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Comment: Re:Aha (Score 1) 212

Technically, with quantum fluctuations, electron and protons (an their anti particles) may pop in and out at random. It happens more often at quantum levels, but there is nothing saying that, while improbable, it isn't impossible for it to happen at macro levels. All you need to do is wait for your keys to pop into existence, and then snag them before they touch their antikey twin and annihilate each other.

Comment: Re:Lasers are easy to stop (Score 1) 517

by xaotikdesigns (#49000407) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder
Depends on the ship. If for some unknown reason, two carriers happen to get close to each other, the Phalanx would probably keep the deck clear of flight crews and any planes trying to take off. Of course, if they got that close, I'm sure there are bigger problems to worry about...

Comment: Re: Honest question. (Score 1) 479

by xaotikdesigns (#48838185) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System
There are other positions such as Fire Police and EMTs that provide those other services. Likewise, for many fire departments, they are generally understaffed, and hiring people that can only so a tenth of the job is out of the question because it means they still have to hire even more people to cover what they can't do, along with buying a new drive by wire truck, none of which is covered in the budget...

Comment: Re:Honest question. (Score 1) 479

by xaotikdesigns (#48837167) Attached to: Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System
The tests they mentioned were carrying a hose. Carrying a hose up a ladder. Using an ax to cut through a door. And I think one more about carrying someone.

The very tests you are talking about are the ones that the woman wanted changed. I remember this because they showed the men performing the test. They had one of those little training towers, and the applicants had to carry the hose.

Looking at the website, I see that the judge ordered the tests to be changed in 1982. Since I was born in 1980, I doubt that I would remember watching 60 Minutes prior to this judges decision.

She was upset that these, now lowered standards, weren't low enough, and that if a woman could not perform the basic tasks that a fireman needed to do, that machines should be made to perform them for her.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?