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Comment: "Jobs" (Score 1) 354

by Dereck1701 (#47421339) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

"It counts 1,300 suppliers in 45 states supporting 133,000 jobs"

Assuming the low end ($399 Billion) that puts the cost at $3 Million per job...... If "jobs" are the focus someone needs to have their eyes checked. I also got a kick out of this one “"The jet has flown to every corner of the envelope and it’s meeting or exceeding expectations in performance,” Siebert said". Last I heard the VTOL version cracks its frame. Aircraft Carrier version can't catch the arresting wire, the stealth rating has been downgraded, it can't hold much ordnance, Its maneuverability is lackluster, the airframe is expected to have a much shorter lifespan than hoped, the fuel dump poses a fire hazard, the list goes on and on.

Comment: And how is this different? (Score 1) 265

by Dereck1701 (#47421179) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

And how is this different from many other urban areas, it sounds exactly like any other mall. The fact that they're building it bigger and more centralized doesn't change the fact that there are many such climate controlled shopping centers in most other cities, more than a few located only a stones throw from the "bad side" of town where their poorly paid workforce lives.

Comment: Re: Patience, my pretty... (Score 1) 118

by Dereck1701 (#47421053) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

The fact of the mater is though that it never did spread past the base, you can argue what "might have" happened till you're blue in the face but that still doesn't change the fact that even if no one had been vaccinated the other measures taken (quarantine, assessment of proximate personnel, public advisories, etc) at least in this case prevented the spread of the disease. If this had been an auto manufacturer and some safety mechanism that never saved a life but had resulted in 25 deaths, hundreds of debilitating injuries & hundreds more with minor injuries the public would have screamed for blood. Instead the government rushed indemnification legislation through. Thankfully modern vaccines are far less apt to produce these side effects (though their effectiveness is somewhat compromised as well), but they DO still happen (a partial study in China suggested 1 in a Million). Vaccinating the entire population for something that "could possibly, maybe happen" would result in at a minimum dozens if not hundreds of severe injuries/deaths, all for something with no clearly definable reason. Call me crazy but I like a little justification before I'm injected with something that has a remote possibility of killing/crippling me.

Comment: Re:One hundred *billion* dollars? (Score 1) 103

Well, give them a little credit. The Joint Strike Fighter according to the last review had exceeded its cost estimates by more than 50%, so they're only more than ~$300 Billion over budget, oh except for the fact that they're producing less than a quarter of the originally projected 1,591 aircraft (365 per 2012 plans), the aircraft won't use more than 30% common parts between the models (was supposed to be 70%), the VTOL version is still cracking its frame and the carrier landing hook still has to be redesigned because it doesn't catch the arresting cable.

Comment: Re: Patience, my pretty... (Score 2) 118

by Dereck1701 (#47412293) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

You might want to look up the "Swine Flu Scare of 1976". A few cases of swine flu infected some recruits on a military base in New Jersey. Public health officials fearing an outbreak began a mass vaccination campaign costing over a hundred million dollars, up to 500 cases of Guillain–Barré syndrome, and at least 25 deaths. All to stop a flu that never exceeded 5 infections contained to Fort Dix, and only 1 death directly attributable to the flu. Vaccines can be a great thing, they have came a long way since even that incident, but used without justifiable cause they DO result in more harm than good.

Comment: "Privacy Board" (Score 1) 170

by Dereck1701 (#47373327) Attached to: Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

A "Privacy and Civil Liberties" board stacked with members/former members of the DHS, counter terrorism, Justice Department & FTC. Agencies well known for their efforts to EXPAND government authority not limit it. And anyone thinks for a second that their "report" would have ended any other way?

Comment: Re: LED "lifetime" misconception (Score 1) 196

by Dereck1701 (#47373299) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

"Life: 22.8 years (Based on 3 hrs/day)."

And even that may be an exaggeration, I know CFL's still claim they will last years. Most that I've used last months at most. I recently bought a couple LED flood lights on clearance, when I was looking for some other 40/60 watt bulbs I noticed a flood exactly the same as the one I had grabbed from clearance, same manufacturer, same lumens, same wattage, same packaging. Only difference was the "lasts up to" numbers, half of what they were on the clearance bulb.

Comment: LEDs (Score 1) 196

by Dereck1701 (#47373177) Attached to: The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

I've been mostly buying LED's, expensive as hell ($12 for candelabra, $20 for flood, $7 for 60 watt) but so far so good, haven't had any of them burn out, I imagine they're saving me quite a bit in electricity. IF they last as long as they say they will (10+ years) they'll be well worth it, but we'll see of they live up to their claims better than those no good, useless, short lived, toxic piece of crap CFL bulbs.

Comment: Overly paranoid (Score 0) 186

by Dereck1701 (#47239983) Attached to: The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

Seems a bit overly paranoid. I've never had a device that I couldn't get it to switch languages, adjust the volume or disable/reset a function (house telling you to exercise). I have no interest in networking the houses primary utilities (door locks, dish/cloths washer, lights, electricity, fridge, HVAC, etc) but some secondary functions (exterior security cameras, temperature/water sensors, etc) would be fine as long as they are not in any way connected to the primaries. Technology is great, but until we figure out device security it shouldn't be integrated too deeply into our lives.

Comment: Re:PR (Score 1) 140

by Dereck1701 (#47140923) Attached to: SpaceX Shows Off 7-Man Dragon V2 Capsule

" simply because it was a sucky boondoggle"

The question is was it a sucky boondoggle for technical reasons, or political reasons. Technically the shuttle had a lot going for it, pretty hefty re-usability, high performance, major cargo capacity up and down. I think its major issues came from the political side rather than a fundamental issue with the technology. Funneling massive amounts of money to various constituencies, relying on defense contractors & no bid contracts. With some relatively minor design changes, an open and fair bidding/contract process & treating the shuttle more like a transportation system and less like a "can't fail" program to which you could attach your every pork project it could have become a VERY successful launch system. Instead we now have SLS, estimate to be greater than $4 billion per launch, even more than the shuttle, with the same contractors that made the shuttle program so expensive so expect those numbers to climb. This coming on the heals of the failed Constellation program, $11 Billion down the drain for one PR launch of a "spacecraft demonstrator" cobbled together from various pieces of old spacecraft hardware.

Comment: Re:yeah, whatever (Score 1) 207

by Dereck1701 (#47132845) Attached to: UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

"the NSA using whatever power they have to get the companies shut down if they didn't follow suit."

Kind of reminds me of Qwest, the one major communications provider to tell the NSA to take a hike when they started their domestic spying program. Not long after they were loosing contracts left and right and under investigation by the SEC.

Comment: Look on the face of the first officer to..... (Score 1) 626

by Dereck1701 (#47053521) Attached to: Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

I hope they have a camera to take a picture of the face of the first officer that makes a "mistake" and tries to write one of these driverless cars a speeding ticket. With suites of sensors, accelerometers, LiDAR, radar, GPS there will be no doubt what the actual speed of the car was. Maybe we'll even get lucky and that whole "educated guess" court decision will get thrown out when an officer claims that a car was going 60 MPH when evidence from a dozen sensors prove it was actually going 35.

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