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CIA To Hand Over Drone Program To Pentagon?

Celeritas 5k Step in the right direction. (142 comments)

It may just be switching a program from one hand to another, from my viewpoint in the regular military I think it's a step in the right direction. A huge chunk of my coworkers are the "freedom loving gun nut" types-- and regardless of your opinion of the "God Bless 'murrica" crowd, if the order ever comes down to kill Americans, they'll be the first ones to refuse that order. Same goes for forcibly taking guns away, or any other egregious violations of basic human rights.

about a year ago
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Curiosity Rover On Standby As NASA Addresses Computer Glitch

Celeritas 5k Re:Glitch or flash memory failure? (98 comments)

If you don't like XKCD, you're everything that's wrong with the world. Besides, anything with a laugh track is awful.

about a year ago
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iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 Patches evasi0n Jailbreak

Celeritas 5k Re:The Apple Monoculture: (272 comments)

Because it's a very well engineered, designed, and optimized phone, and a jailbreak always comes out sooner or later.

about a year and a half ago
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Six of Hanford's Nuclear Waste Tanks Leaking Badly

Celeritas 5k Re:Nothing To Worry About (221 comments)

More government!

(An illustration of the fatal flaw in government.)

about a year and a half ago
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Got a Cell Phone Booster? FCC Says You Have To Turn It Off

Celeritas 5k Re:Booster sticker (245 comments)

It sounds absurd, but If the only difference between a green light and a radio station is wavelength, would the FCC have the power to license various colored lights? (Assuming they had a mind to.) Could they write a regulation and fine you for overly bright christmas decorations?

about a year and a half ago
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New Zealand Frontline Police Get Apple Devices in Efficiency Measure

Celeritas 5k This actually makes sense. (114 comments)

The same thing is happening in the aviation world-- most aircrews are required to carry around several thick, heavy binders around with them all the time, and always keep them up to date by pulling and replacing a bunch of pages every month or two. I'd guess your average pubs bag weighs 30-40 pounds, depending on the aircraft and crew position. iPads are becoming common as a replacement.

This is the sort of thing a tablet is perfect for-- content consumption. In an otterbox it's plenty durable, the battery lasts a long time, it has a big, pretty, readable display, and in the long run it will actually save money over paper. You no longer have to issue a full set of pubs to everyone (initial issue can cost several hundred dollars), updates are basically free, and hilariously there's also a measurable fuel savings due to the hundred-odd pounds of paper you're no longer hauling all over the world. It's not a perfect system, and there's work to do on the updating process and overall formatting (I lose all my annotations every time there's an update, and the PDF files don't come with nearly enough bookmarks), but most of those problems come from the fact that pubs are currently written to be printed. Once they're formatted with a tablet in mind, I expect things to get better.

Obviously the article's implementation of the technology is quite different, but I wouldn't be surprised if there are similar advantages to be had for a police force. Remember that the iPads are likely cheaper than the laptops they are replacing, or if there aren't laptops to replace (the article doesn't say) they are saving man-hours somewhere. Labor is expensive.

about a year and a half ago
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Brookstone Rover 2.0 SpyTank Teardown

Celeritas 5k Disappointed. (64 comments)

The headline promised me a tank. No guns => not a tank.

about a year and a half ago
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Super Bowl Blackout Caused By Defective Protective Relay

Celeritas 5k Re:Sensationalist Journalism? (210 comments)

I had this thought as well-- "preventing power outages" is only a function of this relay in the sense that it's difficult to supply power to a burned-down building.

about a year and a half ago
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Egyptian Court Wants To Block YouTube For a Month

Celeritas 5k Re:Farse (188 comments)

Exactly this. It's not a reason, it's an excuse.

about a year and a half ago
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DARPA's Headless Robotic Mule Takes Load Off Warfighters

Celeritas 5k Re:What advantage does it have over (210 comments)

It has several advantages-- gasoline is more energy dense than the food you'd have to carry for a mule, it doesn't get tired, no animal rights issues that would surely result from bringing a mule into a combat zone, and I'm not sure how much your average mule can carry but I don't think it's 400 lbs. The biggest thing is that it's a basis to be improved upon. The next model will be lighter, more reliable, quieter, have more capacity, etc. Give it a few years and I wouldn't be surprised to see civilian applications as well.

about a year and a half ago
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SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge

Celeritas 5k Re:Can't wait (347 comments)

If a company sets a low price to create a market, it seems to me that they're buying a product at a price. It's not all that different from dumping cash into your advertising department. But my understanding of economics is largely informal, and a bit simplistic, so I'll take your word for it. We're arguing semantics anyway.

about a year and a half ago
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SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge

Celeritas 5k Re:Can't wait (347 comments)

Sounds like a perfectly functioning market to me, nothing artificial about it. If a government were putting pressure on a manufacturer to increase their price, or speculation caused people to buy up huge stocks in anticipation of a price increase, that would be artificial.

about a year and a half ago
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SSD Prices Continue 3-Year Plunge

Celeritas 5k Re:Can't wait (347 comments)

"Artificially" inflated?

about a year and a half ago
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Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

Celeritas 5k Re:This changes nothing. . . (449 comments)

You're making the assumption that these people had no choice but to deal/use drugs in the first place.

The war on drugs is dumb, but as long as it carries the force of law it's just as dumb to get caught and charged with a felony because you had them in your possession.

I'm also tired of hearing "the corporations" used as boogeymen behind every problem with the world. How exactly do you think they benefit from the war on drugs? Legalized marijuana would create a huge new market with a lot of money moving through it-- a few people would get stupid rich, and a whole bunch of people would make a good living.

about a year and a half ago
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EVE Bans Exploiters; Dropping 2% of Users Cuts Average CPU Usage 30%

Celeritas 5k Re:This may net them a near-immediate profit (261 comments)

This is simply not true, as there is no such thing as this "gold" you speak of in EVE. Also, math fail.

more than 4 years ago
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F-22 Raptor Cancelled

Celeritas 5k Re:Poor Title (829 comments)

You can buy roughly 10 F-16s for the price of 1 new F-22. You know that in training exercises the F-22 had triple digit kill to loss ratios against our own F-16s?

about 5 years ago
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Investigators Suspect Computers Doomed Air France Jet

Celeritas 5k Re:GPS-based air speed (403 comments)

erm... you know that the atmosphere more or less rotates with the earth? Wind is by definition a difference between the velocity of the air and the velocity of the surface of the earth. For convenience, the earth is used as a fixed frame of reference. If you want to bring relativity into it, i'm happy to play ball... If you have such a poor understanding of physics, maybe you shouldn't be so condescendingly sarcastic when correcting people on it.

more than 5 years ago
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Investigators Suspect Computers Doomed Air France Jet

Celeritas 5k Re:well that's terrifying (403 comments)

Just FYI -- A properly flown barrel roll is a 1g maneuver, which means that the passengers wouldn't even spill their drinks. Any airplane can do a barrel roll.

more than 5 years ago

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