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Comment I'm not sure what the problem is... (Score 5, Insightful) 36

FTA:

Virginia being one of the few states to have passed legislation curtailing the use of these exceptionally powerful devices, and mandating warrants and probable cause be obtained prior to their use.

So they don't just use this thing to go after people with an unpaid parking ticket at the discretion of the local meter maid. They actually have to get a warrant. I think this is a good thing personally. I'd rather they have this thing for when it's truly needed, but have it's use limited.

A glance at the log seems to show that in at least 5 out of the 12 instances it was used, the device turned out to be ineffectual in locating the suspect.

So it may not be 100% effective. Are we supposed to be shocked by this? Obviously it would be great if it was. But then, what is in life? Of course there are some qualifiers in the quote above. "A glance" and "seems to show". So we don't really know the full story. Just what the logs appear to indicate. It's kind of like looking at the output from your OBDII logs in your car and trying to judge how much fun you had on your vacation.

If the log fully documents all usage of the device since it was acquired, each of the 12 uses cost almost $50,000, and only 4 of them resulted in an arrest, she noted.

Do all investigations result in arrests? I'm pretty sure the answer is no. So why should this be any different. How much does a typical investigation that this thing be used in cost? I would guess it would cost a lot. I'd like to think they're not going after jay walkers with this thing. Did it also turn into a pumpkin? Can it not be used any longer? If not, then the cost per use to date is meaningless.

I live and pay taxes in Virginia and I suppose I'm looking at this a little differently. I'm happy they aren't running this thing 24/7. It almost seems the author feels they should be using stingrays every functional hour that it can be to get the most hours usage per dollar spent. I'm looking at this like my tap and die set. It cost me a bunch of money, but the few times I needed it at odd hours has made it well worth the cost to me. I'm also happy when it's not needed.

Comment Re:Nearby building (Score 1) 241

So if the Millennium Tower tips over in an earthquake, I guess it would fall into the building that's just northwest of it. I wonder if the people in that building know that the Millennium Tower is leaning toward it.

Not to worry, I heard that Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho has a three point plan to fix it. Something to do with lashing it to a building on the southwest side with a big rope.

Comment Re:The ultimate in postmortem narcissism (Score 1) 386

Ummm...what exactly do you think the difference between her being frozen while she's alive and one minute after is? Are you hoping to freeze her soul in with her or something?

Except it's not done one minute after death. They cool the body and such, but it takes several hours to get the body to the facility to actually freeze it. Which I would guess makes a big difference. It's one thing to have to figure out how to repair all of the damage caused to cells by freezing them. But after death CO2 builds up in the cells and autolysis occurs, dissolving the cell membranes. It will start occurring around 10 minutes after the heart stops moving blood. However it's still unknown at what point enough cells are damaged to cause permanent brain damage. But under normal temperatures, I would doubt any period of more than half an hour would cause irreparable damage. Which is pretty optomistic

Autolysis is also temperature dependent. So the colder the body is the slower it occurs. That's why people who drown in close to freezing water have been revived after an hour. I think the current longest time was close to 2 hours. But I don't think they can get the brain down to a low enough temperature fast enough. Even at low temperatures, autolysis will occur, it's just slower. So until the brain is in cryo, it's dissolving itself.

That said, being able to repair the freezing damage is going to require nano repair technology of some kind I would suppose. And if we get to that point, I don't see what's stopping people from becoming virtually immortal. If you can put nano repair robots into someone, why not have them in your body to repair any kind of cell damage almost instantaneously on a continuous basis. Then we'll just need some form of telepathic communication and we and go about the universe in cube ships assimilating everything we can find. ;-)

Comment Re:Oh great. (Score 1) 227

Why would the name SyFy appeal to women?

, This is the first time I've heard of this, my guess is it's in reference to yy chromosome. But considering at the time of the name change they were showing a lot of pro wrestling, I'm not sure much of their target audience would even think of that. I have no idea of what their programing is these days as I have not watched it in several years.

Comment Re:I hope they don't ruin it! (Score 2) 227

Think of the films made of Puppet Masters and Starship Troopers. Perhaps TV will be kinder. Never Thirst.

I'd probably agree, but it's the SyFy channel, so I'm not very optimistic. On the other hand, I thought Predestination was really well done. It's been at least 25 years since I read All You Zombies, but the way they set it in a Heinlin parallel universe seems as close as we're ever going to see to staying true to one of his stories.

Comment Re: Cost of the target. (Score 1) 303

Well if it's build quality is anything like the LCS they won't have to wait long. One of the littoral combat ships recently cracked it's hull just transiting the Panama Canal,

To be fair, The Montgomery was under the control of one of the canal pilots and he ran the ship into a concrete wall. The crack was 8 to 10 feet above the waterline and it continued on to San Diego.

I believe has has repeated engine troubles as well.

The Montgomery was also struck by a tug that was pulling it out of the path of hurricane Matthew. That did create a crack that caused it to take on seawater. I'm not sure if the leak that entered its cooling system was related, but that did shut down one of the engines a couple days after being commissioned.

Comment Re:which damn country? (Score 1) 73

I almost considered to RTFM.

It's in the title:

Mirai Botnet Attackers Are Trying To Knock Liberia Offline

I realize this is /., but I thought most people read the title and then started making accusations.

It's also in TFS, though not in the first sentence.

This week, another Mirai botnet, known as Botnet 14, began targeting a small, little-known African country Liberia...

Which is better than the actual source. They don't have the country in the title, and you have to scroll past a picture and the first paragraph to see which country it is. It's also first mentioned in a picture of a Twitter post before it's actually in the article. Believe it or not, the /. posting is better than the actual source with regards to stating which country it was in.

This wasn't my submission, but I'll make a mental note to be sure to include key words in the title, first, last, and every other sentence in the future.

Comment Re:Had Bernie won... (Score 1) 822

Plenty of people WILL vote for Gary Johnson. He's on track to set records for libertarian votes, both by number and by percentage. The historical record I think is 1% of the vote. Johnson has polled way higher than that: even if those votes don't turn out, it seems VERY likely that he'll storm past the old 1% barrier.

Ross Perot got 18.9% of the popular vote in 1992. Almost 20 million votes.

1st- We have a "plurality" voting system in almost every state. That means that whichever candidate gets the MOST votes, gets ALL the electoral votes for that state.

And that's why, even though Perot got almost 19% of the vote, he won exactly zero electoral votes.

Comment Re:Why are the Chinese involved?! (Score 3, Informative) 822

"how ling it will take us to complete this additional work." Who is this Ling and why is there a Chinese agent working on this?!

I'm assuming it's short for Ling-Ling, the giant panda. She was born in China, but moved to the US when she was very young. In fact, she spent her entire adult life in Washington DC, so she's probably as qualified as anyone inside the beltway to head up this important task. Unfortunately, she's been dead for over two decades, so she certainly won't finish this investigation before election day.

Comment Re:Sorry, Tim... (Score 1) 394

You are irrelevant. People will want this because of the convenience.

(s)he may very well be irrelevant, but there are lots of people, governments and organizations out there that are not. The US recently sent $1.3 billion in cash to Iran as part of the nuclear weapons agreement/hostage release, or what ever it was. The point being that cash is not going away. Drugs, prostitution, government bribes(ahem, campaign donations), etc. If any government feels that Apple Pay is going to take away cash, it will be declared illegal. Besides, do you really think the US, or any government is going to allow Apple to take away their ability to print more cash?

Comment Re:Reality (Score 1) 95

Comcast says they'll do some adjustments. Ooops. They forgot. No wait, they did another pole. No, not that one, the other one. Whups, we were confused, we only thought we sent somebody out. Don't worry, give us another six months!

I see that you are a Comcast customer too. I can only imagine how bad it must be for a competitor like Google Fiber.

Comment Can someone please expalin? (Score 1) 232

It's been quite a few years since I've been in school, and I don't use astrophysics or orbital mechanics for work. But according to TFA this planet is only 10 times the size of the earth (I'm assuming they mean mass) and it's orbit is 20 times more distant than Neptune. It's believed to be 30 degrees off of the orbital plane of the other planets. It seems like a fairly small object at that distance to cause a 6 degree axial tilt in something as large as the sun. Thanks in advance.

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