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How To View the Antares Launch

YrWrstNtmr Re:6 seconds into launch, boom. (36 comments)

After further checking of the video, it appears to be - just an airplane.
Return your seat to the upright position.

2 days ago
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How To View the Antares Launch

YrWrstNtmr 6 seconds into launch, boom. (36 comments)

Apparently, it exploded just after launch.
However, I have a pretty clear line of site to Wallops from my house, 75 miles as the crow flies). At the right moment, I recorded what looked to me just like a rocket ascending. 3 or 4 minutes of it.

2 days ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

YrWrstNtmr Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

I've ridden in rear facing seats. USAF C-141. It wasn't fun. For the general population, it is a non-starter.

2 days ago
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Car Thieves and Insurers Vote On Keyless Car Security

YrWrstNtmr Re:nope... (201 comments)

As it happens, I just bought a keyless electronic deadbolt. But it is not NFC, bluetooth, keyfob, smartphone, or other 'no touch' unlocking tech.
You must either use the key, or enter the PIN on the keypad.

2 days ago
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How To View the Antares Launch

YrWrstNtmr Re:Launched due to a boat (36 comments)

err...meant to say "Scrubbed due to a boat". Not "launched due to a boat"

2 days ago
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How To View the Antares Launch

YrWrstNtmr Launched due to a boat (36 comments)

Scrubbed, due to some damfool in a boat downrange. Tomorrow @6:19 Eastern.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

YrWrstNtmr Re: It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

They already attend. Or should we keep out anyone who thinks differently than you do?

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

YrWrstNtmr Re:It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

Again, so what? I do not have to agree with everything that goes on around me. And they don't have to agree with me either.

Now...if they lied about the purpose of this conference, that's a whole different story.

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

YrWrstNtmr It makes you uneasy? (972 comments)

So don't go. Let them wallow in their beliefs.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Make a High-Spec PC Waterproof?

YrWrstNtmr Panasonic Toughbook (199 comments)

The Toughbook might be an option.

4 days ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

YrWrstNtmr Ok women..time to step up (399 comments)

Females can handle g-forces better than males can. OK, all males out of fighter jet cockpits. Women, take over
Females eat less for given output than men. OK, all males out of everyones space program, due to weight considerations.
Females are generally smaller, and can fit into smaller spaces. OK, all males out of the mining industry. Time for the women to step up
Females consume less oxygen than men. OK, males...out of the underwater construction and demolition workforce.

Time to step up!

about two weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

YrWrstNtmr PETA Is Not Happy (367 comments)

PETA is *never* happy. No matter what you do.

Take care of animals? You're enslaving them.
Leave them be? You're allowing them to be killed and eaten by other animals
Bash their head in with a rock?? You murderer. Oh wait...that's OK.

about two weeks ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

YrWrstNtmr Re:WTF? (48 comments)

NASA related is fine. This is merely building management.

Go back 70 years. "NASA sharing runway space with Langley AFB". Whoop-de-do.

about three weeks ago
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Air Force To Take Over Two Ex-Shuttle Hangers In Florida For Its X-37B Program

YrWrstNtmr WTF? (48 comments)

NASA is renting hangar space to the Air Force, on a co-located patch of ground, for the USAF to store and maintain its space vehicles.
Please tell me why optimal use of existing facilities is 'news'?

Do the words 'Cape Canaveral Air Force Station' mean anything to you?

about three weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

YrWrstNtmr Re:As one of the few people here... (208 comments)

Right. If you observe any moderately busy intersection, every light change you will see a couple of people sneak through after the red. Idiots. But slow speed idiots.
But 10 seconds later at 60MPH? Not unless they were actually asleep or totally distracted.

In this persons case, it was already illegal for her to be on the phone, either talking or texting. In my state, it is/was illegal to use any communication device if you are under 18. So 'a law' or red light camera would have made no difference, because she did not care. It was a usual, every day thing to do.
Until she ate the air bag.

about three weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

YrWrstNtmr Re:As one of the few people here... (208 comments)

A couple of seconds of red light? Sure, I've seen that too.
A full 10 seconds of facing a red light? Far more rare, absent full distraction from something. In this case, it was known and admitted that it was the phone/texting.

Red light cameras are, in theory, a good idea. But it always gets screwed up between the politician and the company supplying it.
Ticket revenue split between the city and the camera company. So the controlling parties adjust the settings to provide 'more revenue'....more tickets. Not more safety, more revenue. Add to that the known bribes to the local politician to get them installed in the first place.

I wish it were otherwise, but it isn't.

about three weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

YrWrstNtmr Re:just dont (208 comments)

Screw you.
Drive the car. No one cares if you have to go back out and pick up that special thing from the grocery store. Coordinate that before you get in the car..
Drive the goddamn car.

But, no...you're a special snowflake that can do all of it at once, perfectly and all the time.
Hint...no, you can't. You're just a flake.

about three weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

YrWrstNtmr As one of the few people here... (208 comments)

....who has been on the receiving end of a crash with a phone involved driver....hang up and drive.

There is nothing so important that you cannot pull over and call/text. Nothing. Period.

In my case, she had a full 10 seconds of red light before impact. 10 seconds at 60mph = almost 3 football fields of not looking out the window.
Hanging upside down from the seatbelt, covered in broken glass, was not how I expected to spend my lunch hour.

Drive the damn car. Talk later.

about three weeks ago
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Studies Conclude Hands-Free-calling and Apple Siri Distract Drivers

YrWrstNtmr Re:Driverless Car (208 comments)

They will be. Just not as soon as you'd like.

about three weeks ago

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