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

cusco Re:Don't be ridiculous (287 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.

11 hours ago
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NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

cusco Re:Ouch (73 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.

2 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

cusco Re:Things once thought impossible... (343 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.

2 days 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 (343 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.

2 days 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 (343 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.

2 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

cusco Re:credibility of article is doubtful (564 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.

5 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

cusco Re:that's misleading (564 comments)

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

5 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

cusco Re:Of course! (564 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.

5 days ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

cusco Re:Always a chuckle (116 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!"

5 days 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 a week 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 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)

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 two 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 two 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 two 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)

You obviously don't work with too many security guards, it's the kind of job a lot of people take after being fired from Walmart or McDonalds. Introduce one of these bozos into the mix and you've just quintupled the likelihood of a catastrophic release.

about two weeks ago
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Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software

cusco Re:Could be dangerous (46 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.

about three weeks ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

cusco Re:It seems to me... (470 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.

about three weeks ago
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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 a month 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 a month 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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