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Comment Re:Distance? (Score 1) 82

I don't know about that. A couple of back-of-the-envelope computations make me think that 10 years is not a long enough timeframe to make such a camera anywhere near common. Consider, for instance, the 3 ton weight. Suppose that technology develops such that an equivalent sensor halves in weight every year. Ten years then represents halving the weight 10 times, giving a weight of approximately 6 lbs. That definitely isn't iPhone weight, and comes from a pretty optimistic assumption about how quickly the technology will develop. The computation, for completeness: (3 tons) / 2^10) ~= 5.9 lbs

Or we could look at pixel counts. The summary claims that the camera will capture 3.2 gigapixel images. Apple claims that the iPhone 6 has a 8 mega pixel camera. So the telescope camera will capture 400 times as much data. Assuming that the iPhone camera doubles its pixel count every year, it would take almost 9 years to get to 3.2 gigapixels. Even if we assume that the iPhone is used to take panoramas, where a panorama can have up to about 2^3 the pixel count of a non-panorama (again, see Apple's claims), this represents 6 years of doubling every year, which is, again, pretty optimistic.

Long story short: yes, technology marches forward, but this is likely to be a pretty impressive instrument even 10-15 years in the future.

Comment Re:not shock (Score 1) 182

Except the filter doesn't catch the polonium and to a lesser extent radioactive lead that is in tobacco. C Everett Koop warned us about that since the late 1980s or early 1990s. Coal pollution also pumps out radioactive particles (uranium and thorium), but those don't emit alpha rays anywhere near as quickly as polonium.

Comment Re:VM's (Score 1) 350

Yeah, I'd say us VM users are definitely more RAM pigs than most. I run a linux VM isolated from my internal network that handles all my external servers (i.e. web server, ssh, etc). My web site gets hit by Chinese hackers every day, so that gives me the peace of mind that they can pretty much do nothing except vandalize the server (which is easily fixed from a VM snapshot, but I do need to find how they breached the server, which has thankfully only happened once).

Comment Re:For anyone? (Score 1) 350

Gates denies it, and the quote was more like "640K ought to be enough for anybody" and if he said it, it was referring to a specific machine at a trade show. The quote that is said to be claimed to be out of context is Ken Olson's "There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home."

You just reminded me of a button in the 1980s that said "Close only counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, shit fights, and nuclear weapons." That and "Cthulhu in '88 - why settle for the lesser evil?" which is popping up again for the 2016 elections were two of my favorites.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

Fading is putting it lightly - I'd say the Whigs exploded. They were the centrist party and half favored slavery and the other half didn't. When Lincoln ditched them to form the liberal anti-slavery Republican party (which became conservative in the 20th century) the Whigs tore apart at the seams.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

Exactly. They called themselves communists, but the regime was fascist and didn't even run a good communism. The rich and powerful stayed rich and powerful and redistribution of wealth was never really done effectively. Nothing even remotely like Marx's goals of eliminating the caste system and money ever evolved. Every "communist" government that came after it was modeled on the dictatorship of Stalin and some even put in place by him (North Korea being a particular gem).

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 1) 686

There is often a misconception that libertarian means conservative, like Republican. It actually exists on a separate axis of Libertarian-Authoritarian (essentially anarchy vs police state). I'm guessing both Obama and W are up there close to Hitler on the Authoritarian scale. Nixon probably was, too.

Comment Re:dump trump (Score 3, Interesting) 686

Could be, yes, will be, no. Maybe in some states, but coal mining country will fight it tooth and nail to preserve mining jobs, just like the military won't stop building unneeded tanks to preserve tank building jobs. Coal plant owners will keep saying they can make "clean coal" by carbon capture and sequestration and put little to no investment into it because it will take 1/3 more energy to do it. They could boost rates to pay for it, but the reality is, if it impacts their bottom line they aren't going to do it quickly or willingly.

  Then there's the real tough sell - getting America's car loving populace to completely convert to all electric cars or ride non-fossil fuel public transportation. This may happen eventually, but I just don't see it in 30 years. 50 maybe. Millennials are tilting in that direction, the next gen or two will go all-in. Then it's just wait for the old fogies like me to die off.

Comment Re:Clinton personal email server .. (Score 1) 676

She has no right to privacy while conducting business as Secretary of State. In fact all her "business" emails were suppose to be archived and theoretically available eventually under the FOIA. Also they are suppose to be available to give a history of how things were done and what was actually done for the purposes of history. We also could in theory learn from how we dealt with other foreign powers to know how to deal with them better in the future.

None or not much of any of this is true which is just sad and a travesty and a reason why she should never ever hold a public office again given how much she betrayed the public and her office.

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 254

I hate to break it to you but file compatibility is a garbage reason to continue to use Office. I have worked with many companies in my time and Office files are not even compatible with themselves. I can't tell you how many times I have heard people ask what version of Office are you running so I can try and save it in an Office format that will work for you. Office is barely compatible with itself over time.

When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard