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Comment Not indicted (Score 3, Informative) 378

This is completely bizarre. Assange is not currently wanted in the US. There is no indictment against him, there isn't a warrant for his arrest, and there is no request for extradition. I'm not sure how he can "agree to go to prison" when he hasn't been charged with a crime. The U.S. doesn't actually let people go to prison just because they want to; they have to be found guilty of a crime.

Assange is wanted in Sweden (although so far he's only wanted for questioning.)

Assange is wanted in Britain-- for jumping bail.

But he's not wanted for a crime in the U.S. He could agree to go to prison in Sweden or Britain-- why doesn't he volunteer to do that?

Comment Single point failure (Score 1) 126

Uh, nobody else sees this as a series of single point failures queued up to happen?

If the PC is tampered with, it will trigger an alert and erase the PC's encryption key, making the data totally inaccessible."...

Any attempts to trick, bypass, or short the wire mesh will cause the encryption key to be deleted....

... a setting that will wipe or lock down the PC's data if it is moved to another location...

So, if there's a bug in the security program, or in the operating system, or in the sensors, it wipes your data.

Comment Black and white, day and night (Score 2) 278

... Actually, correction. It's quite possible to think in terms of black and white when dealing with law and order.

I think you've nailed it there. It's very easy for the security people to see things in black and white; that anything that gives them more power to stop the bad guys-- and there actually are bad guys here, you know-- has to be good, and anybody who tries to limit that power has to be bad.

Comment So, what's her other option? (Score 4, Insightful) 412

Both. The daughter suing her parents over this is absurd but the parents not removing them when it evidently upsets her this much is appalling.

So, what should she do if her parents refuse to remove photos, including her "sitting on the toilet or lying naked in my cot"?

You're telling me it's "absurd" for her to sue, and she should "Grow The Fuck Up (tm)". But you're not telling me what she should actually do. What choices does she have other than suing?

Comment Re:Sabotage? (Score 1) 64

The quoted line was the part to which my statement "There were no people at the site of there rocket" was directly a response.
(If I had editing capability, that would have been "the" rocket).

The remainder of my post was commentary on the thread, not specifically on your post to the thread.

Comment Re:First they have to find the cause (Score 5, Informative) 64

What is scary is if Musk has already decided they will resume so quickly even if they have not determined the cause.

Everything SpaceX does is always attributed to Musk. The actual article attributes the quote to Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX.

She was speaking at a conference. Somebody asked when they'd be likely to start flying again, and she gave a best guess. This is not a firm commitment to fly whether or not they have found and fixed the problem, it's just a best guess about how long the process will take.

My personal best guess is that a failure review for a non-manned system takes about six months (after their June 2015 failure launches resumed in December, for example) so I think she is a little optimistic, but she probably would prefer to err on the side of optimism.

Comment Re:Sabotage? (Score 1) 64

There would have been two 'bangs' perceived by people at the site of the rocket,

There were no people at the site of there rocket.

But in any case, no, a rifle bullet wouldn't make a rocket explode. You slashdotters watch too many Hollywood action movies. It might poke a hole in a tank and make propellant gush out, but that wasn't the failure.

Without more details on exactly what happened, it's a little impossible to attribute it to sabotage. What we know is that the site of the explosion wasn't where we would have expected a problem to start, but that's non-informative, since if they expected a failure, they would have fixed that problem; any failure is going to have something unexpected about it.

Comment Four years from now... (Score 2) 79

Rushed into service 10 years from now?

The subheading says "He says it will fly before the end of the decade". That's four years from now, not ten.

Rockets blow up, cars crash, trains derail and we learn a little bit more every time it happens. Even the ULA's long stretch of mishap free launches is going to have a new risk when they are forced to do what Blue Origin and SpaceX have been proactively doing, develop new engines. Commercial space launches are the present and the future in the US.

Comment Re:Bigger but with less thrust? (Score 1) 79

Wait, so the rocket will be bigger, with less thrust? That doesn't sound like an improvement to me.

The relevant criterion is not thrust, but thrust to weight ratio. If they're using a lighter weight, higher specific impulse fuel, methane, since most of the take-off mass is fuel, they may be lighter. So the same thrust to weight ratio may be achieved with lower total thrust.

Or do they just mean taller (there are diagrams in the article), but it will somehow manage to have lower mass and so get a better thrust to weight ratio?

Exactly: thrust to weight is more important than just thrust.

However, the optimum lift-off thrust is an optimization, and is not necessarily the highest thrust. If you compare two vehicles, without knowing a lot more details, you can't tell which one is better based only on the thrust.

Comment Re:Would you undertake voting fraud? (Score 1) 239

And the quote was Stalin's typical dark humour: "Of course the voting process here is unfair, as anywhere."

Actually the Stalin quote is completely made up. Stalin never said that, nor anything like that.

Stalin's actual operational mode was "since there is clearly only one right choice for the way the government will run, there will be only one party, and only one candidate. A second candidate would be superfluous."

(and, in the deepest days of Stalinism: "a second candidate would be shot.")

Comment Re:So? (Score 2) 273

It's "losers" not "lusers". Internet dictionaries are free.

You mean, like the Hacker's Dictionary? "Luser" is in there. Even with that spelling.

"Luser" is ancient late-70s/early 80s computer jargon, an insulting word for the computer users, a portmanteau of loser and user. (Not acknowledged in the jargon files, but it originally stems from an anti-drug ad from the late '70s that got played ad nauseum as a public-service announcement on the radio, with the refrain "users are losers and losers are users.")

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