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Comment: My plan -- I just saved NASA $6,666,000,000 (Score 2) 136

by Spy Handler (#49631799) Attached to: NASA Will Award You $5,000 For Your Finest Mars City Idea

"NASA is working on... the rocket expected to launch the [Mars] mission -- the Space Launch System"

My plan:

1. Kill the Senate Launch System and bury it in a landfill
2. Fire everyone who thought it was a good idea
3. Wait around a few years and play Kerbal Space Program
4. Buy a ride on Falcon Heavy R and save a billion bucks per launch
5. Now you can afford to haul more stuff to Mars for a city

Thank you, I'll take the $5000 in cashier's check, Visa or Mastercard.... but definitely NOT American Express.

Comment: Re:Last time one was used? (Score 1) 54

by Spy Handler (#49625789) Attached to: SpaceX Testing Passenger Escape System Tomorrow

So their abort system isn't a total waste.

That's an understatement. If everything goes according to Elon's plan, we might have weekly or even daily Dragon launches in the future. Calling the US Navy and having them send out aircraft carriers every day to retrieve capsules from the Pacific would get pretty expensive!

Having the capsule return to the launch site and land with precision is gonna be a big money-saver.

Comment: Re:this already exists (Score 1) 274

Attach this to your wrist, and the machine will be powered off when the USB drive is removed from its port.

You mean attach a cord to the USB thumb drive, tie the other end to your wrist, and insert the thumb drive into your computer before using it?

Seems like a hassle. The cord would have to be pretty short for this to work. It might be ok for temporary sessions on a laptop at the public library, but not for daily use with your home desktop (which is likely not on your desk but on the floor).

Someone should make a wireless version. Using a USB wireless mouse with those little snub receivers you plug into the USB port could work.

You leave the snub plugged into the computer. When the mouse is turned on, USB state changes and you have a live USB human interface. Then you type in your disk encryption key and use the computer. If the mouse is turned off OR if the mouse goes out of range of the receiver, USB state changes and computer shuts down. Now you just need to pull the guts out of the mouse and put it on a fashionable wristband or whatever.

Comment: Re:I am a Republican voting Conservative. (Score 0, Troll) 346

See, this is why climate change is still such a contentious topic. You sound exactly like a religious fanatic. Anyone who does not agree with you is stupid (you said it four times in your two-sentence post). They are denialists. What you really mean is, they are heretics.

People like you living in an echo chamber might not hear this, but there are reasonable, non-Republican, not paid by Big Oil, non-stupid people out there who harbor some level of skepticism for various reasons. Not the least of which is the religious fervor with which Climate Change (nee Global Warming) believers attack their opponents.

For me personally, it was the history revision, deleting of hundreds of mentions of Medieval Warm period off of Wikipedia by climate crusaders. And the attempts to dismiss other historical records as garbage ramblings of primitive people. The Romans and the medieval monks and the Renaissance people were all stupid, right, because they didn't live in the enlightened age of computer models?

Comment: Re: Looks like the prophet's gunmen (Score 1) 1066

by Spy Handler (#49613525) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

So you have to think in absolutes? Either (education = intelligence) or (education != intelligence) ?

Statistics will bear this out, but simple common sense says more intelligent people will tend to be better educated. People with 80 IQ do not spend 8 years and a hundred thousand dollars trying to obtain a PhD. There is a correlation. Of course there will be degrees and exceptions.

Direct IQ tests are even better correlated with intelligence than education level. But even that is not an absolute.

Comment: Re:"The xxxx in yyyy years" (Score -1, Flamebait) 55

by Spy Handler (#49583823) Attached to: Ancient Megadrought Entombed Dodos In Poisonous Fecal Cocktail

The holocene, our current interglacial, is ~12000 years old. During that time the climate has both been a lot warmer (the Holocene optimum) as well as a lot colder (the Little Ice Age) than now.

Denialist propaganda funded by Big Oil. Scientists have proven that those events were mere anecdotes recited by primitive tribesmen and never actually happened. The overwhelming consensus is that due to manmade climate change, it's hotter right now than anywhere anytime in the history of the universe.

Comment: Re:We can learn from this (Score 2) 163

I was born in East-Germany, where people did a pacific revolution to free themselves from a dictatorship.

Small vocabulary lesson: although in theory the word pacific and peaceful mean the same thing, in reality English speakers would not use the word pacific in that way. Because if you say pacific, people think you're talking about the big ocean. So you'd wanna say peaceful revolution or bloodless revolution. Hope this helped ;)

Comment: Re:If you insist on keeping physical hardware (Score 1) 446

The poster is talking about a couple of GB, so surely an SD card encrypted if needed and kept in his wallet or car is all that is required.

This is better than any of the harebrained schemes proposed so far.

However if we're gonna go down the encryption route, why not just encrypt the file and upload it to multiple web hosts? SD cards in car and wallet are still subject to loss/theft/degradation, plus if the police ever get a hold of it you may become inconvenienced (because the authorities are convinced that encryption means you're a criminal with something to hide).

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson