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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Deadstick Re:The Spruce Goose is your comparison? (85 comments)

The Goose never flew again because the war was over and the government had stopped paying for it. Hughes made the one flight only to prove he had actually built a working airplane and not defrauded the taxpayers with a phony project.

2 days ago
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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Deadstick Re:Why? (85 comments)

The Hercules, aka Spruce Goose, is not amphibious: it's a seaplane, period.

This is an amphibian: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi...

2 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

Deadstick Re:Earthshaking (124 comments)

A misspelling of bus duct. You should be able to take it from here.

3 days ago
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White House petitioned to save those in hot cars

Deadstick Re:Just Do It (13 comments)

OK, describe me a scenario where you "do what has to be done" while concealing your identity and not getting any blowback.

about a week ago
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White House petitioned to save those in hot cars

Deadstick Re:Just Do It (13 comments)

Bad idea, unless you're in a very isolated location. The sound of a breaking window has a habit of bringing people out of the woodwork, and if you're running away, it's not gonna look very good. Might make more sense to:

1. Call 911 and announce what you're about to do.
2. Announce it to your surroundings at the top of your lungs.
3. Do it.
4. Remain at the scene.

about a week ago
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Math, Programming, and Language Learning

Deadstick Re:Your Results Will Vary (241 comments)

it's all gonna come down to "the way I did it was better"

You could very well be a skier...

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Deadstick Re:Some more info: (752 comments)

Air traffic routes are like highways: you pick the one that suits your flight, and get clearance to fly it. Just the fact that the last few flights took another one means nothing.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Deadstick Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

Yeah, rumor has it there are a lot of Muslims in Malaysia.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Deadstick Re:is "developing" news appropriate? (752 comments)

I'm a nerd and it's interesting to me. In fact I find several other things interesting that don't run Linux.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

Deadstick Re:Here it comes (435 comments)

Well, y'know, if the cops can't slow a car down by pushing a button, there are always spike strips...

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Deadstick Same business model, different business (401 comments)

Exactly like the slimeball "sales manager" at a car dealership who tries to sell you the extended warranty and other overpriced crap after you've agreed to a price. He demands that you justify your refusal, because he knows that if he can get you on the defensive, he can bully you into submission.

I once tore up a negotiated deal in front of one of those. That wouldn't work in this case, because this customer was already cancelling service, but it might be fun to say "Why I'm cancelling is none of your damned business. I will pay no more bills. Remember when your robot told me this call would be recorded?"

about two weeks ago
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FAA Intimidates Coldwell Banker, Other Realtors Into Shunning Drone Photography

Deadstick Pettifoggery (1 comments)

(IANAL) If you use something that was obtained illegally, you're taking part.

Want the car analogy? OK, buy a new set of mag wheels from a teenager for $50 and see if you get to keep them.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Deadstick Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

Gone are the days, when pursuit of happiness was understood as a natural right granted to each human being not by their government, but by the Creator.

Yes, very long gone. They died when we gave up on hunter-gathering, settled into fixed dwellings, and the first genius figured out that the soup would taste better if the privy were downstream.

about three weeks ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

Deadstick Re:Government control of our lives... (155 comments)

It does, huh? You don't mind the thousands-pounds piloted aircraft flying above your all day, you don't mind the trucks driving around all day (delivering the same stuff), it is the light drones, that keep you awake at night?

The airplanes flying overhead don't land in my neighborhood.

The UPS trucks park in my neighborhood according to well-tested and well-enforced procedures, just as I do.

A drone big enough to deliver, say, a laptop on my driveway is big enough to kill my dog or the neighbor's kid. Until I know that little detail has been taken care of, you're damn right I have the right to impose such a requirement. Whine about the freedom of the open range all you like; we've come too far to go back to writing our rules in blood.

about three weeks ago
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Gameover ZeuS Re-Emerges As Fast-Fluxing Botnet

Deadstick Re:Just to be clear... (62 comments)

Well, as long as they don't go eyeliner...

about three weeks ago
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Airport Security will not allow to have discharged electronic device. What's nex

Deadstick Not new (2 comments)

They tried that for a while in the wake of 9/11, but the bootup time of Windows caused massive delays.

about three weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Deadstick Re:What if? (725 comments)

I'm sorry, but thanks to Richard Dawkins, atheism now has people going door to door trying to convert people. .

Where? All I get is Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and Baptists.

about three weeks ago
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Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

Deadstick Re:the NSA already thought of this. (104 comments)

Yes they do, but that description does not apply to the Greenpeace blimp anyway. It has both an engine and a propane burner.

about a month ago
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Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

Deadstick Re:How effective can the spying be? (104 comments)

What do you mean by "caught off guard?" Are you assuming that if they saw it coming, they'd shoot it down? Or would they maybe pull it over with a police blimp?

about a month ago

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