I was originally going to say something like “if anything, the US media has a slight liberal bias” – perhaps that would’ve been better.
I do think that media bias studies tend to suffer from experimenter’s bias. On the other hand, I find it difficult to argue with polls of newsroom workers (including by the American Society of Newspaper Editors) that show they’re significantly more liberal than the general population.
More likely he’d be painted as out to embarrass Obama for political reasons, even at the expense of national security. The US media is generally acknowledged to have a liberal bias, not the other way around.
No, they should use a French press or pour-over, as the article mentions. Or just switch to espresso (possibly with E.S.E. pods, which are an open standard) – you can get a perfectly good machine from DeLonghi or (Philips) Saeco for around the same price as a Keurig.
If they’re really paranoid, they may have locked all their cases and epoxied any external ports, plus disabled booting from CD and USB and password-protected the BIOS.
If they’re using a USB mouse or keyboard, you could possibly take the keyboard apart and attach a USB port, but even that could be easily foiled with software to restrict USB device classes or serial numbers – or by using PS/2.
Pet peeve of mine: The original PlayStation is supposed to be abbreviated PS1 (although “Play Station X” was the internal codename back when Sony was working it as an SNES add-on). The PSX was a PS2/DVR hybrid sold in Japan (a bit like the Panasonic Q GameCube/DVD player hybrid).
“Maybe we shouldn’t even call it a browser anymore,” Mozilla’s VP of Firefox engineering Jonathan Nightingale told me a few days ago. “‘Browser’ is really an antiquated word. People don’t really browse all that much anymore.” Instead, he argues, we now mostly use our browsers to access sophisticated web apps, web-based productivity tools and social networks.
I like my browser just fine thanks. Stop messing with it. :
There are no more legal monopolies. However, there’s so little profit in laying a second set of lines just to get half of a town’s customers that nobody bothers anyway.
The FCC tried requiring ISPs to lease their lines at reasonable rates, but gave up when they realized how difficult it was to enforce.
Personally, I think the solution may be to divest all the major ISPs of their lines (possibly allowing them to retain ownership of the spinoff via non-voting preferred stock or an equivalent structure).
Spy satellites can actually lower defense spending, by showing that there’s nothing to worry about from potential adversaries.
Definitely true that NASA’s budget needs a huge increase, though. One survey suggested that people think NASA gets 20% of the federal budget, when it actually gets around 0.5% – down from a peak of over 4% during the Apollo program… Doubling it doesn’t seem unreasonable with that perspective.
AFAIK, they’re just seeing that you’re using the separate default tethering APN. So you can use an app that implements tethering on its own, rather than through the default API (PdaNet is apparently popular).