Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres
I'll give you one: preservatives.
Many years ago, at one job, I was drinking several cans of soda a day. One day, while eating lunch, I started thinking about the label: 1/10 of 1% preservative. So, 1% from drinking 10 cans... and a hundred cans, which might be one month, is a pound of preservative.....
No need for embalming when you go, you're already well-preserved.
White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"
Easy: first build several *real* space stations, not "outposts in space", that serve the same way airports do, and use orbit-to-orbit ships - true spacegoing vessels. Once those are up, interplanetary travel is *much* cheaper.
Then we build the magelev launchers on the Moon....
As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal
Yeah, under Bush the W, the US prison population surpassed that of the Soviet Union's prisons at their worst under Stalin.
But now that populations are falling, I'd say the first things to go are the UNCONSTITUTIONAL PRIVATIZED PRISONS (aka slave labor shops).
Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change
Your odds of getting ebola are significantly less than mine of winning the lottery and buying a flight on a Soyuz to the ISS. The odds that someone who should have stopped driving years ago, or a drunk, or someone texting, will run you down with their car is hundreds of thousands of time higher.
Lessee: ~300M Americans, > 40K killed in auto accidents; 2 dead from ebola.
A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien
A techie mailing list I'm on has multiple people ranting about the absolutely bs that happens - not the way aircraft comm works, not the way this, that and the other work, and the plot...um, what plot?
Why the Trolls Will Always Win
First, let's skip over the whole idiotic concept of twitter as a serious medium of communication (quick, here's 140 chars, tell me everything you know), and go to places that you can actually write coherent sentences - that'd be anywhere from email, to usenet, to websites that allow long comments (or your own website).
Back in the day, we used to get trolls on a usenet group I was a regular in. Some where drive-by shooting, never seen again; frequently, we made sarcastic comments about their post. Then there were the longer posts, from someone who might even come back.
Y'know, I understand that about 1,000 years ago and more, if a bard, or someone, made a satire of you, you might as well kill yourself, because no one would ever forget it (admitedly, they didn't travel a lot back then, and the supply of humor was a lot smaller).
Our answer was to MST3k that person. Doing so, of course, requires intellegence, a good familiarity with language, and frequently, some basic logic. I don't think *anyone* everr came back after being misted....
It's a much more elegant solution, and more enjoyable to everyone else, than to simply JUMP DOWN THE ASSHOLE'S THROUGHT WITH COMBAT BOOTS ON.
mark "come on, meet me at x, and show me that you meant that crap"*
* Now, my sword, my walking stick, or just 911?
Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology
Lessee, my chances of catching ebola are significantly below those of my winning the lottery and buying a trip the the Station... but the media, esp. Faux, is screaming about ebola. (And I happen to work no more than a few hundred yards from a facility that had one of those possibly exposed.)
We won't mention allegedly science programming channels with supernatural crap.
And then there's the textbooks in Texas and other southern states, where they'd trying to take out evolution. And the budget cuts for scentific research.
And we also won't mention the climate change deniers.
They mostly managed to avoid science in school, it's all magic to most users, and they think that the LATEST IPHONE IS THE MOST IMPRTANT ADVANCE IN TECHNOLOGY THIS CENTURY!!!!!
mark "beam me up, Scotty, there's no intelligent life here"
Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers
Um, more likely price. Or didn't you see the lawsuit, months ago, from the former Oracle exec, who was alleging that Oracle management underpaid him, becuase $10k or $20k less per year was "good enough for an Indian".
The flying car I'd like in my garage first:
From Last Starfighter
How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program
From the article, which none of you seem to have read,
Logsdon points to three key decisions Nixon made regarding the U.S. space program, which had long-term consequences for NASA. The three decisions were:
To treat the space program as one area of domestic policy competing with other concerns, not as a privileged activity
To lower U.S. ambitions in space by ending human spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit for the foreseeable future and not embark on another space goal requiring a massive investment similar to Apollo
To build NASA’s post-Apollo program around the space shuttle without establishing a specific goal or long-term strategy the shuttle would support
Professor Logsdon says that Nixon’s lasting imprint on the space program was an end to human exploration of space beyond low Earth orbit in the twentieth century, and he sees the Nixon Space Doctrine and more ambitious human space exploration as incompatible. Under Nixon, NASA became just another domestic program, and the agency’s budget decreased even as it retained ambitious goals. During this time, however, NASA’s efforts did include increased international participation in U.S. human spaceflight programs.
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As I've been saying for decades, the Republicans hate civilian space programs becase a) they've *always* seen it as a Democratic initiative, and because they're too dumb to see how the money is spent here on earth... and how it drives new technology.
For the 90% of you who are kids, here's one of the real-life, it-was-in-the-media-in-the-sixties, motivatoin for the space program: a moral equivalent of war.
But you turkeys would rather have wars (and y'all have, as traitor Dick Cheney put it, about the draft, "other agendas" than fighting) none of you put yourselves in danger. It's all a fucking video game with other peoples' lives.
mark "this is *not* the Real 21st Century; I want the REAL one back RIGHT NOW, thankyouveddymuch"
Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption
The NFL, "non-profit"? Then so is Walmart.
mark, whose interest in sports approaches 0 as a limit, with the exception of two "sports", one of the American football,
where it's in negative numbers
Shame about that kid who died playing the so-called sport
Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina
"Lazy local governments"? Odd choice of phraseology. Should that be "local governemts leveraging freely-available technological solutions to save tax dollars"?
How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology
I know that NASA has had a technology transfer program for decades. Funny, I've never heard of *them* getting paid for this stuff: as far as I know, since it was done by and for the people of the US, on tax dollars, it was supposed to be free.
If that's the case... how does the NSA get away with getting paid?
Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway
Gates also funds a lot of education and health endeavors around the world.
However, you explicitly mantion liberals... is this as opposed to, say, the Koch Bros (second wealthiest family in the US), who are doing their best to tell us how to obey orders?
Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains
I relocated her in '09. This is the least friendly subway system I know of... and I lived in Philly, and Chicago, and am familiar somewhat with NYC, and a little with Boston's, and have even done the BART a couple of times.
For no known reason, they'll wait anywhere from 5 to 40 seconds *after* they come to a complete halt to open the doors. I presume this is some pseudo-Saftty thing (also, presumably dreamed up by someone who's never ridden a subway). Then they don't seem to be looking - it's close the doors.
And they're sealed cars, so if the HVAC isn't working, it's sweltering... unless they just block off the car.
And I have NEVER, EVER seen so many trains taken out of service, and forcing everyone onto the platform. *Maybe* I can remember it once or twice in 30 or 40 years of riding subways; then I got here, and I can't count the number of times I've had to gett off the train, and squeeze into a massivly overcrowded one.
Automated is fine at an airport, with small, small crowds or groups. In a real city, with hundreds of thousands of people riding every day? You need human decision making. AI ain't there yet, not for this.
mark "we won't talk about the broken elevators, and stops with *no* stairs"
Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists
How 'bout Dick Cheney? There *were* news stories (rapidly not followed up) when he leaked to the reporter that Valerie Plame was CIA, that a number of covert intellegence agents she personally was running disappeared, presumed dead.
Oh, that's right, no one was ever convicted of leakiing that, just one for "obstruction of justice".
College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class
A COBOL programmer, in 1998, is utterly beyond fed up with dealing with code for the upcoming y2k, and has himself put into cold sleep until after the year 2000. Something gets screwed up in the records, and he's left to sleep away millenia. Finally, they wake him up. He's appalled to learn it's the year 9998, and everything and everyone he knows is gone. On the other hand, he's *really* in The Future, and is looking forward to all the amazing things we've done.
"Just one question", he asks the team that woke him up, "why now?"
The leader answers, "Well, we're about to roll over the year 10,000, and your records say you're a COBOL programmer...."
ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
From a lot closer to home in the US... no teaching evolution, or claiming "creationism" is as good or better a theory, limited study of history, cut budgets for scientific research....
They'll get along with the GOP really well.
Funding Tech For Government, Instead of Tech For Industry
Yes, and unfuck you, too.
Oh, and your infantile "union-y" - your damn GOP have outsourced a *lot* of the government, so they can claim to have "cut the size of government" (and prevent people from joining unions). It's saved *so* much money... NOT. For example,
I, personally, am a sysadmin for a federal contractor, and therefore "an engineer working for the US government". Your tax dollars not only pay me (and I get paid *exactly* comparable to GS salaries, and my benefits are similar. Oh, and you're paying for the contract administrator's time (a fed), and you're paying for my "on-site managemenet support" person's time (contractor), and our project manager's time (contractor), and *their* management, and, oh, yes, my company's profits.
SO much money saved... and many of the poisonous envrironment is due to GOP rules intended solely as anti-union (you don't beleve in freedom of association, either).
So, thanks *so* much for the ad hominem attack on *me*, and on the people I work with. You're an asshole.
U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data
Give me a break. This happend under *your* guys, W and Cheney, who brought you monstrous deficits via an illegal and immoral war of conquest (see the papers the US and the UK signed around, what, 05?), and tax breaks. Of course, you didn't get the real payback, but you imagine that Any Day Now, you'll be rich, and so they won't spy on you, or tax you....