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Comment: Re:This too shall pass (Score 1) 53

by bkmoore (#49360021) Attached to: Notel Media Player Helps North Koreans Skirt Censorship

North Korea should go after the American model of subjugation.

Yes, workers are much better off when all the wealth is controlled by one individual or one political party.

Was thinking about Germanwings flights today ....

Don't know what that has to do with N. Korea. I do know that in the Soviet Union there were no airplane crashes, ever.

....American Government never shied away at helping a dictator.

The American government never shied away at helping a dictator who had something that the American government wanted.

Comment: Re:the law has to be better (Score 2) 374

by bkmoore (#49355943) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

1. doctors and psychologists who do reviews for organizations that have employees with major responsibilities: the military, nuclear plants, airlines, etc, they should be required to inform employers..... it's safety. there was apparently warnings that mental health evaluators and employers knew that this guy had serious depression. he should simply never have been allowed to continue to be a pilot....

That's exactly the reason that this person did not tell his employer that he was having a mental health problem. He knew that if he did, he would be out of a job and have to give up his dream of being a pilot. I agree with your statement in principle, that some people have no business operating an airplane, but we also need to look at creating a culture where people can be honest about their health problems and be given an opportunity to get back on the horse once they recover.

Comment: Re:Kill them all. (Score 5, Insightful) 335

....They need to die. Every last one of them..... It's about a power-vacuum that was created in the Middle East....

That's exactly the problem. We make a list of every so-called asshole and kill them all only to find out that the problem hasn't been solved and that we need to make a new list of the new assholes who filled in the power-vacuum we created by killing the last bunch of assholes. Not to get all soft here, but the ISIS, Al Quida, etc. are symptoms of underlying political and social-economic problems that need to be addressed. The middle-east was always politically unstable since we broke up the Ottoman Empire in 1920. But the violence was limited as long as the economy was able to provide employment for the majority of the population. What we have had since the 1990s is the rise of globalism and the erosion of middle-class jobs, especially in the countries that have failed to diversify their economies and encourage innovation. The combination of economic pressure and lack of legitimate political structures has caused a perfect storm in which organisations such as ISIS can thrive.

Comment: Re:No opportunity (Score 1) 205

by bkmoore (#49256993) Attached to: Steve Jobs's Big Miss: TV

TV does not offer a company like Apple much opportunity....There's no UI problem that keeps people from being able to get the most value out of their TV...

Go back 10- or 15- years, the UI problem with TV was on-demand content delivery. Remember mailing DVDs back and forth or trips to Blockbuster with the constant reminders to "be kind and rewind?" But agree with you that the opportunities of content delivery are limited at best when your business model is hardware centric. Other than a set-top-box or connectivity with a Mac / iPod, there's not much else Apple could sell in the commodity TV market.

Comment: Re:"an act of social provocation"? (Score 1) 367

by bkmoore (#49200643) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)

I'm from the UK and I'm having a hard time understanding this. What are these gentlemen trying to do? What is the context around blocks of aluminium being made into guns? What problem does that solve?

It solves the problem that any untrained knucklehead can now mill a gun without having to bother to take the time to master the craft. It makes a political statement of sorts because a lot of Americans think there's a hidden secret government agenda to disarm society and implement a pseudo-socialist police state under UN control on American soil. Promoting the idea of a such a secret agenda is good business for the gun industry, the NRA, etc.

Comment: Re:is it an engine or a display model? (Score 2) 58

by bkmoore (#49148055) Attached to: Researchers Create World's First 3D-Printed Jet Engines

Even for the more "primitive" 3d printing metal techs, they're just lost wax casting where the original mold is 3d printed. So the results are no worse than any other lost wax cast metal.

The problem with lost-wax and other molded metals is that the fatigue strength is much lower than forged or machined parts. Tolerances are also much looser because the tolerances from each step - wax positive, ceramic negative, poured positive, etc. add up. Fatigue life might not be an issue for a model airplane engine, but it is a safety issue for anything carrying humans.

Comment: Re:New patent strategy (Score 1) 101

by bkmoore (#49130499) Attached to: Amazon Files Patent For Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks

3D printing is still in its infancy, so I will patent the more old school mobile manufactory....!

Sounds like 'ye old renaissance fair on a "truck" pulled by a team of coldbloods and accompanied by pipes and drums. Are pipes and drums patentable if they're 3D printed on a truck? This is so confusing...

Comment: The "Boeing"-rule of thumb (Score 3, Interesting) 252

by bkmoore (#49099621) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."
When thinking about tech stocks, I like to use a "Boeing" rule as a measuring stick. The globe.com is valuing Uber at 40 Bn (1/3 of Boeing). Boeing had 90.8 Bn in revenue for 2014. Uber claims to be able to generate 10 Bn "soon" Business Insider, but conservative estimates are closer to 2 Bn. So revenue is somewhere between 1/45 and 1/9 of Boeing. I know the comparison is a bit apples (not the computer) to oranges, but Uber's overvalued IMHO. Especially considering that Uber has almost no physical assets and Uber is a privately held company with no public numbers.

Comment: Re:Follow THe Money (Score 1) 131

by bkmoore (#49081193) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

First the drones are the kindest weapon of war ever invented. Compared to other modes of fighting drones kill far less innocents. For example we can use a drone to take out a car with enemies in the car......

Time for an empathy lesson. Imagine every time you went outside, you heard a lawn-mower sound. It came from a UAV operated via satellite feed from a foreign country on the other side of the earth. That foreign country claims their motivations are honourable, but you have your doubts. Sometimes that UAVs fire missiles or drop laser-guided bombs, usually targeting "terrorists". You don't like the "terrorists", and maybe they murdered your brother and are demanding protection money, so you are glad when they get killed, but every so often the UAV- operators make a mistake and target the wrong guy. You're out of a job because your shop got destroyed by accident and they killed your neighbours children while they were playing soccer behind an old shed. So you decide its safer to stay indoors and hope that it all goes away.

Comment: Re:And I'm sure (Score 1) 131

by bkmoore (#49080677) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

Why bother? We can shoot them down with air-to-air missiles from our planes with little to no effort.

That's how the military-industrial economy works. Case in point, Iraq. We defeated the Iraqi army in 2003 and broke all their toys. We built a new Iraqi Army and supplied them with new weapons. ISIS came and looted most of those weapons. Now we're bombing the weapons we previously supplied. Then we'll sell whomever's left with some more weapons to replace the ones we bombed. Repeat over and over again...

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva