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Comment: Re:I wonder who they would have blamed (Score 1) 586

by Gman2725 (#44909761) Attached to: USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document
It's all good. I feel less slighted knowing you served too and weren't just making a statement as a misinformed civ. The 101st is a hell of a unit as well. They earned their due as well. Only Delta's ops are classified. Their existence at the base is stated on several publicly accessible websites as are the other commands I mentioned. There are several other non acknowledged units stationed there , as well as foreign forces of a covert nature partaking in training.

Comment: Radiation Issues? Let's call TEPCO (Score 1) 212

by Gman2725 (#44888365) Attached to: Join the Efforts of a Manned Mission To Jovian Moon Europa
[humor attempt] It's my understanding Jupiter has some seriously intense radiation issues even for shielded space probes. Oh wait nevermind, we can just use the TEPCO method. Only bring devices capable of registering the maximum reading we want to admit. [/humor attempt] Otherwise you still have to get through the asteroid belt, then somehow avoid the debris orbiting the planet itself in the rings. Then there's the magnetic field the size and strength of Donald Trump's ego to contend with. All to go to a planet to drill down through ice of unknown thickness in the hopes of finding liquid water that may or may not contain anything from living organisms to non water liquids. We don't even know how stable the ice crust is to know if we could land anything on it as it could have thin spots caused by heating and currents from below or be subject to instability from tidal forces from Jupiter's gravity. That being said, I'd gladly volunteer all of the U. S. legislature as crew since it's a one way trip.

Comment: It's actually a good idea. (Score 3, Insightful) 140

by Gman2725 (#44687105) Attached to: Afraid Someone Will Steal Your Game Design Idea?
He's creating a public record of his ideas and innovations by blogging in this way. It seems like it would encourage people to steal them, but could also be used in court to prove he had the ideas first. It may or may not hold up in court in the end, but at least it gives him the opportunity to get the credit he deserves publicly for his innovations.

Comment: Re:just because I'm a ghoul: (Score 1) 37

by Gman2725 (#44657879) Attached to: DIY Space Suit Testing
At least it was an instant death. Would prefer to go like that without warning than the way those poor sailors on the Kursk that managed to make it to the aft compartment did, knowing they were screwed and unable to do anything about it because the only hatch out was jammed in place by the force of the sub hitting the bottom.

Comment: Hope you're not claustrophobic.. (Score 2) 37

by Gman2725 (#44657343) Attached to: DIY Space Suit Testing
This reminds me of when I was considering changing from just sport diving to becoming a salvage diver. I was talking to one of my friends who does it for a living and he had one of the old MK V deep diving suits in his collection of old diving gear. I'm not normally claustrophobic, but when I tried it on, the moment they tightened the helmet down to the suit it was almost panic inducing. I've had incidents at depth before with my scuba rig, but the very idea of being that isolated and having to rely on air being pumped in from the surface while you're a couple hundred feet or more down was a terrifying thought. It's no where near as complicated as a space suit, but I imagine the experience is similar, knowing if something goes wrong it's going to take you a few minutes minimum to get back to an airlock and safety and having the visor inches from your face all the time.

Comment: What happened to comparmentalization? (Score 1) 634

by Gman2725 (#44522943) Attached to: NSA Firing 90% of Its Sysadmins
When I was in the armed forces, we were issued Top Secret clearances but they were compartmentalized clearances. One unit didn't know what the other was up to unless we were tasked with the same mission. If you get rid of 90% of the sys admins, this leaves only 10% to split access to the data they're trying to protect. This seems like less people would have greater access to more data, and would leave you with limited ability to keep data restricted to individual compartments within the security structure. Also, the leak didn't come from within the NSA itself so why are they culling their own staff? Doing this will make them more reliant on outside contracting firms, which was the problem in the first place if I recall. This just demonstrates the real problems are at the top of the management structure. Outside contractors should have zero access to any of this data period. This move just flies in the face of common sense.

Comment: Re:You go old timer! (Score 1) 336

by Gman2725 (#44053555) Attached to: PDP-11 Still Working In Nuclear Plants - For 37 More Years
You would be amazed at the amount of spares that are collecting dust in closets and back rooms. Companies like to hoard things like this so they can count them as assets, especially if the hardware is old enough for the parts to be valuable again. When my wife was an insurance appraiser, she would often arrive at a company property and find rooms upon rooms of ancient hardware just sitting there for these reasons.

Comment: I'll be happy to pay taxes on it when.... (Score 1) 239

by Gman2725 (#44041907) Attached to: BitCoin Mining, Other Virtual Activity Taxable Under US Law
I can also deduct my market losses from my taxes when the prices tank on the exchanges. Also, if they're declaring Bitcoin profits taxable, does this mean we can no start deducting mining hardware expense as well as claiming depreciation of the same hardware each year it's in use? Only seems fair to me.

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