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CNN busted for slipping Democrat propaganda into Chicago 'documentary'

In an earlier age, this would be shocking enough to bring network executives tumbling out of their offices.  In today's world of absurdly biased left-wing media, it's a footnote.  But for what it's worth, the Chicago Tribune just busted CNN for allowing Chicago mayor (and former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel's office to orchestrate some propaganda in what viewers were told was an unbiased "documentary" series: Apr 25, 2014 6:42 AM PT

'Net Neutrality' Gets Less Neutral

There are many ideas and proposals packed under the rubric of "Net Neutrality," but the core principle amounts to rent control on the Internet: all web traffic must be treated equally.  In its undiluted, absolute form, this idea would work about as well as rent control does - it would destroy the Internet experience as we know it.  The ability to sell high bandwidth to large websites that can afford it, adjust rates and access speeds for users who consume large amounts of bandwidth, sell unused bandwidth at a discount, and otherwise treat traffic unequally is crucial to the business model that sustains the fast, inexpensive, and powerful Internet we have come to take for granted.   Apr 24, 2014 11:19 AM PT

Race-baiting loudmouth gets his comeuppance at the hands of angry parents

One of the salient features of Democrat race-baiting is that participants believe themselves to be invincible.  They can say any crazy, offensive, slanderous thing that pops into their heads, and there will never be a price to pay.  Usually that means a political price, but in the case of Alabama Democrat Alvin Holmes, it's a specific six-figure cash amount.  From the Alabama ABC affiliate: Apr 23, 2014 2:34 PM PT

The deliberate inconvenience of airline boarding

If you've ever been stuck in the agonizingly slow-moving, confusing queue to board an airplane, you might have found yourself thinking, "There couldn't be a worse way to manage this circus!"  That's literally true.  The standard methodology of boarding an airplane - back to front, organized into loose "zones" of several rows apiece - is the least efficient way to do the job.  It has been demonstrated that letting people board at random is actually faster. Apr 23, 2014 1:51 PM PT

Report: 87 Percent of Online Spying Comes from Governments

It's not surprising to learn that various governments (not just the United States) account for the bulk of online mischief, but it's a bit sobering to see the numbers laid out by a new Verizon investigative report, summarized by the UK Telegraph: there has been a 300 percent increase in cyber espionage since last year's report, and government agents are responsible for 87 percent of it.  (11 percent came from organized criminals, which I suppose leaves two percent traceable to random jackasses.) Apr 23, 2014 1:25 PM PT

'Game of Thrones' finally goes too far

There's something strange about discovering the moment at which HBO's generally superb, but extremely graphic, "Game of Thrones" finally went too far for many viewers.  Horrific violence, including torture, castration, and the violent murder of children?  No problemo.  Gratuitous nudity deployed during otherwise chilly blasts of expository dialogue, with such frequency that it became a cliche worthy of parody?  Whatever.  An extended scene of a bisexual orgy?  Ho-hum. Apr 22, 2014 2:09 PM PT

Meet Josie Cunningham, the final logical extreme of 'pro-choice' rhetoric

While we're on the subject of Democrats trying to re-define what "pro-life" means, maybe they should explain how the UK's Josie Cunningham is not the final logical distillation of what "pro-choice" means.  She's 18 weeks pregnant, but announced she'd have an abortion because the pregnancy was interfering with her career plans... specifically her ambition to appear on the celebrity edition of "Big Brother." Apr 22, 2014 10:49 AM PT

Saving over spending: consumers are still nervous

Economic growth is shaped heavily by perception; there's an old chestnut that says recessions wouldn't be so bad, if people just refused to participate in them.  The past few years have seen a number of obvious - not to say clumsy - efforts to kick-start economic growth by changing what people think about the economy.  Some of this has been rather comical, such as President Obama and his allies perpetually claiming the economy is "poised for growth" and "Recovery Summer" is upon us.  It's not merely political spin - it's an effort to manipulate the virtual economy, made by people who believe that the real economy is powerfully shaped by what the American people think of it. Apr 21, 2014 11:05 AM PT

Poll: Drones Are Scary

The Pew Research Center recently conducted a "future shock" poll to learn how Americans feel about various impending technological developments.  The generally serious nature of the poll questions is somewhat undercut by one finding that the technology people most look forward to having is time travel, which probably isn't really on the horizon, no matter how many self-described time travelers we might find skulking about the Large Hadron Collier.  A thousand extra cool points to the Pew Research Center for using the TARDIS from "Doctor Who" to illustrate this poll question, however. Apr 21, 2014 10:48 AM PT

The grand-daddy of killer A.I.

Screen Rant marks the release of the Johnny Depp film "Transcendence" (which, alas, has "stinker" written all over it) with a fine list of killer artificial intelligence from previous movies.  This is a subject dear to my heart, because I'm a lifelong science fiction fan, and also because I've said a number of unkind things to my computer over the years in moments of frustration, and they're really gonna come back to haunt me if A.I. takes over the world. Apr 18, 2014 11:18 AM PT

Another Heartbleed attack

Forbes mentions the Canadian incident in which the Heartbleed online security flaw was employed to loot taxpayer data from the Canadian Revenue Agency, which I wrote about earlier this week, but then adds another confirmed attack on UK parenting website Mumsnet... and this one's even more alarming, because it involved the worst-case Heartbleed scenario, in which a hacker stole the passwords needed to gain administrative access to the entire site: Apr 18, 2014 11:00 AM PT

Astronomers find the first solid candidate for 'another Earth'

The search for extraterrestrial life begins with the assumption that it would require a homeworld broadly similar to Earth in a few key characteristics.  One of these is temperature, so astronomers estimate a "habitable zone" radiating out from each star, based on how hot the star is.  If a planet orbits too close, it would fry; too far, and it would freeze.  Also, orbiting at the wrong distance could subject the surface to either an excess or shortage of radiation from its sun. Apr 17, 2014 1:31 PM PT

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