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  • North Korea's new satellite cruised over Levi's Stadium after Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016 6:32:00 AM PST · 16 of 82
    ThunderSleeps to Helicondelta
    Extremely doubtful. Their launch vehicle just doesn't have the throw weight. It can boost a couple hundred pounds of satellite to sufficient altitude and velocity to achieve orbit. But if you stack 1500 to 2500 lbs of warhead on it (estimate for first generation attempt at an RV) it only has enough total energy to loft that to a sub orbital trajectory. That payload estimate would also have to include some kind of orbital maneuvering system to de-orbit it on command. I don't think they can do it - yet. But hey, ballistic missiles with intermediate to intercontinental ranges are bad enough.

    However, every launch of their booster stack is a valuable test. They get information on the performance of their 3 stages no matter what is sitting on top. Every satellite launch is useful in wringing out issues with the vehicle. I'm sure they are working on other less peaceful payloads too.

  • VIDEO: Cam Newton Walks Off Postgame Interview Following Super Bowl 50 Loss

    02/08/2016 6:15:43 AM PST · 28 of 203
    ThunderSleeps to doldrumsforgop
    Ok, one positive note. At least he knew enough to get away from the press before he did or said something he'd later regret.

    Inability to cope with defeat is not surprising. Consider, we're raising entire generations of losers who actually think they are winners because they've been told they are special, that everyone applauds them just for trying, just for doing their best. When the inevitable comes along and someone actually says "he wins, you lose" it is a shock to them. All of a sudden it is "not fair" -- how many times have we heard that applied to things that actually were quite fair.

    In Cam's case I don't think that was exactly it. A big part of it is, he has a lot of talent and he's won a lot. He's just not used to losing, particularly "the big game." Hopefully he'll emerge a better person and player.

  • Obama may be Ensnared in the Clinton Email Scandal

    02/08/2016 5:58:09 AM PST · 30 of 49
    ThunderSleeps to Cincinatus' Wife
    Anyone who sent or received an email from Clinton's unsecured server that had classified in it is subject to prosecution.

    If you suspect an exposure or "spill" of classified into an non-secure environment you *must* report it and take certain steps. Must, not optional.

    Anyone that sent emails to that non-secure email address committed a crime. Anyone that got an email from that non-secure address with what appeared to be classified information and did not report it committed a crime. Yes, that could include obama.

    Hillary Clinton no-doubt belongs in prison for 20 to life, no parole -- or more. There is a good chance there are several hundred other people who could be facing charges, getting their clearance pulled (maybe permanently), losing jobs and careers...

  • Pentagon orders commanders to prioritize climate change in all military actions

    02/08/2016 5:47:50 AM PST · 8 of 21
    ThunderSleeps to Skooz

    I hope they remember to prioritize preparing to fight in there somewhere. Between all the outreach, nation-building, climate “stuff” etc. Used to be they worried about putting weapons on target, and being so demonstrably good at it that no-one wanted to find out first hand.

  • People Have A 'Fundamental Right' To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

    02/06/2016 9:45:43 AM PST · 44 of 174
    ThunderSleeps to mylife
    Well, if we're making up terms I'd like to nominate a couple:

    "Assault salsa" and maybe "Assault wings" in the food category.

    "Assault stupidity" for basically every liberal viewpoint.

    Maybe "Assault level friendliness" for my dog and "Assault level indifference" for my cat.

  • People Have A 'Fundamental Right' To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

    02/06/2016 9:13:17 AM PST · 24 of 174
    ThunderSleeps to mylife

    Exactly. “Assault weapon” is an entirely arbitrary category. I’ve read the 2nd Amendment a number of times. I don’t remember there being any qualifiers in there.

  • 350 DAYS

    02/05/2016 5:44:36 AM PST · 13 of 14
    ThunderSleeps to Lazamataz

    350, good Chevy motor... Now, onward to the 289 Ford or 283 Chevy!

  • Is future bleak for Super Bowl?

    02/04/2016 9:50:41 PM PST · 19 of 78
    ThunderSleeps to Billthedrill
    It isn't crowded at the range, either. I probably shouldn't be giving the secret away...

    Now that's a h**l of an idea! However, it's going to be below freezing Sunday and my range is outdoors... I know I should get some cold weather practice in but I'm just not feeling it right now...

    If anything has dampened my enthusiasm for the NFL over the past few years it has been the rampant bad officiating. This past season there were Sundays I didn't even bother tuning in to a game, just blew it off and did stuff around the house. And it is not just "my team" - it is across the board. It is readily apparent there are three tiers in the NFL. There are the currently "favored teams" the teams currently "out of favor" with the powers that be, and many in no-man's-land in the middle.

    Favored teams can expect their players to get extraordinary slack on penalties. Un-favored teams can expect to be penalized for the slightest hint of infraction. It is not as rigged as say a WWE title belt match, but it certainly is no-longer a fair game either. Un-favored teams have to overcome tremendous odds and adversity to win. Some still do. Favored teams can skate by to wins with little coordinated effort.

    It is still fun to watch, the athletic skill displayed is amazing and entertaining. The biased officiating is teeth-grinding frustrating. Enough so that it is overcoming the entertainment value.

  • On the biased nature of the media: Apple vs. Alphabet in the ‘most valuable company’ race

    02/04/2016 9:33:33 PM PST · 13 of 15
    ThunderSleeps to 109ACS; aimhigh; bajabaja; Bikkuri; Bobalu; Bookwoman; Bullish; Carpe Cerevisi; DarthDilbert; ...
    Who is really on top in terms of market capitalization - ANDROID PING!

    Android Ping!
    If you want on or off the Android Ping List, Freepmail me.

    Probably only of passing interest to most folks, be they in the Apple or Android camp. Personally, I find it kind of hard to get excited over which giant is bigger when they are both, well, giants.
  • What would be your "Top Three Priorities" if you were President? Vanity

    02/04/2016 9:30:27 PM PST · 102 of 104
    ThunderSleeps to KittenClaws

    You’re right of course. Take away the freebies and many illegals will self-deport.

  • Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distorted

    02/04/2016 6:34:35 AM PST · 15 of 36
    ThunderSleeps to skimbell
    "for the violent acts of the very few."

    Wrong again bammy, or simply lying/distorting again bammy.

    Your "very few" is a lie. There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. Even if you believe "only" 1% are violent or support violence then sure "99% good" sounds good. But that 1% represents 16 million people committing acts of violence or supporting acts of violence.

    Put that in perspective. We have just under 1.4 million people in the active military branches, and a little under 900k more in various reserves. That's less than 2.3 million people in our military total.

    Forget the 1% BS. Look at ISIS alone. The smallest estimate of their strength is a little over 50,000 fighters. The largest is actually just over 250,000 fighters worldwide. That's not "a few" in anyone's book. That doesn't even begin to add in all the other various violent Muslim groups like al-qada, boko harem, hamas, hezbolah, etc. etc.

    Muslims, far more than any other group be it religiously affiliated or whatever, turn to violence to resolve their issues, enforce their desires, or just because they are evil.

    No bammy, my view of Muslims is not distorted. I see them for exactly what they are. It is your view, or the view you and so many others are trying to force on the American people, that is distorted. Funny, the Muslims have a name for that deception too, and you're participating, like a good little Muslim yourself there bammy.

  • Welfare moms unhappy with free lodging, prepared meals, WiFi, maid service

    02/04/2016 6:21:45 AM PST · 45 of 90
    ThunderSleeps to simpson96
    Hey scumbag...I mean "lady..." One question. Is it better than living outside, on the street? Yes? Then STFU other than to maybe say "thank you."

    Here is the realest of reality checks for any of you liberal lurkers out there. Nobody owes you anything. If you're not willing to work for it, there's no reason you shouldn't end up naked and hungry in a ditch. Anything up/better from there you had better be willing to work for.

  • What would be your "Top Three Priorities" if you were President? Vanity

    02/04/2016 6:11:11 AM PST · 34 of 104
    ThunderSleeps to petercooper
    1. Change the ROE that is getting too many of our personnel wounded and killed.

    2. Handle the illegal aliens. Two sub parts to that. 2a is secure the border, whether that means a wall, fence, patrols, or some combination of these. 2b is deportations. Yes we can afford to because we cannot afford not to enforce our laws.

    3. Respect the Constitution. That would mean a lot of smaller sub parts such as shrinking the federal government by at least 1/3. Backing it out of our lives by removing regulations, including obamacare. Rescinding every single EO of bammy's might be a good start too.

    I'd bet dollars to donuts these indirect actions would help shrink the debt, improve (really improve not just a number game) unemployment, and get the economy growing again.

  • TX: Bookstore Offers Discount for Open Carriers

    02/04/2016 6:02:53 AM PST · 3 of 7
    ThunderSleeps to marktwain

    Oh man, I need coffee. When I first glanced at the title I thought it said “...offers discount for opera carriers.” I was thinking “Opera?! Walk in singing? Ha, I couldn’t carry a tune across the threshold in a bucket...”

  • 351 DAYS

    02/04/2016 5:55:42 AM PST · 15 of 36
    ThunderSleeps to Lazamataz

    Dear God, please let today pass without bammy doing anything: expensive, stupid, illegal, un-Constitutional, un-American, or anti-American. Amen.

  • Here's How F-15s Practice Intercepting Errant Civilian Planes for the Super Bowl

    02/03/2016 10:10:30 AM PST · 14 of 28
    ThunderSleeps to lurk
    I think the tactic for the fighters is to "dirty up" with flaps down at least some, reduce airspeed as much as possible, and then fly an "S" course behind it in pairs. The pair basically scissors so that one of them is always pointing at the target aircraft.

    No need to shoot anyone down, merely buzz right over them with about 350 knots closure and pull up violently just as you get to it. The downward wash off the F-15 would swat a 172 out of the sky.

  • Tesla's worst nightmare ... cheap gas

    02/03/2016 10:02:59 AM PST · 15 of 41
    ThunderSleeps to AnotherUnixGeek
    Exactly. The people that are dropping $90,000 on an electric luxury/sports sedan are not concerned with whether gas is $2 a gallon or $10 a gallon.

    It might impact plans for the more consumer oriented Tesla model in the works. However, from what I've seen (I've actually driven a Tesla S) and read on the engineering aspects I'd still bet on Tesla. Tesla has several key technological advantages over any other electric out there. A couple of the major ones being range and recharging time. Funny to see "miles per hour" used in the context of "miles (of range) per hour (of charging)" :-)

  • 352 DAYS

    02/03/2016 7:28:10 AM PST · 5 of 23
    ThunderSleeps to Lazamataz
    ...the malevolent anti-American socialist petulant malignant narcissist illegal communist gay crack-smoking Kenyan crypto-muslim dictator President "Stompy-Foot"...

    I think you are far too kind to him, but add me to the list anyway.

  • U.S. Military Denies ISIS Targets Christians

    02/03/2016 6:55:10 AM PST · 33 of 64
    ThunderSleeps to SJackson

    I feel sorry for Col. Warren. It must be grinding on his very soul to need his job so bad that he has to swallow his pride and integrity and shovel BS like this.

  • The Internet’s favorite conspiracies would involve too many people to stay secret, says science

    02/03/2016 6:44:32 AM PST · 23 of 45
    ThunderSleeps to dirtboy
    You're right. It has been revealed that there is actually an active conspiracy to falsify data and conclusions in support of global warming, anthropomorphic global warming, rapid climate change, or whatever they are calling their scheme now.

    I know, personally, thanks to education and several decades of experience that what they are doing with their computer "models" is completely invalid. The output of these so-called simulations is really just pure fantasy scripted and tweaked and tuned to provide whatever result the people with the $ backing them want to see. It is not that the results are invalid because they've "adjusted" the numbers to get the results they want. No, actually it is worse. The results are invalid because they can never be valid in the way they are sold - the entire modeling approach is not and never will be predictive. It does not matter what numbers they put in, or what they get out, there will never be any more than a pure random chance that the results turn out to be correct. In other words, spend millions on models or throw darts at a board, both have the same chance of being correct.

  • In Pictures: The Amazing Race to Save the Modern Express from Hitting French Coast

    02/03/2016 6:30:10 AM PST · 8 of 18
    ThunderSleeps to Attention Surplus Disorder

    I’m impressed by the salvage team moving around on a wet steel deck with a list of 50 degrees. As they noted, everything is basically a mountaineering challenge then - lines, rappelling, etc.

  • San Francisco's tech bros told: get out of the gayborhood

    02/02/2016 4:28:49 PM PST · 40 of 80
    ThunderSleeps to Billthedrill

    I never have been, nor can I imagine ever being thirsty enough to go to a place called the purple pickle for a drink. Nope, just nope.

  • San Francisco's tech bros told: get out of the gayborhood

    02/02/2016 3:54:13 PM PST · 8 of 80
    ThunderSleeps to nickcarraway

    The liberals no-doubt feel sympathy towards him. Now take everything he said, replace gay with white, straight with black. Still feel that sympathy there libtards?

  • Police: Model Blac Chyna drunk, toted ecstasy pills in airport arrest

    02/02/2016 12:29:02 PM PST · 21 of 35
    ThunderSleeps to Gamecock
    She's a model? Of what? {shudder}

    I realize beauty is subjective and there's someone out there for everyone but... Wow. Whoever her someone is must be coming from the far end of the bell curve.

  • DC bill would pay people stipends not to commit crimes

    02/02/2016 12:25:00 PM PST · 30 of 51
    ThunderSleeps to SMGFan
    McDuffie argued that spending $9,000 a year in stipends "pales in comparison" to the cost of someone being victimized, along with the costs of incarcerating the offender.

    Note McDuffie, that's $9,000 of someone else's money your spending - per person.

    I have an even cheaper solution. Simply allow the good citizens of the city to carry their own firearms in self defense. Well, don't "allow" it, merely stop preventing them from exercising their rights. Won't cost you, or the taxpayers, a penny. Guess what, this will be just as likely (if not far more likely) to avoid the cost of someone being victimized. It will also avoid the cost of incarceration and drastically cut down on repeat offenders.

    Pay people not to commit crimes though, really? That is nothing more than subsidizing criminal behavior. How long does this go on, the rest of the criminal's life? One of the absolute dumbest ideas I've ever heard. That's saying a lot, 'cause I've heard some really dumb-a** ideas come from liberals. I have to admit I'm somewhat impressed that they've elevated their stupidity to this level.

  • Just ONE HOUR to get out: France bulldozes Calais ‘Jungle’ mosque, church and school

    02/02/2016 11:26:44 AM PST · 49 of 72
    ThunderSleeps to RummyChick

    Too generous. I’d have rolled up with the heavy equipment on flatbeds and told them they have exactly as long as it takes to unload.

  • Super Bowl security at record high, as Muslim terror looms

    02/02/2016 11:19:10 AM PST · 30 of 32
    ThunderSleeps to Axenolith

    Oh, I didn’t mean at the superbowl. I just meant if something happened to the teams and/or fans there the ensuing months would be very hard on anyone or anything connected with it.

  • Super Bowl security at record high, as Muslim terror looms

    02/02/2016 12:51:43 AM PST · 11 of 32
    ThunderSleeps to Olog-hai

    Muslims terrorists would be well advised to pass on this one. Given the level of rabid love for the game and likelihood of being armed your average NFL fan is only slightly behind your average NASCAR fan in the category of people you do not want to piss off. “Backlash” does not even begin to cover it.

  • Super Bowl security at record high, as Muslim terror looms

    02/02/2016 12:41:35 AM PST · 9 of 32
    ThunderSleeps to Axenolith

    That was my thought. Did they even look at a map?

  • Rep. Clark Victim Of ‘Swatting’ Incident In Melrose

    02/01/2016 5:42:26 PM PST · 16 of 19
    ThunderSleeps to wrench
    Agreed, a computer generated call, or one without a caller ID ought to immediately reduce the credibility of the call.

    Sure, an active shooter call should merit an immediate response. However, in the minutes it takes to assemble and transport the SWAT team to the address a simple phone call could provide valuable information. That changes the situation from SWAT breaking down doors with all the potential for loss of life that implies to a knock on the door and a friendly chat with a deputy/officer.

    If I got a phone call about some non-existent "incident" at my residence I'd give them the true story. When the sheriff's deputy arrived I'd invite him or her in to see for themselves, have a cup of coffee and a chat, and thank them for their rational response.

    SWAT-ing is well enough known that I think law enforcement everywhere has to be suspicious of any call that is trying to elicit a forceful entry into an address that has no history of any kind of crime.

  • US General Calls 'Carpet Bombing' ISIS Against American Values

    02/01/2016 5:31:27 PM PST · 62 of 102
    ThunderSleeps to Innovative
    So, indiscriminate bombing, where we don’t care if we’re killing innocents or combatants, is just inconsistent with our values.

    Agreed General. However, so-called "carpet bombing" does not equate to "indiscriminate bombing." I would expect military personnel to understand the difference. I would expect more precision in language and thought from a senior officer - particularly one working from prepared comments.

  • Denver Broncos’ Team Buses Collide In Hwy 101 Accident

    02/01/2016 5:27:22 PM PST · 14 of 17
    ThunderSleeps to Extremely Extreme Extremist

    Hope the CHP officer is ok. As others have said, not a good sign - things just not going their way.

  • Jesse Jackson: ‘Star Wars’ Record-Breaking Box Office Success Due to Racially Diverse Cast

    02/01/2016 5:24:15 PM PST · 49 of 50
    ThunderSleeps to drewh
    Wrong again Jesse. I credit the success to a number of things:

    • The huge Star Wars franchise behind it
    • Good selection of producer
    • Good selection of director
    • Modest, restrained even use of special effects (especially for a modern sci-fi flick)
    • Good casting
    • Decent writing
    • A good ad campaign leading up to the release
    • etc. etc.

    You'll note Jesse that race never enters into that list, anywhere. I didn't go see it because of who was or wasn't cast in it. (ok, maybe a chance to see Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher had a little something to do with it) I really did not and do not care what the race of the various actors and actresses is. The moment you start caring (for better or worse), that starts becoming racist. Well Jesse, since you seem to love bringing race into literally everything - I mean could you even order a hamburger without some racial commentary? In my book that makes you one of the biggest, most egregious racists on the planet. Oh, and my opinion of you Jesse? Has nothing to do with your race, only your words and deeds. By them you shall be known, and you are known.

  • Colorado Government School Enforces Sharia Dress Code For Non-Muslim Schoolgirls

    02/01/2016 5:13:36 PM PST · 37 of 50
    ThunderSleeps to TigerClaws
    "Students who choose to attend..."

    Ok, I don't see a problem here - with a couple of caveats.

    One, fine, as long as it is voluntary and students who choose not to participate are in no way penalized relative to students who do go.

    Two, fine, it is reasonable to respect their religious sensitivities and laws - as long as they do not conflict with ours and they similarly respect ours.

    Funny, the MSM and libtards seem to have a real hard time with those simple concepts. I've never understood why various religious, ethnic, or other groups of the "protected" classes the liberals so ardently "guard" don't see liberals' attitude for the deep insult that it is. Consider, liberals want us to walk on eggshells and show "cultural sensitivity" to say Muslims, or gays, or who-ever so as not to offend them. Ok, fine, who is looking out for my sensitivities? Not only does the liberal outlook represent a tremendous double standard (nothing new for them) it is a teeth-grinding insult to the people they are "protecting." With their demands of sensitivity they are basically saying the Muslims, gays, et. al. are not sophisticated enough, not intelligent enough to cut me some slack for my cultural insensitivity. That we have to accommodate them so as not to set them off.

    Me, I would take that as a terrible insult. I realize other people are, well, different and I'm more than willing to cut them some slack and I expect the same from them. I don't need them condescending to me to avoid hurting my feelings. You want to piss me off, treat me like I can't handle the real world. The liberal's outlook on others represents the worst kind of deep-seated condescension and sense of superiority.

  • DNA Testing Could Help Make a Case for Reparations as More Blacks Trace Their Roots to Africa

    02/01/2016 4:49:37 PM PST · 45 of 86
    ThunderSleeps to 2ndDivisionVet
    "help make a case for" ??? Wrong, there is no case, none.

    Tell you what, I will pay reparations to every slave I ever owned. Just to be generous, I'll pay for any my parents owned. Wait, even better, I'll cover any slaves my grandparents owned. Let's see, that comes to exactly ZERO.

    There is no-one in America today that has ever owned slaves. There is no-one in America today who has ever been a slave to another American. Though there may be some former slaves that escaped parts of Africa or Muslim countries where slavery still occurs.

    Reparations for past wrongs. Like so many liberal ideas it sounds good until you start to consider the very real consequences. Hey, why not demand reparations from the British for all the taxes and resources they extracted from the new world before we fought them off for our independence? Why limit ourselves? Why not demand reparations from the Jews for persecution of Christians? From Egypt for the enslavement of Jews and Moses' slavery? You see lib lurkers out there, where does it stop, where do you draw the line? How can you draw a line and still call yourself fair? Why favor one persecution over another? Wait, I feel persecuted by you for even suggestion this burden on me, which I had absolutely nothing to do with. Pay me.

  • U.S. weighs options to speed Iraq's fight to retake Mosul

    02/01/2016 1:01:32 PM PST · 10 of 10
    ThunderSleeps to BenLurkin
    The United States is willing to deploy Apache attack helicopters and advisers to help Iraq retake the city of Mosul from Islamic State as it considers options to speed up the campaign...

    It won't work. I hope there are enough experienced military advisers left with the guts to speak up to tell them this.

    The only way to root out ISIS is door to door. It's dangerous, time consuming, and requires a lot of boots on the ground. I've read several places that Iraq just barely has enough troops to attempt this, and then only if they are willing to commit a sizable percentage of their combat ready battalions to the effort.

    Gunships and advisers won't help. Advisers can only help them train and develop the tactics, it is still going to take trained men with guns - lots of them, going door to door. Gunships won't help because they are only good at taking out relatively focused targets. Well, first off, ISIS is smart enough to stay hidden and not concentrate. Second, no way the Iraqi government or bammy will green light ROE that allows the profligate use of firepower. The Marines did that, and basically leveled Fallujah. It was tremendously effective, but did completely trash the city. No way they'll let that happen again. So once again we see bammy and his cohorts proposing things that are completely ineffective. The guy defines impotence.

  • Migrants sexually harass German School Girls - Mayor dismisses Grandfather: "Don't provoke them"

    02/01/2016 12:52:04 PM PST · 46 of 51
    ThunderSleeps to I want the USA back
    Well said, worth repeating.

    The government of germany is now complicit with the crimes of the subhuman savages that they forced the germans to accept.

    I pray that our so-called "leaders" are not stupid enough to follow in the Germans' footsteps. Though they do appear to love the idea of national socialism...

  • 25% of Feds Would Consider Leaving Their Jobs if Trump Becomes President

    02/01/2016 12:50:21 PM PST · 169 of 181
    ThunderSleeps to TigerClaws

    Oh man, stop it, I already like Trump well enough to vote for him, you don’t have to keep selling me on the idea! I would love the idea of a 25% cut in the federal workforce - but make it across the board, not just the GS-13s and above.

  • UN group recommends 'reparatory justice' for African Americans

    02/01/2016 12:48:37 PM PST · 57 of 64
    ThunderSleeps to TigerClaws
    ...the legacy of slavery with "reparatory justice," ...

    Ever notice how so many recommendations by so many groups involve one common trait? They all advocate things that will weaken America.

    "The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism, and racial inequality in the US remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,"

    And there never will be any kind of commitment towards reparations. That ship has sailed, over a hundred years ago. If the UN is so concerned about enslavement, let them go work in Africa and in Muslim countries where slavery isn't a centuries-old notation in a history book but is in fact ongoing today. FU UN.

  • See ya, CFL: GE moves on from fluorescent light bulbs

    02/01/2016 12:40:01 PM PST · 51 of 63
    ThunderSleeps to Java4Jay
    I love LEDs.

    I have ... well, let's call it "a number of" LED flashlights. (really, I don't have a problem, honest, I can stop anytime, I just choose not too) They work great, even the cheap ones (as in $1 to $2) have taken a beating and keep on working. Hardly ever need batteries - while my big high power lights (Fenix and Coleman) do cycle through my rechargeable batteries the little LEDs...gee I can't remember the last time I changed batteries. I think I have once in one light so far...

    I have had an LED bulb in my back porch light for a year or two now. No issues, instant on hot or cold. I actually have some LED replacement lamps for my car's interior lights (map lights and dome light) on order and should get them this week. I am "this" close to pulling the trigger on a set of LED headlights for my car. However, still looking at the heat dissipation issues relative to the drive circuits for them. Oh, and the little thing that most of the aftermarket LED headlight kits are not DOT certified so there is some question of legality... I still may do it if I keep working long hours and driving to/from work in the dark.

    We have a few CFLs around the house, never been a fan of them. Lower energy use sure, but some of them have died an early death, it is near impossible to find a color temp I like... I won't be sorry to see them fade away.

  • Most Beautiful SAG Dress

    02/01/2016 8:28:31 AM PST · 44 of 53
    ThunderSleeps to Bidimus1

    You know you’re an engineer when... You look at this beautiful picture and wonder “Hmm, why is the cruiser’s propulsion system putting so much more air into the water? Just look at it’s wake? Meanwhile the good old battle wagon has a fairly efficient hull form...”

  • 22 Clinton Emails Deemed Too Classified to Be Made Public

    02/01/2016 8:22:11 AM PST · 24 of 31
    ThunderSleeps to COUNTrecount
    Yes, who-ever put the information into an email for Clinton would have to have a clearance. Actually, you would need to be cleared Top Secret, "read into" the special access program, and have a "need to know" in order for anyone else in the special access program to release the information to you.

    As someone else pointed out, the copy may not have been electronic. Copying from a system rated to handle secret level or above to removable media always involves automated audit trails, paperwork, authorizations, reviews, etc. However, as another poster noted, someone could make note of pertinent details and then paraphrase the information in a non-secure system. This is an intentional violation. There is no "talking around" or obfuscating classified.

    That may be one way Clinton is trying to skate out of this: by claiming that she personally never copied classified to her system. BS. Doesn't fly. Two problems with that for the Clinton criminal enterprise.

    One, there are security classification guidelines that outline what kinds of information is considered classified. Anyone working with a program is given access to the guidelines and expected to familiarize themselves with it. For example, if you were working with submarine designs, maintenance, etc. the guidelines would probably admonish you that performance specifications (eg. top speed, maximum depth, endurance, etc.) are classified. You don't have to know the actual numbers to know that if you see this data, marked or not it should be considered classified. Clinton and her staff should have known better. Ignorance of the SCG is no excuse.

    Two, if anything, such a tactic (claiming she didn't know and it wasn't marked) would merely make her that much more unfit to be Commander in Chief. The Sec. State, Commander in Chief, and a relatively few others in government service have what is called "original classification authority." That is, they are entrusted to have the good judgement to look at information, any information, and deem it classified. Everyone else has "derivative classification authority." They mark/handle information as classified because it came from a source that marked it as classified, or it meets the criteria in the SCG. Clinton claiming she didn't know is an admission she lacks the good judgement to know what is classified or not. Such an admission should be an immediate disqualification from any further consideration for a position of trust - ie. President.

  • Conservatives Oppose Mass Criminal Release

    02/01/2016 7:46:11 AM PST · 8 of 13
    ThunderSleeps to detective
    ...would release thousands of criminals back on the streets at a time of rising crime rates, in the name of reducing what liberals call "mass incarceration."

    I take issue with that. By just about any statistic you care to name crime rates - particularly violent crime rates - in the US have been decreasing more or less steadily since about 1990.

    Now, the correlation here is that oddly enough, incarceration rates started increasing right around the same time. Hmmm... We started putting more criminals in jail, and crime rates started dropping... Wonder if there is a causal relationship there?

    Of course, the liberal "logic" or response to this is "gee, lets let a bunch of criminals out of jail." I think people are waking up to the fact that we are far safer right now than we were back in the 70s and 80s. Of course, the liberals need fear-mongering to push through their agenda on emotional terms. Even the sheeple that feed at the MSM trough are twigging onto the lower crime rates... The liberals need help, they need more crime to instill more fear...

  • SF Startup Creates $15 64-Bit Computer

    02/01/2016 7:32:20 AM PST · 38 of 40
    ThunderSleeps to 109ACS; aimhigh; bajabaja; Bikkuri; Bobalu; Bookwoman; Bullish; Carpe Cerevisi; DarthDilbert; ...
    Hmm, Android apps on a $15 system? - ANDROID PING!

    Android Ping!
    If you want on or off the Android Ping List, Freepmail me.

    I will admit it - I'm a tech guy (aka geek). This is one of those things I want to buy and fool with even though I cannot think of a good reason or use for it - right now. Kind of like Raspberry Pi's, old Android phones... So much potential. The funny thing is, if you bought this and a good quality HDMI cable of 6 ft or so to connect it to your TV the cable would probably cost more than the computer...
  • What If the Second Amendment Were Repealed?

    01/31/2016 7:29:27 PM PST · 89 of 116
    ThunderSleeps to Randy Larsen
    There would be a civil war to make the last one look like a sweet sixteen party.

    Exactly. The problem with the liberals' stance (well, there are so many, but let's consider this one) is that they would be a basically unarmed group trying to forcefully disarm the armed group. It is not going to end well, for them.

  • Does ISIS Have Nukes?

    01/31/2016 7:22:30 PM PST · 40 of 131
    ThunderSleeps to Lazamataz
    I also believe that if they got control of a nuclear weapon they would use it almost immediately.

    Consider what would happen if Russian, Israel, or even Saudi Arabia had solid intel that ISIS had a functional nuclear device? Now, forget what bammy & crew would do - probably send them help with maintaining it "for everyone's safety."

    But if these other powers who have felt the sting of ISIS' found out ISIS had nukes... They wouldn't hesitate, they wouldn't take the chance that they might draw the short straw and be the ones ISIS picked to use it on. No, any of them would immediately marshal their forces and absolutely level any place and every place ISIS might have it stored. No worries about collateral damage or civilian casualties, no quarter given, bomb those sites back to the stone age then bounce the rubble.

    Now, you think ISIS may have worked that out on their own too? That nukes, while extremely powerful both physically and politically are a tremendous liability? So if they had one or more, every hour they held it/them would increase the likelihood of getting completely stomped, possibly even hit by a tactical nuke themselves. So if they ever get one, they need to use it quickly. That implies they would want to already have plans drawn up to use whatever they might obtain - so that they could go on mere minutes or at worst a few hours notice. Anything else, they risk it leaking, and total annihilation.

  • FBI Video Release of Lavoy Finicum Shooting and Why CTH is Reluctant to Engage

    01/31/2016 10:02:03 AM PST · 21 of 178
    ThunderSleeps to kiryandil
    Without audio it is impossible to tell when firing starts, what verbal commands were given, etc.

    From what I've seen on the video though, they wouldn't want me on the jury. I'd have a hard time clearing anyone (law enforcement or civilian) for having shot and killed him. From what I've seen, not justifiable at all IMHO.

  • American football is too dangerous, and it should be abolished

    01/31/2016 9:40:08 AM PST · 53 of 236
    ThunderSleeps to MinorityRepublican
    The damage football players suffer need not be debated at this point. The new Will Smith movie, Concussion, is based on one of the many books detailing the mountain of scientific evidence proving that the sport shortens lives.

    Two thoughts. One, when you cite a movie, a Hollywood entertainment production, you lose considerable credibility. I don't care what it is based on, it is produced to sell tickets and produce a return on that investment.

    Two, while the NFL is entertainment (as are all professional sports, art, theater, etc.) it is also big business and a rather lucrative profession to go into. Every profession has risks. There is no profession I know of where you get paid to merely sit around and optimize your lifespan by eating, drinking, exercising just the right amount. Every job requires real work, mental, physical, whatever. They all take their toll in wear and tear on the body, stress and the associated medical problems that come with it, etc.

    Are some of the consequences of an NFL career significant? Sure. Being career infantry is no picnic either. Nor is being a miner, construction laborer, etc. etc. The people that go into these fields understand the risks/rewards. No one is forcing them into these jobs - ie. a totalitarian fascist/socialist "the state deems you shall do this." In a free market economy they are free to choose these or other careers. Some people look at the options and go for it, others choose options that are less of a gamble.

  • LAPD Officers Say More Patrol Needed In Times Of Emergency(You're on your own)

    01/31/2016 9:09:27 AM PST · 13 of 17
    ThunderSleeps to rktman
    Let me condense this down just a bit...

    "...many officers believe there aren't enough of them to go around — especially in an emergency....

    "The citizens need to know they need to be able to protect themselves because if they call 911, we can't guarantee we're going to get there in time to help you," says Police Protective League President Jamie McBride.

    "I want to make sure if I call they're going to show up not 45 minutes later but within 10 minutes," Doucette said.

    I applaud the small steps towards an admission of reality here.

    While the acknowledgement that they are wildly understaffed is eye opening, the real takeaway is where they'd like to be. They would like to get down to a 10 min response time.

    I don't know if any of you have ever been in a life-n-death situation. But 10 minutes can seem like an awfully long time. It takes mere seconds for an attacker or home invader to do permanent, life-altering or life-ending harm to you and or your loved ones. You have to be prepared to defend yourself. Not just now, when help may be 45 minutes away, but even in the best of times if help is "only" 10 minutes away. (I live in a somewhat rural area with an average response time between 10 and 20 minutes) Be prepared to take command of any situation, do not place yourself at the mercy of a criminal.

  • How Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did what Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates couldn't

    01/31/2016 8:58:15 AM PST · 15 of 65
    ThunderSleeps to Scutter
    Actually, if Mr. Nadella has pulled the various MS divisions together that is a pretty good feat for any CEO. Every large company I've ever worked for or been closely associated with (and there have been several) has suffered from "rice bowl" challenges. They compete for resources, make teaming agreements behind each others' backs with outside groups, etc.

    So yes, while I'm an admitted Linux guy, if this guy is being successful bravo, well done.