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Comment Government mandated monopolies and collusion (Score 1, Insightful) 110

Government gives a monopoly to an entity (be it themselves or to a commercial entity). Government in return negotiates (strongarms) for 'free' services it would otherwise have to pay for. Monopoly is broken - and people are surprised that the government might now have to pay for those 'free' services?

Who did they think was actually paying for those 'free' services beforehand? Are they really that blind?

Comment Because colleges and universities have forgotten (Score 1) 306

... what their role is.

Higher education is there to train people to - get this - FILL JOBS! But these days, universities believe that their job is to just 'educate students' in whatever curriculum they (the universities) see fit.

They forgot that the curriculum itself is not the ultimate goal. Gaining the skills necessary to be able to successfully fulfill the job role is the actual goal.

Comment Could this 'negative energy' zone be the source of (Score 1) 227

Dark Energy?

Would a 'negative energy' zone potentially produce Dark Energy, which is the repulsive force accelerating inflation?

Does this explain why inflation is increasing? More 'black-hole-type' objects with more of this negative energy space in existence... creating more Dark Energy...

Submission + - Former Obama "digital strategist" accused of Twitter fraud (

Zondar writes: Former Obama "digital strategist" Brad Schenck has been accused of creating multiple fake Twitter accounts to send pro gun control tweets to members of Congress. One recipient of these tweets, Rep Steve Stockman (R-TX) said his staff noticed identical tweets coming in from multiple Twitter accounts. Of those, a disturbing trend was discovered:

"Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people."

Brad Schenck, Obama's former digital strategist, somehow managed to follow these some or all of the 10 allegedly fake Twitter profiles before they ever sent a tweet or interacted with anyone.

Is this Twitter sockpuppeting? You decide.

Comment Re:Stop Rewarding Mass Killings (Score 1) 1388

Shame you can't mod higher than +5.

Everyone recognizes the name Dylan Klebold, but almost no one recognizes Lauren Townsend or Isaiah Shoels.

Stop giving the killers 24/7 coverage for literally MONTHS and maybe you'll reduce their motivation. Couple this with bringing back real mental health facilities and we'll get somewhere.

Comment Re:LHC data sets, eat your heart out (Score 1) 79

Earlier this year, Gizmodo reported that the LHC generates a petabyte of data every second. Actually, that's just one of the two primary experiments.

The have to preprocess the raw data through a filter that determines if the collision is interesting or not. Then they further parse that down and only store a tiny fraction of the raw data generated every day. If they were able to store and distribute that raw data, who knows what kinds of information is being thrown away simply because we can't store it and can't transmit it offsite fast enough.

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