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Comment: Re:Um.... (Score 1) 120

by NouberNou (#47412281) Attached to: A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet
I doubt the virus is still alive if the sample is from the 1700s. Modern viral storage techniques didn't come about until the 20th century and even then it was still a troublesome aspect in most industrialized countries, and a big part of biowarfare research (gotta keep the virus capable despite being loaded into bombs, rockets, and other dispensers). Seeing that the US and Soviets had a massive problem getting this to work for many kinds of viruses I seriously doubt that some guy in the 1700s who didn't even know what a virus was would be capable of coming up with a better solution.

Comment: Seems reasonable... (Score 4, Insightful) 260

by NouberNou (#47183661) Attached to: Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft
Or you know maybe it it's about companies coming in and skirting all regulation and laws that other companies have played by for years? Also some of those (read almost all of those) regulations have a purpose that serves to protect the consumer and the employee.

But of course Libertarians will circle jerk about how poor little Lyft and Uber are being downtrodden upon by democratically elected governments that established the laws in the first place.

Comment: Re:I can't decide... (Score 4, Interesting) 238

by NouberNou (#45216553) Attached to: Nuclear Officers Napped With Blast Door Left Open
Your dad has some facts wrong there bucko (especially if he is talking about Minuteman, the facts are a bit different for Titan II). They don't sit underground for months at a time. They go on 24, and sometimes up to 72 hour alerts. So the longest they go with out seeing another person is 24 hours, which I am sure most people on Slashdot do on a weekly basis.

It does sound like your dad is talking about Titan II, but even then its not nearly as bad as you make it out to be (still pretty shitty though) and better than MM LCCs (the Titan II facilities were much larger... but also built right next to the silo).

Far worse were SAC B-52 crew alerts. You'd go on on ground alert for days at a time, where you had to eat/sleep/live within running/short drive distance of your bomber and couldn't really leave.

Comment: Re:Infrastructure pretty much requires the gov't (Score 3, Insightful) 177

by NouberNou (#44899273) Attached to: Poor US Infrastructure Threatens the Cloud
So much wrong in this its not even funny. Who provided the money? Government. Who provided the land. Government. Who provided the basic technologies. Government. Get your head out of Ayn Rand's rancid cunt and realize public/private partnerships are the best, because neither side can do everything on their own.

Comment: Re:Sounds like an episode of Doomsday Preppers (Score 1) 337

by NouberNou (#44863803) Attached to: DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions
Except they are more than likely insane if they are actually preparing for a zombie invasion and there really is no need to start shooting flu victims or people you might think have the flu.

Flu, even particularly nasty ones, aren't even that bad to most healthy adults with a non-compromised immune system.

Comment: Re:Drones vs. Planes (Score 3, Insightful) 206

by NouberNou (#44772157) Attached to: Drone Hunters Lining Up and Paying Out In Colorado
I actually personally know a number of drone operators and its not a "just push a button" type scenario. Weapons release requires a significant amount of authorization, ranging from commanders in the field to lawyers in the pentagon. There is up to a dozen people in the chain of command that are all required to say "yes" to engage targets.

The reason they have the luxury is because it is a drone and not a pilot over enemy territory (this is in operations that occur in "areas" not recognized, where the country letting them do the drone strikes doesn't particularly want it known to their general population). A fighter pilot has a lot more stress, and they are more prone to making bad decisions because of the many more immediate constraints on their judgment.

Do drones allow these types of attacks to occur more easily? Probably, but on the other hand they'd probably be executed in some form or fashion either way (cruise missile strikes, which are far more prone to failure in target selection, or human operations, aka spec-ops or hired guns/foreign service).

Comment: Drones vs. Planes (Score 2) 206

by NouberNou (#44771369) Attached to: Drone Hunters Lining Up and Paying Out In Colorado
I have never understood the hatred and mistrust placed on drones versus aircraft, fixed or rotary wing. It seems like a bunch of Luddites. Drones are cheaper, safer, and usually more capable at doing the task at hand than fixed wing or rotary wing aircraft at doing a job thats already been done for decades by law enforcement and the military. Also a drone, in the military at least, allows for a more calm and collected engagement of targets, reducing collateral damage and fratricide.

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