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Comment: Re:Is someone looking for a job? (Score 1) 69

by LWATCDR (#48906717) Attached to: SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

Boeing and Lockheed have been in the launch business for decades and have a proven track record.
SpaceX does not have a heavy launch system yet and a very short track record.
The Military wanted one supplier for all launches to get bulk pricing and SpaceX can not offer that yet.
As to the support they get... Yep if you have jobs in the district your Congress people will fight for you because it means votes party does not really matter.
Frankly that is their job. To help the people that voted for them.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 116

by LWATCDR (#48906565) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Actually a plane like the Telemaster would be better than a jet. Paint it grey so it blends in and if possible use an electric motor.
It would fly too low and too slow to be shot down. I do not think that they would use SAMs to attack a model aircraft at 100ft over a city since you would probably kill more people from the sam blast than the plane.
At this point I will stop since I do not want to give anyone ideas but I would not use such an aircraft to attack the WH.

Comment: Re:Quadcopter (Score 1) 116

by LWATCDR (#48905759) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

I am not afraid of it. Mustard gas was developed during WWI. Nerve gas during WWII.
Sarin has been made by terrorists and used

I am not afraid of a chemical weapon drone attack because the payload is so low. But why say something that has happened can never happen? Frankly I wonder just how long it will be before some other wack job pulls of a chemical weapons attack. I doubt that it will be any worse than some of the regular bombs in death toll and again I am not going to live in terror waiting for it but to say it is too hard to happen is just wrong.

Comment: Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 116

by LWATCDR (#48905363) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Can carry several pounds of payload. Of course it would probably be pretty noticeable
As too shooting it down? That may cause more damage than the plane would.

I really wish people would stop using drones for most of these. They are simply RC Aircraft that have been around since the 1940s. Nothing really new or scary.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 0) 280

And this part is just flamebait.
"What's most interesting is that Google has no trouble tossing grenades at the feet of Microsoft and Apple courtesy of its Project Zero program, but doesn't seem to have the resources to fix a vulnerability that affects a substantial portion of the Android user base."
Does Google release bugs for Windows XP and Me under Project Zero?
Really the issue are the manufactures and the carriers.

Comment: Re:Early fragmentation (Score 1) 398

by LWATCDR (#48904707) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

You do realize that TurboPascal was insanely popular on both the PC and CP/M?
The reasons where simple.
1. Cheap
2. Turbo Editor Toolbox.
3. Turbo Database Toolbox.
4. Turbo Telcom Toolbox
5. Turbo Graphics Toolbox

I sold like hotcakes well in the the start of the Windows era and Borland even had an Object Windows Library OWL before MFC took over that market.

Comment: Re:Size (Score 1) 323

by LWATCDR (#48896027) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

"I'm still not saying ban it, but there are social consequences we need to consider."
Those are past. You can do the same thing with a cell phone so the fact that Glass makes you aware of the potential is a good thing.

"I know I wouldn't feel comfortable having a connected conversation about my feelings with a potentially global audience." Then have it in private. That is the thing people need to learn public is public and private is private. When you at a restaurant you are in a public space. Same is true at club or bar.
Those conversations should take place in private. That has been true for around 200 years or more and is nothing new.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 319

by tverbeek (#48895761) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Blu-ray is already a physical-media format that we don't need. The CD isn't obsolete simply because a higher-capacity disc came along to replace it; it's obsolete because there's a better way to music files: the internet. The DVD is on the way out for the same reason. In fact, if not for the streaming rights being a licensing clusterfuck, Netflix would have completely shut down its DVD-mailing business by now. We don't need another higher-resolution media format. We just need a convenient way to watch movies at whatever resolution our display devices can manage, and that's the internet + a licensing clearinghouse.

Comment: Re:Crash-testing & strength? (Score 1) 120

by LWATCDR (#48891169) Attached to: Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

There is a specialty vehicle clause that covers super low production cars. That is why you can go to a shop and buy a 32 Duce coup Hot Rod that used no parts from a 32 Ford Duce coup and probably has a small block chevy in it. No crash testing and no emissions testing... That is why they use a small bock chevy or some other classic engine. They make the emissions date of the car be the date of the engine so for a SBC they can put something like 1962. Same thing goes for kit cars and so on.
But the truth be known a modern engine with emissions will make more power, be more driveable, and get better milage than and old style SBC.
In the case of this car it is electric so emissions are not an issue.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang