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Comment: Chokes (Score 1) 306

by Stargoat (#46746931) Attached to: Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Shotgun pattern distribution is governed by several factors, including shot quality / material, wad design, barrel design, hull design, forcing cone length / shape, but most especially choke. Steel shot will rip up some chokes. Chokes can creep (particularly on a hot Illinois day). Wadding can foul a barrel.

I wonder if these were controlled for.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal? (Score 5, Insightful) 150

by Stargoat (#46660471) Attached to: Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

How about on a sailing ship then? And instead of 3 men and 3 women, make it 35 men. And let's not touch land for three years, as some of the old whalers did. And let's make sure that everyone knows there is a minimum of a 20% mortality starting off. And let's enforce discipline with a rope's end.

Humanity has been there and done that.

Comment: Re:What about OS/2? (Score 3, Interesting) 367

by Stargoat (#46543783) Attached to: Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

It was, before the ADA required banks to replace any ATM that could not handle audio integration. That was about 2-3 years ago. OS/2 typically could not handle the hardware upgrade necessary for the required audio. The banking industry paid millions, maybe billions, to upgrade tens of thousands of ATMs. Diebold, NCR and Hyosung made out like bandits.

+ - Banking IT Security Handbooks Out of Date->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The banking information network regulatory handbooks provided by the FFIEC are woefully out of date, with some not having been significantly updated in 10 years. These handbooks govern how a financial institution is supposed to design, implement, and protect their networks. Much of the actual function that these handbooks provided has been replaced by the nongovernmental PCI standard, a standard whose effectiveness is widely debated. PCI was originally created by the credit card industry in a failed effort to avoid the legislation that ended up creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau."
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Comment: Re:Does it really cost $100k? (Score 1) 461

by Stargoat (#46463343) Attached to: The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Most people on this thread understand that a cheap Boeing 737 costs about 60 million USD. For $100,000, knowing that an jetliner could not be lost, that is a sum the public may demand that the airlines pay. That is to say, for about 1/10 of 1% of the cost of a very cheap jetliner, this sort of massive charlie foxtrot would likely not take place again.

Further, there is a long tradition of government interference being required in the transportation industry to force changes that benefit overall public safety. Railroad history is rife with them, including entire political parties (The Grange) put together in an effort to boost regulation of a necessary industry. If the government is going to give away airports and airspace, allow jetliners to dump pollutants into the air, and provide gaterape security, then it is not unreasonable to ask airline companies to pony up 1/10th of 1% of the cost of an airplane to improve security.

Comment: Re:As an environmentalist and (former) Obama fan. (Score 2) 343

by Stargoat (#46110761) Attached to: Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

OK. When you say Barack Hussein Obama, you just sound like a dick. I am a Patron level NRA member. I go to church. I vote Republican. I do not like Obama's policies. I am conservative.

But when you go on about the Hussein garbage, you are just making yourself and people like you sound like a racist. The reason why: You are racist.

Turncoat dixiecrat morons have invaded the GOP. You have dragged us down. You took a once noble and progressive party and made it irrelevant.

Stop it. Just stop it. Stop being racist. If you cannot, please take your festering hatred and crawl under a rock.

You are not civilized. You are not genteel. You are not polite nor engaging. You perpetuate stereotypes that are harmful to people whom really want restrained and controlled government.

Your opposition of a man's middle name (and cultural ancestry / skin color) is an embarrassment to people who would oppose Obama's policies because they are bad.

Either stop your behavior or go away. If you persist in your vile behavior, you are damaging the party and the country.

Comment: Re:Pardon (Score 1) 822

by Stargoat (#46082263) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

I am under no such belief. Nevertheless, it does not mean that a man cannot regret things that happened. Obama is a man, and most men are good. He might, for the sake of getting things done in Washington, ignore the morals of pardoning Snowden. However, on the last day in office it is common for presidents to pardon people that really deserve it, but it is politically inopportune to pardon. I believe Snowden definitely falls into this category. I also believe that a good man would pardon him.

Comment: Pardon (Score 3, Interesting) 822

by Stargoat (#46081569) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?

A Presidential Pardon, issued at 11:58 am on January 20, 2017.

Seriously, Snowden's a hell of a guy and did a real good thing - they even recognize this by their claims for the need to limit the actions of the NSA. But the administration cannot condone his actions. Hence, a last minute presidential pardon is the only politically viable option.

Comment: Re:Uh? (Score 1) 734

by Stargoat (#46049233) Attached to: Will Electric Cars and Solar Power Make Gasoline and Utilities Obsolete?

how long before we are all driving them to work on 7 layer freeways in the air?

At the moment, never. The energy usage is too great for the average person to be able to afford. The mean hours between failure is atrocious, especially given the catastrophic results of failure. What you propose would require a technological seachange, one that cannot be predicted at the present time.

(If you are being sarcastic, then good job.)

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