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Comment Experienced test pilot? (Score 1) 83 83

You're an experienced test pilot of a rocket powered ship and you have to be specifically trained to anticipate the effects of slamming on the brakes while traveling at supersonic speed?

I suspect he knew full well the likely outcome but just had a brain fade. Probably what was missing was some kind of hardware interlock so that this couldn't have happened, or else it required both pilots acting at once to enable it.

Comment Re:Messy IEEE article (Score 1) 64 64

The article also fails to mention how economically feasible the use of MRI would be for biopsy, given the high cost of MR in general (perhaps 10x more than CT, which is perhaps 5X the cost of ultrasound, which is what's used now). In practice, it's more likely that advances in ultrasound (like doppler) will prove more useful and feasible for biopsy than will MR.

The extra cost may be worth it if the results are good enough. Here is a radio interview (with transcript) from an Australian doctor using MRIs for prostate exams, claiming fewer false positives resulting in unnecessary procedures, and better diagnosis of real prostate cancers.

Comment Loser. (Score 1) 95 95

From first link: "Hacking Team's Christian Pozzi was personally exposed by the incident, as the security engineer's [poor quality, easily guessed] password store from Firefox was published as part of the massive data dump. The websites indexed include social media (Live, Facebook, LinkedIn), financial (banks, PayPal), and network related (routers with default credentials)."

What kind of security conscious person uses Firefox for storing important passwords, let alone someone calling themselves a security engineer? I hope the hackers had fun accessing his bank accounts. :-)

Comment Re:Holy Cow (Score 1) 219 219

Forget all the other stuff, and bring back the 4:3 aspect ratio screen!!! The current screens aren't really wide, they are just shortened. They are definitely NOT better! This whole "wide screen" crap got foisted off on us because manufacturers found out that by making the screens shorter, they are cheaper to make. Then the marketing f**ks managed to convince some folks that "wider" (actually shorter) is better so that they could raise prices for what is actually an inferior and cheaper product, increasing profits at the expense of those buying computers.

Years of research went into finding the most comfortable aspect ratio for TV viewing, which turned out to be 4:3. The same applies to computer monitors. 4:3 is the best aspect ratio. Don't believe me? Then do some research and you will find that there are many that want to see the return of the 4:3 aspect ratio computer screen both on the desktop and laptop computer platforms.

I'd settle for a 16:10 ratio for a computer monitor, comfortable or not.

Comment Re: that's funny... (Score 1) 368 368

This situation is not quite the same, because the Apple site is streaming, not downloading, its content. Users can't just grab all the music they can during the trial period and then keep it.

I don't stream or download music, but a search for "record streaming audio" brings up a lot of results. I'd be surprised if at least a few of them didn't work.

Comment The Difference (Score 1) 152 152

The difference is that humans can't live forever due to medical/technical realities (as yet), whereas a robot theoretically could.

At the moment this is just another case of a supplier refusing to supply proper maintenance support and spare parts when it suits them (bastards), but if robots ever become sentient then it could be akin to murder, by denying the "necessities of life"

Comment They don't trust their own security services. (Score 4, Interesting) 189 189

From TFA:

Parliamentarians will have to decide if they want to call in the help of counterintelligence experts from the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), the domestic intelligence service of Germany.
Some members of parliament have expressed concerns about the involvement of the BfV, Der Spiegel reported. Some are also refusing help from the foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst, because the agency would gain access to the legislative process. Armin Schuster, a member of parliament for the CDU, criticized those concerns.

Schuster told Der Spiegel that he thinks it is “crazy” that some would rather be spied upon by a foreign intelligence agency then letting their own agencies help.

Heh, they're afraid that one set of taps would probably be replaced with another, which would probably be cc'ed to the CIA.

Comment (Score 2) 131 131

FTA:"In April 2014, Viktor Tarasov wrote to the head of Ruselectronics, a Russian state-owned holding company, about a critical shortage of military equipment. The Russian military lacked thermal imaging systems — devices commonly used to detect people and vehicles — and Tarasov believed that technology might be needed soon because of the “increasingly complex situation in the southeast of Ukraine and the possible participation of Russian forces” to stabilize the region."

Are they saying for the last 30 years they have had "zero" military thermal imaging capabilities? Couldn't they have just bought a few off e-bay? Something doesn't fit here...

If you'd read TFA you'd see that they have been doing that as well.

Comment Re:Medical Decisions (Score 1) 37 37

Fire the geneticist. Your genes can't tell if you're at risk for any cancer. They can only tell if you'll have a greater risk than the average human. Acting on anything found by your genes at this point is just stupid at best.

The major breast cancer genes give the patient somewhere around an 80% chance of getting breast cancer, which in my book is close enough to certainty when death is a possible outcome.

However the associated chance of ovarian cancer is only around 50% which makes for a much harder choice for a younger woman, as having your ovaries removed would cause immediate menopause, with its own serious life changing effects.

Comment Re:LOL democracy! (Score 1) 253 253

Cameron is staunchly anti-freedom. What's tragic is a majority of British liked this and voted for the man and those that didn't are forced at gunpoint to come along for the ride. "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter." - Winston Churchill “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” —Ben Franklin “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” —Thomas Jefferson “Democracy ... wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.” —John Adams “Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention... incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” —James Madison “The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and ... breaks up the foundations of society.” —Thomas Jefferson http://democracyisnotfreedom.c... https://encyclopediadramatica....

"The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them in parliament." — Vladimir Lenin

Comment Re:Tolls? (Score 1) 837 837

tolls need infrastructure which costs money to run

Disadvantages of toll booths: 1. Require lots of new and expensive infrastructure. 2. Slows down traffic and creates congestion 3. Encourages people to drive on local streets, winding through neighborhoods, rather than on highways. 4. Doesn't discriminate on size, weight, efficiency of the vehicle, or number of passengers.

Advantages of toll booths: 1. Creates jobs for glaziers that are unemployed due to insufficient amounts of broken windows.

In my city in Australia tolls are collected by pre-purchased RFID tags and enforced by number plate cameras. If you're from out of town or only an occasional toll road user then you can pay by phone or on-line within the 24 hours following your journey.

"Well hello there Charlie Brown, you blockhead." -- Lucy Van Pelt