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Comment: Apollo 13 (Score 4, Insightful) 701

by CohibaVancouver (#47503871) Attached to: Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Apollo 13 Flight Controllers. Listen up! Give me a go/no-go for launch... Booster!
We're go, Flight!
Guidance, go!
Go, Flight.
We're go, Flight!
We're go!
Go, Flight!
We are go!
We're go, Flight!
Launch Control, this is Houston. We are go for launch.

Comment: Re:Did he just notice that? (Score 1) 529

Then why do employer not want to give up health insurance and let everyone get health insurance like they get car insurance?

I'm sure employers would love to get out of having to supply health insurance. However, the USA has for some reason created this convoluted health 'insurance' system whereby employers are supposed to take care of Americans, not the nation-state.

...but you know how it is. Every other developed nation in the world is wrong, and the USA is right. Same with guns, of course.

Comment: No Paper Money... (Score 1) 753

by CohibaVancouver (#47445581) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
I was talking to an economist friend, and he was saying one way to greatly reduce crime would be to eliminate all hard currency over $5 and make the currency that was left just coins.

Yeah, yeah, I know the libertarians would go apeshit, but the world for the likes of Tony Soprano would crumble.... Most criminals would no longer be able to transact business, as they operate in a cash system.

Comment: Re:Why are the number of cabs [artificially] limit (Score 2) 92

by CohibaVancouver (#47435789) Attached to: Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

I just don't get it!

Citizens won't pay taxes to fund the things they want like roads, parks and sewer pipes, so city governments have to come up with alternate funding mechanisms such as hotel taxes and taxi medallions.

When alternate services like Airbnb and Lyft come along, that funding decreases - Rather than raise taxes or let potholes grow (and be turfed from office) they attack the services that are cutting into their revenue.

Comment: Re:Who are you to tell them how to live... apk (Score 1) 206

If you're going to mutilate the genitals of your young girls, tell your women they can't drive, stone people to death for drawing cartoons, marry off children, beat homosexuals in the street until they're bloody and starve your citizens until near death then hell yeah I'm going to tell you how to live in your nation.

Comment: Re:What a shame, but... apk (Score 4, Insightful) 206

Don't be naive. The only reason Russia and other oppressive nations pass laws like these is so they can better monitor what their 'citizens' are doing and saying. It's a lot easier to lock up whoever wrote "Putin Sucks" online if the data is in a Russian server.

Comment: Re:You'll want either AT&T or T-Mobile. (Score 2) 146

by j-beda (#47344981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

7-11 has a "fan-constructed" website with lots of good info at and their "official" one is at

You can order a SIM online for postal delivery (maybe only to Canada?) or walk into a 7-11 and pick one up directly. I think they only do regular or mini-SIMs, so you'll need to cut it for a micro-SIM size.

If you are on the west coast, find someone who uses Shaw for their ISP and get them to give you a Shaw login/email on their account and you'll have access to a whole wack of wifi hotspots mostly in BC and Alberta, but a few farther East.

Comment: Re:stupid comparison (Score 1) 501

mixing them should be a capital crime.

Bollocks - I regularly mix units, because it sometimes makes a lot of sense. I've described something as a metre by a yard (it wasn't quite square). Similarly, I've described items in feet or inches in area, but thickness in millimetres (it tends to be anything less than 1/4 inch).

Before you complain that not everyone knows basic conversions (not everyone's an engineer), it helps if you do any amount of travelling, especially if you're from the US or UK. Also, this topic is physics/engineering, so it usual to see mixed units - we see them when talking about rocket payloads all the time. Similarly, would you complain about the mixing of AUs, light years, millions of km/miles in an article about astrophysics or astronomy.

Even you would not be so stupid as to mix units when directly comparing two things. You would never say something like "Alpha C is 4.3 light years away, while the voyager spacecraft has already traveled 18.2 billion kilometers! The stars are ours, if we take the time!" You wouldn't do that because the vast majority of your audience would not be able to make the comparison without a fair bit of work. Sure, using mm to describe the thickness of something who's other dimensions are described in other units could be appropriate, but using mm to describe the thickness of one thing, then comparing it to the thickness of something else in thousandths of an inch is just stupid. Your "metre by a yard" comparison is cute, but relying on people to know that a metre is about 3 inches more than a yard certainly is something that can lead to troubles.

Comment: Re:stupid comparison (Score 1) 501

by j-beda (#47320561) Attached to: A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

to build three massive, 1,000-foot high, 165-foot thick walls

For example, in Philadelphia, the newly completed Comcast building has about 300 meter height. The wall with similar height as the Comcast building should be much easier to be constructed.

But the wall is not similar height, is it? it's 3 times that height. Also, it may be 165-ft thick, but how wide? all the way around the city is how many times wider than said Comcast building? a few thousand? so 9000+ times larger structure is somehow easier to construct?

I blame the stupid writers who mix their units. 300m is about 1000 feet. As stupid as various measurement systems might be from anyone's perspective, mixing them should be a capital crime.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.