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SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists

PhreakOfTime Efficiency, thats why. (409 comments)

Science!

The mohave is hundreds of miles further away from the equator than Brownsville. The closer to the equator, the lower amount of fuel you need to reach certain orbits. The rotation of the earth adds to your relative speed, and this amount of speed provided increases the closer to the equator you get.

Why is it better to launch a spaceship from near the equator?

about 2 years ago
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Congress Capitulates To TSA; Refuses To Let Bruce Schneier Testify

PhreakOfTime Re:Driving instead of flying: Good Luck with That! (435 comments)

Those border stops have been there for decades now. I remember passing through them quite frequently in the early 90's.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime Re:91F today in the burbs (618 comments)

Visit weatherunderground.com, or weatherbug that is used by the news outlets.

You can peruse the thousands of local weather stations and look for yourself. Most of them are calibrated with NWS standards. I' not giving you the link to my weather station(also calibrated) mostly because it will give the exact location where I live. If you find it, good for you. The data is there.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime Re:Not 200F (618 comments)

It's incredibly far off from a typical Phoenix July Day.

When you have that heat, with a dewpoint in the 80s, instead of the 30s or 40s like Phoenix, it makes a huge difference.

I have been in Phoenix in 115 heat. It felt downright comfortable compared to a midwest summer in the 90s, with high humidity(dewpoints in the low 80s).

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime Re:Completely inexplicable... (618 comments)

That's neat.

But your inability to convert them on the fly, does not mean it is that hard for everyone. Personally, I have no problem switching back and forth between units of measurement. I was able to convert the OPs numbers on the fly, and compare them to my measurements in a different scale(the one they were physically measured in) with no problem at all. Your shortcomings are not the worlds problems, they are yours. Stop blaming others for your lack of ability.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime Re:Not 200F (618 comments)

The point was to succinctly point out the numbers. When I say 'fun stuff' I dont mean funny stuff. I mean since so many people have not taken this seriously at all, they must think it is a game. And that the last heatwave Chicago saw with temps in the low 100s for days, caused the deaths of hundreds and hundreds of people, barely over 15 years ago.

If temps ever got to 127F for days or weeks on end in Chicago, it would not be a stretch to say that tens of thousands of people would die as a result in one city alone. That is probably a conservative estimate.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime Re:I was surprised for a minute (618 comments)

Plus the temperature record is affected by inaccurate weather station readings that were once rural, but now are in the middle of expanding cities (heat zones). That skews the data and makes it unreliable.

Except the reverse happened in Chicago, where these records are being broken, and this story is about.

The station was at a core downtown location, then to a core airport slightly further away, until around 1980, when it was moved outside of the city core entirely, to O'Hare airport.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime Re:News For Nerds??!! (618 comments)

localized, to the eastern half of North America.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime Re:Completely inexplicable... (618 comments)

temperatures near the -10 Celsius

Now, as cold as you think that is, it is a warm night for a Chicago winter.

As I posted earlier, in some suburban areas of Chicago, it was 91F today. (that is 42 degrees above average, for nearly 10 days now)

For some perspective, if it was as much above average in Chicago in July as it currently is now, the daily high temperature would be 127F, with an overnight low of 94, for over a week.

Those temperatures are almost above the maximum globally recorded extremes for heat, ever, and certainly would be for Chicago by almost 20F.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime 91F today in the burbs (618 comments)

Readings in SW suburban areas of Chicago reached 91F today.

more than 2 years ago
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Historic Heat In North America Turns Winter To Summer

PhreakOfTime Not 200F (618 comments)

Don't be silly, it won't be 200F in July.

If it was as much above normal in July, as it is currently in March here in Chicago, the daily high would be 127, with an overnight low of 94.

Fun stuff, isn't it?

more than 2 years ago
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Go Daddy Loses Over 21,000 Domains In One Day

PhreakOfTime Re:It is actually more than 21,000 domains (356 comments)

Good point. I hate to admit my names were still there, and quite a few of them. I will admit to it being laziness on my part which kept them there, it was just easy to keep them at the same place... until now. My domains were all using my own custom nameservers, so wouldn't show up in those numbers if that is how the measurement is being done. As of today, the last of the confirmation emails came in closing out all my transfers out of godaddy to elsewhere.

more than 2 years ago
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Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

PhreakOfTime Re:Keynesian? (601 comments)

You do understand that on the planet Earth, if you actually do this, you will indeed come out from the hole by continually digging?

There is not infinite ground beneath you in reality, using a metaphor that assumes that there is makes no sense.

more than 2 years ago
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Santa Cruz Tests Predictive Policing Program

PhreakOfTime One 'problem' (228 comments)

Now, this would require the common street thug to be smart enough to think this up, let alone implement it...but

Wouldn't you pretty much have a schedule where cops are going to be knowing this info? More importantly, wouldn't you pretty much have a schedule where the cops will NOT be?

about 3 years ago
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Court: Domain Seizures Don't Violate Free Speech

PhreakOfTime Re:A comment......... (96 comments)

Oh, I don't know. TFS states all you really need to know

visitors can still access the site through foreign domains

What else do you think is important? That the idiocracy that is the US has only publicized this site MORE by taking this site down, and then in the rash of publicity saying... it's all good you can still watch all this illegal stuff over HERE.

Personally, I did not know about this site until now, and simply doing a google search for the company name, returns ALL of the 'foreign domains', some of which are nothing more than IP addresses.

Streisand effect much?

about 3 years ago
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Most Enterprises Plan To Be On IPv6 By 2013

PhreakOfTime Netwokrk World was the one asking (167 comments)

Since it was Network World, of the IT/Mac/PC World fame(infamy), I consider these results to be about as accurate as a 2yr old calculating the speed of light.

more than 3 years ago
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Is the Master's Degree the New Bachelor's?

PhreakOfTime Re:Degree Inflation (330 comments)

Behavior like that in the higher levels of the business, it why a crunch hits that business in the first place. Consider it a favor if you are given walking papers from a place like that.

business is FOR-PROFIT. period. If you are working someplace that gives a shit about how big your friends list is internally, instead of how much money you are making for the company, that company is not going to be around much longer after they let you go.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet-Based Political Party Opens Doors

PhreakOfTime Re:Thomas Friedman = moron (291 comments)

Props to you for admitting that.

Personally, I do not trust Friedmans intentions here. He would be happier than ever to see a fragmented political party on the progressive side. With this editorial of his, he is is appearing to be goading conservatives to get involved in this 'new party'. However, what I seem him doing is more along the lines of indirectly goading the liberal/progressive side by saying 'more conservatives need to be involved in this', therefore directing the attention of the progressives into this sham to counter the perceived possibility of an influx of conservatives because that is what he says needs to happen, and attempting to fragment their attention to more easily allow a conservative victory in other areas.

I also do not believe in the labels I am using above, but he does, and this is what I see him attempting to do here.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet-Based Political Party Opens Doors

PhreakOfTime Re:Thomas Friedman = moron (291 comments)

No, he is a moron for other reasons.

He has been around for awhile, and is most notably known for his constant claiming that the war in Iraq would be over in 'another six months'... for a period of almost a year and a half. Among many other asinine proclamations, that he then would proceed to announce how awesome he was because his insights would be coming true and 'then you will all see how smart I am'. You go right ahead and google the phrase 'Friedman Unit', and then come back and tell us he is not a moron with references why that would be true in any way.

Credibility is not something Friedman has much of. He is most certainly not 'challenging the norm'. He is an arrogant gasbag, and has been for over a decade.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet-Based Political Party Opens Doors

PhreakOfTime of course (291 comments)

Currently it looks like more liberal-inclined individuals are registering

Yes, and I wouldn't expect that to change, any more than I expect AM radio to not be dominated by conservatives.

Granted, this story is written by the guy who was able to bless the world with a unit of time measurement that has since been named after him; Friedman Unit He doesn't exactly have a good track record in predicting future events, much less future political events.

more than 3 years ago

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Netflix Spinoff Roku Seeks Funds for 100 Channels

PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  more than 4 years ago

PhreakOfTime (588141) writes "Roku Inc., the television set-top box maker spun off by Netflix Inc., is planning to raise $30 million in private funding for development of its Internet-TV service. “We’re not far away from the time when you’ll be able to get the same kinds of channels that any cable operator can offer,” says CEO Anthony Wood. The company is also devising revenue-sharing agreements for developers who can sell subscriptions on the service or charge per product like Amazon.com."
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Are Sunspots Different During This Solar Minimum?

PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  about 5 years ago

PhreakOfTime writes "According to Bill Livingston and Matt Penn of the National Solar Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, sunspot magnetic fields are waning. The two respected solar astronomers have been measuring solar magnetism since 1992. Their technique is based on Zeeman splitting of infrared spectral lines emitted by iron atoms in the vicinity of sunspots. Extrapolating their data into the future suggests that sunspots could completely disappear within decades."
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Judge Orders Search Of All White House Computers

PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PhreakOfTime writes "The federal magistrate judge overseeing the White House e-mail litigation today said the issue had reached "true emergency conditions" with only "two business days before the new President takes office" and that "the importance of preserving the e-mails cannot be exaggerated," according to the court's Memorandum Opinion issued this morning along with an Order and posted on the National Security Archive website, www.nsarchive.org.

Magistrate Judge John Facciola formally ordered the White House to search all Executive Office of the President components' workstations and portable media for possibly missing e-mail — enforcing yesterday's order from U.S. District Judge Henry Kennedy — after government lawyers at a hearing yesterday represented that they would only search those EOP components that create federal agency records and leave out offices that create presidential records."
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http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/15dec_sola

PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  more than 5 years ago

PhreakOfTime writes "Solar flares are the most powerful explosions in the solar system. Packing a punch equal to a hundred million hydrogen bombs, they obliterate everything in their immediate vicinity. Not a single atom should remain intact. At least that's how it's supposed to work. "We've detected a stream of perfectly intact hydrogen atoms shooting out of an X-class solar flare," says Richard Mewaldt of Caltech. "What a surprise! These atoms could be telling us something new about what happens inside flares.""
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No truth to claims that 13yr old found NASA error

PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PhreakOfTime (588141) writes "The asteroid Apophis still has only a 1 in 45,000 chance of hitting Earth in 2036, NASA says, despite recent news reports suggesting a 13-year-old German boy had discovered a mistake in the space agency's analysis. There are geosynchronous satellites orbiting Earth at a distance of 42,000 kilometres, but these orbit in a ring around Earth's equator, he says. Apophis's closest approach to Earth will occur at higher latitudes, however, far from the equator."
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Groups Seek Stop to Comcast Net Meddling

PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PhreakOfTime (588141) writes "A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars on Thursday formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop Comcast Corp. from interfering with its subscribers' file sharing.

Two of the groups are also asking the FCC to fine Comcast $195,000 for every affected subscriber. The petitions will be the first real test of the FCC's stance on "Net Neutrality," the long-standing principle that Internet traffic be treated equally by carriers. The agency has a policy supporting the concept but its position hasn't been tested in a real-world case."

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opinion vanishes from the Court of Appeals website

PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PhreakOfTime (588141) writes "An FBI agent named Templeton threatened to have Abdallah Higazy's family tortured by the Egyptians unless he pled guilty to being part of the 9/11 hijackings. While Steve Bergstein was reading the opinion posted online by the court, he noticed another bizarre twist in this case:

Then something strange happened: a few minutes after I posted the blog, the opinion vanished from the Court of Appeals website! I had never seen this before, and what made all the more strange was that it involved a coerced confession. The full story is available here"
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PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PhreakOfTime (588141) writes "http://www.spaceweather.com/ ROCKET EXPLOSION: What was it? It was a mystery for almost 24 hours until satellite expert Daniel Deak matched the trajectory of the plume in Palmer's photo with the orbit of a derelict rocket booster — "a Briz-M, catalog number 28944." One year ago, the Briz-M sat atop a Russian Proton rocket that left Earth on Feb. 28, 2006, carrying an Arabsat-4A communications satellite. Shortly after launch, the rocket malfunctioned, leaving the satellite in the wrong orbit and the Briz-M looping around Earth partially-filled with fuel. On Feb. 19, 2007, for reasons unknown, the fuel tanks ruptured over Australia."
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PhreakOfTime PhreakOfTime writes  |  more than 7 years ago

PhreakOfTime (588141) writes "Rising seas, have for the first time washed an inhabited island off the face of the Earth. The obliteration of Lohachara island, in India's part of the Sundarbans where the Ganges and the Brahmaputra rivers empty into the Bay of Bengal, marks the moment when one of the most apocalyptic predictions of environmentalists and climate scientists has started coming true. The full story can be read at the Independent Online"

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