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Comment: Re:Boeing says not a theoretical problem ... (Score 1) 125

by perpenso (#48043851) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

... Emissions at the operating frequency were as high as 60 dB over the airplane equipment emission limits ...

The funny part being that iPads and the MS Surfaces are rated for Cockpit use. Pilots are now using these all the time because it saves them from having to carry around 30lbs worth of paper charts. It's kind of a big deal if the pilot isn't allowed to double check where he or she is going because the plane might break. Oh, and when I say carry around I mean it. Things like charts are per pilot, not per aircraft.

And why are they rated for cockpit use, because their emissions have been tested and unlike some of the devices that Boeing found they do not exceed limits?

Comment: Boeing says not a theoretical problem ... (Score 2) 125

by perpenso (#48042493) Attached to: Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi
As others have pointed out, Boeing says it is not a theoretical problem ...

"Operators of commercial airplanes have reported numerous cases of portable electronic devices affecting airplane systems during flight. These devices, including laptop and palmtop computers, audio players/recorders, electronic games, cell phones, compact-disc players, electronic toys, and laser pointers, have been suspected of causing such anomalous events as autopilot disconnects, erratic flight deck indications, airplanes turning off course, and uncommanded turns. Boeing has recommended that devices suspected of causing these anomalies be turned off during critical stages of flight (takeoff and landing)."

"Boeing conducted a laboratory and airplane test with 16 cell phones typical of those carried by passengers, to determine the emission characteristics of these intentionally transmitting PEDs. The laboratory results indicated that the phones not only produce emissions at the operating frequency, but also produce other emissions that fall within airplane communication/navigation frequency bands (automatic direction finder, high frequency, very high frequency [VHF] omni range/locator, and VHF communications and instrument landing system [ILS]). Emissions at the operating frequency were as high as 60 dB over the airplane equipment emission limits, but the other emissions were generally within airplane equipment emission limits."

Comment: Re:I call BS on this one.... (Score 1) 443

by Mashiki (#48042487) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

For example, Republicans have been pushing voter ID laws which include stricter ID standards, more bureaucratic hoops to get ID, and the closing of offices to get IDs in areas which, by some crazy coincidence, are where black people live. None of these things are racist on the face of it, but the result is that its harder for black people to vote, and thus that fewer blacks vote. The Republicans and their supporters know this, but bristle at accusations of racism because, hey, its not like they used the N-word or anything like that.

If what you say about republicans is true, then democrats are akin to the khamer rouge. And please, I live in Canada, I've lived in Europe. The US is one of very *few* western countries that doesn't have a requirement of voter ID.

This has nothing to do with "making it harder" especially when states are willing to hand out the ID for free. It seems to me, that democrats would be much happier to let people vote as many times as they can and "call it democracy." I mean it's not like there haven't been a string of democrats having been charged in the last year for election fraud or anything right? I mean there was one two days ago, that was charged with 19 counts I believe.

I'm sorry you can't see that the US is still a deeply racist society in many ways. The legal system is incredibly biased, harassment by the police is a major problem, and the Republican party still finds mass appeal in certain states with dog-whistle, coded racism. Its a bigger social problem, not the fault of one party, but the Republican party has chosen to be the standard bearer of that racism (see the Southern Strategy, still in effect).

The US is a deeply racist society? I haven't read anything so funny in all my life. I'm guessing you've never traveled to japan, s.korea, malaysia or anything. You want to see deeply racist, try looking there. Or better yet, go look at the middle'll see what a deeply racist society looks like. I do find it funny though that you use key words and talking points right out of the various left-wing pundits though. Perhaps you're so biased, and so deeply ingrained in your own bigotry that you can't see what you're actually saying.

Comment: Re:I call BS on this one.... (Score 1, Troll) 443

by Mashiki (#48040889) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Seriously? I don't think I've ever read such BS in my life. Can you do us all a favor and tell everyone which between the two parties always falls back on playing the race card on any issue, when something isn't going it's own way. Or uses slanderous attacks in order to try and stifle another persons speech? I'll give you a hint, it's that "center-right party" that you were talking about at the start. I'm not even american, and I can see fundamental differences between the two. You however, with that post simply scream "political shill."

My personal favorite, is when democrats call black republicans "house niggers, and uncle toms" being the most kind of the two that they use.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 3, Insightful) 485

by prisoner-of-enigma (#48040157) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

I think your post, while well thought out, misses the point of an armed citizenry. No one is realistically thinking a lightly-armed, poorly-trained citizenry can effectively wage war against a well-equipped, well-trained professional military force. Nor do I think anyone is suggesting a straight up guerrilla-style campaign for asymmetric warfare.

No, the point of an armed citizenry is to give the government pause. An unarmed populace can be brought to heel without much in the way of bloodshed. But an armed populace? Even a lightly-armed one means the government can't just march in and round up potential dissidents. There is the strong possibility of a firefight. Sure, the little guys will probably lose. But it means the government must escalate to lethal force just to get started on whatever nefarious course it may be planning for its citizens.

In a way, it's little like conventional vs. nuclear combat between nation-states. When both sides were purely conventional, wars were fairly common (call this analogous to both sides being armed with swords). When one side has nukes and the other does not, the side with nukes gets its way pretty much whenever it wants without ever having to drop a nuke (analogous to a police state with a disarmed citizenry). But when both sides are equally armed with dangerous weapons that require either side to really think about whether they want to invite a deeply damaging and dangerous get very few actual wars (analogous to an armed state and armed citizenry).

If I'm unarmed and the government (for whatever reason) decides I need to be removed, not only can I not stop them, but I probably can't even inflict significant harm on them. They will most likely even take me alive, without a protracted fight. The risk to them in this case, both in blood and bad PR, is minimal.

If I'm armed and the government (for whatever reason) decides I need to be removed, they will most likely succeed. I will, however, most likely succeed in causing casualties and/or making a big PR spectacle of being taken down. I might even achieve martyr status if I'm killed, causing a PR debacle for the government. The government will want to avoid these things, thus they will try to find means other than brute force of arms to remove me. Or they might not remove me at all, deeming the political risk too high. This is why we need to be armed. Not as a credible army-in-waiting, but as a deterrent.

Comment: Sheriffs Dept preferred Mini-14 ... (Score 1) 485

by perpenso (#48039951) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
My local Sheriffs Department patrols both urban and rural areas. Patrol vehicles have a shotgun and a rifle. Prior to 9/11 and all the federal subsidies and giveaways of military class gear, the Sheriff chose the Mini-14 over the M-16/M-4/AR-15.

What the range master at the Sheriffs training facility explained to me is that the Mini-14 offers the exact same performance as the semi-auto M16/M-4/AR-15 type rifles at a fraction of the price. Plus it is easier to maintain. That the only advantage of the M-16/M-4/AR-15 was a visually intimidating look by having a "military" silhouette. He said only the SWAT team needed that intimidation factor and that patrol officers were better served by the more compact and simpler Mini-14.

Again, this was in the 1990s, when the Sheriff was spending their own money.

Comment: Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 488

by perpenso (#48039401) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Which is?

Let's see:

  • Reproduction. There have been no reports of baby angels. Okay, angels could reproduce secretly or be some kind "worker bees" that don't reproduce.
  • Organization: Well, we don't have any tissue samples from an angel.
  • Metabolism: Angels can eat. But do they actually require food, or do they just eat out of courtesy?
  • Homeostasis: We don't know if angels control their internal environment.
  • Response to stimuli: Okay, angels do that.
  • Growth: Angels haven't been observed to age or grow.
  • Adaptation: Has not been observed.

That is one big long list of "we don't know", hardly evidence against the hypothetical angel being alive. Given that they can communicate, plan, adapt plans to circumstances, experience emotions, etc the scales lean towards alive. Also we are presuming a biblical environment, the scientific definitions are a bit lacking in such an environment. Is divine instantiation on the list under reproduction? :-)

Comment: We are talking rand and file, not scientists ... (Score 1) 488

by perpenso (#48039291) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Ask the rank and file believers if they believe that angels exist. If so, they believe that humanity is not the only intelligent form of life.

Angels fail at least one of the criteria necessary for "life", and possibly all of them.

Its already a known fact that what the rank and file believers consider life and what most scientists consider life do not agree.

Don't try moving the goal posts. We are discussing what the rank and file believe, and how well they can incorporate alien life into their belief system.

Comment: Re:uhh (Score 1) 496

by Loki_1929 (#48037387) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

When Musk claimed he was going to start a new and successful American car manufacturing company when nobody else has managed to do so in the past half century or so and American manufacturing was considered a sick and dying animal, it was easy to label him a snake oil salesman. When Musk claimed he was going to start building rocket ships and launch stuff into space and make deliveries to the ISS at a fraction of the cost of anything done by NASA, it was easy to label him a snake oil salesman. But he just went ahead and did those things, successfully, at great personal risk because he's both driven and incredibly capable.

If there's one lesson we should all have learned by now, it's not to bet against Elon Musk. He's a risk taker with dreams greater than just about anyone alive, but I think the worst you can claim about him at this point is that his reach exceeds his grasp. Calling him a snake oil salesman is demonstrably unfair. All the other crazy things he's set about doing are happening before our eyes. Creating a self-sustaining colony on another planet may seem beyond our will our even beyond our capability at this point, but Musk's view that it must be done for the survival of humanity is a view shared by Stephen Hawking and many others. If there's anyone alive today who can make it happen, it's Musk.

Comment: Re:Profitable, if self-contradictory (Score 1) 496

by Loki_1929 (#48036795) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

I think you'll find that your first argument is a misunderstanding of the term "universe" and actually only applies to the observable universe. Otherwise, one gets into quite interesting arguments about what the universe is expanding into and whether that is infinite and what its laws are. As for matter following the laws of thermodynamics, you'll quickly find that quantum mechanics strongly disagrees with that. The reality is that at small scales, matter (being just one form of energy) follows the laws of chance, and merely has a weighted average toward thermodynamics at larger scales.

The universe is not so simple.

Comment: Re:The last sentence in the summary... (Score 1, Informative) 207

by Mashiki (#48034249) Attached to: Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Canada...had another record breaking hot summer, and expecting another winter with hardly any snow in the Vancouver region.


If I take a look at the measurements from EC, I see that most of the country was seasonal or far below seasonal. Including snowfalls in Alberta in June and August. In Southern Ontario where I live, it was on average of 3C lower than the seasonal averages, compared to ~3-6 years ago it was 5C lower. We still had ice on the great lakes in July, that hadn't been seen since the 1970's either. Of course it doesn't help that EC has been shutting down many of the weather stations that have been in use for awhile. And of course we can't forget that in much of the country our temperature records only start in the 1970's. So if you're going to claim "a record breaking hot summer" based on 30ish years of data, you're not doing yourself any favors.

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