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Comment Re:NK *is* a credible threat (Score 1) 296

Assuming some NK hardware is not at least as capable is absurd.

This is 2016, not 1942. The technology for detecting and tracking submerged vessels has improved somewhat in the last 74 years. The North Korean subs are basically vintage 1960s era technology, like much of the rest of their military. They're not going anywhere without being tracked and if they approach the United States they will be sunk, war or no war, because nobody will be watching except the ones doing the shooting. Submarines can be accident prone and the Pacific Ocean has a fearsome reputation among mariners. Nobody would have any problem believing that a North Korean submarine had an "accident" while at sea. In fact, the visibility of submarines at sea to the general public is so low that they United States could essentially deny any knowledge. Finally, the North Koreans are so unsympathetic and unpopular these days that nobody would care what happened to their submarine anyway.

Well... here's some news from 2015 ...

"Where are North Korea's submarines? Whereabouts of fleet which vanished from radar remains a mystery days after Kim Jong Un ends stand-off with the South"

Or this: North Korea's 50 Missing Submarines Have Apparently Reappeared Following Truce

Submission + - Trump renews NASA mission for human space travel, deep space exploration

Ramley writes: President Trump signed a bill Tuesday to put NASA on course for deep space exploration. The bill authorizes $19.5 billion in funding to revive the agency’s manned-space flight program and plan missions to Mars and beyond.

The Washington Times reports:

"Mr. Trump spoke of the renewal of NASA’s mission, including development of new spacecraft and preparation for a mars mission, in historic terms."

“Almost half a century ago our brave astronauts first planted the American flag on the moon. That was a big moment in our history,” he said at an Oval Office signing ceremony. “Now this nation is ready to be the first in space once again. Today we are taking the initial steps toward a bold and bright new future of American space flight.”

Comment You'll be there someday, if you're not already (Score 4, Interesting) 162

There are a lot of good comments about older developers who are more than qualified in numerous ways in the tech world today.

For the younger guys who are developers: Use those long-term thinking skills and remember where you might be in XX years.

Are you a person who loves to learn (and keep up with) new technologies and solve real problems, and has learned a lot over the first few years of your career?
Do you think you'll be any different any years down the road (other than being more experienced and more mature maybe)?

If so, then welcome to the life of may older developers. Granted, some people don't keep up nor want to, but the same can be said for virtually any age group.

My point is simply: Be careful who you prejudge as you will potentially be an older developer one day yourself. Unless you've gone into another role/career or made your retirement $$ before age 40, be kind to the ones who can offer a lot of talent, even at their age.

Thanks for reading.

Comment Precisely Why... (Score 5, Insightful) 272

This is precisely why:

- Apple didn't want to release a tool to unlock iPhones.
- Back doors should never, ever, ever be required for any type of device.
- Encryption keys should never, ever, ever be given/managed by any government agency.
- Etc., etc., etc.

When will the masses wake up and realize that a large, controlling government will never be a good thing for freedom?
Ramley-out! :-)

Comment So in the long run... (Score 2) 267

American companies can not provide unbreakable encryption? Another country will provide those products and people will want them. Our tech firms get hurt. Brilliant!

...Until all countries follow our laws and prohibit the same thing(s).

Then the only people who have an immense, evil amount of power are governments... beyond what we (in the US) allow today.

Not to get into the politics of it all, but doesn't limiting the size and scope of our government here in the US make the most sense in the long-run? Handing over power to our government might seem great when the right people are in office, but when the people change (and the power is still there), everyone is screwed. History repeating itself over and over.

Comment WebMD Article (Score 3, Informative) 514

Another interesting article talking a little less positive about this:

Quote: “No information was taken on the amount of drugs or other things that might have to be used to raise them".

Quote: The main change to the salmon caused them to produce more growth hormone, but tests used by the company couldn’t detect how much they were making, according to Hansen. “It was like using a radar gun that doesn’t detect speeds below 125 miles per hour, and from that concluding that there’s no evidence that cars and bicycles move at different speeds,”

Here's the link:

Comment Re:Risk Management (Score 5, Insightful) 737

According to a CBS article, the US has a policy that no one single person can be in the cockpit alone during a flight. If one of the pilots needs to leave the cockpit, a member of the flight crew will step in until the other pilot returns.

Apparently this is not the case in Europe. Perhaps it will be now.

How unfortunate this happened.

Comment As it should be... (Score 1) 69

... at least IMO.

Background: I have been using XCode 6.6 (I think) for about a month now, as swift sounded intriguing. I wasn't a huge fan of obj-c, but I worked with it for a mobile app, so swift sounded like a potentially nice evolution...

One of the plus's of the IDE with Mac OS X is the ability to quickly assemble a UI. I would much prefer being able to work under the hood with the code for the rest of the app... it helps me understand the language, and how everything works together... as well as a sense of control, knowing it does what I intended for it to do.

If you want to create a complex app, it seems that one should know what they're doing... especially if it is to be used for more than personal use... for so, so many reasons.

Comment "Feels" Unnatural... (Score 4, Insightful) 151

Business decision(s) aside, it feels completely unnatural that such a cool, grassroots company sold out to a behemoth monstrosity like FB.

I would really like to see FB taken down a notch (putting it nicely), and this I am afraid will draw more people to it, as this tech is very compelling. I don't want to have to use FB to play with VR on this level. Perhaps I won't have to.

Maybe Oculus did need the help referred to in the article, but couldn't there have been another way? $2B would be hard to turn down, but (imho) they could have gotten there another way, and maybe surpassed it.

just my $0.02

Submission + - Yale Professor 'Embarrassed' to find Tea Party Members Scientifically Literate (

An anonymous reader writes: Professor Dan M. Kahan of the psychology department at Yale says he was surprised to discover a positive correlation between science comprehension and members of the Tea Party:

"Identifying with the Tea Party correlates positively (r = 0.05, p = 0.05) with scores on the science comprehension measure."

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