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ESA Shows Off Quadcopter Landing Concept For Mars Rovers

RichMan air density (104 comments)

Martian air density says any sort of copter is not going to fly.

The highest atmospheric density on Mars is equal to that found 35 km (22 mi) above the Earth's surface.

about two weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

RichMan "on high profile beliefs" how about all (725 comments)

Being religious and "accepting science" is just drawing the boundaries in a different place. There is still a science no-go zone so they really do not accept science they just define the boundaries differently.

How about on all beliefs should be rejected and replaced with reality. A belief system that contradicts with the world we live in should be diagnosed as a phsycological disorder.

Psychosis is a loss of contact with reality that usually includes: False beliefs about what is taking place or who one is (delusions) ; Seeing or hearing things that aren't there (hallucinations).

Why does society accept the mass relgious psychosis yet reject other forms?

Science is about changing our "belief" system to match what we know about the world we live in. Religion is about denying the world we live in for a belief system that is a mental fugue.

about two weeks ago
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Autonomous Trucking

RichMan Re:Might as well go back to rail (142 comments)

Rail does not go to the final point of delivery. Even with rail you have to move it to truck for final delivery. The cost of moving from rail to truck needs to come down a lot. Some of this is done with container shipping. Still in most cases it is easier to centrally load a truck have it driver over a couple of states then do local deliveries to many places. You do this with many trucks from a central warehouse. The cost these days is in loading, unloading and managing what is in the shipment.

about three weeks ago
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MP Says 'Failed' Piracy Warnings Should Escalate To Fines & Jail

RichMan One rule for the plebes another for the politician (135 comments)

When politicians running for election start getting in real trouble for stealing songs and images to use in their promotional material then they can start to think about applying this to the little people.

about a month ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

RichMan Willfull blindness (772 comments)

What this says is people will accept science except where they feel it contradicts with their beliefs.

Gravity - ok
Electricity - ok
Evolution - nope

I think this says it all. Even with the one nope they have proven themselves not to be scientifically literate. They have proven that they have a rational space that cannot be challenged by science. No matter how rational you might otherwise be if there is a think-space where you refuse to be rational you are at root irrational.

about 2 months ago
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Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

RichMan Bad Funding Model (626 comments)

If the government operations, police etc, are reliant on speeding tickets and other fines to operate then there is a serious problem with the funding model for that operation.

A very serious self interested model that should have been rejected from conception by a rational society.

Ok the civil structure is funded by fineing people for misbehaving. Means that the civil structure either requires that people misbehave or that people who are not misbehaving get ticketed anyways. The pressure will then be on the members of that structure to invent new ways to find people misbehaving and fine them.

A very broken system that will gear up and attack people for minor infractions. This system is broken and should be dismantled and shame on those who set it up in the first place.

This type of system is fairly irrational, but common, due to peoples inability to think that they might be the victims of such a penalty system.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing the Pain of Programming

RichMan Beginners .... start servers ... opem ports ... (294 comments)

I don't see why beginner programmers should be starting with servers or ports. Where are the basic fundamentals of programming before they approach things like servers and ports where one should be thinking about task blocking, threading and security above and beyond the "make it do what it want" level.

about 2 months ago
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Pedophile Asks To Be Deleted From Google Search After European Court Ruling

RichMan meta - web needed, (370 comments)

We need a meta-web awarness.

While any blog can comment on any other page it is very haphazard.

You should be able to browse the meta-web by turning on a browser function that gives a side page of links that link back to the current page being viewed. The link backs would be ranked by "authority"

a) if you are the originating site you automatically get meta-web rights to your own pages. IE you can say @link is incorrect or add a correction to the original story without having to edit or take down the original story.
b) comments on a site need to be differentiated from articles on a site. So comments don't get ranked over actual article content. This would be embedded code identifying comments and downranking them relative to articles.
c) this would enable a registered "corrections site" to get top ranked meta-web comments to any web page

about 2 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

RichMan lobby groups win (659 comments)

Hyrdogen Fuel cells do not eliminate the majority of gas stations and the distribution network that support them.

EV's eliminate > 90% of gas stations and all of the supporting infrastructure.

The Fuel Cell lobby group is strong and well backed.

about 2 months ago
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Who controls the HVAC at work?

RichMan Both too hot and too cold. (216 comments)

The set points for winter and summer seem to be the same. That means in winter when the heat runs it is about 2C over the set point. Then in summer it is about 2C under the set point. Stupid waste of energy.

Also it means inside it is shorts weather when outside it is gloves and hat. Then inside it is sweater weather when outside it is skin weather.

about 2 months ago
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Canadian Teen Arrested For Calling In 30+ Swattings, Bomb Threats

RichMan quality of surveilance society (350 comments)

Seems to me the all seeing surveilance society for all the information it collects can't get the job done. Why did it take more than 2 calls to track down and locate this kid?

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

RichMan Re:An article that suggests a counter-effect.... (784 comments)

Except the ice sheet is not at float eqilibrium.

If the ice was at float equilibrium its melting would then take up less space. But because the ice sheet is stacked so high above sea level the floor of the glacier is grounded there is much more ice there than the float equilibrium point. There is a lot more ice there than the water it displaces. Your argument does not cover that point.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

RichMan Re:In other words... (784 comments)

Thats 10ft due to the west antarctic ice sheet. There is a lot more ice out there.
10m =~ 30ft
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The last time the planet was steadily 2 degrees C warmer than pre-industrial times, some 120,000 years ago, sea levels were 5 to 10 meters higher than today. It’s likely we’ll hit 2 degrees C of warming by 2100, unless we take extreme measures to mitigate emissions.
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And there are factors other than ice melt.
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In China, the Yellow River delta is currently sinking so fast that local sea levels are rising by up to 25 centimeters per year, nearly 100 times the global average. Places that were once covered by kilometers of ice, like northern Canada, are now rebounding upwards — which means local sea levels are actually falling in some parts of Alaska. But that upward-moving land is hinging nearby areas, like the U.S. East Coast, downward by millimeters per year — adding millimeters per year to the local sea level rise there. The U.S. East Coast has another problem too: Climate change is weakening the Gulf Stream current, and that is allowing water to slop back towards shore. Overall, the U.S. East Coast is seeing rates of sea level rise that are 3 to 4 times the global average. The tropics, meanwhile, are seeing extra sea level rise thanks to a strange gravitational effect. As high-latitude ice melts, there is less mass at the poles to pull ocean water towards them; instead, the water slopes more towards the equator.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

RichMan Re:In other words... (784 comments)

Nobody should build anything along the coast. At least any coast that is not at least 100m above sea level.

Push the button for the interactive map -
http://ngm.nationalgeographic....

about 2 months ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

RichMan Re:Coder Boycott (303 comments)

The ruling means that any library in any language can be shut down. It means that public interface declarations can be copyright. It means it could be impossible for anyone to reproduce a public interface.

AkA it makes all public interfaces private. It is not just a Java specific ruling, it has implications across all coding environments.

about 2 months ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

RichMan Coder Boycott (303 comments)

Ok this ruling would seem to invalidate any ability to reproduce any interface.

This needs a coder boycott of anything Oracle until Oracle stands up and pubclically disavows this ruling and claims the court was wrong.

about 2 months ago
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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

RichMan Energy in Train load: 11 Tanker Cars = 1 nucBomb (211 comments)

So how much energy is there in a train load of Cude Oil?

Energy denisty of crude oil ~46MJ/Kg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_density)
DOT-111 tanker car of Lac Magantic fire is 131,000 L (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOT-111_tank_car)
Assuming 1L/1Kg - some of these oils float some of the really thick stuff sinks.

Per Tanker car 6.026x10^12 J/ Tank Car.
Little Boy explosion was equivalent to 16,000 tons of TNT (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Boy)
16000 tons of TNT is 66944000 MJ of energy (http://www.kylesconverter.com/energy,-work,-and-heat/megajoules-to-tons-of-tnt).
Or 1 Litte Boy = 66.944x10^12 J
or 1 Little Boy = 11.11 Tanker Cars of Crude Oil

about 2 months ago
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Astrophysicists Build Realistic Virtual Universe

RichMan internal detection (129 comments)

the big question is are entities in the simulation able to detect it is a simulation.

about 3 months ago
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Open Source Program To Give Voters More Active Role In Government

RichMan Information (60 comments)

The first requirement for a better democracy is
not more votes on issues
not more debates
it is more infomation.

What is needed is puiblic access to all the background information -

Who initiated the bill?
What is the problem it addresses?
How does it address the problem?
What are the side affects/other problems that get created or are not covered?
What are the costs?
Who bears the costs?
How will the costs be paid?
Who benefits?
Who loses?
What other problems are there in the area?
Does this impact any other laws or rights?

All that should be presented as full background information on every line item in all bills.
Without that information the representatives should say "not enough information to vote".
So we as people should demand all that information be made public on every line item.

about 3 months ago
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Skepticism Grows Over Claims That MH370 Lies In the Bay of Bengal

RichMan Put up a Deposit (126 comments)

If the company is so sure they can put up a refundable deposit on the cost of exploring their location. If they are right then they get the deposit back. If they are not right no deposit refund.

The deposit should cover the cost of putting one unmanned vehicle down on that location.

Would any of the governments be willing to back that compromise?

about 3 months ago

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It's raining in Iqaluit

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "If you are freezing in Europe, or suffering under snow on the usually warmer US east coast and wondering where the heat went, it went north. It's January, and it is raining in Iqaluit . Apparently the feeder airstream that normally flows over the gulf current and on to Europe has taken a detour to the north.
While other places might be suffering from the snow. Iqaluit is suffering from the lack of cold. Roads and the ice just are not as solid as they should be.
Just so you know where your heat went."

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Novell has UNIX copyrights, SCO does not

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the jury has reached a verdict in SCO's slander of title case against Novell. Apparently SCO does not own the copyrights it accused Novell of slandering.
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  A federal jury Tuesday found that Novell Inc., and not The SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix computer operating systems used by many businesses.
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ICANN lost its own domain registration

RichMan RichMan writes  |  about 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes " icann-pwned (cbc.ca) The news organization actually used pwned in the page name. Looks like someone was able to steal the registration for ICANN which strangely seems to be registered with another organization.

ICANN, said it happened on June 26 when an internet registration company it oversees got fooled into transferring the domain names to someone else. .... The domain names hijacked were ICANN.com and IANA.com

And it should be a reminder that domain redirection can happen to anyone, no matter high up the supposed registration tree they happen to be."

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April 1: Holiday for the information age

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "Is April 1, April Fool's day, the holiday which best represents the information age?

Whereas the internet represents the medium for the information age where information is king, is it not most appropriate that the amazing mess disinformation of front page replacements and headlines that appear on this day are a most appropriate celebration of this new holiday?

Or are we overdoing it by messing everything up?"
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Direct Electronic Theft Thwarted by Plug

RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "Not really enough information in the article to figure out what was going on but it is way more sophisticated than Nigerian letters or other bank scams. It looks like physical security of computers is going to be a big problem.

The would be bank robbers had placed "advanced technical equipment" under the employee's desk that allowed them to take control of his computer remotely, prosecutor Thomas Balter Nordenman said in a statement.
Now think about a cleaner just pushing a USB device into the back of machine. It autoloads the device driver and away it goes."
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RichMan RichMan writes  |  more than 7 years ago

RichMan (8097) writes "This is under politics and patents because that is where the real subject is. Sure Microsoft is threatening Linux but the real deal is the approach to customers and business strategy fostered by the consumer environment.

Jonathan Schwartz shares his thoughs on Sun's history with open development and customer relations. Sure it reads a bit like PR but some good history and points and lots of good quotes.

With business down and customers leaving, we had more than a few choices at our disposal. We were invited by one company to sue the beneficiaries of open source. We declined. We could join another and sue our customers. That seemed suicidal. We were offered the choice to scuttle Solaris, and resell someone else's operating system. We declined. And we were encouraged to innovate by developers and customers who wanted Sun around, who saw the value we delivered through true systems engineering.
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