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At 40, a person is ...

DanDD Re:"Still a youngster" is an invalid option. (214 comments)

The evolutionary perspective that holds post-menopausal women as a dead end is not a very well developed perspective.

Please go back and refresh your readings on sociobiology, cultural evolution, and game theory. And next time you get bit by an ant or stung by a bee, realize that mother nature begs to differ as well.

In short, for a male human the cost of creating an embryo is virtually nothing - a few beers, the possibility of rejection, etc. For a female human, the cost is huge. It takes a well developed social structure to support a gestating female and see her offspring through development, regardless of how developed (or not) her society is. Post-menopausal woman are an important and interesting part of this support structure. Cookies and quilts are more than just quaint - a lack of Grandmas is a disadvantage for any human offspring. One of mine taught me how to shoot a firearm accurately and kill, clean and cook chickens.

10 hours ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

DanDD Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (129 comments)

An aircraft can be equipped with any manner of cameras, sensors and antennas and still be operated as a non-commercial flight.

What is more interesting is the manner in which this equipment is added to an aircraft. Modifying an aircraft without some engineering oversight is generally a bad idea - people die from the unintended consequences of things coming lose, falling off, or by simply being a distraction in the cockpit.

Even 'experimental' aircraft must go through a well defined FAA certification program to make sure reasonable safety precautions are taken. Expect the same for drones that fly beyond visible range of the operator and that mix with other aircraft, manned or unmanned.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

DanDD Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (129 comments)

This list is my stab at things that might be essential to keep drones and airplanes from crashing into each other by allowing safe separation and accurate position reporting. If it's ridiculous, then please come up with a better list.

Of note, I did exclude an image sensor, which all manned aircraft currently have in the form of Mark I eyeballs. Perhaps drones should include a vision system of some kind as well.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

DanDD Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (129 comments)

I failed to address lots of specifics - specifics which need to be addressed to keep from risking lives.

Crop dusters fly around at low altitudes all over this country, as do many other GA and commercial aircraft, and they are all within their legal right to do so. A few weeks ago I encountered a couple of NASA aircraft operating around 200 AGL while taking air samples. One of those aircraft was a P3 Orion.

Few people realize what a complex task it is to integrate into the nations existing aviation infrastructure. It is a complex engineered system and it needs to be dealt with carefully.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

DanDD Re:So what you mean is... (129 comments)

Lose a friend or a family member in an airplane crash and you'll be a dick too.

The point isn't to 'own' the skies - it's to share as broadly and as safely as possible.

Just because you can afford to buy or operate some new tech toy doesn't mean you automatically have the right to go barging in to a complex engineered system without training and some reasonable adherence to regulations.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

DanDD Re:For safe integration with existing air traffic (129 comments)

As for being a licensed drone pilot being a different class - agreed. Vertigo isn't likely to be a factor!

Ideally there would be 'drone recovery areas' where an autopilot would fly to automatically in the event of lost communications. There are lots of little details like this to work out. The big unanswered questions are those dealing with how to integrate safely with existing traffic. I'm not at all convinced that the FAA has a clear answer.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

DanDD Re:So what you mean is... (129 comments)

I have no concern for greasing bureaucrats palms - my concern is for my own life and the lives of those I share the skies with - as both a passenger and a pilot.

I've invested heavily in my flight training and I take the safety of myself, my passengers, and those I share the sky with very seriously.

Drone operators will take the safety of the entire aviation system seriously as well - either by will or by enforced regulation.

about two weeks ago
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Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

DanDD For safe integration with existing air traffic (129 comments)

At the minimum, these are the requirements for somewhat safe integration into the existing airspace. Anything less is asking for big troubles for any private and commercial air traffic that shares the sky with these things:

1. Mode S Transponder
2. ADSB In & Out
3. Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS)
4. May only operate in areas with active radar coverage under IFR flight plan (some legal airplanes do not have a transponder!)
4. Operators must be in constant contact and control of the drone and must be licensed pilots
5. altitude & airspace restrictions ( right of way: licensed drone rotorcraft fixed-wing airship )

Otherwise, they can keep below 300 AGL and in line of sight with their operators.

Anything less and drones will be a threat to anyone that flies on any airplane, anywhere.

about two weeks ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

DanDD Lead by example (584 comments)

The only role model that such a young girl needs are her parents. Be the change you want to see in the world.

Read stories to her that paint women in a different light. Here are some suggestions:

1. The story of Gorgo, queen of Sparta and wife of Leonidas. Gorgo was probably the first documented woman cryptanalyst in the history of western civilization. Reference: Codebreakers.

2. A beautiful and educated woman named Hedy Lamarr invented spread-spectrum technology. We can thank her for modern wifi and cell phones. Reference: Spread Spectrum: Hedy Lamarr and the mobile phone

3. Amelia Earhart, a famous aviatrix and record setter: Who Was Amelia Earhart?

4. Jerri Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world, . She did this in a single engine Cessna 180. Her autobiography has been recently re-released: Three-Eight Charlie: 1st Woman to Fly Solo Around the World

Read to her. Daily. Schedule at least 6 hours per week.

Limit her exposure to television. When she does watch television, explain to her that much of what is on television is sexist, unenlightened and designed to extract money from the mindless consumer masses. Be thankful that as a girl she isn't likely to descent into the life-sucking hell of video games, but limit (eliminate?) exposure to gaming anyway, for everyone in your house, parents and kids alike. Children cannot grow and flourish if a majority of their free time is spent manipulating pixels in synthetic worlds.

Have her choose a musical instrument. Buy a quality instrument that produces nice sounds. Hire a tutor. Take lessons with her if you don't already play an instrument.

As she gets a little older, buy educational toys for her, such as an electronics kit. You'll probably have to play with her yourself with such toys as other kids her age might not be interested.

Be the change you want to see in the world.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Says Public Has a Right To Know About FBI's Facial Recognition Database

DanDD Re:As a Federal Inmate... (79 comments)

This wording from his bio makes me think he hasn't quite learned his lesson:

"Today, he is actively pursuing various avenues in order to make full restitution to his alleged victims."

about a month and a half ago
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What Happens If You Have a Heart Attack In Space?

DanDD Astronaut James Irwin had a heart attack on moon (83 comments)

From Wikipedia on James Irwin :

The astronauts' physiological vital signs were being monitored back on Earth, and the Flight surgeons noticed some irregularities in Irwin's heart rhythms.[9] Irwin's heart had developed bigeminy.[10] Dr. Charles Berry stated to Chris Kraft, deputy director of the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) at the time: "It's serious, [i]f he were on Earth. I'd have him in ICU being treated for a heart attack."[10] Endeavour's cabin atmosphere was 100% oxygen when in space, so it was decided that he was in no serious danger by Dr. Charles Berry.[10] Specifically, "In truth,...he's in an ICU. He's getting one hundred percent oxygen, he's being continuously monitored, and best of all, he's in zero g. Whatever strain his heart is under, well, we can't do better than zero g."

about 6 months ago
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See the Tesla S at the Detroit International Auto Show (Video)

DanDD Re:The Tesla is great but... (143 comments)

A hydrogen economy is so far off that it's even more fiction than a Tesla. There are at least two Tesla dealerships in the Denver, Colorado area, and these cars are in fact driving around (at least the Roadsters).

First, hydrogen is just an energy carrier. How are you going to produce this hydrogen?

Second, once you produce hydrogen, how are you going to distribute it around? Replace natural gas? Not for hundreds of years....

If you have the energy to produce hydrogen, why not just use the existing grid? Sure, the US electrical grid needs some TLC, but it is quite functional and is capable of serving a significant number of electric vehicles, especially when charged during off-peak hours. We have no infrastructure to produce and distribute hydrogen on any usable scale.

more than 2 years ago
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A Copyright Nightmare

DanDD Family conflict exposes copyright flaws (411 comments)

Money and greed indeed. If it wasn't MLK's family conflict, it would be something else. The point is that copyright is flawed, which just accentuates human flaws.

Instead of serving to distribute the literature and humanity that was MLK, copyright is being used for greed. This is sad, but no big surprise.

Fix copyright and patent laws to protect the individuals that originated the work, and the vultures less. Individuals who are able to create and inspire will continue to do so, and vultures will have to search a little harder for their financial carrion.

more than 2 years ago
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JRR Tolkien Denied Nobel Due To Low Quality Prose

DanDD Re:Tolkien's prose (505 comments)

Tolkein's granddaughter read The Hobbit and gave it a nice review. I believe she was 13 at the time.

more than 2 years ago
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JRR Tolkien Denied Nobel Due To Low Quality Prose

DanDD Re:Tolkien's prose (505 comments)

I find it disturbing that you critique LOTR the way you have, yet admit you've not read them. My 10 year old children have read and loved both the Hobbit and LOTR.

Tolkien's prose does assume a higher level of reading comprehension than is common today, this is very clear. Compare any Tolkien to JK Rowling. She tells nice stories, but with such stark simplicity that I find them painfully droll.

more than 2 years ago
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DARPA Chooses Leader For 100-Year Starship Project

DanDD Re:Getting Real About Capitalism (180 comments)

Woa, this is a new idea for me. I'm not an economist, just a lowly engineer, but I find this idea rather tickly in my brain. Do you have any books or references where this idea is investigated further?

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Considering Purchase of Netflix

DanDD I will cancel if Verizon buys Netflix (139 comments)

Missteps were mildly annoying, but I never considered cancelling. I _will_ cancel if Verizon acquires Netflix.

about 3 years ago
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Iran's Military Claims To Have Downed US Surveillance Drone

DanDD Re:Congratulations (522 comments)

In the USA - you are free to feel, and express whatever you want. Now, please go try expressing anything ani-Iranian in Iran and let us know how it goes, mkay?

about 3 years ago
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Permafrost Loss Greater Threat Than Deforestation

DanDD Re:Jobs (272 comments)

Permafrost makes it harder to dig, hurting the economy and killing jobs. That's why everyone hates it.

Permafrost gives villages something firm to set buildings and roads on. When the permafrost melts, areas typically turn into a marshy bog. This increases the cost of living, travel, infrastructure, etc. The increased insects increase disease.

If you want to live and work in a bog swarming with bugs, go for it. Perhaps you can explain the benefits to the rather annoyed polar bears, or to all the farmers in Texas, Oklahoma, and most of Colorado and Kansas who will see their land turned into an arid desert.

about 3 years ago

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