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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

Brett Buck Re:Apollo 11 (46 comments)

You are kidding, right?

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pa...

And of course the "moon landing hoax" nitwits have already convinced themselves that NASA, every involved contractor, all the astronauts, and our bitter rivals the USSR are part of the conspiracy. It would be a small matter to assume that the LRO pictures are also faked. That the fundamental nature of stupidity.

about a month and a half ago
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Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

Brett Buck Re:So, 40 years and beeelions spent.. (46 comments)

Lunakhod was only on the moon, and was driven at relatively high speeds using live drivers looking at TV to see where to go. This is patently impossibly on Mars due to the light travel time. Semi-autononomous navigation is far more sophisticated.

    It eventually died because of what might be characterized as a driving mistake, they came to close to the edge of a crater, scooped some dust on the solar array, then closed the lid, dumped the dust on the radiators, then overheated when the lid was opened on the next lunar day.

about a month and a half ago
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IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages

Brett Buck Re:Best editor? (197 comments)

That would be silly indeed, since its clearly VI.

        Brett

about 2 months ago
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Train Derailment Dumps Two 737 Fuselages Into Clark Fork River

Brett Buck Re:Bang Ding Ow (187 comments)

Yes, my God, they expect you to show 5 days a week and do an honest days work! Damn those 1%ers!

about 2 months ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Brett Buck Re:Political/Moral (305 comments)

Remember the collapse from the housing bubble burst? Who predicted that? Precious few men and women knew it was coming, and damned near none had any idea how bad it could be.

    Jesus H Christ! How about everybody aside from lefty morons? It was inevitable as soon as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were more-or-less required to lower their lending standards by legislative fiat.

      Go back into the record and note the conservative opposition to these bills, based on exact the perfectly predictable end results you are whining about.

      We had something like 2000 years to develop standards for loaning money, guess what, when you piss that away for social engineering, this is exactly what it going to happen. The current "fixes" actually make it worse, so you also have to have a spate of new regulation to prevent the banks from kicking people out of their house for the insignificant problem that *they can't afford to pay for it*. Then you bail out the banks with taxpayer money. It's a death spiral.

        Brett

about 3 months ago
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

Brett Buck Re:Step 2 (196 comments)

Take all the Beats intellectual property, drawings, and inventory, throw it in a wood chipper, and then set fire to the resulting chips.

about 3 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Brett Buck Re:IF.. (561 comments)

You ever actually been to a gym? Like 24-hour Fitness? You will not find exceptional physical specimens there.

 

about 3 months ago
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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

Brett Buck Re:IF.. (561 comments)

It's not particularly good among "groups", either.

The idea that you would join a society dedicated to separating you from "regular people" based on your supposed superior intelligence is a pretty strange notion. Most of the people who I know are Mensa members are the type that couldn't get accepted to any other club.

about 3 months ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

Brett Buck Re:Old bible scolars (190 comments)

Isaac Newton was highly religious, even to the point of nutty u ==in his era. He invented modern science and calculus as a side project

Thanshin is much sharper, he posts smart-ass comments on the internet from his mom's basement.

about 3 months ago
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New Evidence For Oceans of Water Deep In the Earth

Brett Buck Re:Old bible scolars (190 comments)

There you have it, folks, another tolerant Slashdot mind!

about 3 months ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Brett Buck Re:You make it... (519 comments)

But teachers unions, inefficiency, and alternative curricula and teaching styles are what has made the educational system a miserable failure despite astronomical sums of money being wasted on it. Long past time to blow it up, and purge almost everyone associated with it.

about 3 months ago
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Astronomers Solve Puzzle of Mysterious Streaks In Radio Images of the Sky

Brett Buck Re:That's odd (66 comments)

Hmm, I am surprised that they don't know. I think there are plenty of other people who do. RF effect from meteorite trails is a well-known phenomenon from radio (people were using it to bounce messages in the 30s)

    Here are some people using it to track meteorites - very near the frequencies in question:

http://spaceweather.com/glossa...

        The necessary condition for bouncing a particular frequency is that the path lengths of the plasma are the right length (say, half a wave length or maybe 2ish meters) which seems entirely plausible as a distance associated with the width of the plasma trail. It would not be at all surprising if a tiny amount bounced back and forth like a cavity resonator, OR, reflected ambient signals that the telescope wouldn't have otherwise detected.

So it doesn't seem that mysterious.

about 3 months ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Brett Buck Re:Not ideal (363 comments)

Or, just jump on a stagecoach pulled by unicorns. If you don't mind getting rainbow sparkles on your clothes, it's a good way to go.

about 3 months ago
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Group Demonstrates 3,000 Km Electric Car Battery

Brett Buck Re:3000km is not a lot in the U.S. . . . . (363 comments)

    What point is there in calling this a "first-world problem"? Of course it's a first-world problem, the first world is the only place with enough overkill wealth to consider these impractical baubels like electric luxury cars with batteries that get melted down and rebuilt from scratch every 1800 miles. And are used going back and forth to Starbucks, while you whine about the injustice in the world caused by the 1%ers.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Brett Buck Re:Yet another C (636 comments)

If the code can't modify itself, what good is it?

about 3 months ago
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The Coming IT Nightmare of Unpatchable Systems

Brett Buck Re:Toaster security (240 comments)

My idea - don't hook a toaster to the internet. If you want to set it to toast before you wake up, I can get you $5 60-year-old clock radio that will switch the power on when the alarm goes off.

    Same with every other trivial example in this thread. Critical embedded system = don't hook to internet.

      Brett

about 3 months ago
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Grace Hopper Documentary Edges on Successful Crowdfunding

Brett Buck Re:Show the real truth (65 comments)

Starring Angelina Jolie!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Brett Buck Re:Great Idea! (185 comments)

(6) return to a company which is now free of these fools;

Replaced by a new batch of equivalent fools.

        This is why nerds almost always end up living in mom's basement.

about 4 months ago
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After the Sun (Microsystems) Sets, the Real Stories Come Out

Brett Buck Re:rot in pieces (166 comments)

Right, but UNIX (all varieties) is rancid dog shit as an OS, compared to VMS. Everybody bitching about Windows burying Unix/Linux even though Windows is shit - the same relationship applies to VMS and Unix.

about 4 months ago

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