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Comment: Social Media Based Application (Score 4, Funny) 57

by Virtucon (#48667615) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

We need to have more accurate methods. I suggest a social media app that leverages the best of Google earth and then uses observations to track where Santa is. The updates could then be used to predict speed and direction in order to predict where Santa will appear next. Now for a catchy name. I propose Santa's Annual Tracking Announcement Network or SATAN for short. I will get the Kickstarter rolling.

Comment: Re:Dangerous if its the US (Score 1) 359

by Virtucon (#48657201) Attached to: North Korean Internet Is Down

Pfft yeah, I'm really worried. The one good thing about having episodes like Sony's hack is the fact that forensically they can be studied by the experts and the exploits eventually fixed. That'll put the SOBs like VUPEN out of business and we'll all be able to get on with our lives. As for critical infrastructure, again why aren't there air gaps between control systems and the Internet? That's fucking stupid and if any utility, pipeline operator or other critical infrastructure provider (FAA et al.) is compromised then whoever decided that was a good idea should be taken to the Mall in DC and put in the Stocks for about six weeks. The only thing I ask is that I have the rotten tomato concession.

Comment: Re:Chainsaws? (Score 1) 275

by Virtucon (#48653473) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords

don't remind me. I had to get rid of two cokes I bought at a place next to my gate at Shipol in October. I bought them so I'd have something for the flight. Talk about retarded security! People think the TSA can be bad but try a bunch of no-nothing subcontractors overseas trying to interpret the latest panic directives.

Comment: Nothing new (Score 4, Insightful) 200

by Virtucon (#48608325) Attached to: NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

After Challenger, the House Ways and Means Committee basically forced the ASRM onto NASA even though they didn't need it. Billions were spent on the Yellow Creek facility because of one congressman, Jamie Whitten, and it's now abandoned. Pork-barrel politics has been around since well, politics but that doesn't mean we have to like it or put up with the system that enables it.

Comment: They'll figure it out. (Score 1) 187

by Virtucon (#48606409) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Materials and Process Scientist and Engineers will continually evolve the processes making it more cost effective. As for the "hype" about Graphine why are companies jumping on-board to manufacture it? Much like industrial and gemstone quality diamonds, or even Carbon Fiber, eventually a process will be found and Graphine will find more uses because it'll be less expensive.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake