Month: December 2014

NASA: More of SpaceX, Less of Russia

No, NASA would never publicly state that relying upon Russian rockets is a bad idea. But if you read between the lines you can see they are excited about the emerging new space startups—especially SpaceX’s Falcon rockets. NASA has approved the completion of SpaceX’s first milestone in the company’s path toward launching crews to the International Space Station (ISS) from U.S. soil under a Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with the agency. […] “This milestone sets the pace for the rigorous work ahead as SpaceX meets the certification requirements outlined in our contract,” said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. “It is very exciting to see SpaceX’s proposed path to certification, including a flight test phase and completion of the system development.” On Sept. 16, the agency unveiled its selection of SpaceX and Boeing to transport U.S. crews to and from the space station using their Crew Dragon and CST-100 spacecraft, respectively. These contracts will end the nation’s sole reliance on Russia and allow the station’s current crew of six to increase, enabling more research aboard the unique microgravity laboratory. (NASA) Truth be told SpaceX is one of the few space companies who does not outsource their rockets & design to outside firms & countries (practically everything about the rocket is American made). SpaceX is also less expensive than most rivals (including China) & hopefully NASA...

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Telegram Securing Twitter, Instagram And Facebook Usernames For Users‽

Apparently if someone snagged your preferred Telegram username there is a way to snag it back. (Telegram FAQ) Q: What do I do if my username is taken? Telegram usernames are distributed on a first come — first serve basis. We understand that certain usernames are part of an online identity for some of us. If your desired username is already taken, we will be happy to help you acquire it, provided that you have that same username on at least two of these services: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Please contact our in-app Support if you have more questions (Settings...

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Yes, CIA Tortured Terrorists…But They Also Tortured Innocents Too

I have yet to read through the entire CIA’s use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques against terrorists (I am on page 36 with 100 pages to go!) but so far this declassified document is both enlightening & frightening. [PDF 5.4MB] — CIA (@CIA) December 9, 2014 Interesting/disturbing info gleamed from the report thus far: CIA did gain some useful Intel from torturing terrorists CIA torture resulted in the death of one individual CIA tortured innocents who were not terrorists CIA delayed releasing innocents due to fears program would be discovered Few CIA contractors went beyond torture “legal limits”...

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Amnesty Magic Trick: Obama Never Issued An Executive Order‽

Image: US President Barack Obama laughing aboard Air Force One (@PeteSouza/White House Photo) I read this tweet this tweet… Head fake? Obama never signed amnesty order — Lee (@lshiry) December 5, 2014 …which claims that the amnesty executive order allegedly issued by President Barack Obama never happened. Yes, Seriously! “Today the National Archives and Records Administration, responsible for such maintaining such filings, said no such executive order was ever signed or filed, confirming WND’s report Wednesday.” “A National Archives librarian, Jeffrey Hartley, made the confirmation in an email Thursday to WND.” ““As I indicated, it would appear that there is not an Executive Order stemming from the President’s remarks on November 20 on immigration,” Hartley wrote. (World Net Daily)” Due to my lack of faith in WND’s reporting, I decided to verify (or rather disprove) what appeared to be an outrageous claim by visiting: Federal Register (Executive Orders) National Archives (Executive Orders) WhiteHouse.Gov: Executive Orders To my surprise President Obama either never issued an executive order or it was never recorded (the latter which I would be skeptical about). So my question to all the politicos, lawyers, pundits, & “informed citizens” is: If President Obama never issued an executive order, then what are all of these states suing him...

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Facebook Upset That Apple Told The Truth‽

Image Via Mashable I am surprised that Facebook’s CEO would be upset about what Tim Cook said, even if the latter was directing his remarks at Google. “But before that happens Zuckerberg also notes—and it was the only time I saw him display irritation—that Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote something similar in September in a statement spelling out Apple’s privacy policy: “When an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product.” The shot was probably meant for Google, but Facebook was definitely in the blast radius. “A frustration I have is that a lot of people increasingly seem to equate an advertising business model with somehow being out of alignment with your customers,” Zuckerberg says. “I think it’s the most ridiculous concept. What, you think because you’re paying Apple that you’re somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they’d make their products a lot cheaper!” (” If Facebook’s billion plus users disappeared but their advertisers stayed then Facebook would still exist (albeit be less influential than it is right now). However if Facebook’s advertisers left but their users stayed then Facebook would collapse. Having ads does not make a company evil (as over 95% of the news media companies would be evil according to that logic). Advertisers are (for better or worse) Facebook’s customers & the social media giant wisely...

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