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Comment Wouldn't it be better ... (Score 3, Insightful) 299

Use the heavy lift ability of commercial concerns to get equipment to space on non-human rated vehicles and use LEO human rated space vehicles to get the humans to the equipment. No real reason to add the expense to engineer human level safety to a heavy lift vehicle at this point in time. We need to advance the assembly technology in space as well. A good direction for for Mars would be an unmanned mission where the components were assembled in orbit, creating a permanent habitat that can be pushed to a Mars orbit unoccupied but stocked for a long duration stay. Along with that should be an array of MPS (mars positioning satellite) micro-sats that can maintain an earth radio link through relays around Mars. Redundancy and positions in orbit mean earth to mars communications would be more reliable, and mars surface to earth becomes easier because the radios on the surface become commodity designs that are less dependent on critical antenna aiming in a hostile environment. We should also create a constellation of LPS (lunar positioning satellites) for further exploration there. The advances in technology will warrant the expense many times over. Space exploration generates new wealth injected into many levels of the economy, new technology and perhaps more important it is an agent of peace amongst nations, either through cooperation in missions, or through competition for prestige.

Comment Commercial user are not representative (Score 1) 290

Small countries with low appearing GDP, may have a much higher PCDP/GDP Per Capita. So wealthy citizens get an underserved discount. Multinational companies might opt to buy their software in the country it costs the least in. Large corporations having a lower software cost would encourage outsourcing jobs from higher GDP countries.

This isn't the way to level the playing field, this would be a means to level the higher GDP countries, by encouraging outsourcing and encouraging domestic wealth transfer to lower GDP countries. So what this really is, is a tax on higher GDP countries. Do you really thing Saudia Arabia deserves to pay less for software that controls oil fields and production? By the time you make enough exceptions it becomes unworkable.

Comment Not seeing it. (Score 1) 766

I have a 2012 Macbook Pro 2.7GHz quad core with a nearly full SSD and 16GB RAM. I have several apps open nearly all the time, about 10-15, including Xcode and some Adobe apps, Fireworks and Photoshop among them, Preview and TextWrangler and a few more depending on what I'm doing, several messaging apps sit open as well, email and of course my browser. Safari with two windows open, one for work tasks with 3-4 tabs and one for news with 12 tabs. Opening a new blank window or a new blank tab happens fast enough not to bother measuring. Opening the Drudge Report is under a half second. Refreshing it is about the same. Opening Apple.com with it large format graphics is equally quick. Opening Kickstarter is a bit over one second. And I am doing this on a 27 inch thunderbolt display with the browser covering all but two columns of desktop icons to the right and the dock at the bottom. I interrupted posting and shutdown safari, then reopened it. I was fully loaded, both windows and all the tabs on the front window (couldn't see the tabs on the occluded window) in under 2 seconds.

I have flash disabled. I have ad blocker plus installed (/. is whitelisted because they haven't served me a virus payload or porn or claimed my windows pc was infected) and I have Java applets disabled (but not javascript because that broke way to many sites that should know better and get on the CSS and HTML5 bandwagon) I disallow third party cookies, I used to background load tabs, that isn't a selectable option anymore, but sometimes Apple prefs lose UI but not there presence. I also have another ad-blocker enabled KA-Blocker.

So the poster problem may be resulting from a slow internet connection or lots of background activity with Safari playing nice citizen ... I can't offer much else without more details. But I don't have such issues. Oh, Frontier FIOS at 100/100 residential ... I have a busy active system that runs 24/7 and don't see the problems he sees.

Comment Sure, I'll agree to this ... (Score 1) 215

But only if:
  • They pass a law barring public officials and public employees from having locks. This includes personal residences, offices, storage sheds, cabinets, etc.
  • They make all public officials have the password of password for all computer access, personal or work, server accounts, social media, financial accounts, including banking, realms, domains, etc.
  • All public employees have their calendars, todo lists, emails, projects, proposals, and any documents, personal or otherwise publicly accessible
  • All bank account information is to be posted on public servers updated whenever it changes. This includes banking transactions and all accounts personal or public that they nominally control or have access to
  • They must post their social security information on a public server and associate it with themselves, as well as publish any security questions and answers associated with any accounts or any other entities without limit
  • They must publish their genome sequence, so the public can really know who they are
  • They must consent to the release by providing a public power of attorney, for any information not herein covered
  • They must not use cash for transactions, nor checks, they are limited to debit cards only. Any barter exchanges must be registered through a second hand store and the records be available to the public

My Phone carries a lot of personal information and they just aren't allowed a blanket ability to seize it. Digital devices have become ubiquitous and their storage of personal information must be protected. Really want into that iPhone collection? hire an ethical hacker or worst comes to worst a hardware firm to play with the base encryption hardware and software to allow infinite attempts. With a valid warrant. They seem to have forgotten about this small matter from the Bill of Rights:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,[a] against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Comment Satire (Score 1) 241

I have posted satirical responses in blogs and have them picked and reported in other blogs as factual, and had those blogs read by news agencies who actually in one case reported them over the air (nothing to do with the elections). I have had satirical comments I made be edited into wikipedia articles by others. And edited them back out when I found them. (I have had one edit rejected which was to remove content I was the satirical source for) ... We have in America free speech, the right to make parody or satirical commentary and there should not be excessive restriction on them ... When something is traced backwards as news is verified it should be obvious when it cites something non existent, or all the citations trace to one article.

I actually love when RT.com runs as factual, or bases an article upon, an Onion article. Of course anything traced back to RT.com or Sputnik news is fairly suspect in the first place. Maybe instead we should have certain trust individually in valid news organizations and generally mistrust random articles posted on social media. Remember if you say gullible very very slowly, it rhymes with orange.

Comment Re:Perhaps (Score 1) 598

So as we expand and move off the planet earth metric relationships will look as arbitrary as imperial ones seem to be today. Meters will not be remotely related to what they originally erroneously related to. So if the atmospheric pressure is a bit less or a bit more, water won't boil at 100 C if the planets (or moons or dwarf planets, or asteroid) has more or less "gravity" then that puts a kibosh on the whole concept of the interrelationships. Metric on the moon just means using more syllables to say what you mean. The whole conversion between systems thing is why metric makes sense. It would be interesting to derive a system based on more basic measurements like the energy to go between a hydrogen atoms base state and next energized state. length based on that photons wavelength as it goes back to ground state. Mass on the mass or a hydrogen atom. Etc. I'm sure there are better fundamental sizes, energy measures, etc.

Comment Re: Perhaps (Score 1) 598

Standard / Imperial measurements had a single syllable or somewhat rarely two syllable name for the unit of measure for most uses. measuring something small, inch, a bit bigger, foot or yard, still bigger, rod or chain, way smaller the line, pica, and point. Even larger, of course the mile. There are some others that were used in specialized instances. They tend to be polysyllabic like barley-corn, fathom, cable, etc. And of course agricultural use, like hands, or merchants use like fingers and nails. The point being that each was used with small enough numbers to make the math easier. The same goes for weight, liquid and dry measures.

Comment Re:Or, how about ... (Score 2) 143

Trying to hamstring every legally purchases hobby drone is not the way to go.

Is anyone who legally purchases a drone really going to care if they can't fly the drone over prisons anymore? What legitimate reason is there for flying drones over prisons?

Who owns the database? How big a database is required? Who pays the cost for the creation and storage of the database and its maintenance and updates? And the increased drown cost for extra computes and storage on the drone. What about homemade or open source drones. It is not effective to have this operate at the drone level. Can I add my house to the list if I do potentially classified work at home. What about drawing up industrial contracts that effect the economy if leaked? Heck commodities futures are affected by crop reports, do we block all the places those are written up? Is being on the list enough for other attack vectors? Is the list itself secret? How do you manage that in an open source world?

Comment Instead of Geoblocking ... (Score 1) 143

Instead of Geoblocking why not have the drones land and power off at a designated landing spot. And instead of some massive database in the drones code, just have the hardware respond as a priority to an override signal. That means the prisons can control where they land. In the case of accidental intrusions a fine at the jurisdictions discretion. In the event of a criminal intrusion of a purposeful nature, confiscate the drone, and followup to prosecute the drone operator. So delivery of drugs by quadcopter, then intervention and prosecute. Maybe even have the drone remember its launch point for the authorities to recover for their investigation. So what's the penalty for aiding in a prison break? Delivery of drugs to a prisoner? Delivery of random contraband? Or, put a net over the top of open areas where prisoners can be? Monofilament fishing line nets would be hard for drones to avoid.

Comment Re:Are linux adverts still bad adverts? (Score 1) 535

Well, the bare facts reveal it isn't on par with what many look for. Gaming for example. The Apple laptop is a retina display not a 1080P display. The Apple display doesn't cost extra for a simple IPS display. The Onyx is thicker, and has less bandwidth for the ports. 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports are hard to beat. Can the Onyx support two external 5K displays or 4 4K external displays? Can I take a broken Onyx into a brick and mortar and get it swapped or repaired ... Can I use it on a cross country flight or transcontinental flight or will the Onyx battery cut out since Oynx consumes more power and has significantly less watt hours. The "ad" fails to do a real comparison.

Comment Just checking, but ... (Score 1) 535

In other words, the System76 machine with much better specs is less expensive than Apple's

Does it have a ten hour battery life? Four thunderbolt 3 ports? Looks like 2 USB-C ports and 3 USB-3 ports. No so much bandwidth for external devices. Retina Display? Or just 1080P? 76WH battery? Or just 60 WH? Is it .6 inches thick? or over an inch thick? Is it as lightweight? 4 pounds or over 5.5 pounds? Warranty coverage? Can I walk it into a brick and mortar store and get service and repair? Did your configuration use the IPS display? The 200 - 230 watt power supply seems "Yuuggee" so I worry about power consumption. Just asking. Your specs of importance might not be everyone else's ... The Only doesn't seem as competitive to me ...

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