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Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

cusco Re:umm.. what? (137 comments)

But I wanted a car analogy . . .

Thank you, that's a very nice explanation.

yesterday
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

cusco Re:This was no AP. (326 comments)

More like they were trained by the CIA. How many failed attempts did they make to kill Castro?

2 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

cusco Re:It makes you uneasy? (971 comments)

Oh, horsepuckey. Every time the Taliban blows up an ancient statue of Buddha or a Hindu family burns a widow or an Indian tribe kills a whale it's the Left that complains. The only time the Right in the US complains is if the victim is a Christian or if it aids the sales of weapons.

2 days ago
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Lava Flow In Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions

cusco Re:needs rebranding (64 comments)

Fixing it? How the frack do you "fix" a highway that had the last five miles buried by multiple meters of molten rock? Walk for half an hour from the current end of the road and you'll see a "No Parking" sign sticking up a couple inches above the solid rock. When we were there a couple of years ago there was an active lava tube a few feet below the surface just a couple hundred meters further along.

2 days ago
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6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

cusco Re:6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine (109 comments)

No, he's thinking of the US military's insistence on bulldozing an airfield well into the protected archeological zone of Babylon, destroying (IIRC) an unexcavated mound and a minor temple in the process. (Then to add insult to injury, they abandoned the project because it wasn't needed, something they were told well before starting work.).

about a week ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

cusco Re:Don't be ridiculous (331 comments)

There are access control systems in a couple of local hospitals here that are over 20 years old, one hasn't been rebooted in at least 8 years. There are controllers for a local power dam that have been in place and working since the 1970s. There is a lot to be said about the reliability of old-school hardware that more modern equipment can't hope to match.

about two weeks ago
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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

cusco Re:Ouch (74 comments)

Uh, no. On one trip by one administrator to the Middle East in one interview he mentioned that was one of several goals of that one trip. I realize that's not quite the spin that Fox News put on it for you, but that's the truth. Sorry.

about two weeks ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

cusco Re:Things once thought impossible... (350 comments)

Most of the matter and energy that makes up the universe is still undetectable to us except on the gross galactic scale, somewhere between 60-95 percent depending on who's estimating. I think that leaves a little wiggle room. BTW, cold fusion wouldn't exist at "human scale", it's an atomic scale phenomenon.

about two weeks ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

cusco Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (350 comments)

they are physically impossible.

The US Navy Research Laboratory disagrees, and claims to have made it work reliably with a couple different types of metals.

about two weeks ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

cusco Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (350 comments)

I followed the Pons and Fleishman story fairly closely when it first came out. There were a lot of attempts to duplicate the experiment, some got heat but no neutrons, some got neutrons but no heat, some got tritium but no heat.or neutrons. A few years ago there was word from the US Navy Research Lab that they had managed to reproduce the effect fairly reliably with a couple different combinations of metals in the electrodes. I believe that they found that the purity of the electrodes was extremely important, which could be why most of the other attempts had problems.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

cusco Re:credibility of article is doubtful (571 comments)

The US and Soviet military had howitzer-launched nukes, which if you peel the shell casing off you get the legendary "backpack nuke". The Pentagon lost track of how many they had produced by the end of the 1950s, since the number was in the thousands.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

cusco Re:that's misleading (571 comments)

Sure you could weaponize it, you just need to add a step. Like a 100 MW laser on the back of that truck.

about two weeks ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

cusco Re:Of course! (571 comments)

Apples and oranges. The F-35 is a Pentagon program designed to funnel taxpayer money to Lockheed to the end of time, the fusion project is their own money so it might actually be real.

about two weeks ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

cusco Re:Always a chuckle (117 comments)

Because of the thundering herds of lawyers that follow them around, since their answer to every obvious fault in their religion is "That would never happen because they would be sued!"

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Web Services To Build Two New Aussie Data Centers

cusco Re:A Local Store For Local People. (27 comments)

Depends on the type and size of site, and the phase it's in. During construction, hundreds of people in the construction trades, especially since Amazon is building sites out as fast as they can pour concrete. Once construction is finished (or mostly finished) scores of people are busy installing racks, racking servers, running cables, etc. Once the site starts to go live the unskilled and semi-skilled trades mostly go away, except for a couple of dozen security and maintenance staff, and they add a couple dozen skilled staff for system operations. Ongoing operations require local contractors for maintenance of HVAC, fire, etc. systems, grounds and building maintenance, and the like, so they're generally happy when a DC opens in their area too. Additionally, building a data center normally requires an upgrade of the local electrical and telecom systems, which then attract other data centers and businesses. Generally it's a pretty good deal for an area.

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

cusco Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (264 comments)

An even more amusing aspect of Gladio is that part of the funding was run through the Vatican Bank, and much of the organization and planning was done through the P2 Masonic Lodge (of which Berlusconi was a member at one point). Any of those points will make a lot of people blow their top, pointing fingers and screaming "Conspiracy Theorist!" Never mind that it's all well-documented.

about three weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

cusco Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (264 comments)

Just look at Operation Northwoods, a conspiracy by the Pentagon to carry out terror attacks against American targets to justify an attack on Cuba. It had been unanimously approved by the Joint Chiefs before an appalled President Kennedy canceled the project. To get to the Joint Chiefs scores of people had to be involved. No one ever talked, it never made it into the press, no documents were ever leaked. It was discovered by accident as part of a FOIA request on a peripherally-related subject. If you ask most people about it today they'll refuse to believe it, even if you show them the documentation.

about three weeks ago
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How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program

cusco Re:He did some decent things as president. (125 comments)

Don't ever forget that Ford was a member of the Warren Commission and had signed on to the 'magic bullet' and other nonsense. I have difficulty figuring out what other qualification he brought to the table which could outweigh a number of other arguably better candidates.

about three weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

cusco Re:These viral samples need to come with their own (209 comments)

There is a shortage of trained and competent people, worldwide, already. I'm a physical security professional, I've worked with a lot of good security personnel, and a lot more really, really bad. The really, really bad tend to be much cheaper and more plentiful. In the real world, which do you think chemical and drug companies are going to end up using?

about three weeks ago

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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

cusco cusco writes  |  about 10 months ago

cusco (717999) writes "Creation Museum Founder and AiG President/CEO Ken Ham will debate Bill Nye at the Creation Museum on Tuesday, February 4, at 7 PM. According to the Washington Post, 'Ham had been hoping to attract the star of TV’s “Bill Nye The Science Guy” to the northern Kentucky museum after Nye said in an online video last year that teaching creationism was bad for children. The video was viewed nearly 6 million times on YouTube.'"

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