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Comment: WORSE! (Score 1) 614

by sycodon (#48221143) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Now, instead of waiting in line behind some idiot with 6 kids who don't know what they want, change their minds and bitch and moan they can't get breakfast a 11:05, I'll have to stand behind said idiot while they try to figure out what buttons to push and their maniac kids running around trashing the place.

I've seen people spending 5 minutes at the damned all in one soda machines trying to figure out how to get a root beer.

Comment: Re: Power Source (Score 2) 351

by sycodon (#48167817) Attached to: White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Funny you mention Subs. I was thinking about that this morning.

Subs are built for very hostile environments, and that's without people shooting at them. Take the principals of sub building and modify them appropriately...aluminum instead of steel, structures to hold air in instead of water out, etc. and you have a pretty good game plan for building an actual space ship instead of a soda can with windows.

Comment: Power Source (Score 4, Insightful) 351

by sycodon (#48165479) Attached to: White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Nothing will happen until you can build and loft a real power source that can generate hundreds of megawatts of energy to drive the ships and once there, power the outposts.

Solar can be part of that but putting up a solar farm to generate enough power to provide for an actual colony would take hundreds of tons of material as compared to a compact nuke or a fusion device like recently discussed by Lockheed. Think Nuke Sub reactors.

Comment: Can We Get This for Kids? (Score 1) 304

by sycodon (#48152029) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

Kids have cell phones at younger and younger ages. You can argue if this is good or not but if they do have them, then it would be a nice feature and provide some peace of mind if you could call up their location (OK, the location of the phone) via a web app.

Are they late getting home and not answering their phone? If the locations service says they are at a friends house, then fine. If it says they are on I-35 traveling north at 80 MPH....not so fine.

Lojack for your kids.

Comment: Re:NO (Score 1) 463

by sycodon (#48151811) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

What sick and twisted reasoning are people using to claims that restricting travel in the face of epidemic won't work? Sure, it won't help 100% of the time, but it will , the author's own admission, reduce risks for the U.S. by 50% for a while. That is better than nothing.

I suspect it has some kind of political correctness thing involved or some geopolitical maneuvering.

Comment: Re:NO (Score 1) 463

by sycodon (#48151729) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

Blocking direct commercial traffic would go a long way towards preventing cases from flying in. Forcing people to tak connecting flights from some other country would not only lengthen their trip and therefore increase the chance they start showing symptoms, but they would also go through multiple screenings.

There is no good reason to allow direct flights from infected countries.

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