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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Deadstick Re:How much does the device weigh? (163 comments)

How much of the camel does that thing have attached to it? A liter of water is one kilogram, 2.2 pounds.

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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

Deadstick Re:Couldn't they have used an RTG? China syndrome (132 comments)

Actually there is such a thing as an internal combustion Stirling engine. The British military deployed a portable generator set during WW2 that used one, and the google will disclose a few more. Obviously not much good in space, of course.

about a week ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Deadstick Re:Queequeg (188 comments)

There seems to be one on each of three landing gear legs, so Queequeg, Tashtego and Daggoo would be appropriate.

about a week ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Deadstick Re:second picture (188 comments)

"After ten years in solar freefall" would carry a bit more meaning...

about a week ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

Deadstick I, Robot (242 comments)

...gives me a bad feeling about this.

about two weeks ago
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The Disgruntled Guys Who Babysit Our Aging Nuclear Missiles

Deadstick Re:Poor Promotability too (176 comments)

Those pilots are about a third of the officers, and the officers are most of the college graduates. The career path for enlisted personnel does not include flying airplanes.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

Deadstick Re:Just don't mention Nazis or the Holocaust (231 comments)

The tour guides at Hitler's mountaintop chalet, the Eagle's Nest, are certainly upfront about it.

(Actually only foreigners call it the Eagle's Nest; that name was hung on it by the international media in 1938. Germans call it the Kehlsteinhaus.)

about two weeks ago
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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

Deadstick Re:I remember (231 comments)

ex-patriot.

(whimper...)

about two weeks ago
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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

Deadstick Re:No you don't, you just remember incorrectly (231 comments)

Indeed. If you're talking about the Mayflower Pilgrims, they had found religious freedom in the Netherlands and it scared the shit out of them.

about two weeks ago
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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

Deadstick Re:I remember (231 comments)

The reality is probably somewhere in the middle.

Newsweek addressed that notion in an article 30-odd years ago on a subject I don't remember, except that someone had written that. The article speculated on what an editorial might have said in 1935:

"Germans see Hitler as the charismatic, dedicated leader who can guide them out of poverty and despair into a new age of security and pride in their heritage. Americans see him as possibly destabilizing. The truth, as always, is somewhere in between."

about two weeks ago
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The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

Deadstick Re:history repeating (163 comments)

The notion that illiteracy is rising on the Internet is a liberal hoax.

about two weeks ago
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MIT Professor Advocates Ending Asteroid Redirect Mission To Fund Asteroid Survey

Deadstick Re: But where are the potentional profits? (116 comments)

No, they're getting their diamonds from a source that THEY control, and THEY decide what the retail price is.

Like owning an asteroid.

about three weeks ago
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Pope Francis Declares Evolution And Big Bang Theory Are Right

Deadstick Re:Cop out (4 comments)

IIRC from my long-ago unlamented Catholic childhood, the answer to that is "Go to your room."

about three weeks ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

Deadstick Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

Try it in the Navy COD aircraft, the ship-to-shore shuttle that gets catapulted off aircraft carriers...it's intense.

about three weeks ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Deadstick Re:That's why they have the draft (308 comments)

The Selective Service System is still in the law. A "draft" is not in effect, and it's not just a signature away: it's an act of Congress away, Jack. You can look these things up.

about three weeks ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

Deadstick Re:That's why they have the draft (308 comments)

That's why they have the draft.

Congratulations on your successful thawing. When did they freeze you?

about three weeks ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

Deadstick Re:Ho-lee-crap (275 comments)

Kaiser actually built one in four days in a carefully-choreographed stunt...two or three weeks was typical.

about 1 month ago
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An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

Deadstick Re:Drones will not be accepted (77 comments)

The former is only marginally controllable, and the latter is not silent.

about a month ago

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