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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 2 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.

more than 2 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?

more than 2 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.

more than 2 years ago
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Using Fuel Depots Instead of Giant Rockets

DanDD Re:Let's have both. (202 comments)

> So, _every year_ we spend about 6 _APOLLO PROGRAMS_ blowing up people that don't even matter to us. We borrow 9 APOLLO PROGRAMS every _year_.

Ahem. Please keep this kind of generalization to yourself. All humans matter to me, especially those that need blowing up. However, I do appreciate your sentiment that our priorities are severely skewed.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:Jobs didn't "steal" anything (1452 comments)

I don't believe Apple paid Xerox in an amicable fashion, regardless, it does seem that you acknowledge that Jobs drew from a wellspring of ideas and success that was not entirely his own.

If Stallman and the FSF people didn't believe we could 'steal' ideas, we'd simply all pirate our software. Instead, we've done something that infuriates the likes of Jobs and Mr. Bill even more - we've written our own.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:Bad Comment from a blowhard (1452 comments)

I've made no such assertion about Jobs being a failure. I never said anything about competition, or capitalism being bad. It seems you fail at one argument so you magically craft another.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:If you can't say anything nice... (1452 comments)

One of Steve's dying wishes was "to get to know his children." And you are bashing RMS and/or me for not considering the feelings of his family? Methinks you are an angry, profane and confused little fanboi.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:Says one zealous Dick about another one (1452 comments)

The operating systems is GNU - always has been. One possible kernel is Linux. Calling it GNU/Linux is rather appropriate if not speaking of a particular distribution, such as Debian GNU/Linux or Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

GNU/Linux is a bit clumsy - kind of like referring to your car by the engine it has. You could refer to your car as 'Automobile/Rankin Cycle', or 'Automobile/Otto cycle'.

Using your model and the current paradigm, we'd just call your derived OS/Kernel combination "Assfuck" (in your words), which would unfairly mask the entire foundation that allowed your "Assfuck" to exist. Some might even sue you for Libel.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:Stallman's supporters say a lot about themselve (1452 comments)

I'll wager that the bits of your personal rant above passed through multiple network devices and servers running GPL'd code to get to Slashdot's server. While you obviously do not like or understand RMS, he's probably contributed more function, both technically and philosophically, to the computing world than Mr. Jobs.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:+1 (1452 comments)

They stole their UI ideas and innovations such a the mouse from Xerox Parc. What Mr. Bill and Stevie J. have demonstrated very clearly is that if you get to market first, by whatever means, you'll have a huge advantage, no matter the origin of the ideas or innovations.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:If you can't say anything nice... (1452 comments)

Failure to confront monsters and point them out for what they are leads to bad things. I'm sorry RMS hurt your feelings. I hope someday you are able to think clearly through your grief, or whatever other emotion you may be having.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:the problem... (1452 comments)

Despite having never met RMS, I've emailed him and asked for his opinion before, and have had an interesting but brief dialog with him. Perhaps he feels that such exchanges in the past with great numbers of people far more influential that myself, coupled with his significant contributions and connections to the Free Software Foundation, afford him the privilege of trying to counter a populist but irrational fad.

In short, I asked RMS for his opinion, and I'm glad he gave it. I feel Jobs was more of a 'dick' than RMS. I am also fairly certain that you are an apple fanboi. I am only saddened that Job's very successful methods of tax evasion and exploitation put him so far out of reach of more ethical men such as RMS.

more than 2 years ago
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Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

DanDD Re:Bad Comment from a blowhard (1452 comments)

Your assertion that Stallman has always hated capitalism is completely false: Stallman sold copies of his Emacs editor on disc for $150. His reasoning for this price is that it's Free as in Speech, not free as in "free beer".

Also, your comparison of Steve Jobs to Henry Ford is way off the mark. Ford never told anybody who bought one of his products that they were not free to take it apart to see how it worked.

Virtucon, perhaps someday you'll realize that walled gardens breed mediocrity, such as your own.

more than 2 years ago

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