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Using Fusion To Propel an Interstellar Probe

MadnessASAP Re:Timing? (155 comments)

We can build lasers that can hit supersonic missiles moving erratically at 10 km from an aircraft, I think hitting a slow moving projectile from less then 100m is the least of this projects worries.

more than 3 years ago
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Using Fusion To Propel an Interstellar Probe

MadnessASAP Re:Physics our Enemy (155 comments)

Unlikely, clouds of interstellar dust several light years across tend to get noticed, especially if they're that close.

more than 3 years ago
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12-Year-Old Rewrites Einstein's Theory of Relativity

MadnessASAP Re:Primary Source (588 comments)

So if I compared your C code from now to your C code from the week after you first learned how to program C, they would look the same? If so god have mercy on your employer.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?

MadnessASAP Re:Just use the hardware you have (898 comments)

Yeah, and we all have functioning copies of windows too. How many hours did you spend hunting down dubious activation hacks to get yours working? How long did they last before you had to do it again?

more than 3 years ago
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MS Removes HTTPS From Hotmail For Troubled Nations

MadnessASAP Re:Easy to remedy (147 comments)

I believe the point he's trying to make is that anonymity/security on the internet, especially in a hostile country, is a very hard thing to accomplish and is best left to people who now what they are doing. By all means grandma can send and receive emails about recipes and photos of grandkids to her hearts content and nobody will break down her door for it HTTPS or not, but when grandma starts planning a revolution she better not be assuming that she'll be safe and secure on the internet and if she can't assure herself of that then maybe she shouldn't be risking her life.

more than 3 years ago
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Intelsat To Start Refueling Satellites In Orbit

MadnessASAP Re:Why do they need fuel? (79 comments)

There isn't much, but there is still the occasional molecule bumping around( Even between galaxies the density ranges between 1 atom per cubic centimeter to 1 atom per cubic meter), add solar winds, the moon, slight variations in gravitational pull because the earth is unfortunately not a perfect sphere of uniform density, let's through in the galactic core for good measure since hey gravity goes to infinity. Oh and were not perfect at putting satellites into orbit so they may slowly drift into each other because one may be a 1' higher then the other and were left with a need to occasionally bump them around here and there.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Worker Falls To His Death On Launch Pad

MadnessASAP Re:Well... (202 comments)

Sounds like one of those sentences is backwards.
A two story drop is completely survivable (so you shouldn't fear it).
Falling from the CN tower is sure to kill you.

Sounds like you have a fear of landing at survivable but painful speeds.

FTFY

Protip: If falling at terminal velocity be sure to orient yourself with your head facing down so as to ensure that your last conscious though wont be feeling your femur going through your lungs.

more than 3 years ago
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Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

MadnessASAP Re:C programming language, not mathematical notati (322 comments)

So am I, in C '==' is used to compare two different objects it does not actually define either of them, '=' on the other hand does.

more than 3 years ago
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Chandrayaan-1 Spots Giant Underground Chamber On the Moon

MadnessASAP Re:Lava Tube (322 comments)

Sorry to be outrageously pedantic but this has always bugged me, '==' represent a query not a statement it's like saying 'is a chamber filled with debris equal to no chamber at all' vs. using '=' which would be 'a chamber filled with debris is equal to no chamber'.

As for the actual substance of your post I would assume that it will be much easier to empty out a chamber filled with crap rather then construct a chamber from scratch. The only argument I can see is if it's actually worthwhile to use a subterranean base, perhaps prefab buildings on the surface is the way to go.

more than 3 years ago
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The Outfall of a Helium-3 Crisis

MadnessASAP Re:Free market (185 comments)

Not to deny the effectiveness of that technique but I had a collapsed lung a year ago and it showed up on X-Ray without and He3, granted it was rather faint but I guess it all depends on what you're looking for.

more than 3 years ago
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The Outfall of a Helium-3 Crisis

MadnessASAP Re:Free market (185 comments)

Fine you pedantic cock, Humans > (The set of all animals excluding humans)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Says Honeycomb Will Not Come To Smartphones

MadnessASAP Re:Apple can do it... (193 comments)

Bet you it wont, Honeycomb is still going to have the Dalvik VM and will still run all the old Android apps.

more than 3 years ago
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Bing Is Cheating, Copying Google Search Results

MadnessASAP Re:Cheating? (693 comments)

Essentially, yes. The Google engineers believe the reporting is happening within IE Suggested Sites or the Bing Toolbar, both of which EULAs say that they report back to Microsoft.

more than 3 years ago
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Molybdenite As an Alternative To Silicon

MadnessASAP Re:Let me just say (169 comments)

You're doing some freaky ass computing if all the transistors in your CPU are active at the same time.

more than 3 years ago
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Laser Incidents With Aircraft On the Rise

MadnessASAP Re:Only pilots who are pussies (546 comments)

Doesn't need to be a steady beam, with a powerful laser it just takes a fraction of a second to dazzle a pilot and force him to abort a landing. I work at an airport and have flown in the cockpit enough times to tell you that landings are sketchy enough without some jackass on the ground trying to distract you. Fortunately the things are run in a modern cockpit makes switching command and aborting landing a fairly simple task, nevertheless it's just a matter of time before a pilot gets a laser in the eye twitches his hand 50' off the ground and noses the bastard right into the dirt.

more than 3 years ago
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Which Shipping Company Is Kindest To Your Packages?

MadnessASAP Re:TSA (480 comments)

I currently work for a Canadian shipping company that handles UPS, Purolator, DHL and a bit of FedEx air freight across the country and I can tell you at 4 AM outside in the cold and rain after the 4000th 50lb supposedly fragile package it's REALLY hard to give a flying(get it? 'cause it's air freight) fuck about your shipment. And of course as they say in the article, express shipping (read: air freight) is expensive, to keep a reasonable profit margin sacrifices have to be made and so that although 1 in 1000 might get damaged the other 999 make it to their destination on time and in one piece.

about 4 years ago
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GNU/Linux and Enlightenment Running On a Fridge

MadnessASAP Re:Interesting use of Linux (222 comments)

The hell an icebox didn't carry it's design task perfectly, an icebox was designed to keep items cool and fresh so long as it's provided with a regular supply of ice, which was available year round via delivery, a fridge is designed to keep items cool and fresh so long as it's provided with a regular supply of electricity. This new fancy fridge is designed to keep items cool and fresh AND provide an in kitchen computer interface to various applications so long as it's prerequisites are met and I'm sure that it will carry out said task perfectly (or as close to perfect as can be reasonably achieved).

Do not assume that just because you cannot imagine a future world or do not like the future world you imagine, that everyone else is equally handicapped.

about 4 years ago
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GNU/Linux and Enlightenment Running On a Fridge

MadnessASAP Re:Much as I love Linux .... (222 comments)

Yeah, who buys vegetables? Now steak & beer, that's a whole different story.

about 4 years ago
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GNU/Linux and Enlightenment Running On a Fridge

MadnessASAP Re:Interesting use of Linux (222 comments)

Whats a Fridge? By the sounds of the previous comments it sounds like my icebox, you know the thing that I put the big block of ice in to keep my food cold for a few weeks? Dunno about this whole fridge thing, sounds kinda flaky and unnecessary I mean you can't go wrong with an icebox can you? It's a box with a bit of ice. Nice, easy simple. And well we're on the subject you can keep your electricity and indoor plumbing, who wants to live in a house that can spontaneously catch fire or flood? Not me that's for sure.

about 4 years ago
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NASA Announces Discovery of 30-Year-Old Black Hole

MadnessASAP Re:Because everyone else will say it too... (195 comments)

It all depends on your frame of reference doesn't it, and in the absence of an absolute universal reference I shall accept earths as a reasonable and practical substitute. And seeing as from earth that black hole is 30 years old thats the age I'll accept, anything else is pointless pedantry.

more than 4 years ago

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