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Journal Journal: According to my records...

It has been well over a year since I looked at Slashdot.

I see that some of my friends are still writing journal entries. Want them to know I'm still alive. :-)

Comment Re:Mommy... (Score 4, Informative) 1435

Article I Section 8:

"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;"

That seems pretty clear to me... As to whether te expenses to be paid for are justified is a different matter...

Comment Re:So Proud of Gun Ownership (Score 1) 1232

And we do, which is why we quarantine dangerous infectious disease carriers, to limit their rights and freedoms, in order that they don't harm others.

Where, pray tell, are our HIV colonies located? What about the hepatitis colonies? Where is the influenza ward in the hospital? (yes, the flu is deadly dangerous)

Oh, right. What you said is pretty much make-believe except for possibly some rare esoteric infections that few people acquire.

Comment Re:Ben Bernanke is the Copper Thief (Score 1) 363

"Yes, people huff gasoline, they huff the propellant from Cheeze Whiz."

Cheeze Whiz doesn't use propellant, it comes in a jar.

You might have been thinking about Easy Cheese, which does use a propellant, but it's a bit hard to get to it the way the can is designed, as the propellant is in a separate sealed chamber from the product.

The Military

US Air Force's 1950s Supersonic Flying Saucer Declassified 300

MrSeb writes "Tighten the strap on your tinfoil hat: Recently declassified documents show that the US Air Force was working on, and perhaps had already built, a supersonic flying saucer in 1956. The aircraft, which had the code name Project 1794, was developed by the USAF and Avro Canada in the 1950s. One declassified memo, which seems to be the conclusion of initial research and prototyping, says that Project 1794 is a flying saucer capable of 'between Mach 3 and Mach 4,' (2,300-3,000 mph) a service ceiling of over 100,000 feet (30,500m), and a range of around 1,000 nautical miles (1,150mi, 1850km). According to declassified cutaway diagrams, the supersonic flying saucer would propel itself by rotating an outer disk at very high speed, taking advantage of the Coand effect. Maneuvering would be accomplished by using small shutters on the edge of the disc (similar to ailerons on a winged aircraft). Power would be provided by jet turbines. According to the cutaway diagrams, the entire thing would even be capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). The fact that there are no disc-shaped aircraft in the skies today, though, suggests that the USAF's flying saucer efforts probably never got past the prototype stage."

Comment Re:Apple ][ easter egg (Score 1) 98

Actually, it was the VERIFY command in the ProDOS BASIC.SYS that output the copyright message when no filename was given. In ProDOS, if a filename was given, it checked that the file existed, but did nothing else.

Apple DOS 3.3 and earlier read every sector in the file and would return an I/O error if it could not be read. Not specifying a file name resulted in an error.

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly