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Comment Re:Oh, goody (Score 3, Interesting) 91

Nope, it's for the visitors to the park to enjoy the peace and quiet. I'd be happy to let planes fly over, as soon as the planes carry enough sound-proofing to make them inaudible from the ground.

Last time we were in Sequoia National Park, we climbed Moro Rock. Apart from our fellow tourists, the only sounds were natural. As we stood on the top, a couple military jet fighters flew west-east at very high altitude (guesstimate FL300) and they were still intrusively audible.

Imagine if the yahoos in small private planes were allowed to buzz around the parks? "Let's go circle General Sherman. Look, it's that one! Not that one, that one. No, that one. I'll go around again. It's that one. That one. No, that's General Grant, it's that one! I'll go around again..."

Comment Re:Heinlein quote. (Score 3, Interesting) 378

A paradigm doesn't have to make people scrap their core textbooks (such as the big daddy example of the acceptance of continental drift theory). Seemingly small developments can produce enormous change. The creation of vulanised rubber, so allowing pneumatic tyres, saw a paradigm shift in road transport, but it can also be seen as just an incremental shift in technology. The development of the route to the moon through enormous rockets and very complex orbital rendezvous became redundant after the LEM plan was adopted.

This is also an example of where there was significant agreement between The Experts that a similarly qualified, but not so senior, expert was wrong.

Submission + - US toddlers shooting people on a weekly basis (

fremsley471 writes: This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: a little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.

But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. Briefly sifting through news reports found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 2) 1165

Notice all these shootings seem to be happening in "gun free zones"?

Yep, 'cause the shooters are 100% cowards. Arm more people? Wrong. There will ALWAYS be somewhere where you can't have guns, so the cowards will end up there. The answer my friend is to stop the cowards getting the guns.

"But we need them to be able to form a militia to keep our rights".
That worked out well:

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 307

I hadn't noticed their development over the years, but one day was testing a new browser without Adblock and I actually screamed. The number of trackers hold the record for me (by some way) for any regularly visited site.

There's a whole chain of newspaper sites (30+) with exactly the same template. One assumes that the owners said "If they're not going to buy the papers, let's make reading our news as miserable as legally possible".

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 307

I was going to add to the comment by linking to a view of some of the most poisoned ground, but I turned adblock off and the site (a local newspaper in the UK) crashed Firefox. Works fine when all the shit is filtered out.

Aw hell, if you want to see how bad it gets, this is a generic report on cricket with no media associated with the story, apart from the text itself. Please, there's nothing 'malware' about this, it's an exemplar from a local newspaper and shows why Adblock is so necessary:

Astonishing numbers of cookies too (here comes CCleaner).

I think the people who run this site must have some mental illness (not being facetious) or, more likely, run Adblock themselves so never see them. Wonder if the advertisers ever look to see what a mess it is?

Comment Ye gods! (Score 1) 286

The National Geographic Society president and CEO, Gary Knell, will serve as the board's first chairman.

The new joint venture will give the National Geographic Society the "scale and reach to continue to fulfill our mission long into the future", Knell said in a statement. The transaction is expected to close later this year. "As media organizations work to meet the increasing demand for high-quality storytelling across multiple platforms, it's clear that the opportunity to grow by more closely aligning our branded content and licensing assets is the right path" he said.

Comment Re:A-10 for the Win (Score 1) 502

Patted a SR-71 on the nose at Castle Air Museum and was amazed how small it seemed.

Answer to why it was retired is straight-forward, cost. The fuel alone was ridiculously expensive; a quote that sums it up- "It would have been cheaper to use single malt scotch". Assuming that any country that could shoot down a U2 could also shoot down a SR-71, having them do 2 000 mph is not needed. Also, satellites are a little better these days

I realise that this video is far, far below the spatial resolution of even a 50 year old spy satellite, it's still indicative of new directions that are now possible.

Comment Telling it straight (Score 3, Interesting) 182

From TFA.
And, the NERC, which owns half of K Street and has got very deep pockets, has been successful in lobbying against legislation like the Grid Act and the SHIELD Act, both bipartisan bills supported almost unanimously by Democrats and Republicans. They've been able to stall for years and keep these bills held up. One time when we got a bill passed: the Grid Act actually, in 2010, unanimously passed the House. Everybody supported it. But Washington is so broken, one senator put a hold on a bill - if they know which senator to buy, they can buy that one senator and the person can put a hold on the bill so it can't come to the floor for a vote and they can do it anonymously. The senator doesn't have to identify themselves. So, you never know who stopped the bill.

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing for money.