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NASA's Commercial Plans for Kennedy Space Center

clint999 Re: (106 comments)

Yes. It is prime for launching because among all spots in the continental United States, it is: 1. Close to the equator - good to achieve equatorial orbits 2. On the eastern seaboard. Orbits typically go from West to East. So from there, they can launch to the east, and be going over the ocean, so if anything goes wrong, well, it's over the ocean Probably also because of mild weather, year-round, too.

more than 3 years ago
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Kinect Hack Builds 3D Maps of the Real World

clint999 Re: (70 comments)

I love that "trivial".....like my dad could just go out and do it in 3 clicks.Deutsche!

more than 3 years ago
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Why Eric Schmidt Left As CEO of Google?

clint999 Re: (378 comments)

I'm not hating at all. You're swallowing the kool-aid of an enormous post-clash push to give the public the concept that Schmidt's departure as CEO is a good thing.Larry Page has little identity, where Schmidt was the 'face' of most of Google's public posture. Schmidt is gone, and now we're being fed stories about what he should do, how cool his stripes are, a few stories about his $200M yacht (just so that we know he can do Paul Allen stuff) and so on.Every time Google's stock price drops, there are lots of institutional investors that look at that, and ponder whether to leave or not. Jobs leaving when he did, was bolstered by what Hunter Thompson would call, KING HELL EARNINGS REPORT so as to buoy Apple's stock. This is ALL ABOUT keeping that stock price hopping, and doing damage control. There's no hate in what I say, rather the observation of the facts.

more than 3 years ago
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Laser Incidents With Aircraft On the Rise

clint999 Re:How do you hit the cockpit? (546 comments)

Thats why I said around and not in airports (like at the end of the tarmac just outside the fence, ect...)

more than 3 years ago
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Biotech Company Making Fossil Fuels With a 'Library' of Bacteria

clint999 We also need to refine the process. (386 comments)

Sounds great, but doesn't really address the problem of internal combustion engines having only 30% efficiency. Why jump through all those hoops if we could gather electricity with photovoltaic panels and then use much more efficient electrical engines? Does anyone here know how much energy that'd generate per acre versus the bacteria? I mean as long as we're looking for long-term solutions, why not focus on better plans? We're only short of light, infinitely rechargeable batteries or power lines along the

more than 3 years ago
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Does Google Pin Copyright Violations On the ASF?

clint999 Re: (136 comments)

Rather than refute his arguments, you call him a troll and cite the anonymity of the submitter (as if anonymous submitters don't submit pro-Google stories), which got you an instant +5 Insightful.Can you actually refute his arguments rather than calling him names?

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

clint999 Re: (680 comments)

Use one as your master repository, one as a backup of that, and keep the second in a water-proof container (hint: try rubbermaid containers, they're waterproof and cost about $4), locked in an inexpensive fire safe, safety deposit box, or at a nearby friend's or relative's house.Instead of a cheap rubbermaid container, get a small Pelican case instead. They're waterproof, submersible, shock-proof, etc. Your hard drive will survive anything in one of those.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

clint999 Re:How I back up photos/videos (680 comments)

- Almost forgot. Plan to update your backups at least every few months and after major events or trips.

more than 3 years ago
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DSL Installation Fail

clint999 Re: (371 comments)

Im sure they will remove the suspicious package right away...

more than 3 years ago
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Bill Gates Is More Admired Than the Pope

clint999 Re:Problem: (470 comments)

How do you know that? Maybe many people admire him for building such a towering business as Microsoft. Besides, take a look at the full poll (Gates comes in at position 5). Obama is at the top and I can tell you more about what Bill Gates did to get there than I can Barak Obama. And if you object to that, note that George W. Bush is in at position #2. Should either of these people be held more highly than the scientists and engineers who contribute to the knowledge of the nation, or the entrepreneurs who bring in vast amounts of wealth to it through innovative products?

more than 3 years ago
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Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

clint999 Re: (467 comments)

Have them set up a basic LAMP server. That's how I learned Linux. Or for something somewhat more practical for them, how about a seedbox or a mythtv-box. Frankly, the best way to learn linux is to just get your hands dirty.

more than 3 years ago
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Advice On Teaching Linux To CS Freshmen?

clint999 Re: (467 comments)

+1 nano. Around 10 years ago during my CS undergraduate classes everyone could just pick what they were used to, but students that were still getting used to this here shell thingy were nudged to use nano first during the unix introduction class. Easy to pick up and get stuff done and graduating to emacs (or vi if you like colons) is relatively easy.And to the sibling post about nano not conforming to any standard: you're right. But when you've barely touched the surface of programming it's a relief to have

more than 3 years ago
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Trend Micro Chairman Says Open Source Is a Security Risk

clint999 Re:Security through obscurity doesn't work (258 comments)

Let's see... Dresses in black (turtlenecks)? Uses devices with shiny, white, uniform appearances? I'd say that's +2 for the Sith column.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon EC2 Enables Cheap Brute-Force Attacks

clint999 Re: (212 comments)

cracking an encryption key is not a crime. Using a cracked encryption key to seal data is a crime, and that hasn't changed.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon EC2 Enables Cheap Brute-Force Attacks

clint999 Re: (212 comments)

There are perfectly legal reasons for cracking encryption...Data recovery (eg forgotten passwords)Security auditingCrypto development (ie stress testing)

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon To Offer iPhone Users Unlimited Data

clint999 Re: (327 comments)

Not me. I'm waiting for the Commodore 64 Phone! That, or the Sinclair ZX81 Phone. THOSE will be game changers, for sure!

more than 3 years ago
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US Government Strategy To Prevent Leaks Is Leaked

clint999 Re:Whats next (336 comments)

How was communism the vehicle that allowed Hitler to gain power? By being an opposition he could use to sway his people to Fascism? I also doubt the US communist party would want to install a Mussolini, as Mussolini was a fascist and fought communism just as Hitler fought communism. (Communists was executed together with Jews and political opponents in the fascist regimes) But Hitler was a great threat, and he would no doubt take USA if he could.

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Downloading Costs To Rise In Canada

clint999 Re:Don't worry (433 comments)

And regulation. Especially anything that forces markets to be competitive instead of free.

more than 3 years ago
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College Students Lack Scientific Literacy

clint999 Re: (382 comments)

At a University level the lecturer is supposed to point you in the right direction instead of spoon feed you like a teacher often has to do.Conversely I've seen many teachers that were complete rubbish at their jobs and had been through the system. The worst was a "specialist grade three teacher" that refused to teach grade four because that meant she would have to teach fractions!As for the premise of the article "College Students Lack Scientific Literacy" - I could have told you that twenty years ago. T

more than 3 years ago

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