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Comment: Re:Incentive? (Score 1) 354

by thaiceman (#45850423) Attached to: The New York Times Pushes For Clemency For Snowden

And if you think that CIA doesn't use the "lest something happens to your family" just as much as other intelligence agencies, I have land on the moon to sell you.

Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the CIA is specifically tasked as an external force with little/no authority to act inside the US as opposed to the NSA who is tasked with monitoring the dirty calls you make to your girlfriend/wife while your at work posting on /. ?..


Laser Fusion's Brightest Hope 115

Posted by samzenpus
from the coming-together dept.
First time accepted submitter szotz writes "The National Ignition Facility has one foot in national defense and another in the future of commercial energy generation. That makes understanding the basic justification for the facility, which boasts the world's most powerful laser system, more than a little tricky. This article in IEEE Spectrum looks at NIF's recent missed deadline, what scientists think it will take for the facility to live up to its middle name, and all of the controversy and uncertainty that comes from a project that aspires to jumpstart commercial fusion energy but that also does a lot of classified work. NIF's national defense work is often glossed over in the press. This article pulls in some more detail and, in some cases, some very serious criticism. Physicist Richard Garwin, one of the designers of the hydrogen bomb, doesn't mince words. When it comes to nuclear weapons, he says in the article, '[NIF] has no relevance at all to primaries. It doesn't do a good job of mimicking validates the codes in regions that are not relevant to nuclear weapons.'"

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

+ - Warp Drive Looks More Promising Than Ever in Recent NASA Studies->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The first steps towards interstellar travel have been taken, but the stars are very far away. Voyager 1 is about 17 light-hours distant from Earth and is traveling with a velocity of 0.006 percent of light speed, meaning it will take about 17,000 years to travel one light-year. Fortunately, the elusive "warp drive" now appears to be evolving past difficulties with new theoretical advances and a NASA test rig under development to measure artificially generated warping of space-time."
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Comment: Re:HIPPIE DIRTBAGS! (Score 1) 409

by thaiceman (#40196251) Attached to: SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists

We can escape to all kinds of places, there are plenty of known planets in the "Goldilocks zone" which may** support life, unfortunately to get there we would have to significantly improve cryogenics or invent some form of faster then light travel.

There disaster averted you may now continue enjoying your bowl of Cheerios.

Did I mention that to get there it could take hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of years to get there?... Ohh well if you really want to escape I suppose your willing to wait the little bit of time to get there.....

Comment: Re:I have a better idea (Score 1) 171

by thaiceman (#40193083) Attached to: Using QR Codes To Save Lives

Social Security Numbers were not originally intended to be unique identifiers today they are however used in such a manor. While you may be correct that some numbers may have been issued to more then one person or multiple numbers to a single person, I would have to assume that this is a clerical error on the part of the Social Security Administration, you should take a look at Q20 here ..... well actually you should read all of them they are kinda interesting.

As far as it being useful as a form of identification, well if your employed you know that one of the first things they do as you are hired is record your social security number as required by law. Come to think of it when was the last time you filed taxes, renewed your license, applied for a birth certificate, ect. ect., I bet your SSN was required somewhere near the top of the forms right next to your full legal name.

Comment: Re:Dear USA (Score 2) 242

by thaiceman (#40155153) Attached to: US Ordered To Hand Over Megaupload Documents

Unfortunately the US rarely produces its own products these days, the most we can say that we do is that we engineer our own stuff and outsource the production and fabrication to another country China, Japan, S. Korea, Ect, Ect. Even then most of the products are re-engineered there to fit a certain type of production method or time table..

The ultra short version is we send shit overseas because its cheaper and ultimately more cost effective all while costing us here in the long run.

"Life, loathe it or ignore it, you can't like it." -- Marvin the paranoid android