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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

CrimsonAvenger Re:Huh (331 comments)

Probably not a lot of sources for factory loaded 303 anymore.

In the USA, Hornady, Federal, Winchester, & Remington sell the stuff.

And there's at least one European manufacturer...

5 days ago
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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

CrimsonAvenger Re:Units hurt the brain (74 comments)

Being a European i have no clue how much a pound is, and probably British and US pounds differ too. Ok, i could guess a pound is about half a kilogram. Still makes no sense to mix them up in a scientific article.

Wrong guess, minus five.

Hint: the pound is a unit of FORCE, the kilogram is a unit of MASS. It makes no more sense to measure thrust in kilograms than it does to measure distance in square meters.

If you really want to have consistency, they should have measured the thrust in newtons, NOT in kilograms.

The fact that Europeans (at least one of them) don't know their own measurement system any better than that is appalling....

5 days ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

CrimsonAvenger Re:Enfield .303? Wow!! I know these rifles. (331 comments)

Getting my gun license in a couple months and it is on the list of guns I want.

Picked one of them up ten years or so ago. Smoothest cycling bolt-action I've ever seen....

about a week ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

CrimsonAvenger Re:Article or link (113 comments)

Most modern judicial systems (US the notable exception) recognize that when you've done your time you have "paid" your debt to society - and should have a chance to start over.

Yeah, just because you did time for embezzling doesn't mean you should be denied a job as a CFO or Banker....

about a week ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

CrimsonAvenger Re:Region-Specific (86 comments)

So you make a regional system by setting up the orbits so that there are always 3-4 satellites visible from the region of interest. Occasionally you will be able to get a fix elsewhere in the world, but usually not.

Actually, while it's generally pretty trivial to make sure 3-4 (5+ would be better) are visible from any given point on Earth, it's rather harder (read: nearly impossible) to make sure 3-4 are visible from any point in India but NOT from any point outside India.

Unless the satellites are in geosynchronous orbits, of course, but then you're not going to have the separations you need for a good solution.

Realistically, India needs an array like GPS or GLONASS, not just seven satellites.

about a week ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

CrimsonAvenger Re:Cannot stop progress (294 comments)

a Porsche or a Mazeraty

Maserati.

Try to avoid writing words you've heard but never seen written. it can make you look like a halfwit.

Note that rest of your grammar will tend to do the same.

Which is sad, because your point is good....

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

CrimsonAvenger Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

It encourages people to save and hoard till the day they die, which defeats the purpose of money.

So, if it encourages people to build up some capital, it's a bad thing, eh?

Yes, I'm aware that current economic theories pretty much rely on most everyone spending their money as fast as they make it.

And then bitch about the fact that they don't set aside money for their old age, or to deal with bad economic times, etc....

about two weeks ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

CrimsonAvenger Re:Most Open & Transparent System? (111 comments)

Yes, this administration has prosecuted more "leakers" than any before.

Actually, this Administration has prosecuted more than twice as many leakers as all other Administrations combined.

about two weeks ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

CrimsonAvenger Re:US,Nigeria (381 comments)

Hmm, interesting theory, that.

Both Nigeria and the USA began their ebola problems with one (1) Liberian man entering their country with ebola.

Nigeria ended up with ~20 ebola cases, of which 9 died.

So far, the USA has had ~3 cases, of which one has died.

Now, the USA isn't done yet. Probably. Maybe. We'll see.

But so far, our situation is essentially identical with Nigeria's, and our outcome is the same as or better than their outcome. Note the "so far" - it's important.

about two weeks ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

CrimsonAvenger Re:It only takes one ... (381 comments)

swine flue

Can't tell here if your chimney was built by pigs, or had a pig stuck in it.

Please clarify.

about two weeks ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

CrimsonAvenger Wait, how is this possible?? (376 comments)

I thought everyone knew that Iraq had no WMDs (yes, chemical weapons are WMDs), so how could our soldiers be injured by chemical weapons in Iraq?

Likewise, we don't have to worry about ISIS capturing any chemical weapons in Iraq, since Iraq had no WMDs, therefore no chemical weapons....

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CrimsonAvenger Re:wow (566 comments)

and learned that the fast neutrons cause neutron activation, creating often long-lived radioactive isotopes of what they hit

Or non-radioactive isotopes. Or short-lived radioactive isotopes. Or fission (yes, you can do fission with fast neutrons, it's just inadvisable). Just depends on what they hit.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CrimsonAvenger Re:Of course! (566 comments)

So yes, every nuclear reactor that thinks and sooner later gets breached: is a ecologic disaster. And YOU certainly would not like to live close to it or be depending on fish fished there.

I'm curious as to how a fusion reactor can be an ecological disaster.

Yeah, the fuel will spread all over the ocean, but the fuel is hydrogen, so it's not like we're going to notice a few kg extra hydrogen in an ocean that is 1/9th hydrogen.

The fusion byproducts are tritium (again, hydrogen), and helium (chemically inert, and part of the atmosphere).

The shell? It might get irradiated. But slightly radioactive iron isn't really a meaningful disaster, unless you've managed to stick a megaton or so of iron into the 500 cubic feet of that reactor (hmm, 7 foot by 10 foot. Wonder if that's seven feet in diameter and ten tall, or seven feet tall and ten in diameter?). Hint: a million tons of iron won't fit into that volume....

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

CrimsonAvenger Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

This disease prays on

Yet another reason to be down on religion, if even Ebola is praying....

about two weeks ago
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Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

CrimsonAvenger Re:Just tell me (463 comments)

Not yet.

Wait for the first one case not related to a previously known case, or the hundredth case, whichever comes first.

about two weeks ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

CrimsonAvenger Re: Why..... (259 comments)

The IRS would probably see that as tax avoidance.

Which is legal, so that's not an issue.

Note that what all these companies everyone here loves to hate are doing is also legal....

And when Ireland changes its rules so it's no longer advantageous to be based out of Ireland, they'll move HQ to elsewhere, and Ireland will be out some tax dollars that won't be much by US standards, but might be a lot by Irish standards (or not)....

about two weeks ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

CrimsonAvenger Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

Anecdotally, I occasionally play EQ and EQ2 (yes, there really are players of EQ2 still out there). As does my wife.

More than half my guildies in EQ2 are women (we use voice chat a lot, if you're planning on asserting that they only claim to be women). The GM's include two Grandmothers. And (some of) their children are in guild. As are a grandchild or two...

EQ was fairly bad at putting the female characters in "slut-mail"

Yah, that always annoyed me. One of the reasons I started doing EQ2 was that I could avoid that sort of armour for my female characters (about half of them, in each of EQ1 and EQ2)

about two weeks ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

CrimsonAvenger Re:Why..... (259 comments)

Realistically we need some kind of transaction layer tax system that captures at point of sale.

So, in your example (If I purchase something from Amazon, while in New Zealand, with my UK credit card, shipped to my Aussie address.), where, exactly, is the "point of sale"? New Zealand? Australia? Wherever the Amazon billing department processes your credit card? Wherever the product was packaged up for shipping to you?

And why?

about two weeks ago
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When will the first successful manned Mars mission happen?

CrimsonAvenger Re:After I am dead. (219 comments)

I doubt I will see a Mars landing. I didn't see Moon landing live since I was born too late! :(

I don't expect to live long enough to see a Mars landing, though SpaceX might surprise me...

I *did*, however, see the Moon landings live. All of them.

about two weeks ago

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