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Comment Re:Sometimes.... (Score 2) 235

The harebrained conspiracy nuts don't consider themselves idiots...quite the contrary, they consider their belief in conspiracies to be evidence that they're more clever than the scheming masterminds (not to mention the rest of humanity, hence the word "sheeple").

Dunning-Krugery at its finest.

Submission + - Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 Reach End-of-Life Next Week (

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, January 12, Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 will officially reach their end of life. A new patch going live soon will add a notification that nags users to upgrade. "What’s even bigger about the end of life for these versions is that this means Internet Explorer 11 is the last version of Microsoft’s old browser that’s left supported, as the company continues to transition customers to Edge on Windows 10."

Submission + - NASA rings out 2015 with close looks at Ceres and Enceladus (

MarkWhittington writes: 2015 was a historical year for NASA with its close flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto last July. But the space agency rings out the year with some close looks at two divergent worlds thanks to its far-ranging space probes. The Dawn mission returned the closest images yet of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt. Also, the space agency released images of Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, whose ice geysers have fascinated scientists, indicating a subsurface ocean similar to the one that resides beneath the ice moon of Jupiter, Europa.

Comment Re:Towed Sonar? (Score 1) 92

Sonar emits sound in a spherical pattern, the area of that sphere blocked by the ship is minuscule (the further away from the ship the smaller it is) and only to a relatively shallow depth; the sonar buoy can submerge below that and have a completely clear forward field of view. Also, if the receiving hydrophones are on the ship rather than the buoy, the engines and sonar emitter are both in the same direction (behind), so they could be optimized for forward facing sensitivity without having to worry about being in close proximity to the emitter (the inverse square law applies: a sonar ping loud enough to bounce off a target a few kilometers away is going to be seriously loud at the source, that limits the sensitivity and gain of the receiver).

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