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Comment: Re:Dumb (Score 1) 321

by afidel (#48933471) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

You can't stream HD video on 4Mbps, you can't get large patches is a reasonable time with 4Mbps, you can't Skype in HD with 1Mbps of upload, it takes forever to seed a cloud backup with 1Mbps (I put a few hundred GB in Crashplan and it took a month, I have more data than that but I had to pick the important data because my upload was so limited), etc.

Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 4, Informative) 506

by afidel (#48922029) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

No, this is really an absurd profit, Standard Oil's net profit from 1882 to 1906 was $838,783,800 equal to roughly $22B today, so on an inflation adjusted basis Apple's quarterly profit was nearly equal to the majority of the lifetime profits of one of the classic robber baron trusts.

Comment: Re:Change for change's sake (Score 5, Interesting) 200

by afidel (#48921581) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

The problem is the previous build was visually different while being MORE functional, this build is less functional if you have 19+ years of Windows experience. The previous build had the Windows 7 Start Menu with the addition of a live tiles dock area to the right, it added new useful functionality to the familiar and functional paradigm, the new build is basically a shrunk version of the Start Screen with all the crap that entails and which the majority of users have derided as being less functional on desktops (still the VAST, VAST majority of Windows machines). We had actually started plans for a Windows 10 rollout to our enterprise based on earlier tech preview builds, but those are now on hold and will be cancelled if they don't reverse the insanity. We can just keep using Windows 7 for the next 5 years.

Comment: Re:Lagrange points? (Score 1) 124

by afidel (#48916297) Attached to: Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

The other major problem I see is that this thing will have so many holes in it within months that there will be significant distortion to the image. Perhaps they'll use a self-healing material? In fact a quick google shows these students are working on testing such a material on a micro-sattelite.

Comment: Re:Trial run: Nuke that thing (Score 1) 59

by afidel (#48914363) Attached to: "Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

According to this study reentry speeds are up to 9.5km/s so keeping relative speed to something in that range should not be hard at all.

A 2km spherical asteroid of average composition will have a mass of ~1.3 x 10^13kg, the energy of the B53 is ~3.8 × 10^16 Joules which for maths purposes we can assume is delivered in 1 second so an an imparted energy of 3.8*10^6N which gives an acceleration away from the blast site of ~2.9m/s^2 which should be easily sufficient to avoid impact if it's delivered with any time lead.

Comment: Re:Trial run: Nuke that thing (Score 3, Informative) 59

by afidel (#48908231) Attached to: "Once In a Lifetime" Asteroid Sighting Monday Night

Delta IV Heavy + deep impact targeting system + B53 = 9MT wherever you want it on the asteroid. The B53 is already hardened for use as a bunker buster so as long as you can keep relative velocity at impact similar to the reentry speed it was designed for you don't have to worry too much about where you land it on the asteroid.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 146

by afidel (#48906675) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Which brings up an interesting point, the WH doesn't seem to have an intermediate defense against things like small aircraft, cruise missiles, or mortars (the IRA attacked #10 downing street with mortars). I wonder why they don't add CIWS to the roof as a complement to the manpads which are intended for larger aircraft?

Comment: Re:Most calls not really from Dish (Score 1) 246

by afidel (#48888963) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

To be honest he said 15 years of his life which means he may have start before Dish became spammers (not sure how long their scummier business practices have been around since I have a mental filter on snail mail spam that gets immediately recycled and my home phone is given out to noone who doesn't absolutely need it like our local schools or our doctors office).

Comment: Re:But there is no need, everyone is peaceful?! (Score 1) 148

by afidel (#48869815) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Where Muslims dominate government, law becomes Sharia sooner or later. That is not a world in which you and I will be permitted to believe whatever we want to believe, and if we insist upon it, one in which we will not be permitted to exist.

Perhaps you missed the bit of history where Spain was controlled by Muslims for nearly eight hundred years with Jews and Christians living freely and being left to practice their own religion, and then they were kicked out and the Christian leaders that replaced them forced the Jews out under penalty of death if they did not convert or leave?

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