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Comment: Model Aircraft, yes!! They aren't drones (Score 1) 199

by artao (#47315403) Attached to: FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones
One thing that bothers me and other model aircraft hobbyists and enthusiasts is the insistence on calling model aircraft "drones".
This post at one point says, "..... policy on drones, or what the agency calls "model aircraft." " .....
You know what? They've been model aircraft for over 50 years now. Why have we started calling them "drones"? .. To inflate fear, that's why.
So call them what they are. Model aircraft. They are NOT drones. Knock it off. Seriously.

Comment: ISON didn't "vanish", and DID emerge (Score 1) 49

by artao (#46951361) Attached to: The Strange Death of Comet Ison
This write-up is misleading.
It states, "But as astronomers watched on the evening of 28 November, the brightly flaring Ison moved behind the Sun but never emerged."
That is wrong. ISON DID in fact emerge. Just not as a cohesive comet. What emerged was a "fan" of dust and debris.
It's not like ISON simply disappeared with no trace and no one saw it.

Comment: Let's start a petition to stop this abomination (Score 1) 326

by artao (#43900197) Attached to: <em>Green Lantern</em> Writer To Pen Blade Runner Sequel
This should not be happening. With any luck, this abomination-train can be derailed. Hollywood has gone too far this time. Blade Runner is sacrosanct. There is NO room for a 'sequel', and I sure hope there is no market for one either. Blade Runner is. That is enough. No more is needed or wanted. Let's get together and send a message to Hollywood that enough is enough. Let's put a STOP to this abomination.

Comment: Re:Is this how they are covering up airbursts? (Score 2) 93

by artao (#43803857) Attached to: Missile Test Creates Huge Expanding Halo of Light Over Hawaii
This was not a nuke. The missle was unarmed. It was a flight and systems test. One thing the article fails to point out is the the fuel in the third stage is hypergolic. It is two parts, monomethylhydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide, which ignite upon contact. SO!! One can only assume that upon a fuel dump, there would be ignition which, it seems to me, would fully and totally explain this expanding cloud of glow.

Comment: Re:N-gons? (Score 1) 93

by artao (#42319823) Attached to: Blender 2.65 Released
re: "N-gons are needed to actually "create proper Geometry" in many cases," ... no ... just .. no
N-gons are a shortcut. They are BAD geometry. They are FAR to easy to make them non-planar, at whichpoint the rendering engine (regardless which one) has diffuculties shading it properly. They can be useful, but ONLY if you keep them 100% planar. If they are non-planar, you need to go in and re-topo for good edge flow and loops.

Comment: Re:N-gons? (Score 1) 93

by artao (#42319785) Attached to: Blender 2.65 Released
STFU!!!! Peole have beeen clamoring for N-gons for YEARS!!!! and now Blender finally has them ... and YOU want them disabled??!!! JERK!! Anyhow, in blender N-gons don't STAY n-gons. Everything is ultimately converted to tris for rendering. Besides which, no one is FORCING you to model with n-gons.

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