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Blackberry CEO: Net Neutrality Means Mandating Cross-Platform Apps

buback Re:Action vs. inaction (307 comments)

Well, Comcast has no obligation to Netflix. Nor youtube or Hulu or any other website. But it does have an obligation to its subscribers to provide access to the internet. If its customers can't access Netflix because of a deficiency in the Comcast network and its connections to the web, it should be Comcast's responsibility to remedy. This is the net neutrality argument, and has generally been the status quo.

Currently, Comcast is arguing that Netflix is the one who has to pay to fix Comcast's deficiency, and so far, Netflix has caved and is paying.

3 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

buback USPS (371 comments)

So the Postal service is still the most secure legally protected method for sending data. Just mail CDs.

5 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

buback Hydrogen blimps (200 comments)

I don't see why they would use helium. Hydrogen would be much easier to deal with since it can be readily extracted from the hydrogen sulfide clouds. There wouldn't be any Hindenburg's since there's no oxygen in the atmosphere to react with.

It's also more bouyant, so the gas bag would be smaller for the same weight, and you could launch it from earth with less delta V.

about a month ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

buback Gas volume vs Liquid volume? (293 comments)

Is that a 122 L tank or is it the volume of Hydrogen at STP?

Why not compare the distance you could travel with 122 L of liquid Hydrogen against 122 L gasoline vapors? (of course, that wouldn't fit with the narrative they are trying to put forward)

about 2 months ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

buback Re:Yeah sorry, no (299 comments)

Yes, exactly like the Bureau of Land Management, the greatest land grab perpetrated against the people of the United States.

There are a bunch of Native Americans who might disagree with you, there.

about 3 months ago
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

buback Re:Is this surprising? Twice as many stars (119 comments)

*2y dark matter mass to our y dark matter mass*

It would be 18y dark matter to Milky Way y matter.

about 6 months ago
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

buback Re:Is this surprising? Twice as many stars (119 comments)

So then really what they are confirming is that inference; that matter and dark matter are in a 1/9 ratio, and that if our galaxy has x stars and Andromeda has 2x stars, then Andromeda will also have 2y dark matter mass to our y matter mass.

That seems to be a more interesting finding.

about 6 months ago
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The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

buback Is this surprising? Twice as many stars (119 comments)

I've been taught that Andromeda has approx. 2x as many stars as the Milky Way. I learned this years ago, as far as i can remember.

Is it really surprising news that a galaxy with twice as many stars is twice as massive? Were these researchers just fact-checking?

about 6 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

buback Creative can suck it. (502 comments)

I'm still bitter about Aureal.

about 6 months ago
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Moon Swirls May Inspire Revolution In the Science of Deflector Shields

buback Cosmic rays (76 comments)

Protecting from solar radiation is great, but i understand that the greater threat is cosmic rays. Solar radiation is somewhat easy to block, because you just put a light element shield, like hydrogen tanks, between the astronauts and the sun.

Cosmic rays are much harder to shield from because they are so high energy. They also come from everywhere, so require a omnidirectional shield.

about 7 months ago
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Greek Government Abruptly Shuts Down State Broadcaster

buback SUVs (230 comments)

*cough* USgasolinesubsidies*cough*

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Police Move To Make 3D Printed Guns Illegal

buback counterproductive (551 comments)

3d-printing of guns: the quickest way to create legislation regulating the sale of bullets.

about a year and a half ago
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Solar Panels For Every Home?

buback Re:Flooded batteries (735 comments)

you were also missing half your roof. By your logic, you shouldn't put a roof over your head because a tornado might damage it.

PS. Homeowners insurance will cover and replace the solar panels that are damaged.

more than 2 years ago
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Solar Panels For Every Home?

buback Re:Don't Strong Storms Eat Solar Panels? (735 comments)

If a tree* lands on your roof, solar-panel covered or not, you've got enough problems. But that's what homeowners insurance is for.

*or anything heavy enough to break a solar panel

more than 2 years ago
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Solar Panels For Every Home?

buback Re:Extremely expensive (735 comments)

As you say, better generators cost more, and the power they generate is significantly more expensive than grid power. You would need to have a lot of power outages and spoiled food in order to break even on the cost during the usable lifetime of the generator.

A $2-3k generator and the cost of instillation is about 30% of the equipment costs of a solar installation, and the equipment is getting cheaper all the time (labor costs are flat or increasing). And a solar installation will pay for itself half way through it's warranted lifetime (about 1/3 of the way through it's usable lifetime).

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Gets the Importance of Packaging; Why Doesn't Google?

buback Re:Ouch (639 comments)

Well I don't see what's so weird about displaying them on a bookshelf or table. Maybe with a nice tablecloth on top, and some candles and incense.

It's also a good place for me to put my sacrifices and to focus my prayers

more than 2 years ago
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Intelsat Signs Launch Contract With SpaceX

buback Re:This is the exciting bit. (167 comments)

I think the pintile injector they are using, while not "new," is still exciting. This is old technology that hasn't been used much for first stage engines, in the US at least.

The pintile injector probably allowed such a safe and rapid shutdown during the first launch attempt.

more than 2 years ago
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How Would Driver-less Cars Change Motoring?

buback Re:Ending congestion? (648 comments)

Yeah they would. Imagine perfect, zipper-like merging at highway speeds, and merging into a single lane to route around accidents, road work, or freight. The cars can all break and accelerate as one, and cars with equal acceleration/deceleration would be grouped together.

There is no lack of capacity on American highways. We could even reduce the number of lanes in each direction to two if everyone had driver-less cars.

more than 2 years ago
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University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department

buback Re:The Department of Redundancy Department (628 comments)

Yeah because the primary purpose of a university is to make a profit. Sure, in the past the athletics programs were there for the benefit of the student body, but now it's the scholastic programs that are there for the benefit of the fans.

more than 2 years ago

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Blue Origin breaks its silence (a little)

buback buback writes  |  more than 4 years ago

buback writes "Jeff Foust of thespacereview.com talks to Blue Origins Gary Lai, discussing the past and future of Blue Origin, and giving tantalizing clues about their New Shepard LTVL craft.

"Goddard, the gumdrop-shaped prototype that flew in late 2006 and 2007 at Blue Origin’s secluded test facility in Culberson County in west Texas, may not offer clues on what the full-fledged New Shepard will be like, he cautioned. “That is not necessarily what the operational New Shepard vehicle looks like,” he said. Goddard was useful, though, in testing out operations of a VTVL rocket. “One of the main reasons for flying Goddard was to learn how to take a vertical-landing vehicle that uses the same propellants that our operational vehicle uses and learn how to fly that and turn it around in a very rapid manner,” he said. “Most of our lessons learned were in the operational area.”
the space review articles was published February 22, 2010"

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