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Comment: Re:This is no Space Shuttle, its better. (Score 4, Insightful) 111

by milgram (#42403919) Attached to: SpaceX's Grasshopper VTVL Finally Jumps Its Own Height

While I agree with the direction of the evolution of the programs, I don't think it is a fair comparison to define the cost of the Space Shuttle launch as the total program cost divided by the number of launches. Much of the technology and information Falcon is using is based upon the research done to achieve the Shuttle program.

Comment: Cost vs Value (Score 1) 456

by milgram (#36148900) Attached to: The Cost of US Security

I understand the terms I will use could be viewed as callous, but I do not have better terms. My issue with the cost of the wars is not based in cost, but value. We have spent this much money, and neither our economic nor political standing has improved.

We seem to be fighting a war as if our enemy was the old USSR, when in fact our enemy is quite different. This type of conflict requires more human intelligence, and in country resources. As anyone in security knows, a static defense can be bypassed given time and effort. Does anyone really feel safer with Wal-Mart dropouts running the security at the airport? This is not where we should be putting our money, but it makes people feel better about security.

Comment: European not American option pricing (Score 3, Informative) 124

by milgram (#35361024) Attached to: Gosper's Algorithm Meets Wall Street Formulas

It seems, after reading through the paper (to the extent my non-MIT mind understood things) that this is based upon a pricing model of European options. European options can only be exercise on the expiry date, American options can be exercised any time before that date.

+ - Refusing to show ID and recording TSA is legal-> 1

Submitted by Cowmonaut
Cowmonaut (989226) writes "TechDirt is reporting that Phillip Mocek has been acquitted by a jury. For those of you who do not know, Mocek refused to show his ID to the TSA to board a flight, as his legal right. The TSA disputed this and charged him with four misdemeanors (disorderly conduct, concealing his identity, refusing to obey a police officer, and criminal trespass) when he persisted and recorded the incident. It's sad that its news when someone stands up to something as basic as the TSA thuggery, and more depressing that its news when its upheld in court."
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+ - Schneier: US Will Overreact to Moscow Airport Bomb->

Submitted by mattnyc99
mattnyc99 (1008511) writes "This morning we talked briefly about Moscow's additional security in the wake of a terrorist attack on its airport. But the bombers did, in fact, dodge security checks that were already in place, you can bet America's Homeland Security people will come back with the equivalent of a baggage-claim body scan. Security guru Bruce Schneier has weighed in on Esquire's politics blog: "This is the sort of thing that yes, people are likely to overreact to, and do all sorts of things that'll do nothing to solve the problem but make people feel better.... it doesn't matter how much money Moscow spent on security checkpoints and passenger screening and ID checks. All that was irrelevant. The attackers said 'Oh yeah, airport security's too hard. I'm going to go someplace else.'"
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+ - Fake social security card with a real number?

Submitted by milgram
milgram (104453) writes "I have not been able to find a definitive answer to this one, so I thought I would settle for entertaining ones. Does anyone know if it is illegal to forge a social security card, as long as you are using valid information? Why do I have to go through a Kafka-esque bureaucracy when my printer will give the same thing? All I get is a paper card with my name and number. If It is the correct information, is it illegal?"

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