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Comment: Re: Great. Let's sit here and wait for the next wa (Score 2) 422

by ixuzus (#49671189) Attached to: Ice Loss In West Antarctica Is Speeding Up
I'm pretty sure both of these researchers were in still in grade school 25 years ago. Do you understand how the ship became trapped or the difference between land and sea ice? Having said that I'm very impressed with the variety of materials you've used in your straw man collage.

Comment: Re:Atom? The shittiest text editor around? (Score 1) 72

I could open 2 MB files no problem in Notepad when I was running Windows 95 on my 75 MHz Pentium, with only 4 MB of RAM.

I don't mean to disrupt your rant but either your memory is failing or mine is. My recollection was that there was a 64k limit on notepad files until either Windows Mistakes Edition or Win2k.

Comment: Re:Wanna put an end to it? (Score 1) 112

by ixuzus (#48258767) Attached to: US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

This is why I like preferential voting. You get to vote for your preferred candidate and if that person isn't elected your vote still counts toward what you consider the lesser evil. You number your candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gets an absolute majority the candidate with the least primary votes is eliminated and their votes distributed to the next preference and so on until a candidate has an absolute majority.

Comment: Re:How would this have protected the USS Cole? (Score 1) 142

by ixuzus (#48071851) Attached to: US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies
And unless the state has specifically permitted this by legislation or given you an ironclad immunity deal (let's face it, not many countries are going to be happy to give foreign navies the right to point large guns at their civilians without recourse) such actions would be highly inadvisable. If you point a gun at another vessel and demand it cut its engines while in port you better be able to make a very strong case that it was the threat otherwise you may be spending a lot longer on shore leave than anticipated. In my own jurisdiction those actions would likely have you on the hook for assault and false imprisonment

Comment: Re: climate change (Score 0) 162

by ixuzus (#48066059) Attached to: AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa
While I am not a fan of the Catholic church it must be said in fairness that they also advocate monogamy which, if practiced, would probably significantly slow the spread of HIV/AIDS. It's no more fair to blame them for people following half their teachings than it is to blame the auto manufacturer of your choice because you drained the oil as recommended in the users manual but didn't bother to refill it before you drove off. I think their stance on contraception is wrong for a number of other reasons but let's not overreach.

Comment: Re:Rights tariffs, then? (Score 4, Informative) 322

by ixuzus (#47189283) Attached to: Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them
Uh, you do understand we're talking about tariffs, not sanctions, right? Sanctions are generally restrictions on trade and/or financial transactions. I suspect Iraq is the example you're thinking of. Tariffs are simply are tax on export. or (more commonly) imports. I honestly don't know where sanctions stand constitutionally in the United States but any argument that tariffs are unconstitutional is utter crap. Pretty much the first piece of major legislation passed after the introduction of the constitution was the Tariffs Act.

Comment: Re:Don't. (Score 1) 408

by ixuzus (#47025395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

As someone who has used both cutting methods very recently this seems a little implausible.

If you put a spinning blade into a metal safe it is going to make a hell of a racket which is probably not an ideal situation for a thief

Now a plasma cutter is one of the power hungriest tools I have ever used. I wouldn't count on even being able to run it off a standard household point. In addition you're going to need an air compressor which is hardly a quiet beast. Making a racket and then coming out of someone's house carrying a plasma cutter and dragging an air compressor will make even the least curious neighbour inquisitive.

Comment: Re:Why do these people always have something to hi (Score 1) 348

by ixuzus (#46793437) Attached to: VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

Documents of a proprietary nature could include documents that disagree with the published findings.

Irrelevant. Let us say that I privately compile useful data and sell it to recoup the costs incurred in collecting it plus a little profit for my trouble - that is, I own data of proprietary nature. Now if I sell (or give because I believe in the value of the research) a copy to a public scientist that does not mean they get to put my data on the public record the first time they get a FOIA - effectively dropping the value of my data to zero.

So, if you want to force public scientists to release proprietary material you can choose between:
(a) public scientists not being able to gain access to private data sets which will stifle their research
(b) public scientists being sued into oblivion which will really stifle their research

Comment: Re:Looks like they're taking the high ground (Score 1) 313

by ixuzus (#46746195) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

My back of the envelope calculations suggest that even for a straight line shot from the moon with no other forces in play a one degree change in any direction would result in you missing the earth entirely. Now when you take into account gravity from at least three bodies, what atmospheric conditions will be like in X time when your shot actually reaches earth (keep in mind that for most shots you'll likely be going through atmosphere on an angle), I'd be very impressed if you landed your shot in the right country.

In addition your shell has to not burn up in the atmosphere. Even if you get all that right there's going to be a significant time lag between when you fire your shot and when it arrives so you're only good against very stationary targets. Even if you fire at Mach 10 a competing bomber crew is probably going to have taken off, destroyed the target with an accurate, guided solution, and be home in bed by the time your shot arrives.

In short, an interesting exercise but there are probably quicker, cheaper, and more reliable ways to hit stationary targets.

Comment: Re:Snowden (Score 1) 151

by ixuzus (#46514347) Attached to: Aussie Attorney General's War On Encrypted Web Services
Cite your source. I'm pretty sure there are no term limits for Australian politicians. Some of them have been there forever. Take for instance Billy Hughes - the guy spent 58 consecutive years in parliament, representing four electorates in two states as a member of four different political parties. (to put that in American terms think of him as someone who spent significant time as both a Republican and a Democrat and a member of a couple of funny breakaway parties) If he hadn't died of old age he would probably still be there.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 769

by ixuzus (#46391965) Attached to: The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"
You produced an article about at study essentially about caffeine withdrawals which is nothing particularly new. Perhaps I missed something but I see nothing there to back up your assertion that "you probably would not have CFS if you got over your addition to caffeine". Try actually backing up your assertions before calling for rebuttals. Out of curiosity, do you actually know anyone with severe CFS?

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