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18 posts • joined 13 May 2008

Secret US 'Jedi' ghost-copters kept out of bin Laden raid

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What if...

What if some of what the author says is true... Then what?

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Massive study concludes: 'Global warming is real'

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Show me the climate facts

As Jefferson said.."Trust but verify".

Few people today have seen a glacier, yet a few thousand years ago they covered a large part of Great Plains. I suspect the glaciers melted and left their imprint in the form of lakes and gouges behind. So I am concluding that over that period of time the earth has warmed. In the late 1960 through the 1970s we were told the earth was cooling. We had long winters in that era. Since then the earth stopped cooling according to recent studies. If not cooling and if every day is not exactly the same as yesterday, maybe we are warming again and more glaciers will melt.

Are we to conclude that because the earth is warming now that the earths warming is caused by people being on the earth but when the earth warmed before the earth's warming was cause by people not being here on earth?

Show me the climate facts

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Nissan car secretly shares driver data with websites

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are you sure?

As part of the US Navy I made many extended stay trips to Japan. Our barracks were cleaned by Japanese. On one occasion in 1961 I left $600 laying on my bed while I took a three day trip. The $600 was on my bed when I got back. Try that in any other country.

The very civilized way the Japanese people behaved after the recent earth quake and tsunami is something only few parts of the United States can match. Ethics is corner stone of being Japanese.

That's my experience base on recurring visits from 1961 to 1993. What's your experience?

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Republican reps push for mandatory gun ownership

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To find out if we have a gun...

If you want to see what kind of gun we're using to day, look in our pickup. If you stranded and needed get someplace, the key is in the ignition.

Its called self reliance, its called integrity. Try it you will like it.

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Apple ships Mac OS X 10.6.5 update

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Mail Rules still broken..

Mail/preferences/Rules/Edit... add 25 or more rules the Rules Window will extend off the bottom of the screen taking the control button out of view. Window size buttons will control the window the next level below the active window.

Problem has existed since 2005 (OSX 10.4.0)

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Can Republicans steal Obama's Web 2.0 mojo?

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Who makes your best decisions?

For me making my own decisions when it affects mine or my families is important. I like the idea of customers deciding which companies succeed and fail. The unintended consequence of well intended government regulations is often deciding which business fails or which group is given rewards they didn't earn.

Follow the money. There are now over 34,000 lobbyist in Washington, each raising their billing rates. How can that be in this age of economic downturn? Some company is going to get a part of money funds being doled out in Washington.

There are 535 people controlling "we the people's" funds and 34,000 people trying to influence the legislators "we the people" elected on how to spend that money. These 34,000 lobbyist influence the 535 legislators by donating some of the "we the people's" money to the campaigns of the folks "we the people" elected to represent us. What is wrong with this picture?

Jim

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Engineers are troublesome 'expert loners', says prof

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Too much input spoils the soup...

Engineers are heralded for being creative and persistent. Light bulbs take 10,000 tests, batteries 25,000 tests... what bean counter could manage those projects? What team could stay on task for all those tests?

I designed the judges stations for the 1972 Olympics. When the word got out we had won the bid and the actual design had begun there were lots of managers who wanted their name associated with the projects. Lots of managers who could not keep their chance to inject an idea to themselves. I made 15 complete design efforts before someone tossed all the management and we went with the first design, the designed used in Munich. That need to stay focused is what kept me on small teams for such projects as my part of the Moon Walk, Apollo 13 display system, 1972 Olympics and lots of other fun projects.

Jim

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Sarah Palin's words get data mined

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Being partial is expensive ....

The halls of "news organizations" ring with partial information these days. Being partial is like the housing boom that fuel our current economic down turn, works great until the fuel runs out. In the economic boom the fuel was money to loan and low level criteria to get it. In the political arena partial information works until reality doesn't match the partial information for an increasing number of society.

We can improve anything to the degree we can measure it. In society we measure by looking at the pro's and con's of issues. "News Organizations" are tasked with the difficult task of providing impartial information for masses of society to measure. Skipping steps and going directly to measured information reduces society to a more singular brain and a more sheep like society. Works good until too many sheep are being compromised.

Lowering the bar didn't work for the housing boom. Lowering the bar, welfare, has never worked for increasing our efforts to support ourselves. Increasing taxes to increase entitlements has never improved societies cash flow. Doing for other who are not also doing for themselves has never worked.

Growth is the result of actions fueled by innovations and persistence.

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Palin demands $15m to search her own emails

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Who determine the costs?

"State bean counters say it will cost $960.31 to search each employee's account. If email for all 16,000 employees are processed, the exact figure is $15,364,000.96. "

The article says the state bean counters came up with the cost for an individual and for doing a check on every state employee. Not exactly Palin demanding anything is it?

The title writers need to assume "we the people" can read and understand too.

Jim

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'I can see dinosaurs from my back porch'

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looking for catch title...

The title for this article is based on the good news doesn't sell idea, bad news does sell. Most folks like to read about bad news unless its about them. Bad news seems to migrate towards mob mentality is short order.

I watched the Palin interview during which she stated her position on the development of the earth and its inhabitants. She explained that she is the daughter of a science teacher and grew up in a religious family.

Recent events, admitted bias http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/09/AR2008090900956.html, in a our news industry have made it very difficult to use output of the news industry as an information gathering resource. In my opinion the news industry is gracefully moving towards mob mentality in search of increasing profits. When there are as many news outlets as we have today there is extreme competition for our attention and thus advertising dollars. Good news has a history of not selling to the public. When good news does not sell the news industry, to survive by attracting advertising, needs bad news to sell its products and the news industry has the resources to find bad news. In the end the good news for the news industry is when advertiser pay them for time or space which is a direct result of how their news sells.

Now read any news article and ask yourself is the information intended to attract readers? In that vain does this article feed the mob mentality?

Jim

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Top adviser claims John McCain invented the BlackBerry

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Read the rest of the story...

In the urge to have something other will read this author has ignored the rest of the story. The comment was made by an aid as a joke. After which the aid apologized for the poor joke. What McCain was involved with was the legislation involved with getting BlackBerry's on the air.

I think the author realizes that good news is the most difficult to sell, that their are mobs of people eager to read the bad news about someone other than themselves. This author needs money to support self and family so choose the low hanging grapes and with generalizations and vague statements to created a bad news story. Count the number of specific facts with supporting, solid references verses the vague words and terms the author cited.

Would a reasonable person consider this article news supported by facts or rumor supported by assumptions. Then read the tenor of the comments with the article. Would a reasonable person conclude all these people are without fault and therefore free to toss the rocks they are verbally tossing?

Read these comments, count the number of vague terms used to describe events and people. If news is supported by specific information and rumors by vague descriptions, how would a reasonable person characterize the comments being made?

Jim

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Apple confesses MobileMe vanishing contact bug

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The Me Software worked for 99 out of 100.....

Where to start. According to Apple one server went down, taking with it 1% of the client base. What happened next is where the issues begin. The software minus data for the 99 other servers is the same as for the 1 failing server. What does it take to reload a server and import the latest data from backup and restart?

One article quotes an Apple representative as saying something about there being more load than expected. Does that translate into a design issue rather than a single server failing?

What ever the issues Apple first was closed mouth and then a bit guarded. I wonder if we are looking at a Tylenol kind of response.

Jim

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Apple is sorry (again) over MobileMe

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Still a 1%er

Some email service via web only returned a couple of days ago. The "some" is limited to a email from July 24th on. None of the previous email has appeared yet.

According to blogs and articles Apple has never intended the dot Mac or the new Me Generation products for business use. I think implying that the service is not intended to be reliable. So far that is an accurate statement.

So who is Apple's market for the Me Generation product? Who doesn't expect reliability from the products they buy?

I bought several accounts for my family so they could have email and iChat. So far no one is using the Cloud, syncing their calendar or using the extremely slow iDisk. As a result of this outage I have found that gMail works like Apple Mail and I suspect if I look around their is another version of iChat that will work. The one person I really want to iChat with is my son in Portland but Comcast took exception to using video. Make buying Me Generation products look less attractive, especially at this time.

Can you imagine being in the meeting that came up with the Cloud metaphor, thinking adults would think Cloud would be a good name?

Jim

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Putting a mule on a cloud: one man's battle with Amazon S3

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Apple has some unused Clouds.....

With Apple's recent ME generation product rollout going a bit slow I am sure they could spare a few clouds.

Jim

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MobileMe offers another free bite of the Apple

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ME.... generation

Is there an irony involved in Apple new product ME, their poster child for the ME generation, which is having difficulty getting to work while still collecting ME funds?

My usually very reliable dot Mac account is now a not very reliable service at the same time Apple decided it would be better named ME. For those who have worked all their lives to take care of themselves is joining the ME generation the image you are looking for? Especially now considering that the ME generation is not really working, which is typical of the ME generation.

Then they choose a cloud metaphor. Conjures up all the attributes of an AMC Pacer.

Jim

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Dismissed deputy head launches legal fight

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Have you learned nothing from Windows?

It seems to me there is a parallel between the evolution of Windows and the evolution of social law. Both seem to take the easiest path, patch the past.

Patches on patches until like Ford Motor company announced years ago about their production control software system, its now stable, we now can predict how may problems we will create with each upgrade.

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Asda declares baby's arse 'pornographic'

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Its Karma all over again

The Salem witch trial are about to begin... again

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Microsoft slams OEMs over XP SP3 install cock-up

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doesn't matter who's right

When the CYA excuses start flying I am reminded of my friend Lenny who said "Doesn't matter who's right, its who's left".

We can only improve what we can measure. What Microsoft can measure they can improve. Excuses generally blind the eye of the author.

Jim

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