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Comment: Re:Limited 'show' here. (Score 1) 201

by xdor (#49320643) Attached to: Leaked Snowden Docs Show Canada's "False Flag" Operations

This just affirms doubts concerning the US claims of North Korean hacking Sony Pictures or any-given-hullabaloo about cyber attacks.

Perhaps it's all a deception to achieve some political end?

Or perhaps Snowden and Russia, et. all are trying to undermine our trust in the supreme integrity of our not-to-be-quesitoned leaders :)

Comment: High-Beta Fusion (Score 1) 214

by xdor (#49234717) Attached to: Billionaire Teams Up With NASA To Mine the Moon

If the SkunkWorks claim is legit about having a working idea for a practical High-Beta Fusion reactor, the by-product of that reaction is Helium-3. So:

  1. We don't need a Helium-3/Thorium reactor
  2. If we did, the High Beta reactor could produce the Helium 3 for it

The added nifty-ness of SkunkWork's reactor is that a requires Tritium: a by-product of existing nuclear fission reactors! So cleans up existing nuclear waste (waste-water, anyway) and creates energy and creates Helium-3! Almost too good to be true...

Don't really know why you need to go to the moon for Helium-3 if you can make it while generating power. Of course if we need copper or gallium arsenide or something and the moon has it, maybe that's worth it too.

Comment: Re:"Good News" is Relative (Score 2) 85

by xdor (#49215647) Attached to: Game of Drones: As US Dithers, Rivals Get a Head Start

You have the right idea. I would hope you would shoot down a drone flying low over your property.

The problem is the FAA is claiming I can't fly a drone over your property at your request in order to provide some service (crop inspection, land survey, etc.) because they are claiming (incorrectly IMO) that they own all the airspace over your land.

I would rather private property air-rights were increased to 1200 feet (right now they are arguably somewhere between 83 and 500 feet, except for those idiots in Oregon that ceded air-rights to the state from ankle-height). I don't think the FAA has the rights to restrict what you do with your airspace: and that's what they are trying to do.

In the end: I wouldn't worry about the drones you can see and shoot down with your shotgun (and you should): it's the ones you can't see you should be concerned about.

Comment: Reversable Veto? (Score 1) 437

by xdor (#49122423) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Is this legal?

Mr. Obama retains the authority to make a final judgment on the pipeline on his own timeline

I mean, if congress passes it first, that makes it potentially law if the President agrees. But can a president sit on something until any time he chooses or veto his previous veto?

If so, I can see some strategic uses for that:

  1. 1. Congress declares war
  2. 2. President vetos declaration of war
  3. 3. Six months later President vetos his veto of war and simultaneously authorizes surprise attack.

Comment: Nope. Free Public School is Too Expensive (Score 2) 307

by xdor (#49071549) Attached to: The Software Revolution

Property taxes pretty much rule this out.

Where I live taxes on the land (20 acres of rural farmland) are almost 300 USD a month! That's pretty hefty rent on property you already own.

Kind of hard to just be when you can lose the farm and everything you're worked for to the county if you don't make enough $.

Comment: Re:Tough problem, one I hope we can solve (Score 2) 307

by xdor (#49071499) Attached to: The Software Revolution

People can and do live simple happy lives without technology. In many parts of the United States the Amish practice non-technology religiously.

However as long as people are free to make choices (and presented with adequate information) most people will choose the faster, more accurate, and more efficient method every time. Trying to limit innovation in order to continue to prop-up work that could be accomplished without manual labor is unlikely to succeed in the long run -- as the person or group who successfully innovates and uses automation will surpass those who don't.

Personally, I think the next wave of tech in the Western world must be towards independent production: 3D-printing is just getting started -- not even close to the magic of Star-Trek replicators -- but this is how the masses could gain some measure of independence. Ability to produce anything you need (given the raw materials or, where possible, ability to improvise in lieu of certain materials). If this technology is fostered: the necessity of a "regular job" might be reduced.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."