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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

NikeHerc Re:worth reading (285 comments)

I forgot one: Quest is an excellent magazine devoted to the history of spaceflight. Highly recommended.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

NikeHerc worth reading (285 comments)

QST, Nuts & Volts, Air & Space, maybe Circuit Cellar, although CC seems to be changing and not necessarily for the better.

Arizona Highways has, very sadly, fallen from a great height. I couldn't recommend it to new readers.

about a week ago

Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

NikeHerc Russky moon base (313 comments)

It's better they take over the moon than even one more country!

about two weeks ago

Zombie Plants Help To Spread Bacterial Pathogen

NikeHerc update (38 comments)

"The plant appears alive, but it's only there for the good of the pathogen."

The citizen appears alive, but it's only there for the good of the government.


about two weeks ago

Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

NikeHerc stack instructions? (169 comments)

The model 360 was the first machine I coded in assembler. I didn't realize until I learned assembler on a more sophisticated machine (an XDS mainframe) that the 360 didn't have stack instructions (i.e., push registers onto or pull registers off a stack).

Does anyone know whether IBM ever added push/pull instructions to their mainframes?

about two weeks ago

Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

NikeHerc Re:Green wave (364 comments)

... red lights are staggered so that you will have to stop at every single one of them...

Around here, the traffic control idiots time lights so that you stop at every other traffic light. I've experimentally determined if you drive about 48mph in a 40mph zone, you'll rarely stop.

OTOH, cops love speeders, so this is not an optimal solution. The optimal solution is to time lights so as to present as few red lights as possible, but people in government around here are generally complete losers.

about three weeks ago

NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

NikeHerc who thinks... (103 comments)

Who thinks the NSA has to explain this to us carefully? The major concern of these big companies is their next buck.

about a month ago

UK To Create Alan Turing Institute

NikeHerc Re:Shame on the UK goverment (62 comments)

From what I undertsand, the enigma machine was very well designed (it was made by the Germans) and should have been impossible to crack if it wasn't for Mr Turning and his amazing brain.

Not to take anything away from Turing's brilliant work, but his Enigma accomplishments were based on the work of Polish cryptologists Rejewski, Rozycki, and Zygalski, who were breaking Enigma messages in 1932 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_machine/].

about a month ago

UK To Create Alan Turing Institute

NikeHerc about time (62 comments)

It's about time the Brits recognized Alan Turing. Without his Enigma and other crypto accomplishments, you might be speaking German.

about a month ago

Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

NikeHerc Re:A simple request. (623 comments)

You know not every situation has to be analogized to Hitler. Those that constantly make those analogies only crush the credibility of their arguments.

George Santayana famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Not every situation has an analogy to Hitler. Many that do have an analogy are worth repeating.

about a month ago

Is Analog the Fix For Cyber Terrorism?

NikeHerc Re:sure, no problem (245 comments)

After all, if it's monitored three shifts then it shouldn't have to notify anyone offsite.

You obviously never worked in the data center where I worked. It could be (and sometimes was) 90 degrees on the raised floor, yet the ops staff couldn't be bothered to open the door and check.

about a month ago

Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

NikeHerc brief introduction (623 comments)

A brief introduction to the methods of our new Soviet overlords.

about a month ago

Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

NikeHerc Re:Napkin time (382 comments)

The model, the oldest in the Boeing 777 family, has a range of 5,240 nautical miles (9,700 kilometres), according to the Boeing website. Its typical cruising speed at 35,000 feet is Mach 0.84.

Ya gotta consider if this aircraft was flying below radar, it was guzzling Jet A like there was no tomorrow. Its range will be nowhere near 5,000 miles under the condition of low altitude flight.

I only fly the little stuff. If there's a pilot around who flies the fanjet stuff, can he comment on a possible maximum range at low altitudes?

about a month ago

Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

NikeHerc Re:Napkin time (382 comments)

Assume there exists a spherical cow in a vacuum...

ROFLMAO! That's the punch line to one of the two physics jokes I know. Here's the other one: what do you get when you cross a rat with a pig?

rat pig sin theta

about a month ago

Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

NikeHerc not thinking big enough (712 comments)

Let's shut down coal production, then go after fracking, then shut down every single hole in the ground that delivers any kind of petrochemical, then push in every control rod in every nuclear powe$ plan% in ghe U.X., t en go *fter


about a month and a half ago

Physics Forum At Fermilab Bans Powerpoint

NikeHerc Re:This is misguided, at best (181 comments)

My suggestion: get better speakers.

My suggestion: study Edward Tufte's site [http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/]. Read some of his books ("The Visual Display of Quantitative Information" is especially good), then get back to us.

about a month and a half ago

It's True: Some People Just Don't Like Music

NikeHerc I'm (almost) one of'em (268 comments)

I was probably in my mid-20s when I began to realize popular music was not only boring, but stupid as well. Most songs have about 25 words that get repeated over and over and over, ad nauseam. At about the same time I ran across a Moody Blues tune (the name won't surface at the moment) that seemed to have some elements of classical music.

Intrigued, I started listening to classical and kicked the pop habit. Give me Beethoven's Ninth over anything else that's ever been recorded.

I wonder whether others who aren't fond of most "music" also don't need to be entertained passively on a 7x24 basis and can find or create their own entertainment.

about a month and a half ago



Lowell Observatory crowd-sources refurbishment of 24" Clark telescope

NikeHerc NikeHerc writes  |  about a year ago

NikeHerc (694644) writes "On March 13, the 158th birthday of Percival Lowell, Lowell Observatory [http://www.lowell.edu/] in Flagstaff, Arizona, announced a crowd-sourced campaign to raise $256,718.50 to refurbish the 117-year old 24" Clark telescope and its dome.

For much of its history, the Clark telescope was involved with research, beginning with Percival Lowell's perception of Martian canals and oases. V.M. Slipher's spectrographic observations through the Clark telescope in the early 20th century contributed to the discovery of the expansion of the universe.

As the "Restore The Clark" Campaign Launch [http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/restore-the-clark] notes, "In the 1960s, a team of scientists and artists used the Clark Telescope to create detailed maps of the moon in support of America's manned voyages to the moon."

Help restore the Clark!"


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