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Comment: Re: a quick search (Score 4, Informative) 281

by Tailhook (#48180969) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Yeah that seems...odd.

Nothing `odd' about it. Canadian Rangers aren't involved in an arms race. Bears and whatnot haven't evolved much since 1914, and they haven't been issued bear shaped body armor or fully automatic laser claws.

Thus, a reliable bolt action rifle remains sufficient. Traipsing around Arctic tundra with a heavy, high maintenance semi auto just to fend off the wildlife would be silly.

Bolt action rifles are still standard issue in the US military, ubiquitous in LE arsenals and remain wildly popular with civilians for whom new bolt action designs continue to appear. Once you exceed 5.56 NATO and 7.62×39mm calibers bolt action is by far the most common rifle action type for non-military applications.

+ - Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

Submitted by Tailhook
Tailhook (98486) writes "Pool reports written by White House correspondents are distributed to news organizations via the White House Press Office. Reporters have alleged that the Obama White House exploits its role as distributor to `demand changes in pool reports' and has used this power to `steer coverage in a more favorable direction.' Now a group of 90 print journalists has begun privately distributing their work through Google Groups, independent of the Press Office. Their intent is to `create an independent pool-reporting system for print and online recipients.'"

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 4, Informative) 87

by Tailhook (#48157061) Attached to: Early Childhood Neglect Associated With Altered Brain Structure, ADHD

Reagan

Here we are, discussing a story about the developmental damage measured in the brains of the victims of Ceausescu's communist hellhole, and this fucking freak starts bitching about Reagan, the one president in my lifetime that made a point of illuminating the plight of people subjected to that nightmare.

In actual fact the ratio of working women has been steadily increasing since the end of WW2. Reagan's time in office didn't influence that trend one way or the other.

But keep knock'n back that Daily KOS kool-aid. No sense in allowing reality to impede on that fucked up worldview.

Comment: Statist bullshit (Score 0) 279

by Tailhook (#48137189) Attached to: Who's In Charge During the Ebola Crisis?

A year or so from now, after Ebola has run its course in the third world and the only Ebola the US has suffered came from the travelers the Feds refused to impede in any way, will there be a follow up story asking if the local and state governments and corporate health care system should be recognized for their effectiveness?

Didn't think so.

Comment: Savings? (Score 1) 608

by Tailhook (#48136465) Attached to: Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

What is the likelihood of actually benefiting from lower costs due to less net expenditure on, for instance, respiratory illnesses? How does that compare to the likelihood of incurring the far higher $/kWh cost of renewable energy sources?

<mclaughlin-voice> The answers are negligibly small and metaphysical certitude </mclaughlin-voice>

Also, renewable energy consultancy concludes renewable energy is cheaper. Yay for double standards; when oil companies publish pro-fossil fuels research it is dismissed out–of–hand as the junk science/propaganda that it is.

Comment: Re:The Conservative Option (Score 0, Troll) 480

by Tailhook (#48097169) Attached to: Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Remember, any limitations on travel to the US is racism. Please stop being racist and trying to get the government to follow your racist policies. Be careful to avoid indulging any of your latent racism by criticizing Mr. President Obama for not implementing racist policies in the form of travel restrictions. Also, until the US has incurred a proportion of Ebola infections similar to that of Liberia et. al it is a racist nation exhibiting its usual racist tendencies.

And be sure to log in and tag this whole story about an Ebola death as 'racism,' as other more racially conscious people already have.

Thank you — the management.

Comment: Re:More Education is the Key (Score 1) 283

by Tailhook (#48088735) Attached to: Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

The one, solitary answer offered by The Good and The Great — after they finish telling us the jerbs their policies have eliminated are "never coming back" — is "Education." Now our youth are wallowing in a trillion+ of debt to pay for advanced high school "degrees," our campuses are now indistinguishable from the ghettos that surround them and we have thousands upon thousands of surplus postdocs milling around.

Comment: Re:And some say Obama isn't a Republican (Score 2, Funny) 425

by Tailhook (#48077811) Attached to: Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

Raygun's beliefs would put him solidly a Democrat

Yeah, I miss the days of staunchly pro-life, tax cutting, communist hating Democrats that aggressively expanded military spending during peacetime, appointed moderates like Rehnquist and Scalia, outlawed hiring of illegal immigrants and causally joked about nuking the Soviets on live radio.

Where did those Democrats go, anyhow?

Comment: Good video on this (Score 3, Informative) 174

by Tailhook (#48059991) Attached to: A Garbage Truck That Would Make Elon Musk Proud

Capstone Turbine Corporation makes the LNG burning turbine for this application. Here is a good video about it, showing the vehicle in operation and explaining the trade-offs; basically high initial capital costs with good long term savings in fuel and maintenance. Regenerative braking is a big win both in fuel savings and maintenance for garbage trucks which can perform more than 1000 hard stops per day.

Technical details on the turbine include; 200 lbs, 250 hp, 40,000h service life between overhauls (13+ years @ 8h / day.) The turbine has air bearings to eliminate wear, which implies a gas generator/power section arrangement to drive the generator, I believe.

Comment: Boo hoo. (Score 1) 142

by Tailhook (#48041343) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

and you decided to buy off-spec from what I imagine was the lowest bidder

Yeah. They used Honeywell, a cut rate, shade tree operation that isn't one of the top three commercial avionics producers on Earth. And the results prove it too â" with dozens of no reported operational interference problems at all. Boeing's profit focused greed is killing ever more passengers per mile, in some alternate universe where your worldview makes sense.

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982

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