They seem pretty certain now that plane flew for five to seven hours and they seem to have a very general idea of possible flight paths. The question of immediate concern was this a theft for the purposes of a mass murder of 230+ people, or to gain a large jet for some other purpose.
Science fiction author "Gennady Stolyarov" isn't listed in Internet Speculative Fiction Database either, and the book's publisher, "Rational Argumentator Press" has a grand total of *one* publication, and its web presence is a section of Mr. Stolyarov's personal site. So what we're dealing with here is the self-published work by an unpublished crank sci-fi author -- not that there's any dishonor in being an unpublished crank sci-fi author. There's lots of us around.
I peeked inside the book, and what strikes me is that if you squint, this *looks* like a religious tract pitched toward children, right down to the colorful but stiff illustrations. Take a look at the cover, with it's child dressed in a blue oxford shirt, red tie and khaki chinos banishing death. This is peculiar, in a way that I applaud; an image pitched at children by someone so far out of the mainstream that she has no idea what a culturally "normal" child looks like. That's a good thing for the world, although it may not do much for the author's message. It's more important for people with an oddball streak to write books than people who think like everyone else.
This book appears to come out of the same impetus that underlies a lot of religious impulse: rage at the fact we're are going to die. It's a fact we *should* be uncomfortable with. Religion does the most damage when it makes us too comfortable with the prospect of death. The afterlife becomes a make-up session where we can do the things we put off line life like reconciling with estranged loved ones.
Anyone who regards speculation about technological singularity enabling indefinite human life extension as a "promise" is taking far too much comfort in what is, at best, an intriguing idea. But the universe itself has a finite lifespan; any being who could last to the heat death of the universe, or even a single 2 million century "galactic year" would be so far from human that calling it "transhuman" would be like calling ourselves "transprotozoans".
Whether we just disappear after a mere century or so, or survive as something unrecognizable as human, our opportunity to experience the universe as ourselves, as humans, is brief. We should make the most of it, no matter what we plan to leave behind when our human existence is done.
Seems to me you're talking about SOCIALISM, or even worse, COMMUNISM.
I didn't sign no contract, and there ain't no such thing as society. That's a lie told by Karl Marx.
— All of America
Oh, wait, you say that isn't an option in the cities. Well, cities, yes, well, there's your problem.
Yes, yes it is. Not in the cities, but while living in the cities, via AIWPS. The short explanation is that your shit is pumped into the bottom of ponds with a methane-capturing plastic liner protected from UV damage by virtue of being submerged. Eventually the ponds fill up and they're left to cook momentarily before being sludged out for compost. Heavy metals settle to the bottom and microbes destroy virtually all pathogens and most other contaminants.
Cities are not the problem. Where cities are located is the problem; there's no good reason for them to be in the same place as seaports any longer, for one. And what we choose to do with our technology is a massive problem as well. We have the technologies to solve the problems, but the current "solutions" to these problems are highly profitable. For a tiny slice of the population, of course. And they are maintaining the situation quite aptly.
The speed and accuracy of a trackman wheel are phenomenal. I'm at least as good with it in FPSes etc as I am with a mouse. As a bonus, I trade lots of wrist pain for a little thumb pain, which I consider to be a win. Sadly, they are made with crap omron microswitches which will fail you and it's easy for crud to get into the scrolling wheel and clog it up.
I am a gigantic mutant with big meat hands, so finding a mouse which I like is a big challenge in any case. Perhaps this is not the solution for everyone. But the resolution of these devices is very good, and really more than suitable for gaming. Just clean the hand salsa out of the rollers periodically and you'll be all right.
Linux doesn't support lowrights. Standard users or the wheel group in Unix can still access file system, threads, processes, etc.
Oh noes, they can see my pslist. The horror.
You can always wall a user off with selinux, what a PITA but it can be done.
Actually, that's not all that far off from reality. Except that, in our solar system, nature has only one fusion reactor, which went critical roughly 4.5 billion years ago.
Nature also makes its own fission reactors on occasion, through natural processes concentrating fissionable materials. And through other natural processes which turn over portions of the land, some of those materials can become exposed or even distributed across large areas. One would expect this to happen very rarely, but over sufficiently long time scales it may be something which could be expected to happen nonetheless.
Both Chrome and IE (yes slashdotters I did say IE) support lowrights mode.
Well, here's a nickel. Get yourself a real OS and run Firefox as another user when you want low rights mode. Most of us have that kind of functionality in our operating system. Even Windows users. I dabble in Chrome occasionally and it's gotten to the point where for most operations it's just as slow as Firefox. It was pretty fast once, though.
You seem to think Firefox is still at version 4 or something. It is now heavily multithreaded, has sped up considerably (and is now competitive with even Chrome for most users), uses far less RAM (even compared to other browsers), and has even had its process sandboxing improved on most OSes.
My lady is running less plugins than I am, and literally running a subset of the plugins I am running, and her Firefox crashes fairly frequently while mine crashes only occasionally on a resume from suspend. The notable difference is that she is running Windows (7 x32) and I am running Linux (Ubuntu somethingrecent.) If one of us has more stable hardware, it's her, and not me.
If I "catch your drift" as far as what you mean by "places some grubby sheepherders above all other people", you show your thorough ignorance of Christianity and of the importance of the Abrahamic family story that preceded it,
Look, I've had western humanities, I know how influential it became. But that's the only reason it's important. It wasn't the first monotheism or even the first orthodox religion. It wasn't even the first to use most of the tales in its mythology, most of which were lifted from other places. It's so very interesting today only because it was successful.
As for "hacked and re-hacked" and politics. Sure, even the cleanest water will be tainted if it is poured into rusty vessels.
The work that the religion was based on was deliberately (and also accidentally and incompetently) altered over time.
The truth is that Christianity is a religion created by a subclass of an ethnic minority which granted them dominion over all the Earth. It might be some other things too, but that's what you have at the core. It's a religion of domination, control, and ownership.
don't worry, as long as a "phone" is involved no obstruction may be made by the carrier.
The FCC's new plan is to move phone service to VoIP. The phone will be over the internet and not the other way around. They won't obstruct anything within your sip tunnel. Woo hooo.
Show us on the doll where the priest touched you.
Please stop showing us on Slashdot where your parents didn't nurture you.
So whatever "standard" the majority sets will be "good", and to hell with you if you don't agree with groupthink?
Uh, that's what we have now, except the standard is set by the government and not the majority. Anyway, what the fuck are you doing in left field anyway? How the hell did you even get there?
This looks like an idea better left in a cartoon. It's not compatible with the real world.
A scooter that comes out of a luggable case is a great idea. But if it has to cost this much then it's a non-starter.
Maybe in a hundred years we'll have the battery and materials technology to do it for real. Or twenty, who can say any more.