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Comment: Re:chinese anti-satellite lasers (Score 1) 60

by RightwingNutjob (#49159931) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit
Uh huh. Do some math for me. A 1um laser fired out of a 1m aperture spreads to an 800m circle at an altitude of 800km. If you want to heat something 1m across with 1W, you need to have a total power output of 500kW continuous from the laser. The US Navy's laser program expects to top out at about 100kW ( And you're telling me someone out there is firing a 500kW laser into space from a secret mountain lair. Possibly one that launches capsule-eating rocketships too? (

Comment: No obvious reason (Score 2) 60

by RightwingNutjob (#49159879) Attached to: 20-Year-Old Military Weather Satellite Explodes In Orbit
What no obvious reason? Either the batteries overheated and exploded (fuel and oxidizer packed close together and sitting for 20 years) or the fuel tank vapors exploded on their own (tends to happen with monopropellant--no need to additional oxidizers, just a random injection of energy). Russian rocket bodies used to explode in orbit from time to time from fuel vapors (undesired bipropellant mixing) until they were convinced to burn off all their spare fuel after they deployed their payload into its orbit.

Comment: Re:Xfce 5 should be based on Qt. (Score 2) 67

by RightwingNutjob (#49158681) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released
I'm sure there are, each with their own quirks and "language extensions." Kinda like C++11. A program that grew up around gcc's implementation needs to be ported to microsoft's implementation, even if it links in no libraries. Example: __asm__ vs asm(...); Neither is in the language spec, so both are extensions, and surprise! linux kernel code can't just be copy-pasted to windows kernel code.

Comment: Re:Corporation != People (Score 1) 379

Except that the emotional BS about pushing grandma off a cliff in her wheelchair and the soldiers and the retirees came after and, as usual for lefty "counterarguments" about fiscal discipline, failed to acknowledge the core point about 47% of people not having skin in the game on federal spending.

Comment: Re:Corporation != People (Score 1) 379

Doesn't matter. The point is they have no skin in the game wrt federal taxation, and given that the federal government has gradually crept up to about 25% of American economic activity and is 1.5 years worth of GDP in the hole, the fact that nearly half the people have nearly half the vote but zero financial obligations is unhealthy and potentially dangerous not just to the other half.

Comment: Re:Corporation != People (Score 1) 379

Peo[le have freedom of association and freedom of speech. The 1st amendment actually lumps them together as peaceable assembly. Corporations are a peaceable assembly of board members and/or shareholders. Therefore they have speech and property rights like people, and tax burdens like people.

Comment: PLIP (Score 1) 449

by RightwingNutjob (#49143409) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
Parallel line internet protocol. Get ahold of a floppy drive for your main PC and put a micro linux distro on it, including the module for the plip protocol. Then boot off the floppy. It'll take like 3 or 4 disks to hold the full kernel, but once you're there, you can rsync your drive to something else with a parallel port or a parallel port dongle.

Comment: Re:Devil's advocate of the Devil's advocate? (Score 2) 311

by RightwingNutjob (#49063555) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm
Local power lines routed through trees. High tension lines on rotting wooden towers. Welcome to the People's Republic of Massachusetts, where the buses are always on time, the subways never stop running, and town-owned sections of the sidewalk are always the first to be shovelled.

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- "Ali Baba Bunny" [1957, Chuck Jones]