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Comment: Re:Edison to Deforest ... ALMOST! (Score 5, Insightful) 386

“If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety per cent of his labor.” Nikola Tesla

Comment: Re:and thus goes the transfer... (Score 1) 222

by lurking_giant (#34210606) Attached to: Obama May Toughen Internet Privacy Rules
"We the people of the US" funded the inception and development of the Net thru the use of "our" tax dollars which DARPA invested into cutting edge communications research. Here's a quarter ($.25)to go buy a clue. All content is regulated even if you think otherwise. In fact... I'm sure you're doing it yourself at the moment. Self regulation is still regulation!

Comment: Impactor Ballistic Missle? (Score 1) 149

by lurking_giant (#33430366) Attached to: 9 Ideas For Coping With Space Junk

Launch a simple rocket on a ballistic trajectory that impacts the item you want to de-orbit. Only aim it to hit the target on the way back down so that the added momentum pushes them into a lower orbit... Another thought would be to use a gravity tractor concept like the one being proposed for moving asteroids. In this instance the goal would be to send a simple thruster device on a path to "not impact" the object you want to move... only use it as a gravity sling which alters the path of both objects in proportion to their mass. If you choose the path correctly, the target heads into the atmosphere and you have the thruster heading for another target. Work it out to do a grand tour style path so you get the most bang for your thruster fuel buck.

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS