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Comment: Re:Elon Musk vs Richard Branson (Score 1) 105

by nicoleb_x (#49309697) Attached to: Virgin Could Take On Tesla With Electric Car
You're basically correct except for the facts. Werner did not start his career as a Nazi, he joined later, and he did not work on weapons that killed many (not countless, they did count) Brits until much later. I know that Nazi Germany lost and thus history is skewed to favor the winner's view point but after 70+ years maybe the truth will be acceptable. Perhaps this would be more correct and convey the same effect: Wernher von Braun's early career as a Nazi who helped develop the Retribution Weapon 2, aka V-2 rocket, (responsible for the deaths of 9 thousand Brits) did not prevent him from becoming an American hero.

Comment: Re:Could Be Handy in the Gun Shop (Score 1) 133

by nicoleb_x (#49101543) Attached to: Crystal Pattern Matching Recovers Obliterated Serial Numbers From Metal

The last time I heard of a gun with an obfuscated serial number it involved a cop "throw down". Really, it's pretty rare when somebody buys a gun legally and then removes the serial number before committing a crime. It's so much easier to just buy a stolen gun.

Comment: Re:Who controls the thermostat. (Score 1) 319

by nicoleb_x (#48770529) Attached to: How Close Are We To Engineering the Climate?
Maybe before they do the ethics thing they might want to get some major agreement on just what is the ideal temperature. At least when there is nobody/everybody at the helm it's hard to get too mad, but just start targeting the climate with techno arrogance and you'll have billions bitching that you screwed them and killed their babies and you should die a horrible death. Unfortunately, they might be right some of the time even if your tech is proper and correct.

Comment: Re:You know the cops are going to want it .. (Score 3, Interesting) 138

by nicoleb_x (#48762043) Attached to: Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting
Have you ever shot a rifle at long range? There is this this thing called atmosphere that actually slows down a bullet such that it slows and drops far out of proportion to the gravitational effects or even the Coriolis effects. Those damn lasers are hardly effected by the atmosphere. I'd even wager that the laser, traveling at the speed of light, reaches it's target so fast that drop is irrelevant where line-of-sight is a limiting factor. Now, when there is mirage, all bets are off. The target doesn't appear where it really is so laser or regular optics are going to be frustrated. So remember to start a big ass fire between you and the snipers or plan to be in the area only when bright sun is heating the air between you and the sniper.

Comment: Re:Time for some leaps and not baby steps (Score 1) 142

by nicoleb_x (#48761851) Attached to: Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos
The electorate is largely religious, Christian mostly, but that doesn't mean they can't accept life on Mars. I've never heard any mainstream Christian religion say that life on Mars would be blasphemous. However, I have seen some odd statements from Muslims.

Comment: Marissa Meyer was right (for once) (Score 1) 294

Having people working remotely by themselves is not (currently) a great model. Software is produced by teams not individuals and teams really need to collaborate to be effective and the easier it is to collaborate the better the results. I'm sure you all read the recent report about open space offices? Until that trend ends you can expect that remote/cubed workers are not going to be in vogue.

I do think that robotic avatars will eventually solve this problem, so if I was the Indian, Russian or whatever government I'd get cracking on this.

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.