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Comment: Re:Parent is, sadly, correct (Score 3, Insightful) 205

by captainpanic (#49734267) Attached to: Australian Law Could Criminalize the Teaching of Encryption

No. All other cultures have already been overtaken by American culture: Burgers, Hollywood, American music, games and software. You just don't realize how much Western culture has already dominated the world in the last decades. And you fear a church from another country? You have been fully brainwashed.

Anyway, congrats on finding a smooth way to introduce your racist/discrimination hatred into a thread about encryption (you and the parent post - if you aren't the same).

Comment: Re:Obsessed with keeping government out of busines (Score 1) 289

by captainpanic (#49724351) Attached to: North Carolina Still Wants To Block Municipal Broadband

Worldwide, politicians will listen just enough to the public to not get kicked out in the next elections. And they will screw you over as much as they want the rest of the time, serving either their own agenda, but far more likely the some religious or corporate agenda.

The problem in the USA is that there is so little choice that politicians can practically ignore the public altogether, because you only have a choice between two parties, both of which play the same rigged game. I am not saying it is much better where I live in the Netherlands, but at least I can choose between 10 cable/internet companies, and at least 15 parties for parlementary elections. If you wanna play democracy and/or capitalist, at least you need to have something to choose.

Comment: Re:Steady as she goes (Score 2) 68

I'm sure changing strategies will allow them to make up for the slow progress since the last change of strategy.

As funny as that sounds, that may be part of the reason of the slow progress. All the way at the top, a reorganisation may look splendid, and should on paper improve efficiency and all that. But at the workfloor we all too often are then bogged down by slow decision taking at the intermediate management levels, or just very practical problems that were overlooked.

Comment: Solar powered parking meters (Score 3, Funny) 402

1. Solar powered parking meters, obviously. Humans may be all gone, but you still gotta pay for your spot downtown.
But seriously though, these are designed to be robust, and to keep working even if the solar panel gets dirty. I don't see any reason why it would fail at any time.

2. The other one I can think of are (again, solar powered) satellites in higher orbits. But I am not sure how much damage the solar radiation does to those on the long run.

3. Wouldn't it be sad if the last electric device to work is one of those crappy solar powered moving plants (made of plastic)?
One of these:

Comment: Re:Epic? (Score 1) 143

by captainpanic (#49517545) Attached to: Astronaut Snaps Epic <em>Star Trek</em> Selfie In Space

Glad to see the epicness of it all. All that material you see floating gently in that picture was shot up on giant bombs that exploded in a controlled manner, and got tons of metal and composites to exactly where they need to be, while going 7.8 km/s at hundreds of kilometers altitude... And then they installed wifi and a coffee bar in it. That is definitely quite epic.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 649

by captainpanic (#49517467) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

No, the automakers just deliver what people want to buy. There is a good competition among car brands, and there even exist kit cars that you can build yourself, which will never have these kind of restrictions. Yet (nearly) everybody seems to choose the cars with all kinds of integrated software/hardware that are difficult or impossible to repair.

Comment: Re:not the first region with man made earthquakes (Score 1) 166

by captainpanic (#49420737) Attached to: The Arrival of Man-Made Earthquakes

Lots of discussion, people saying production should be lowered, government not wanting to, things like that

Lots of discussion about how to deal with the problem, and who will pay for damages... but no discussion about whether this was caused by mankind. Groningen is a very stable area in terms of tectonic plate movement, and yet earthquakes are really frequent, and epicenters overlap almost perfectly with the location of the gas fields.

Comment: Hoping for large industrial participation (Score 2) 167

by captainpanic (#49369137) Attached to: At the Track With Formula E, the First e-Racing Series

I'm hoping large corporations get interested. Right now, I understand all cars are basically made by Renault. It would be nice if other companies jump onto this train too, with a serious interest to showcase their knowledge about batteries and electric cars. (Or just an interest to burn some marketing dollars).

It's a great idea to start off with the same car, but am happy that the teams can design their own cars in the next seasons. In all fairness, the cars still need a lot of improvement: the speed of the cars is too low.

Comment: Re:I wonder if there are any smaller planets (Score 1) 48

by captainpanic (#49187547) Attached to: Massive Exoplanet Evolved In Extreme 4-Star System

I think the center point between the stars is not a stable place for anything to hang out. A little move in either way will increase gravity's pull in that same direction, and therefore will pull whatever object there is towards the nearest star. Only active controls can maintain an object there.

There's no such thing as a free lunch. -- Milton Friendman