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Comment: Re:It's only the first step (Score 1) 517

by Celtic Ferret (#48997057) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder

Explosives and liquid oxygen are very dangerous, but the real issue is with the humans.

Get rid of all the humans and then we'll have peace...

To see how it'll go see The Animatrix (Full Movie) - YouTube starting at around 4:53, The Second Renaissance...

Comment: Re:Sad Day (Score 5, Interesting) 118

by Celtic Ferret (#48674383) Attached to: US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

Old 'useta was' "O-Level" AT2 from VAQ-131 here. When I was on the Ranger I heard it got four yards to the gallon. We maintained the avionics of the Prowler, arguably the most important aircraft on board (at least the most expensive). They put us ("airdales" - not "real" Navy) up in an old "drying room" (the AT shop). I could go on and on about how miserable I and my peers were for those five+ years of moist hell but this isn't the place.

That was in the late 80's. You could hardly go down a corridor without there being at least one angleiron bracket for something no longer used or present sticking out, with seven coats of paint on everything. The cats caught fire daily - I almost got to the point of ignoring the alarms. Never did figure out where all the dirt came from - thought they might have brought dumptrucks of it on board the hangar deck and spread it out before we deployed. A peer had those contact lenses he normally had to remove monthly but on the Ranger he had to do it daily. Took several hours (days) of bathing "back at the rock" to finally wash the boat off. I remember sweating through my boots and one of the worst cases of athelete's foot ever. Taking so many aspirin to keep the pain tolerable my ears rang. Launch noise that vibrated your fillings. JP5 or saltwater (!??) in the water supply.

It was a very sad day for me when I met the USS Ranger. Still, you'd think there would be a fortune in steel there. It was a floating metal city of five thousand people once. You'd think it could be repurposed for something.

Comment: Re:DRM is inevitable... (Score 1) 234

by Celtic Ferret (#46104615) Attached to: 3D Printing of Human Tissue To Spark Ethics Debate

Check S1E6 of "Almost Human", ("Arrhythmia")
"Kennex and Dorian respond to a suspicious death at a hospital where - before having a fatal cardiac arrest - a man claimed someone was trying to kill him, and inexplicably knew his exact time of death. As the investigation unfolds, a black market for vital organs is uncovered in which bio-mechanical hearts can be resold and remotely 'shut off.'"

Comment: Presidency? (Score 3, Interesting) 822

by Celtic Ferret (#46081755) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

I wonder if Mr. Snowden, with an appropriate team of advisors, would have the skill required to lead the United States onto a moral path? I'm unaware of his management/administration qualifications, but he certainly has the high ground. The bug would certainly be in the "appropriate team of advisors" departments, and I'm afraid he'd end up like JFK.

Comment: Touchy subject (Score 1) 439

by Celtic Ferret (#41857141) Attached to: Massachusetts May Soon Change How the Nation Dies

This is a really charged topic full of misinformation. From religion to media misrepresentation to healthcare to politics to insurance - it is extremely difficult to obtain factual, helpful information for someone who wants to check out easily, cheaply and comfortably. The only thing I'm aware of is helium and when the "powers that be" figure that one out it will either become a controlled substance or outrageously expensive (or both).

Check "Final Exit" by Derek Humphry at your local library or online (

An optimist believes we live in the best world possible; a pessimist fears this is true.