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Comment: Re:Quadcopter (Score 1) 98

by rmdingler (#48903839) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Probably one of those $15 nano quadcopters. You could get lot of bang for your buck flying something so trivial onto the White House lawn, if you were wanting to cause some commotion.


Unless it was an innocent mistake or a sinister scouting mission against defenses. In either of these cases, commotion would be quite the opposite of the reaction you'd be shooting for.

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 1) 325

There are many things Anonymous does which are morally dubious.

For example they have already forgotten about their pledge to take down ISIS interweb sites...

Sometimes I think they are just a bunch of publicity whores, but I haven't yet figured out what it is they get out of making announcments, doing it 1/4 assed, and quickily forgetting what they were doning and moving on to the next great headline grabber...

Comment: Re:Not a problem (Score 1) 66

by Frosty Piss (#48901541) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

SpaceX will sell the Air Farce the rockets. The AF launches their gear into orbit. SpaceX has nothing to do with it more than to get paid for the hardware and some support personnel who will have to have security clearances.

That's not really the way DoD rocket launches work. It's certainly not how Boeing and ULA work.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 191

the requirement that people in control of public health (which includes barbers) complete a half-day training on basic sanitation methods

Nope, not half a day. In California it is a full year of formal training, or two years as an apprentice barber. If you go the apprentice route, there is NO requirement for training on basic sanitation methods. Most other states have similar requirements.

Comment: Re:Shame (Score 2) 66

by ShanghaiBill (#48901235) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Spying is not inherently bad

Indeed, spying is generally good. When leaders are ignorant of their enemy's capability, they tend to overreact. A century ago, the world bumbled into a world war because of secret treaties, and severe misjudgements about the intentions and constraints on others. Better spying may have prevented that. The cold war was also a result of each side escalating out of precautions driven by ignorance. Looking back, the Soviet Union was never as strong as we feared, and was motivated more by paranoia than by aggressiveness.

Voluntary mutual transparency would be the best solution, but spying is still better than secrecy.

Comment: Re:Elon Musk gotta be very careful here ! (Score 2) 66

by Frosty Piss (#48901043) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Launching spy satellite is a very very lucrative business, and if Elon Musk is too headstrong into butting his SpaceX in, who knows what ULA will do next ...

Like what? Send over a few "tough guys"? Sabotage at SpaceX? ULA is going to have to "re-factor" their cash cow to be more competitive, or they will continue lose out on choice US government work; the public eye is on this stuff now, the politicians will have to answer for this sort of thing.

Life would be so much easier if we could just look at the source code. -- Dave Olson