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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

the_skywise Open the pod bay door HAL (71 comments)

There's some risk involved but missing the launch window for supplies could be a greater risk (and spoilage time, etc;)

4 days ago

The Graffiti Drone

the_skywise Heh... (126 comments)

Demolition Man was off by about 20 years...

about a week ago

Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

the_skywise Really... Facebooking doesn't help productivity!? (40 comments)

I RTFA but I don't see what they're counting as social media? Are we including things like IM and EMail or collaborative development products like web based agile?
Or did they just count Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?

about a week ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

the_skywise Sigh... (99 comments)

Never judge a book by its cover.

about two weeks ago

What's In a Username? the Power of Gamer Tags

the_skywise Re:I had intimidation factor on my side before (99 comments)

Gag no...

It's up up, down down, left right, left right, b, a, start
[angels sing and a shaft of blue light appears around me]


Oh wait... or was it just plugh?

about two weeks ago

CISPA's Author Has Another Privacy-Killing Bill To Pass Before He Retires

the_skywise Can you spot the Democrat? (138 comments)

This Slashdot article...

""You might remember House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers, a Republican from Michigan, from his lovely, universally-hated CISPA cybersecurity bill that would have allowed nearly seamless information sharing between companies and the federal government."

Or this one...

"Several readers sent word that California State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today. He's accused of conspiring to traffic guns and commit wire fraud, to defraud citizens of honest services, and bribery. The complant (PDF) also names 25 other defendants. Yee is known for pushing legislation that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors. "Federal prosecutors also allege Yee agreed to perform official acts in exchange for the money, including one instance in which he introduced a businessman to state legislators who had significant influence over pending medical marijuana legislation. In exchange, the businessman -- who was actually an undercover FBI agent -- agreed to donate thousands to Yee's campaign fund, according to the indictment. The indictment also describes an August 2013 exchange in which [former school board president Keith Jackson] told an undercover officer that Yee had an arms trafficking contact. Jackson allegedly said Yee could facilitate a meeting for a donation."
Here's a hint:

about three weeks ago

China Arrests 1,500 People For Sending Spam Messages From Fake Mobile Bases

the_skywise Can't... resist... (35 comments)

All your mobile bases are belong to us!

about three weeks ago

Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

the_skywise Re:In other news ... (367 comments)

Wow... are you really that dense?
The OP states that facebook will be a requirement BUT [ALSO] mandatory to receive basic services like power, water, etc;

I merely posted a link pointing out that it's ALREADY mandatory to accept water services.

I don't think facebook will become a requirement but I happen to agree with his gist. I think its not only probable but very likely that we will see a requirement for an mandatory internet ID assigned at birth during our lifetimes. You already hear it from the cries of government officials clamoring about all the anonymity on the internet.

about three weeks ago

Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

the_skywise Oh good grief... (490 comments)

There's more at play here than Netflix and "Hollywood".

You have wal-mart, Best Buy and Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Redbox and other stores/physical places that continue to market DVDs.

Getting rid of the DVD market means that the marketing of movies falls from many stores to a *few* streaming providers which would give them far more leverage on pricing and distribution then Hollywood is ready to give up.

Also, streaming movies has relatively expensive up front costs requiring internet service and a decoder box plus an additional monthly fee that some people can't afford. (Let alone the older generation that can't figure out all that new-fangled GOOEY menu streaming stuff... and have enough problems just putting a disc in their DVD player!)

about three weeks ago

Google Unveils Android Wear

the_skywise Re:Will it include (103 comments)

Still looks fake though...

about a month ago

Google Unveils Android Wear

the_skywise Will it include (103 comments)

Nike self-lacing shoes?
Self-dry coats?

about a month ago

New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

the_skywise You seem upset Dave. (133 comments)

Why don't you take a stresstab and lie down for awhile.

I'll just slow the car down in the meantime.

about 1 month ago

What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?

the_skywise Probably still (330 comments)

be required to buy it through a dealer though...

about a month ago

FISA Court Reverses Order To Destroy NSA Phone Data

the_skywise Really? (59 comments)

Couldn't we just keep metadata of the metadata records? Wouldn't that be evidence enough of criminal intent? No no... we have to keep ALL the actual records (and recordings I bet) for uh... the Presidential Libraries... Both of them (for now)...

about a month ago

Is the New "Common Core SAT" Bill Gates' Doing?

the_skywise Uhhh... (273 comments)

Coleman stressed that Khan Academy and CollegeBoard will be the only places in the world that students will be able to encounter free materials for the exam that are "focused on the core of the math and literacy that matters most."

Does that throw up red flags for anybody else?

Why are we supporting an educational policy where a private corp gets to not only dictate who gets "scholastically approved" but also controls the flow of information used to prepare for said approval?

about a month ago


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