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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

cusco Re:Could be dangerous (43 comments)

If one is sufficiently into the weaponry market to assemble an attack helicopter they can certainly come up with a few guns to put on it. The armament would likely be one of the easiest parts to acquire, as long as they have enough money. The largest non-governmental arsenal on Earth is located at the Blackwater (whatever their name is today) headquarters, where they also assemble their own versions of attack helicopters and armored vehicles and where you can lease a helicopter carrier and gunships.

1 hour ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

cusco Re:It seems to me... (444 comments)

If 70 to 90 percent of the universe is made up of stuff that we can't even detect yet except by its gross gravitational effects on galaxies then I think there is plenty of wiggle room to allow FTL travel, and the like. There may even be enough room for magic and miracles (some types of them, anyway) to fit.

yesterday
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

cusco Re:Bioweapons are a real threat (36 comments)

Military organizations never seem to have much trouble filling these jobs, even when the participants know it's illegal. Clinton was horrified when he found what was going on at Dugway and the other vile biowarfare sites the Pentagon has, and as Commander In Chief he instructed the military to cease all work on bio-weapons. The Pentagon's response was to rename the programs and move them to the Black Budget. No one even had to change cubicle.

about two weeks ago
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

cusco Re:Monsters? (36 comments)

The reason Ken Alibek was given a visa and citizenship almost overnight when he defected from the Soviet Union was because of his work on 'black pox', a smallpox/Marburg chimera. They had combined the two and came up with an air-transmissible hemorrhagic virus that worked.

Oh, you meant the monster. Never mind.

about two weeks ago
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

cusco Re:Still not easy (36 comments)

Everyone is over-thinking this. All they really need is to get a tourist, work or student visa for some innocent illiterate campesino somewhere (preferably non-African), tell them they won a "lottery" or something that gets them a well-paying job in the US, infect them with Ebola, put them on a plane with instructions how to get on the subway, and tell them that their new employer will meet them at Grand Central Station. Even if they didn't infect anyone as they waited there all day, getting sicker and sicker, for someone who never showed up the resulting panic would cause almost as many problems as an actual outbreak. Remember, the goal isn't casualties, it's instilling fear in the target population.

about two weeks ago
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

cusco Re:while... (117 comments)

Japan has stagnated,

Today. Apparently you've forgotten the entire period from 1946 to 1999. Like I said, short attention span.

China's overwhelming advantage over India and much of the rest of the world is its 5000 years of centralization, plans that would have been non-starters in a decentralized government and economy, like One Child and the open development of the Great Firewall, are acceptable there. Brasil is a special case, drastically underpopulated and resource-rich, while India is the exact opposite. You're not even comparing apples and oranges, more like apples and Barkaloungers.

Where would India be today without Indira Gandhi's education program? One only needs to look at its neighbors Pakistan and Bangladesh to see, and that was the intent of the British when they left behind a deliberately non-functional government. Where will India be in half a century if it continues to slowly and thoughtfully expand its space program? Neither you nor I can even guess, except to say far ahead of where it would be without that completely home-grown, internally-sourced, high technology industry.

Stand back and take the long view, look forward a generation or two. Other cultures do it, which is why Japan, China and India have repeatedly risen from the ashes like the phoenix.

about two weeks ago
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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

cusco Re:Spider legs (35 comments)

Problem with that is there isn't enough gravity for your spider to be able to walk, about 1/10,000 g. Every leg thrust, no matter how weak, would bounce the thing up off the surface. Rather than looking all bad-ass walking around, your robotic spider would look rather silly bunny-hopping about.

about two weeks ago
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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

cusco Re:A good slice of luck. (35 comments)

Mass. Remember, this thing has taken a decade to even **GET** to the comet, if they had added more mass they very likely could not have reached the comet at all with the launchers available to them.

about two weeks ago
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European Space Agency Picks Site For First Comet Landing In November

cusco Re:Sounds challenging. (35 comments)

Actually the comet does not have enough gravity of its own to allow the spacecraft to orbit it, so Rosetta is in a solar orbit just inside of 67P. Since in that orbit it would quickly outpace the comet ESA has devised a generally triangular flight path that keeps it relatively close while enabling the best use of solar illumination.

about two weeks ago
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Canon Printer Hacked To Run Doom Video Game

cusco Re:Another... (92 comments)

There is no evidence that anyone is attacking printers via the route Mr Jordon found.

Yet. They left "yet" off the end of that sentence.

about two weeks ago
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

cusco Re:Why the inferiority complex? (117 comments)

"massively expensive mission" my ass. One of their industrial tycoons spent more than the cost of this entire mission a few years ago on his daughter's wedding.

about two weeks ago
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Indian Mars Mission Has Completed 95% of Its Journey Without a Hitch

cusco Re:while... (117 comments)

Back in the 1970s Indira Gandhi unveiled a program to update the Indian educational system, especially the higher education, with an emphasis on computing. The portion of the world that was not laughing at the idea of Indian computer programmers and technicians was berating the Indian government for wasting money that could have been spent feeding the poor. Today that expenditure of several billion rupees over the last few decades brings in many tens of billions of dollars in investment and revenue to India every year.

Americans now have such a short attention span that any investment that requires more than a couple of years for payback is unthinkable any longer. This is the real reason why Asia is today's industrial powerhouse, they don't hesitate to build a factory or power station that will take ten or twenty years to be paid off. American executives won't spend a penny on something that doesn't improve the stock price before they move to their next post in the game of 'executive musical chairs'.

about two weeks ago
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Surprising Result of NYC Bike Lanes: Faster Traffic for Cars

cusco Re:Bikes lanes are nice (213 comments)

In 1980 the two southbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway were knocked into Tampa Bay by a freighter. Until the new bridge was constructed the two lanes of the remaining half of the bridge every year carried more vehicles in less average time and with fewer accidents than when it was four lanes.

about three weeks ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

cusco Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (770 comments)

Well then, give a link to some actual research that they (the deniers) have done. All that I've seen so far has been crap. The only ones that I heard doing actual research ended up changing sides in the debate.

about three weeks ago
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Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

cusco Re:Imperial (107 comments)

And get rid of Daylight Savings Time.

about three weeks ago
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Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

cusco Re:Good thing it didn't hit US. (107 comments)

If it happened in the US there would be an immediate assumption that it was a terrorist attack, even if it just plopped down in a cornfield, and the Pentagon would be invading someone before the first investigators arrived on the site.

Back in the '80s the Norwegians launched a sounding rocket. All the forms had been filled out, but apparently got lost on some bureaucrat's desk in the Kremlin. The launch path looked like a SLBM coming from the North Sea with a trajectory in the general direction of Moscow. The Kremlin wanted to retaliate for the assumed attack immediately of course, but Yeltsin made them wait until the full trajectory had been confirmed. The world had a close call that day. If it had been Washington down-range Reagan would have launched immediately.

about three weeks ago
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Apparent Meteorite Hits Managua, Nicaragua, Leaving Crater But No Injuries

cusco Re:Coincidence? Or conspiracy? (107 comments)

In the case of the previous two, since they were traveling at right angles to each other they were pretty certainly not related. I haven't seen any examination of the path of this new meteor yet.

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Bolsters Blueprint To Build Robotic Services For Satellites

cusco Re:Screw DARPA, give it to NASA (10 comments)

I remember proposals for robotic servicing of satellites in GEO when I was in high school, so that would have been the late-'70s, because it was not thought to be worthwhile to send humans to that distance. All of the satellite servicing missions NASA was able to carry out were done in LEO, IIRC the Hubble servicing missions were at the maximum altitude the Shuttle could reach. There has been some movement in the last few years to standardize on fuel inlets for GEO comm satellites in the hope that future refueling operations can extend their functional lifespan, but I'm not sure how far that has gotten.

about a month ago

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Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

cusco cusco writes  |  about 9 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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