×

Announcing: Slashdot Deals - Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

Thank you!

We are sorry to see you leave - Beta is different and we value the time you took to try it out. Before you decide to go, please take a look at some value-adds for Beta and learn more about it. Thank you for reading Slashdot, and for making the site better!

Comments

top

French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

Brett Buck Re:Have the Germans threaten to invade (681 comments)

Correct. Then a large fraction of the government capitulated, formed a puppet government, and did the Nazis' bidding, including rounding up people for shipment to concentration camps. And in some cases, like in North Africa, fought (weakly) against the allies.

At the same time, the parts of the government and military that were caught in or escaped to England made themselves royal pains in the ass to the allies, posturing and playing politics to try to claim they were in charge of the government in abstentia, This greatly complicated the invasion planning and led to poor tactical decisions based on maintain the pride of strutting martinets like DeGaulle. This allowed the Germans to escape through the Falaise gap, for example, when they were otherwise going to be caught. This probably extended the war another 6 months.

        The ultimate was in the 60s. DeGaulle demanded that all American tropps be removed from French soil. Lyndon Johnson asked him "does that include the 65000 that died lliberarting it*.

    That's why we hate the French.

about two weeks ago
top

James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

Brett Buck Re:the evils of Political Correctness (201 comments)

I don't care what you say. Say whatever you want, I am a conservative, so I don't think it's a good idea to censor speech.

      Thwe Watson case is an absolutely classic case of PC bullying.

about two weeks ago
top

James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

Brett Buck Re:the evils of Political Correctness (201 comments)

The latter is exactly my point. I would think the man's premise would be quickly and easily refuted. And it was and is.

      But the "community" couldn't let it go at that. He had to be punished for the way he thought, because it made everybody feel better.

 

about two weeks ago
top

James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

Brett Buck Re:the evils of Political Correctness (201 comments)

You are probably right about the confirmation bias. But one should be able to make that argument without hounding someone out of a profession. That is more-or-less what happened here.

      I would also note that almost no one here is actually a scientist, much less a Nobel prize winner. So no one is all that qualified to debunk his idea. There are certainly falsifiable points in his premise on race (and probably plenty of research to support it). All that need be done is produce and make the argument, and the issue should be closed. But no, that's not sufficient, he has to be punished.

      This is a classic case of claims of "Science!" being used as a cover for political correctness. More like "Science! (so shut the hell up)".

about two weeks ago
top

Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

Brett Buck There's a reason... (367 comments)

Of course it's a familiar cultural setting. Unless the nature of the culture and social interactions is the theme, you would rather have something that the reader can relate to. You need to relate it to something the reader will understand, because, otherwise, you will either use up inordinate space and words describing it, or leave the entire thing unexplained which loses the reader.

    Moreover, human nature hasn't changed consequentially for 10,000 years. The same motivations, reactions, and through processes are on some level universal. The culture *hasn't* changed all that much at the root level. The means and mechanism, and superficially changes, but deep down nothing is really all that different since the development of "civilization" coincident with the agricultural revolution.

about two weeks ago
top

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Brett Buck Re:Chronology from TFA (77 comments)

The components were already at the minimum operating temperature. You can't just let everything cool to the background, then hope to heat it back up later. Something will likely break. There have been survival heaters and (in this case) thermal shunts from the RTG to keep it warm enough the entire time.

about two weeks ago
top

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Ends Hibernation To Start Mission

Brett Buck Re:As far as I'm concerned, Pluto is still a plane (77 comments)

How the mighty have fallen. First, a Roman god, 2000 years later, you live in a doghouse and take orders (confusingly) from *another dog* - and a dimwitted country hick dog, at that.

about two weeks ago
top

NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Brett Buck Re:Spare me NASA's PR Hype (140 comments)

I agree that the OP is not getting it right but that is not the case. In fact, there were numerous Apollo-related unmanned test flights before the fire, and there were several planned after the nominal launch of AS-204 (renamed Apollo 1 later). In particular, what was later termed Apollo 4 was always planned to be an unmanned mission, as was 6. The only mission definition changes were to remove all the Block I CSM missions in favor of the Block II (which was already in planning, but were also altered due to the findings in the fire investigation) and the launch of the Apollo 5 which originally was intended to go on a manned Saturn V launch but instead was put as a LM-solo mission (obviously unmanned) mission on the Saturn 1b previously assigned to the mission that caught fire. Some other missions, particularly which LM abort cases needed to be run, were still undefined but they were always manned.

about two weeks ago
top

NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Brett Buck Re:Spare me NASA's PR Hype (140 comments)

It's "eerily similar" because they are testing the same test points they did before. The fact that a previous spacecraft built with 50's aerospace technology managed to do it doesn't mean that much. We know what to expect, but you still have to actually build what you are planning to fly, and then fly it and see. You can't just simulate everything, assume the simulation is correct, and then shoot it off with 3 people in it on national TV.

      In many ways, the added complexity made possible by much more computing power might be a liability in some ways. Radiation doesn't hurt a toggle switch.
   

about two weeks ago
top

NASA's Orion Capsule Reaches Orbit

Brett Buck Re:Woohoo, let's explore (140 comments)

Most of the command module avionics, control system, fore and aft heat shield, power and thermal subsystem, and recovery systems like the parachute system.

      Quite a few things, actually,

about two weeks ago
top

Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

Brett Buck Re:More worries over technical competence (71 comments)

Right, this is the first ever launch delay or abort. Except for almost all of the Mercury flights, two pad aborts on Gemini, 3-4 launch slips on Apollo, alternate launch window launch on Apollo 16, repeated shuttle launch delays and scrubs, It happens all the time, all the preparation in the world will not prevent them, and it has nothing to do with "newbies" in the process.

    And in fact, since this is a ULA Delta launch, with NASA personnel who formerly ran the Shuttle and ISS operations, I would estimate based on my personal knowledge that they have several orders of magnitude more launch experience that most of the mission control people on Apollo ever had.

    Other than that, you are absolutely correct.

about two weeks ago
top

Technical Hitches Delay Orion Capsule's First Launch

Brett Buck Re:Ob (71 comments)

Check the scoreboard, ace.

Number of manned missions launched be NASA - ~150.
Number of manned missions launched by ESA - 0 and none planned.

      It's *really easy* to never fail - as long as you never try.

about two weeks ago
top

IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard

Brett Buck Killer app (196 comments)

I sure hope I can use the IoT to control a monorail!

about two weeks ago
top

Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

Brett Buck Re:Antiquated technology (342 comments)

Of course, it's classic stoner logic. It makes you stupid, therefore stupid ideas seem like genius.

about two weeks ago
top

First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Brett Buck Re:TIE-Fighters flying in Atmosphere?!?!?!?! (390 comments)

Moreover, in Episode 2f09, Itchy plays Scratchy's ribs like a xylophone, and he strikes the same rib twice but it makes two clearly distinct tones. Are we supposed to believe it's some sort of magic xylophone or something?

about three weeks ago
top

Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Brett Buck Re:Just wondering (1128 comments)

Because its the latest cause celebre' for leftists.

about three weeks ago
top

Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

Brett Buck Re:No Microscopes on Mars (75 comments)

Now see, THIS, gentlemen, is how to sling bullshit. Please make a note of it.

about three weeks ago
top

Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

Brett Buck Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

In this case I would say it was pretty sure that's what happened, but only because it was already alone.

I would expect life would flourish where the exploitable energy exists, and be more diverse where there is more of it.

about three weeks ago
top

What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

Brett Buck Re:PR screwup (523 comments)

What the heck are you talking about? It was an orbiter mission, still in operation, with a 60-hour lander mission, that happened mostly as intended.

about a month ago

Submissions

Brett Buck hasn't submitted any stories.

Journals

Brett Buck has no journal entries.

Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?