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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Deadstick Re:10000 feet (136 comments)

Air Traffic Control has some procedures for keeping airplanes from colliding with stationary objects. They've had practice on, y'know, mountains.

1 hour ago
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

Deadstick Re:1984 (136 comments)

I guess you missed 1980, when the first one went into service in the Florida Keys. Today they're all along the southern border and the Caribbean...this is just the first time one has been stationed farther north.

4 hours ago
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Touring A Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees Of GeForce-Powered Projection

Deadstick Forget the black boxes (2 comments)

...simulate keeping Norovirus away.

2 days ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

Deadstick Re:What a minute here!! (398 comments)

if you need a java developer who can speak both japanese, chinese, and english.

And who probably knows what "both" means...;-)

about two weeks ago
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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

Deadstick Re:How this differs from birds (325 comments)

And mostly piloted by experienced people

Yes.

dedicated to their hobby

Yes.

that typically keep in regular contact with air traffic control

No. They simply keep away from airports.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

Deadstick Re:When you copy even the typographical errors (96 comments)

When you copy even the typographical errors you have a problem.

Yeah, at least they could create their own, like the Commodore 64 "kernal"...

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Deadstick Re:Standard FBI followup (388 comments)

That be false. Look up jurisdiction under the UCMJ.

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Deadstick Re:Standard FBI followup (388 comments)

If the counterintel folks had an inkling that he might be vulnerable to selling out, then why the fuck didn't they simply REVOKE HIS SECURITY CLEARANCE!?!?!

Ooo! Ooo! I know! Because they can't revoke his memory and he'll still have the information available for sale?

about two weeks ago
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Man Caught Trying To Sell Plans For New Aircraft Carrier

Deadstick Re:Entrapment is lazy policing (388 comments)

No other country on earth would be interested in making a $12B, 100,000-ton aircraft carrier, but there are several who would love to know where its vulnerabilities are.

about two weeks ago
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Orion Capsule Safely Recovered, Complete With 12-Year-Old Computer Guts

Deadstick Re:These are real engineers, you Ruby weenies. (197 comments)

OK, Maj. English, here's a direct quote from Merriam-Webster:

: a person who has scientific training and who designs and builds complicated products, machines, systems, or structures : a person who specializes in a branch of engineering

: a person who runs or is in charge of an engine in an airplane, a ship, etc.

: a person who runs a train

In its original context it meant a maker of engines, from a Latin root meaning "invent".

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

Deadstick Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

At least those are pointed down at the track; the reflections aren't much of a hazard. But yes, if the train rolls over you, you may incur eye damage.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

Deadstick Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

It will also shoot out car windshields with pebbles and other loose objects. High-pressure air is a serious industrial safety concern.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Deadstick Re:tl;dr (312 comments)

You definitely don't enjoy books on composition or grammar.

about two weeks ago
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Kiva Systems Co-Founder: Drone Delivery Could Be As Low As 20 Cents Per Package

Deadstick Re:You fell for this two years in a row? (92 comments)

What possible use could a Luddite feature like "delivery" have?

If done with drones, it could enrich pediatricians and veterinarians...

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

Deadstick Re:obviously they should track the sun (327 comments)

Any time you move the panels out of close contact with the roof, you're accepting large wind loads. That means the supporting structure -- especially if it's movable -- has to be substantially sturdier.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Deadstick Re:Tort System (233 comments)

Well how about having the person act responsibly? No one forced any of the kids to play football

OK, so any high school kid over 18 should be free to play football.

about two weeks ago
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Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Deadstick Re:Here's an idea (233 comments)

The boxing glove did much the same thing. The human head is several pounds of thick bone, and the human hand is basically chicken drumsticks; a bare-knuckle boxer couldn't hit a man in the head very hard without breaking his fingers. The object was to hit the supraorbital ridges, opening cuts. The plentiful blood flow in the head assured that the opponent would be blinded by blood, and the fight was over. It also left him looking like the second-place winner in a knife fight, and public revulsion caused boxing bans in many jurisdictions.

The industry headed that off by inventing the boxing glove, which cut down on the lacerations. It also hardened the fist enough that a powerful man can deliver a maximum-effort blow. Result: boxing changed from a face-rearranging sport to a brain-damaging sport.

about two weeks ago

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