top CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations
Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire. The CIA works in all kinds of different places, with all kinds of different people. I am betting that in some of the countries where the detainees were from, this sort of interrogation is expected. Of course we stop short of cutting their heads off with a sword. The bottom line is that we have to give the CIA latitude to do their jobs. Despite what some of us may think of the tactics, they get results.
top France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel
So who exactly decided that diesel engines were bad? Last year the government offered incentives to purchase diesel engine vehicles and this year they are increasing the tax on diesel fuel and now offering incentives only for electric cars. And by electric cars we mean the ones charged with electricity created by those really, really bad nuclear power plants that they want to phase out in favor of coal fired plants or something. Idiots.
top Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food
Eggs are one of the best sources of protein, are natural and can be produced easily in a back yard chicken house. I have also read that most of the rhetoric about eggs being unhealthy has been debunked. Unless you are producing specifically for people with allergies, what's the point of an eggs substitute.
top Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund
I would advocate for no more Federal taxes of any sort. Money that goes to Washington never comes back whole. In other words, nobody is as good at bureaucracy spending as the Feds. We are lucky to see 10% of any dollar we send them.
top Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week
Repeals the Patriot Act and shuts down Homeland Security. How many redundant players do we need to keep us safe?
top President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
Partisan policy aside, the government wants us to want them to regulate the nets. They want it because it will give them an excuse to tax your connection. Once the FCC steps in, they will need money to "manage" and to prosecute and to investigate. Mark my words, this has nothing to do with Netflix and everything to do with an additional revenue stream.
top CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand
To me, the picture looks like they were using both devices. If not, why not line up the iPad to completely block the Surface?
about a month and a half ago
top Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality
Agile, scrum, whatever. They are just buzzwords for some sort of kool-aid to empower programmers when they feel powerless. None of this can ever work unless the folks ordering the software or software changes know what they are asking for (rare) or provide an unwavering list of requirements. Most software projects go over time estimates or fail because of SPAC. Specification Provided After Completion.
top AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
At some point this will pass. It will be billed as a compromise but the loopholes will allow AT&T and others to do what they want. As this happens, local storage will become cheaper and smaller and Netflix et. al. will begin offering home-based content libraries we can swap via Fedex or UPS. Then, after a while, the pendulum will again swing back to "instant" or "on demand".
top Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels
Doesn't everyone remember that heat rises and cold settles. Antarctica is colder and has more ice because it's at the bottom of the world.....
top Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park
Others have already said this but I am weighing in here so if Hulu is reading this they get why I am no longer a customer and won't be coming back until they change. I am not paying for a service that has advertisements, period. I don't care if you add South Park or not. I would rather buy a box set of DVDs than pay for commercials on a streaming service. Besides, isn't asking me to pay and then watch commercials double dipping? They said, when I left, that the commercials allowed them to offer better content. How about charging me another buck or two for a commercial free service? End rant.
top AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud
This is for the banks and only the banks. Since most offer some sort of fraud protection, this protects them from loss. I get it but I am unwilling to let my phone company connect with my credit card bank for any reason. It's a tenuous relationship as it is with me and vendor advertising partnerships. I can't imagine what fine print would be part of that privacy agreement.
top Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids
"Educators are in it for the money a lot of them."
Do you work? Do you work for free? Are you in it for the money? Why do you think principals and superintendents make what they do? Could it be that they spent 8 years in college to get their doctorate, probably at night, while making it on a teachers pay. Along they way they were probably great teachers, were good with parents and they know what it takes to do their job. So one person makes $250K in the district while some principals make six figures, you can be sure they earn it. The superintendent's position is 24/7 and principals aren't far behind. Administrators, unlike teachers work all year too, by the way. Maybe you should spend some time at your school of choice and get the real scoop before going off on a rampage about how others make too much money.
top Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids
Putting your kids in a roomy portable classroom with questionable ventilation or crowding them into a permanent classroom like commuters on an airplane? As someone on a school board, I can tell you that the community doesn't like portables, but they like approving bonds to build new schools that are underutilized even less.
top Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards
I see this in my nephews. One is graduating from high school this week and when I ask him what his plans are he says he wants to marry a rich girl. That's it! He has no aspirations save being like what he sees on TV and what he hears in modern music. I am very afraid for this next generation.
top AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion
I am a DirecTV customer. I live in a rural area and my only choice for internet is DSL. I use a CLEC, as opposed to CenturyLink who sucked big time. I am very happy with my internet connection and don't understand why you folks who get everything bundled are worried about this merger. Here's why, I pay around $150 per month for DirecTV with two DVRs and a few other boxes. I also pay around $70 per month for my internet service which I am happy to have. So if you complainers are getting phone/TV/Internet bundles with more than a 5MB/s data rate for less than $220 per month, please just stop your whining. You will never have to pay so much for so little unless you move somewhere there is no cable.
top Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax
First, increasing corporate taxes will ultimately increase the cost to consumers.
Second, we are currently sitting on the largest oil supply in over 40 years. Why haven't prices plummeted? I blame the speculators. Not those looking for oil, but the middlemen trading and making a profit on someone else's work. If it were up to me and I was truly concerned with why we can no longer afford to fully fund education, I would be looking at where our Federal taxes are going and asking why we get nearly zero dollars back to states for education from the Feds.
top Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle
It's aliens hiding out in the deep. They will bring the submersible back once they are done studying it.
top Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec
My fear is that some neophyte will read this and believe he doesn't need an anti-virus application anymore because they don't work. While AV applications are not my favorite thing to spend money on, they do have their place for less-then-savvy users who may be surfing or downloading from areas that may not be safe.
top WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition
I have been planning to cancel my directv subscription for months. I have an antenna and use my Roku or AppleTV boxes for other content. If I cancel, I save $150 per month. While some here predict that a merger will kill the internet, I believe the internet has already won the content delivery wars, providers simply haven't received the message. How many network feeds like ESPN, HGTV or even Disney for $150 per month? Based on the cost of Netflix and Amazon Prime, I am guessing quite a few. Goodbye Directv, hello choice.
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