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Why Unlocked Phones Don't Work In the US

SECProto Re:No, Samsung uses them (442 comments)

Actually I bought it new 14 months ago. :^)

more than 3 years ago
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Why Unlocked Phones Don't Work In the US

SECProto Re:No, Samsung uses them (442 comments)

my samsung U430 and I are forced to disagree

more than 3 years ago
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Plastic Chemical BPA Declared Toxic In Canada

SECProto Re:But asbestos is fine! (168 comments)

There are actually two major types of asbestos - one that is very dangerous when particles enter the lungs, the other is much much less so. The first type is mined mainly in FSR, while the second type is the kind produced in Quebec. The whole asbestos thing was WAY overblown by the public and media who jump and shout "OMG ASBESTOS !!@~ " and sensationalize it ... like almost everything else they touch.

about 4 years ago
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Neuromancer Movie In Your Future?

SECProto Re:Way too late! (239 comments)

I am currently reading it for the first time, and you are right on the bat ... stuff it writes about as though it should be revolutionary or worthy of explanation is actually old hat. I have trouble getting into the mindset of a near-term-scifi written before i was born.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Planning Lunar Mining Tests, Other New Tech

SECProto Re:Misleading: nuclear is excluded (79 comments)

using nuclear as a electricity source for larger propulsion systems (ie, higher than the small ion drives currently using RTG) would be a huge step up. whenever they launch VASIMR to the station, it will only be able to fire for short bursts, because the huge solar arrays on the station cannot power it continuously. If a similar system used nuclear electricity to drive it, it could fire continuously and be a viable propulsion system.

on the other hand, using "micro pellet inertial confinement compression-induced fission" would probably produce spectabulous Isp, but it would need years (decades? this is government after all..) of research before an actual construction proposal would arise. Far too distant to be a major selling point of any budget proposal.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Outlines Bold Space Policy ... But No Moon

SECProto Re:"No Moon" (455 comments)

Had space travel been in a coma, you'd have a point. But it hasn't. Instead we've actually had what all the space fans claim to have wanted for years - a routine workaday program.

You are calling 4 manned trips a year to LEO a "workaday" program? Where it takes 12 years to get a space station completed? The shuttle directly limited spaceflight development by being dangerous, expensive and overly complex - leading to the 4 trip per year limit. Keeping up our presence in LEO going is important, absolutely, but spending 1 billion per launch to do so is not.

Obama's program is something of a bust - a modest amount of money, a booster with no mission (I smell pork), and a capsule that might be adapted to have a mission at some date in the misty future. No clear goals, no timetables, no roadmaps nothing but warm fuzzy rhetoric.

Commercial companies are developing the tech for manned LEO, so we really shouldn't be designing our own. To do better missions further out, we need a heavy lifter - exactly what Obama is proposing. By requiring the design to be finalized by 2015, it gives a deadline so that it is not just "pork barrel funding" - but still enough time to include some new tech like on orbit refueling (could greatly expand our working distance from earth). It has timeframes, goals, and roadmaps - it just isn't based on old, already-used tech, so he can't say exactly what the booster will be like. I think it is significantly better than the Constellation program - less expensive, same goals, better tech, more likely to actually happen.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Smartphone Plan Covering US and Canada?

SECProto Re:Not that bright, are you? (199 comments)

Personally, of all the cell carriers, I hate rogers the /most/. Actually, Koodo (subsidiary of telus) has much better prices than other companies, and there is no penalty to drop your contract. (you have to pay your phone off, but that is never more than $150 - that is how much they allow on their "tab"). I have no idea how their smart phone selection is, but they are fine for voice and text, and very cheap.

more than 4 years ago
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Will the Serial Console Ever Die?

SECProto It took me a while to get this... (460 comments)

It took me a while to get this ... then I realized you were talking about a different kind of "console" than xbox, nintendo, or playstation.

more than 4 years ago
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Fingerprint Requirement For a Work-Study Job?

SECProto Re:They don't store your actual fingerprint (578 comments)

Yeah, them having videotapes (digital representations of your whole body) of you entering and exitting work daily sure is an issue.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Play HD Video On a Netbook

SECProto Linux... (205 comments)

So. How do I do this on Linux, which is the OS I actually use on my netbook?

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Picks 5 Firms To Work On LEO Tech

SECProto Re:Same wolf different clothing (116 comments)

They are test launching it in March - after significant delays by the Air Force

more than 4 years ago
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Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered

SECProto Re:gaaah, link to a fucking video (95 comments)

Because wanting to read instead of watching video is exactly what was portrayed in that film...

more than 4 years ago
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I'd prefer to allocate my work hours ...

SECProto Re:28 hour day (287 comments)

that is the same as with any abrupt sleep pattern change - try having the old stay-up-to-4 sleep schedule and immediately switching to a midnight-to-8 system (as referenced in http://xkcd.com/361/ ). Getting up at 8 after 4 hours sleep will suck, and you wont be able to fall asleep until 2 or 3. It takes a week or two to switch, so switching to a 6-day schedule should take, i'd guess, somewhere on the order of a month

more than 4 years ago
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NASA May Drop Ares I-Y Test Flight

SECProto Re:More proof... (203 comments)

Actually, conservative is always used in a relative sense - see for example the Conservative Party of Canada. While they are quite conservative relative to most Canadians and Canadian political parties, they really would not be branded as such south of the 49th.

more than 4 years ago
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No Cheap Replacement For Hard Disks Before 2020

SECProto Re:Huh? (346 comments)

2020-2009 = 11 years. In 1998, my computer had a 5 gig hard drive, and a 250mb drive was as much a joke then as it is now. you are maybe mixing up 2020 and 2030?

more than 4 years ago
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VASIMR Ion Engine Could Cut Mars Trip To 39 Days

SECProto Re:Tag as SLASHVERTISEMENT (356 comments)

yeah... except it would be 6 months /at the best of times/ with conventional rockets. change none or change em both, as they are both dependent on orbital positions

about 5 years ago
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Ex-Astronaut Developing Plasma Rocket To Revitalize NASA

SECProto Re:Perspective (277 comments)

I would be.

about 5 years ago

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