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Comment This was a hero (Score 5, Interesting) 100

John Glenn was a U.S. Marine fighter pilot who flew 59 combat missions over the South Pacific during WWII and 63 combat missions during the Korean War. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism or extraordinary achievement six times! In Korea, he got the nickname "magnet ass" because he attracted so much enemy flak on his missions.

Oh, and then he went on to become a test pilot, the first American to orbit the Earth, a U.S. senator and then the oldest man to go into space.

He stopped flying planes at age 90.

"The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel." John Glenn.

If you're looking for someone children can look up to, he's it.

Comment Re:Great! (Score 1, Insightful) 172

I always get a kick out of people who think subsidies for the nascent renewable energy industry is unfair because I can then point out that global fossil fuel subsidies represent about 6.5% of global GDP. That's $5.3 trillion in subsidies in 2015 alone. And those subsidies have been ongoing for decades even though I think we can all agree that industry doesn't need it -- never did.

Comment Re:Randomly selected policy positions (Score 2, Insightful) 116

You know. Trump never solidly supported the Iraq War. On Howard Stern's show, he was asked and simply said, "I guess so." He then made it clear he didn't support it in 2002. The fact that: a) he wasn't a politician at the time, means his off-the-cuff luke warm support meant nothing; 2) that the media and Democrats are accusing him of lying about his support is nothing more than a political ploy. Hillary Clinton voted for the war; that's a bit more serious.

Submission + - Armatix to introduce 9mm semi-auto smart gun (

Lucas123 writes: The German firearms manufacturer whose .22 caliber iP1 smart pistol caused a backlash from gun advocacy groups who protested stores that planned to sell it, will introduce a 9mm semi-automatic smart pistol. Armatix LLC's new iP9 smart gun will go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2017 and differs from its predecessor in that it will not use an RFID-equipped watch to unlock the gun but instead will have a fingerprint reader that can store multiple scans like a smartphone. The iP9 is expected to retail for about the same suggested retail price as the iP1 — $1,365, which is more than twice the price of many conventional 9mm semi-automatic pistols. Several large U.S. retail stores have already met with Armatix and "not one of them" expressed any concern about the weapon's price, according to Wolfgang Tweraser, CEO of Amratix, who compared the smart guns to Tesla cars. "Always the latest technology comes with a higher price tag. As you make hundreds and thousands of units, then the price will change also," he said. The company also plans to re-introduce its iP1, but this time it will target sales to gun ranges.

Submission + - Smart gun technology evolves but politics may be keeping dev funding scant (

Lucas123 writes: Smart gun development was once hampered by old processing technology as start-ups struggled to find funding, but innovators have found renewed life for projects through the use of today's cheap microprocessor technology and some money through at least one private entity — Smart Tech Challenges Foundation. For example, 19-year-old MIT freshman Kai Kloepfer recently won a $50K grant from the foundation to further develop a semi-automatic pistol with a fingerprint reader. Even stalwart gun manufacturers, such as O.F. Mossberg & Sons firearms, who've had efforts to create a smart guns in the past have found renewed life. Jonathan Mossberg, the great grandson of Oscar Mossberg, who founded the namesake firearms company in North Haven, Conn. in 1919, has created an offshoot company that built a smart shotgun and now plans to make a smart handguns using RFID-style chip technology. But the picture's still not completely rosy. Like other inventors who've developed smart gun technology, Mossberg found seed money difficult to come by for his iGun Technology Corp. and its iGun. Still, between his family's arms business and a machining business he later opened, Mossberg managed to invest about $5 million into developing the weapon. Now, he's tapped out and again looking for investors. But, Silicon Valley may be sheepish to get involved and continued efforts by some lawmakers to force citizens to buy smart guns once they're on shelves have backfired and lead gun owners and lobbying groups to fight any uptake of the technology in the market. Smart gun developers such as Mossberg and Kloepfer are none to happy about mandates and say it's time to get rid of any threat to create them and allow the free market to determine if the technology sinks or swims.

Submission + - Class-action reveals Ford engineers thought infotainment system was unsaleable (

Lucas123 writes: A class-action lawsuit against Ford and its MyFord Touch in-vehicle infotainment system — originally based on a Microsoft platform — has brought to light corporate documents that show engineers at the Dearborn carmaker referred to the problematic technology as a "polished turd" that they feared would be "unsaleable." The documents even reveal Henry Ford's great grandson experienced significant problems with MyFord Touch. In one incident, Edsel Ford was forced to wait on a roadside for the system to reset and could not continue to drive because he was unable to use the IVI's navigation system. The lawsuit describes an IVI screen that would freeze or go blank; generate error messages that wouldn't go away; voice recognition and navigation systems that failed to work, problems wirelessly pairing with smartphones, and a generally slow system. Ford's CEO Mark Fields even described his own travails with the SYNC IVI, referring to it as having crashed on several occasions, and that he was so frustrated with the system he may have damaged his car's screen out of aggravation. The civil suit is expected to go to trial in 2017.

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