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Comment And then there were the packet radio networks. . . (Score 3, Interesting) 245

Which were the ham radio equivalent of a BBS. Rather than dial in, you used a radio and a modem to link up via radio. It was pretty cool, sending messages back and forth across the country to people. It usually took a day or two, depending upon how many hops it took -- a lot like FidoNet.

Comment Who determines if the data is the "best available" (Score 1) 422

The bill specifically states,

"(b)(1) The administrator shall not propose, finalize, or disseminate a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such covered action is-- "(A) the best available science:" ". . .

My obvious question is who is the arbiter of what whether it is the "best available science"? Folks who are actual scientists, or member of Lamar's committee, who are so deeply and philosophically scientific?

Comment I still miss PM/WPS (Score 1) 232

The Presentation Manager and the Workplace Shell. Is there any OS of any distro where one can grab a document object, drop it on a printer object, and have it just print? I loved that about OS/2.

Windows might be able to do that nowadays -- I wouldn't know, my MS workstation at work sits mostly idle, as I'm allowed to use by Ubuntu laptop for everything I see fit (benefit of being #2 IT guy in the company).

Comment Re:Seems familiar (Score 1) 121

I think you may have missed the point (and, I don't think his point was clearly made). The thing about "all those shark attacks" that took place 5-10 years ago one Summer? Not statistically significant, in terms of the annual average. There really weren't *more* shark attacks that year, just more got reported. People don't realize that, then they freak out, stay at home, and die from carbon monoxide poisoning or raining frogs.

Comment A little side note to the geniuses at MIT (Score 3, Funny) 192

Miniature surveillance aircraft would never need to return to base if they could cling to overhead power lines to recharge their batteries. Now engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are close to perfecting the trick – taking inspiration from birds.

Uh, the birds aren't recharging.

Really.

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