our country and only destroy money and lives. The more we spend, the more we fuck up the planet. Theoretically; infinite money == destruction of the world.
ISIS isn't the enemy. We are. We have met the enemy and it is us. Even if ISIS disappeared tomorrow, we'd invent another enemy to replace them. Because without an enemy, the MIC can't function. It's a monster that needs to be fed, and we're happy to feed it because America Fuck Yeah!
Anyhow, trillions of tax dollars down the tube. And yet the GOP wants to complain about the cost of Obamacare. Fucking shysters. Where's my needless war refund?
Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen
Did he also decide to produce the Hex output that is entirely useless and without merit? I understand that's for debugging purposes, but who decided that was a good idea to leave in for a consumer-level OS? Seriously.
Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor
I have watched the show off an on, I somehow missed the first three seasons entirely -- but as a rather "normal" geek (I have a social life beyond playing D&D and videogames, I even work on cars and ride a motorcycle) -- I have to ask if you can offer any advice about scoring a smoking hot chick on the level of Penny -- I fail to see what it is Leonard offers in the relationship that appeals to Penny, other than complete monogamy.
She is simply so out of his league in terms of looks that ironically, that's the portion of the show I find the most hilarious. The real world simply doesn't work that way and I challenge you to find an example to prove me wrong (excluding billionaires, of course, we all know a fat wallet makes you more attractive).
After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy
I'll believe it when I see it.
4chan has been the site most noted for "to be raided by the FBI', and how they've managed to stay in business all this time frankly has me scratching my head.
Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak
Your life is already under a microscope. You can't go to the supermarket without a crew from TMZ following you and paparazzi are camped out on your lawn.... just how freaking stupid do you have to be to post nude pics of yourself to the cloud?
I'm going to start a consulting agency to the stars, called "Common Sense", and get paid to distribute my common sense to people who obviously have none of their own.
Here's a free tip: If you don't want nude pics of yourself spread to the web, don't take nude pics of yourself!
Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets
I mean seriously, look at the SLS, it's almost entirely composed of re-used space shuttle parts. It has the main engines on the bottom of the tank re-purposed from the shuttle. it has solid rocket boosters which already exist from the shuttle -- it entirely looks like it could be cobbled together in a few month's time because it uses almost entirely existing components.
So what exactly requires so many years to make it al work when it's all basically existing tech from the shuttle? I hate to say this, but this ain't rocket science.
Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine
We were busy having our asses kicked by a couple of towel-heads in a foxhole. The multi-trillion dollar juggernaut of the US Military was having it's head handed to them by some IEDs and a few snipers. We couldn't fight a guerilla war with all that cold-war training, and it was already stressing our military.
Furthermore, you're missing the entire point of 10 years ago. There was no PROFIT in nuclear striking Russia. Dick Cheney wasn't interested in attacking anyone he couldn't steal money from on both sides, that's why North Korea was ignored, and Iraq was invaded.
Striking Russia wouldn't do anything except isolate the US from the rest of the world, as we'd be responsible for a Billion deaths, and we'd be spending all our time even now defending ourselves from every other country on Earth, and we'd be starving and bankrupt because China would have cut us off.
FBI Investigates 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack On JP Morgan, 4 More US Banks
This is the ACTUAL summary of the article. At the very least, this is the summary that *should* be posted to the Slashdot, that translates the shit-speak the media writes into technical jargon that Slashdot readers should expect from "news for nerds".
Otherwise Slashdot is a mere shill for other crap media with their crap reporting with zero journalistic integrity. Facts be damned, protect the status quo.
TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers
Windows is on its way out, and soon everyone will be using a Mobile OS -- the scammers will IM you and claim they need to connect to your tablet or phone to remove malware.
Or have I just come up with the next great thing(tm)?
A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship
It links to an article that wants you to click a lot more before you ever get to any map. What the hell ever happened to accessing information on the web, as opposed to clicking just on a bunch of ads?
Imagine a world where global advertising has eliminated all information, never mind censorship. That world has already happened.
51% of Computer Users Share Passwords
This is an example of a good password at my company "m7Rx2NqU" -- that's an unrecognizable jumble of characters that only a computer could love, but never a human.
I'd prefer to use "correcthorsebatterystaple" (ala XKCD), but my company's password policies do not let me use a pass phrase, but a jumble of numbers, letters and uppercase.
Anybody know how to use this thing
What the hell is the Journal for anyhow? What are we supposed to do with it? Write funny letters to each other?