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Comment: Re:And this attack ad is brought to you.... (Score 1) 141

by ncc74656 (#48628473) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

They establishment Republicans have already rolled over with the passing of Cromnibus. I expect that if the push Jeb Bush to the front there will be record apathy among conservatives in the 2016 election.

To amplify on that point, never underestimate the ability of the Republican Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. :-P

Comment: Re:Rethuglican hypocrites (Score 1) 141

by ncc74656 (#48628415) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

the composition and political thrust of the parties changed dramatically with the Republican southern strategy of the 60s

Let me put you some f'in knowledge.

And more.

And even more.

On top of that, how do you explain the Democrats' only really starting to lose their stranglehold on southern-state governorships and legislatures in the '90s and later?

Comment: Re:Wildly premature question (Score 1) 81

by Bruce Perens (#48620117) Attached to: SpaceX To Attempt Falcon 9 Landing On Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

If we look at jet aircraft, wear depends on the airframe and the engines, and the airframe seems to be the number of pressurize/depressurize cycles as well as the running hours. Engines get swapped out routinely but when the airframe has enough stress it's time to retire the aircraft lest it suffer catastrophic failure. Rockets are different in scale (much greater stresses) but we can expect the failure points due to age to be those two, with the addition of one main rocket-specific failure point: cryogenic tanks.

How long each will be reliable can be established using ground-based environmental testing. Nobody has the numbers for Falcon 9R yet.

Weight vs. reusable life will become a design decision in rocket design.

Comment: Re:wireless (Score 1) 115

by ncc74656 (#48572753) Attached to: FreeNAS 9.3 Released

What if I want my server in a different room from my router?

Minimal solution: run a cable between rooms.

Better solution: put in structured wiring and use that to make the connection between rooms.

Best solution: buy a home where the builder put in structured wiring, and use it. :-)

Comment: Re:Like the space shuttle-------- (Score 1) 140

by ncc74656 (#48531177) Attached to: NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

We keep hearing this is going to be the vehicle that's going to take us to Mars. Excuse me? Exactly how is a vehicle that can only carry 6 people carry supplies for even one person for nearly a year?

Multiple launches to first put supplies for the trip in orbit, with the last launch bringing the crew up on one of these. Assemble the Mars-bound bits in orbit, then send them on their way. I read something about this the other day, but don't remember where.

Comment: Re:Monorail - define trivially. (Score 1) 93

by ncc74656 (#48526749) Attached to: A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

Actually it'd have to go through the Tropicana, and/or swerve around several blocks because the side of the airport that faces the strip is the runways. Getting the monorail out there would be a clusterfuck to say the least.

The part of Trop that passes north of the airport is mostly empty near the street, with the few businesses in there set well back. They could bring the monorail down to ground level (or even dig a trench for it) to keep from obstructing air traffic. Instead of bringing it down alongside Paradise Road, they could avoid that disruption by turning south sooner and going through the economy-parking lot and by Terminal 2 (which AFAICT is no longer in use) to bring it to Terminal 1. There should already be something in place to move people between Terminals 1 & 3, but if they want to extend the monorail out to Terminal 3 (I've only flown through it once), that'd be a bonus.

Comment: Re:Own loud is great! (Score 1) 30

by ncc74656 (#48526565) Attached to: Using OwnCloud To Integrate Dropbox, Google Drive, and More In Gnome
ownCloud's worked pretty well for me the past few months, but v7.0.3 caused all sorts of breakage on Android when accessing WebDAV shares. Switching photo uploads from FolderSync to the ownCloud Android client fixed that, but Keepass2Android still won't open my password archive directly. I can get to it over WebDAV with ES File Explorer and open it read-only in Keepass2Android, but that's a kludge I didn't need with the previous version. I'd downgrade, but the previous version is only available as source and the downloaded .deb for the previous version is gone from /var/cache/apt/archives. Hopefully they'll undo this breakage in 7.0.4.

Comment: Yes. Next question? (Score 2, Informative) 127

by bfwebster (#48470829) Attached to: Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

Seriously, the rush to electronic voting after the 2000 Presidential election was just a bad idea all the way around -- and, frankly, most IT people with any experience were saying so. It is vastly, vastly harder to change physical media than to change electronics.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 4, Insightful) 1128

by cheezedawg (#48455429) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I submit to you that you do not know what happened. Don't feel bad- very few people outside of the 12 members of the Grand Jury have heard all of known facts of the case. I certainly don't know what happened.

But please keep this in mind. Things that you accept as fact are not really facts. Case in point: your assumption that Brown had surrendered. Some of the sworn testimony that was released tonight following the prosecutor's press conference indicates that Brown had not surrendered, and in fact was charging the police officer "like a football player" with his head down and fists clenched. And at the same time, as the prosecutor detailed in his press conference, much of the early eye witness accounts that indicated that Brown had surrendered did not hold up under further scrutiny.

As I said, I don't know what happened, but I think this is enough to move the narrative that Brown had surrendered out of the "fact" category.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake

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