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Comment Re:Cue (Score 1) 385

In the far, far distant future another species will evolve enough to investigate and figure out what happened and be completely shocked at this appalling species which caused so much monumental destruction.

Actually, they'll probably repeat most of our mistakes long before they evolve far enough to avoid repeating them.

Comment Re:So in other words... (Score 1) 191

Exactly like every single other profession? Seriously. Name one job which doesn't encourage you to go in to work even when you are sick.

Uh... every job I've ever had for the past forty years. Management at every place I've ever worked has been far more likely to berate an employee for showing up with symptoms than for taking sick days.

Comment Re:As a physician... (Score 1) 191

It must be nice to have a job where you're not essential.

So your absence for a few days would be inevitably and irrevocably devastating to your employer's business? You must be quite the rare bird.

Some employees are very valuable, and a few are so valuable that their absence is a significant inconvenience. I'm sure they're missed when they take vacations, too.

Comment Re:F14 is largely declassified (Score 2) 423

F14 is largely declassified

The security classification of an item really isn't relevant. Although it would be an ITAR violation to export classified data, there are countless non-classified items on the ITAR list.

The goal, of course, is not to prevent this stuff from getting out -- people will sneak it out trivially and host it outside the US.

Sneaking ITAR-controlled data out and hosting it outside the US constitutes an "export". If the perpetrator is caught, they are subject to extremely onerous fines and federal imprisonment.

And state-level agency, or large terrorist organizations, could just send legal (on the surface anyway) visitors to pick it up, if they wanted to, which they don't.

ITAR doesn't work that way. Allowing foreign visitors, regardless of their legal status, to "pick up" ITAR-controlled data is an "export". Anyone allowing that to take place would be subject to extremely onerous fines and federal imprisonment.

Comment Re:well then (Score 1) 132

Remember the size of cell phone batteries back in the day?

Back when they lasted a week on a charge?

"Back in the day" doesn't necessarily mean "the first mobile phone you had". Maybe he's referring to this, from 1973. Or maybe the Motorola DynaTAC, the first commercially available cell phone, from 10 years later, priced at $3995.. Both feature 30 minute talk time and 10 hours to recharge. At least the DynaTAC only weighed 1-3/4 lbs, down from nearly 2-1/2 lbs for the earlier prototype.

Comment Re:Credit card track data? (Score 1) 124

The new ones are chipped. But the replacement cycle on credit cards (mine are usually good for five years) is long enough that a lot of unchipped cards are still out there (about half of mine are chipped, the other half won't expire for a couple-three more years).

I received chipped replacements for my credit card and ATM card (different banks) roughly 3 years before the old cards were due to expire. Apparently some institutions aren't waiting so long.

What is algebra, exactly? Is it one of those three-cornered things? -- J.M. Barrie