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Comment: All or Nothing? (Score 1) 190

by AtomicSnarl (#47260647) Attached to: U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes
Since when is everybody entitled to a 4 lane highway to your front door? Yes, most everybody and their dog wants fast, faster, fastest internet, the provider has to pay the bill according to customer receipts and good standing with the banks to get money for more gear and laying cable. Once upon a time, telephone systems used party lines to get their customers wired, and they gradually migrated up to individual POTS as the systems and business environment improved. To have the government wave a legal wand proclaiming all or nothing most often results in nothing. Case in point -- a school that wanted to issue Tablet Computers for it's students, but DOE shot them down because they weren't usable by the blind. So much for reasonable accommodation -- why can't they still use what they were using before the tablets. Be very careful when demanding government solutions to market problems.

Comment: Re:B-2 Spirit unit price - $3b? Said who? (Score 1) 403

by AtomicSnarl (#39712993) Attached to: Sixty Years On, B-52s Are Still Going Strong
Point taken. The main idea is airframe cost vs total development and delivery cost. The 747 and subsequent models have had R&D split among the several thousand airframes built. The B-2 had only 21 build, so while the airframe cost is low, the overall cost is huge, split among very few airframes.

Comment: Re:B-2 Spirit unit price - $3b? Said who? (Score 4, Interesting) 403

by AtomicSnarl (#39698781) Attached to: Sixty Years On, B-52s Are Still Going Strong
By comparison, a unit cost for a Boeing 747-8 is around $330 Million, vs the around $1,000 Million for a full production run B-2. Just remember the 747 cost does not include the R&D costs of the decade it took to develop the design and build the factory, etc, whereas the full R&D cost is part of the B-2 cost. If you strip out the development costs, a B-2 airframe runs around $600 M, roughly twice the 747 costs for an aircraft with much, much more, very specialized capability. Overall, not a bad price for what it can do - haul 20+ tons of weapons 8,000+ miles unrefuled, invisibly, and hit a 3 foot circle. Many of them.

Comment: Training and Visualization (Score 5, Interesting) 104

by AtomicSnarl (#39533611) Attached to: Wind Map of US Will Blow You Away
As a retired weather guy with over 25 years working with and training weathermen, this is one of the best tools I've seen. Applause!

Understanding fluid flow and visualizing it is not easy, but it crucial to meteorology because that dynamic drives and reveals the mechanisms that create the weather systems we track, such as fronts, storms, and so on. Given the tools seen are usually something like this (from ADDS) or this (from CoolWx), the WindMap does a much more intuitive job of showing the strength and patterns in merging flow.

So, well done! The only improvement I can think of for better use operationally would be an hourly looper of, say, the past six hours with a 3-4 second pause for each hour. This would let you track specific features as the day goes on.

+ - How to Undelete Camera Phone Images?->

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AtomicSnarl
AtomicSnarl writes "What tools are out there to recover deleted camera phone and other similar video or imagery? Consider this case, for example, where a Memphis News photographer had his images deleted by police, but was not charged or otherwise detained. I know Hard Drive file undelete is a simple process — how do you do it with memory cards and phone camera? Lawsuits are much more fun with recovered evidence!"
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NASA

+ - NASA's 16 top tech challenges for the next 5 years->

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coondoggie writes "Drastically reduce the costs of safely and reliably getting into space; more effectively mitigate the impact of space radiation on humans; develop more robust mobile robotics and build a new generation of space telescopes to more effectively study space are just a few of the 16 high-priority technologies NASA should be working on in the next five years. The high-priority technology directions come from a NASA-commissioned National Research Council space technology roadmap report entitled "NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities: Restoring NASA's Technological Edge and Paving the Way for a New Era in Space," issued today"
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Your Rights Online

+ - 'No Immediate Plans' to Delete Megaupload Data->

Submitted by 1sockchuck
1sockchuck (826398) writes "Carpathia Hosting said today that it has “no immediate plans” to delete data stored on servers operated by Megaupload, and will provide advance notice before any deletions take place. The company, which hosted Megaupload's servers, is directing inquirers to MegaRetrieval.com, where they can connect with the Electronic Frontier Foundation to investigate their options."
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Games

+ - Steam proves we don't own the games we buy-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A recent decision to ban a user account has reminded us all we don’t technically own the games bought through the service. If your account is banned, you can’t login and play your games. All that money you spent on tens, or even hundreds of titles doesn’t count for anything.

The example that proves this is the story of a Russian gamer who goes by the name of gimperial. He has a Steam account with over 250 games stored on it that he paid for legitimately, spending over $1,500 purchasing them. However, Steam decided to ban his account for a terms of service violation. The problem is, they wouldn’t tell him what rule had been broken, and Steam’s support service refused to respond to his tickets after initially confirming the ban."

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Government

+ - Why National Internet IDs Won't Work->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Have you heard? All of our security problems will be solved. How? Each and every citizen will be issued with a unique, secure online identity, so that the originator of any and all transactions, connections and requests can be readily and easily identified. Really?

At least according to the newly proposed “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” and Obama’s Cyber Zsar, Howard Schmidt.

Sounds too good to be true, right? And like so many other simple ideas, that at first seem to make perfect sense, it really is too good to be true.

Sure, this tactic will hinder some hackers. Your Granny, your seven year-old, and your dog will find it next to impossible to bypass this. But then again, they aren’t really able to do much harm anyway. Whether any serious criminal or foreign entity will be negatively impacted is highly doubtful.... Why? Because hackers don’t play by the rules. They will use and abuse other peoples’ connections, devices and identities against their owners’ will, permission, and knowledge...."

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