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Comment: Re:They got the wrong idea from the Korean War (Score 1) 628

by HistoryNerd (#43321281) Attached to: North Korea Declares a State of War

Uh, South Korea doesn't even vaguely resemble its 1950 counterpart.

South Korea has a roughly 640,000 man strong army and 2.9 million in reserves. China in no way has localized military superiority given the actual size of its army at this point, and would have trouble bring up all its reserves very quickly especially given assured prompt US intervention including air power. (With the US bringing in substantial troops in the long run with possible significant international support given plainly unprovoked Chinese aggression in this scenario.)

In a scenario where China is invading a unified Korea, South Korea would also have allot of trained North Korean manpower willing to fight against a plainly non-Korean invader.


Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit 992

Posted by Soulskill
from the germany-chuckles dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Most highways in the U.S. top out at 75 mph, while some highways in rural West Texas and Utah have 80 mph speed limits. All that is about to change as Texas opens a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country, giving eager drivers a chance to rip through a trip between two of the state's largest metropolitan areas at 85 mph for a 41-mile toll road between Austin and San Antonio. While some drivers will want to test their horsepower and radar detectors, others are asking if safety is taking a backseat. A 2009 report in the American Journal of Public Health found that more than 12,500 deaths were attributable to increases in speed limits on all kinds of roads and that rural highways showed a 9.1 percent increase in fatalities on roads where speed limits were raised. 'If you're looking at an 85 mph speed limit, we could possibly see drivers going 95 up to 100 miles per hour,' says Sandra Helin, president of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service. 'When you get to those speeds, your accidents are going to be a lot worse. You're going to have a lot more fatalities.'"

Comment: Re:Another Tesla museum? (Score 4, Interesting) 63

by HistoryNerd (#41129211) Attached to: The Oatmeal's Fundraiser Tops $1M Toward Tesla Museum

The one you have been to in Colorado Springs was almost certainly what has now been closed. The current one, which is extremely limited in scope by any measure, is actually basically in someone's basement and can be visited by appointment only.

The Belgrade one is the one really notable true museum, but the view of many is there should be one in the U.S. where his most significant scientific accomplishments occurred, especially since most people are not going to happen to go to Belgrade.

Comment: Re:Audience (Score 2) 63

by HistoryNerd (#41129113) Attached to: The Oatmeal's Fundraiser Tops $1M Toward Tesla Museum

It should be mostly 1 & 2, with adults who don't really know that much about science in general but think it might be an interesting museum to see being another category.

There should be plenty designed specifically for kids and school children in general, but the museum should ideally have artifacts and objects associated with tesla so that while the electrical engineer may have known just about everything about the exhibits information wise in advance, but still enjoy seeing the assorted artifacts in person.

Those who you might categorize as "Tesla nutters" still may be happy to see Tesla get recognition and get some praise at a museum for his accomplishments. They are the people most likely to possibly complain Tesla is still not getting enough credit and the "museum sold out to corporate interests to conceal the whole truth about Tesla" though.

It should be noted those you might consider "Tesla nutters" really have nothing to do with the foundation setting up the museum other than donating money. The actual foundation board consists of among others physicists and a retired teacher/librarian.

Comment: Re:Very recently? (Score 1) 134

by HistoryNerd (#41007173) Attached to: <em>The Oatmeal</em> Begins a Fundraiser for a Nikola Tesla Museum

The key difference is there is now a developer willing to pay the price and who wants to flatten the site and turn it into a retail space, so the foundation has basically been given 6 weeks to come up with the money or the site and building is going to get sold and leveled.

The other huge difference is the State of New York has now pledged matching donations up to 850,000 dollars to buy the site and start work on the museum, which makes reaching the goal more viable.

Comment: Re:I would but... (Score 1) 134

by HistoryNerd (#41005475) Attached to: <em>The Oatmeal</em> Begins a Fundraiser for a Nikola Tesla Museum

The actual current asking price is 1.6 million, so if they meet their goal with the matching funds from New York State, they would be clearly above this with 1.7 million dollars. (The Indiegogo fee is only 4% at that point.)

It should be noted that they will need additional money to actually turn the building into a museum, so that where any money beyond the amount needed to buy the property will go.

I would view it as unlikely the other developer will win by raising the bid because the company in question is not required to necessarily sell to the highest bidder, and if they refused to sell at the 1.6 million amount and even a bit higher, the company in question could be looking at boycott threats and a large amount of bad publicity if they don't sell the property to the foundation. Under these circumstances, local politicians might suggest there could be permitting issues and other regulatory problems with tearing down the historic property as the developer desires in order to scare them off.

If its truly not possible to refund the money and the sale does not go through, presumably the non-profit in question would dedicate the money towards creating a Tesla museum and science center somewhere else in the New York City general area.

Comment: Re:This won't be in the public domain (Score 1) 327

This claim appears to be wrong.

The link about joint authorship notes joint authorship is assumed when a work is prepared by two or more individuals absent an agreement to the contrary.

If such an agreement is made when the music is recorded so Musopen has clear exclusive rights prior to releasing the work in the public domain, this issue should not exist.

Your second link is about licenses potentially terminating after 35 years, but realistically its hard to see the rights to the Star Wars music for instance reverting to the individual orchestra after 35 years, so there is undoubtedly going to be a legislative change to the laws if this really is an issue.

Just not being sold and not restricting use of the music doesn't actually change these basic legal ownership details regarding music.


Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the have-you-never-wondered-why-I-drink-only-distilled-water-or-rain-water-and-only-pure-grain-alcohol dept.
Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

Comment: Re:An all-time lawsuit low... (Score 1) 326

by HistoryNerd (#30452938) Attached to: 22 Million Missing Bush White House Emails Found

To be clear here, without this lawsuit there was a real question whether these emails would actually be saved for posterity at all. While they apparently are currently in a state where they could be recovered, if they were just left abandoned or outright thrown out, they would never be viewable at that point. While there may be limited short term payoff, there is the long term issue of eventual public accountability. (With emails becoming public after 7 years for instance potentially having actual consequences for former members of the Bush administration.)

It should be noted that there are genuine emails it probably is in the interests of the US as a whole to restrict from public access for awhile. I.E. where we have spies placed in North Korea and Iran, or simply pretty insulting sentiments about specific leaders of other countries. (If you knew the moment an administration left office such a view on the leader would be made public, you would be reluctant in many cases to give an honest opinion via email period.)

Comment: Re:An all-time lawsuit low... (Score 1) 326

by HistoryNerd (#30452880) Attached to: 22 Million Missing Bush White House Emails Found

Actually there is a huge point even if some of the emails actually are classified. (Normally for most of them there will simply be delay until the public can see them but they actually won't be classified.)

The key is that over time classified documents do become declassified, with this often occurring 25 years after the fact, and a large portion of such records becoming declassified after 50 years. (While a favorable Presidential administration might potentially hold off declassifying for dubious reasons, sooner or later a Presidential administration with different views is going to come along and reverse that decision.) This means eventually historians and others can get access to these emails and come to their own judgments about the Bush administration. In other words this provides the threat to future Presidential administrations that they will eventually be shamed by the unfavorable judgement of future historians and others for their misconduct. (It also will provide information which can be flat out useful for general future research by historians period.)

The Courts

Harlan Ellison Sues For "Star Trek" Episode 483

Posted by kdawson
from the dangerous-visions dept.
Miracle Jones writes "The ever-quotable speculative fiction writer Harlan Ellison has launched a lawsuit against Paramount and the Writer's Guild West for rights to residuals surrounding his famous and award winning 'City on the Edge of Forever' episode for the original Star Trek series. Ellison, recently featured in the documentary 'Dreams with Sharp Teeth,' said that 'The Trek fans who know my City screenplay understand just exactly why I'm bare-fangs-of-Adamantium about this.' Regarding his lawsuit, he had this to say: 'The arrogance, the pompous dismissive imperial manner of those who "have more important things to worry about," who'll have their assistant get back to you, who don't actually read or create, who merely "take" meetings, and shuffle papers — much of which is paper money denied to those who actually did the manual labor of creating those dreams — they refuse even to notice... until you jam a Federal lawsuit in their eye. To hell with all that obfuscation and phony flag-waving: they got my money. Pay me and pay off all the other writers from whom you've made hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars... from OUR labors... just so you can float your fat asses in warm Bahamian waters.'"

Comment: Re:Buy European? No chance. (Score 1) 640

by HistoryNerd (#26406931) Attached to: USAF Seeks Air Force One Replacement

It is completely correct - the reason why widening the taxiway is preferred is because always taxiing on the inner engines would place extra wear and tear on those engines, which is uneconomical in the long term but would be perfectly acceptable in a diversion.

You appear to be missing a major reason this is a key problem in the case of a potential Air Force One. Air Force One is actually going to pretty regularly fly to various airports all around the world, only a few of which are actually likely to see A380 scheduled service. When he's not flying to a location such as Paris or London it becomes quite likely this issue will come up. The President also has a variety of reason including political campaigning which can lead him to fly to all sorts of airports in the US, of which only a quite small number will be seeing A380 service anytime soon. Even as simply a maintenance issue it would be a major liability, and an engine going out at the wrong time could be somewhat of a security issue. (Among other things you don't want to take off with only three functioning engines and there are potentially times in which it can be important for the President to be able ti get in the air quickly.) The airport accessibility concern in this case is about way more than just an exceptional diversion.

Randall Walker needs to look at his data - Las Vegas already takes 777-300ER aircraft and that aircraft has a higher weight footprint than the A380 does. If the tunnels can take the 777-300ER, then they can take the A380.

The problem is not the individual pound per square inch exerted per wheel which the A380 does effectively deal with, but the TOTAL weight and the strain it potentially puts on the tunnel structure. A tunnel can potentially take the pounds per square inch just fine, but collapse due to the substantially greater total weight placed by the A380. If you read the article I linked to, LAX didn't upgrade underground structures specifically to accommodate the A380 for the heck of it, they did so because they calculated it was necessary to do so due to the greater weight of the plane involved. (The 777-300ER has been flying into Los Angeles International Airport for awhile.)

Comment: Re:Buy European? No chance. (Score 1) 640

by HistoryNerd (#26405117) Attached to: USAF Seeks Air Force One Replacement

Actually the A380 can operate out of as many airfields as the 747 can - the reason it isn't planned to is because of passenger offload and FOD issues (the outer engines overhang taxiways, causing a potential foreign object debris issue, but at these airports the A380 would simply taxi on the inner engines only).

This is incorrect.

I don't know if the taxing on inner engines is really viable, but there are other problems at some airports. (The odd thing is enlarging taxiways appears to have been treated as mandatory for all airports getting the A380, and you think some would just resort to the alternative you suggested if it was really safe and perfectly viable without problems.)

However there are additional issues at some US airports for instance...

Randall Walker, the Las Vegas airport's aviation director, said he rebuffed an Airbus request to become an emergency alternative airport for A380s destined for Los Angeles.

Walker said it's not even clear that the airport's underground tunnels could handle the weight of the airplane.;col1/

Basically reinforcing the tunnels to handle the A380s weight is something which certainly won't get done unless an airport is seeing regular A380 service. Similar situations exist at a variety of airports in which runways go over roads. However not being able to use various airports is a serious limitation for Air Force One which will regularly get used wherever the US President wants to fly somewhere. It also is a potential issue in that it limits the number of locations the aircraft can ultimately choose to land in an emergency situation.


+ - Babylon 5: The Lost Tales trailer released

Submitted by HistoryNerd
HistoryNerd writes: At long last Babylon 5 fans can catch a glimpse of Babylon 5: The Lost Tales through this trailer for the all new production ahead of the direct-to-DVD release this July 31st. This continuation of the Babylon 5 universe will feature John Sheridan (Boxleitner), Elizabeth Lochley (Scoggins), and Galen (Woodward) in two intertwined stories. Depending on its sales success, this may be the first in an anthology series of new releases focusing on different characters from the original series. Additional video diaries featuring behind the scenes footage of the shooting of this production have now been released as well, such as this one including a Minbari coffee break. The trailer can also be found along with additional video diaries and information about the production through the official site.

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