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Comment: Re:Also math? (Score 1) 683

by The Grim Reefer (#47928113) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

On other news sites I read that they banned teaching history, biology, music, literature and chemistry. If you add maths... then what's left?

Why the Quran, of course. So by literature, I assume that reading is still permissible. Although maybe not. That way they can tell the masses what ever they want to say about the Quran.

You still have marksmanship, physical fitness (at least as it relates to fighting), suicide bombing,

Of course without math and physics, I'm not sure how you can make bombs, or manufacture rifles and bullets. So that leaves you with acquiring ones made by the supposed enemy. You'd think using the product of infidels would be some kind of sin too.

Comment: Re: Parallax. (Score 1) 389

by The Grim Reefer (#47921701) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

She saw Russia from her back garden which, given the location of her garden and the curvature of the Earth is unbelievably amazing!

Did she specify it was with the naked eye?

Maybe she used the $2.1 she got for the plane that was on ebay to purchase a Predator drone.

Or she used a telescope and the mirror on Hubble.

Maybe she has a TV in her garden and was watching a documentary on Russia.

Perhaps, shocking as it is (being a politician), she exaggerated or flat out lied.

But hey, the president apparently visited 57 states during that same campaign. ;-)

Comment: Re:Silly (Score 1) 448

The idea is to have a timer that would automatically disable the equipment unless it received an enable signal, either from a satellite or removable medium.

This them becomes a soft spot for enemies. If you use satellites, then this becomes a major weakness in a fight against any first or second world country as they will start shooting satellites down. In the case of some sort of USB like key, that then becomes a top priority to capture for the enemy.

If you have a few weeks to bomb the stolen equipment before it can be used, and the enemy has to invest a lot of high-tech resources into cracking the systems, then that's probably good enough.

In the case of ISIS, the US had plenty of time to bomb this hardware before it became an issue. For whatever reason, those in charge chose not to. It's standard practice for the military to bomb its own downed aircraft during a conflict to ensure the enemy doesn't get any useful goodies from it.

Comment: I suppose I did (Score 1) 230

by The Grim Reefer (#47826359) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

I don't know what this poll is asking regarding technology. If it's computers/internet. Then perhaps a little. But I was in my teens when coupler modems became available (affordable to the public anyhow), and the first modem I had was 300 bd. There wasn't anything like the net back then. Half the security measures were simply not giving out the number to the system to connect to it. I think high security was adding a "5" after "1234" for the password.

I did build a high pitched noise generator with parts from Radio Shack. It made the drug dogs go nuts when they went though the school halls. They'd probably bring in the bomb squad if they found it in a locker today.

Comment: can be broken down into near-nothing?! (Score 5, Interesting) 200

by The Grim Reefer (#47822091) Attached to: Hitachi Developing Reactor That Burns Nuclear Waste

...why didn't science just do this in the damn first place?!

It's never been cost effective. The same way safe coal mining and 100% safe fly ash disposal isn't cost effective. If you need to expend more energy to deal with the waste than you get out of it, it's not worth it.

....but what does the "short-lived radioactive elements" dissolve into? surely not *nothing*? much can we strip away through processes before every part is used? little matter do we need left over before we can eject it from the Earth's atmosphere into the Sun?

If we get it to the point that it's economical to launch in a rocket, then there's so little left that storage shouldn't be a big deal. And if it's safe enough to put on top of a rocket, then it doesn't need to be removed from our biosphere.

Most of the really radioactive waste is extremely dense. So it gets insanely expensive to get it out of earth gravity well. To make matters worse, we have no space launch systems that are reliable enough to use for this type of disposal. It's one thing to have a bunch of highly radioactive material sitting around in a shielded location. It's an entirely bigger problem to have a failed launch blasting toxic crap all over hundreds or thousands of square miles/kilometers.

It's also a waste of of non-renewable material with a high amount of potential energy that we may be able to do something with sometime in the future as our understanding of physics progresses.

Even ignoring the huge amount of energy required to launch something into space, our current launch vehicles are not the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation either.

Comment: Re:What The Hell Is Wrong With You People? (Score 2) 67

by The Grim Reefer (#47820705) Attached to: Welcome To Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home

I realize you are an AC troll and this is way off topic. But it's apparent you don't know a damn thing about carburetors.

Obviously fuel injection is fantastic, and you'd only choose a carb over FI for specific reasons. But it's like comparing an HP scientific calculator to a Babbage engine. One is a very functional and practical solution using modern technology. The other is amazing tech from the past and frankly a mechanical marvel.

FI is going to look pretty silly when we're all driving around with Mr. Fusion powering our cars.