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Comment: Re:A whole new meaning to the phrase "red planet" (Score 1) 396

by bughunter (#48190599) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

You'd have a planet whose entire population would have synchronized menses.

Although I suspect that if they wanted to, the mission planners could issue de-synced birth control regimens to force the cycles out of step. Not sure if there's a reason, to but I wouldn't be surprised if someone tries it during long mission isolation experiments.

Comment: Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (Score 1) 80

by bughunter (#47892449) Attached to: L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

Wish I had a mod point for you today.

I'm very unhappy with the state of PBS in Los Angeles.

For the second biggest TV market in the US, it has a miserable selection of mediocre PBS stations, and very little original content (unlike say WGBH or KQED) but it seems like KOCE is slowly stepping up its game...

Comment: Re:Define technology (Score 3, Interesting) 231

by bughunter (#47831303) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Most of my troublemaking involved the oldest technology: Fire. Matches and flammable liquids were frequently my preferred tools, although as I got older I learned to steal my mom's Bic lighters.

Remember steel soda cans? Those could be stacked to make tennis ball cannons, fueled by lighter fluid. You could also soak the tennis balls in lighter fluid, ignite them, and play fireball hockey.

Firecrackers, Roman Candles and Bottle Rockets used to be legal when I was a kid. In the summers, our dads would buy cartons of the stuff, far too many to light off on one early July evening.

So we'd have wars.

A dozen or so of us would line up on either end of a basketball court, with a cigarette in mouth (to light the fuses), a garbage can lid or folding lawn chair in one hand (as a shield), and pockets full of fireworks. We'd tape the roman candles to our shields, and light and toss the firecrackers like grenades (better watch the fuse burn down to 3 seconds first, or your firecracker would get thrown back at you). The bottle rockets were harder - you had to do a little aimed loft so that it would be at the apex of a gentle toss, pointing in the right direction when it fired. Done right, and the rocket would fire right into the opponent's crowd. Using a basketball court helped because they'd skip right off if you aimed low, and some people used that as a tactic. Having an off hand shield was essential, since the bottle rockets moved pretty fast, but not too fast to block if you saw it coming, and even if they exploded when they hit you it barely left a scorch. But the roman candles, those fkrs *burned.* Good thing they were slow and bright.

Of course we wore shorts. And no shirts. It was summertime in Florida.

OMG -- and wooden pallet bonfires... sometimes nightly. They used to just toss 'em out like trash. Nowadays pallets are almost as valuable as gold.

It's no surprise I grew up to be a rocket engineer... just about every rocket scientist I know is a major frikkin pyro.

Comment: Re:Makes me feel old (Score 2) 237

by bughunter (#47817707) Attached to: Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

Never say anything on a phone that you would hate to see in a newspaper (or on a blog) - that most definitely includes credit card numbers.

That goes for the camera, too. Don't take photos with your phone that you would never want revealed in public.

I would have written the same thing last Friday, but the whole fapocalypse thing last weekend underlines the risk. Unless you encrypt it yourself, your data isn't secure, not on the cloud, and not even on your own phone.

(So, can we just assume that the purpose of these towers are to collect nude photos of celebrities?)

Comment: Re:Shutdown 4chan (Score 1) 220

by bughunter (#47808559) Attached to: Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media

Maybe he didn't last week, but this week, the FBI may do it for him.

The FBI said it is “addressing the matter,” calling the leak an “unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals.”

So, for Moot, do you see this weekend's celeb photo dump as threatening the continued existence of 4chan as we know it? Will you change the site policies in response?

Wernher von Braun settled for a V-2 when he coulda had a V-8.

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