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Comment: Re:Because of the Limited Lifespan? (Score 1) 202

by earthforce_1 (#45296403) Attached to: Panasonic Announces an End To Plasma TVs In March

Funny you should mention that. I have a Panasonic Viera 50" circa 2006 that is still running fine, except for a faint burn-in from the cable box we used to have. The first 60" 3D Samsung LED I bought downstairs to replace my 70" projection set that died, (Sony said they had discontinued parts for it) came out of the box with a one pixel black line across the screen, and had to be replaced. (So far, the replacement model is working fine)

Comment: Re:old, really old, news (Score 1) 586

by earthforce_1 (#44912723) Attached to: USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

Some of the arming crews decided to speed things up by plugging in the pigtails that controlled the missiles early, so they could launch aircraft faster. That was one major mistake. The grounding plug that prevented a premature firing was also either removed early, or fell off. Both were not supposed to happen until just before launch. And the use of ancient bombs with noticeably deteriorating explosives (which made them both unstable and more powerful) greatly magnified the disaster. Finally, only some of the crew were trained fire fighters and most of them (along with a lot of their equipment) were taken out when the first bomb went off.

Fortunately both the A-bomb broken arrow and the Forrestal fire resulted in major changes intended to prevent a similar incident from reoccurring. Tragically it took 134 lives in the later case, and very nearly an awful lot more with the near nuclear detonation.

Comment: Re:old, really old, news (Score 1) 586

by earthforce_1 (#44911383) Attached to: USAF Almost Nuked North Carolina In 1961 – Declassified Document

> the "switch could easily be shorted by an electrical jolt", without specifying where such a jolt would come from, or ever actually seeing the switch in question.

That was exactly what started the fire on the USS Forrestal that killed 134 sailors and crippled a front line carrier, nearly sinking it. An electrical surge when switching an aircraft over to internal power launched a rocket, striking another aircraft, puncturing and igniting it's fuel tank.


Comment: I can't believe that live could have evolved... (Score 4, Insightful) 1293

by earthforce_1 (#44901471) Attached to: Why Are Some Hell-Bent On Teaching Intelligent Design?

But a story about a 600 year old man and his sons building a boat with bronze age technology to hold every life form on the planet with sufficient genetic diversity to prevent inbreeding with a year of supplies, collecting them from every remote corner of the planet, and returning them all to their native habitat afterwards (which somehow wasn't destroyed by the flood) makes perfect sense. From polar bears to penguins, koalas and kangaroos to the Inaccessible Island rail, a flightless bird. Over 8000 species of ants alone. Don't forget the fresh water tanks for any aquatic life that wouldn't survive when salt water flooded their habitat. Returning all those fresh water life forms back to their home lakes and ponds all over the world afterwards must have been some trouble....

Honestly, I have an easier time believing a bearded man in a red suit comes down a billion chimneys on Christmas eve delivering toys.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 2) 164

What blew me away is how real it was, (space is dead silent, the only thing astronauts hear is their own breathing) so real that that the flat screen PDAs were actually used in the Apple/Samsung case to demonstrate prior art. They also enhanced realism by using real products (GE-Whirlpool, IBM, Pan-AM) that were household names at the time.

Pick up a copy of the book and read the description of the "news pad" device they were using, keeping in mind it was written in the late 1960s. You could dial an electronic code for iany newspaper in the world, which had headlines that would update every few minutes on a tablet like device. Sound somewhat familiar? When have you ever seen a 40 year old movie nail technology that accurately? I look at a lot of old movies and find even their near future predictions quite laughable.

Another thing I find interesting and somewhat sad about the movie, (released during the heyday of Apollo) is they fully expected there to be large scale manned bases on the moon by 2001 and at least a few examples of computers exhibiting true human like artificial intelligence. Someone jumping in from that time would be very disappointed at how little we have truly progressed in these areas.


+ - Ballmer: Developer$, Developer$, Developer$

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theodp (442580) writes "In an email to employees, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer signaled a broad set of changes in how employees are evaluated and compensated, promising to simplify performance reviews, boost its overall investment in compensation 'across the board,' and shift a portion of compensation away from Microsoft stock awards to give employees more cash up front as part of their base salary. The changes come as Microsoft fights to recruit and retain talent vs. Google, Facebook and other young whipper snapper rivals. 'Our ability to deliver great value to our billions of customers is driven by the ideas and passions of our employees,' Ballmer wrote. 'Through our history, we have been THE place people came when they wanted to make a difference in the world through software, hardware and services. This is as true today as it has been at any time in our history, and the changes we’re rolling out today will help ensure Microsoft continues to be the place that top talent comes to change the world.' The changes are significant enough to bring Mini-Microsoft back to his blog. So, if the company's stagnant share price was the only thing holding you back, it's time to Explore the Possibilities, kids!"

It's later than you think, the joint Russian-American space mission has already begun.