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SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

amicusNYCL Re:pfft, 3.5% overrun (132 comments)

The goal of NASA is worthy, but the reality is a little off. The people working for NASA are intelligent and capable, but management is a major issue. Not the management at NASA, the management of NASA. There is no reason that politicians, including the president, should have anything to do with assigning the projects that NASA works on. They should just give them a budget and let NASA manage their goals and spending. I can't imagine how demoralizing it is to spend years working on a project that would ultimately succeed, only to have the project canceled by a politician somewhere. The government only needs to look at a company like SpaceX to figure out that they need to get out of the business of managing what NASA does. Politicians are proving that a privatized space program is far more efficient and effective than a government-run program. That's not the way it needs to be, but that's the way it's going to be if people in Congress and the president keep interfering with what NASA works on and how they work on it. Imagine what would happen if the government gave SpaceX $12 billion dollars to develop a rocket by 2017. The rocket that SpaceX came out with would be able to land on Mars and take off again for Earth. NASA can't even get the thing into orbit on time. That's not the fault of the engineers working for NASA either.

4 days ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

amicusNYCL Re:Rather broad leap.. (139 comments)

Find some more feathered fossils and conclude that ALL dinosaurs probably had feathers.

It makes a little more sense to conclude something like that when the fossils are very old and of a different lineage than other feathered dinosaurs. The Guardian article does a much better job at explaining the reasoning than the NatGeo article.

5 days ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

amicusNYCL Re:Go Greenlight (198 comments)

They're equally scummy because both of them are willing to sacrifice whatever ethics and morals they claim to have and will buttfuck the public whenever they get a check that is big enough. It doesn't matter who started this, or who continued that, it doesn't really matter who was at the plate when the check came in. Neither of them are willing to stand up to corporations and actually have the integrity to say, sorry, I can't accept that money because I have an ethical problem with it, and I'm also going to tell everyone that you offered it to me. That's why they're equally scummy.

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

amicusNYCL Re:My coworker had a bad experience (541 comments)

I hope he got a lot of money from the lawsuit. If he didn't, then it sounds like it is mostly due to that pre-existing condition and not the fault of the doctor or equipment.

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

amicusNYCL Re:Longterm/Lifetime effects? (541 comments)

What will be the effects when I'm in my 80s?

Your distance vision will be clearer. You may need stronger reading glasses though.

What happens after the 3rd or 4th redo?

I highly doubt that most doctors will perform a 3rd or 4th operation on a patient. The procedure involves removing material. Obviously, there is only so much you can remove before the integrity of the eye is put at risk. That's one of the reasons I didn't get it a second time. I was a perfect candidate initially, but by the time that I needed adjustments came I considered the risks unacceptably high and went back to glasses and contacts. It was really great during the years when I could wake up with perfect vision though, I wish I would have waited the first time until my eyes really stopped changing.

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

amicusNYCL Re:Uncertainty/fear? (541 comments)

That's what actually happens. They use suction to make your eyeball stick out so they can work on it, and the explanation I got was that you lose vision when that happens because the eye stops getting blood.

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

amicusNYCL Re:Uncertainty/fear? (541 comments)

I actually fainted during the initial exam, prior to surgery. My doctor was using a little yellow tool to poke my eye, and every time he poked it my vision went blurry and a machine went "BING!" I don't know why, maybe I was just holding my breath, but I went right out. Woke up to my doctor laughing.

The surgery itself was no problem, I was more interested than nervous. I could see the laser getting closer and shooting a purple beam. They sucked my eye out and I could see the vision slowly fade to black as the blood drained, and then watch it return then they were done. It was an interesting experience, I wasn't scared at all by it.

That little yellow thing though, that thing got me. Another in the list of amusing times when I've fainted.

5 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

amicusNYCL Re:Astronomy, and general poor night-time results. (541 comments)

That's what happened to me. I got the surgery when I was around 23 or 24, and yeah I had 20/15 vision for at least a year, but my eyes kept changing. After about 7 years I went back for glasses and to talk about doing the surgery again. I was advised that 7 years between surgeries is risky, because the original cut portion would have healed and they would need to cut it back again. Additionally, the possibility of complications had risen, I had something like a 20% chance of things going wrong like my lens collapsing from being too thin after 2 surgeries, things that would be fairly serious for my vision. 20% is a fairly low chance, but I considered it unacceptably high when dealing with my vision. My doctor also said that, as my eyes are now, I won't need reading glasses when I'm older. I opted to just get contacts and glasses again. I went back for contacts again recently and my eyes had only barely changed from the previous prescription. If I had waited until around 32 or 34 to get it done the first time then it probably would have stuck around a lot longer. It was really great while it lasted though.

5 days ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

amicusNYCL Re:Why is Obama doing this . . . ? (219 comments)

I mean, so far, in the polls, he's already being rated as the worst president since WW2.

I'm not fan of Obama, but I'm suspicious about the results of that (single) survey. 35% of respondents rated Reagan as the best president since WW2, followed by Clinton (18%), Kennedy (15%), and Obama (8%). On the other side, 33% said Obama was the worst, followed by GWB (28%), Nixon (13%), and Carter (8%). As far as "worst president" goes, it looks like recent memory plays more of a role than anything the guys actually did. Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy, the 3 directly after WW2, got 0-1% of the votes. Carter is probably happy just to be included.

about three weeks ago
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The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

amicusNYCL Re:Lovelace? (285 comments)

Why is it called the Lovelace test?

Maybe it's because Ada envisioned that the machines that would become computers would one day be capable of all kinds of useful things, as opposed to Babbage who saw them strictly as number crunchers.

Ada Lovelace was just someone that translated a book for the worlds first programmer.

Hardly. She didn't translate the book for a programmer, she translated the book for a machine. She was the programmer.

about three weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

amicusNYCL Re:Bling Bling Motherfucker (265 comments)

They aren't spending all of their oil money to gear themselves up to be a power producer and distributor. They are positioning themselves to be a financial center and tourist destination. If that fails then they have nothing to show for their oil wealth except a shiny city built on top of sand.

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

amicusNYCL Re:IETF next (311 comments)

What the fuck? Do you call rape victims sluts and publicly humiliate them?

I sure don't, but that has no bearing on this conversation. At all.

she was clearly wronged

Yes, she was wronged. Who wronged her? Was it Pinkmeth? Was it Verisign? Was it Katz? Was it the Tor project? No, it was none of those. It was whoever she sent those pictures to, whoever stole her phone, etc. I don't see that individual listed on her lawsuit, which is the reason her lawsuit (not her personally) is deserving of ridicule. Asserting that Pinkmeth is engaged in a conspiracy with Tor is ridiculous (literally - deserving of ridicule). The reason I included links was to show that suing Pinkmeth will have no effect on whether or not people will see her pictures. Those links were within the first 8 pages of Google results for her name, and none of them point to Pinkmeth. In short, not Pinkmeth, nor Verisign, nor Katz, nor Tor are the reasons why her images are online. The person who posted the images is the reason why they are online. If she wants justice, she needs to go after that person, not useful things that plenty of other people use for completely legitimate reasons.

What's the benefit?

It's a little strange that I have to point this out, but the benefit of Tor is anonymity and the ability to not be tracked. Hopefully you understand why protection of privacy is a good thing for everyone, not just people interested in committing a crime. If you want the argument for why Tor is a good thing, read what the EFF has to say about it.

about three weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

amicusNYCL Re:Bling Bling Motherfucker (265 comments)

Or, they can install the solar everyone else is spending a fortune developing in the plentiful sunlight they have.

I think that they'll find that selling solar power is far less profitable than selling oil.

about three weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

amicusNYCL Re:IETF next (311 comments)

She's on quite the fishing expedition. Here is another lawsuit filed by her, from 2012, suing Pinkmeth (again), Katz Global Media (for the crime of providing anonymous hosting), and Verisign. Yeah, she sued Verisign. Maybe that suit didn't work out so well, so she thought she would try her hand against Tor. Not exactly the best way to make a name for herself as a criminal justice major. I suspect that pursuing suits like these will serve is much more of a "loss in earning capacity" than a porn picture ever would. She might also be interested that her Facebook profile is open for the world to see. Here she is.

Maybe she's just trying to clog up the Google search results for her name with information about lawsuits instead of her actual pictures. You have to go to page 4 to find this one (which is not Pinkmeth), page 6 for this one (also not Pinkmeth), and page 8 for this one (again, not Pinkmeth).

I'm assuming she has no proof that would allow her to sue the person actually responsible for distributing the pictures (you know, other than her). Life lesson learned, I suppose. Try not to clog up the justice system.

about three weeks ago
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DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

amicusNYCL Re:Superman (249 comments)

Or the Make-a-Wish Foundation felt that what they were doing was fair-use. Remember, while they dressed the kid in an off-the-shelf costume, they called him "Batkid", not "Batman"

Scroll down to the list of pictures and see if you can detect any DC-owned intellectual property.

http://sf.wish.org/wishes/wish...

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

amicusNYCL Re:Google Glass only? (116 comments)

And why limit it to just passwords? There's a whole onscreen keyboard there to be watched.

about three weeks ago
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Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

amicusNYCL Re:No thanks. (139 comments)

Who is going to rob, rape, and/or murder you? The person being tracked via satellite who is specifically responding to your request for a pick up? It's not even worth it to try and rob an Uber driver. You would need a stolen phone and credit card in order to be able to do that, otherwise it's pretty easy to prove exactly who was there. It's not like with a taxi that you can anonymously hail, shoot them while they're sitting in the seat, take everything and go.

about three weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

amicusNYCL Re:It'll come down to an opinion (255 comments)

Using Tor is not the norm, and so then it becomes a matter of scrutinizing what it does, who uses it, and for what purposes.

The same could be said for any emerging technology. That argument would have applied when SSL was new. Maybe one day Tor will be standard, you buy a new computer, get online, and it's using Tor without you ever changing any settings. The EFF is already saying that everyone should use Tor. At this point, the only reason it's not the norm is because it's fairly new. I wouldn't be surprised if we see computers within a couple years marketed with privacy in mind that come with Tor already installed and configured, or ISPs adding exit nodes to their networks as a PR privacy initiative.

about a month ago
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Privacy Oversight Board Gives NSA Surveillance a Pass

amicusNYCL Re:Not surprised (170 comments)

I remember when Patriot passed, I was very suspicious of it. It all got rammed through the system a little too easily considering the power it granted to the government. Everyone was so gung-ho at the time though. That also reminds me of when we decided to bail out all the big banks. I was the only person at the dinner table saying that they should be allowed to fail and that other, more responsible, banks would buy up the pieces and life in the free market would go on. Everyone was giving me reasons why that wouldn't work, and then years later they were trying to tell me why the banks should have been allowed to fail.

It seems that people forget about their convictions really easily in the face of extraordinary circumstances. The fact is that those circumstances are the most important time to keep your convictions. Patriot should have never been passed. The promise to repeal it was the entire reason I voted for Obama the first time. Bastard really got me, didn't he?

about a month ago

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