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Comment Re:IMO (Score 1) 216

1. That's neither here nor there. We could decrease "stockpiles" by 1,000% and still have enough to bring about "doomsday." ALL nukes will go away AFTER doomsday, no earlier. ANY use of nukes can bring about doomsday. Even if we each only have 1, their use would bring about WWIII and no doubt more would be rebuilt and used as soon as they could in a large scale conflict like that.

The important part of the equation is how close people are to actually using nukes. That is the useful thing to track. People are constantly saying how the nuclear standoff is so dangerous, but don't seem to think about all the wars it has prevented from ever starting due to the mutual deterrence. A little education on strategy and past warfare goes a long way to helping to understand how important this has been. It would be nice if we could uninvent them, but what's done is done.

3. All very true, but has nothing to do with a doomsday clock. The doomsday clock carries with it an implicit "imminence" (hello! clock? minutes to midnight???) to the issues it is measuring. Climate change doesn't fit that at all. Furthermore, the constant hyperbole and "the sky is falling" coming from people who are fighting for climate change awareness is sounding ridiculous to reasonable people.

Instead of educating people on how CO2 affects the atmosphere, and how this could turn our planet uninhabitable over time if we don't curb our emissions quickly, people falsify reports to make up effects and data that supports their arguments, and talk like the world could end tomorrow. These things get disproven and seem absurd and they get called on the lies, and then perfectly reasonable people turn their noses at ALL the climate change evidence. It has gotten to the point where they want to change "skeptic" to "denier" so they have license to point and laugh at how stupid all the "deniers" are, when the deniers are being created by the very people that insist they are crazy.

STOP the hyperbole and the outright lying about climate change, and maybe people will start believing the truth, and we can all "row in the same direction" on solutions.

Comment Fixed? (Score 3, Insightful) 130

I would guess that the solar panels are supposed to charge the batteries. Batteries can fail pretty easily at very low temperatures, and a lot of spacecraft need energy to keep warm in addition to running the electronics. In all likelihood it has been without sufficient power long enough for the onboard "perishables" like batteries to be useless.

Submission + - Reporting Security Issues to your ISPs

fltsimbuff writes: Our Corporate ISPhas a primary DNS server ( that appears to have been cache-poisoned to forward requests to through a proxy unaffiliated with Google. I noticed this yesterday and removed their servers from our rotation for our internal LAN to prevent malware issues. I reported the issue to both their tech support line, and abuse E-mail address and have yet to receive a helpful response a day later. Does anyone out there have experience with getting your ISP to take these reports seriously?

Submission + - Microsoft to use Family Guy to market Windows 7 (

fltsimbuff writes: Microsoft really seems to be preparing for a hard marketing push for the release of Windows 7. First the "Windows 7 Party Pack" and now they are partnering with Family Guy. Anyone want to take a stab at what they are going to do next? I personally hope Peter re-enacts the famous Windows USB demonstration...

Comment Eh, Where is the problem? (Score 1) 413

I honestly don't see anything wrong with this. The people supporting the PCs still have control of the software running on them. If you don't want to have to support XP, then you just use all software that is Windows 7 compatible. If something you absolutely need isn't compatible, then you still have to run XP one way or another.

This simply provides more options to admins, and there's nothing bad about that.


Submission + - Paint-On Solar Cells (

Ecomod writes: "In one of the most interesting developments in solar panel technology so far, researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology, directed by Somenath Mitra, claim to have developed a way to create a solar cell that can be painted on flexible plastic sheets. In the future you might painting your home not with standard paint, but rather, with a nice coating of energy-generating solar cells!"

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