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Radical Dual Tilting Blade Helicopter Design Targets Speeds of Over 270mph

Loether Re:redundant aircraft (103 comments)

Agreed the V-2 Osprey is faster max 316 mph and they would overlap quite a bit. The niche this could possibly fill would be as a replacement for a stealth black-hawk. Hopefully more maneuverable than the osprey in hover mode and much faster than the blackhawk's top horizontal speed.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?

Loether Re:Put it on a disc (208 comments)

(As an example, put the disc in a DVD or Blu-ray case behind another one with a movie on it.)

It's funny, I do the exact opposite, I hide selected movies behind CD's labeled "Finance Data."

about 3 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Loether Re:Its called paying attention (364 comments)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

I Learned something new today. I had never heard of a "Michigan Left". It does seem like it would be safer for pedestrians and allow for a longer green light. The drawback being that to make a left turn you must first make one right turn going the wrong direction, change lanes to the left and then make a u-turn. I think I would find myself planning my route to avoid left turns if possible.

about 6 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Loether Re:Victoria (364 comments)

Agreed, in Houston, I often look ahead to see the crosswalk timer to decide if I need to speed up to make the green or slow down because I won't make the green. As a manual transmission driver I find I pay more attention to things like that in an attempt to minimize coming to a complete stop.

about 6 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Loether Re:More BS from the group that brings you BS (987 comments)

Not sure how many of these are reachable behind the WSJ paywall. But I find it interesting how the WSJ publishes climate change minimizing articles in there "opinion" section and promotes them heavily on their site. At the same time also has excellent well written articles not as easy to find on the climate change in there hard news section.

Opinion piece attempting to poison the well before the report was released.
http://online.wsj.com/news/art...

Fact based real reporting article published today.
http://online.wsj.com/news/art...

about 6 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Loether Re:Irreversible? (987 comments)

You can go to the bottom of the report page 38 for a chart and review the differences in the between a "low emission mitigation scenario" RCP 2.6 (one that we try to help the problem) and a high emission scenario (where we keep on keepin on.) RCP 8.5.

While temps go up for both, the mitigation scenario leads to a much more livable planet, closer to the one we live in today. the difference between scenarios is stark, an average of 3C difference by 2100. Children born today could easily live to see 2100, they would be 86 years old. So for me in Houston TX that means a hot summer day that was 100F will be 105.5F. The mitigation scenario could reverse the warming trend as early as 2050. You are correct that even the best case scenario doesn't allow for a return to current temperatures by 2100. In my mind the question is how long until we realize we our saving our own skins and make some hard decisions. Everybody want's a livable planet, but nobody want's to be the first to make the sacrifice.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

Loether Re:You were not hired to finish the project (308 comments)

As a contractor, your job is to make the project work. If you can make an employee look good, all the better. As far as your concern for misplaced congratulations... I quote Don Draper, "That's what the money is for!"

about 8 months ago
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Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

Loether Re:In the kitchen (547 comments)

Yeah. I bet he was the only one (or a very few) at the time on Harvard's wifi and TOR. Then some good old fashioned police work, by telling the suspect some well crafted white lies closed the case. ie (we know what you did, sign this confession and make your life easier.) Unless I missed it, the court document never said they traced the specific message to him. Just him to TOR and TOR to the email. Then he admitted to it. At any rate, I'm glad they caught him. There are easier ways to avoid taking a test.

about 9 months ago
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NASA Will Send Seeds to the Moon In 2015

Loether Perhaps send a small animal as well. (92 comments)

I wonder if they sent a mouse or appropriate sized o2 to co2 animal how long the seeds could grow. I guess you'd also need a heater to keep the mouse alive in the cold of space. They could send a little bit of radioactive material to help regulate the temp. It just seems a shame to go all the way to the moon for a 5 day experiment.

about 10 months ago
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Tom Clancy Is Dead At 66

Loether Re:We lost a good one here. (236 comments)

Couldn't agree more on the co-Authored books sucking. Talk about the definition of sell out. I love Tom Clancy and I have most of the "co-authored books" I got them as gifts from well meaning family. I don't even consider them TC books.

Cardinal in the Kremlin is one of my favorites. I love the old soviets for bad guys and space lasers whats not to like.

about a year ago
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Scientists Recover Wooly Mammoth Blood

Loether Re:Eat it, Charlie Sheen (190 comments)

Funny, it tastes an awful lot like a normal free range elephant.

about a year ago
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Star Wars Episode 4 To Be Dubbed In Navajo

Loether Disney PR opportunity. (155 comments)

I think it's a great idea, although I would have chosen Empire. But after seeing and hearing the bluray quality of the remastered ep4 I hope they use the new remastered bluray audio. Heck I know every line from that movie backwards and forward from my misspent youth, I could probably still enjoy the film in Navaho. I sometimes enjoy watching it in foreign languages. If you watch the bluray in a non English language the initial crawl text is in that language, not just subtitled, but the actual crawl is in the foreign language. It would be good publicity for Lucasfilm / Disney to take the Navaho text and run it through their crawl macro for free. Lucasfilm used to be super touchy about this sort of thing, maybe Disney could be more magnanimous.

about a year ago
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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Loether Re:Don't hate the player. (716 comments)

As another user replied to me, I was wrong when I asserted the first line about "companies legally and ethical responsibility". However I still think my conclusion stands that any company should do what it can under the law to not pay taxes it doesn't owe.

I know if i have a deduction that I can legally take on my own taxes I don't even consider for a second whether or not it's a good deduction for the country, I just say the law says I can take it, so I take it. I don't feel good or bad about it, I didn't write the law.

Today congress said Apple had broken no law and under oath Tim Cook said he believed Apple acted ethically.

>What about legal and ethical responsibilities to employees, customers, community, and environment?
Companies are there to make money. Full stop. Those other things only come into it when it's in the company's best interest, (Which I think it often is.) Charities are there to help with those other things, and for there selflessness, they don't have to pay federal tax.

about a year ago
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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Loether Re:Don't hate the player. (716 comments)

Japan's economy also has some really horrific problems when downturns happen the 90s and the 00s. In the US we lay people off quickly and the economy tends to recover much quicker vs japan. Our workforce is mobile and often times moves from a part of the country with no jobs to an area with more jobs. In Japan as you point out the companies tend to keep the people employed longer and drag the whole economy down for decades at a time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Decade_(Japan)

I would argue the differences in the US and Japanese economy are due to a multitude of factors the least of which is the country's tax policy and the corporations methods to reduce that liability.

The best solution in my mind is not to blame company's following the law but instead blame our government for the poor tax laws and loopholes. It is not hard to write laws without loopholes, a simpler tax code could give all companies an equal footing and reduce these types of issues. Unfortunately *Passing* such tax reform into law doesn't seem to be coming anytime soon.

about a year ago
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Web of Tax Shelters Saved Apple Billions, Inquiry Finds

Loether Don't hate the player. (716 comments)

Agreed, Companies are legally and ethically responsible to their shareholders to maximize the bottom line. If any company does not do everything they can to minimize their tax liability "legally" then, not only are they are at a distinct disadvantage to other companies, they are also not taking care of their (owners/shareholders). Even if the shareholders don't have the board of directors ousted, in the long run, they will lose out to competition, and eventually go under, or get bought out by a company with a better tax team.

about a year ago
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In Germany, Offensive Autocomplete Is No Laughing Matter

Loether Re:Good to know (200 comments)

Germany already has many anti nazi laws in place. For example holocaust denial is verboten. Google has removed many neo nazi and old style nazi sites for Germany.

about a year ago
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World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

Loether Re:Happens All the Time (182 comments)

In my mind, the question is, did he use more than one negative to create the image, or cloning or additions? I agree, the simplest way to put the discussion to bed is for him to produce the original raw file. He claims he used one negative and no cloning. He is either telling the truth or he is lying. The practice he *claims* to have done is valid and accepted by all photojornalist and more importantly the awards rules. FWIW, As an amateur photographer myself, I would not consider what he *claims* to have done to be wrong.

The photojornalist's claim:

"In the post-process toning and balancing of the uneven light in the alleyway, I developed the raw file with different density to use the natural light instead of dodging and burning. In effect to recreate what the eye sees and get a larger dynamic range."

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/technology/photographer-says-his-2013-world-press-photo-of-the-year-is-not-a-fake/story-e6frfro0-1226642304141#ixzz2THb8ihps

If I were him I would post the original, and the post-production images side by side. It would be very easy for him to do.

about a year ago
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World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

Loether Re:Happens All the Time (182 comments)

I take your point, However, I don't see a better alternative. Without photojournalists showing the horrors of tragic events what does that leave, Only writers are allowed to tell the story's without photos? Or, perhaps discussing tragedies in any form is bad? I personally think we need more photo journalist willing to go to the battlefields and in the case of the photo Gaza city so that more civilized people like you and me can sit at our computers and have a debate about whether or not what they are doing (taking photos of emotional, bloody events) is worthy or not. That way I don't have to get physically dirty.

about a year ago
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Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants

Loether Re:Third-party nominations? (355 comments)

First to mars or last, I'd still love to go. I love travel and it's been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember to go to space. I can't think of a more exciting place to travel than Mars. Even if I was not the first person to set foot on Mars. Just for the ability to see Earth from orbit, I'd go all the way to Mars. After seeing Earth from orbit, the rest is just gravy. Sure you might never make it back, but most people never have a chance to complete a lifelong crazy dream. Sign me up! So long cruel world.

about a year ago
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Pentagon Ups Hacking Accusations Against China

Loether Re:why did sensitive networks get connected at all (151 comments)

True, the user is always the weakest link.

  "Oh I just found a shiny thumb drive in the parking lot... I know, I'll plug it in to the PC I use to monitor the centrifuges."

It's not hard to envision a government employee/military worker/civilian contractor here doing the same thing.

about a year ago

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The Net Neutrality Battle Has Been Lost

Loether Loether writes  |  about 9 months ago

Loether (769074) writes "The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals just issued its long-awaited decision striking down the FCC’s network neutrality rule. This is the second time in four years that this court struck down the FCC’s attempt to adopt a network neutrality rule."
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The Future of Space Sports

Loether Loether writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Loether writes "Space.com has a fun article about how astronauts aboard the ISS play 'sports' in Zero G. It talks about learning how to throw in a straight line instead of the arc we all take for granted, relay races, and using large water filled bags as medicine balls. The astronauts also put out a request for new ideas for space sports. So how about it slashdot, got any ideas?"
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