* Posts by Norman123

59 posts • joined 12 Jun 2012


If anyone can explain why Jupiter's Great Red Spot is spinning faster and shrinking, please speak up



That's where Saddam hid his WMDs. That is why it is spinning faster, getting ready to strike W and his cronies any day now....

Can we talk about Kevin McCarthy promising revenge if Big Tech aids probe into January insurrection?


McCarthyism? NOT AGAIN, in 21st century coup attempt!!!!

Senators urge US trade watchdog to look into whether Tesla may just be over-egging its Autopilot, FSD pudding


I bet the competition is having their own party to get even (in the marketplace....

Russia tells UN it wants vast expansion of cybercrime offenses, plus network backdoors, online censorship


Do they have an NSA?

IF not, waiting until they find the funds to establish one...Can WHO or anyone put the surveillance states back in the box?

'This is the worst I've seen it' says Arista boss as entire network hardware sector battles component shortages, doubled lead times for semiconductors


So you want a trade war, eh?

How is it working for the world so far? Who is benefiting?

Biden warns 'real shooting war' will be sparked by severe cyber attack


Re: @AC

Please don't get us started on DJT and his gang....Domestically or internationally....


Could he mean..

I wonder if Biden meant real shooting war will start if NSA cracks major infrastructure or nuke codes of the opponents. They would be siting ducks....or fish in the barrel..

That is what probably all state to state software spooks are looking for....


Re: Not really news, Biden

I am not a programmer or computer savvy person but I wonder if it would be possible to develop software to check program and hardware errors?

Good news: Jeff Bezos went to space. Bad news: He's back


A fantastic life at our expense?

It must be a fantastically glorious life to be at the right place at the right time and be ruthless enough to stop at nothing to increase your loot at any cost and in any way.

You and I and his employees, even the government are paying for high flyers' lifestyle because they have that amazing touch of madness most of us are unable to even imagine, let alone accept doing it.

After 15 years and $500m, the US Navy decides it doesn't need shipboard railguns after all


Are we fully enjoying the war as economic development model yet?

Who cares? For the generals and politicians, money comes out of the printing presses. You and I have to work our tails off to pay at minimum 25% to 35%, depending on how hard we work and/or how much risk we take...

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request


Did he really say this?

"Another prick on the wall"!

Hi, Congress. FTC here. It would be so wonderful if you could let us recover money stolen from victims by crooks


As long as the "campaign contributions" are coming in, F the victims and vey to the fraudsters.....Has anyone been bothered by telemarketers? ;))

Sitting idle while global chips fry: US car industry asks Biden to earmark cash for automotive semiconductors


Handouts to private corporations who fail to be competitive in the global marketplace? Is this capitalism or corporate communism? If taxpayers pay to keep or improve a private corporations, their board must have representatives of the public permanently so the public will have a share of the profit and the workers have a say in how the company is run.

Why waste public money to prop up a failing/uncompetitive private outfit if individual business people are forced to go bust.

Google's ex-boss tells the US it's time to take the gloves off on autonomous weapons


Can this lead to weapons taking over and creating an empire of their own, turning the commanders into their slaves? Machine learning, autonomous weapons? What else will DOD come up with to get more money?

House Republicans introduce legislation for outright ban on municipal broadband in the US


Privatization has gone insane. Most privatized endeavors seem to cut corners, pass taxes to individuals, beg/force taxpayers bailouts (private profits/communist risk), fails to provide service at critical times (Texas blackouts/freez the latest fiasco), gouging consumers (again Texas price gouging 10,000%), are basically callous to human needs and life systems.

Best to have critical services socialized, give private sector controlled profiteering before they destroy USA with never ending wars (transfer of funds to guns from bread while being the most powerful yet wasteful nation in history), destroy the planetary life system.....

China unleashes fearsome new cyber-weapon: A very provocative meme


Julian Assange Freedom of speech?

I wonder how Julian Assange feels about freedom of information/press/human rights/journalist rights from "democracies" especially Australia, France, UK, US, all of whom praised him and gave him awards until he published things they did NOT like....

Human rights/truth is a strange subject; it seems tp morph into different forms depending on the angle of observers....

Of course everyone knows the coalition of the willing is spreading "democracy" in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, but did not complete doing so in Syria and the remaining axis of evil....

Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


A monument to the biggest loser in the history of the Universe

The timing is revealing....Placed there by a secret UN gang.....;))

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired


Re: Yay! Party time!

Churchill was a troubled man. Addictions are sign of huuuuuge trouble..So they say....


Ding dong, the wicked bully is gone!!!

Putin to Trump: Let's collude to stop election hacking


Any agreement that reduces chance of war

Any rational human would agree that any agreement with nuke powers is a good idea to prevent chance of starting MAD. The planet is sitting on a powder keg. If it lights up, kiss our dear rearies bye, bye....

Braking point: Tesla has had quite enough of Trump's 'unlawful' tariffs on Chinese-made parts, sues Uncle Sam


Trade Wars Created Two Major Wars In The Past 75 Years

Tariffs create protective walls to coddle industries that cannot compete in the market. Excuse is government subsidies by a foreign government of their industries. Imagine our dirty energy and technologies without Feds subsidies in the form of military expansion, research and development, and outright tax loopholes...

Tariffs also jack up the price for consumers (price gouging by governments) in addition to forced transfer of funds from the consumers to producers.

Tariffs are also forced taxation through one man's order without the people's approval through Congress or public debate.

In the past, trade wars have led to international bang, bang. It seems, if unchecked, the current military preparations around the globe seems to be leading towards that. Funds are being transferred to war machinery, even NUKES, and positioning of war systems at the doors of the two major competitors. Imagine industrial scale war under the MAD regime and consequences for planet earth. FIREBALL then FREEZE despite rosey predictions to the contrary and private bunkers with survival kits for 10 or more years underground.....

Only beneficiaries of tariffs are a few inefficient industries, a government that is scared of raising taxes and the military for a short time. Afterwards, it destroys the home that was supposed to be protected. Do we see the sign now as we see gutting of the economies of the planet, creating an atmosphere of everyone for the self and a looming war that could perish all?

Uncle Sam adds fresh group of 11 Chinese firms to Entity List over human rights abuses


NSA's payback?

If NSA can track every computer, cell phone, and voice on the planet and spy on heads of states, then spying on the US becomes an obligation for self-defence.

Needed: International law for privacy and rules of conduct for nations, corporations with NSA and other spooks around the world watching over who breaks them then bring them to International Court of Justice with the full force of all the world united against any individual, corporation or state....

Tony Blair tells Russian infosec conference that cross-border infosec policies need more gov intervention


Has he eaten any yellow cakes lately?

I bet he longs for the days when he could kill MI6 agents who exposed his fixing intelligence around what W. wanted him to do....It was the beginning of never ending wars and bonanza for "defence" contractors and progressive degeneration of programs for the truly needy in society. I wonder what was in it for him.

US Health and Human Services targeted by DDoS scum at just the time it's needed to be up and running


attack or incompetence masked as attack?

Looking at the way incompetence is blamed on others and the value of having boogeyman for corralling the sheep, one should always take whatever any government, especially the ones that have lied time and again, with a huge bag of salt.....Blaming others for its own failures is the oldest trick in the bag of all governments...

Since the FCC won't act, Congress finally moves on robocalls by passing half-decent TRACED Act


They should find a way to reveal the real identity of the callers and allow people to bring class action suits against them. Hit them hard in the pocket. Set the attorneys loose on them. That will stop them all. $$$$ always work both ways....

Second time lucky: Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation


Intimidating journalists

Assange, Manning, Snowden are the sacrificial lambs to intimidate journalists to never reveal abuses of power (state secretes) or else....


Intimidate journalists

It seems that Assange, Manning and Snowden are made examples to intimiidate journalists to never reveal abuses of power (state secretes) or else.....

No one would be so scummy as to scam a charity, right? UK orgs find out the hard way


Lots of scammers in charities

If one digs a little below the appearance, three are many scammers running charities. Check a few in the US. I know at least two directors who have gotten wealth scamming people through their nonprofits.....

EU's top court says tracking cookies require actual consent before scarfing down user data


When are the US citizens going to be protected from cookie monsters?

'Not productive for our business'... Michael Dell urges end to US-China tariff tit-for-tat spat


Trade wars leads to real wars. Our planet is at stake for both.

We have seen this game in the two major wars. When one economy gets too successful, another may feel threatened and starts a trade war. This is just protecting industries that cannot compete. US subsidize almost all companies through tax loopholes, direct subsidies, and other ways.

IF a hot war between any two major economies starts and leads to nukes, we all should kiss our dear rearies goodbye. No fan of M. Dell but good job at this instance for knocking some sense in flip-flopping trade warriors.

Now hopefully other CEOs tell the current power elite to get on with economic competition by helping industries become efficient to compete in price and quality in the international markets instead of erecting mud dikes to hold consumers here hostage to artificially inflated prices and make others bypass us all together, leading to the irrelevancy of our economy eventually.

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts


Who doesn't spy?

Google, Apple, NSA, UK, et. al. all spy for either "security" reasons, commercial reasons or industrial espionage. Spying on people and among states is probably older than oldest profession.

Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French


When will they ever learn? when will they ever learn!

Every time someone develops a weapon, someone else feels threatened and develops a trap or a more threatening weapon. I suppose as long as the civilian economy is playing dead, the military industrial complex maggots will keep munching on it until it is gone.....

'Software delivered to Boeing' now blamed for 737 Max warning fiasco


When management becomes more interested in golf and making deals instead of tending company essential business ([responsible operations, social responsibility to clients and one's geographic location), peoples' lives are sacrificed. Let's hope the top management is sued and forced to pay from personal account the useless loss of lives in two negligent accidents....

Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined


Government of, by and for bureaucrats, .001% and politicians

When media, wealth and power is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands; whistle-blowing laws intended to correct the extremes of abuse are tweaked to protect the abusers supported by Patriot Acts, the consequence is a confused state of seemingly class warfare that is progressively destabilizing our ECONOMIC, social and political orders. In other words, our society is falling apart and no one seems to be able to hold those in charge accountable for this state of affairs. Those in charge seems to have no control over them. The system is BROKEN. People are not part of the equation anymore.... How to fix it? Ask social scientists and the people.

Dear US taxpayers, 4.5 BEEELLION of your dollars were blown on unapproved IT projects


Don't worry. It is nothing compared to the waste in the military corporate wars: the cost of keeping one US soldier in Afghanistan is about $4 million per year.... Total cost multiply 4 x 20,000 (if this is the true number of troops)


Expert gives Congress solution to vote machine cyber-security fears: Keep a paper backup


With all the hacking reported in the cyber media, a rational person would have to conclude those who make the machines and their codes could be compromised by power/wealth to enable those gaining most from hacking the system, to hack it for the benefit of very few at the expense of the most. In other words, when a lot of power and wealth is at stakes, the system is always subject to manipulation. How the average voter will know if their votes count?

Elections become even more suspect when we add the influence of mind manipulation through media controlled by very few. As the late comedian/turned social philosopher stated: big business "got you by the balls"!

Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware


I appreciate your dissemination of this info. I just uninstalled CCleaner and hope my Kaspersky had stopped its bad behavior. Any feedback if other antivirus could defect and stop it?

NSA takes one-two punch to the face


No to little Batistas

When unelected bodies have free secrete access to private information of millions, they have the chance of becoming little Batistas and often seems to be the case with time....The only way to stop abuse of power is to notify the person whose information is accessed by anyone about the identity of the body/person and specific purpose of accessing that information. If a person is suspect, s/he should be notified and asked to explain the suspicious activity before further steps are taken. The government of the people cannot be without the consent of the governed every step of the process to defend the greater good for the benefit of all in a polity. Otherwise, little Batistas will destroy the whole society...

Republicans' net neutrality attack written by… you guessed it, the cable lobby


You think there are bills not written by the "lobbyists"

Why do you think the majority keeps losing power/wealth while the wealth and power keeps concentrating in fewer people and planetary systems are being destroyed in pursuit of unbridled power/wealth hoarding? It is common knowledge that most "representatives" have no idea what they are actually voting on....

Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins


What is space made of if it can record/preserve memory of events? Memory stick or vinyl? ;))

Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems


Peace with Russia destroys big easy money

One of the major policy initiated by Trump was peace with Russia. The "defense" industry cannot stand peace with anyone. "Defense" is the central pillar of a war-based economy. Hence huge forces are summoned to teach any "peaceniks" to never activate peace ideals where war rules and dirty energy fuels it and financiers make big bucks....

It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss


DNC did it

DNC choose a dark horse with bad public image instead of someone who had a solution for kicking down the can of worms to the next generation. Funny how insider conspiracy turns into Comy or Russia or Wiki....

CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!


What info. for whom and for what purpose

Who will use this info. for what purpose? Who control the controllers? Why have secretes in an open society, market and democracy? What is the constitution for? What happened to the unreasonable search and seizure? Innocent until proven guilty? Habeas Corpus? Government of, by and for the people?

Is the info. going to be in the hands of the same people who went to the UN about Iraq's WMD, who denied in front of cameras in Congress they did not collect metadata on Americans? Whose government is it anyway? Why not put the idea to referendum?

Governments created with profiteers media manipulations and trickery on people's feelings do not have much concern about the interest of the majority as indicated by Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century...

Those at the apex of mega private organizations must pay attention to the massive iron fists being raised with every manufactured crisis and should use resources to counter with forces to remove the threats. Raised iron fists are bad omen for a free society based on Constitutional foundation without revising the foundation through mass participation in the process.

Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps


Don't let the people see corporate representatives robing the poor for the rich and selling us corporate wars. That could be bad for job security....

Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin


Peace is a lot cheaper

MIC has forced continuous fear of nonexistent major attack on the US from any major or small state. With NSA collecting all planetary relevant/irrelevant information and various US intelligence/diplomatic/commercial outfits around the planet, it is literally impossible for anyone to attack the US without prior knowledge. That is why 911 does not make sense.

It is a lot cheaper to pursue peaceful, coexistence policies around the planet helping all the people to cope with global warming, energy efficiency, organic farming, health, education, human service instead of building more war machines of destruction forcing others to follow due to fear.

Trump may really shake things up if he continues on his path of addressing the economy's mega problems (MIC, waste, inefficiency and graft).

Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab


Seeing is not believing

I was talking to a fundamentalist about man going to the moon and back. His reply: "Not only I don't believe that, but if they took me to the moon and brought me back, I would still not believe it". Ignatius Loyola, the scoundrel who founded the Jesuits Order proclaimed that "If your eyes see the milk to be white but the Church says it is black, believe the Church, not your eyes". M. MeConnel and Inhofe are put there for imposing their belief systems on the rest of the planet irrespective of science, morality, technology or any other irrelevant facts to profiteering by any means.

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US


More $Billleeeeeeoooons

Nothing a few more $ billleeeeeeeooooon cannot fix. Open wide and say aaaahhhhhhh dear taxpayer. For contractors and politicians, money grows on trees...Troubling is the answer to the question: "Is the US safer with all the gadgets piled and rotting in various locations?" 911 story seems to show NOT. Alternative? How about spending on creating a cabinet post for peace process to encourage peaceful resolution of conflicts under win-win (1+1) instead win-lose (1-1) game? Can we do it for just four years, one US presidential term?

Sex is bad for older men, and even worse when it's good



I wonder if they controlled for other conditions such as obesity, hypertension, cardio-vascular disease, diet (vegetarian vs. non), lifestyles, socio-economic status....

Devs ask Microsoft for real .NET universal apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android


Windows Platform wasting a lot of time

As a Windows home user for over 25 years, every revision of the system involved a lot of waste of time as I had to learn to navigate in the "improved" but MS profitable systems. Why not preserve the same format with improved properties attached to the subsystems? I installed Win 10 but uninstalled it after one day as it messed up my printers, music, and created a mess for me. I don't mind paying for MS profiteering but I want them to make my life easier instead of wasting my time every time they need to make more $$$$ out of me. Don't turn your cash cows into Alices in the your Wonderland....



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