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Comment: Re:There are quite a few haters on this thread but (Score 1) 213

Further, if this was in existence a few decades ago, perhaps we would have nipped Scientology in the bud before it landed in the UK.

If it were in existence ~1400 years ago, perhaps we would have nipped Islam in the bud.

If it were in existence ~2000 years ago, perhaps we would have nipped Christianity in the bud.

And I wonder how many readers agreed with my first line, then threw a shit-fit when they got to my second line.


Comment: Socialist here (Score 1) 337

by rsilvergun (#49753365) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?
And let me say that the reason we're opposed to libertarians is because they fall into two camps, ineffective idealists and phoneies out to make a quick buck. There's just no way a weak, decentralized govt can stand up against a modern corporation. Socialists are pro big govt because what's the worst that could happen? It just doesn't matter to us if the jackboot in our v necks is public or private, so we'll take our chances with the govt and try to hang onto it..

Comment: Re: North Pole (Score 1) 476

by scum-e-bag (#49748851) Attached to: The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

I'm not sure why you replied to me, the context is out place. Perhaps you are working for Elon Musk and are testing me for more info. Please, if this is the case, I am open for employment with Elon Musk and his team.

I'll make/re-itterate another point to my post at this stage though. My point relates to the common answer with regards to the South Pole answer. As I have stated, the Earth is not a perfect sphere. The shape of the Earth is known as the Geoid. If the non-spherical nature of the Earth is not taken into account, then it entirely feasible that the 1+1/2pi answer will return you to a location that is only at close proximity to your starting point. This may only be a matter of meters or fractions of meters. This sort of small error has the potential to cause an expensive rocket to explode when calculating trajectories for space flight if it is not accounted for. There are a few other factors that need to be accounted for, however, I'll let you work them out from here on in.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 1) 254

by Elledan (#49748795) Attached to: Energy Dept. Wants Big Wind Energy Technology In All 50 US States
The German grid more stable in 2013? Relative to the years before it, maybe. Mostly because there's a big new market springing up here for people to sell grid stabilization services, which involves buffering energy somehow. It's all a response to the utter unsuitability of wind/solar to provide reliable power output.

But feel free to believe in your propaganda... fact of the matter is that the German Energiewende is on its last legs. Subsidies are being cut, projects are being scaled back and politicians are desperately trying to figure out ways to break the bad news to the populace.

Comment: Re:What does that even mean (Score 4, Informative) 90

Show your math please.

A mountain at 42,164bkm would have the peak in geosynchronous orbit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

The moon is 384,000 km up and even it has to maintain an orbital velocity considerably faster than a jumping person to avoid falling to Earth.

But if someone built a tower 384,000 km high, it would travel faster than the moon. And if you jumped off that tower, you'd also never reach the ground.

Comment: Re:It's not a networking issue. (Score 1) 362

by AK Marc (#49748343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Solve a Unique Networking Issue?
If you have a "login" without security, like SMTP, if you were to hook up 12 SMTP servers like this, the simple replay of logging into one and sending an email would work fine. EHLO, and all that, assuming no dropped packets, would send a perfect copy of the one email through all the others.

Comment: And I wish (Score 1) 337

by rsilvergun (#49748081) Attached to: What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?
that folks would STFU about the constitution. It was not written for you. It was written for wealthy landowners. That's why we have a Senate (of which Mr Rand is part). It's to balance out all that popularism and keep the poors from voting themselves land and food. Don't believe me? Google it, and then go read "A People's History of the United States". Pretty much everything you were taught in grade school was bull shit.

And your sig annoys me. Denmark, Germany, France. All of them seem to be getting along just fine without a police state. Meanwhile illustrious libertarians Like Rand Paul can't even pull off an effective (or real) filibuster to stop a law they're ideology says they should be violently opposed to. Christ, the things that get modded up on /. these days...

Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine