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  • Windows Phone sales surge -- is it real or just a blip? (Up over 115% from a year ago)

    08/08/2012 8:35:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Computer World ^ | 08/08/2012 | By Preston Gralla
    Analyst reports released in the last two days show Windows Phone sales surging between 115% and 227% compared to a year ago. Does this mean Windows Phone is finally gaining traction, or is it just a blip on the radar? IDC reports that in the second quarter of this year, Windows Phone sales jumped by 115% compared to a year ago, to 5.4 million units, and a 3.5% market share. IDC also notes that Windows Phone "narrowed the gap between itself and BlackBerry last quarter in its bid to become the number 3 mobile OS in terms of market share."...
  • 25 by 2025 'Green Energy' Studies Ignore Costs

    08/29/2012 9:50:22 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/25/2012 | Michael LaFaive
    Mackinac Center analysts have long been critical of the way consultants — and frequently their clients — misuse economic modeling software. We were reminded why with the recent publication of two papers purporting to show large job creation, if only state voters would approve a renewable energy mandate on the statewide November ballot. The initiative, commonly known as the Michigan Renewable Energy Amendment, would mandate that 25 percent of Michigan's energy usage be provided by renewable sources by the year 2025. There is at least one major problem with each study, however: costs. The study authors' did not include the...
  • ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye Blasts Evolution ‘Deniers’

    08/28/2012 11:53:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 142 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 28, 2012 | JP
    Bill Nye used to be “The Science Guy” on PBS. Now he’s just a godless hater. The former host of the “educational” TV show targeted to preteens, which aired from 1993 to 1998, said this week that those of us who believe that God created man and woman are idiots. And that we ought not pass along that belief to our children. “I say to the grownups,” Nye condescended, “if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, your world that’s inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it.”...
  • Large Meteorite Hits Near Columbia CA at 7:55AM, Several Fires Reported

    04/22/2012 10:56:12 AM PDT · by .454Puma · 89 replies
    News 10 Sacramento ^ | 04/22/2012 | News 10 Sacramento
    An eyewitness says: "It was pretty freakin' real when all the dogs started barking right before it hit, then EVERYTHING shook. We were in the field just outside the barn & the barn continued to shake for a couple minutes afterward. We are about 50-60 miles or so from where it hit."
  • Atheist Richard Dawkins: We Are ‘Apes,‘ Evidence for Jesus’ Existence ‘Is Surprisingly Shaky’

    08/27/2012 2:13:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 26, 2012 | Billy Hallowell
    Famed atheist Richard Dawkins sat down with Playboy Magazine to discuss “the simple beauty of evolution, the improbability of God and why the pope should be arrested,” among other subjects. As usual, Dawkins took a provocative approach in the interview — one that people of faith will surely find offensive. These contentious anti-religious views appear in the September issue of Playboy. (VIDEO AT LINK) Toward the beginning of the interview, Dawkins was asked to weigh in and explain why, in the past, he has called himself a “tooth faith” agnostic. His explanation essentially frames his overarching views on God’s existence....
  • Interview with Conservative Military Science Fiction writer John Ringo

    08/27/2012 6:00:36 AM PDT · by Gideonwoulfe · 67 replies
    The Freehold ^ | 8/27/2012 | Jonathan Baird
    This week we interview author John Ringo. He has had several books on the New York Times best seller list and he has over two million books in print. Ringo’s specializes in military science fiction. The Hitchhiker asks… Question 1- After reading There Will Be Dragons I had a sense that Heinlein had influenced your writing. Are you a fan of his work? Very much so. Heinlein is the absolute sine qua non of science fiction authors. While I haven’t read all of his works, I’ve read most and he’s definitely my favorite SF author influencing both my writing and...
  • DRD4 7r – A Genetic Correlate Between Liberalism and Homosexuality (Shortened Title)

    08/26/2012 9:06:54 AM PDT · by AnonymousConservative · 35 replies
    Anonymous Conservative Website ^ | August 26, 2012 | Anonymous Conservative
    This post requires an understanding of r/K Selection Theory in Evolutionary Biology, and it's relation to our political ideologies. For a quick rundown of this, please see our main page here. In a previous post we posited that homosexuality may be an extreme form of the reversal in sex specific behaviors which is seen in r-selected populations, where females become more “masculine,” so as to better protect and provision the young they raise alone, while males become more effete, so as to avoid the conflict which is dangerous and disadvantageous under conditions of r-selection. In that post, we examined the...
  • A Small Step for One Man

    08/25/2012 9:34:41 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 17 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | August 25, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    The death of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, takes place in the shadow of the death of the space program. Last year Armstrong had called the dismantling of the space program under Obama, leaving behind a shadow space agency: "embarrassing and unacceptable". Armstrong had proposed not only future investments, but along with other astronauts had sensibly proposed retaining the space shuttle program until they were ready, instead of scrapping the shuttle program and distributing viable shuttles to museums. Armstrong was critical of the Bolden regime at NASA that had stripped the space agency of its best people...
  • Proof That We Have Become FAR Too Dependent on Computers

    08/25/2012 12:13:23 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 10 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 24, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Question: Are you male or female? To find out the answer, look down: -- -- -- -- -- -- ---- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LOOK DOWN, not scroll down!!! __________________________________ h/t Speedunque   image: Tech Geek & More
  • Aircraft Detection Before Radar ... How Air Attacks Were Detected Before Radar

    How incoming enemy aircraft were detected before the invention of radar Strange acoustic "ears" before radar; old time pictures of listening posts ...
  • First full HD video of Curiosity descent.

    08/23/2012 1:36:34 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | 8-23-2012 | JPL/NASA
    http://www.wimp.com/curiositydescent/
  • Neurological Correlates of Political Ideology and Homosexuality

    08/23/2012 9:23:59 AM PDT · by AnonymousConservative · 55 replies
    Anonymous Conservative Website ^ | August 22, 2012 | Anonymous Conservative
    The funniest thing about the r/K divide within our species is how pervasive it is. Everywhere I look, I see aspects of it manifesting in our culture, our behavior, our history, and even our future. Here is a free abstract from an interesting study examining the “balancing selection hypothesis” of homosexuality. Let me rephrase this, so it makes more sense. There may be a gene which produces women who are more fertile, have more offspring, and want to deal with children less. At the same time it makes men more feminine (and more promiscuous, since that correlates with homosexuality). (There...
  • Bill Thurston (mathematician, dead at 65)

    08/22/2012 6:48:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    What's new ^ | August 22, 2012 | Terence Tao
    Bill Thurston, who made fundamental contributions to our understanding of low-dimensional manifolds and related structures, died on Tuesday, aged 65.
  • The 6 Quadrillion Dollar Climate Change Scam

    08/22/2012 10:19:51 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-22-12 | Curt
    President Vaclav Klaus delivered the keynote address this year to the World Federation of Scientists: This brings me to the topic of my speech. I will try to argue that current as well as realistically foreseeable global warming, and especially Man’s contribution to it, is not a planetary emergency which should bother us. I am not a climatologist, but the IPCC and its leading spokespersons are not climatologists either. I am content to be a consumer of climatology and its related scientific disciplines. In this respect, I am located – in the economic jargon – on the demand side...
  • Global warming alarmism detached from reality, still

    08/20/2012 1:54:20 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    You may have noticed the recent hype about global warming, a hot summer, looming devastation from freakish weather and all the same old stuff recycled again. You may also have noticed one of the reasons: Gov. Jerry Brown wants to justify shaking down corporate California, again. Well, not only does Brown get the temperature wrong, he also hypes the threat of extreme weather events. Which is to say he gets that wrong too. So, are we amidst horrific extreme weather events? Normally we’d just say, “not exactly.” In this case, we have to say, ”You’ve gotta be kidding.”...
  • Jerry Brown hot for money from global warming law

    08/20/2012 1:47:08 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 5 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 8-19-2012 | Mark Landsbaum
    Brown wants you to believe global warming "poses an immediate and growing threat to California's economy, environment and to public health," and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions, "which are warming the planet," is necessary "to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, including the increased likelihood of both flooding and drought." That's the same phony scare story repeated until many people finally tuned it out. It failed to persuade Congress to intervene with a law to limit greenhouse gas emissions, even though Congress almost never has seen a trumped-up crisis that didn't justify overreaching intervention... But, as the Sacramento...
  • The Enquiring Hitchhiker Interviews Dr. Jerry Pournelle

    08/20/2012 11:21:50 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    The Freehold ^ | August 20, 2012 | Jonathan David Baird
    We have a special treat for our readers this morning. One of my all time favorite authors Dr, Jerry Pournelle. Having co-authored my third favorite book Lucifer’s Hammer (1 and 2 are both Heinlein works). I was a little nervous to contact him and more nervous to actually ask for an interview. Luckily I got over that and I am very proud to present this interview for our audience here at the Freehold.
  • Ursa Major Star Explodes

    08/14/2012 5:18:41 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 43 replies
    Aug. 14, 2012 | Satin Doll
    Early this morning, about 5:05 AM, my nephew saw a star explode in the constellation Ursa Major. We're not star hounds and do not know the name of the star that blew, but he did see it and he was sober. This is his first ever critical astronomy observation. It is amazing what one can see smoking a ciggie on the back deck.
  • Mysterious planet-sized object spotted near mercury (Mercury)

    12/07/2011 3:29:16 PM PST · by decimon · 53 replies
    The Sideshow ^ | December 7, 2011 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Is a giant, cloaked spaceship orbiting around Mercury? That's been the speculation from some corners aftera camera onboard NASA's STEREO spacecraft caught a wave of electronically charged material shooting out from the sun and hitting Mercury. Theorists have seized on the images captured from the "coronal mass ejection" (CME) last week as suggestive of alien life hanging out in our own cosmic backyard. Specifically, the solar flare washing over Mercury appears to hit another object of comparable size. "It's cylindrical on either side and has a shape in the middle. It definitely looks like a ship to me, and very...
  • Darwinists Wrong Again on Human Evolution

    08/16/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 70 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | August 16, 2012 | JP
    Paging Nicholas Wade. He’s the New York Times science writer who worships at the altar of Darwinism. Two years ago, he reported that biologists, led by Svante Paabo of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, had determined that Neanderthals mated with modern humans. That “scientific” finding provided a convenient explanation for what happened to humanity’s supposed ancestor: We interbred with them until they disappeared. Now comes a new study, reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that the finding reported by Wade, were wrong. There was no mating, no “hybridization,” between Neanderthals and Homo...