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Comment Not your father's NASA anymore (Score 2) 24

What a crying shame. This agency is rapidly working its way towards extinction. Or at best, will become some Washington DC "space committee" that rubber-stamps private ventures into space. They might as well start selling off or spinning off their successful ventures now. Maybe they can sell naming rights to the KSC or MSFC too.

So damn sad.

Comment Re:Brain Dead Action Trumps Philosophy & Ethic (Score 3, Insightful) 514

JJ Abrams tell Jon Stewart that "he never liked Star Trek" on The Daily Show. Well, now he's had a chance to kill it by turning it 100% into a modern day blockbuster action flick and shirking any attempt to tackle an interesting philosophical or ethical dilemma as the main plot. As the modern reemergence of comic book and super hero movies have shown, those films are a dime a dozen that anyone can do. Tackling something deeper while still holding our attention is the hard part. The Watchmen was a good candidate for it but fell short. I'm sure JJ Abrams would rather cover up the complicated parts that question good versus evil with another lens flare.

Where are the mod points when you need them? You hit the problem squarely on the head with the JJ Abrams reboots. Star Trek has been reduced to an action flick. Something that will be forgotten in a month. A lot of action, pretty visuals, with a big fat void in the middle. I've seen both now and they are utterly forgettable.

Comment Re:Okay, enough is enough (Score 1) 249

Ok, so you can buy a portable EMP that can impact electronics 1-2M away. Assuming you upped the power source enough to reach that Reaper drone at anywhere from 10k to 50k high, you might be good to go. Of course, you'd probably need a full-sized tractor trailer to haul the power supply.

As for shooting them, if a drone is flying at 100m, yes, it might be vulnerable to small-arms fire. Though, with your shotgun, you'd probably only get one shot before the drone, moving at an average of 200mph, is out of range.

Then again, most drones, at least the ones the public has seen in combat, aren't stupid enough to fly so low.

Comment Re:Okay, enough is enough (Score 1) 249

The problem is the average citizen can't, legally, get his/her hands on some SAMs. Plus, do you know how much a Stinger costs on the second-hand market? There is the whole import problem too. A directional EMP (if there is such a thing) would probably rank in the top ten list of weapons Joe Citizen is NOT allowed to own. Shooting them isn't an option either. Most are too high, too fast, and shooting at them with automatic weapons would draw massive amounts of attention.

Passive measures are probably the best we've got for now. Safety in numbers. Do your naughty business in cities or underground.

Comment Hard pressed to disagree (Score 4, Interesting) 457

Cue the flamebait accusations....

I'm can't disagree with the U.S. Government's position on this one. If data is sent via the Internet, the world's biggest public network, and isn't encrypted, then why should anybody need anything to read it? Unreasonable search and seizure doesn't apply when one person is talking to another person on a street corner...or on the world's biggest public network.

Encrypt your messages and then an argument can be made for 4th Amendment violations.

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