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SpaceShipTwo Flies Free For the First Time

Igmuth Re:This is how train and air travel began, too. (164 comments)

Umm.. yes it would be a lot harder, and take a lot more fuel to stay up for longer. They are only hitting 65mi AGL. That's technically in space, but just barely (either 62 or 50 miles depending on who's counting). To stay up for an hour or so, they would have to reach something near Low Earth Orbit (LEO). For reference, the ISS is in LEO, and it takes ~90 minutes to complete one orbit. It's orbiting at an altitude of 190mi. Besides, weightless is a rather misleading term. Gravity is still pulling them down at nearly the same rate as it is on the ground (minus a percent or so). They are just falling (decelerating) at the same rate as the craft, and hence have no apparent weight,

more than 4 years ago

Online Shopping May Actually Increase Pollution

Igmuth Re:ultimate low impact (410 comments)

Building the space elevator out of human bodies. I'm intrigued.

more than 4 years ago

Tennessee Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats

Igmuth Re:public safety should never be a revenue source (567 comments)

But, if someone is tailgating you, and you stop for the red and rear ended, that's their fault, and their insurance can pay. I'd rather go that route than risk running the light. (In which case damages would be my fault)

more than 4 years ago

Aral Sea May Recover; Dead Sea Needs a Lifeline

Igmuth Re:Recover is a subjective word (131 comments)

What, the .1% of the US land mass that is west of the fault? How is that even comparable?

more than 4 years ago

Tsunami Warning From Space?

Igmuth Re:Unmanned Warning System (351 comments)

Wait a damn second here. You are against warning people about tsunamis because some might use it as a chance for looting? Personally, if there is a giant wall of watery death heading my way, I'd like to know about it. If some moron decides to stay behind to grab my stuff, I'll the aforementioned wall of watery death deal with him, wash away all evidence, including the moron himself.

more than 4 years ago

Toyota's Engineering Process and the General Public

Igmuth Re:Little attention was given. Read Consumer Repor (345 comments)

But people have 'known' that most cars made by the big 3 sucked for decades. All of the various imports have been trumpeting their safety and reliability as a major selling point. (And importantly people accepted it as true). When a car manufacturer in that position starts have issues people are more likely to notice.

more than 4 years ago

Recession Turning Software Auditors Into Greedy Traffic Cops

Igmuth Re:Greedy traffic cops? (307 comments)

Well, that would only be true if "greedy" also implied "traffic cop". I mean, calling something a "cat" implies that it is a "mammal". The opposite is not true. (Even if one of my coworkers disagrees)

about 5 years ago

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight

Igmuth Re:Ooooh... Intercontinental (140 comments)

I'm always confused as to how people can consider the isthmus of Panama to not be enough to separate the Americas into two continents, but at the same time the Suez isthmus is twice as wide, but yet makes Africa a separate continent.

more than 5 years ago

Real-Time Keyloggers

Igmuth Re:The problem is service provider sloppyness (205 comments)

How does this provide any security? All the fake site needs to do is get the picture from the BoA site. (Heck a well written script could cause your machine to do it for them.) Once that happens you are no better off than you were before, and likely worse (Since you are training people to assume that "picture means legit", instead of other more secure methods.

more than 5 years ago

Space Is Just a Little Bit Closer Than Expected

Igmuth Re:Mars (130 comments)

I hear Mars might become a substitute for Earth in the future. That could really impact the value of your Earth and depreciate the assets in your non-diversified Earth portfolio.

So, the only logical response that I can see is blow up Mars. It will also teach that damn Marvin a lesson. "Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be a mars-shattering kaboom!"

more than 6 years ago

Study Confirms Mobile Phones Distract Drivers

Igmuth Re:Cost of Convenience? (439 comments)

What I'd really like is for drivers to be taught how to deal with distractions. Distractions should actually be part of the training (once the basics are mastered) and part of the driving test.

Forget testing about dealing with distractions, the US needs to start testing basic driving ability.

more than 6 years ago

Boycott Novell Protesters Manhandled In India

Igmuth Re:Alternative Viewpoint (360 comments)

If participants or protestors won't shut up and keep disrupting the event, they should get kicked out by security.

Why don't you read what actually happened instead of making up your own version and commenting about it?

From what I can tell, all the protestors did was put up flyers and banners. The Novell reps then told the organizers that the organizers would not be getting their sponsor money if the banners and flyers remained up. The organizers then demanded that the protestors take them down; the protestors refused. The organizers then decided to call the cops and forcibly remove the protestors, the banners, and any visual documentation of their actions.

So, basically the protesters disrupted the event and got the cops called when they refused to stop?

more than 6 years ago

Where Have All the Pagers Gone?

Igmuth From Google Sponsored Links (584 comments)


Along with a few dozen other companies dedicated to this service. It's one thing if finding the answer takes some serious searching, but this is just silly.

more than 6 years ago



Igmuth Igmuth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Igmuth (146229) writes "According to an article in Yahoo News,

The 'How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act' would ban incandescent lightbulbs by 2012 in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescent lightbulbs. 'Incandescent lightbulbs were first developed almost 125 years ago, and since that time they have undergone no major modifications,' California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine said on Tuesday. 'Meanwhile, they remain incredibly inefficient, converting only about 5 percent of the energy they receive into light.'


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