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US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

Chris Mattern Re:The Navy sucks at negotiating (83 comments)

By "pristine condition" they simply mean that they haven't been stripping it of parts to use elsewhere. They don't mean they had been keeping it up or that it was not in need of a great deal of work to be used as a museum, or for any other purpose.

7 hours ago
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US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

Chris Mattern Re:from Bremerton to Texas around South America (83 comments)

Sounds like the course they punched in for the distance calculation went through the Panama Canal instead of around the Horn like they said it was.

8 hours ago
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Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

Chris Mattern Re:Age prior to dyine (103 comments)

The older humans lived 20 - 30 years MAX.

Bull. The Bible itself tells us the full span of a man's years is "threescore and ten". That's from the Book of Psalms, and was probably written around 700 BC.

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Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

Chris Mattern Re:3D printers to the rescue (103 comments)

you only have to do it once.

Tell that to Miles Vorkosigan. You can't replace a skeleton all at once; you have to do it piecemeal. They'll have to do it *lots* of times, a few bones at a time.

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The World Is Not Falling Apart

Chris Mattern Re:The arc is long (198 comments)

written by Longfellow after he'd lost his entire family (wife included) during the Civil War:

Someone seems to have embellished the tale a bit. Longfellow did not lose his entire faimly in the Civil War. The poem was written after his eldest son Charles was wounded, not killed, in battle; he wouldn't die until 1893, eleven years after his father. His wife was burned to death in a household accident in 1861. He wrote a different poem about that death, "The Cross of Snow", eighteen years later.

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The World Is Not Falling Apart

Chris Mattern Re:The good outweights the bad (198 comments)

The big thing that is worse, I think, is economic inequality

In the US, yes. *World* economic inequality is falling.

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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

Chris Mattern Re:youmail (233 comments)

I don't see anything particularly impolite about the truth: "I saw your number on the voicemail and decided it would be faster to call you back right away instead of listening to it. So what's happening?"

The *real* problem with not listening to the voicemail is if you get stuck playing phone tag. If there was useful information on that voice mail other than "Call me back" you're not going to learn it from the original caller's voice mail prompt.

2 days ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

Chris Mattern Re:Waste of Time (324 comments)

No, that's just how Gene sold it to the network: "Wagon Train to the Stars", to quote his concept document. But Gene intended that to be a trojan horse--he wanted to take the chance to also touch on larger issues. "A masterwork of American Literature"? No, not really, although they did have master science-fiction writers do some of their scripts (Theodore Sturgeon on "Amok Time" and "Shore Leave", Harlan Ellison on "The City on the Edge of Forever", Robert Bloch on "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", "Catspaw", and "Wolf in the Fold", Norman Spinrad on "The Doomsday Machine") But it also used be more than just non-stop action, too. Not anymore.

2 days ago
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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

Chris Mattern Re:what a load of crap (290 comments)

"in order to protect their internal Wi-Fi services."
I'm soooo sure that's the real reason and it has nothing to do with money.

Of course it's the real reason, and it has everything to do with money. They want to protect their internal Wi-Fi services from external competition.

2 days ago
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Samsung Announces Production of 20nm Mobile LPDDR4, Faster Than Desktop DDR4

Chris Mattern Re:LP = low power (41 comments)

I think you will find it means "Long Play", young man.

So LPDDR4 means Dance Dance Revolution 4 played with a 33 1/3 RPM record, right?

2 days ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

Chris Mattern Re:swingers (183 comments)

Time for another scopes monkey trial!

Oh, I don't think that's a good idea. Do you have any idea how hard it is to even *get* monkeys to use mouthwash?

3 days ago
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How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

Chris Mattern Re:Bar joke (83 comments)

I wasn't aware that Obama was accused of being an illegal alien.

Good lord, how could you miss all the birthers? Some of them just claim Obama's not a native-born citizen, but some are willing to go all the way to illegal alien. None of which is true, but it hasn't stopped people from claiming it.

3 days ago
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How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

Chris Mattern Re:Bar joke (83 comments)

Aside from the fact that Obama is neither an illegal alien, a Muslim, or a communist, or a pathological liar (which is not to say he's been 100% truthful--hey, he's a politician) it's very funny indeed.

3 days ago
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How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

Chris Mattern I can't believe... (83 comments)

there haven't been any Adventure Time jokes yet.

3 days ago
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The Magic of Pallets

Chris Mattern Re:Like many inventions ... (247 comments)

Time was, surface vessels got their fuel the same way: all the enlisted plus the ensigns passing sacks of coal.

In the US Navy, they made a contest of it, too, starboard watch against port watch. If you made the ship list enough (because you filled the coal bunkers on your side so much faster), your side got extra leave.

3 days ago
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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

Chris Mattern Re:Good luck to him (156 comments)

We have plenty of areas on Earth that are perfect for solar panels.

No we don't. We don't anywhere on Earth where a solar panel can collect half the energy a solar panel in space can.

4 days ago
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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

Chris Mattern Re:Good luck to him (156 comments)

The hurdles are high, but there's a lot of raw materials and energy out there if we surmount them. Solar energy alone goes from a unreliable power source that's only available for half the day to a steady, ultra-reliable power source of great utility.

4 days ago
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Can Rep. John Culberson Save NASA's Space Exploration Program?

Chris Mattern Re:um.... (156 comments)

They did some of that (so it is inaccurate to say NASA did all the hard work). They successfully created a suborbital rocket that didn't need to deliver its payload to a soft landing. That was a necessary intermediate step. Getting a man to the moon required quite a bit of additional work, however.

4 days ago

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