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Comment: relavent auto-ad that showed (Score 1) 362

by k6mfw (#49130383) Attached to: The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

I clicked the link to read the comments, an automatic advertisement:
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I did a screen capture for my collection articles with interesting accompanying auto-ads. One of these include article about Russian missile buildup included ad, "Meet Russian Beauties" (hey, I thought I disabled ads)

Comment: Re:Drilling race between soviets and Americans (Score 1) 122

by k6mfw (#49094959) Attached to: The Science of a Bottomless Pit

"We must not allow a mine shaft gap!"

Obviously you had to bring this up from the Stanley Kubrick movie, but perhaps that line from the movie Kubrick was on to something. He did a lot of research prior to making Dr. Strangelove (probably had others do the same). There was a proposed "dooms day machine" like described in the movie but Khrushchev didn't approve it (that weapon system was too insane). I talked to a B52 navigator who flew missions in 1960s, he said Kubrick must have got info from SAC as procedures were much like the early A models (setting the bombs for a drop was numerous tedious steps).

Comment: If a hobby gets out of control (Score 1) 168

by k6mfw (#49039591) Attached to: NoFlyZone.org Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free
it will be legislated out of existence. I saw this http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-... article, kind of reminded me skydivers and hang gliders used their organizations USPA and USHPA to maintain some control. Otherwise FAA will step in and make it very difficult to enjoy these hobbies. Well I'm stretching this analogy and organizing RC hobbyists is like herding cats.

Comment: Re:Enough (Score 2) 288

by k6mfw (#49039467) Attached to: WA Pushes Back On Microsoft and Code.org's Call For Girls-First CS Education

She just hates the whole mindset and would prefer to work in other areas.
They just don't like the idea and would rather do biology or psych or chemistry.

Seems like biology, psych, chemistry is where the action is. Programming is simply a tool used in these professions. Coding just to do coding can get old really fast, especially for someone 140+ IQ.

Comment: Re:why Titan? send it to Europa (Score 2) 119

by k6mfw (#49031041) Attached to: NASA Releases Details of Titan Submarine Concept
I don't know but I like to imagine it. Cynthia Phillips of SETI says when looking for life, go where the water is and there's a lot of water on Europa. When I first heard her say that, I always imagine a submarine that bores down into the ice and then goes cruising around taking pics and vids of aquatic life. Of course in real world it will take considerable effort to first land, then go through the ice, then submarine around [and a zillion other things that must be done to make it all work]. (etc. etc. etc). And there may not be any life at all.

Comment: comment on Calif's high speed rail (Score 1) 481

by k6mfw (#48985229) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation
Article about California's multi-billion $ high speed rail and with lots of comments criticizing the program. A reply to one of them was, "Believe me my short sighted friend, ten years from now when gas is 8 dollars a gallon and rent is 3,000 dollars per month for a studio in Fremont, you'll thank every moonbeam you see for the money you save."

Comment: Re:What the.... (Score 1) 121

by k6mfw (#48981347) Attached to: Alan Turing's Notes Found After Being Used As Insulation At Bletchley Park

His actions saved the documents from certain destruction.

This kind of thing has happened before. Some years ago (I cannot recall actual wording, read this years ago) an late 1800s old house was being remodeled. Crews found newspapers and many documents lining the framework under wall paneling. Back in the days it was common to use newspapers and other papers for insulation. Obviously they found some very old newspapers but also a original copy from late 1700s (or was it early 1800s) document. I can't remember how the story went, either one of Thomas Jefferson's papers (draft of Constitution?) or a treaty with an Indian tribe (that was never honored). I'm too lazy to search for the story of this but it was also on TV news with someone commenting, "who knows what historical documents have been used for insulation and still exists in walls."

Comment: Re:So, in other words... (Score 1) 91

by k6mfw (#48941681) Attached to: US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion
I hit reply too soon, wanted to say I like what you did with the math. It is true one job is worth 1428.57 Hz but is meaningless like the App Store math (a few developers made much larger than $16K and most made only pennies). Also illustrates selling spectrum to reduce deficit is meaningless as well.

Comment: Re:track record (Score 1) 293

by k6mfw (#48934915) Attached to: US Air Force Selects Boeing 747-8 To Replace Air Force One

"Because America" is a legitimate requirement for a Presidential aircraft. The President and what he uses is a powerful statement about the strength of US industry. That's why Queen Elizabeth II has a Bentley, and the French President is driven around in a Peugeot or a Citroën.

That makes sense though Bentley and all other UK cars are no longer UK (now owned by companies from other countries). Boeing is a US company but I was talking with someone who was familiar with the USAF tanker selection and competition. He said if a tanker from EADS will provide more US jobs because much of what Boeing has been off shored (though some of this may have reversed after 787 debacles).

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