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Comment: Re:Solar powered drones (Score 1) 50

by Spy Handler (#48201637) Attached to: Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

presumably these drones make so much electricity during the day from solar panels that they store the surplus into batteries, and run off the batteries at night.

Only problem I see is that both solar panels and lithium batteries weight too much and don't generate/store enough juice. So all this is just pipe dreaming until some super breakthroughs happen. Which might be never.

Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 1) 501

by Spy Handler (#48199119) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

The only thing responsible for a "lack of women coders" is that fewer women than men are interested in software development as a career path. So what? I have yet to hear a convincing argument as to why this is a problem

It's a problem for career feminists only. Well actually it's not so much a problem as it is a job. Feminists get outraged and demand justice, it's what they do. When there is no injustice to be found, they create one.

Comment: No it was Apple in 1984 (Score 4, Funny) 501

by Spy Handler (#48198137) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

the computer establishment was shown as Big Brother and all the tech workers were depicted as mindless slaves. All shown in dull black and white footage.

Then comes running a feisty young woman in colorful athletic clothes. She hurls a hammer and destroys the system. Lesson: girls hate computers and break them!

Comment: Re:I'm still waiting... (Score 1) 131

by Spy Handler (#48198071) Attached to: Cell Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man To Walk

Where is it illegal? Certainly not the US. Social Conservatives argued that federal funds were not to be used on embryonic research. That's not making it illegal. It was only illegal to create, grow and harvest embryos for the purpose of research - that's not the same thing as making it *illegal*.

If you say "Gov't has decided to not fund project X"... yawn, boring. Not newsworthy.

Better to say "Gov't BANS X and makes it ILLEGAL to study X" (with a tiny disclaimer at the bottom saying "while using federal funds"). Now it sounds like gov't is teh evil, spawning much outrage.

Comment: Re:You can Detect 3D Printed Gun (Score 1) 297

by Spy Handler (#48196801) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

I'd like to know about the plastic barrels, chambers, firing pins and other sundry parts designed to handle existing ammunition. Is there a printable plastic that is strong and light enough to print a firearm that can be fired more than once without using ANY metal?

No. But a single-use firearm can still be useful. Watch the movie "In the Line of Fire" (1993) with Clint Eastwood. Assassin makes a dual barrel polymer handgun and he gets off 2 shots at the President. He would've succeeded had Clint Eastwood not jumped in front of the target and blocked the bullets.

For ammo and springs he still had to use regular metal parts, so he hid them in a keychain and walked through the metal detector without them.

Comment: 20 million out of 50 million stolen? (Score 1) 59

Is that really true? How can 40% of your entire country's population have their identities stolen and still have a functioning economy? Man those Koreans are really tough.

Didn't RTFA but I wonder if their reliance on IE6 and ActiveX had anything to do with this...

Comment: What equations? (Score 1) 89

by Spy Handler (#48170479) Attached to: How Curved Spacetime Can Be Created In a Quantum Optics Lab

Creating this kind of curved spacetime in the lab won't reveal any new physics but it will allow researchers to study the behavior of existing laws under these conditions for the first time. That's not been possible even in theory because the equations that describe these behaviors are so complex that they can only be solved in the simplest circumstances.

Are they talking about general relativity equations?

Comment: Re:You want an idea? How about we fund NASA? (Score 0) 348

I'm sorry but NASA is a bloated bureaucracy. Just throwing money at it and letting it do whatever it wants would be a horrible idea.

However NASA did pretty good recently with the fixed-price contracts to private companies (SpaceX) for specific targets. We need more of these. Kill the cost plus defense industry contracts, kill the SLS and everyone connected with that clusterfuck, completely neuter Congress so that indivdual congresscritters looking for pork barrel have no influence on any project whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Begin planning use of Lockheed's fusion power (Score 1) 348

We don't have to wait 10 years for Lockheed to make the fusion reactor work. Fission rockets are plenty powerful, enough to rule the solar system.

Plus there's always the chance that Lockheed fusion turns out to be a dead end and we're left with nothing.

Behold, the gaseous core nuclear thermal rocket, Liberty ship

3,060 ISP
1,000 ton payload to LEO

But since it's eeevil nuclear power (and fission at that), it will never get built in the US. But hopefully in the future China or some other country not under the thumb of enviro-liberals will step up and build it.

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