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Comment: Re:Just staggering... (Score 4, Informative) 155

Here's the USS America (CV-66) sunk off the East Coast after only 40 years of service.

Well, actually USS America had been decommissioned after 30 years of service, and been mothballed for the ten years previous to her sinking.

Note that the reason it was decommissioned early was DoD budget cuts - it costs a lot to keep a carrier plus its airgroup operational, even ignoring the required escorts. And America was the most expendable carrier, since it was the only non-nuclear carrier left - fuel oil isn't cheap.

Oh, and note also that it did NOT have diesel engines. Old-fashioned steam turbines on that one...

Comment: Re:I thought we were trying to end sexism? (Score 1) 561

We imprison more than four times as many people as China, Russia, and Iran.

Of course, China, Iran and Russia execute way more people than the US too. Perhaps part of the reason their incarceration rates are lower is that execution eliminates the need for incarceration.

Comment: Re:Is the math not towing the groupthink? (Score 1) 174

by CrimsonAvenger (#49494645) Attached to: Social Science Journal 'Bans' Use of p-values

My immediate thought would be that hard math in this field doesn't tow the groupthink

Why should the math be towing the groupthink? Can't the groupthink move on its own?

Or did you mean "toe the groupthink" as in "toe the line". No, that expression isn't about pulling barges, it's about standing in the right place in a formation....

Comment: Re:Larger landing area (Score 3, Informative) 339

Rockets are capable of incredible acceleration, especially when they're low on fuel and deprived of their payload. Under those conditions, the F9 first stage could easily go from 50MPH (~22m/s) to 0 in the space of a few meters.

Specifically, from a starting height of 50 feet, and a starting velocity of 50 mph downward, it would require a net acceleration of ~16.5 m/s^2 to come to a stop at ground level.

Since a single (much less nine) Merlin engine can manage 654 kN thrust at sealevel, and a (nearly) empty Falcon 9 first stage masses under 20000 kg, a Falcon first stage is capable of >32.7 m/s^2 acceleration (assuming only one engine burning, of course). Which is more than plenty to allow it to come to a stop on the ground from the estimated speed/height of the OP....

Comment: Re:People are tribal even when they don't realize (Score 1) 245

by CrimsonAvenger (#49478749) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

Google is now in the same position, where they use their dominant position in search to push users to their other products like YouTube, Gmail, G+ etc. If you create a Google account so that you can customize your search settings you automatically get a Gmail account, a YouTube account, a G+ account and basically everything else they offer.

Yep. Got all those things when I created a google account. Don't use any of them. And they've never tried to force me to use them, nor forbidden me from using something else for the same purposes...

So, where, exactly, is the monopolistic behaviour?

Comment: Re:Is the Voyager that fast? (Score 1) 116

In the Original Star Trek, "warp Factor" is cubed to give the equivalent in light speed. Thus the original 1701 Enterprise could travel 64 times lightspeed at Warp 4

They said that, but 64c (or even 216c) isn't really fast enough to see some of the things that supposedly happened. 64c means three weeks to alphacent, or five months to Vega, as I recall. They were tooling around much faster than that....

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by CrimsonAvenger (#49477215) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

The problem there is that all it takes is one crap site and an attacker can check all of your "reset answers" (pet's name / mom's name / etc) to see if they can be used for an attack.

Use a password manager with a really good password.

When you create an account, pick a "secret question" randomly, note it in your password manager, then MAKE UP an answer. "What's your mother's maiden name" - "Merkava". "What's the name of your first pet" - "Norelco".

Hard to guess the answer to a secret question when it has nothing to do with the facts on the ground....

Comment: Re:Shows just how far the U.S. will go to get him (Score 2, Insightful) 160

do you really think they wouldn't stoop to trumping up some rape charges and put a little pressure on Sweden too?

Why would they bother? Sweden is less likely to cooperate with the US government than the UK is. If they really wanted him, they'd have just gotten the UK to extradite him, instead of fiddling around with getting Sweden to extradite him from the UK, then extraditing him from Sweden....

Comment: Re:Free advertising (Score 1) 212

by CrimsonAvenger (#49469031) Attached to: Legislation Would Force Radio Stations To Pay Royalties

Speaking of payola, it should come as no surprise that "TV/Movies/Music" are among the top 3 industries donating money to both Mr. Nadler [opensecrets.org] and Ms. Blackburn [opensecrets.org].

Of course, they donate to 90% of the Senators and 97% of the Representatives. It's not like bribing Congress to get your way is somehow restricted to these two...

Always remember, if you give government the power to do anything you want, then there's big money in just paying off the government to get your way. Note, by the by, that the royalty fees being discussed (which will no doubt increase later) are set to be just about sufficient to pay for the lobbying that the industry does in Washingotn....

Comment: Re:Tradeoffs (Score 2) 186

by CrimsonAvenger (#49468955) Attached to: Acetaminophen Reduces Both Pain and Pleasure, Study Finds

Within reasonable (cannabis, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, peyote) limits I don't view it as the job of the Government to regulate pleasure inducing substances. If you want to talk about the extremes (heroin and other opiates, cocaine, barbiturates), then yes, I think the use thereof should be regulated.

It should, perhaps, be noted that what is defined as "extreme" depends largely on personal opinion.

If you give the government the power to regulate something, THEY define what is extreme. And the next Congress gets to redefine "extreme" to suit them, ad infinitum....

Comment: Re:Nothing surpricing really. (Score 2) 143

Why would stock holders be held to account and not the people who made the decisions to, or did commit the act of whatever crime?

Assuming no Limited Liability (you know,the thing that makes corporations corporations), it's pretty well established that the owner of a thing is responsible for the thing - if your dog gets loose and mauls a child, YOU are liable. If your car rolls down the hill into a crowd, you're the one in trouble, not the car...

Same with being a stockholder - YOU own it, YOU are liable for its problems. Absent "Limited liability", of course.

Note that the whole "limited liability" thing was invented for that very reason - people weren't willing to invest in things they had no control over, so pre-corporate days, about the largest business you saw was a partnership (two to a few dozen people working together for some purpose (usually making money))....

Comment: Re:Nothing surpricing really. (Score 1) 143

Corporations are legal fictions, and the "rights" they have been granted are to shield employees from legal responsibility, which is the opposite of their purpose.

No, the purpose of those "rights" is to shield the STOCKHOLDERS from legal responsibility.

If stockholders were held liable for decisions by management, your 401K/IRA/whatever would be pretty empty, since a fine paid by the corporation would then be passed along to the stockholders....

And why should the stockholders by legally liable, when they make none of the decisions, after all?

Comment: Re:But....Profits! (Score 1) 278

by CrimsonAvenger (#49452745) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid

Sorry you should figure how to reduce the power consumption, but well, at that price you seem not to care. Main problem with the climate catastrophe ... how energy can be so cheap that you don't care about reducing consumption is beyond me.

My summertime electric bills are in the timezone of the person you're responding to. Reason? A/C running nearly 24/7. 90+ temps, 90%+ humidity, so your A/C runs pretty much constantly, even with good insulation.

The only way I've managed to reduce things is trees to the south of the house to block as much direct sunlight as possible. And that solution makes solar power impossible, of course.

Always try to do things in chronological order; it's less confusing that way.