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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Nidi62 Re:Should Allah be translated to God? (872 comments)

We definitely don't translate names like "Abdullah" to "Abdugod."

Because that would be translating only half the name. If you want to be correct, Abdullah would translate to "servant of God". You wouldn't translate the last name "Godwin" to "Allahwin", would you?

3 days ago
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Army Building an Airport Just For Drones

Nidi62 Re:no thank you sir! (48 comments)

Most "drones" available to the average civilian have about as much functionality as an RC place with a GoPro attached. You aren't going to have flocks of the things suddenly falling out of the sky landing on peoples heads and cars.

about a week ago
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Army Building an Airport Just For Drones

Nidi62 Re:too expensive (48 comments)

You need shelter for the aircraft (hangars), storage for fuel and other consumables (ammunition, film/data storage, etc), repair facilities and their associated storage requirements, facilities for the personnel assigned to the base (at the very least breakrooms and bathrooms, not to mention workspaces and command/control facilities, and probably housing as well-which comes with its own needs), a control tower with both visual and equipment navigation, and of course security personnel and the related infrastructure needed to secure and patrol a secure-access facility. I don't think 10 grand and an old KMart would be able to supply all of those things.

about a week ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Nidi62 Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

won't need to be on the grid here

Don't worry, they'll almost certainly add being connected to the grid to be a mandatory part of the housing code or something.

The local trash monopoly did something similar. Trash service is about $60 a month,

That alone is ridiculous. Where I live, I pay about $9.50 a month, and that includes trash, recyclables, and lawn clippings within reason.

about two weeks ago
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Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

Nidi62 Re:In Reverse (75 comments)

I actually suspect that the majority of life - and intelligent life - in the universe is probably ocean-based. If ever space aliens visit us, unlike the movies, I suspect their spaceships may be more likely to be like sealed aquariums than an air-breathing setup. I've never seen this idea reflected in science fiction though.

In the later books of the Lost Fleet series, they come across an alien race that is aquatic, with ships that are much more maneuverable than human ships. They theorized that the ships were in fact filled with water which allowed them to make more radical movements.

about a month ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Nidi62 Re:Delicious (445 comments)

I am filled with a deep sense of schadenfreude as I watch the US drive itself into the ground.

At some point the Republicans and Democrats got the strange idea in their heads that the last party in charge before the country collapses wins.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Nidi62 Re:Lock-em down (698 comments)

I am unimpressed. Call me when they tied the detectors into a system that mag-locks the doors and windows shut to confine the shooter in one location.

Sucks to be the students and teacher in the same room as the shooter when that happens.

about a month ago
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'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

Nidi62 Re:My predictions (267 comments)

When, exactly, did Vader ever see either of the droids in the original trilogy?

C3PO was in the bag on the back of Chewbacca while Vader and Boba Fett were having Solo frozen in carbonite in Cloud City. So Vader saw him there. And could possibly have seen him in A New Hope after Ben died. Seeing as how C3PO is apparently the only gold protocol droid in the galaxy, Vader would have recognized him easily.

about a month and a half ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

Nidi62 Re:Should be sent.... (349 comments)

...to live in very close quarters.....politicians.

I dont think Ebola has any effect on bacteria

about a month and a half ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

Nidi62 Re:A bit???? (168 comments)

And, it's not like you can opt out .. unless you simply don't fly.

...if you have a phone with Wi-Fi enabled

You could always just, you know, turn off wifi on your phone.

about 2 months ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

Nidi62 Re:College admissions is not a life-value system (389 comments)

You can go through life with just vocational training an certification with a nice paying job. Just keep in mind you will be the first to get axed and vs the low experienced degree'd person.

I work with people making over 50K a year, 40 hours a week, available overtime, 4-5 weeks paid vacation, annual profit sharing, and fairly regular raises, and best of all job security, all with only requiring a high school degree. To me that sounds a lot better than making 60-70k while working 50+ hours a week and not knowing when your job is going to be outsourced and finding yourself unemployed.

If you want job security, manual labor is exactly what you want. Plumbing, mechanic, welding, etc; all of these are jobs that require people on site, and require levels of competence and skill that preclude both offshoring and outsourcing. Managers with an MBA are a dime a dozen. A skilled mechanic with an A&P is a lot harder to replace.

about 2 months ago
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Nearly 2,000 Chicago Flights Canceled After Worker Sets Fire At Radar Center

Nidi62 Re:what a difference a day makes (223 comments)

The people you're talking about go through a ton of screening before being allowed onto an aircraft.

As someone who works at an airport, no, they don't.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

Nidi62 Re:I bet Putin couldn't go to the moon (197 comments)

I bet Vladimir Putin isn't man enough to leave next month and travel to the moon, then plant the Russian flag on the surface of it.

Wouldn't work. When they show the picture of him planting that flag on the moon while not wearing a shirt everyone will know it was photoshopped.

about 3 months ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

Nidi62 Re:hahaha (155 comments)

I had a friend who worked in the finance dept of a car dealership. People would spend 2 hours trying to wangle the best possible deal from the salesman, beat him down, get free floor mats, whatever. Then they would walk into my friends office. How does $400 a month sound for payments? OK sure. And in 2 seconds they would agree to a loan at 12% where the banks would have given them 5%. And the dealer would earn an extra $3k on the car loan.

I went into a dealer just about 3 weeks ago, told the salesman I wanted a new car, was trading in my truck, and wanted to spend no more than $130 a month over 3 years. He almost fainted and then basically called me crazy. The sales manager even tried to get me to lease a car instead of buying. Ended up walking out of there with a new car(end of the model year) for $125 a month for 3 years with $10,300 trade in on my truck (KBB value around $9900 and needed about $2k worth of work-not including some cosmetic body work) and $2k down. Think I end up paying about $300 in interest if I take all 3 years, but plan to pay it off sooner. I save more in gas than my monthly payments cost. The trick was knowing what we wanted and refusing to budge from it.

about 3 months ago
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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

Nidi62 Re:Eh... (196 comments)

Why would any intelligent creature want anything to do with us?

because we have Elvis and Beethoven, and they don't.

I thought the aliens already got Elvis.....

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Nidi62 Re:The seats get smaller, while the average person (819 comments)

How about some shareholders agreeing to make slightly less profit on their investments

Airlines are already notoriously bad investments.

Delta's stock price has increased 400% since 2009. That's 5 years. Still sure about "notoriously bad investment"?

about 3 months ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

Nidi62 Re:Theft is not piracy (448 comments)

"pirated" is not the verb you want there, it's "stolen". To equate piracy with theft is purely political and thus retarded and dilutes the meaning of both words.

You wouldn't download a tank......

Why yes, yes I would

about 3 months ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

Nidi62 Silver lining (212 comments)

Since a lot of hog hunts are done at night, the slight glow should make the boars a lot easier to see

about 4 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Nidi62 Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Assuming that you are implying American boots/bombs on the ground in the Ukraine, are you crazy? I mean seriously. Are you?

We could send in the Germans, but we should probably wait until after the winter to do that.

about 4 months ago

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GAO Sting Finds More Fake Military Parts From China

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "The GAO, through a fictitious company, recently requisitioned parts from China in order to determine if the Chinese government was living up to its promises of battling counterfiet parts. The report from the GAO found that "
334 of 396 vendors who offered to sell parts to the fictitious company were from China" and that "
all 16 parts eventually purchased by the fake company came from 13 China-based vendors and all were determined by an independent testing laboratory to be counterfeit." The parts requested were supposedly for use in F-15s, MV-22 Ospreys, and nuclear submarines, and were asked to be new parts. It also says that over the past 3 years, over 1 million counterfeit parts have been found to have come from Chinese companies. This stands in sharp contrast to the Chinese government's promise to clamp down on the production of counterfeit parts in China"

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Michael Bay to remake TMNT as aliens.

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "We all know that Michael Bay loves to put 86 minutes of explosions into a 90 minute movie. But it appears that he has found a new way to screw up a movie. He is directing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot in which the turtles are not created with ooze, but rather are "from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable." There is no word yet on whether or not he is consulting with George Lucas on how to totally destroy the origin and essence of a classic story."
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University Copyright Case About To Go To Trial

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "A Duke University blog covers the possible ramifications of the latest motion in the copyright case against Georgia State University. Cambrigde, Oxford, and Sage have proposed an injunction that would first enjoin GSU to include all faculty, employees, students. All copying would have to be monitored and limited to 10% of a work or 1000 words, whichever is less. No two classes would be allowed to use the same copied work unless they paid for it, essentially taking fair use out of the classroom. Along with this, courses would be allowed to be made up of only 10% copied material, the other 90% must be either purchased works or copies that have been paid for by permission fees. And, if this isn't enough, the publishers also want access to all computer systems on the campus network, to monitor compliance and copying.

This proposed order, in short, represents a nightmare, a true dystopia, for higher education....Yet you can be sure that if [these] things happen, all of our campuses would be pressured to adopt the “Georgia State model” in order to avoid litigation.

Disclosure: I am currently a graduate student at Georgia State University."
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Anonymous to Attack Iran?

Nidi62 Nidi62 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nidi62 (1525137) writes "CNN has an article that Anonymous plans to use International Worker's Day as a basis to launch an attack on Iran, in an attempt to bring the revolutions spreading across the Middle East into Iran. Supposedly the attacks are supposed to start at 5am GMT Sunday. Other than that, the article is very short on substance. Is this really Anonymous, or could this actually be an attempt by Iran to make themselves look like the victim of another cyber attack?"
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