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Fermi and Swift Observe Record-setting Gamma Ray Burst

cybrpnk2 Re:Need expert opinion (107 comments)

Dude, Bert and Ernie could have travelled BACK IN TIME from this event!

about a year ago
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Russian Programmers Dominate At Google Code Jam

cybrpnk2 Re:Language? (159 comments)

"If we don't export food, mostly grains, the world starves." Maybe back in the 1960s and 1970s, but this is a myth or urban legend in the 21st Century. See for example this. If anything, we are taking corn OUT of the export market and driving up world food prices with our insane tax subsidies on corn to produce fuel ethanol.

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Red-Tape Delay; Awaits CE Certificate

cybrpnk2 Next Up - GMO Testing (135 comments)

Next they'll have to prove that a Raspberry Pi is not a Genetically Modified Organism.

more than 2 years ago
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Designer Creates "Euthanasia Roller Coaster"

cybrpnk2 Re:How nice (409 comments)

Helium has gained a lot of traction in recent years as the suicide vehicle of choice. It has progressively become more central in every update of Final Exit.

more than 2 years ago
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Designer Creates "Euthanasia Roller Coaster"

cybrpnk2 Re:How nice (409 comments)

A self-inflicted 22LR to the head killed my mother in 1979. A friend of mine had a daughter that used a .38 on herself and is a vegetable in a nursing home. You never know.

more than 2 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

cybrpnk2 Re:Sure, send me an invite! (1223 comments)

Invite, please: rickyjames at gmail etc etc - Thx!!!

about 3 years ago
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Confirmed: Microsoft Says It Will Open Source VB 6

cybrpnk2 Hip hip hooray (205 comments)

VB6 is an American classic just like a 64 Mustang. Forget OOP and just git er done. Its back to the future and I couldn't be happier. Welcome back old friend!

more than 3 years ago
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Ridley Scott Abandons Alien Prequel

cybrpnk2 Re:Applies to all movies (170 comments)

It certainly applied to how the Borg were handled in the star Trek franchise.

more than 3 years ago
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Land of Lisp

cybrpnk2 Re:Those Were The Days My Friends, We Thought... (330 comments)

Funny thing, I was reading an article on this just the other day, talking about how object oriented programming in general and Java in particular lacked the clarity ond straightforwardness of declarative languages like my all time favorite, Visual Basic 6. Laugh if you want, I don't care, with VB6 I understood what was going on and could Get Things Done. Google "criticism object oriented programming" and dig in on the real problem.

more than 3 years ago
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Land of Lisp

cybrpnk2 Re:Those Were The Days My Friends, We Thought... (330 comments)

LOL, I see that Basic Computer Games was printed in 1978. In 1974, I was typing it in directly from an issue of David Ahl's groundbreaking mid-1970s magazine Creative Computing, which he compiled into the book several years later. David Ahl is the reason I became a geek, long before there was even a TRS-80 to play with and I had to IMAGINE what the CC program listings would do becasue I didn't have a computer to run them on. Thanks, Dave!!!

more than 3 years ago
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Land of Lisp

cybrpnk2 Those Were The Days My Friends, We Thought... (330 comments)

...they'd never end... Sigh. I remember David Ahl's Basic Computer Games with such nostalgia, spending my first weeks in late 1974 as a freshman typing in SUPER STAR TREK onto paper punch cards to run on the IBM360 at University of Tennessee. As a county bumpkin coming into the land of Oz where there were Real Actual Computers I could work with for the first time, I though I had Entered The Future. Little did I know that the future had only begun, and continues today. Probably will continue into tomorrow, too.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Releases Failure Report On Outback Crash

cybrpnk2 Re:Maj. Hasan video has what to do with what now? (72 comments)

I don't give a flying frack about "The Narrative" as you obviously do. I care about having the facts available to get to The Truth. I still remember that ten seconds of footage from an actual event is more important that ten hours of crap spewed from talking heads on Fox News. It's people that listen to the latter that issue orders to destroy the former. Their priorities (and yours) are mixed up, not mine.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Releases Failure Report On Outback Crash

cybrpnk2 Re:Maj. Hasan video has what to do with what now? (72 comments)

My point in including the final link is that destruction of video evidence critical to a major incident investigation DOES happen and as long as we are all learning lessons here from a failure mode report, that's a very timely and important one to add. Concern about "gee, it would be too tough to see on TV and against America's best interest" is totally misplaced IMHO. The guy that took the Ft. Hood video stood up and fought back with the only weapon he had, a cellphone that could record the truth about what really happened for whoever eventually would be assigned to sort through that mess. He volunteered in an instant to become a combat reporter and that makes him a hero, period. Being ordered to destroy evidence of a criminal act was not a lawful order and should have been respectfully refused and the dispuute carried up through the chain of command. Allowing evidence of military criminal actions to be supressed from the oversight of the civilian public is not a good idea.

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Releases Failure Report On Outback Crash

cybrpnk2 Re:What Video Evidence? (72 comments)

The point of the final link is that destruction of video evidence critical to an mahor incident investigation DOES happen and as long as we are all learning lessons here from a failure mode report, that's a very timely and important one to add. Concern about "gee, it would be too tough to see on TV and against America's best interest" is totally misplaced IMHO. The guy that took the Ft. Hood video stood up and fought back with the only weapon he had, a cellphone that could record the truth about what really happened for whoever eventually would be assigned to sort through that mess. He volunteered in an instant to become a combat reporter and that makes him a hero, period. Being ordered to destroy evidence of a criminal act was not a lawful order and should have been respectfully refused and the dispuute carried up through the chain of command. Allowing evidence of military criminal actions to be supressed from the oversight of the civilian public is not a good idea.

more than 3 years ago
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Huge ISS Science Report Released

cybrpnk2 Who says science is underfunded? (87 comments)

At a price tag of $100 billion (at least) for the ISS, these experiments average over $1 billion each. Worth it? Nope.

more than 4 years ago
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Army Asks Its Personnel to Wikify Field Manuals

cybrpnk2 Re:Perhaps the Key Difference (143 comments)

Actually, the edits are not limted to just soldiers. There are lots of civilian contractors (like me) who have CACs. Guess I need to go over to Army Knowledge Online and check this out - they've been hassling me to change my password there anyway....

more than 4 years ago
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LHC To Start Back Up In November At Half Power

cybrpnk2 Re:Fun with units... (110 comments)

You flick a TON of subatomic particles around every time you flick your PINKY FINGER? Are you ... GOD?

more than 4 years ago

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New Android App Attack Requires No Permissions

cybrpnk2 cybrpnk2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cybrpnk2 (579066) writes "In this Arxiv paper, three German students present a novel,
highly critical attack that allows unprompted installation of arbitrary
applications from the Android Market. Their attack is based on a single
malicious application, which, in contrast to previously known attacks,
does not require the user to grant it any permissions."

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Satellite Sees Atmospheric Warming Before Quake

cybrpnk2 cybrpnk2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cybrpnk2 (579066) writes "From Tech Review's arXiv Blog: "Dimitar Ouzounov at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland and a few buddies present the data from the Great Tohoku earthquake which devastated Japan on 11 March. Their results, although preliminary, are eye-opening. They say that before the M9 earthquake, the total electron content of the ionosphere increased dramatically over the epicentre, reaching a maximum three days before the quake struck. At the same time, satellite observations showed a big increase in infrared emissions from above the epicentre, which peaked in the hours before the quake. In other words, the atmosphere was heating up.""
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Phantom 15 Million-The Future That Never Happened

cybrpnk2 cybrpnk2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cybrpnk2 (579066) writes "The job machine called American Business has not only destroyed millions of existing jobs to create the highest sustained unemployment rate in decades, it has also mysteriously failed to produce 15 million jobs once projected for the first decade of the 21st Century. Now US businesses are sitting on close to $2 trillion in cash with no apparent intent to invest it in American jobs. Why should they — Apple, for example, doubled their profits on iPhone by assembling it with Asian workers and letting it be a $2 billion burden on the US trade deficit."
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NASA Releases Failure Report On Outback Crash

cybrpnk2 cybrpnk2 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

cybrpnk2 (579066) writes "In a Friday news release, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has issued Part 1 and Part 2 of an excellent and very interesting failure review on the April 28 failed balloon launch of the Nuclear Compton Telescope at Alice Springs, Australia. Bottom line: make sure you don't need a gorilla to pull the payload release handle at balloon launch; if the release mechanism does fail then make sure your safety cables are sized for lift loads and a swinging payload, not just static hanging payload weight; and oh yeah — keep people and vehicles out of the downwind flight path. One spectator was nearly crushed while running from his SUV that was hit and flipped (Figure 29, Vol I). At least nobody ordered video evidence destroyed."
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NASA Faces International Space Station Crisis

cybrpnk2 cybrpnk2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

cybrpnk2 (579066) writes "NASA is currently (if you'll pardon the pun) faced with a major crisis on the STS-120 flight to the International Space Station. At ISS, one new solar array has metal shavings from an unknown source jamming up the 10-foot diameter rotary gear that enables solar tracking. Meanwhile, a seperate older solar array that was partially re-extended in a new location has ripped and lacks the structural integrity for solar tracking either. An upcoming emergency spacewalk will have an astronaut at the end of a shaky boom applying a metal brace to the fully charged ripped array which he dares not touch directly at risk of electrocution to him or destruction to it. Failure threatens a scheduling trainwreck on upcoming flights to deliver power-hungry European and Japanese laboratory modules before President Bush's mandated 2010 Shuttle retirement."
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NASA Contractors Censoring Saturn V Info

cybrpnk2 cybrpnk2 writes  |  about 7 years ago

cybrpnk2 (579066) writes "Get ready to surrender your data sheets, study reports and blueprints of the Saturn V to stay in compliance with ITAR. Armed guards are reportedly enforcing a takedown and shredding of old Saturn V posters from KSC office walls that show rough internal layouts of the vehicle, and a website that is a source for various digitized blueprints has been put on notice it may well be next. No word yet if the assignment of a Karl Rove protege to oversee NASA has any connection..."

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