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Comment: Having a Surgeon General would help (Score 4, Insightful) 367

The fools are yelling for an Ebola Czar.
Perhaps filling the position of Surgeon General would be simpler. Controlling the spread of disease is one of the functions of that office.
But, approving the the candidate for the office would require the Senate to actually do something.

Comment: Re:'Bout time (Score 1) 173

Old news. 15 years ago Philadelphia was trying to build out public WiFi.
Comcast, Time Warner, and AT&T had nothing to do with ensuring it failed.
Verizon is far more evil than Comcast or Time Warner. They've been at it longer and are more entrenched and subtle. They're the phone company after all.

Everyone loves to hate the cable company. The phone company is so good at fucking you over, most have no idea how badly they've been screwed.
I'll take Comcast any day over Verizon. I caught Verizon padding my bill, it took far too much of my time to force them to drop a little over $100 in charges.
The PUC investigator admitted he wished there was a way to more severely punish the phone company.

Comment: Re:lol (Score 2) 328

40, 50, + years ago Bose did original research in speaker design. It changed things.
They patented it.
If physical patents were treated the same way as intellectual property patents are now, Bose would rule audio.
Is Bose over priced? yes. I won't pay for a name, but some will. At least it works.
All Beats has is a good marketing director.

Comment: You could see this coming (Score 0) 328

Win, lose, or something in between. Once Bose sued Apple they were going to be out.
Apple has it's nice walled garden. Only good little boys and girls are allowed to play.
By suing, Bose became a bad boy. They would be ejected from Apple's garden.
At this point Apple can't stop Bose from selling Apple compatible products. They just won't sell them in their store.

Bose has been around longer than Apple. This wasn't their first patent fight. I suspect there was no surprise in Bose' boardroom when this was announced. I have a feeling that Bose' CFO is not happy but not unhappy. It's business.

Comment: What a fool (Score 2) 302

Pay a fee for a license?
This idiot lives in the UK. Obviously totally clueless.
I though US lawmakers were stupid. This toad is a dumb cop from a different country. Gives new meaning to stupid.

I suspect this story won't get much more press, this guy is up there with Sarah Palin for intelligence.

Comment: It's now assured destruction. (Score 2) 342

by chromaexcursion (#47970907) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal
Any rogue faction than uses nuclear arms (they may have 1 or 2) against the US can be assured their cause will not survive.
For the peacenicks, The policy of MAD has been around for 50 years, might be more. No one has died. Perhaps millions have lived. If you don't remember the 60's...
either you where there ... or most likely you weren't.
Second problem.
We've planted our own seeds of need. We can shoot down missiles. The Russians are getting close. The Chinese are working on it.
The plants aren't for more weapons, just new ones.
The sometimes more than slightly crazed world governments have managed not to start a nuclear war in the past 60 years. Though I admit they came close at times. Effective deterrents are important.
The disarm at all costs idiots fail to understand the US can't afford a nuclear war. It would destroy the economy, period. US nuclear weapons are only a second strike weapon. But, for that to work, the second strike has to be decisive, at least in the eyes of an aggressor. But good bet the test needs to be real.

Comment: Re:Business IT is Boring...and that's good. (Score 2) 275

Physicists, and other hard math scientists still prefer fortran. It's more efficient at math than anything else. Sometimes old, simple, and purpose built still wins.
There is some movement in the C++ standards to include these fortran features.

I've been programming for over 30 years. Moving to new technologies and industries is a way to keep things fresh and challenging. I've lost track of the times I've submitted support requests and the first response was "No one has ever asked that before", or something like that.

Comment: Re:Fuck Lockheed (Score 2) 108

by chromaexcursion (#47740501) Attached to: Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine
Well known and understood. But P&W deserves to burn for this failure.
A a manager of mine used to say "failure to plan, is not my problem".
The general contractor is at fault for all failures, except it seems with the US military. That needs to change.
These companies exist in a notion of the world that they can't fail. They need to have a few negative quarters!
Perhaps even fail, though with some of the infrastructure that isn't possible.
Lockheed made their bet. They can eat it. Congress is too stupid to understand. Yet again it will take an executive order to sort this out.

Comment: Re:Raptor? (Score 1) 108

by chromaexcursion (#47740275) Attached to: Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine
They do. but they're not an authorized contractor. and the paper work takes years.
welcome to stupid government.

for military contractors, the paper works is EXPENSIVE!, last I heard, space-X wasn't interested in paying that freight. Odd that Russian engines are OK.
Perhaps Caesar was correct, though forced into a situation he despised, he offered a choice, accept or die. The current bureaucratic morass is evidence that the rules must change. There isn't time for the bureaucrats to muddle.
A sad state of affairs

Comment: Fuck Lockheed (Score 1) 108

by chromaexcursion (#47740231) Attached to: Air Force Requests Info For Replacement Atlas 5 Engine
Lockheed decided to go with a Russian Engine. There seems so be a problem with that now.
Time to make bad choices matter!
It Lockheed can't deliver a launch vehicle, there should be a penalty. Sadly in these contracts there is no penalty. But they don't get paid, and Space X and Boeing can pick up the slack.
It's time defense contractors payed for failure to deliver
This won't bankrupt Lockheed, but it better hurt, hurt bad
A year on year loss due to stupid management would send a good message. We'll let you live, but not if you fuck up
Make it hurt!

+ - DigitalGlobe Images it's newest Satellite launch->

Submitted by chromaexcursion
chromaexcursion (2047080) writes "DigitalGlobe recently launched it's newest satellite, which features 31cm resolution (just over 12 inches).
The images were taken from another DigitalGlobe satellite. A neat way of demonstrating what you can do when you own multiple satellites.
The new satellite has the highest resolution imaging capability of any civilian satellite.
There's a good video of the launch at the bottom of the page"

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