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Comment Re:Too late to modify JUICE or The Europa Clipper? (Score 1) 92

Oh, c'mon!! 'Offtopic' my shiny!

That was *funny*!

In a thread and on a topic that desperately needed it before comas set in!

With no intent to belittle or harm anyone. With all the *other* kind of mean & hurtful jokes out there, I'm sure Snoop would get a chuckle here on jokingly assigning him 'comic-book-superhero powers of partying' status.

People need to chill on the hyper-sensitivity.


Comment Re:20 minutes... (Score 1) 55

somehow I doubt you *need* 2 hours of flight time.

Well.. actually I do. At the moment I have to have 2-4 battery packs for some jobs, which is a hassle I would not mind getting rid of. It might be suitable for someone who wants to record sliding down a snowy mountain or a short jog on the beach... but if you want to _use_ it, that 20 minutes is not much. The best I can make out of that 20 minutes regarding useful imagery is around 12-14 minutes, and that is the best case scenario. So, bottom line, I would love if they put that much effort in battery longevity they are putting into other areas.

I'd like to use drones for live video shots of bands performing on stage for both a 'jumbotron' style live feed for the venue and for recording purposes, but actual practical flight endurance times are still too short, particularly when loaded down with a good camera and the extra battery weight needed for it as well.

Much better than a bunch of guys in black running around with bulky steady-cams and blocking the live audience's view and being a distraction as an obstacle in the performer's way on stage. Not practical or safe under some conditions (outdoors/windy/no 'buffer' safety zone between stage & audience, etc) but still, those aren't huge restrictions.

The authorities will have a dim view of the small drones in TFS. In their minds it gives the 'bad guys' a powerful tactical tool that goes a decent ways towards leveling the information playing field ('bad guys' these days also include those who would expose wrongdoing by the authorities, as authority detests accountability as strongly as criminals and for the same reasons).


Comment Re:Too late to modify JUICE or The Europa Clipper? (Score -1, Offtopic) 92

There are two planned missions to Jupiter will be looking at Europa that I know of, ESA's JUICE, and NASA's Europa Clipper. Is it too late to modify either of these to add an instrument for sampling these plumes?


Just mount a sensor suite on Snoop Dogg before his next weed party and have him hit 'record' as he passes by on the outbound trip.

Downside: Getting Snoop to remember to hit the 'record' button.

Upside: With Snoop's usage rates there's always the opportunity for a rapid repeat fly-by if he forgets!


Comment Re:So we're already committed (Score -1, Troll) 187

I think you have that backwards. Snyder is saying that the historical record shows that the sensitivity of temperature to carbon dioxide is much HIGHER than the GISS estimates.

Gavin Schmidt's comment is, basically, that her data shows correlation, not causation.

I took away from her study that, as far as she could extrapolate from the available data on climate/temperature cycles going back 2 million years, that we were pretty much smack at the point of the two curves one would expect during this point in time, so to speak, on both CO2 and temperature, and from that lack of deviation from expected norms then suggesting that humans have had little if any significant effect on global temperature averages, and that the warming that is occurring and will continue for a long time at pretty much the same average rate is pretty well inevitable given past history with or without human industrialization.

Seeing as how industrialization in it's entirety has failed to have been shown to appreciably affect global temperature changes then massive, costly, and punitive CO2 mitigation schemes become pointless and wasteful. The problem being that a non-existent 'climate crisis' allows governments, politicians, and their bureaucracies unprecedented powers and control that they will never willingly give up.

And so the beat goes on...


Comment Re: No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 658

"The point of writing a religious book is to control people"

That's a rather narrow way of looking at it. Ignoring the possibility that authors sometimes write what they believe to be true to inform others is convenient for the denier, but that does not, by itself, make their assertion true.

The trouble is that often the denier solves this 'lack-of-truthful-assertion' problem by attacking/ostracizing/persecuting/killing any who dare disagree with their assertions, and nearly as often, that includes said author.

There have been voices already calling for jailing 'climate deniers' if they publish opinions, arguments, and evidence opposing 'Established Science!' on AGW.

I'd say the process seems well underway.


Comment Re:So we're already committed (Score -1, Flamebait) 187

Of course, it may be that she is right and he is wrong.

I hope not...

Wait, what?

Why would you hope that he is right and she is wrong?

If he and GISS are right it means that in order to even have any measurable effect on global temperatures would require in practice an immense forced downsizing of industrialization and population/agriculture resulting in huge conflicts, rebellions, forced famines, wars, etc and with those actions cripple the advancement of civilization. If he's wrong, we've wasted unimaginable wealth, resources, and lives for nothing.

If she's right it means we can concentrate our efforts and resources more on the gradual adaptation necessary and having a pretty good model of the time curve and likely temperature rise boundaries to work with, thus saving immense wealth, resources, and lives and restricting freedom the least.

Didn't realize forced famines and wars were that popular on /.


Comment Re:Rule of thumb (Score 1) 305

I have been a member of the unorganized militia, being male in reasonable health most of the time, and am no longer in it since I'm over 45. I'm not that fond of guns, and never got training with one. I've never had any sort of military training. Any militia with people like me in it is not going to be "well-regulated". I do want to have all my Constitutional rights, even the ones I don't care about in practice (nobody has ever tried to quarter troops on the homes of anyone I know, for example).

People forget that personal rights come with personal responsibilities, one of which being called to serve in the unorganized militia (if one fits stated criteria to serve, age, etc) and fight in combat if required to do so. It is compulsory. Refusal during wartime (only scenario where the UOM would be activated and this would apply in) could result in immediate execution or imprisonment.

Nobody requires you to own a firearm. However, you may still be called to serve. If nobody has a spare firearm and ammo to lend you, you may find yourself charging a defended position as the 'meatshield'.

Choose wisely.


Comment Re:Can we use a VM for all programs? (Score 1) 161

It sure would be nice if our OS ran every single program and app in its own private VM, with individually tailored permissions.

You could do this on linux if you wanted. Using a tool like firejail, you can run all your software in lightweight sandboxes (linux namespaces). It comes with custom profiles for 100+ desktop/server applications and it's easy to write more. I wouldn't recommend converting all of /usr/bin to run under firejail as this would certainly cause issues but, I run all my desktop applications with it and it's worked well.

I believe FreeBSD/PC-BSD have a robust jail system as well. FreeBSD also has 'bhyve' and 'iohyve' which together can now support recent Windows versions that require UEFI support emulation.

Howto here:

Haven't attempted it myself so I have no personal experiences or information on Windows versions and compatibility other than the blog article linked above, but it looks fascinating.


Comment Re:The blame can be shared (Score 1) 658

Why not a 5 for "insightful" on this one? appears that politics infects /. too.

I believe it's the reverse.

I'd like to share a revelation during my time here on Slashdot. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I realized that you're not actually sentient beings. Every sentient being on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with scientific debate and falsifiable/testable science versus political agendas but you Slashdotters do not. You move to a discussion and you troll and ad hominem until every logical argument and actual fact is dead. The only way you can survive is to spread to another discussion. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Slashdotters are a disease, a cancer of this scientific debate. You are a plague, and we are the cure.


Comment Re:Yup (Score 1) 305

The difference being that guns are designed and intended to kill.

That's why they work so well to protect life and property from those who would take them violently and why police carry them for the same reasons, duh!

It protects the smaller woman (or anybody less able to physically defend themselves) from the larger (and possibly more numerous) rapist(s)/attacker(s)/home-invader(s).

Privately owned firearms are used for defensive protection in the US on average (often without a shot being fired) anywhere from the bottom-end estimates of ~50,000-80,000 to a middle of ~2,500,000 and higher end estimates go to as high as ~4,700,000 times a year.


Comment Re:Rule of thumb (Score 1) 305

Drone operators need to be very careful. Shotguns work on people, too.

Drone shooters need to be very careful. Shotguns (and other nasty surprises) can be attached to drones, too.

I'm a staunch 2nd Amendment/private firearm ownership and castle doctrine believer, but can't we take a damned breath and give laws and regulations a chance to catch up before shooting at shit that poses no serious direct threat of personal harm?

Look, I get there may be some cases where discharging a firearm against a drone might be justified, but holy crap! People act like they're ready to set emplacements for AAA for some idiot that let his drone wander too far because idiot!

Get a grip already! Before somebody loses an eye!


Comment Re:Mature technology (Score 1) 247

Are you really suggesting the government shouldn't be subsidizing new things that make the world a better place when they do not provide immediate profit motive?

Grants and assistance/seed money for scientific research grant foundations, military research projects, space exploration, other pure research/science projects, sure.

Artificially distorting/masking the cost efficiency of one existing service/product versus a 'favored' new service/product through taxes and regulation that cannot otherwise compete only wastes the people's money with artificially-inflated prices (and in the case of energy prices is extremely hurts the poorest and most vulnerable in society the fastest and the worst) and actually slows the advancement of the 'favored' service/product by mitigating the financial/economic pressure to improve.

Increases in electricity and heating fuel prices can be measured in human lives lost. How many lives a year every year is it worth to increase energy prices artificially for political/ideological agendas?

The only ones that come out ahead in the end with these schemes are the politicians and their private sector 'connected' cronies. Society and everyone in it pays the costs in lives lost, unnecessary suffering, and the slowing of human progress.


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