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Comment: Re:Security clearance (Score 1) 420

by Frosty Piss (#49659035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Moving To an Offshore-Proof Career?

I do wonder what they do with military personnel from friendly countries engaged in liaison activities, some of whom seem to be embedded in ways that give them access to secret information.

At the USAF base where I work, we have Canadian pilots flying out jets (with classified equipment on-board) on regular missions "down range", and we train Saudi (and other "friendly" forces) on top of the line military gear all the time, so there must be some kind of waiver.

Comment: Predictable (Score 4, Insightful) 176

Dude was fat and lead a stressful life. Under these conditions, such things happen.

This is not a slight or an insult, it is a statement of fact about the general lifestyle of Americans like myself: Diet, exercise, and stress reduction, unless you want to go at 45, 50 or 60 (and 60 is the new 45) ...

Comment: This is a publicity stunt. (Score 1) 128

by Frosty Piss (#49552397) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

So, the iceberg part is actually irrelevant. The ball could be anywhere.

The iceberg part is relevant. With this thing packed inside an iceberg, where does he plan to store a years worth of rations? How does he realistically expect to dispose of a years worth of shit? He's going to be pretty rank after a year inside a small ball.

And, if it just sits on top of the berg, who cares? If it's inside the berg, again, who cares? there is no actual science that can not be done in a much more reasonable way.

is Red Bull sponsoring this? Seriously, why does crap like this make it to the front page of Dicedot? Oh, that's right...

Comment: Wow. Just wow. (Score 5, Informative) 325

by Frosty Piss (#49487267) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The iPads weren't standalone education devices â" they were supposed to work in conjunction with another device carrying curriculum from a company named Pearson. But the district now says the combined tech didn't meet their needs, and they want their money back.

So... They didn't test the iPad / content combo to establish usability / feasibility / usefulness prior to dropping all this cash?

Comment: Re:ISS studies (Score 3, Interesting) 137

by Frosty Piss (#49475171) Attached to: Road To Mars: Solving the Isolation Problem

The ISS crew stays in their tin can for six month stints and seem to get along fine

Six months is not a year, and a year is not three.

Now, we are sending up a guy who will be there a full year, so we may see other things. Subtle (or not) effects of neurosis is almost a certainty. But such isolation could bring out more serious manifestations.

I think studies of prison inmates in isolation would probably be useful.

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. -- Poul Anderson