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Comment: Re:Intercontinental ballistic railgun emplacements (Score 1) 630

by rts008 (#46707747) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

I have wondered that same thing from the beginning.

I was thinking they would only be used more along 'line of sight' ranges.

"Line of sight' very loosely defined here! It would still have high velocity at ranges that are occluded by the 'over the horizon' ranges.
Maybe more accurate to call it 'follows Earth's Curvature', or something.

It would be useful info to know what the projectile's velocity is at the stated 100 mile range, to enable calculations for remaing energy.

I know from long range target shooting that projectiles slow down fast.
ex:
a .308 Winchester firing a 150 grain bullet at 2750 feet per second will be travelling less than 1000 fps after only 1000 yards, and remaing energy is far less than at muzzle velocity.
With a 100 yard 'sight in', that same bullet is striking the target about 10 feet below point of aim at around that 1000 yards, and a 10 mile per hour crosswind will deflect it around 2 feet, IIRC.(fuzzy on that memory)

Comment: Simple explaination... (Score 1) 630

by rts008 (#46707557) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

The flames/fireball are similar to the the effects of say, a meteor entering Earth's atmoshere at high velocity...no fuel involved.

No trick here, just super heated air and plasma caused by friction, and maybe some 'fuel' from ablation of sabot and possibly projectile.
Similar principals enable deisel engines to combust fuel without a spark plug...compression causes friction, friction causes heat, ...

Comment: Rubbish! (Score 1) 179

This study just reeks of poor design. After all, doesn't the violent content create the experience which then leads to gamer aggression? Sounds to me like a poorly conducted study to try and take the heat off of the gaming industry. It's almost as bad as guns don't kill people, people kill people. Come up with a logical argument. That much said, I'm fully for ownership of firearms and no regulation of video games.

Comment: Re:bullshit (Score 1) 303

by DaMattster (#46692881) Attached to: OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

I call BS. We are talking FOSS here so there can be absolutely no security issue because it was produced by a large community of do-gooders who vetted all commits for us and this means that every bug gets caught within seconds of being committed.

It is a fact (not theory or guess) that only commercial, closed software has security flaws.

Well, it is a security flaw/hole until it's been plugged.

Comment: Re:software (Score 1) 169

by smallfries (#46684417) Attached to: Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

I was going to mod you up as I once had to study COBOL for exams, a long time a go. But then I clicked on your hidden replies and my, oh my. I had to reply instead to say that you really have attracted one of the most virulent trolls that I've ever seen on slashdot. You should get some kind of flair next to your username or something.

Comment: Thoughts (Score 1) 645

by DaMattster (#46682845) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?
Yes, Microsoft should be legally required to provide specifications to third party vendors wishing to keep supporting Windows XP. In retrospect, I don't know why Microsoft did not see this as a potential vertical market and additional revenue stream. They could make additional money off of an obsolete operating system that has more than covered the research and development costs associated with it by charging potential vendors for access to certain amounts of XP code and specs. Meanwhile, they can continue to push the importance of upgrades and it's not like modern software will really run on XP anyways. Shortsightedness abounds!

Comment: Re:Can't blame the incumbent or the governments (Score 2) 223

by DaMattster (#46682741) Attached to: Why There Are So Few ISP Start-Ups In the U.S.

There were thousands of independent ISPs once, they extincted themselves because they lacked the vision to work together and instead died one by one. I had a ringside seat.

They went extinct because the cost of building the infrastructure to provide the broadband internet access that consumers now demanded. It fell on king telecom to build that out. Even with the number of ISPs that you pull out of the air, I doubt they could collectively come up with the 100s of millions necessary to make this happen. Government helped the big boys make it happen and also created regulatory nightmares to ensure that the telecom industry is an oligarchy.

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