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Comment: Re:Don't follw the rules don't get paid. (Score 1) 143

Part of the requirements to be paid a bounty is following the "responsible disclosure policy". The submitter did not follow that policy and therefore did not get paid. It seems pretty simple.

I always make it even simpler, by citing my Greedy Bastard Policy regardless of what anyone does.

Comment: Re:Mandation of vaccines is not okay (Score 5, Insightful) 603

by smellsofbikes (#49532567) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Stop signs are great. I won't dispute that. I stop at stop signs, but I have followed a different schedule than the one recommended and I reserve the right to refuse specific stop signs (Because who really needs that stop sign in a construction area where there aren't any other cars? Crashes at stop signs are also hardly ever fatal for that matter)
It is up to drivers to decide what is right for their own car with regard to stop signs. Driving decisions are difficult and not always cut and dry. I refuse to give up the right of anyone deciding what is appropriate for their car in this regard, because bad driving decisions live with you forever.
So if a driver doesn't want to have to stop at stop signs, that's a-okay with me. I stop at stop signs, so I've done everything that I personally can do to protect myself. I can't protect everyone from everything and I don't expect other drivers to protect me either. I can only do what I can, and the rest is up to chance in the end.

Comment: So about 8' from my front door? (Score 4, Interesting) 67

by Quarters (#49519227) Attached to: USPS Shortlists 'HorseFly' Octocopter Drone Delivery Service

That thing is freaking huge. Each copter arm has to be at least 4' - 5' long. Factor in the roof overhang over my front door, and the landscaping, and the closest this thing could get a package to my doorstep would be about 8' away, but that puts it right into another landscaped area. So, my packages will either be somewhere in my front yard or on my driveway. All of this just so a postal worker doesn't have to get up out of a seat and walk the package all the way to my door?


Comment: Re:Ehhh What ? (Score 4, Interesting) 156

When stuff falls into a black hole, it gets measurably heavier. If a charged particle falls into one, the black hole retains a measurable electric field. If a black hole picks up angular momentum from gas circling in sideways, the hole spins faster, and the gas fired from the jets comes out at a higher speed.

Your argument that mass or energy exists that isn't measurable since it isn't observable sounds a little illogical... how would you even know there was such a thing if nobody had measured it for you in the first place?

Actually Stephen Hawking would have agreed with you in 1997, but by 2004 he decided he had lost the bet with John Preskill of Caltech.

Comment: Re:I Disagree with the Summary (Score 4, Interesting) 341

Someone in the Youtube comments says "The flight profile veers the booster off to the side on purpose so the exhaust from the final burn isn't directed at the barge where it could do damage"

If this was a planned manoeuvre, I'm much happier. Can anyone confirm this statement?

Comment: Re:I Disagree with the Summary (Score 1) 341

I was shocked at how abrupt and extreme the pitch changes were. I think so long as it needs such gross adjustments so close to landing, landings will be unreliable with a significant chance of failure. It is not at all like the tidy landings made by the Grasshopper test vehicle.

Two engineering changes which could make a big difference are lower minimum thrust (so it can approach the landing with lower acceleration) or lateral control rockets (RCS) at the top of the stage.

Comment: Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 1) 700

by Black Parrot (#49478369) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Remove tax exemptions from all of them. They get the same benefits from government as any other organization does.

Also, it would take the government out of the business of deciding what is and what isn't a "real" religion, and of course keep organizations from pretending to be religions as part of a tax scam.

Comment: That's odd... (Score 1) 294

by Alsee (#49478069) Attached to: Denver TSA Screeners Manipulated System In Order To Grope Men's Genitals

indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area.

That's odd, when I went through the screening and they mis-entered me into the scanner as female, it didn't report any anomaly.


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