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Comment: Re:Drone It (Score 1) 550 550

It's not as easy to sneak onto a military base (where, you know, base housing is located) as the TV/movies would have you believe. You do know that, right?

Yes, actually it is as easy to get onto a military base as TV/movies would have you believe. As long as the base includes housing, your worst cast scenario for "sneaking on base" is "steal a car with a base sticker and drive right in". Usually it's easier than that in CONUS.

Comment: Re:Just run your own (Score 2) 124 124

I use an alternative DNS server, becausde the ISPs in my country are orderd to block certain (torrent) sites. As I already give enough info to Google, I use servers I found on
With you can find witch one are closest,

I used to run my own, but after a re-install I did not yet bother.

What I think is strange is that nobody has made an easy local DNS server (for Windows) e.g. just a program that listens on port 53and only fromlocalhost and is just a DNS server. So no additional (local) zones. No additional things. Just a stripped down caching DNS server.

Just point to as DNS server and done. No other changes should be needed. No kill of domains.No nothing should be needed.

Comment: Re:no we can't (Score 1) 73 73

its 27-tonne weight could be launched to LEO by a single Delta-IV Heavy and hauled off to intercept by a second launch vehicle.

I find this an interesting statement. Running the numbers, I find that you'd have to be using a rocket burning something rather better than H2/O2 (we're talking Isp >500 just to reach escape speed, much less to reach the target rock) to allow two launches of a delta-IV heavy.

And this entirely ignores that noone actually has a Tsar Bomba sized nuke available to be detonated.

Oh, and you didn't allow for a backup - if your delta-IV heavy blows up on launch (no it won't be a nuclear explosion, much less a tsar bomba sized nuclear explosion), getting another Tsar Bomba put together with a launch vehicle in your now shorter window (and it'll require more deltaV, since you'd presumably do your first launch attempt at the point that minimizes deltaV requirements)...

In other words, it'll be a bit more difficult than two delta-IV heavy launches, even if things go perfectly. If they don't it'll be a lot more than two...

Comment: Re:Goodbye free speech (Score 0) 184 184

Note that:

BLOCKQUOTE> you can say Obama is a cock-sucking negro ape

is clearly a matter of opinion, and thus protected speech.

On the other hand:

BLOCKQUOTE>you can say Bush staged 9/11

is a statement of purported fact, and thus libel/defamation/slander begins to rear its ugly head.

Note that Bush being an ex-President is a counterweight to the libel/defamation/slander thing - it's really hard to bring such charges against comments about someone in that public a position....

Comment: Re:Reminds me of hands-free cell phones (Score 1) 175 175

People get accidents when there is a bee in the car, when changing radio channels, when talking with the kids in the back. When people get distracted, they do not notice other things. That is basically the definition of distracted.

When I drove in Argentina, I saw a sign called 'vado'. My Spanish was not good enough to know what it was, but I knew if they put a sign where I was (in the middle of nowhere), there is a reason for it, so I better slow down. It was a bridge out of order and I had to wade though the water. Not an issue, but it would have been if I had not reduced speed.

I could see a HUD doing something similar. When a red triangle pops up I know I need to pay attention. I need to slow down and have time to asses the situation.

Now if this happens each time I go a bit over the speed-limit, it will not have any effect. If it is because I get to close to the car in front of me, then it can be useful.

And the reason cellphones are singled out is because they are use way more then you have a bee in your car or you change the channel. Not per person, but in general. That means the duration of being distracted is much, much longer, resulting in a measurable increase.

Comment: Re:Those outside of Greece will have an impact (Score 1) 354 354

If you look at deficit as a percentage of GDP it's not too bad:

Might want to look at total governmental debt instead of deficit. Deficit just marks the extent to which the debt is increasing year by year.

Or even look at current accounts deficit - the deficit ignoring interest on outstanding debt.

Comment: Why a oneliner? (Score 1) 145 145

Why use a onelinerand what is in that oneliner?
I would use a script or a program to run it. Thta can be run as a 'oneliner'.
`sh /usr/local/bin/IKEA-Update` is also a onliner.

It is also not importand what is in that oneliner. Is it the standard update, or does it contain their own command with 360 different programs in it, subroutines and numerous other points of failure.

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 4, Interesting) 271 271

The risks of nuclear are much larger than the estimates at the beginning of the nuclear age, which are used by the merry slashdot pro-nuclear band.

And yet, to date, nuclear power has done less damage to the environment, as well as killing fewer people (by several orders of magnitude) than just coal mining, much less coal power in general.

If we'd gone all nuke back in the 60's, we'd not have had the last half century worth of coal mining deaths, nor would we have the coal ash heaps piled untidily about our environment. And best of all, we wouldn't be talking about AGW, since CO2 levels wouldn't be this high by a significant margin....

Comment: Re:Damn you Uber (Score 2) 222 222

The Uber job for IT has a name. It is called 'outsourcing'.

It is cheaper for the customer. It is easier on the regfulation and it creates jobs by making it cheaper. So more IT people will be enslaved, uh, hired.

I am sure you can find more similarities. The difference is the location and Uber just changes the local regulations by lobbying. Instead of exporting the jobs to a foreign country, because iof regulations. They change the regulations.

Comment: Re:What plan? (Score 1) 87 87

Yes, I know you were being snide.

That said, the ability to reach an NEO means putting a multiton spacecraft farther out (in deltaV terms) than we've ever gone before.

Something meant to put men on Mars MIGHT be suitable. Or not, depending on the orbit of the particular NEO that turns out to be a threat.

Yes, we're likely to have years of warning to develop the needed hardware. But "likely" isn't certainty, and it would really suck to waste ten years mapping NEOs only to discover that the last one we found was going to impact in nineteen months....

Which is why the development of suitable spacecraft should be done in parallel with the search for NEO's, NOT in series with the search....

Comment: Re:What plan? (Score 1) 87 87

It already has weeded out large landbound reptiles that can't take the heat (or the cold) due to meteor strikes.

I really, really hope you're not talking about dinosaurs here. Since dinosaurs were more closely related to birds than reptiles (why do you think they move Aves under Dinosauria recently?)....

Comment: Re: Bullshit narrative ... (Score 4, Interesting) 222 222

Do you even understand why the medallion system was implemented? I'll give you a hint, it has nothing to do with so-called taxi cartels.

Let's see. A bit of reading shows that the medallion system was implemented because of "public fears" that taxi drivers were driving too much, and therefore not doing proper maintenance on their vehicles.

So, the solution to "public fears" was to limit the number of taxis (which would require the taxi drivers to drive even more, thus further limiting their time spent on maintenance, OR to reduce the general availability of taxis, since they'd have fewer taxis working fewer hours each)....

Yeah, that's a strong argument in favour of the medallion system alright.

There is no time like the present for postponing what you ought to be doing.