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kohenari:

My assumption is that GOP legislators would put up a terrible fight if President Obama were to nominate a Democrat as his new Secretary of Defense. It seems they will also put up a terrible fight if he nominates a Republican:

Republican lawmakers voiced staunch opposition Sunday to their former colleague Chuck Hagel, who is expected to be nominated next week to be President Barack Obama’s next secretary of defense.

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On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Hagel was a “controversial” choice by Obama. Graham didn’t rule out staging a filibuster to prevent a vote on Hagel’s nomination.

“Hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation’s history,” Graham told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican freshman from Texas elected with strong backing from the tea party, said on “Fox News Sunday” that it was “very difficult to imagine a circumstance in which I could support (Hagel’s) confirmation.”

“It’s interesting, the president seems bound and determined to proceed down this path despite the fact that Hagel’s record is very, very troubling on the nation of Israel,” Cruz said. “He has not been a friend to Israel. And in my view the United States should stand unshakably with Israel.”

In addition to his apparent antagonism toward Israel, which stems mostly from a comment he made in 2007, it seems that Hagel is also insufficiently hawkish with regard to Iran … which also counts against him when it comes to standing with Israel.

The only nominee for Secretary of Defense the GOP will accept is Benjamin Netanyahu.

In a lawsuit against two police officers, the court held the insulting gesture did not constitute “reasonable suspicion that criminal activity or a traffic violation was afoot.”

The lawsuit was sparked by an incident that occurred in 2006 while John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz were driving to their son’s house. The couple saw a police officer using a radar gun to catch speeding motorists at an intersection. John, who was a passenger in the car, stuck his arm outside the side window and “flipped the bird” over the car’s roof. The police officer then followed the couple to their son’s home and stopped them. John was arrested for disorderly conduct after other officers arrived as backup.

The officer who initially followed and stopped the couple said he did so because John appeared to be trying to get his attention by waving his middle finger. However, the court didn’t buy that argument.

“[T]he nearly universal recognition that this gesture is an insult deprives such an interpretation of reasonableness,” Circuit Judge Jon O. Newman wrote in the ruling (PDF). “This ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity. Surely no passenger planning some wrongful conduct toward another occupant of an automobile would call attention to himself by giving the finger to a police officer.”

robertreich:

It has become accepted economic wisdom, uttered with deadpan certainty by policy pundits and budget scolds on both sides of the aisle, that the only way to get control over America’s looming deficits is to “reform entitlements.”

But the accepted wisdom is wrong.

Start with the statistics…

thisistheverge:

Nvidia announces Project Shield handheld gaming system
Nvidia has just unveiled a new handheld gaming system called Project Shield. Project Shield is powered by Tegra 4 and apparently has the capability of playing PC quality games.

thisistheverge:

Nvidia announces Project Shield handheld gaming system

Nvidia has just unveiled a new handheld gaming system called Project Shield. Project Shield is powered by Tegra 4 and apparently has the capability of playing PC quality games.

thisistheverge:

3M debuts massive 84-inch multitouch table with 40-point input (hands-on)
3M unveiled an enormous 84-inch multitouch table at CES today, following up on the 46-inch display the company announced here last year. The table is still in prototype mode, but already supports up to 40 simultaneous touches, and features a display with 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution.

thisistheverge:

3M debuts massive 84-inch multitouch table with 40-point input (hands-on)

3M unveiled an enormous 84-inch multitouch table at CES today, following up on the 46-inch display the company announced here last year. The table is still in prototype mode, but already supports up to 40 simultaneous touches, and features a display with 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution.

infoneer-pulse:

Wikipedia editors unearthed a clever hoax perpetrated on the web’s gullible netizens, sending the mighty “Bicholim Conflict” back to where it originated: non-existence. For five years, the imaginary year-long battle, from 1640 to 1641, between Portugal and the mighty Indian Marath Empire, reigned as truth in the user-generated halls of Wikipedia’s archive. Despite the fact that the cited sources were as real as the conflict, it even achieved “Good Article” status for its thorough 4,500 word recounting of the major historical event. It is said that history was once written by the victors; now, history is also written by the bored.

» via TechCrunch

The first key to thinking about 3-D printers is this: Do not think printer. Think magic box that creates any object you can imagine.

3-D Printing Is (Kind Of) A Big Deal” via NPR

When you stop thinking in terms of how a particular innovation is analogous to something you know of in the present, the easier it is to imagine and create wildly new applications for the future.  That is where we are with 3-D printing and we have not even touched the surface of how revolutionary the technology can be.  Like the article states, “it democratizes who gets to be in the manufacturing business.”

(via marksbirch)
thisistheverge:

Samsung opens the wireless speaker floodgates with CES audio lineup
Year of the Bluetooth speaker?
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Google restoring Maps access for Windows Phone after uproar
Return of the Maps
8bitfuture:

Atoms cooled to “colder than absolute zero”.
German physicists have demonstrated a way to cool atoms to a point below minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 273.15 degrees Celsius), and into a realm described as ‘negative temperatures’.
To achieve the feat, the team cooled atoms to near absolute zero in a vacuum chamber, to avoid heating from any external influence. They then used lasers and magnetic fields to push the atoms into “negative nanokelvin”.


To comprehend the negative temperatures scientists have now devised, one might think of temperature as existing on a scale that is actually a loop, not linear. Positive temperatures make up one part of the loop, while negative temperatures make up the other part. When temperatures go either below zero or above infinity on the positive region of this scale, they end up in negative territory.


A potential use for the discovery could be to create ‘heat engines’ that are more than 100% efficient:


Such engines would essentially not only absorb energy from hotter substances, but also colder ones. As such, the work the engine performed could be larger than the energy taken from the hotter substance alone.

8bitfuture:

Atoms cooled to “colder than absolute zero”.

German physicists have demonstrated a way to cool atoms to a point below minus 459.67 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 273.15 degrees Celsius), and into a realm described as ‘negative temperatures’.

To achieve the feat, the team cooled atoms to near absolute zero in a vacuum chamber, to avoid heating from any external influence. They then used lasers and magnetic fields to push the atoms into “negative nanokelvin”.

To comprehend the negative temperatures scientists have now devised, one might think of temperature as existing on a scale that is actually a loop, not linear. Positive temperatures make up one part of the loop, while negative temperatures make up the other part. When temperatures go either below zero or above infinity on the positive region of this scale, they end up in negative territory.

A potential use for the discovery could be to create ‘heat engines’ that are more than 100% efficient:

Such engines would essentially not only absorb energy from hotter substances, but also colder ones. As such, the work the engine performed could be larger than the energy taken from the hotter substance alone.