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Comment: Time to support private space stations (Score 1) 66

by SuperKendall (#49362755) Attached to: Russia Wants To Work With NASA On a New Space Station

I know there are at least a few efforts at work on private space stations, including space hotels.

To me it no longer makes sense for government to work on a space station, when they could be helping to fund private efforts by guaranteeing to lease some of the space aboard commercial stations for government use.

Comment: Welcome, Permanently Afraid Euroweenie (Score 1) 134

by SuperKendall (#49362185) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

Let's be clear, absolutely no-one is going to be using this as a weapon. It's not even a "last line of defense" weapon for home invasion, because while some may want to watch the world burn, they have different feelings about their own home specifically.

There are actually some pretty valid uses for this thing - farming an pyrotechnic displays being just two. There are a lot of people in the U.S. with large properties that could have very good uses for these things.

But basically, this is just fun, because fire is fun. Anyone who fails to see that has had irrational fear of EVERYTHING so deeply ingrained into them I cannot possibly see how they can function in real life.

People always accuse people who like guns, and now fire, of being fearful. But it seems to me like instead, those afraid of such things are the ones always afraid, and without any real joy.

Comment: Wrong - make it easy (Score 1) 352

by SuperKendall (#49356757) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

No airline takeover/sabotage attempt that passengers could reach has succeeded since 911 (the most recent just a week or two ago when some idiot ran down the isles towards the cockpit door screaming - was tackled and pressed).

Stop locking the door altogether. If there's a problem, you'll have a line of people waiting to destroy whoever tries to take over a cockpit now. Threaten to hurt someone with a box cutter? Whatever damage you can do to one person is outweighed by every other person on that plane wanting to live.

Locking the cockpit doors has, to date, only brought disaster. You have to think that had the airplane that vanished had open cockpit access passengers could have got in there over the many hours the thing was off course (there are a lot of people that monitor aircraft position during flight).

Comment: Re:Not sure if this is worse (Score 1) 121

by SuperKendall (#49355879) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

No, I think the ISP's will only keep it for two years - but that is gauranteed.

Right now in the U.S. everyone blindly assumes the data is kept for NO years, and we aren't even given an imaginary date when it might be deleted.

The Australians are at least all aware for sure the data is being kept, in the U.S. it's still possible to imagine it is not... That's my point.

Comment: Re:Congress is a bunch of fucking retards (Score -1) 128

by SuperKendall (#49350733) Attached to: GAO Denied Access To Webb Telescope Workers By Northrop Grumman

Voting for the other corporate-controlled, militaristic party doesn't seem like a viable plan for getting out of this mess.

We already tried that a few times; voting in Democrats does not help.

Republicans are only into conflicts they can win and stop fighting; Democrats are the ones who like to cause endless conflicts they can pour money and people into. Under Bush we helped turn Iraq into democracy; under Obama we abandoned them to be consumed by ISIS, at least to the point we get to go over and fight for the same land all over again.

Comment: Re:Reveal what? (Score 1) 167

by SuperKendall (#49350397) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

So you have no philosophical objection the the NSA acting completely outside the law

Everyone else is acting completely outside the law these days, and the law has been built up over time to give too many protections to guilty people, so I've pretty much stopped caring.

My objections are on the level of "well, I wouldn't do it personally, but whatever".

Especially for the guys that encrypt other people's data and ransom that. Who cares what happens to those jerks.

Comment: Not the same people (Score 1) 323

by SuperKendall (#49349073) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

How so? Good looking people can still sell from a booth

Good looking people can of course be in any role.

However at least some former booth babes are models that really can't do things other than look good. Since they would not be good in an informational role, they would not be hired.

Like I said, better for attendees in some ways as at least you can talk to someone more about the product. But not as good for the women (and men) now out of work.

Comment: Cosplay is a valid reason to have them though (Score 2) 323

by SuperKendall (#49349051) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

The exceptions at PAX are from people cosplaying representations of game characters. I don't see anything wrong with that. I also don't think it's reasonable to ban people who want to show up in cosplay outfits that may be sexy.

Some people like expressing sexuality, to deny them the ability to do so is just as repressive as any other kind of censorship.

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." -- The Wizard Of Oz