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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

beheaderaswp The obligatory Star Wars Reference... (534 comments)

Ahem.....

"I've got a bad feeling about this"....

Thank you...

about 2 months ago
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George Lucas Selects Chicago For the Star Wars Museum

beheaderaswp Re:At least he didn't get his first choice (98 comments)

No... that needs to be reserved for the Star Trek museum. Where was San Francisco in Star Wars? Nowhere... but the center of the Star Trek Universe is... you got it... Star Fleet Academy in San Francisco.

about 2 months ago
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Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

beheaderaswp Re:What if there isn't any truth out there? (93 comments)

That's kind of an ignorant view. Considering the amount of resources in the uninhabited parts of the universe (which is beyond a staggering amount) why would any one enter conflict over a small planet (us).

Any species capable of interstellar travel is going to be able to pull resources out of pure energy. They don't mine, or need our water. They don't care what we do, except maybe they observe us and snicker.

about 3 months ago
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Is There a Limit To a Laser's Energy?

beheaderaswp History.... (135 comments)

Billions and billions of years ago, even before lord Xenu, there was a scientist who pulled this off.

Blext Telfrawd, an A type Hixoid, did get an infinite number of protons into a finite space. Then the containment field faltered, obliterating the iteration of his universe..

Most historians agree this was tragic for it ended his universe, and created one with Justin Bieber. Sentients who were able to achieve trans-dimensional universital access, send a message to you from the past: It's just too risky to repeat the so called "Bieber Event",

You've been warned.

about 4 months ago
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Star Cluster Ejected From Galaxy At 2,000,000 MPH

beheaderaswp Re:Velocity (133 comments)

Two million miles per hour is less than 0.003c, but still quite a clip, even in astronomical terms.

Since they're discussing velocity (vector speed), and not just speed, the headline is correct in saying " -1000 km/s" when the measured value is -1025 km/s, but one can debate whether the abstract is correct in saying "an extraordinary blueshift of -1025 km/s", rather than "an extraordinary blueshift of 1025 km/s", since "blueshift" gives one the sign of the velocity already.

There's definitely more that 1.21 gigawatts of energy involved....

about 4 months ago
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NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal

beheaderaswp Re:INteresting (111 comments)

War...

about 4 months ago
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NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal

beheaderaswp Re:WTF? honor the SCIENCE OFFICER! (111 comments)

SPOCK! duh!

I haven't heard of Shatner doing anything besides acting alpha male in TV and some Movies. The creator/writer of Trek deserves far far more credit.

Nimoy, has at least done voice overs for many TV shows that were real science shows over the decades. He also helped keep the movies going (not that the movies were inspirational... but they kept things alive before TNG got started up which may not have happened otherwise.)

Scotty also deserves more than Shatner, for getting people to be engineers. He even has a term named after him which any wise engineer uses ("The Scotty Principle.") But perhaps that keeps NASA away from him (plus he is dead.)

Although Nimoy's blessing on the disgraceful reboot... that shouldn't be overlooked; perhaps that cost him the honor? maybe it should?

Yes... this.

As much as I love Shatner, I despise him in comparison to Nimoy and his contributions.

Sadly, the reboot is bad. You can't destroy Vulcan. It's just something you cannot do. There were better ways of rebooting than the destruction of an entire area of canon. But that's just me. Other may disagree.

about 4 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

beheaderaswp Re:Rediculous (384 comments)

Admittedly, my thoughts started as somewhat liquid, but when fully formed, were solidified.

about 4 months ago
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How Concrete Contributed To the Downfall of the Roman Empire

beheaderaswp Re:Rediculous (384 comments)

Not a lot of hard evidence around to make a concrete conclusion. Were there more information it would cement my thoughts. What I see is a conglomerate of issues.

about 4 months ago
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Former US Test Site Sues Nuclear Nations For Disarmament Failure

beheaderaswp I hope they win.... (165 comments)

Boy I hope this turns into a winnable case.

That treaty has never been enforced. This lawsuit won't change that- but it might inform the generation coming into power that there is a need to disarming.

Go Marshall Islands!

about 4 months ago
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NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

beheaderaswp Re:Radiation... (216 comments)

A high energy electromagnetic field will do just fine. Works on earth... it will work in space.

You just need a fusion reactor. At the moment- we don't have one. Or some other high capacity, small size, energy source not yet envisioned.

NASA, while not saying it, is probably waiting on an energy technology.

Where is element 115 when you need it? Someone call Bob Lazar!!!

about 4 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

beheaderaswp Re:Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (306 comments)

In 2001.

At that time there were a lot of installations with broadcast equipment installed, and switches were really high end, or used at the top of star topologies to segregate traffic.

Since your asking questions... take about 4 24 port hubs, configure a network with all ports populated, and test whether a hub connected to itself is the same thing as a loop across 4 hubs in a running LAN environment.

Then get back to me :)

about 4 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

beheaderaswp Unfortunate.... (113 comments)

Netgear has an R7000 model which works fine with OpenWRT. I'm not sure of the accuracy of the following: But I think ASUS has one too.

Seems like a major failure on Lynksys/Belkin's part. But neither of those companies really impress me.Sure I used WRT54Gs in multiple applications and have a few laying around. But it's not like those things were actually *great*. They were good enough and hung around far too long for my taste.

about 4 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

beheaderaswp Re:Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (306 comments)

No... there were a number of hubs involved, unswitched (not bridges), the loop was created when one hub in that group, was patched into another hub.

Since there was no bridging, and no spanning tree, feel free to extrapolate.

about 4 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

beheaderaswp Re:Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis (306 comments)

I more or less agree with your assessment (but I'll eventually disagree ha ha!). My formal education was in music performance. However my hobbies were (and are) computer science, amateur radio, physics and theology. Yes I'm an autodidact. But have studied at two major universities.

In the realm of critical thinking... a deep theoretical understanding is priceless. Because theory is flexible. But more important in my mind is an understanding of the RFCs behind how all this stuff works. Know them, and you can really troubleshoot. Know them, and you get to be the "pro from Dover" when no other tech can solve a problem.

With a mass of knowledge- comes the possibility of thinking critically. This is of course assuming the person in question has a mind big enough to form quality theories of their own. The problem isn't always education... it's also quality of the brain. And the larger a field grows, the lower the mean IQ of it's members.

To illustrate:

I once watched a recent computer science graduate (A Truly Dubious and Short Lived IT Director) introduce a recursive loop into an Ethernet network, on an unswitched segment, which resulted in (you guessed it) significant portions of an 18 building WAN/LAN system to simply go offline. Explaining to this person why things didn't work was useless. They thought they were an expert (because of the degree). Sadly, all of the information they spouted about the problem was completely correct- except the application of that information.

You can't really teach people how to apply information, if they cannot build working models which closely match reality. Sure.. anyone can come up with an idea and call it a theory. But can you come up with a theory that works?

So in a sense, I fall back once again to the idea that the talent pool is diluted. At the same time, the equipment is becoming more and more appliance packaged.

My solution? I'm looking around for something different to do for the next 30 years. If I can get up to speed fast enough, I'll participate in AMSAT. I'll go back to performing music. Maybe even get a physics degree.

But I'll be free to be excellent.

about 4 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

beheaderaswp Re:Heck yes... (306 comments)

I think I agree with you. My first IT related job was transcribing sheet music into basic music code back in 1984.

Since that time I've seen the intellectual capacity of IT workers drop consistently- while their arrogance has increased. It's a function of the field expanding so fast... in order to man departments you have to compromise on quality by hiring for specialties. Also there's the problem of industry certifications. They are not at face value bad... but those with real skills know that the certification is more or less a learning permit- while management considers it a qualification.

In my day (I'm a year or two from 50) people made their way in IT based on ability. That was the catalyst for the entire industry. It is what built silicon valley and the economic ripples it created.

The way I see it, we've gone from recruiting people who loved computers and played with them on their own, to hiring people who shop for a career in their educational choices. That's a path to mediocrity. Always has been- always will be.

about 4 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

beheaderaswp Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1633 comments)

What makes you think the OP would be willing to surrender his arms once he gets there? In the right areas, you could cross where no border agents are stationed, so it probably doesn't matter anyway.

What makes you think I actually think I need a gun in Canada?

about 4 months ago

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