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Comment: Re:Frosty pasta! (Score 3, Insightful) 47

by peragrin (#48022773) Attached to: Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference

Microsoft had tablets and smart phones years before Apple.

Apple made both easier to use, and with astonishing features like a decent web browser and Apps designed for such interfaces as opposed to Microsoft which is still working on a tablet edition of Office and outlook.(I haven't been paying attention as to whether or not it has been released).

What is the point of a tablet computer if you have to use a keyboard and mouse to make it work? It took Apple to answer that question for Microsoft.

Comment: Re: So what? (Score 2, Funny) 197

In the end a French Warship was sold to Russian's. It probably fires white flags from the cannon, and the missile tubes are firework launchers for the new victors.

Lastly it is a landing ship. That way some Russian Oligarch can get his vodka collection out of Russia to save it from being confiscated.

Comment: Re:Making stuff to make stuff (Score 2) 69

by peragrin (#48006613) Attached to: How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

That is what I see too. Actually I see orings and gaskets as the first market. Why ship a tiny bag of 10 orings across the country to get a machine up and running when a local guy can print the orings and install them in an hour.

After that will be tiny replacement plastic pieces. and maybe some simple metal pieces.

in 30 odd years every car dealer will have a printer to replace body panels.

It may take 50-100 years before we start printing things like electronics but even just solid panels and fittings would be a massive savings in freight and shipping costs.

Comment: So were tablets (Score 5, Interesting) 69

by peragrin (#48006269) Attached to: How 3D Printers Went Mainstream After Decades In Obscurity

Newton message pad? heck even touch styles have been around since the 70's

The base technology is just starting to catch up with the dreamers. Microsoft was promoting tablet edition windows XP in 2002. It took until 2010 until the tech caught up to the promise(and even then it still has a lot of things to improve on.

Quad copters have been built and flown since the 1930's but the tech was always just lacking. it took computers to create fine enough controls to stabilize the flights enough to be practical. In coming Decades we are going to look back at the various flying machines of the 1950's and 1960's and build them with new tech. The base ideas are the same it is the material science, sensor designs, small enough transistors that has drastically improved to make old ideas practical.

Look at the V-22 Osprey. That machine literally couldn't fly in the 1980's they couldn't quite get it to work. It took 15 years of additional refinement to make it practical.

3D printers aren't quite there yet. the material science is still working on it. But it is a good start.

Comment: Re: Mind boggling (Score 2) 167

by peragrin (#47981897) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Wait so when Dell went private they had to fire all the employees?

That is what you just said. IPO's are a one time cash trick. Companies don't make any more money from wall street after wards unless they spilt the stock or release more shares.

Wall street is a net drain on company resources. The only real advantage is that since your books are open banks are more willing to lend you money.

Comment: Re: It is all pork barrel politics (Score 2) 337

by peragrin (#47974465) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

The only way to determine what a boat is carrying is by boarding. Long range gieger counter might provide a clue if they are installed and functioning correctly. However just looking from afar won't tell you what boat has what inside.

I give it a 50% chance of getting through without ever raising an eye brow. This comes from years of practical on the water experience crossing into and out of the USA. Our border can't keep out drugs do you think it can keep out other things?

Comment: Re:It is all pork barrel politics (Score 1) 337

by peragrin (#47972685) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Right and who do you respond too when your capital blows up? You won't be able to investigate the remains. Sunk at the bottom of a river in the middle of a nuclear wasteland.

So you will be relying on rumors and maybe Facebook for the crooks to reveal themselves.

Officially everyone will deny deny deny. So you had best be damned sure.

No one nuke going off in such a way won't set off MAD.

Comment: Re:It is all pork barrel politics (Score 4, Interesting) 337

by peragrin (#47972161) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

Actually you can win a nuclear war in the modern age. Russia or China Can't nuke the USA but North Korea or ISIS(insert group here) can.

With Nukes you don't even have to be up close. a single rich man's yacht can literally motor right up the Chesapeake and detonate a bomb capable of wiping out DC without ever touching american soil and thus not subject to any nuclear scans or customs searches. Another yacht can pull up next to NY or under the golden gate bridge and detonate. How many of our major cities are found next to the ocean?

Think outside the box. Sure if someone were to launch a really big rocket the targeted country could respond. So don't launch a rocket. send something they won't expect. Nukes are Area effect weapons. Like horseshoes getting close counts.

The columbia island Marina can take up to 50' boats so very few people would question a 50-60' boat parking less than a half mile from the Pentagon. Go a little farther up the potomac and you can get the white house, the capital building and the pentagon in one shot no matter the yield nuke you have.

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 478

by peragrin (#47966969) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

I have always said I don't want to live longer. I want to age slower.
Your body changes as it ages. I want I slow down those changes

So you have 20-30 year old body until you get to 40. A 30-40 year old body until age 55. A 40-50 yer old body until age 65. A 50-70 year old body until early 70's and then drop off rapidly until you die.
You won't live any longer but you can live better and enjoy being young longer. We age oddly compared to our lifespan. Though it is recent based on medicines. The downside is that women will have an extra 15 years of cramps and potential child bearing years

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current." -- Thomas Jefferson