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Comment: Similarly .... (Score 4, Interesting) 192 192

"Nothing like this will be built again"

I've just had a really amazing experience: a guided tour of the nuclear reactor complex at Torness on the Scottish coast. ... Cameras were verboten -- not because of security, but as an operational precaution. For starters, some embedded controllers in racks in the auxilliary deisel generator control rooms have EPROMs which have been known to be erased by camera flashes in the past, triggering a generator trip ...."

http://www.antipope.org/charli...

Comment: Still waiting for the obvious (Score 2) 192 192

Someone, some day, will make a digital camera the size of a 35mm film cassette, with a pullout sensor the size of a 35mm film strip that fits over the sprockets on the film plane of the good film cameras. Make it Bluetooth or wifi-controllable. For the viewfinder-impaired, put a display driver on the takeup reel side and a stick-on display on the back; reinterpret the film advance lever action. The utterly obvious stuff.

Why not yet? We don't *ing* need disposable cameras, and there are plenty of good robust ones that will last another century.

Comment: Re: the app's developer. Happy to answer questions (Score 1) 131 131

I don't own an IOS or Android device.

I have a Palm OS PDA (Clie) with a camera.
I have a digital camera.
I have a few Macs and Linux and Windows machines.
I have lots and lots of books.

What do I need most, and how do I do this?

Comment: Pork, Republican pork, previously documented. (Score 5, Informative) 200 200

This was forced on NASA as a pork barrel money grant by the Republican senators, and this isn't news.

Senator Makes NASA Complete $350 Million Testing Tower ...
yro.slashdot.org/.../senator-makes-nasa-complete-350-million-testing-to...
Feb 1, 2014 - Roger F. Wicker (R-MS), who says the testing tower will help maintain the ..... The other senators will likely decide that it's easier to fund his pork ...

Comment: Vacuum Blimp?? (Score 1) 60 60

Oboy. Do we finally have something that can make a big sphere strong enough and light enough that when pumped to a vacuum it will work as a lifting body?

Not to mention, strong enough to make a deep sea diving bell strong enough that it won't crush?

Same principle. Oh please ...

Comment: Brat and Elizabeth Warren have in common .... (Score 2) 932 932

.... a review with praise in Common Dreams, a self-identified "Progressive" website, about the surprise winner in Virginia's Republican primary:
http://www.commondreams.org/vi...

"... Republican Dave Brat, a college economics professors who spoke about GOP hypocrisy and railed against Wall Street greed, unseated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary challenge.

âoeAll of the investment banks, up in New York and D.C., they should have gone to jail.â ... Thatâ(TM)s a common campaign slogan repeated by Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor ....

The national media is buzzing about Bratâ(TM)s victory, but for all of the wrong reasons...."

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The media will talk about anything except the real problem

Comment: POTS: Plain Old Telecom Service (Score 1) 176 176

Look, if Ben Franklin had understood this "electricity" thing better, he'd have defined the Post Office program -- that allowed "a Republic, if you can keep it" to work, by putting every citizen within equal reach of every other citizen -- to include it explicitly.

That's Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, that gave us the Post Office.

In his day, they did it with horses.
Now, we do it with electronics.

Same difference. Ought to be the same anyhow.

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