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Comment That would just suck (Score 1) 223

Growing up, my friends and I would live for snow days. Why don't you also take away Mom, Dad and apple pie, too? Granted, with global warming, there seems to be fewer big blizzards, anyway. Now kids will have to pray for an increasingly unlikely confluence of events: a major blizzard, plus a major network outage. Sigh.

Comment Wondering about the Physics (Score 1) 707

The original post states that the bomb would hit the ground "well beyond twice the speed of sound". I would have thought that even a sleek, heavy object would reach terminal velocity due to air resistance before reaching such speeds. Assuming that it were dropped from 30,000 feet, how fast would it be moving when it hit the ground? (Assuming that it was about 3 ft in diameter and 20 ft long from the information here: Thanks!

Comment Government Regs on How to Transmit Classified Data (Score 3, Informative) 330

Check out the DoD's guidelines for securing classified data:

Especially pertinent here is Transmission policy for different types of classified data
and network security

Not exactly scintillating reading, but them's the rules.

Comment Implications (Score 2, Interesting) 303

AA is going to have to make policies surrounding a variety of issues like:
  • How is AA going to prevent me from setting up my Meraki repeater once I'm aboard and start re-selling their service for a lower price?
  • Are people going to be able to access Skype? How loud will they be allowed to talk before I am allowed to garotte them with my $4 headphones?
  • If the engines on the plane fail, will I be blocked from twittering "Ahhh! Gonna die!"?

The possibilities are endless.

Comment Moving Away from the Vulnerability Debate (Score 1) 374

I think we can all agree that an airship working directly over enemy territory would be terribly vulnerable. Presumably, the ISIS would operate well behind a safety cordon of fighters the same way AWACS and JSTARS planes do.

I assume that the reason the DoD is exploring this option is the operational difficulty in maintaining multiple shifts of AWACS + JSTARS in a warzone. The airship, on the other hand, would be able to maintain its station for days on end, without the need for refueling or returning to base for a new crew.

However, a stickier problem emerges - would it be able to stay on station? According to this site:, winds in the stratosphere are around 100mph. Would solar-powered engines be able to keep the airship in the same place in the sky?

After Domain Squatting, Twitter Squatting 201

carusoj writes "Squatting on domain names is nothing new, but Twitter has created a new opportunity for squatters, in the form of Twitter IDs. Writes Richard Stiennon: 'Is there evidence of Twitter squatting (squitting?) Let's check. Yup, every single-letter TwitID is taken ... How about common words? Garage, wow, war, warcraft, Crisco, Coke, Pepsi, Nike, and Chevrolet are all taken. My guess is that Twitter squatters have grabbed all of these in the hopes that they will be worth selling in the not too distant future. Of course the legitimate holders of brands can sue for them and Twitter can just turn them over if asked. But, because the investment and risk for the squatter is zero, you are going to see the rapid evaporation of available Twitter IDs.'"

James Bond Gadgets 157

whencanistop writes "Given that the new James Bond film is just about to be released, this is quite a nice summary of James Bond gadgets from past films. Tomorrow Never Dies was on telly last night and I was commenting on how the mobile phone that controlled the BMW was awesome, why they haven't done it in real life is beyond me (although there would probably be a few accidents if they ever did). Ridiculous to think that in 1963 the gadget of choice for Bond was a pager though." Of course, the best gadget in the Bond universe wasn't even 007's ... Jaws' teeth were the envy of every kid with braces.

Jason Fried On Focus and Avoiding Interruptions 102

BigTimOBrien writes "Jason Fried, founder of 37signals, talks about the day-to-day operations of 37signals. How does the company work, and what are the guiding principles behind the design of Basecamp and Campfire? He talks about the importance of avoiding interruptions and the relative unimportance of both physical space and mandatory meetings."

Comment Re:YouTube delievers (Score 1) 192

Thanks for posting this video. Unfortunately, I don't see this as more than a proof-of-concept. Here's why:
  1. Discomfort - Look at Radi's posture when he's walking. He's hunched over, which is bound to cause back pain after continued use. Also, the battery pack prevents him from using the backrests of chairs comfortably when he's sitting. And the forearm controller looks annoyingly cumbersome when he's working at his computer. At least a wheelchair doesn't cause physical discomfort or pain.
  2. Battery life - This is a serious concern. Can that small a battery hold a charge for eight hours? At least a wheelchair will never run low on juice.
  3. It is clumsy and slow - Notice how slowly Radi's friends have to walk to keep pace with him: they're not so much walking slowly as they are standing very quickly. And he needs to stop every time he wants to do something different.

Even with all these caveats, ReWalk is a promising start - Argo should definitely keep developing it.

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