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Comment: What about landing at White Sands? (Score 1) 81

by El_Oscuro (#48623075) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship
White Sands Missile Range is right next to the Spaceport America and has 4,000 square miles of uninhabited desert. The Army tests rockets there all the time, and sometimes closes highway 70 (which passes through the range) when they do. Since the goal of cheaper launch costs is something the miltary would find useful, I am pretty sure Spacex could come to an agreement to do some testing using the range. Before talking to the Army, Spacex would probably want to run several real tests at sea, where they would expect the landings to fail until wthe worked out all of the bugs with the aerodynmics, winds, etc. Not so much to ensure you can land on a ship, but to ensure you can land within a few miles of where you want to. If you can do that, there are lots of places you can land.

Comment: Re:Coastal people live in their own universe (Score 2) 264

by El_Oscuro (#48330605) Attached to: We Are Running Out of Sand
You mean like Wonko the Sane, who also lives in California? According to ancient legends, when Wonko saw instructions on how to use a toothpick on a packet of toothpicks, he became convinced that the world had gone crazy and so built the house as an asylum for it, with the insides and outsides reversed. Apparently he also received a fishbowl from the Dolphins before they left.

Comment: Re:do one thing and do it well (Score 1) 156

by El_Oscuro (#48191875) Attached to: GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today
You mean VI, the notepad for Unix? Since it is by default installed on pretty much every Unix system, including Macs, I would say it is cross platform. It is even easy to get for Windows. As far as stability goes, it has never crashed in the 20+ years I have used it on any platform. An it is easy to replace. All you have to do install another editor, i.e. sudo apt-get install emacs.

Comment: Re:The driving force to open source? (Score 2) 313

by El_Oscuro (#48183457) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

I don't think the command line is an issue. I don't think instructing a user to open a terminal and issue commands is any harder than having them open regedit and add obscure keys.

The really sweet spot is a well designed GUI configuration utility which allows you to generate approriate command line scripts to allow the configuration to be duplicated. Unfortunately, this is rare in the Unix world and non-existent in Windows.

Compared to GUIs, command line interfaces are stable. I am still using commands for 20+ years ago to adminster modern systems, while the recent "upgrade" to Win7/2008 has made so many changes to the interface that it seems like I have to relearn it each time I use it.

Comment: Re:Shellshock is way worse (Score 4, Informative) 94

by El_Oscuro (#48121471) Attached to: How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows
Windows has its own version of shellshock in CMD.EXE C:\Usersl>set foo=bar^&ping -n 1
C:\Usersl>echo %foo%

Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from bytes=32 time=8ms TTL=250

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 1, Received = 1, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 8ms, Maximum = 8ms, Average = 8ms
Unlike Linux, I don't think this has been patched.

Comment: Re:Crude? (Score 1) 99

by El_Oscuro (#47905025) Attached to: Original 11' <em>Star Trek Enterprise</em> Model Being Restored Again
In TOS, if watch The Doomsday Machine episode, it is obvious that the the damage Constellation had was caused by something like a lighter. There is some debate as to whether the model was actually one of those Revell models we used to get as kids at the local Gemco, or if it was the crappiest version of the full scale models. Given that it would be easier to generate those kinds of burns on a smaller Revell model, I would guess the former.

Comment: Re:All the more reason-- (Score 1) 166

by El_Oscuro (#47681837) Attached to: Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: the Death of Clear-Text

I once had a computer which did that, a Commodore 64. I am pretty sure most others at that time were that way too. The whole "store the O/S on a R/W hard drive" was an IBM PC/Microsoft idea, as were viruses.

A ROM based system with Ubuntu or Knoppix would be pretty sweet for surfing teh Interwebs.

Comment: Re:Move along, nothing to see here... (Score 1) 122

by El_Oscuro (#47471335) Attached to: Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

I'm guessing that less than 2% of you know probably what the heck I'm talking about here.

Missed it by THAT much? Agent 86 once said that after he almost shot his dick off. I wonder if he ever screwed Agent 99? Man, I used to think she was hot. And the Cone of Silence? I saw a real one in action while on jury duty once. The judge lowered this stupid contraption when he was talking with the lawyers. It made this white noise which gave everyone headaches but I had no problem hearing their entire conversation from the other side of the room...

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop