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  • Are Valve And AMD About To Ruin PC Gaming?

    10/14/2013 11:22:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 32 replies
    HardOCP ^ | Monday October 14, 2013 | Posted by Steve 10:55 AM (DST
    The Tech Report crew seems to think that SteamOS and Mantle could ruin PC gaming. I'm not sure how they came to that conclusion but I'm sure you guys will have plenty to say on the topic. Now, all of a sudden, next year's gaming landscape looks to be shaping up very differently. Instead of three major platforms based on a common hardware architecture, game developers will face two monolithic platforms and a fragmented one—the PC—that will have two starkly different operating systems and three different APIs—Direct3D, OpenGL, and Mantle.
  • West seeks injunction to impound ballots, voting machines

    11/07/2012 4:58:54 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 42 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | November 7th, 2012 | George Bennett
    FORT PIERCE — Republican U.S. Rep. Allen West wants courts to order elections officials to impound ballots and voting machines in preparation for a recount following his narrow loss to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. Motions for injunctions were filed in St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties. Information wasn’t immediately available from Martin County, the third county in congressional District 18. West trails Murphy by 2,456 votes or 0.78 percent. That’s not close enough to trigger a state law that requires a recount for races decided by 0.5 percent or less. But West claims irregularities in the way St. Lucie County...
  • WOW - The 'views' count is back!!!!!!!!! (vanity)

    03/02/2012 6:01:46 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 20 replies
    FR | 3/2/2012 | self
    Thank you John for bringing back the number of 'views' per thread. I really missed it.
  • SO LONG TO YA 2010 / JIBJAB YEAR IN REVIEW!

    12/23/2010 9:54:56 AM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 10 replies · 3+ views
    YOUTUBE ^ | 12-19-10
    This year we've turned Obama and Biden into puppets to sing a duet of regret. After a grueling year of Wikileaks and oil spills, join our Oval Officers in kicking off 2011 by kicking 2010 out the door! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCuoLd0K4lY
  • Why Americans Can't Do Arithmetic

    04/23/2010 12:22:15 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 78 replies · 1,409+ views
    Amazon.com ^ | April 21, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    What follows is just a short review of a book nobody would think of reading, a paperback published in 1964 to help parents understand New Math. But if you've been wondering how our Education Establishment has managed to sabotage math skills in this country, this review will be helpful:---------------- "New Math was one of the silliest, most pretentious, and finally most unsuccessful educational gimmicks ever devised; and this book perfectly captures the idiocy of it all. In fairness, the authors were trying to do a good job but their mission is to explain the preposterous. Prefatory copy in this book...
  • A Push to Count Same-Sex Couples

    03/20/2009 11:24:03 AM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 13 replies · 432+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 3/20/09 | Sewell Chan
    City Councilman Bill de Blasio has introduced a resolution calling on the federal government to recognize same-sex couples in the 2010 Census and to include gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in other federal surveys. But the resolution carries little more than symbolic weight, and the Census Bureau believes that the federal Defense of Marriage Act bars it from recognizing same-sex marriage, as Mr. de Blasio and other supports of gay rights would like it to do.
  • Evolution of Counting Is No Simple Operation

    01/14/2008 11:42:57 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 17 replies · 97+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 11 January 2008 | Elsa Youngsteadt
    You may not realize it, but when you tell the grocer you'd like a half-dozen eggs for your family of six, you're using a primitive numbering system. Anthropologists believe that such object-specific counting, in which words like "half-dozen" and "six" denote the same quantity but refer to different objects, preceded abstract counting systems, in which any number can describe any object. Now, a study of Pacific Island languages suggests that counting systems can also evolve in reverse, becoming more object-specific. People on the Polynesian island of Mangareva take object-specific counting to the extreme. They tally some things, such as unripe...
  • Austrians Urged to Count Dog Droppings

    09/14/2006 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 22 replies · 580+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 14 Sept 2006 | Staff
    VIENNA, Austria -- Organizers of a campaign trying to clear Vienna's streets of dog droppings urged residents Thursday to record how many turds they see in the space of five minutes and report the figure as part of an impromptu census. The Vienna Dog-Dropping Initiative said it would compile the figures and present them to city officials on Monday as part of its stepped-up effort to pressure the Austrian capital to deal with the problem.
  • Counting on victory in November, Democrats outline plans (Give America a raise, Iraq not mentioned)

    05/07/2006 6:57:05 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies · 1,147+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/07/06 | Jonathan Weisman
    Counting on victory in November, Democrats outline plansHomeland security, a boost to the minimum wage and White House investigations top legislative agenda By Jonathan Weisman WASHINGTON POST Posted on Sun, May. 07, 2006 WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders, increasingly confident they will seize control of the House in November, are laying plans for a legislative blitz during their first week in power that would raise the minimum wage, roll back parts of the Republican prescription drug law, implement homeland security measures and reinstate lapsed budget deficit controls. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said last week that a Democratic House...
  • Supreme Court Denies Standing & Allows Costs Against Voting Rights Activist

    05/04/2006 2:46:18 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 36 replies · 1,741+ views
    ecotalk.org ^ | 4 April A.D.2006 | Lynn Landes
    Washington DC -- April 4, 2006: In an alarming wake-up call to voting rights activists accross the country, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand last week a decision by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The lower court ruled (Landes v Tartaglione, et al) that Philadelphia journalist and voting rights activist, Lynn Landes, had no standing to challenge the constitutionality of election laws which Landes claimed deny direct access to a tangible ballot and meaningful transparency to the election process.Specifically, Landes challenged the use of voting machines and absentee voting in elections for public office. The defendants in the...
  • Counting The Cost Of Bird Flu

    02/17/2006 11:00:51 AM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 135+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-17-2006
    Counting the cost of bird flu By Toby Poston BBC News business reporter Politicians are advising shoppers that chicken is safe to eat The first lorry loads of cut-price Italian poultry have arrived in UK meat markets, less than a week after a bird flu outbreak hit Italy. With demand dropping in their home market, Italian farmers are seeking to offload supplies and are cutting back heavily on production. In the UK, the cheap imports, although temporary, will make it harder for domestic poultry producers to make a profit. Meanwhile, risk management training company, Business Forums International (BFI), is getting...
  • Counting begins after Iraqis throng to polls in landmark vote

    12/15/2005 10:09:12 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 325+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/15/05 | AFP
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - Votes were being counted after Iraq's legislative election saw a strong turnout with minimal violence, bringing hope for a nation wracked by sectarian conflict, with the prospect also of tempting minority Sunnis back to the political process. Electoral officials briefly extended Thursday's voting owing to the turnout, which preliminary estimates put at between 60 and 80 percent, surpassing an October referendum, with Sunni Arabs casting ballots in record numbers. "Turnout was very strong in all regions, even in Fallujah," a Sunni city in the rebel Al-Anbar province, senior electoral official Hussein Hindawi said. The huge task of...
  • Dems had their chance to pick justice - ("whom the gods would destroy, they first make chads!")

    07/25/2005 12:21:00 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 942+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | JULY 26, 2005 | MARK STEYN
    Thoughtful Democrats — the rarest birds on the endangered species list — might want to ponder this: "Another hanging chad has dropped. His name is John G. Roberts Jr., and he undoubtedly will turn out to be opposed to abortion rights, affirmative action, an expansive view of federal powers and a reading of the Constitution that takes a properly suspicious view of the state's embrace of religion. You hang enough chads, and you get to change the Supreme Court." That's not moveon.org, or the wilder shores of the Internet. That's Richard Cohen, big-time columnist in that bastion of mainstream media,...
  • Expert: Rossi Won Washington Gov. Election - (GOP to rest its case today)

    05/27/2005 10:06:38 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 1,202+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | MAY 27, 2005 | CARL LIMBACHER & Staff
    WENATCHEE, Wash. -- An expert witness for Republicans challenging the 2004 election of Gov. Christine Gregoire testified Thursday that when illegal votes are subtracted, the GOP candidate was the rightful winner. The state Republican Party and candidate Dino Rossi challenged the election after Gregoire's 129-vote victory, the closest margin of any governor's contest in the nation's history. The challengers are alleging fraud and worker errors, and want the court to nullify the election, which would lead to a new race between Rossi and Gregoire. Cal Tech political science Professor Jonathan Katz testified the way to tell who really won the...
  • Hill (D) calls off recount in 9th District (Indiana)

    12/09/2004 2:00:41 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 609+ views
    IndyStar.com | 12/9/04 | Associated Press
    Due to copyright stuff, I can't post the text of the article on FR. link
  • CA: 30 years of idiocy and counting

    08/05/2004 8:43:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 536+ views
    OC Register ^ | 8/5/04 | Ray Haynes - Opinion
    "If you don't build it, they won't come." That philosophy, courtesy of the administration of former Gov. Jerry Brown, has corrupted California's growth both at the state and local level for the last three decades. This is the idea that if we stopped building freeways, water projects, universities and power plants, we wouldn't be able to sustain future growth and people would stop coming here. They didn't. As a result, we are now facing massive shortages and deterioration of our state's infrastructure, even as the population continues to grow beyond the capacity of our roads and freeways. And yet in...
  • Women faster at instant counting

    09/12/2003 11:16:46 AM PDT · by bedolido · 59 replies · 305+ views
    NewScientist.com news service ^ | 09/11/03 | Emily Singer
    Women are better at instant counting than men, a mass mathematical experiment has revealed. Over 18,000 people took part in the research, using touch screens inserted among interactive exhibits at a science exhibition in Bristol, UK. The study confirms that the brain has two distinct ways of counting, an idea first proposed 50 years ago. "If I hold up three fingers, most people don't need to count how many there are," says lead scientist Brian Butterworth, from University of College London. But for more than a handful of objects, the time needed by people for their calculation jumps and increases...
  • Who's Holding the Aces Now?

    08/19/2003 12:06:52 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 299+ views
    wired news ^ | 8.18.03 | By Daniel Terdiman
    <p>Rob McGarvey is, in the lingo of the blackjack world, an advantage player. A card counter. To maximize his take, he keeps track of the cards as they're dealt, and tailors his bets based on the cards his system predicts will hit the felt next.</p>
  • AL GORE, WIMP

    09/25/2002 12:35:51 AM PDT · by kattracks · 21 replies · 349+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/25/02
    <p>How would America have reacted to Sept. 11 had Al Gore been president?</p> <p>Or, more to the point, how would Al Gore have reacted to Sept. 11?</p> <p>Judging by his speech the other day to the Commonwealth Club of California, the answer is: Weakly.</p> <p>Tentatively.</p> <p>Maybe not at all.</p>
  • **HEADS DOWN** Al Gore "speech" up NOW on C-SPAN2

    09/23/2002 4:54:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies · 355+ views
    C-SPAN 2 | 9-23-02
    Posted as a courtesy to FR insomniacs. I'm having dinner and will NOT be able to watch.