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Jupiter Probe Snaps Family Photo of Earth & Moon Together

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 22:00 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


Earth (on the left) and the moon (on the right) were seen by NASA’s Juno spacecraft on Aug. 26, 2011, when the spacecraft was about 6 million miles (9.66 million kilometers) away. The photo was taken by the spacecraft’s onboard camera, JunoCam.

Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

— Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

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Why would HP make more TouchPads to sell at a loss?

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 21:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


Solution: Repair relations with your Asian suppliers by pushing those components through the factories. And then give it a positive spin by telling your customers that you are doing it just for them.

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Java founder James Gosling joins Google

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 21:52 by John Sinteur in category: Google


James Gosling, the notable programmer who founded Java at Sun Microsystems, has joined Google, a company locked in a lawsuit over how the technology is used in Android.

Gosling announced his new Google employment today on his blog. "I don’t know what I’ll be working on. I expect it’ll be a bit of everything, seasoned with a large dose of grumpy curmudgeon," he said.

When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems last year, Gosling decided not to join.

Oracle’s ways evidently didn’t agree with Gosling. He called Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison "Larry, Prince of Darkness." And, he said, "During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle, where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer’s eyes sparkle."

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  1. Er…he just left…


Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 21:48 by John Sinteur in category: Quote

"When you’re young, you look at television and think – There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought."

– Steve Jobs

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  1. And the man was banging on Apple’s door 10 years ago: We want an iPad!


  2. *the man = the men


Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 21:47 by John Sinteur in category: News


The Murdoch media empire has cost humanity perhaps one or two decades of time in the battle against climate change. Each lost decade greatly increases the eventual economic costs, the devastation to our ecosystems, and the suffering of future generations….

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  1. But it would have caused a depression if we signed on to Kyoto.

  2. Yup, I’m feeling pretty depressed right now.

Hard Problems

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 18:50 by John Sinteur in category: Software

There are two hard problems in computer science: cache validation, variable substitution, and off-by-one errors.

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  1. Sweet!

  2. Sweet!

    The are 10 kinds of people in this world: those who get binary, and those who do not.

  3. There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those who get trinary, those who do not, and those who mistake it for binary.

  4. Three logicians walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “Would any of you like a drink?” The first logician says, “I don’t know.” The second logician says, “I don’t know.” The third logician says, “No.”

  5. There are 10 kinds of people in this world. Those who get binary, those who don’t, and those who know indexing starts at 0.

  6. There are 2 kinds of people in the world: 1) Those who number their arrays starting with one and 1) Those who number their arrays starting with zero.

  7. `There are 2 kinds of people in the world. Those who think there are 2 kinds of people in the world, those who don’t and those who point this out.


Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 18:44 by John Sinteur in category: Security

According to the State Department’s recent report, fifteen American private citizens died in terrorist attacks in 2010: thirteen in Afghanistan and one each in Iraq and Uganda.

More people die of peanut allergy each year.

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The game is a foot!

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 18:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


For the eleventh time in four years, a human foot washed ashore near Vancouver – baffling investigators who are at a loss to explain the grisly trend.

The investigation must be running in circles.


RCMP spokeswoman Const. Annie Linteau said Friday that matching the feet is only one part of the investigation.

"It’s certainly a good step in our investigation," she said.

Hey, wait, making puns is my job!

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  1. I think they should stamp out this footloose tendency.

“You, Citizen, pick up that can.”

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 17:11 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. What’s the story? Where was photo this taken? I’m guessing WI.

  2. minnesota, 2008 RNC

How Half of Terror Cases Investigated By the FBI … Were Also Hatched by the FBI

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 17:08 by John Sinteur in category: Security


Here is an important question: What single organization is responsible for more terror plots in the USA than any other?

Possible answers: Al Qaida. That would no doubt be the popular answer but it would be wrong. The KKK. Way past their prime, so that is not it. The Jewish Defense League. Good guess, but still not it. So what is the correct answer?

It is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, AKA the FBI. Don’t believe me? Well, just read Trevor Aaronson’s expose entitled “The Informants” published in the September/October 2011 issue of Mother Jones.

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  1. J. Edgar Hoover…where are you now?

How to steal $13 million from ATMs in a weekend

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 17:04 by John Sinteur in category: Security


It would appear that a Florida bank has been the victim of a $13 million ATM heist, but just how did the cyber-robbers pull it off?

Although the security breach which led to the ATM fraud itself seems to have taken place in March, and was disclosed in the first quarter earnings statement for Fidelity National Information Services Inc (FIS) back in May, details of exactly what happened are only just starting to leak from the FBI probe that followed.

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‘Top’ psychics offered $1M to prove powers

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 16:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


While high-profile medium James Van Praagh has yet to take the bait, a self-proclaimed Toronto psychic says she’s considering taking up a $1-million challenge to prove her abilities.

"I would say yes, I would take [the] challenge because I have enough faith in my own abilities if I was available," Toronto-based psychic Nikki told CBC News.

"I am the real thing so I don’t have to worry about this stuff."


Randi, who gained fame for taking on televangelist Peter Popoff and Israeli spoonbender Uri Geller, said since the challenge was established, hundreds of psychics all over the world have taken up the offer.

“Most of them have been convinced that they’d pass the test and win the million, yet every time we’ve tested them under scientific conditions, their ‘powers’ seem to have disappeared. Hey, that’s a good trick,” he said.

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  1. I’m quite sure what will happen:

    She will fail spectacularly, and then claim that “Psi powers are supernatural, and are therefore outside of the scope of Science! But they exist and are real!”

    Not that this didn’t happen before…

  2. Anyone remembers Beyond the Supernatural, the Palladium role-play game based on mediums, psychics, etc.?
    There was a peculiar type of psychic, who had tremendous psi powers. His power was to negate the psi powers of the others. They usually worked as sceptics conducting psi tests. 🙂
    An ironic idea. 🙂


Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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“Cheney Should Have Called His Book… In My Imagination”

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 9:34 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Bill O’Reilly Has NYPD Investigate Police Officer For Having An Affair With O’Reilly’s Wife

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 9:33 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Hurricane Irene,National guard almost drown Manville, NJ

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 8:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

I guess they thought that it would be easy enough: just a quick jaunt across a river. Accomplish their mission, and then have a nice story to tell their family when they got back home. Unfortunately you can only see the surface of a murky torrent of flood water, so they misjudged how deep they would be getting themselves in. By the time it was obvious that it was a bad idea, they were too late to turn around, so they might as well commit to the catastrophe in the vague hopes of getting some positive outcome. In the end everyone ended up bailing, losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment, and the opportunity cost that it would take to fix their mess, plus the time and money wasted when they could’ve been doing something useful somewhere else.

In other words they’re just playing by the Defense Department’s handbook for the past 10 years or so.

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  1. I don’t think they were playing. I would say that they misjudged the deep, but it is difficult to judge the deep if you only see brown water once you are inside it. Maybe they lack train and you can’t know the circunstances that make they move in that path. The truck maybe only needed a deeper air intake.
    And I’m no expert to assume that the equipment was lost and unrecoverable.

  2. The truck maybe only needed a deeper air intake.

    At a certain point you’ll float off the bottom and your wheels lose grip.

  3. (having been commander of one of these, which supposedly can do something similar, but we were never stupid enough to try)

  4. They’d have made better progress in a rowing craft like a whaler. And they’d have had more chance of actually doing something useful, like looking for things/rescuing people. Plus they could have died.

Talk to Paul Ryan? It’ll cost you

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 8:34 by John Sinteur in category: News


It will cost $15 to ask Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a question in person during the August congressional recess.

The House Budget Committee chairman isn’t holding any face-to-face open-to-the-public town hall meetings during the recess, but like several of his colleagues he will speak only for residents willing to open their wallets.

They should show up at the face-to-face meetings with copies of their past tax returns, stamped “Paid in full.”

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  1. How much to make him shut up?

  2. lol…a lot, I think.

  3. This is simply a lie. This is a luncheon sponsored by a Rotary club. The Rotary is charging $15 for the lunch, Congressman Ryan is an invited guest.

    Ryan is not charging anyone anything, the Rotary is charging $15 for lunch.

    You would have a point if this was a Town Hall put on by Ryan. It isn’t.

Child protection measures apply regardless of religious rules

Posted on August 31st, 2011 at 8:25 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


The Irish justice minister has said that forthcoming child protection measures, including mandatory reporting will "apply regardless of any internal rules of any religious grouping".

Alan Shatter was responding to comments made by Cardinal Sean Brady who defended the seal of confession.

Cardinal Brady stressed it was a "sacred and treasured" rite.


A priest could be convicted of a criminal offence if they were told of a sexual abuse case and failed to report it to the civil authorities.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Mr Shatter said: “It is the failure in the past to make such reports that has led sexual predators into believing that they have impunity and facilitated paedophiles preying on children and destroying their lives.”

Anyone who fails to declare information about the abuse of a child could face a prison term of five years.

The Irish Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that priests who are given admissions of child abuse during the sacrament of confession will not be exempt from new rules on mandatory reporting.

During his homily to worshippers at Knock shrine in County Mayo, on Sunday, the archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland said: “Freedom to participate in worship and to enjoy the long-established rites of the church is so fundamental that any intrusion upon it is a challenge to the very basis of a free society” he said.

How much more do we need to do before these bishops understand that no, it is NOT alright to protect pederasts?

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  1. I have a brilliant solution. Lets preserve tradition. Confessions originally was made in front of the whole community.
    The only exception was the Pope.
    Everyone else confessed by standing in the middle of the gathering and starting: My brothers, I have sinned…

    Lets preserve the catholic traditions. Lets return to public confessions They worth way more.

  2. @Roland: Really? Interestingly like the self-criticism sessions run by the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution.

  3. Well, ideology based, dictatorial organisations tend to be similar, no matter what century or what ideology we are talking about. There is a limited set of habits to chose from 🙂