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Interview: Ask Forrest Mims About Rockets, Electronics, and Engineering

GeneralEmergency Yet Another Sincere Thank You... (120 comments)

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How does one adequately thank a person who provided exactly the right help and encouragement at exactly the right time in a young man's life resulting in a family supporting career and income? Even two wives (nobody's perfect) and daughter owe you a thank you.

While I have fond memories of a few key teachers in some classroom settings, I can firmly point to that Radio Shack purchase of my copy of your "Engineer's Notebook" in 1977 as the real start of my career in Electronics-to-Computers-to-SoftwareEngineering.

I suppose the obvious answer is "Pay it Forward". While I have recommended your books to techno-curious young people I have met over the years, what else can and should be done?

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about 9 months ago
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Is Europa Too Prickly To Land On?

GeneralEmergency Re: Hmmm... (140 comments)

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Make that 3 days prior then.

Plenty of time to refreeze and to lull the locals into thinking the danger has passed.

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about a year ago
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Is Europa Too Prickly To Land On?

GeneralEmergency Hmmm... (140 comments)

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I, for one, suggest a low altitude detonation of a low-yield thermo-nuclear device at any potential landing sites prior to the landing attempt.

This should glass over the LZ and let any locals know that papa's coming home and he's pissed.

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about a year ago
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DIY Space Suit Testing

GeneralEmergency Suddenly.... (37 comments)

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  . ...I actually feel bad for Darth Vader.

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about a year ago
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DOE Wants 5X Improvement In Batteries In 5 Years

GeneralEmergency So...? (305 comments)

. ...I want a pony. Betcha I get my wish first.

To think that there is not a HUGE amount of academic and commercial research in this area already is absurd. The previous 5 years has produced results that directly made a 10 hour iPad possible. If you want to spend tax dollars on this, make it an X-Prize like contest.

This plan, as laid out, smells like "Workfare for Scientists".

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about a year ago
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Judge Orders Man To Delete Revenge Blog

GeneralEmergency Re:I -do- think this order is un-constitutional. (590 comments)

"But hurtful speech directed against a private person is not going to get very much first amendment protection."

A "your speech was hurtful to me" standard for gutting another's First Amendment rights is as absurd as it is dangerous. Do I get to decide which published statements about me are "hurtful"? Can I seek a court order against you once I have deemed your opinions, written here in opposition to mine, are "Hurtful" to me?

Nowhere in TFA was it asserted that Libelous statements or direct threats of bodily harm had ever been published on the blog. There are no "Privacy" laws that make it a crime for one person to publish factual information about another (with the rather curious exception of "Loathsome Diseases" under Libel law). You have no legal right to absolute privacy.

It does not matter what the venue or media used is. WWW Blog or soapbox in the park, divulging information about another person that is non-libelous and lacks threats of bodily harm is simply not against the law and is well away from the First Amendment's slippery slope of censorship. Claims that the published speech constituted an "endangerment threat" are obviously overblown, threadbare and translate directly to hic et nunc liability for the pre-crime actions of unknown third parties in the future.

Yes, this guy is very likely a vindictive asshole, but that's never been against the law, has it?

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Orders Man To Delete Revenge Blog

GeneralEmergency I -do- think this order is un-constitutional. (590 comments)

Unpopular, despicable and even odious speech is protected constitutionally and this fellow is entitled to write whatever he cares to and publish it in whatever manner he sees fit, be it internet blog, book or clay tablets.

Now where the Judge -does- has specific powers to help this woman out is in limiting this fellows -contact actions- that are specifically targeted at this woman and her friends, family and co-workers. He does not publish the blog -at- anyone. He publishes it for everyone. Emails, notes and letters sent to specific individuals is not publishing, it is direct communication which he can be ordered to cease without violating his fundamental constitutional right to free speech.

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more than 2 years ago
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Why Fingernails On a Chalkboard Sound Painful

GeneralEmergency 2000 to 4000 Hertz? (176 comments)

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Ah, yes. Very familiar with that range.

The "Ex-Wife" frequencies.

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more than 2 years ago
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Time Zone Database Has New Home After Lawsuit

GeneralEmergency Slightly off-topic but... (238 comments)

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When are we going to start burning all the Astrologists as Witches?

This lawsuit would seem to be ample provocation.

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more than 2 years ago
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Cop Seeks Wiretapping Charges For Woman Who Videotaped Beating

GeneralEmergency Re:Ppl are doing this wrong. (662 comments)

"Here in America we have the corrupt neo-cons/tea*, the corrupt DAs and the corrupt police that support these kinds of actions"

I can't tell you distressing and frankly offensive I found this sentence to be.

As politically conservative as they come, and a proud Taxed Enough Already activist, I deeply believe in the bedrock value of the "Rule of Law" and insist that the U.S Constitution be recognized and upheld as the highest law of the land at all levels of government.

Police Officers who cannot embrace or be trusted with the truth (like a video of their own actions) should find themselves permanently unemployable in any law enforcement capacity as they clearly have forgotten that in their roles as Police Officers, they are servants and protectors of the People, not overlords.

more than 3 years ago
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Former Truck Driver Reconstructs A-bomb

GeneralEmergency I bought John's book a few years ago... (332 comments)

...and it is a f-a-c-i-n-a-t-i-n-g read.

Probably one of the most interesting items in the book was about the first "weaponeer", a fellow who was present at the Trinity, Hiroshima and Nagasaki detonations charged with assembling, testing and arming the devices.

Truly, a special place in history for that guy.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Goes After GodHatesFags.com

GeneralEmergency I don't normally condone vigilantism.... (744 comments)

...and I cherish the First Amendment above all the others.... ...but just this once....I'm gonna be spending all my time looking in another direction.

And -Damn you to Hell- Fred Phelps, and your inbred collection of Olympic class haters, for pushing me to this hypocrisy.

more than 3 years ago
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Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You

GeneralEmergency Obligatory... (312 comments)

Eh...It's a living.

more than 3 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

GeneralEmergency Re:The suspect is a looney.. (2166 comments)

I agree wholeheartedly.

To say that the genuinely mentally ill can "hold" on to political point of view and faithfully (or rationally) express it is to totally disregard their fundamental inability to grasp reality.

It is a contradiction of epic proportions.

Put down your political axes in need of grinding. There is noting to see here but society's inability to detect and secure "crazy-dangerous" people.

Move along now.

more than 3 years ago
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A Mind Made From Memristors

GeneralEmergency Re:Maybe they can implant one in Sarah Palin? (320 comments)

Brave little rts0008/boy/girl/whatever...

Brave enough to type screedish little schoolyard insults that you would not have the courage to say directly to her, her husband's, or likely even to my face.

What is with you libs that makes you froth at the mouth and spit invectives at anyone in the public arena that even comes -close- to appearing to be an honest, decent parental/leader/mentor figure? Is is just anyone who resembles your parents? Or were your parents un-caring jerks and this is your way at getting back at anyone who looks like a "real" parent for not being your parent?

Help me out here. I'm trying to understand -why- you feel the need to be needlessly and unwarrantably rude and insulting to somebody that you have never met and likely have not done much reading about in all honesty. Is this simply a case pack-dog behavior?

Please explain your internal motivations to me.

Or...you could just do what (hopefully) your mother taught you to do as a child and that is to remember before you write nasty drivel like this, "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all".

If you have a problem with Governor Palin's idea's and political views, I encourage, nay welcome, your commentary and debate on those -ideas-, but assuming you're an adult, let's agree to leave the name calling to the local schoolchildren.

Just because this is the internet, doesn't mean that manners don't apply here.

more than 3 years ago
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Would You Take a One-Way Ticket To Mars?

GeneralEmergency Re:Compared to Mars, Antarctica is a garden (561 comments)

Gravity is not the big problem with Mars.

The lack of a molten iron core dynamo producing a real magnetic field is the killer. The magnetic field produced by the Earth's core prevents DNA from getting sliced up like you're at Benihana's.

Terra-forming Venus would be easier.

more than 3 years ago
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Democrats Pan Google-Verizon Net Neutrality Proposal

GeneralEmergency Re:Wait... (156 comments)

Not just -somebody-, but the evil, maniacal, Federal Government (with spending growing at close to 20% a year).

If you let them, they'll take away a few more of those pesky freedoms or yours, and then have the gall to send you a non-contestable tax bill for their trouble.

Non-Local Government is the -Ultimate Monopoly-.

more than 4 years ago

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Karma-Whore Secrets Revealed

GeneralEmergency GeneralEmergency writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Liberal use of third grader giggle humor words such as pee-pee, wee-wee and poo-poo work magic on slash-dot moderators. One possible explanation as to why this works is that /. moderators are likely recruited from day care centers and kindergartens just after nap-time.

Be funny. I know thats an easy thing to say and much harder to do, but practice this and in about thirty years, you can be Karma-Whoring with the best of them.

Brevity, clarity and complete sentences is always

Pop culture references, such as Simpsons quotes, are always welcome posts. On-topic and appropriate quotes will cause /. moderators to wet (er, excuse me, wee-wee) themselves.

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GeneralEmergency GeneralEmergency writes  |  more than 10 years ago

..."No Journal Entries" on my user page so...uhhh...here's a journal entry.

5:30 - Woke up.
8:30 - Went to work.
12:00 - Went to lunch.
6:00 - Went home.
7:00 - Rinsed. Waiting to repeat.

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