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Comment: Re:Easy to remedy (Score 1) 147

by MadnessASAP (#35622068) Attached to: MS Removes HTTPS From Hotmail For Troubled Nations

I believe the point he's trying to make is that anonymity/security on the internet, especially in a hostile country, is a very hard thing to accomplish and is best left to people who now what they are doing. By all means grandma can send and receive emails about recipes and photos of grandkids to her hearts content and nobody will break down her door for it HTTPS or not, but when grandma starts planning a revolution she better not be assuming that she'll be safe and secure on the internet and if she can't assure herself of that then maybe she shouldn't be risking her life.

Comment: Re:Why do they need fuel? (Score 1) 79

by MadnessASAP (#35515592) Attached to: Intelsat To Start Refueling Satellites In Orbit

There isn't much, but there is still the occasional molecule bumping around( Even between galaxies the density ranges between 1 atom per cubic centimeter to 1 atom per cubic meter), add solar winds, the moon, slight variations in gravitational pull because the earth is unfortunately not a perfect sphere of uniform density, let's through in the galactic core for good measure since hey gravity goes to infinity. Oh and were not perfect at putting satellites into orbit so they may slowly drift into each other because one may be a 1' higher then the other and were left with a need to occasionally bump them around here and there.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 202

by MadnessASAP (#35486194) Attached to: NASA Worker Falls To His Death On Launch Pad

Sounds like one of those sentences is backwards.
A two story drop is completely survivable (so you shouldn't fear it).
Falling from the CN tower is sure to kill you.

Sounds like you have a fear of landing at survivable but painful speeds.


Protip: If falling at terminal velocity be sure to orient yourself with your head facing down so as to ensure that your last conscious though wont be feeling your femur going through your lungs.

Comment: Re:Lava Tube (Score 0) 322

by MadnessASAP (#35401826) Attached to: Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

Sorry to be outrageously pedantic but this has always bugged me, '==' represent a query not a statement it's like saying 'is a chamber filled with debris equal to no chamber at all' vs. using '=' which would be 'a chamber filled with debris is equal to no chamber'.

As for the actual substance of your post I would assume that it will be much easier to empty out a chamber filled with crap rather then construct a chamber from scratch. The only argument I can see is if it's actually worthwhile to use a subterranean base, perhaps prefab buildings on the surface is the way to go.

Comment: Re:Only pilots who are pussies (Score 2) 546

by MadnessASAP (#34970072) Attached to: Laser Incidents With Aircraft On the Rise

Doesn't need to be a steady beam, with a powerful laser it just takes a fraction of a second to dazzle a pilot and force him to abort a landing. I work at an airport and have flown in the cockpit enough times to tell you that landings are sketchy enough without some jackass on the ground trying to distract you. Fortunately the things are run in a modern cockpit makes switching command and aborting landing a fairly simple task, nevertheless it's just a matter of time before a pilot gets a laser in the eye twitches his hand 50' off the ground and noses the bastard right into the dirt.

When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.