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White-Hot GOP Race Down To Two Mentally Ill People, Person Who Lost Nomination Last Time

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 23:01 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2012


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Understanding 9/11: A Television News Archive

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 22:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


The 9/11 Television News Archive is a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. A resource for scholars, journalists, and the public, it presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis.

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  1. There are still many experts (not covered by media) who are seeking for truth…


Dutch court orders formally Europe-wide preliminary injunction against Samsung Galaxy smartphones

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 19:45 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google


The Rechtbank ‘s-Gravenhage (a Dutch court in the city of The Hague) today issued a formally Europe-wide preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Ace smartphones — but not the Galaxy tablets — at Apple’s request. The decision follows a hearing held on August 10 and 11, 2011.


A district court in the Hague upheld Apple’s claim concerning one specific patent – EP 2059868 – which outlines an interface for viewing and navigating photographs on a touchscreen phone.

However, the judge rejected several other patent issues, as well as Apple’s claim that Samsung had stolen many of its design ideas.


Samsung’s photo management system is, in turn, part of Google’s Android operating system, suggesting that Apple may be able to take similar action against other handset manufacturers.

For that reason, it seems likely that Google may now have to issue an urgent update to Android.

the “update” mentioned in that last sentence refers to Android OS 2.3, which does the photo app different enough to avoid the patent. All the radio news stations here in NL I listened to basically said that Samsung will simply ship the Galaxy with 2.3 on or before the date the ban begins in October, and no disruption in delivery is expected.

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Happy birthday Windows 95

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 19:44 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

August 24, 1995:


The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I’d been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, “Here’s a specific problem — solve it.”

The thing from the agency said, “We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah- blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional,” this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said “and it must be 31/4 seconds long.”

I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It’s like making a tiny little jewel.

In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I’d finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.

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Smartphone crapware: worse than laptops?

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 18:24 by John Sinteur in category: Google


A couple of years ago I holed myself up in the PC Pro Labs with some new laptops to see what impact their pre-installed software — known as crapware, bloatware and shovelware — had on performance.

The results proved shocking but, when it comes down to it, that software is pretty easy to deal with – it’s just a matter of uninstalling everything and, if you’re really particular, running an app like CCleaner to get your Registry back to its fighting weight.

Not so with smartphones. On Friday, I eased the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro from its box, turned it on, and was greeted with a message urging me to set up McAfee WaveSecure before I’d even set up the phone with my Google account.

Delving into the app drawer revealed more unwanted software, with a host of apps neatly summarising Android’s perennial fragmentation issues: alongside the official Market, the Xperia Mini Pro comes loaded with four different app stores. There’s also other McAfee apps installed as well as a Popcap Games trial and a selection of media management tools.

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Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 13:49 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 11:30 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Demand universal daycare!

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 11:15 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Attention Governor Perry: Evolution is a fact

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 11:09 by John Sinteur in category: News


here is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all claim to be considered ‘grand’) is this: In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.


The population of the United States is more than 300 million and it includes some of the best and brightest that the human species has to offer, probably more so than any other country in the world. There is surely something wrong with a system for choosing a leader when, given a pool of such talent and a process that occupies more than a year and consumes billions of dollars, what rises to the top of the heap is George W Bush. Or when the likes of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin can be mentioned as even remote possibilities.

A politician’s attitude to evolution is perhaps not directly important in itself. It can have unfortunate consequences on education and science policy but, compared to Perry’s and the Tea Party’s pronouncements on other topics such as economics, taxation, history and sexual politics, their ignorance of evolutionary science might be overlooked. Except that a politician’s attitude to evolution, however peripheral it might seem, is a surprisingly apposite litmus test of more general inadequacy. This is because unlike, say, string theory where scientific opinion is genuinely divided, there is about the fact of evolution no doubt at all. Evolution is a fact, as securely established as any in science, and he who denies it betrays woeful ignorance and lack of education, which likely extends to other fields as well. Evolution is not some recondite backwater of science, ignorance of which would be pardonable. It is the stunningly simple but elegant explanation of our very existence and the existence of every living creature on the planet. Thanks to Darwin, we now understand why we are here and why we are the way we are. You cannot be ignorant of evolution and be a cultivated and adequate citizen of today.

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  1. They always accuse some middle east countries as being backward, so why do they want to copy their education system.

  2. What? Memorize their entire bible, perhaps? Don’t be giving them ideas!

  3. The US continues it’s intellectual slide with this crop of Republican candidates! Two who believe that “golden tablets” were found in upstate NY and believe that the indiginous pre-European population is a lost Tribe of Israelites/ Three who question “evolution”! What’s next? Worship of Golden calves?

Told You So: Florida’s New Drug Testing Policy Already Costing Taxpayers More

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 10:39 by John Sinteur in category: News


We’ve told you a few times about Florida’s horrible new law that drug tests all families applying for cash benefit welfare applicants. The law, which went into effect July 1, makes applicants front the cost of the drug test and reimburses individuals if they test negative.

The ACLU and others predicted this program would be a failure and cost the state of Florida much more money than they would save. Guess what? In just the few weeks that the program has been in effect we have been proven right.

The Department of Children and Families’ central region has tested 40 applicants since the law went into effect six weeks ago, and of those 40 applicants, 38 tested negative for drugs. The cost to the state of Florida to reimburse those 38 individuals who tested negative was at least $1,140 over the course of six weeks. Meanwhile, denying benefits to the two applicants who tested positive will save Florida less than $240 a month.

The ironic thing is that Florida should know better. They ran a similar pilot program a decade ago but ended up scrapping it because it cost the state way more money than it saved.

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  1. But don’t you know, that $240 just feeeeeels so much better than the $1140.

  2. It’s not just $240, it’s $240 per month. Still, I hate to think of the effect on those people’s kids. Maybe they should take the kids away too (if they have kids).

  3. It’s not just $240, it’s $240 per month

    It’s safe to assume that next month test results for that month won’t be any better.

  4. They probably didn’t want to pay for foster care anyway. Maybe, they can get the people to move to Ga.

  5. This is familiar, isn’t it? Keep repeating the same stupidity that didn’t work last time either, because punishing the feckless is a policy that will please the general public.