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To Avoid Detection, Terrorists Made Messages Seem Like Spam

BobandMax OMG!!! (110 comments)

Terrorists have been sending me messages day and night for years. I didn't know and kept deleting them.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Letter To Everyone Tricked Into Fearing AI

BobandMax The more important question is... (227 comments)

...is what do get right? Regarding two areas in which I have expertise, journalists almost never get it right, sometimes horribly wrong. The obvious conclusion is to never believe anything they say if it is not a subject in which you have knowledge and already know the correct answer.

about two weeks ago
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Connected Gun Lets Anyone Watch What Or Who You Are Shooting

BobandMax Vastly overrated capability (138 comments)

TtrackingPoint's system can provide an accurate distance to target, as can many LASER range finders. It can provide ambient data, as can several other systems. It can provide an approximate superelevation aiming point based on cartridge ballistic characteristics and the other two data sets. Finally, it can provide approximate windage hold based upon manual input. What it cannot do is tell you what the wind is doing between you and the target. I have seen this system fail miserably in strong, gusting conditions where a skilled human shooter would have ~60% probable. So, marketing bullshit aside, this is no universal panacea. Even if it could discern and provide a summation of all wind effects, derive a solution and project an appropriate aiming point, wind can change faster than the shooter can pull the trigger. The greater distance, the more likely that is to happen. Even with a high B.C. bullet, a change or misestimation of ~3 mph can result in more than 18" displacement at 1000 meters. That is what we like to call a miss.

There are systems in development, using three LASER frequencies, that aim (pun intended) to achieve wind effect characterization between the shooter and target. While results have been reasonably encouraging, they are neither fully developed nor compact enough for small arms use and would still suffer the time lag problem in difficult conditions.

about three weeks ago
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Ancient Planes and Other Claims Spark Controversy at Indian Science Congress

BobandMax Re:You have never experienced Shakespeare (381 comments)

Ah, but that's how English works. Other languages have pretensions of purity. (see French)

about a month ago
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Better Learning Through Expensive Software? One Principal Thinks Not

BobandMax No vendor influence? (169 comments)

A political appointee with a large budget to determine which products should be purchased and there will be no "undue vendor influence." Let me know how that works when you return from Shangri-La.

about a month ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

BobandMax Too much time on campus and in the big city (840 comments)

If the good professor were to venture out to the sticks and (gasp) converse with the provincials, he would find many capable young people that understand mechanisms and basic electrical/electronics. My younger daughter replaced a water pump on her Mazda and only needed to ask me for the Permatex. (wipes away tear) It made Dad proud.

about a month ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

BobandMax Same old story (187 comments)

Every time a new discovery is made, legions of naysayers appear to tell us how it will not make a difference or is impossible to implement or too expensive or, well, you fill in the blank. Never underestimate the ingenuity of people wanting fame, wealth, professional success, better mate selection or whatever. Graphene will be whatever it will be. It was only a relatively few years ago that these same people, or their ilk, thought they knew everything there was to know about the well-explored element, carbon. The future will reveal itself in due course and those who predict utopia or disaster are both likely to be wrong.

about a month and a half ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

BobandMax Oil option says it all (219 comments)

What has motivated almost all exploration on Earth is pursuit of profit, wealth or colonization. There have been a few explorers that pursued it for knowledge, adventure or glory, but they are by far the minority. Although the "oil" option was facetious, it is actually dead on the mark. As soon as someone determines that there is money or power in space, then there will be a real race.

about 4 months ago
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Study Links Pacific Coastal Warming To Changing Winds

BobandMax Deniers! (207 comments)

This is apostasy and can only be punished by academic death. They will never get a grant in this town, again!

about 4 months ago
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Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

BobandMax Re:It's getting hotter still! (635 comments)

Ignoring science in favour of conspiracy theories is ignorant.

No, science should not be ignored but that does not mean that conspiracies do not exist. They do.

Citing the errors of celebrities as evidence of the failings of science is... jibberish (sic).

Al Gore is not just a celebrity. Sadly, many people are influenced by his gibberish. I agree with your basic premise but most AGW advocates ignore and will not address contrary evidence, preferring instead to ridicule and cast aspersions, as you do. What is there to fear from an open discussion and equal treatment of all available evidence, unless a predetermined outcome is the goal?

about 5 months ago
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Code.org Discloses Top Donors

BobandMax CS degree no panacea (59 comments)

My last company was a well-known, major defense contractor. HR sent CS grads, with credible paper GPA's from well regarded universities, who claimed to know C, and could not explain the source code for "cat". I'm no C programmer and it took me about thirty seconds to puzzle through it. It does no good to produce legions of CS grads whose diplomas are valueless. Coding, even with modern tools, is not easy and never will be. The way to attract more ***QUALIFIED*** people to CS is to allow the market to price their services accordingly.

Friends with H1B hungry commercial companies report similar experiences. A few imports are very good, most range from barely Ok to competent and the rest are dead weight.

about 5 months ago
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How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

BobandMax Re:Eliminate municipal monopolies (111 comments)

The subject under discussion is broadband. Try to pay attention. And, yes, municipalities do prohibit competition through sleazy deals with all-too-eager providers. In those areas where there are no contractual monopolies, lower rates, better service and higher consumer satisfaction are the norm. The reason why there is only one choice in so many locations, like mine, is because local government has sold the monopoly rights.
http://www.wired.com/2013/07/w...

about 5 months ago
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Underground Experiment Confirms Fusion Powers the Sun

BobandMax In doubt? (141 comments)

I'm with the other two posters who also thought this was considered fact.

about 5 months ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

BobandMax It's for your own good (299 comments)

But, if you must complain, file a grievance with the Internal Security Ministry, Sedition Division.

about 5 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

BobandMax Re:Global Warming is NOW, kidlings (327 comments)

What caused the dust bowl in the thirties? Global warming? What caused the Saharan climate shift six thousand years ago? SUV-driving Republicans? Attempts to link individual weather events or even climate shifts to the eidolon of "climate change" are pointless and scientifically vacuous.

about 5 months ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

BobandMax Impressive! (136 comments)

Just when I thought there could not possibly be another reason for not reading WaPo. Wow, Bezos is a true innovator!

about 5 months ago
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California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

BobandMax Leftist Hypocrisy (327 comments)

They are adamant about the letter of the law if you are a conventional business, just trying to address market needs and make a profit. But, if you are supporting their wet dream crap (windmills, solar farms, trains to nowhere, etc.), they throw all the rules out the window. To hell with the environment, raptors, Desert Tortoises or anyone and anything that gets in their way. If the laws and regulations are necessary and good, they they are necessary good for everyone. If they are bad, then they are bad for everyone. Should leftists ever gain full control of government, does anyone still believe that corruption of this ilk will not be the norm?

about 6 months ago

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Cryogenic fracturing recovers hydrocarbons without water use

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  about 3 months ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "Researchers at the Colorado School of Mines claim they have developed a method to unlock hydrocarbons trapped in shale with using any water at all. They are seeking to perfect Cryogenic fracturing, which replaces water with searing cold liquid nitrogen (or carbon dioxide). Used at temperatures below minus 321 Fahrenheit, it is pumped underground at high pressure. Once it comes into contact with the heated, pressurized shale, a reaction occurs which caused the shale to crack open and creates fissures through which the hydrocarbons can gush out. They liken it to pouring hot water onto a frozen car windshield, with the sharp and sudden temperature change causing the glass to crack."
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More touchscreen "calibration" errors changing votes

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  about 3 months ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "There was a story last week about touchscreen voting machines in Cook County, Illinois changing votes from Republican to Democrat. Now, this touchscreen ebola seems to have infected machine in Maryland, too, still changing votes from Republican to Democrat. Why does this only seem to happen in Democrat strongholds?"
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"Calibration" error changes Illinois touchscreen votes

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  about 3 months ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "In a truly shocking occurrence, a Cook County, Illinois touchscreen voting device changed votes from Republican to Democrat. Voting officials removed the machine and determined that a calibration error was at fault. The voter who brought the problem to their attention, Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan, was later "allowed" to vote for Republicans. Some things never change, regardless technology."
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Bar Exam Fails Law Grads

BobandMax BobandMax writes  |  about 6 months ago

BobandMax (95054) writes "ExamSoft, the management platform software that handles digital bar exam submissions for multiple states, experienced a severe technical meltdown on Tuesday, leaving many graduates temporarily unable to complete the exams needed to practice law. The snafu also left bar associations from nearly 20 states with no choice but to extend their submission deadlines."
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