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Has NASA Found the Lost Moon Tapes?

Bearpaw Re:FYI (222 comments)

The Sunday Express is hardly our fair isle's most reliable newspaper.

What?! The Daily Express is The World's Greatest Newspaper! It says so right on the front page!

more than 5 years ago
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Mass Arrests of Journalists Follow Iran Elections

Bearpaw Re:You got to hand it to them (333 comments)

Bush won the mandatory Florida recount as well. The Supreme Court disallowed the hand recount because Florida wouldn't have it completed by the deadline.

Because as everyone knows, getting a fast answer is better than getting a correct one.

(Unless the fast answer is a correct answer you don't like. See: Coleman vs Franken.)

more than 5 years ago
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Mass Arrests of Journalists Follow Iran Elections

Bearpaw Re:What does it take to topple regime? (333 comments)

In most situations, I think the tipping point is generally the support -- or at minimum, the lack of opposition -- of the military and/or security service(s). Of course, that just pushes the question back one level: What does it take to get the military and/or security service(s) to walk away from the current regime?

That depends on a mix of factors concerning the priorities of the leadership of services: stability, honor, and personal benefit in terms of power and/or money. The ratio of the mix depends in general on how those leaders came to be leaders, and varies from person to person. Do you appeal to them by convincing them that the current regime can't maintain order? Do you try to make the argument that their honor is not so much about obeying the current regime as about serving the country? Do you convince them that they'd be personally better-off under a new regime?

more than 5 years ago
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Mass Arrests of Journalists Follow Iran Elections

Bearpaw Re:Foreign Influence in Iran Protests is Real (333 comments)

There's some truth to that, but -- assuming the election was stolen -- it looks like even those small differences were enough for Khomeini to step in, which points up just how short he wants the leash to be.

more than 5 years ago
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Mass Arrests of Journalists Follow Iran Elections

Bearpaw Re:hey (333 comments)

The only way you can disagree with me is if you are under the influence of the Great Satan. So either you agree with me, or you are obviously evil. What better argument could you want?

Huh. Why does that argument sound vaguely familiar?

more than 5 years ago
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Mass Arrests of Journalists Follow Iran Elections

Bearpaw Re:Fark has it right (333 comments)

They are taking other measures as well; there are several reports that a speech by President Obama (who has yet to speak in support of the protesters) ...

Well, yes and no. He has spoken in support of the protestors speaking out, while being careful not to publically agree with what they're saying.

... was translated as a speech calling for revolution and the overthrow of the regime. This lets Iran claim that the protests are the result of meddling by the Western powers.

This is why Obama has tried to be very careful about what he says. Given that there is a history of meddling by the US (and others), anything he says is going to be seen through that filter. People calling for stronger statements by Obama seem to be unaware of that history ... or are pretending to be.

more than 5 years ago
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Obama Proposes High-Speed Rail System For the US

Bearpaw Re:I like rail! Great mass transit in Europe (1385 comments)

One of the funny things, Unions, if you want to be a member, well, you are free to sign up for it.

And free to go on unemployment after you do.

Union membership strongly correlates with how well the government enforces regulations against things like firing people for union organizing.

Wealth disparity in society has a strong inverse correlation with union membership.

(Sure, correlation causation ... but the connection looks a lot more likely than the solar cycle.)

more than 5 years ago
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Ink Breakthrough Heralds Bendy PC Screens

Bearpaw Re:Without reading the article... (140 comments)

If only I lived 3-5 years from now...

Hey, if you live long enough, it could happen.

more than 5 years ago
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How Apple Could Survive Without Steve Jobs

Bearpaw Oh my god! (331 comments)

How will Disney survive without Steve Jobs? Where will our children go for disneyfied stories and cheap-shit tie-in merchandise?

WON'T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

about 6 years ago
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Novell Cancels BrainShare Conference

Bearpaw The real problem (102 comments)

...the whole sharing brains thing was just too messy. Everyone always went home all sticky.

The real problem was all the zombie processes.

about 6 years ago
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Experts Say To Switch Browsers In Light of IE Vulnerability

Bearpaw Re:Is any browser safe? (455 comments)

It's sort of like wearing a web-condom: used to be that going bare-browser was mostly safe as long as you were careful who you interacted with, but nowadays even the pretty ones can burn you, so your best bet is to just wrap your tool ... with a sandbox. (I'm still working on the analogy)

Try adding a reference to "extensions". That'll help.

about 6 years ago
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Should Apple Open Source the iPhone?

Bearpaw This part's pretty funny (379 comments)

You know, BusinessWeek asked me about Apple potentially open sourcing the iPhone over a year ago. Since then: nothing out of Apple, despite mounting pressure from projects like Android that are vying for Appleâ(TM)s throne.

They might be vying for Apple's throne someday. Right now? They're vying for scraps outside the royal kitchen.

about 6 years ago
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Pushing 800W of Wireless Power at 5 Meters

Bearpaw Re:Power Law? (397 comments)

Though I am not an electrical engineer / physicist and I don't know if the inverse square law is necessarily applicable.

IANAn electrical engineer nor physicist, either. But I think given that the power source and target are theoretically coupled, the power is being directed rather than broadcasted. The inverse square law applies to power being broadcasted.

about 6 years ago
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Black Hole At Center of Milky Way Confirmed

Bearpaw Re:OMG we are all going to die (392 comments)

Come on folks its time to have fun with the arts students again.

Of course turnabout is fair play. I mean, most people here probably think the music they listen to, the movies they go see, etc, etc, is the good stuff.

Heh. You should see the scenes backstage at the so-called award ceremonies. "My god, they fell for this crap again!?"

about 6 years ago
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Future of Space Elevator Looks Shaky

Bearpaw Re:Maybe, Maybe Not (486 comments)

I don't think our current economic principals allow us to work on projects of this magnitude.

Well, it's pretty obvious we need to change our current economic principals anyway, so maybe we should keep possibilities like this in mind while we do it.

about 6 years ago
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Future of Space Elevator Looks Shaky

Bearpaw Re:These seem like the least of the problems (486 comments)

Of all of the technical and political roadblocks to building a space elevator, both of these seem quite minor in comparison. This is kind of like saying "I was going to bench press this Hummer H2, but since you added a fuzzy steering wheel cover it's going to be completely impossible now."

Well, sure. How am I supposed to get a good grip on the damn thing if it has a fuzzy steering wheel cover?

about 6 years ago
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Future of Space Elevator Looks Shaky

Bearpaw Re:Don't forget the ninjas (486 comments)

I can believe many things, but a world without causility is not one of them.

I'm going to have known that you would say that.

about 6 years ago
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TAAS Company Presents New Orbital Space Plane

Bearpaw Re:Orbital? (80 comments)

Ah. Thank you for your deeply insightful and very informative response. I understand the design's failings much better now. In retrospect, even I should have seen them.

about 6 years ago
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TAAS Company Presents New Orbital Space Plane

Bearpaw Re:Orbital? (80 comments)

From the article: "We discussed their plans to reach suborbital space and scale this up to orbital flights ..."

They didn't go into any detail on the scale-up.

What was there about what little information given about the vehicle that suggests to you that the vehicle "does not appear to be anywhere close to capable of reaching orbit"? I'm not an aerospace engineer, but it seems like there's too little information to say how close it is.

about 6 years ago

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