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Nevada Ranch Militias Turn Against Each Other Over Drone-Attack Theory

Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 18:56 by John Sinteur in category: News


The armed anti-government play-warriors who built a military force around a racist redneck rancher in Nevada have split into rival factions and are now at the brink of civil war, calling each other crazies and traitors and spreading rumors that Eric Holder planned a drone strike on them.

I thought Obamacare would let these people get the mental health services they so desperately need. Looks like it’s a failure.

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  1. Splitters! (Which ones are the People’s Front of Judea, again?)

  2. Now come on Sue W,

    It’s the People’s Judean Front!

    I’m starting to think you’re with THEM…

  3. Oh, just give me some of those otters’ noses, will ya?

Sony’s in a ‘bag of hurt’ because of Blu-ray

Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 18:39 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Sony is warning shareholders to expect poor financial results for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. The electronics giant previously expected to pull in an operating income of 80 billion yen ($782 million) over the financial year, but is today adjusting that figure down to just 26 billion yen ($254 million).


The second charge is due to what Sony calls “demand for physical media contracting faster than anticipated,” especially in Europe.

Well… if the choice is between stuff like netflix or your Apple TV starting a movie in seconds, or loading a disc and waiting through minutes of unstoppable legal threats, trailers and disclaimers just to get to the main menu…

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Guardian obtains footage of police officer firing Taser at naked man

Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 17:54 by Paul Jay in category: Do you feel safer yet?, Security


The Guardian has obtained CCTV footage showing a police officer firing a Taser at a naked man in a cell.

A chief constable tried to prevent the release of footage showing the Wiltshire constable Lee Birch shooting the Taser at 23-year-old Daniel Dove – despite a court agreeing it could be published.

The Guardian obtained the footage from another source.

It shows Dove, who had been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, being subjected to a strip search in a custody suite.

He pulls off his boxer shorts and flicks them at Birch. The officer takes a Taser he had held behind his back and fires it at Dove’s chest. The young man falls on to a mat that had been placed on the floor of the cell.

A crown court jury on Tuesday cleared Birch of assault causing actual bodily harm and misconduct in a public office. Charges were subsequently dropped against Dove.

However the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating five officers including Birch in connection with the incident and is also looking at why the force involved, Wiltshire, did not inform it about what happened.

The IPCC will now examine if Birch, 31, and four colleagues breached professional standards.

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Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry

Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 16:59 by John Sinteur in category: News


The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance, it has emerged hours before Angela Merkel travels to Washington for a meeting with Barack Obama.

In a letter to members of a parliamentary committee obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung, government officials say a personal invitation for the US whistleblower would “run counter to the political interests of the Federal Republic”, and “put a grave and permanent strain” on US-German relations.

Given that tapping Merkels phone didn’t put “a grave and permanent strain” on the US-German relations, it makes you wonder what they’re afraid of.

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Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 12:07 by John Sinteur in category: Software

The phone company gave birth to Unix. Now there is no phone company and Unix runs on your phone.

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  1. There is no phone company?

  2. Also, who knows what Microsoft Research may yet come up with… 😉

  3. No, not any more. There’s a lot of VOIP providers, though. A “phone company” will deliver you voice over a copper pair. Maybe you can still find one or two niche companies that still do that, but mostly it’s gone.

Why We’re in a New Gilded Age

Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 2:26 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: News


Still, today’s economic elite is very different from that of the nineteenth century, isn’t it? Back then, great wealth tended to be inherited; aren’t today’s economic elite people who earned their position? Well, Piketty tells us that this isn’t as true as you think, and that in any case this state of affairs may prove no more durable than the middle-class society that flourished for a generation after World War II. The big idea of Capital in the Twenty-First Century is that we haven’t just gone back to nineteenth-century levels of income inequality, we’re also on a path back to “patrimonial capitalism,” in which the commanding heights of the economy are controlled not by talented individuals but by family dynasties.

An interesting read, for those who aren’t inclined to buy the book.

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Spanish government to face court after policing award given to the Virgin Mary

Posted on May 1st, 2014 at 1:47 by Sueyourdeveloper in category: Pastafarian News


Spain‘s government is being taken to court over a minister’s decision to give the country’s top policing award to a statue of the Virgin Mary.

The country’s interior minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz, singled out an icon of the Virgin Mary, in Málaga, to receive the gold medal of police merit – which is normally reserved for police who have died in terrorist attacks.

Announcing the award in February, Díaz lauded the Virgin and her congregation for “maintaining a close collaboration with police, particularly during the acts celebrated in Holy Week, and for sharing police values such as dedication, caring, solidarity and sacrifice”.

Watch out! That mother is holding a bermb!

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  1. The winner of next year’s award will be a pet rock (sorry if some of you don’t remember what a pet rock is). Come to think of it, a statue is something like a pet rock.