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Comment Re:It's wildly unlikely we should exist (Score 1) 267

There are some pretty unique conditions that allowed life to evolve here. Time and being in the right place (ie. the habital zone) are not the only prerequisites. The Universe is a dangerous place and it's out to kill us or any other life. In planetary science, there is a theory with a lot of support, that says the moon had a significant role to play in allowing life to develop on Earth. For one thing, it creates significant tides, which stirred up the materials needed to form life in the oceans. Another thing, is that without the moon, the earths axis of rotation would not be stable and thus at some times, the poles would likely to be pointing at (or away from) the Sun. That would be bad for life, especially complex life.

Comment Re:Running a nuclear plant on Windows? (Score 3, Interesting) 87

I was developing a Train Control System for OS-9, then Apple came out with there similarity named operating system for the Mac. Suddenly the newsgroups became unusable and you could no longer get rely on support for driver development, as they became flooded with Apple fanbois posting how they couldn't install this or that or some stupid thing. Way to kill a reasonably good OS, Apple.

Comment Re:Legal, just morally dubious (Score 1) 312

But what they are doing is exaggerating, the cost of use of Trademarks and IP licenses, to those offshore entities that exist in low tax havens. So, they sell $1 billion worth of product, but claim that it cost them $900 million in costs, of which $100 million is physical goods and 800 million is licenses, trademarks and administrative overheads to the foreign entity. While legal, does that seem ethical?

Comment Re:Read the Damn Articles (Score 1) 126

This isn't a force field it's a point defense system.

The system can sense when a shock wave generating explosion occurs near a target. An arc generator then determines the small area where protection is needed from the shock waves.It then springs into action by by emitting laser pulses that ionize the air, providing a laser-induced plasma field of protection from the shock waves.

So it won't work in space then. Not much of a force field.

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