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Comment Re:Comcast really? (Score 1) 214

My oh my, (MOM for you genuises) do I see a pattern here. IT support guys at Comcast think the folks who pay their salary are bunch of idiots.... IT guys on SD think everybody but them are a bunch of idiots... This is all lining up nicely. For the IT guys, that is.

Comment Re:store and release energy? (Score 1) 315

Let's remember that in the description, the word "downwind" is used, if that is strictly true, then the answer is no. Downwind is very specific. If there is an angle between the track of the cart and the wind then possibly but in true downwind, when the cart speed equals the wind speed, there is no differential to be stored or used in any fashion because as far as the cart is concerned, there is no wind. Downwind cart speed must be velocity of the propellent - drag.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 410

Dave, I'm sure you mean well. I sense that not only do you make the prediction that America is going to get an "ass kicking" but that you hope it does and soon. As a person who travels regularly all over Europe and occasionally Asia, I have a reasonable sense of what makes other nationals dislike Americans. You're right, they do but it has lot to do with the following. 1. Outsiders always like the nations that don't do anything when they act badly. They really love you for that one. 2. They like you a lot when you loan them money or prop up their currency when they are failing. 3. You're really popular internationally, when you talk about negotiation and distain direct action. That links up nicely with number 1. The world loves a pacifist. If you think I like war, you'd be wrong. If you think I (or Americans with my ideals) like it when our government makes mistakes in world affairs (and we do)then you'd be wrong there too. I believe strongly in Assange's right to do what he did, don't get me wrong. What I'm appalled about is the stupidity he demonstrated when he did it. If he thought (and he did) that the US Government would stand by and watch one individual do this kind of harm (even if he had the right) he is crazy. It doesn't sound to me like you're an American but even if you are, remember this. Whether you like it or not, might makes right. Don't go quoting Martin Luther King unless you truly understand him. MLK did great things for America and for our black citizens (blacks AND women everywhere, in fact) but if he was anything, he was a realist. He put one foot in front of the other, step by step, in peace and in honesty but he NEVER tried to damage HIS nation in the process. NEVER! He was first an American then a black activist. You and your foul mouth friend binarylarry seem to think that to be a supporter of your government and the America way of life (read ethic) is to be some kind of rubber stamp. That is wrong on many levels and since you want to use MLK as an example, think of the good he did for his people (OUR people) and look at how poorly some of the others of his time did. The black power types who rioted and bombed, they chose to demonize their nation in an effort to bring about change. Who are they? Most of us don't even remember their names today. They were just criminals. I support my country, I don't support it's mistakes. I am proud to be an American vet although I didn't support the war I participated in. I'm smart enough to know if the world expects to have a powerful nation to come to its aid as in WWI, WWII, Korea and other times, that nation, that ethic, must survive. Otherwise, the next time they need a superpower to bail them out, they'll have to call on the president of New Zealand. (I really like NZ btw but )Which would you rather have that or FDR? If a nation is not occasionally making mistakes, then it's not doing anything. Remember that. Assange better remember it too. He's probably going to be one of our mistakes. One final note Dave and then I'm thru with this discussion. You sound young and that's a good thing. But your statement about the internet being powerful and all that came after it is foolish dribble. It is powerful, of course. It can reach many, of course. But, regardless of all the conspiricies you find under every bush, there is a reality. For thousands of years, the public, Greeks, Egyptions, the French, the English, the Spaniards, then the Germans, the Russions, ALL, didn't really care about the truth. Truth to most people other than a few idealists like yourself is (like politics) highly local. Most are willing to go about each day, let their government run things so they can drift. They bitch if they don't have what they want, they rail about what they don't like. But Dave, this is what they mostly, don't do. They don't vote, for the most part, and they DON'T serve their country. They don't volunteer for the military. They just bitch. Serving your nation don't make you a hero, it don't even make you a good person but voting and serving a hitch in your nations military (whatever nation that might be) is educational. It sounds to me like that might be a good place for you to start. I hear a lot of you talking about the power of the internet but you should get aquainted with the power of a uniform. Come back and visit me when you've walked a mile in a real persons shoes. And Dave, as long as America comes when some weakling calls, they are going to always hate us. No good deed goes unpunished!

Comment Re:What? (Score 0, Troll) 410

Well, I don't want to extend this sillyness too far. I looked up the word Shill and if you're right, maybe I'll be getting a check from the US government soon. Regardless, you gave me a 50/50 chance of being right on the impunity issue which was gracious considering my numerous logical failures. Your comment about my 'Further, you equate the embarrassment of a world power with the rape of a woman, which is ridiculous on every level' puzzle's me too so I'm going to presume that you don't know much about world history or world policy. Bad as a rape of a woman is for the woman and for society, world governments pay much, much larger prices each day as a cost of their policies. (unless you don't think the lost of soldiers lives is a tragedy) Your logic may be impeccable but you're realism, I think, leaves a bit to be desired. Let's end this here. I'm an American who is proud of the fact but not foolish enought to think that everything my government does is right. I am realistic enought to believe that if we all try to uphold the good we believe in, the whole world benefits. MY government should have had better control of it's secrets. Assange should have known that his little trist would do no more than the pentagon papers did to alter the events of the Vietnam war, which by the way, I played small but reluctant part in. How about you hotdog, have you ever served your country with anything other than your mouth?

Comment Re:What? (Score 2, Insightful) 410

You language is so eloquent. It's so easy to say what you just said and unfortuntately its all true. What you left out, however, is that no matter how well intentioned (not the rape but the release of the documents) Mr. Assange's actions to release 90,000 classified US documents might have been, it showed very, very poor judgement. As a not-so-powerful individual, Julian assumed he could embarrass a world power (a real one, not a presumed one) with impunity. If this poor judgement is indicitive of his typical thinking, maybe he thought he could rape this woman with impunity as well. The US can (and should) swing a big stick but don't be to quick to assume that the US caused this to happen. WE may have done this, and if WE did, WE were well within OUR rights (given our big stick and all) but I would lay even money that Julian exercises the same poor judgement with his personal life as he does with his professional life.\n And, after all, life (the successful execution thereof) is about his big stick and OUR big stick, right. Regards, Another, more mature and experienced Larry. Oh, and a vet and a proud AMERICAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If WE did it, MORE POWER TO US! It's about time we started playing tit for tat.

Comment Re:Not useful in 30 years (Score 1) 286

I want to be a thousand percent confident that this organization will be around for the next 30 to 50 years because Linux isn't going away,'

That is a bad idea. Think about how much has changed in 30 years with technology. Now accelerate that change with the internet, etc. It is a very bad idea for Linux to still be used in 30 to 50 years. Now, there will be some use for it, to see how much software has changed, etc. But for a system written in 1991 to be useful in 2038 it has to have the fundamental architecture changed. Will there be an open source OS that is good to be used in 2038? Yes. Is Linux it? Nope. Not unless you still think that the MS-DOS system is still useful today, or that Windows 3.1 laptop.

This sounds like typical 19 year olds trying to think clearly. Don't you realize that close to 30% of all military, commercial and government (transportation, communications, US Mail) run on OS as old or older than DOS. The entire national aerospace was running an OS fairly recently that was older than Unix for christ's sake. If you don't think Dos is useful, go and try to buy a used dot matrix printer (most commonly used on DOS or older systems) and see what it cost you. They cost more today than they did in 1990. That's because they are still being used on old systems. The youngsters get to play with new stuff but much of the work gets done on the tried and true.

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